Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I‘m Harshita. I’m a 16 y/o unschooler. I’ve been designing and programming (mostly iOS apps) since 1-2 years. I was the youngest intern at Salesforce (in Bangalore) in winter 2016. I attended MIT Launch program in summer 2017 where I co-founded my first startup, Universeaty. I’ve been working on an iOS app, Crypto Price Tracker since the last 2 months and I released the app on 28th January. On Day 1, it was already #2 in the Top Charts in Finance category! And my post about it on Reddit went viral (90k+ views and 4k upvotes). I’ve also been writing extensively on Medium sharing my experience and valuable design and development lessons.
What exactly is the app Crypto Price Tracker?
Crypto Price Tracker is an iOS app that helps people track prices of cryptocurrencies from 18+ exchanges, set price alerts, and manage their portfolio. It’s a simple and beautiful app with a ton of features packed in. And more are coming in v1.1!
What inspired you to start Crypto Price Tracker app?
I’ve written a blog post about why and how I started. Here’s the link https://blog.usejournal.com/a-sneak-peek-at-a-beautiful-new-cryptocurrency-price-tracking-portfolio-and-alerts-app-bd16c3985134
In short, I was frustrated of using horribly-designed apps with inaccurate prices at times and alerts.
How did you come up with the name?
I wanted a name that was descriptive, explicit, and App Store keywords optimized. I also wanted a short name, so I went with Crypto Tracker for a while, until an app with the same name released. I then added “Price” to it since no other app with a similar name was there. The display name on the iOS device however is Crypto Tracker. Naming was hard!
What was your favorite part while developing the Crypto Price Tracker App?
I’ve realised that the things hardest to do are usually the most fun and rewarding. The most interesting part of product development of Crypto Price Tracker was the price graphs! They were a lot of work because I had to figure out and code how to visually display data in the graphs. And animating them was hard, yet interesting.
Can you share with us a challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it?
I overcame most of the challenges that I faced. So I can’t exactly mention one thing because there were a lot of technical hurdles at times, some issues while testing, etc. But localizing the app in 10 languages was certainly hard and time consuming.
Is there anything on the rise for Crypto Price Tracker?
Yes! The app is getting an average of 350 downloads a day. And I’m doing a number of things to promote it a lot more and also fixing bugs and introducing more features for the v1.1.
Being so young do you find that people don’t take you seriously? If yes, how do you overcome that?
I’ve found that being young has been more beneficial to me! My reddit post went insanely viral because of the “16 y/o” factor in it. I’ve also found more helpful resources and mentors who want to help because I’m young. Young people have an advantage because seeing young people do great things awes people more.
How do you spread the word about your company?
Most of my traffic on Day 1 came from the viral Reddit post. Product Hunt was another source. I also posted in a lot of Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, slack groups, etc.
The best thing I did for my app startup was document everything and share it with the world in my Medium posts. It has gotten me and my app a lot of attention and also helped people. Win-win.
Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs?
I’d say build meaningful products. Think of ambitious ideas and think more in the long-term.
Do you have a favorite quote or go to saying? ☺
From my role model Steve Jobs:
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”