Name of Startup: ZoZo App
Year Founded: 2022
Website: ZoZo App
Type of company: Productivity App
HQ Location: Baltimore, MD
AJ Picard – Founder
Create Keyboard Shortcuts for the photos, links & files you want to share at any time!
Problem the startup solves:
ZoZo allows you to quickly save the photos, links & files you constantly share to a keyboard shortcut that allows you to share this content at any time. The beauty of this is that you will no longer have to go searching for the content you want to share, instead it’s one tap away right from your keyboard!
Progress and current status:
Launched on 9/28 and since then:
– #3 Product of the day on Product Hunt
– Feature on Apple Insider Podcast
– 500+ Users
What is a crazy story about the startup?:
So this is a pretty crazy story actually. In November of 2021 University of Albany partnered with this program where you could submit your app ideas and if chosen a group of students would build it for you in a semester.
ZoZo ends up getting picked and the students start building the app in January 2021. In May 2021 they handed over what they said was the finished app… unfortunately the app barely worked and the quality / performance was very poor.
So, I started building in public on Twitter showcasing what I could do with the current build. I posted a recording of me using ZoZo in a Twitter Shortcut Community and a developer (I’ll keep his name private) reached out asking to help work on ZoZo. I through this dev a small lump sum of cash and they got to work cleaning up the existing build.
Fast forward to August and we have a public beta. We were able to drive 300 beta Users into the app for testing which helped us get a ton of feedback. We iterated and then launch on 9/28.
What is a company the startup looks up to, and why?:
Apple is and always will be the company we look up to. They innovate and are always design focused. Apple Shortcuts has a massive community behind it and where I got some inspiration when building ZoZo. We’re currently working on the ability to add ZoZo as an option to use in Apples Shortcut app.
The company in four years will be…
ZoZo in four years will be getting acquired by Apple who will allow us access into their iOS so that we can have full freedom when building fully customized Keyboard Shortcuts.
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