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How to Build a Billion Dollar App

Discover the secrets of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time
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The ultimate guide to building an app-based business - now revised and updated

Apps have changed the way we communicate, shop, play, interact and travel, and their phenomenal popularity has presented possibly the biggest business opportunity in history.

In How to Build a Billion Dollar App, serial tech entrepreneur George Berkowski gives you exclusive access to the secrets behind the success of the select group of apps that have achieved billion-dollar success.

Berkowski draws exclusively on the inside stories of the billion-dollar app club members, including Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Candy Crush and Uber, to provide all the information you need to create your own spectacularly successful mobile business. He guides you through each step, from an idea scribbled on the back of an envelope through to finding a cofounder, building a team and attracting (and keeping) millions of users, all the way through to juggling the pressures of being CEO of a billion-dollar company (and still staying ahead of the competition).

If you've ever dreamed of quitting your nine-to-five job to launch your own company, or if you're a gifted developer, a seasoned entrepreneur or just intrigued by mobile technology, How to Build a Billion Dollar App will show you what it really takes to create your own billion-dollar mobile business.

©2014 George Berkowski (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A must read for anyone who wants to start a mobile app business." (Riccardo Zacconi, founder and CEO, King Digital, maker of Candy Crush Saga)
"A fascinating deep dive into the world of billion-dollar apps. Essential reading for anyone trying to build the next must-have app." (Michael Acton Smith, founder and CEO, Mind Candy)

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There is nothing that this book teaches you

Everybody knows Whatsapp sold for $19 billion, snapchat was good and Instagram was acquired and so on and so forth. The author clearly has no idea of how to build an app like that and is beating around the bush , repeatedly talking about apps that the world already knows. I have never rated an audio book earlier and I felt compelled to rate this, because of my disappointment.

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Covers a lot or great factors

I wish I listened to this 5 years ago. Covers a lot of great factors that I had to learn the long way. Its good advice and should be considered in all app start up adventures.

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loved it!

half way through my seed capital raise I found this booked confirmed a few things I was wondering re direction and gave me confidence I am on the right track in early stages and now given me a plan to follow. #billion app. 😁

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  • 25-01-2018

Touches on everything

The book shares some great tips and insights into how to think and prepare your app for greatness. I really enjoyed this and gained a lot from it as someone who is on this journey themselves. it was narrated clearly and even at 1.4x I could follow it easily.

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  • Victor
  • 23-12-2018

Jam Packed with Great Comparisons and Metrics to Follow

This is a great book with a lot of applicable tips tricks, and metrics. You receive insight into the stories of some of the wildly successful apps and the way they got up there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2018

The Best You Can Read

Hands down the Best book in this field. i have enjoyed it & i love it!

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  • Edward K.
  • 21-04-2018

Understanding the App Business

I found this book loaded with information for running an app business. Even though it is really geared to running a venture backed company, there where many take-aways for someone who is running a smaller organization.

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  • jeremy
  • 28-02-2018

much better than I thought it would be

The name kind of threw me off at first. I figured it would be some gimmicky book full of selling you their services, but it wasn't. it's literally a how to book on how to get into the billion dollar app club. some things might be a bit dated by now, but not too much, and that doesn't mean the info isn't still valuable. business is still business.

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  • Sam
  • 09-01-2018

Informative!

I recommend this book to anyone with a vision to build a app or in the process of building! Two thumps up! Extremely helpful.

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  • Angel
  • 13-10-2017

More of a business business book.

The first part of the book discussed a few intersting bits on building a good app and then the rest of it was about the business side of running a company, and mostly about raising funds. A few well known apps were used as examples and discussed mostley thier figures, valuations and buyouts. I enjoyed some of analysis tools and metrics for measuring the profitability and effectiveness of an app, but otherwise found the 2nd half of the book a bit dry. This is definitely a book more suited for entrepreneurs than developers.

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  • Jorge Ramirez
  • 06-01-2020

Great info

A must read for mobile App builders looking to join unicorn club. Lots of good tips.

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  • Jonathan Ferreira
  • 05-11-2019

Really amazing!

Loved. Amazing book for entrepreneurs seeking insights to build the next billion app. Recommended !!

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  • Rolling Stone
  • 04-09-2019

Great Book!

A very good book for app business enthusiast like me. Step by step instructions on how to build an app. Informative and helpful in all stages. It gives the reader a hands on realistic view in the tech business app world.

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  • Vivina Store
  • 14-08-2019

Mind-opening

Wish I had listened to this audiobook when it was first launched. It is full of insights and in-depth analysis on how to venture into the app world. I loved it and recommend it from start to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-2018

Worth my time reading! Excellent

Gave a great insight into app industry and history. understand what involved in developing and growing an app business.

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  • Mia
  • 09-05-2020

Definitely interesting!

Listening in 2020 and it seems quite outdated (but by nature of talking about tech companies that’s expected)

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  • Julia Lau
  • 23-09-2020

Very informative

It is a very detail and useful book about building an app to success!! Great book and nicely read

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  • 🆂🆄🅻🅸
  • 18-09-2020

Satisfying delivery.

I wish if George, discussed more in depth details about the backend development and software development methods in general for all these apps he's mentioned and given examples of.

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  • David
  • 16-05-2020

A truly inspirational and practical look at the world of extremely valuable App companies

George shares the stories of his and others successes in a very informative and entertaining way. One of the few books I want to read again.

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  • Bburey
  • 19-07-2019

Read this before starting an App. Business

Fantastic book, practical and very digestible information. Even if you’re thinking of just starting any App business read it - if you have an App business read it. Great insight and amazing thoughts and ideas and clearly sets out the various stages you have to go through, including most importantly put falls! I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Ashish Kulkarni
  • 27-08-2018

Very well written and in-depth

The author goes in detail of a lot of things: How to do market research? How to come up with an idea that will sell? How to hire the best people? How to take your app to market? How to market your app? How to fund your app from it's inception all the way to a billion dollars? He talks about series A and series B funding. Everything is well described. Loved every part of the audio book. I am planning to buy the paperback too.

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  • M. L. Hamilton
  • 15-10-2019

Useful and entertaining

An enjoyable story with lots of useful tips and snippets along the way. Excellent example of MVP - the question ' do we need to make the button bigger or does our user just have fat fingers?' v funny. All in all a very useful book that you'll soon have filled with notes in the margins and pages bookmarked.

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  • Hotdogg
  • 29-05-2019

Great book/audio

If you’re interested in starting an app business then look no further. It takes you step-by-step from nothing to a full fledged company ready for exit/IPO. This is going to be my bible. I recommend it 100%.