Ordering food via a smartphone? Easy, thanks to a growing variety of apps like GrubHub
, which allow you to order takeout (or delivery) from a plethora of restaurants. But a group of teenagers decided to make the process even simpler—provided you really, really, really like pizza. Click here to find app-developer jobs.
Like many a minimalist smartphone app, Push for Pizza
cuts everything down to the essentials: push the giant pizza logo, select a nearby pizzeria, choose a pizza, and wait for it to show up on your doorstep. Yes, it’s simplistic, but simplistic apps are in these days: just look at Yo
, the popular app that allows people to message the word “Yo” to one another, which raised $1.5 million in venture funding this summer. Valleywag’s Sam Biddle
conducted a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek interview with one of Push for Pizza’s co-founders, Max Hellerstein, who cheerfully admitted that he’d sell the enterprise for a million dollars. “My team would have to agree, of course,” he added. “Audi’s [sic] for the whole team.” Joking (and delicious pizza) aside, the rise of ultra-minimalist apps could transform into an enduring trend. Rather than pack more functionality into a single app, large firms such as Facebook
seem increasingly committed to breaking out multiple features into smaller, discrete apps such as Messenger
. At the same time, startups have found that an app that does one small thing well can often prove as popular as one that tries to provide a platform’s worth of services. In the meantime, Push for Pizza’s creators should figure out what they’ll do for a second act. Maybe an app that orders falafel.
Image: Push for Pizza
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