David Carter (entrepreneur)

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David Carter
Carter speaking at Guardian Activate Summit 2013.jpg
Carter speaking at Guardian Activate Summit 2013.
Born (1992-03-01) March 1, 1992 (age 23)
Manchester, Greater Manchester, U.K.
Residence Manchester, England, U.K.
Nationality British
Ethnicity White
Occupation Web developer, Entrepreneur, Computer Hacker
Known for CEO and founder of The Corporate Group[1]
Net worth Increase £3.4 million (est.)
Title CEO of Corporate Group
Signature David Carter (signature).png

David Carter is an English internet and mobile media entrepreneur and web developer best known for launching The App Factory.[2] He is the CEO of the United Kingdom-based technology and consulting company The Corporate Group.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Carter and his sister were raised by his mother[4] on a council estate in Manchester, England.[5]

He often referenced his mother as his inspiration in various interviews.[6]

By age 13, he had become interested in web development and started an e-commerce website selling clothing worldwide.[6]

He attended Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, and then a business course at The Manchester College, where he first conceived the idea for The App Factory.[4][7]


The App Factory[edit]

Within a few months Carter's App Factory was making applications for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, iPad, Palm, Symbian, Windows Mobile and the Kindle.[4]

Applications available from the App Factory ranged from a business app to track the price of shares, to games such as Spin the Bottle, to apps to help people quit smoking.[4]

Over a period of six months, Carter's company developed over 80 mobile applications sold worldwide, generating download figures over 600,000.[8] Carter was still a full-time student at Manchester College, speaking at a conference in 2013 Carter mentioning skipping lessons to work on the company.[9]

The portfolio of applications developed became the largest seen on Android devices worldwide within 2010, with Carter still 18 years of age.[10] Turning down a University placement, he started to work full-time on the business in September 2010.[4]

Corporate Group[edit]

In 2011, Carter founded Corporate Group when he merged two of his existing companies, M-Tech Innovation and The App Factory.[11] Corporate Group develops and sells computer and mobile device software, along with offering infrastructure and consulting services in areas ranging from application development, integration, and solution development.

With the success of the App Factory, Carter decided to expand his business into a company he would call the Corporate Group.[12]

Initially self-funded from profits from The App Factory, the Corporate Group gradually grew its client base[10] while growing from two programmers to twelve over its first two years.[13]

Corporate Group is headquartered in Manchester, England.


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  2. ^ "Start your own: Mobile apps business". Startups. Retrieved 2012-11-26
  3. ^ "When big business thinks small: a guide to working with technology SMEs - 19 Jun 2012 - Computing Feature". Computing.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25
  4. ^ a b c d e "David's App Factory is building a big future Manchester Evening News", retrieved 4 June 2010
  5. ^ "One To Watch: David Carter" Money Maker Magazine
  6. ^ a b "David Carter mentions his mother as his inspiration"
  7. ^ "To confirm I've never attended Anne Arundel Community College". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  8. ^ ,"Phone app business is just the ticket for David" Manchester Evening News. menmedia.co.uk. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2012-11-26
  9. ^ Book kernel beta. "Young tech talent panel". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Does 18-year-old David Carter have an eye for an App?". The Drum. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2012-11-24
  11. ^ , "David Carter of Corporate Group - Young Entrepreneur 2012". BaseKit. Retrieved 2012-11-25
  12. ^ Davidi, Adam (2013-06-12). "Activate London Summit: Q&A with David Carter, Corporate Group". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Mortleman, Jim. "When big business thinks small: a guide to working with technology SMEs". computing.co.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2013.