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I was first introduced to “apps” when I bought my first smartphone (an iPhone 2G) sometime around April 2008. Creating an app myself has been an idea ever since but I never really took the plunge given the requirements of a Mac and a $99 registration fee with Apple. Time moved on and sometime in the early days of 2012, I came across a promotion from RIM that promised to give a BlackBerry PlayBook to developers who port their Android app and submit to RIM. Well, this seemed like a great opportunity. I was not too busy at work that required me to spend more than 8 hours in office those days and I felt motivated enough to take the plunge into app development. Just before this, in December 2011, I was involved in a short term consulting project that required me to organize 5-6 meetings a day. To keep track of all those meetings, we had to document them and it was a very tedious task. I felt the need for something that would make these meetings easier to organize and track. Fresh from that experience, I didn’t have to spend much time on the idea for my first app. That is how “Meeting Minutes” was born. I had only 15-20 days to create, test and submit the app to RIM. Having no experience of Java or Android SDK, it was initially tough but the motivation was strong and I did eventually earn that BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. The response was good and I continued improving the app and eventually released a paid version at an initial price of $0.99. Again, the response was good and I received several emails from folks that purchased my app appreciating my efforts and how my app is different and useful from other similar apps available. The updates to the apps kept rolling (based on the free time available after my day job) and as of this post the free version has been downloaded more than 3000 times and the paid version has been purchased by more than 300 folks…