We made some significant advances on our internal alpha version of Friend App and showed the app to dozens of people during Miami Tech Month.
Privacy and speed
Two of the biggest blockers for launching were resolved in the past month.
1) Your contact data is very private. So before inviting any beta testers, I wanted to ensure that even I wouldn't be able to see in the database who your contacts are. Contacts are now 100% encrypted and me and my team would have no clue who your friends are and how you're organizing them.
2) In initial app testing, it was taking minutes for the first time contact import, as your data would be backed up in the cloud before you could begin organizing contacts. Now, the initial import takes seconds. We want to make sure Friend App helps you make better use of your time.
We are now prepared to go out with some robust features, grouping your friends by interests, using Friend App to initiate messaging, and leaving personal reference notes on each of your friends
Considering the Latin American background of most of the team, how could we not promote Friend App en español? It may take us a bit longer to get the app itself translated in Spanish and other languages, but it's a start, and I hope it shows a small step towards serving people around the world.
I've been meeting with potential early investors and hope to continue showcasing the progress we are making.