DWNLD Lets Web Publishers Easily Convert Their Websites Into Native Apps
Investors from all around the world especially the ones from Silicon Valley look for interesting startups, invest in them, and earn big bucks. This trend is being followed by some big names including Dave McClure, Joe Lonsdale, and Fritz Lanman. These investors provide initial funding ranging from few thousand dollars to millions. They also mentor the startups and guide them on how to succeed in the ever-growing tech industry.
Fritz Lanman is the former VP of Microsoft, who has now diverted his attention towards startups, and is one of the leading angel investors. The latest category of startups which has gained special attention of Lanman includes those that follow “company builder model.” These startups create a platform for other startups where they can build their companies with less effort and cost.
In fact, Lanman was interested in two such startups named DWNLD and Doppler Labs. Both startups were set to launch their product in September. We have not heard anything about Doppler Labs yet, but DWNLD is launching to the public now.
DWNLD is a platform for web publishers where they can build native apps for their websites without coding anything. The 100-percent-code-free platform links with the content of the website of the customer using its own content management system. The customer can then choose the theme of app in a few clicks, customize the design, and publish the app on Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
The motivation behind the idea of DWNLD is simple. It addresses the need of web publishers to make their website mobile-friendly by publishing its app. They look to cash in by solving this issue, in addition to providing an easy-to-use platform so that content creators with little or even no knowledge of coding can publish the app.
Currently, web publishers need to put in a lot of effort as well as investments in order to develop native apps that have now become an essential component of every website. This is so because of increasing number of smartphone users. DWNLD looks to change that. “The lines between the web and native apps is blurring,” said Lanman.
DWNLD charges $15 per month to the web publishers. This amount costs “less than a t-shirt” and follows the usual hosting model that web publishers are used to. This SaaS startup is one the best startups we have ever seen as it totally automates the development process and provides many benefits to the customers in terms of cost, time and effort.