More and more creative people--whether idea-generators or developers--are trying to sell their app ideas to Apple.
We fully encourage and support this entrepreneurial spirt, so we researched the necessary steps you'll need to take in order to become an authorized iOS app developer.
The first step required by Apple is that you enroll in their program for $99 a year. Once you have enrolled, you can submit your application.
Apple states that it will first review the application and, once it has reviewed your application, you will be informed as to what to provide in order for Apple to approve your company as an App Developer.
However, I wanted to know exactly what Apple requires so I asked an array of questions. Here is what I found out:
As many business owners know, one of the major benefits of incorporating in Delaware is the ability to file a new company without listing director, officer or member information on the public record.
Why does this matter? Often, many clients who form an app startup are looking to bring in Venture Capitalists or Angel Investors to help fund their business.
If your startup is looking to do that, or at least wants the option, then a Delaware company makes it very easy to distribute ownership percentages (in an LLC) and shares of stock (in a corporation) while still maintaining all confidentiality and liability protection.
The Delaware Court of Chancery has been voted number one for having the strongest corporate law structure for past 13 years. What does this mean for you?
It helps to put up the biggest wall between one’s business life and one’s personal life, so if a lawsuit were presented against your company, it would make it very hard for a litigant to come after you personally.
This, along with many other benefits, helps makes the state of Delaware the number one choice for over 65% of Fortune 500 companies.
Your Delaware company does have to actually operate in the state of Delaware. So how do you show the physical address for a business that is incorporated in Delaware but operates elsewhere?
Typically, business owners file for Foreign Qualification for corporations and LLCs, also known as Certificate of Authority.
Foreign Qualification can help show you are a domestic business entity to Delaware and a foreign entity to the state in which the business is physically conducting business.
We offer a unique Foreign Qualification service to assist you in preparing and filing for Certificate of Authority in the state in which you are physically conducting business.
This can help your business comply with all local and state compliance issues and often help illustrate the information Apple is looking for, such as a physical address to certify you as an Authorized App Developer.
Be sure to read all of Apple's relevant information and how it applies to your specific app idea.
For any additional questions on how we can help you become an authorized iOS app developer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Sales Department at 800-345-2677, Ext. 6900.
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