Who's Making Money Now ...
Hard times everywhere? Hardly! A gimlet-eyed look at the winners and losers of the new economy—plus, salary figures for 100 jobs in Minnesota.
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If you need a virtual whoopee cushion, there’s an app for that. Looking for a two-dimensional dashboard hula dancer? There’s an app for that. Searching for a way to mint money? For iPhone software developers, at least, it certainly seems like there’s an app for that. Long before the iPhone’s App store was landing BusinessWeek cover stories and raking in billions, Minnesota-based DoApp saw opportunity. It was among the first developers to get in on the action, launching two apps in 2008 that landed among the most-downloaded utility apps of the year (myLite Flashlight and myLighter). DoApp is also responsible for more than 100 other apps, including the WCCO Mobile Local app, and Adagogo, an application that offers digital coupons based on geography. The company has recently landed a contract with Sony BMG and has other major deals in the works. “We’re growing, and I’m really proud of some of our game-changing technologies,” says DoApp CEO Wade Beavers. “But the app world is the Wild West. We’re just in our infancy.”
In a recent Zagat Survey, 22 percent of diners report skipping appetizers and dessert to save cash. Perhaps that’s why Twin Cities restaurateurs like Broders’ and Salut Bar Americain are packaging their appetizers and entrées together in bargain dining deals.