Two weeks ago we introduced Uphold along with exciting new functionalities. This required intense focus, and as this guy knew, staying focused and saying no can be hard when building an exciting product. But we knew that this was just the beginning –Our open API fully supports individuals and organizations of all kinds seeking to pursue new opportunities and bring improved financial services to market themselves. The perfect formula for endless innovation.
Already, we have some pretty amazing people working with Uphold Connect, and today we’re announcing yet another great example of this. Developed by the talented Jorge Sanchis, BeeWallet is the first iOS app connecting to Uphold’s cloud money platform.
BeeWallet’s developer went the extra mile, and added amazing new features by connecting Uphold’s API with other companies’ APIs. Available in Apple’s App Store, BeeWallet lets users:
- Send money to anybody, anywhere, even if they don’t have Uphold accounts. Users send money directly to any email address and the recipient instantly receives the money along with easy instructions of how to claim it.
- Pay for stuff anywhere bitcoin is accepted by scanning a QR code.
- Receive money from other Uphold users or from the Bitcoin Network by sharing a QR code.
- Pay your bills and send bank transfers in Europe, via Cashila integration.
- Withdraw money at more than 10,000 ATMs in Spain, by using just a PIN code (no card required!), via Bit2Me’s integration.
- Pay your bills in Australia, thanks to an integration with Living Room of Satoshi
Last week we sat down with BeeWallet’s creator, Jorge Sanchis, for a Q&A. Here’s what he had to say about his experience using Uphold Connect and his plans for the future.
Q: How did you first hear about Uphold? Why did you decide to build BeeWallet?
A: I stumbled upon Uphold in its early days, right after its official launch in October 2014. At that same time I got word of Bit2Me, a Spanish startup that lets you cash out your Bitcoins in the form of Euros, at more than 10,000 Spanish ATMs. You do that by using just a PIN code, no card required. Bit2Me didn’t have a native iPhone app, so I created one using their API, just for my own convenience.
Soon thereafter, I realized the app would be much more useful if paired with a bitcoin wallet. I looked for a bitcoin wallet API to build the integration, and concluded my best two candidates were Coinbase and Uphold. I ended up choosing Uphold for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it would let me (and future users) hold my money not just as bitcoin, but as any currency offered by the platform.
Q: How many developers worked on the app, and for how long?
A: It has been just me so far. I developed the core of the app in a bit under a month, working on it some nights after work, and during the weekends. I then kept working on it whenever I found the time; that’s when I added the pay your bills feature and got to polish the app’s design.
I’m very happy with the results so far. I’m looking to invest more time in the project in the near future, and hopefully I will build a small team around it.
Q: Would you share some of your plans for BeeWallet’s future with our readers?
A: I have a lot of ideas I’d like to pursue. There are two new integrations I’m working on that would add extra functionality to the app, but I’d rather keep the details a surprise. I expect to release an Android version very soon, and I’m also thinking about using BeeWallet’s core to create other niche apps. Each of them would integrate with different services to tackle specific user segments and goals.
Thank you Jorge for such a great product, we’re sure your story will inspire others!
If you are a developer and Jorge’s story got you thinking, visit our developer site to learn more about building with Uphold Connect.
Onwards and Upwards!
Product Marketing Manager