Mobile App Development and More in Austin, TX
Earlier this year we announced that we opened a second mobile app development office in Austin, Texas. We’re extremely excited to be part of the Austin community and wanted to share with you some of the unique opportunities it offers, not only for app development, but in the tech space and life in general.
Like Boulder, Austin is a vibrant, tech-centric university town. Although growing fast, the city still has a small-town feel to it, due in part to leadership that recognizes how important it is that its tech, university, and music cultures stay connected and keep pace with the city’s expansion.
Austinites enjoy nature and the outdoors, and while Boulder’s Flatiron mountains are taller than Austin’s “Silicon Hills,” Austin enjoys a downtown river and park, and upstream lakes that offer plenty of aquatic fun in the sun. There are more than 20,000 acres of parks in the city alone!
Even though Austin is the capital of Texas, it is better known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” An evening stroll downtown will expose you to music radiating from plenty of bars and restaurants, most famously in historic areas of East 6th street and South Congress. Remarkably, as the city grows, the music scene just grows along with it. New concentrations of music venues have sprung up on West 6th Street, Rainey Street, and Red River downtown, plus in the “new downtowns” further out, such as The Domain and Arboretum areas.
On the entrepreneurial and technology front, Austin has established a rich ecosystem of venture capital, legal and accounting support, incubators, and co-working spaces that, together with a growing talent base, ensures a steady and diverse stream of startups in mobile, medical, social, and other fields. Famous past successes include Michael Dell founding Dell Computers from his university dorm room, and Richard Garriot developing the first MMORPG and going on to buy a ticket to the International Space Station. The University of Texas helps to provide an ongoing strong source of technical and business talent.
We have established a presence in Austin’s Capital Factory, “the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.” Here, we aim to replicate the success we found in Boulder, by designing, developing, and inspiring local businesses, one by one, through custom apps for smart devices. We’re contributing to the community through local meet-ups, and as in Boulder, we’re always glad to sit down with everyone from local entrepreneurs and startups, to established businesses and large corporations, to help evaluate an app development idea.
Our membership in Capital Factory also puts us smack in the middle of some of the largest and most exciting technology and music events in the country: South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin Startup Week, and Austin City Limits Festival. Each of these week+ events bring in thousands of technology practitioners and music fans to the city, and many converge on the Capital Factory common areas as the place to meet the movers and shakers in tech.
For those unfamiliar, SXSW “dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” SXSW draws attendees from around the globe, and we have benefitted numerous times from the technical insights shared there. Austin Startup Week, and the associated Startup Crawl, shares a mission similar to Boulder Startup Week. We are looking forward to this fall’s event and hope to be able to both participate in and contribute to this energizing week. We also hope to enjoy the Austin City Limits Festival, simply for fun. Who can argue with two weekends worth of incredible music?
All told, Austin boasts the culture, infrastructure, and resources to remain a vibrant source of technical disruption and excitement for years to come. InspiringApps is feeling right at home and downright lucky to be in Austin. If you know of someone who could use our services there, we’re always grateful for a referral.
With technology and a collaborative spirit, a meaningful new brand is born. BOULDER, CO -- After nearly a decade and a half of the same look and feel, InspiringApps is glowing up–and it only took pivot to remote work for inspiration to strike. The company, an industry-leading web and mobile app and software solutions group headquartered in Boulder, officially launched an innovative new brand and website encompassing its roots and plans for the future. A Collaborative Innovation While some companies struggled to work collaboratively and adjust to the new reality of remote teams, the InspiringApps team took on the massive challenge to become more cohesive than before. “Emerging from over a year of pandemic isolation and recognizing that InspiringApps had used the same branding for over a decade, it was the perfect time for a change. Our teams are doing amazing work for start-ups and huge enterprises alike. I welcomed a fresh perspective on our logo and color schemes,” Brad Weber, founder and president of InspiringApps shared. InspiringApps’ new logo reflects the company’s collaborative nature, combining efforts from our UI/UX and marketing teams. “We collaborated a lot remotely; we had Slack open, cameras on, and worked from shared Adobe XD artboards, moving elements around while we discussed them. It was a powerful way to leverage technology for a smoother, more collaborative process,” Becca Collins, UI/UX designer, explains. “Somehow, working remotely with shared screens produced even better results than we could have achieved if we were in the same office,” Aaron Lea, Art Director, noted. A Meaningful Brand The team started with a concept that encapsulated the InspiringApps foundation: the original location in Boulder, Colorado, the code that developers use to build web and mobile apps, and the core values the team holds at the center of everything they do. Designers visually translated these elements into three simplified shapes: a triangle to encompass the mountainous Flatirons of Boulder, and a semicolon and less-than symbol representing code. Designers merged the three symbols into an abstract I and A–the company’s abbreviated initials–for a unique and meaningful new logo. Although the company leads with intentional design with clients, rapid growth brought an increased demand for the services and little time for internal branding. For several years, the original design established the InspiringApps brand, but that logo had limitations. “The logo served us well initially, but it was hard to work with. It was time for a change,” Aaron said. A newly designed dynamic website accompanied the brand’s unveiling. On the new site, visitors can find valuable resources and downloads, case studies, and advice for companies considering a mobile or web app. The site also includes case studies from past clients to inspire new ideas. “Our goal is to provide a design and web experience that reflects our mission and core values. We’re committed to putting just as much care and intention into your project as we did with our own,” Brad shared.
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Extensive experience with startups and enterprises encourages success in the role Boulder, CO – InspiringApps, a premier app design and development provider, announces the addition of Jonathan Laramy to the senior management team as Director of Sales. Jonathan will plan and execute InspiringApps’ sales strategy and continue the company’s steady growth with a focus on enterprise clients. Jonathan has deep experience navigating complex sales cycles with multiple project owners at all levels of the organization. With a successful history of establishing and nurturing long-term relationships with strategic customers, Jonathan brings loyalty, integrity, and transparency to the InspiringApps organization. “InspiringApps has enjoyed steady organic growth for years. I’m excited that Jonathan will help to accelerate that growth, especially with enterprise customers, which has been the source of much of our new business in recent years. Jonathan’s style and approach to sales are very much aligned with our practices at InspiringApps,” Brad Weber, president and CEO of InspiringApps, said. “App development has so much potential to improve customer experiences and help companies communicate better with their teams. I’m honored to be a part of InspiringApps, and looking forward to bringing innovative solutions to more enterprise companies,” Jonathan said. Jonathan’s experience spans various industries, including retail, manufacturing, on-demand services, real estate, property management, and music. Jonathan launched his career as a key sales manager at Move.com, one of the most successful dotcom companies of the early 2000s, and has enjoyed a successful career in sales in more than a half-dozen companies. About InspiringApps InspiringApps is a web and mobile app design and development company that crafts beautiful and engaging apps that inspire how people live, work, and play. With over 13 years in business and experience building hundreds of mobile and web apps for top global brands and startups alike, InspiringApps helps transform organizations and consumer experiences. Contact: Stephanie MikulsMarketing DirectorInspiringAppsBoulder, COstephanie@InspiringApps.comwww.InspiringApps.com
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