Introducing the appsculture collective

Bringing together some of the best mind to build awesome products together

The original appsculture was born out of my love for building out great experiences for users. The idea was to ideate and build out products that we felt deserved to exist, collaborate when we could with other entities, and ultimately be open to failure.

I loved the work we managed to push out, but truth is, we were relatively inexperienced and lacked a true ecosystem around us. Looking back, I realize that we built some truly great products (such as Quirky Cricket, a daily fantasy sport game in 2011) and implemented design patterns that are now staple (swiping tabs). If we had doubled down and had more guiding voices around us, maybe we would have stayed through with something.

Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but with the number of years Soham and I have spent running communities, we felt it important to find a way to provide the ecosystem we would have craved back then.

The appsculture collective is an attempt to fix that problem: it’s a Slack channel that brings together designers and developers who just want to build and are open to helping each other out. And who knows, maybe even end up working together. Why are we starting this?

We believe that if you can bring together great talent, get them to openly talk about their ideas, help them get the resources that they need, odds on they will produce something truly amazing.

A great (albeit fictional) example of it is Erlich Bachchman’s house in the TV series Silicon Valley. As Richard needed to scale up Pied Piper, he had Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Erlich around who could contribute with their own expertise almost immediately.

The collective is not meant to be an incubator for future companies, since we want its’ members to be focussed on building things people would want to use. We do believe that over a period of time, these products would grow much bigger than their original vision because of the environment around.

If you’re interested in joining the collective, please fill this form. Know someone who’d make a great fit? Share this post with them. Our current selection process is a little stringent — we’re only bringing on board developers and designers who already have a portfolio of work. It’s extremely important for us to keep the noise out in the early days as we set the structure itself. The goal is to open up to a wider variety of skillsets in the future once we’ve found our feet.