McClosky New Venture

Partner Companies Awarded at McClosky New Venture Challenge

On April 27th, 2018 two of FarShore’s partners, Impowerus and Explore Interactive, competed in the final round of the McClosky New Venture Challenge at the University of Notre Dame. The competition started in November 2017 when they, along with hundreds of other new venture groups, submitted an extensive application including an executive summary. Upon acceptance, the ventures submitted a detailed business plan and finally presented in the semi-final and final rounds April 26-27th. Impowerus is an online platform to connect…
app idea

I have an idea for an app: where do I start?

If you are reading this, you have surely been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, or have an undeniably unique and awesome app idea that just needs to be a reality. In all of the excitement of dreaming up this new possibility, you might have found that you are like so many other entrepreneurs and do not singularly hold all of the skillsets to get from point A to point B (or even know what point A should be). Yes, for…
App Subscriptions

How To Monetize Your Free Mobile App

Entering the market as a premium paid application is one way to earn money with your mobile application, but initially places you at a disadvantage to the free applications that make up 90% of the all mobile downloads. Even when providing unique functionalities, justifying an initial purchase cost to a consumer can be difficult, especially without brand recognition. By utilizing some strategies that are less straightforward, but growing in popularity, you can earn revenue without sacrificing downloads. Ads A bottom…
Bucketfeet acquired

Partner Company Bucketfeet Acquired by Threadless

Long standing FarShore partner, Bucketfeet, has recently been acquired by Threadless. As two Chicago retail companies, they have shared a similar mission to highlight creators through collaboration with emerging artists. Since Bucketfeet’s launch in 2011 they have built a community of over 45,000 artists and have sold nearly a million pairs of customized shoes, promoting a union between utility and art. Tangible design is more than prints you can wear, it means reaching out towards every corner of the globe…
start your ecommerce business

Are You Ready to Start and Run Your Own E-commerce Business?

Your product is perfect.  It is sure to be leading the marketplace in no time.  People are going to wonder how they ever lived without it.  You’re ready to start selling it...right?  Surprisingly, it’s not just about the product to have a successful business.  Everything behind the scenes has to be perfect as well.  Before you can have your grand opening, there are several areas of your business you have to innovatively and critically think about.  We have worked with…
wireframe, mockup, and prototype_

What is the difference between a sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype?

Prior to the development work that brings your application idea to launch, all of the above terms represent a step that is beneficial or completely necessary in getting off the ground. When kicking off with design and development, these words are not interchangeable, though the differences can be hard to spot if you’re hearing them for the first time. A sketch, wireframe, mockup, and prototype are all unique ways to visually display the requirements of your application with varying levels…