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Local developer releases successful first iPhone app, Grades

Posted on 25 Mar 2010 by Justin Ruckman

video: Justin Ruckman; watch in HD on YouTube

We met up with Jeremy Olson at Dish last week to talk about his new iPhone app, Grades, designed for students wanting to keep track of their, you guessed it, grades, and predict what you’d need to score on tests and homework to leave a course with the mark of your choice.

We dipped across the street to House of Africa for a quieter setting to shoot the interview above.

It’s great to hear of local success stories like this. Olson is a student at UNC Charlotte, so we talk for a little bit about how they played a part (albeit small) in fostering his entrepreneurship. We also discuss his design approach, his challenges learning about iPhone development from the perspective of a web designer, and his experience so far in the local iPhone development community, including attending the last BarCamp.

Grades launched Monday and is available now for $.99 in Apple’s App Store. On its first day it climbed into the top 100 education apps, and has received all but universally glowing reviews. TapTapTap, a notable iPhone development house, posted a particularly supportive review of the app on their blog.

Want a quick preview of the app’s functionality? Here’s about three minutes of tinkering compressed into a quick 30 seconds:

watch this video in HD on YouTube

You can keep up with Jeremy at Tapity, his company’s website and blog. You can learn more about Grades there too.

We have a few promo codes to give out if you’d like give this app a shot for yourself. Leave a comment below if you’d like one of them.


Grades is currently being featured on the front page of Apple’s App Store.


  1. Avatar of Jeremy Olson
    Jeremy Olson 25 Mar 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Hey thanks, guys. If anybody has any questions I’ll be keeping an eye on the comments.

  2. Andrew Eckhart 25 Mar 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I’m always fascinated about the development and distribution of iPhone apps. However, in this case I reeeeeally wish I had this sucker back in highschool. I’ll be getting this for my younger siblings with alacrity.

  3. Dillion hoke 25 Mar 2010 at 12:50 PM

    i wanna give it a shot.

  4. Connie Chesner 25 Mar 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Sounds like a fascinating app. Would like to check it out. Tell me, is there a way for professors to synch this up for students through a blast of info from Blackboard or other grading/integrated collaboration tools for the classroom?

  5. Natalie Collins 25 Mar 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Looks cool! I’m starting highschool next year, this would be a nice tool for my iPod touch!

  6. Michelle Walden 25 Mar 2010 at 2:06 PM

    I’d like to give it a try!! <3 It sounds awesome