“I idolize you”; “I feel inadequate”; “Don’t be alarmed, I’m already on your Twitter.”
These are just a few of the gushing responses that AppHero’s Jordan Satok received from NBC’s Cleveland affiliate WKYC when being interviewed this morning on live television.
But most important, they referred to AppHero as “the best free app ever.”
Last month Techvibes updated you on Satok’s story of raising a $1.8 million seed round led by Omers Ventures at the age of 17. He took the title of the youngest CEO to raise venture capital from fellow Canadian Brian Wong who had raised $200,000 for Kiip at the ripe age of 19.
Satok was on the WKYC newsdesk to talk about the launch of AppHero 2.0. The AppHero team has spent the last couple months learning from their users and have made a ton of improvements to the popular app discovery app.
According to Satok, they have completely redesigned the interface. Users can now quickly flick through apps, or tap Save for Later/Not interested/Have it. In additon, apps are now shown in sections relating to your interests (i.e. parenting, Toronto, technology, etc.).
Unlike other app discovery tools like AppGratis, AppsFire, and Free App a Day, AppHero’s recommendations are based on hundreds of factors such as what you already have, your price sensitivities, what your friends have, and how you’ve interacted with recommendations we’ve made in the past. They also hand review each and every app before it gets recommended to ensure they’re high quality and free of spam.
Through extensive testing of their recommendations, they know that their users are 5-6 times more likely to download an app based on a recommendation than on with one of the other services mentioned above.
And don’t worry, AppHero doesn’t take sponsorships or do paid placements. Satok expands: “I feel that doing paid app placements would be the same as someone paying for a blog post, it’s completely unethical, but for some reason, other services have decided to stoop to this level. We’re focused just on the consumer discovery side of the problem, and aren’t letting advertisers get in the way.”
Download AppHero here and judge for yourself.