Meet Antony and Cameron: Teen App Developers [Interview]

Cameron Oelsen and Antony Basta are self-declared Apple fanboys. They started making their first iPhone app when they were 14 and 15 years old. With the help of their parents, they registered a company, Rumbleapps.net, and set out to launch QuikSocial, an iPhone app that makes it easy to access all your social networks at once. That was 2 years ago. 

Today, Antony and Cameron, 17 and 16 years old respectively, are on their 7th app. Their most popular is PaperHelper, an app that streamlines the essay writing process by splitting your iPad screen into a full document writer and an internet browser. The idea is that you avoid having to switch back and forth between apps (Safari and Pages, for example), because your sources are right next to your report. "We try to make apps that we would use ourselves," Cameron said. It seems that they are not alone. They've been contacted by some Universities hoping to get PaperHelper into the hands of their students.

When I asked them how they balance their school work with making apps, they told me they usually work on apps between 9 pm and 2 am. They communicate via video chat, and they confessed to me that this was actually the first time they'd seen in other in person in 3 years. Below is a short interview I did with Antony and Cameron. Their full story will be covered in the next issue of iPhone Life magazine.

To find out more about Antony and Cameron's apps, go to rumbleapps.net.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Alex is marketing consultant, regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and the host of a web series called Social Good Now, where he highlights social issues through short animated videos. Formerly, he was a Marketing Exec at Cisco, and Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. His projects have been featured on TEDx Houston, CNN, TIME, ABC News, CBS, Univision, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.