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Should i make a deal to get database (which i can, sort of, make)

for my new app.



11:03 pm on Feb 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ok i am just a kid doing highschool so please dont expect alot of business logic from me. i am making an app for which i am being offered the database in lieu for advertisement or revenue share.. The platform is rather large with very few apps (>20) in the app store and millions of monthly uniques..

if i am able to launch a decent looking/performing app then i could be into tens of thousands of monthly uniques from open. BUT i intent not to advertise at all.

now for the deal. he will give me database and expect some ad link or maybe revenue share. (the later is not possible bcoz there will be no revenue, at-least for now) the database will have alot of updated entries of my use (about a thousand) but i also can make my own database but with fewer (but popular/most used) entries, about 20 of them for now. with an added plus of not having to update to manually. i have the coding done accordingly. although i wont have to manually update his database either. its his job.

so the question now comes is should i use his database with larger entries and not having to worry about increasing/improving database. or should i make my on with fewer more used entries with no ad link. my app and me myself are new to internet business. :P


4:41 am on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Take the cash, or a percentage of sales (get it in writing). Don't take anything less tangible than that.

The old 'trade the programmer their time in exchange for nothing' is as old as the hills and most folks around here would know better. I'd be embarrassed to offer a programmer something like that. (actually, I did offer a developer that last year but it would've been a hobby site for both of us. And I only did it because I knew them).


10:09 am on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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i don't think achshar is being offered cash or a percentage or links! he is being asked for that in exchange for some kind of database.

personally i think if you can build the database yourself, as you suggested you could, then do it, this way you have total control, if things go well the value of ads/links will far exceed the start up cost/time of the database.


12:20 pm on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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topr8: yes you are right, i have to give profit share on return of a database. the deal is that all of the work to keep database uptodate will be done by the other guy, i just have to write the code of the app. thing is his database already has hundreds of entries whereas i have to make it from the scratch but yes i would agree with you, taking the hassle of making the BD is worth the outcome that it can give.

btw sorry for late reply.. :(


1:52 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure he made the database himself? DBs of all sorts of web content are sold for pennies. There are even sites that offer them for free download. For example: DBs full of jokes, witty text messages (SMS), country names, state names, city names, recipes, articles on various topics etc. They all get bought and sold very cheaply. So you need to look into this. There could be a better deal out there. One search query you should consider is "SQL Dump".


4:50 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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hmm the database seems real.. the guy in question is the founder of example.com and database is example.com's main database..

[edited by: LifeinAsia at 10:08 pm (utc) on Apr 6, 2011]
[edit reason] specifics removed [/edit]


10:26 pm on Apr 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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anyways what i meant was that the database seems to be real as the company is a known one (not to me but some people i know and can trust). The company has a wikipedia page and so does the guy who i am to make a deal with.

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