Dan Counsell

I write about life, work, technology, and everything in-between.

Removing Distractions Part 2

August 9th, 2016

Late last year I was inspired to try and get back some focus and clarity in my life. I wrote an article explaining the reasons behind it. It was (unsurprisingly) called Removing Distractions. This is part 2. It’s now six months on and my life has changed because of it, but I do have a confession to m…

Removing Distractions

December 1st, 2015

A while ago I read an article on living a year with a distraction-free iPhone. I laughed when I read the title, this guy must be one crazy fool I thought to myself. After reading the article I felt like maybe I’m the crazy fool and this guy is actually on to something. My iPhone made me twitchy. I c…

Build a Great App but Don't Forget about Marketing

January 29th, 2015

Whatever type of product you decide to build, you need to make sure it’s something you’re interested in, something you care deeply about. Don't build it if you're not passionate about the idea or possibilities it holds, don't build it because you think there's a gap in the market and it’ll make you milli…

Benefits of Selling Software outside the App Store

January 2nd, 2015

When you get swept along in the shininess of the App Store it’s easy to forget that you no longer know who your customers are. You don’t have any of their details, you can't even respond to them when they leave a review on the App Store. The fact of the matter is they are really Apples customers, not…

Post Launch Depression

August 27th, 2014

It’s Thursday evening, I’m feeling nervous, almost sick. I’m pacing around the kitchen staring intently at my phone like nothing else in the world matters. Everything rests on this, any minute now I’ll know for sure. I’ll find out if we made it. Apple updates the App Store every Thursday. I was hoping it…

Are You Building an App or a Business?

February 19th, 2014

Running any kind of business is hard, and making a living from apps is no different. A commonly touted statistic is that 1 in 3 businesses will fail in the first three years. Very few businesses make it to 5 years, if you get that far you’re obviously doing something right. It’s okay to build an app…