Top app development companies interview: Andrew Garkavyi - Stanfy

Published on May 13, 2014 in App Development

Andrew Garkavyi is the CEO of Stanfy. The company, founded in 2005 by Pavel Bashmakov, has offices in Kiev, Ukraine, and San Francisco, California. Andrew started his career path in the company as a Java Engineer and held different positions including PM, Head PM and Operations Officer. Here's what he had to say about Stanfy, their work and the mobile world.

What do you do?

At the moment, the main company's specialization is mobile application development for the two main platforms: iOS and Android. The previous experience encompassed a score of other platforms such as Samsung Bada and HTML5. At the start of our company, we had also created web based and enterprise level systems.

For now, as mentioned, our primary focus is the iOS and Android native application development – Objective-C and Java World. Along with that, we consider the possibility of app development for wearable devices, which are getting trendy these days.

Which would you say are the best apps you have developed and why?

We have a number of successful apps in our company portfolio.

In terms of my personal preferences, I like our app called WaterBalance. This nice looking and handy application, which can be used on a daily basis, is a rather good example of What and How we can do to meet users' needs.

There are several apps that we created for the music industry market. Among them, I would like to mention Lysn In, an application that allows you to stream audio from iPhone media library, SoundCloud or Spotify, as well as to connect DJ equipment. I like this most recent app both because of its interesting technical side and its clear UI.

There are also other exciting projects I would like to share with you. Particularly, KinoPoisk. Kinopoisk is Russia’s largest movie database, with more than 3 million users per platform, which is an analogue of the popular IMDB. With this app, movie fans can be constantly aware of the latest news and events in the movie industry, check film schedules in the nearest cinema and find detailed information and interesting facts about movies.

A few others I would like to mention are Simple Finance, an app that can help control users' money and savings, and a task tracking app, BiteHippo, which is our internal experiment. And, perhaps, the last to mention is Planet IMAX, which enables movie goers to buy tickets. But frankly, I like all the apps in our portfolio and regard those as a big success. They can be a sound testimony to our professional expertise and popularity among users.

Which apps would you have loved to develop and why?

The next app we would like to develop is the one that would be helpful for users and could be applied in real life. Getting good feedback from people, both positive and negative is very encouraging. This is, as a matter of fact, the core driver in our strategy.

When speaking about other drivers motivating us, I have to acknowledge that we like challenging tasks especially technology related. Thus, it’s not just developing any app, but the apps that really help users solve their problems in their everyday life.

Which are the 5 apps you use the most on a daily basis?

If we are talking about a daily basis, I tend to use more frequently Yahoo Weather, Facebook, and our company’s Simple Finance, which allows me to keep my finances all together effectively. Among the other apps I have in my iPhone, I frequently use book reading apps like iBooks and BookMate, a service with which you can read various books by subscription. Moves and Runkeeper motivate me to do exercises, move often and stay healthy.

Which mobile device is the best in the market right now?

In terms of devices, I don’t know an ideal one. There are a score of good devices available on the market. At the moment, I personally use iPhone, but I also like certain Android gadgets. And an ideal device would be somewhere in the middle provided you can combine the simplicity and polishness of iPhone with Android’s cool features. But, unfortunately, this ideal mobile device doesn’t exist right now.

What kind of device/platform will be the next big thing?

It’s a very interesting question. Currently, there are many different trends, and in terms of really big things regarding devices it’s hard to say which one is THE real BIG thing. As an educated guess, wearable gadgets will be getting more popular in the near future. Smartwatches are a good example, but they are still at early stages. To a certain extent, such products will be getting more and more popular in the future, this is for sure. However, I doubt everyone would use those as widely as mobile phones.

Smartphones have already become a big indispensable part of the mobile devices contingent. But again, the next step, and not necessarily a big one, would be an era of wearable devices and the so-called “The Internet of Things”.

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