I occasionally get requests from people to develop applications for them based on their ideas. It’s very flattering because they start off saying things like, “Mach, you’re so awesome…” or “I admire your dice program so much…” or “I want to have your babies even though that’s physiologically impossible…”. (Well, okay, that last one’s more disconcerting than flattering.)

But I’ve got a lot of personal ideas that I’d rather work on so I decline the offers. However, it occurs to me that maybe there are other programmers out there that might be interested in collaborating on projects. So if you’re one of those people, please submit a comment for this post.


  • Setting up a bank account with iTunes is rather involved. If it’s a free app, no problem. But if there’s money involved, you’re going to have to work out some way to split the profits.
  • Obviously, this is a public site so keep in mind that anyone can post comments. Everyone that’s posted so far has been really cool. But who knows? Maybe the person posting is a complete dick an unscrupulous person out to steal your ideas.

Of course, you can always trust me. I would never steal your idea. (I mean, unless I could somehow make money off of it; in which case, yeah, I’d totally do that.)

5 Responses to “Collaboration”

  1. Danimal Says:

    Mach, point people to this:

    They can send an email that will go to a group of iPhone/Mac developers that take contracts.


  2. Mach Says:

    Thanks, Dan!

  3. NinjaHERO Says:

    Just an FYI, I contacted Toxic software and was put in touch with a developer. After discussing my app idea they completely cut off contact. So I assume I will see my app under their name in the app store any day now.

    I don’t know if this was one developer or if you should worry about the entire toxic software site. But I suggest everyone be cautious.

  4. Mach Says:

    They might have just been too swamped to respond. But yeah, it’s definitely a possibility. I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work out.

  5. NinjaHERO Says:

    No real chance he just got swamped. Jon, who runs the site, put me in touch with a developer. I spoke with the developer several times. Once he had a feel for my app, suddenly he stopped emailing. I doubt he got magically swamped.

    Either way, not your fault Mach. I should have known better. I just wanted to make sure I warned anyone who used that site. Just be careful.