Tech entrepreneur Jared DaSilva (@Jayalxndr) has risen quickly to the top of the Miami technology scene. Having successfully published over 36 mobile apps on the AppStore in under 16 months, DaSilva is paving the way for the future of tech in South Florida.
Brazilian born and Florida raised, has worked nonstop to build NXTLVL; graduating from Florida State’s finance program and working on Wall Street to being homeless and couch surfing in Silicon Valley. By compiling all that he learned in his west coast travels, DaSilva saw the market opportunity in Miami and founded NXTLVL TECH (@nxtlvl.tech).
What exactly is NXTLVL’s mission statement?
Jared DaSilva: NXTLVL’s mission statement has always been to “Create The Future.” Every business can benefit through the use of mobile technology, whether it’s creating the next big idea, innovating the on-demand economy or streamlining any business model to increase efficiency, we have a solution for any and all businesses or entrepreneurs. We are a creative digital agency passionate about mobile technology and a band of visionaries on a mission to continue building a global tech empire.
What can NXTLVL do for companies and entrepreneurs looking to take their vision and infrastructure mobile?
JD: We take a lot of pride on bringing entrepreneurs and business owners ideas to reality in a matter of weeks from each stage of the app development process. Our primary focus in the initial stage is to focus on building an app based around a brand. Branding is the most vital part to the success of any app. The second thing we look for is ” does this app have a business model that can sustain the rapid advancement of technology and the cut throat app world in general.” We have a saying here at NXTLVL that “ 1 month in the tech world, is equivalent to 1 year in the real world” … and this couldn’t be more true! Technology moves very fast, so as an agency we must make sure all our projects are built to scale from the ground up, and can sustain any curve balls thrown at us over its course.
Can you share any exciting projects NXTLVL has in the works?
JD: Our current project we are spending a lot of time on is called Spotless. Think Uber for Maids, but with a an easy to use rewards system to earn free cleanings by sharing and booking through the app. Book your appointment, set your date and a time, and a professional Spotless cleaner will come to your home to make your place Spotless!
What is your backstory? Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
JD: In 2014 I created the first dating app for Instagram out of a coffee shop in South Florida. The name of the app was called Mingyl. This was a dating app that had an algorithm that connected people based off common interests through the risingly popular social media app Instagram. I knew that if I wanted to one day become a tech mogul like my idols Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs, that I had no choice but to leave everything behind and move to Silicon Valley.
After quitting my full-time job, I brought nothing but my macbook, business plan and a duffle bag with me on the plane aross the country. I spent a year and a half couch surfing from friend to friend in Silicon Valley picking up the tricks of the trade and learning as much as possible along the way. It was crazy to be surrounded by the largest companies in the world. I was literally 5–10 minutes from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, etc. Those experiences in the valley changed my life forever.
For many people with zero to low coding experience, breaking into the app and mobile industry feels impossible, even if they have great ideas. Any suggestions?
JD: I always recommend UDemy courses to my coders and entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Their online courses really break down the entire app development process step by step for anyone who wants to learn how to build apps.
What do the next five years look like for NXTLVL? Any thoughts on the future of the technology industry?
JD: At the time of this article we currently have 36 apps published on the iOS Appstore (search: NXTLVL for our developer profile). We are projected to have 60-70 apps developed under the NXTLVL brand by 2020. I would suggest anyone who wants long-term success to at least have some sort of technical, design or programming skillsets so they remain relevant over the next five years. We are also working on some AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) apps that we will be working on throughout 2019 and beyond. At NXTLVL we are working hard to create the future and I believe that we will one day become one of the largest tech companies in the world.