Interlecta presentation went very well at Mobile Monday Sofia

Neven Boyanov, Interlecta - Mobile Monday SofiaInterlecta presentation at Mobile Monday in Sofia went very well. I had the chance to present the company, our business, what our goals are and how we’re going to achieve them. Quite few people told me that my lecture was the most interesting one from the three presented there.

Other interesting topics that were discussed were investments in our region and investments in start-up companies, that was presented by Oriens. The other lecture – how to start a new mobile operator was not very interesting, in my opinion.

Later, during the networking, we were able to talk with other people, to exchange ideas and share some experience and opinion. It was interesting.

The presentation was uploaded at this address http://interlecta.com/media/seminars/20100222-mobilemondaysofia/Interlecta Mobile Startup – slides 20100222 web.pdf as PDF file and at this address http://interlecta.com/media/seminars/20100222-mobilemondaysofia/web/ as web page.

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Interlecta invited to Mobile Monday Sofia to tell their story

Last week I received a call from one of the organizers of Mobile Monday Sofia asking me if I could tell there the story of our company Interlecta. It was very nice to be recognized as one of the successful mobile startups.

Here is my brief agenda:

  • The idea. How we’ve got the idea of creating the product and starting a company.
  • Little history. How everything came together.
  • The team. Who we are and what takes to be part of a mobile start-up Interlecta.
  • The goals. What we’re trying to achieve and at what cost.
  • The approach. How do we enter the international markets and what makes a mobile start-up different from other companies.
  • Key business components. What are the most important relationships that a mobile start-up should establish.
  • Marketing. Non-standard and low budget approaches.
  • The learning. What we’ve learned along the road.
  • The future. What we expect from the future and how we adjust our business to the present economic environment.
  • Q&A.

Interlecta invited to Mobile Monday Sofia to tell their storyThe Mobile Monday Sofia event will take place on February 22, 2010 at “Matti” hall in NDK.

Event agenda

  • 18:30 – 19:00 Registration and networking
  • 19:00 – 19:05 Introduction
  • 19:05 – 19:20 Session 1: Viktor Dimitrov, Investment Manager, Oriens
  • 19:25 – 19:45 Session 2: Stanislav Georgiev, Head of Integrated Telecommunication Solutons, Mobiltel
  • 19:50 – 20:05 Session 3: Neven Boyanov, Co-founder and Managing Director, Interlecta
  • 20:10 – Open networking

More information is available here: http://mobilemondaysofia.com/events/2010/02/13/mobile-venture-stories-starting-up-a-business-in-the-mobile-industry.html.

Short link to this page: http://wp.me/p44a8-1p.

How to setup Try’n’Buy product at RIM/BlackBerry App World

Interlecta Translator at App WorldThis is based on my personal experience while resolving issues with the products of our company Interlecta, and it is not a general solution.

Start with a new product

It is always better to start with a new product. Don’t use previously created product that was free or paid – the time you could save by doing that will cause more troubles afterward.

This is mostly because the existing user that have already downloaded previous versions will have problem upgrading to the new release, either “try” or “buy” one.

Incremental versions

Cannot get the correct version. One of the first problems that usually occurs is that people cannot see the correct version depending on whether they have purchased the product or not. The issue present almost in all cases when someone downloaded the trial and then purchases the full version – the result is that they cannot download the full version because it is not available on the screen.

Interlecta Translator at App World

Cannot upgrade. Another case would be when there is an upgrade of the release. They see the message, a notification by App World, that there’s a new version but there’s no button to download it.

Always increment versions. What we have learned while trying to resolve those issues was that the versions should be always incremental, i.e. the “buy” versions should be greater that the “try” version. Example: our Interlecta Translator trial was 1.3.19 while the full version was 1.3.21. That makes sense from database design point of view, but it’s not convenient at all, and such behavior is not documented, you have to learn it from experiments.

Problems with upgrading to full version

This is a common problem.

Canno upgrade to new release. If you have new release of your Try’n’Buy product people will receive a notification but when they go to the product screen at App World they will not be able to do the upgrade simply because there is no button for doing that. In our particular case there’s only a button to install the trial version.

Interlecta Translator at App WorldAn experiment worth trying. What we’ve found out is not a solution, but is more like a work around, it’s annoyingly slow process, but it’s ate least something that may help your customers. In short, you have to: Remove your application from App World; Remove the App World itself; Reinstall the App World; Login to App World through PayPal; Reinstall your application. It also involves rebooting your BlackBerry 4 times. That’s not convenient at all, but was the only was for me to get the latest full version.

Links

More details were posted on our company blog at http://blog.interlecta.com/?p=466.

There’s also discussion at supportforums .blackberry.com forums: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/BlackBerry-App-World-Development/Try-and-buy/m-p/232573.

Please share your experience following the steps above, either here or on our company blog.

Haitian Creole available for Interlecta Translator (RIM/BlackBerry App World)

Haitian Creole for Interlecta Translator

Haitian Creole is now available for testing on Interlecta Translator for BlackBerry, downloadable at RIM’s App World application store.

Just couple of hours ago we have finished the first testing version of the new functionality of our BlackBerry application – Haitian Creole.

I have to admit that recently I’ve been talking with quite few people about our initiative to provide Haitian Creole, and especially Marian Douglas-Ungaro. We spent last several days looking for the best technologies to combine to bring that new feature to life, and finally today late in the afternoon we’ve managed to get the first translation on my BlackBerry from Engliush toHaitian Creole.

I don’t know how many people will download this and use it and how many of them will be doing anything in Haiti, but I’m glad that are able to provide that service. And not only that, we are the first company to offer that kind of software for BlackBerry.

The product, Interlecta Translator with Haitian Creole, is available for download at App World. There’s 7 days free to try download, but for some regions and countries it is available for free – just open App World on your BlackBerry and do a search for Interlecta to find out.

PLEASE, HELP US SPREAD THE WORD.

Interlecta promoted on App World

Interlecta Translator at RIM/BlackBerry App WorldThis morning our application for BlackBerry was promoted on the front page of the the RIM‘s App World and it will remain there for about a week.

There are some new features that we added since the last time it was there, most notably the connection diagnostic and setup tool. That allows the application on the first start to test all the available for the device connection and choose the best one, preferably the BIS-B because if its high availability. Of course it could be manually setup ti use Wi-Fi to save some bandwidth.

The application is priced at $2.99 and has a 7-day trial period, so you don’t really need to buy it before you see what you can do with it.

There are quite few new features coming up in the next version of the application, scheduled for sometimes next month, but most interesting will be probably our solution for the problem with missing fonts on your BlackBerry and the square boxes you may see sometime, especially when you receive Asian texts. I will post more info here and on Interlecta website when it becomes available.

Lecture about Mozilla at the University of Veliko Turnovo

Thanks to the kind cooperation of Interlecta, a lecture about Mozilla in Veliko Turnovo is to become a fact.

Bogomil Shopov will talk about the history of developing the open source browser Firefox, since the first Mosaic through Netscape, Phoenix till its present version and the browser’s upcoming fifth birthday.

The second and more interesting discussion will be about open web as Mozilla’s vision on this subject is fundamental about the Internet freedom and sharing, the adequate usage of the web, and the right to own one’s personal information and contents in the world wide web.

Several of Mozilla’s products will be presented in the third part of the lecture and it will be outlined how everyone can contribute to their development.

According to the information published on Novinite website (a Bulgarian news release website) Mozilla in Bulgaria is more popular than in the rest of the world as a whole. In Bulgaria Firefox is used by 39.1% of users and by 23,75% in global plan.

In October last year Interlecta released the Firefox translation add-on MozTrans which gained popularity very quickly and is now used by thousands of users.

The lecture will be on Thursday, October 15th, in Corpus 3 of “St.st. Cyril and Methodius” University of Veliko Turnovo, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Interlecta featured on App World

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Our product for BlackBerry was promoted as a featured application on RIM/BlackBerry App World, check this out – App World – Webstore. Currently we are getting about 300 downloads every hour – couple tousands of downloads just for today. I’m excited about it.20091002-2118_InterlectaAppWorld_2001_crop364x242

UPDATE: We were getting over 10000download every day, it seamed that people really liked it.