See wants to create an online dating site, but is low on cash. Leo says that See could probably find someone who would be able to build the site for a piece of the pie. The problem is that he could end up with a situation like the Winklevoss Twins, who teamed up with Mark Zuckerberg, who then took the idea for Facebook and made it work without them. Ideas are really a dime a dozen, and most venture capitalists invest in the business plan, the people behind it, and not the idea itself.
Steve has an idea for an app. Can he get a company to make the app and pay him a royalty? Leo says that app ideas are a dime a dozen. It's the execution that's really more important. The idea alone is not enough.
Stephanie would like to build an app. How can she find someone who can help her? Leo says that app ideas are a dime a dozen, and the trick is how to get the right person to make it and market it. There are great places to find a programmer. eLance is one such place. She should ask for references.
Chris wants to build an app for energy savings, but he doesn't know what to call it. Leo says that ideally, he'll want to build it to be cross-platform so he can sell it on Android, iOS, and even Windows. eLance (now Upwork) is a good place to hire someone to build it. What should he call it? Something that explains his app in one or two words would be ideal.
Spivy created a poker game for casinos and he wants to turn it into a smartphone app. Leo says that's a good idea if people like it. But if it's a betting app, with cash involved, Apple won't let him do that. But if it's just a fun game, then he'd just need to find a developer. There are a lot of places to go. eLance is a great place to find them and he can have people bid on the gig. Many are in Russia, India and Eastern Europe. It'll cost him less than he'd think.
Mike has an idea for an app, but doesn't know how to make it. Leo says that apps are like having gold in the hills. If he can get it made, that would be great. But he should understand that most apps don't make money and those that do are usually made by larger companies. It's easy to have a great idea, but there's a lot of distance to making the idea a reality and then making money off it. He can find programmers at eLance.com or stackexchange.com.
Kevin has an idea for several apps and wants to know how he can get them made, and then get a patent on them. Leo says that it's easier to get a patent if he has a working app. But app ideas can be patented with a sketched out concept as well. But this is also what creates patent troll lawsuits. Where could he find coders for making the app? Leo recommends eLance.com. There are good and affordable programmers there. There's also StackExchange.
David wants to know the best way to hire an app developer in the states for an app he's working on. Leo says that he advises going to eLance. It'll give him developers from all over the world, but he can focus on developers here in the states, where there are over 27,000 mobile developers ready to take his job.
David wants to know if a streaming movie in Netflix would have to download all over again each time he'd rewind to rewatch a scene. Leo says that it depends, but if he's just rewinding to see a scene that he just saw, it won't have to redownload that. Netflix does cache the movie as it plays, but if he wants to go to completely different part of the video, it will probably have to download that part again.