Startup turns spreadsheets into smartphone apps

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Spotted:  US-based startup Glide has created a way to build apps without coding. The company turns Excel spreadsheets – the kind you use for accounting – into smartphone-ready apps.

Users plug information into an Excel spreadsheet and the program turns it into an app. Glide offers several templates, including for human resources — like organising interviews or employees — advertising a small business or running a podcast. Users can also create their own Excel sheet. The service is currently available. There is a free option and fee-based services.

Glide was started by four programmers who were frustrated at how difficult it was to create an app. David Siegel, CEO and co-founder at Glide, and his co-founders Jason Smith, Mark Probst and Antonio Garcia Aprea were working for a different company at the time. They started exploring non-coding methods to create apps and decided the widely used spreadsheet made the most sense for companies.

Takeaway: A 2017 poll by Statista found that nearly half of the respondents spend over five hours a day on their smartphones. The increased use of smartphones means apps and a mobile strategy are a core part of most businesses.  “We saw how desperate some of the world’s largest companies were to have a mobile strategy, and also how painful and expensive it is to develop mobile apps. And we haven’t seen significant progress on that 10 years after the smartphone debuted,” Siegel told TechCrunch. Springwise has recently spotted several companies using apps to provide a range of services, from language acquisition to mental health.

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