The Brad Feld iPhone App

In case you don’t get enough of me, you can now download the Brad Feld iPhone app.  Or – from your iPhone – just do an App Store search on Brad Feld.  As a result of the Brad Feld iPhone app you can easily get the blogs from Feld Thoughts, Ask the VC, Foundry Group, Amy Batchelor, and Stan Feld all in one nifty app on your iPhone. 

While my ego is satiated, at least for a few days, the really cool thing to me is how this came together.  When the iPhone first came out, Brent Simmons created an iPhone version of NetNewsWire which was dynamite.  He iterated quickly on this and realized that it could be the core of an iPhone app business built on top of the NewsGator / NetNewsWire framework.  This has resulted in a new product for NewsGator – the NewsGator iPhone App Framework.

They needed a “test app” to harden the framework and I quickly volunteered (ah – the special privileges of a nerdy early investor.)  The result is the Brad Feld iPhone app, but more importantly a deep iPhone app dev framework.  Brent – who continues to do an amazing job on everything he touches – talks about the why and how along with announcing the deployment of a real iPhone app for Variety (vs just his cheesy investor beta tester.)

  • Ari

    I see a shark in the air!

  • Tom W

    Brad, congrats on the iphone app but I have to point out that the iphone version of netnewswire is terrible app. I love my desktop version but the iphone app crashes with regularity, doesn't update feeds properly, and is agonizingly slow anytime it does "work". I'm not the only one that thinks so either. There are many negative reviews stating the same things that I just did. I hope as a "nerdy early investor" you can help the team at Newsgator get their stuff together.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Great idea.  Yes – that’s what I was hoping for!

  • Jerry Chacon

    I haven’t had the crashes described above, but I do want to know how to put Fred down there in Amy’s tab – nothing personal to Amy

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

      Aha!  Look for a Fred Wilson app coming soon.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Tom – I’m copying Brent on this.  I’m sure he’d appreciate your direct feedback.  One of the challenges is performance based on number of feeds – as the number of feeds increases, the load on the app is significant, especially on the 3G network.  One “solution” is to limit the number of feeds you have on the iPhone (NewsGator has a very easy approach to this called “Locations” that you can set up via NewsGator Online so you have your “regularly read” feeds on the iPhone and “everything else + regularly read” on NetNewsWire.  That said, it’s always helpful to hear more about your specific configuration to see if there’s something fundamentally flawed on our side.

    • http://inessential.com/ Brent Simmons

      I'm keenly aware of performance issues with larger subscriptions lists. We're working on NetNewsWire 2.0 right now, and it's a much better app than the current release. (Better not just in terms of performance, but that's the big thing.)

      I can't estimate a release date (any estimate would be wrong) — but we're working as quickly as possible to get it finished and on the App Store.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/dgcohen David G. Cohen

      Brad, just FYI: After reading your "i'm copying brent" on this, i just asked intense debate to consider adding a feature to allow this to happen naturally (e.g. invite brent to join the conversation as you are posting your comment. I think what you really want is to just bring him into the discussion here, and ID should help facilitate that. (i see that it worked anyway, but still – should be easier to facilitate)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/arinewman120 arinewman

    FWIW, I've been using the NNW app for quite awhile and have found the last two revs of it to have greatly improved stability for me. It syncs quickly and crashes no more than my facebook app. I've got about 60 feeds loaded.

    One question – will the "Brad Feld" app and the native NNW app co-habitate on the phone nicely seeing as they are the same client?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      They should cohabitate just fine.  I have them both on mine.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jim_pollock555 Jim Pollock

    Because of the iPhone, I have become a devoted NetNewsWire fan. I had always used Safari on my Mac for RSS feeds, because my treo kind sucked for reading. But when I got the iPhone, it became imperative to sync rss between home and pocket. Enter NNW.

    My only wish is that the iPhone version would support the rotate capability to read text in portrait. I end up opening longer articles in iPhone Safari for more comfortable reading.

    Jim

    • http://inessential.com/ Brent Simmons

      Hey Jim — the next version will indeed support rotating. :)

  • Dave

    I have never met Mr. Feld, but find his posts, podcasts, and other opinions very interesting. I am sure he is a very interesting person and I would welcome any opportunity to meet. But I've been a bit suspicious of the amount of worshipers he has accumulated. An Iphone app, seriously?

  • http://inquisix.com/ Betsy MacKinnon

    Should be named "The Brad Feld iPhone Experience." "iPhone app" doesn't do Mr. Feld justice. Just downloaded it, looking forward to using it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Hah!  That’s nice, although I’d like to think my offline experience is better than the online experience (but you never know).  If you have any suggestions for the app (or the experience) please tell me!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

    Hah!  That’s nice, although I’d like to think my offline experience is better than the online experience (but you never know).  If you have any suggestions for the app (or the experience) please tell me!

  • http://inquisix.com/blog/about-betsy-mackinnon/ Betsy MacKinnon

    Well since most of us have yet to experience the offline… err…experience, the online will have to suffice. Will ruminate on app extensions. Oh, we can gab on twitter: I'm "@thebetsy"

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