We build custom
apps that inspire
the way people
We build custom apps
that inspire the way people
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Custom mobile app development

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Software development that makes an impact

Easy to use is often hard to design, so we sweat the details, treating your custom app development project like our own. So much so that clients repeatedly tell us that they love working with us because we passionately dig into projects alongside them. We’re custom app developers, but what we offer is inspiration and implementation to help companies impact their employees, customers, and communities. Inspiration is what we do—after all, “inspiring” is in our name.

Impact
Software devices including desktop, tablet, mobile, and smart watches

Boulder, CO

Founded

200+ Apps

Mobile & Web

17 years

In Business

Innovative digital products beyond the code

Our award-winning web app development services and custom mobile apps are powered by cutting-edge AI and automation, making the complex simple and handling large data sets with ease. But that’s just the beginning. We go beyond the code to offer strategic solutions within our clients’ fintech and enterprise organizations.


The future belongs to those who are proactive and innovative. By partnering with InspiringApps, you can discover new sources of revenue and engage with your customers in unique and exciting ways. Our team has extensive knowledge in advanced technologies. From generative AI to spatial computing, we’re geared to help you propel your business to a brighter, more secure future.

Clients from startups to enterprise

Award-winning app design

Client satisfaction is our most valued metric, but we are also honored our work is recognized for excellence in mobile and web app development and UI/UX design by leading organizations in the field.

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Modernizing real estate transactions to secure financial data

A real estate transaction involves many people, milestones, data, and systems coordinated through email, which puts millions of homebuyer dollars at risk. Our client reimagined the home buying process to make it more efficient, transparent, and secure. The inHere vision matched InspiringApps’ ability to solve complex, enterprise-level challenges with secure solutions that both protect and delight end users. Recognized by Fast Company’s Innovation by Design award, the inHere app has helped over a million users safeguard their financial futures.

Happy people make great products

InspiringApps nurtured a culture of respect, empathy, and inclusivity from the start. Yearly Great Places to Work® Certifications™ exemplify our commitment to culture and are validated by our fabulous team. But that recognition is only a small window into the little things our team does daily to reinforce our core values and support expert engineering talent.

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Digital Products

Web or Mobile App: Which Is the Right Digital Product?

Struggling to choose between a web app or a mobile app (or website)? This guide simplifies your decision. We’ll explore ideal use cases to help you pick the perfect fit for your digital experience. Learn about websites, web apps, mobile apps and when to choose each. Understanding App Types: Websites, Web Apps, & Mobile Apps Websites: Informing & Engaging Users Websites primarily serve to inform users by presenting static or dynamic content like text, images, and videos. They function as digital brochures, portfolios, or news platforms, offering limited interactivity where users primarily consume information rather than actively manipulate it. Websites excel in accessibility, being readily available through any web browser on any device, making them a widely accessible information resource. Examples: Company websites, news websites, online portfolios, and blogs. Web Apps: Interactive Tools for Task Completion Web apps go beyond informing, offering interactive functionalities designed to perform specific tasks and provide dynamic experiences. They empower users to manipulate data, complete actions, and engage with the application in a more immersive way. Online banking, email services, social media platforms, e-commerce stores, and project management tools are all prime examples of web apps. Offering high levels of interactivity, they enable users to navigate through features, manage tasks, and connect with others.  Take the CreatingWe app, for instance. This web app, developed by InspiringApps, specifically addresses the challenge of fostering stronger client connections for consulting firms. The app facilitates ongoing communication and collaboration between coaches and clients. The app strengthens client relationships and allows for a more personalized consulting experience by providing a platform for continuous engagement. Mobile Apps: Streamlined Functionality for On-the-Go Users Mobile apps are specifically designed for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Downloaded and installed through app stores like Google Play Store or Apple App Store, they require dedicated storage space on the device. However, they compensate for this by offering tailored functionalities and deeper engagement optimized for the mobile user experience.  Mobile apps use the inherent features of mobile devices, such as touchscreens, cameras, and GPS, for enhanced functionality. Their focus on personalized interaction and convenience has led to their widespread adoption, with social media platforms, ride-hailing services, and countless other apps becoming integral to our daily routines. If you decide mobile apps are the best route, we’ve already answered your next question: Should I build on iOS, Android, or both? Choosing the Right App Solution for Your Digital Product Identifying Your Goals The first step in choosing the right app is clearly defining its purpose. Ask yourself: What problem are you trying to solve? What need are you fulfilling for your users? Do you want to inform, educate, entertain, or facilitate specific tasks? Understanding your objectives will guide your selection process. For example, if your goal is to educate users about a complex topic, a web app might be suitable because it offers in-depth information and interactive elements. Conversely, if your goal is to provide a convenient on-the-go shopping experience, a mobile app might be more appropriate due to its offline functionality and integration with device features like cameras for product scanning. Considering Your Audience Once you know your goals, analyze your target audience and their digital habits: Who are you trying to reach? What devices do they use most frequently? How do they typically access information? Aligning the app type with your audience’s preferences is crucial for its success. A mobile app might be essential if your target demographic primarily uses smartphones. However, a website or web app could be sufficient if the focus is on desktop users. Understanding your audience’s platform preferences and digital behaviors will help you choose the most accessible and engaging format. Prioritizing Your App’s Core Features Next, identify the essential features needed to achieve your goals and meet your target audience’s needs. Consider: What core features are necessary for your app to function effectively? What additional features could enhance the user experience? Are there any limitations specific to different app types (e.g., offline functionality)? Balance your essential functionalities with potential limitations. For instance, if real-time notifications are crucial for your app, a mobile or web app might be better than a website. A mobile app might be most suitable if extensive offline functionality is critical. Cost & Development Considerations Finally, compare the development costs, ongoing maintenance needs, and resource requirements for each app type: What is your budget for app development and maintenance? Do you have the technical resources or plan to outsource development? Research development costs associated with each app type (websites, web apps, mobile apps) and consider ongoing maintenance needs. While websites might be initially cheaper to develop, they might require more maintenance depending on their complexity. Mobile apps often have higher development costs but offer unique functionalities and deeper user engagement. Weigh the cost and resource implications against your budget and available resources to make an informed decision. Ideal Use Cases Consider social media giant Instagram and ride-hailing service Uber as successful examples of mobile-first applications. These apps leverage smartphone features like GPS, contacts, and cameras to deliver a seamless user experience. While both offer web versions, their key functionalities and user experiences are optimized for mobile use. On the other hand, platforms like Canva, a graphic design tool, launched as web apps to allow users to work on larger screens better suited for design work. They extended to native mobile apps later to provide mobile users with accessibility for lighter tasks. When & Why To Opt for Each Situations Favoring a Web App Web apps are particularly beneficial when you need an application that processes and displays large volumes of data.  If you want broad accessibility and functionality across various devices without forcing users to download and install your software. Why a Mobile App Might Be Your Best Bet For businesses aiming to engage deeply with their users on a personal level, offer a highly interactive UX, and leverage device-specific features, a mobile app may be the more strategic choice.  Additionally, apps that require regular offline access, such as note-taking apps or e-reading apps, work better as mobile apps due to their ability to sync data when online and continue functioning in offline mode. Websites or a Platform Approach Think of a digital brochure for your business or an educational blog combined with an online store. Search engines easily index websites, making them a great way to attract and educate your customers. You may benefit from a platform approach—in other words, a digital ecosystem with a website and a web and mobile app, meeting users where they are. Additional Considerations Security & Data Privacy Regardless of the app type you choose, it’s crucial to prioritize user data security and privacy. This includes implementing robust security measures, adhering to data privacy regulations, and being transparent with users about how their data is collected, stored, and used. Download our free security checklist for the InspiringApps teams’ blueprint for app security. Future-Proofing Your App Consider the potential for future growth and technological advancements when choosing an app type. Choose an option that can scale with your business needs and adapt to evolving technologies. Consider the flexibility and adaptability of each app type in terms of future updates and integration with emerging technologies. Beyond the Screen: Where Your Customers Live & the Apps They Need Deciding between a web and mobile app isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Your choice should align with your business needs and target user preferences. By following these steps and considering these additional factors, you can make a well-informed decision about the app type that best suits your needs. Your goal: deliver the right features at the right place to your customers.

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Digital Product Development

Apple TV: The Unsung Hero of Digital Signage

In developing digital products over the past 15-plus years, we’ve seen a lot of technological trends come and go. But Apple TV is one platform that has consistently flown under the radar yet proven its mettle. The way we communicate with our audiences is constantly evolving. Traditional static signage is losing its edge, and businesses are seeking dynamic, engaging solutions for digital signage. Enter Apple TV — this little box packs a serious punch. Digital Signage Powerhouse With Apple TV, you can develop custom digital signage solutions that blow the competition out of the water. From the user interface to the content you display, custom Apple TV solutions enable you to create a digital customer experience that elevates your brand. These configurations connect seamlessly with your existing data sources, ensuring real-time information and a dynamic display that reflects your unique needs. And you maintain control over your digital signage network remotely. Innovative Use Cases Take the example of the commercial solar power client we worked with. Their car dealership customers want to showcase the real-time solar power production of their rooftop installation to demonstrate the dealership’s commitment to clean energy when selling to EV buyers. We designed and developed a sleek, unattended kiosk application that runs on Apple TV and displays this information in a visually stunning, dynamic way. We’ve seen Apple TV powering interactive digital signage in restaurants, showrooms, and even corporate offices. The opportunities for creativity and customization are often untapped. Apple TVs provide the flexibility to create engaging experiences for any industry. Dynamic Data Integration Custom Apple TV configurations go beyond displaying static images. Digital signage via Apple TV seamlessly connects with your data sources, allowing you to showcase real-time information like sales figures, energy production, or appointment wait times in healthcare facilities. Imagine stock tickers updating in real-time for financial institutions or dynamic restaurant menus that adjust based on current ingredient availability. Interactive Experiences Engage your audience with interactive elements. Customers in showrooms can use their smartphones or tablets to trigger augmented reality displays on product displays, revealing detailed specifications or 3D models. Employees can interact with digital wayfinding systems in corporate offices to find meeting rooms or navigate the building. Content Personalization Target your message to reach a specific audience based on demographics or real-time data. Imagine retail stores displaying personalized promotions to customers using their loyalty cards or healthcare facilities providing targeted information based on a patient’s specific needs. Internal Communication Boost employee morale and keep your workforce informed with real-time company news, updates, and recognition programs displayed on lobby screens or breakroom TVs. Or, streamline the onboarding process and provide ongoing training opportunities with interactive video tutorials and presentations accessible on demand. Security Features When showcasing sensitive information, security is paramount. Apple TV boasts a robust security foundation with features like app sandboxing and regular updates. Custom development allows us to build upon these strengths and tailor security measures to your needs. Client Recognition InspiringApps’ client, Freedom Solar Power, is a company dedicated to sustainable energy solutions. Their innovative ‘Power Window’ Apple TV app was featured in Toyota’s booth at the 2024 National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) trade show in Las Vegas as an important component in meeting Toyota’s 2050 Environmental Challenge. Digital Signage for All As veterans of digital product development, we see Apple TV as the unsung hero of the digital signage world. If you want to elevate your organization’s visual communications, you might look closer at this little powerhouse. With Apple’s continued investment in the tvOS platform, we’re confident that we’ll see even more innovative use cases emerge in the years to come.

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Business & Strategy

From Frustration to Funding: Your Guide to Launching Your Dream App

Originally published: February 2018. Updated: April 2024. You’re scrolling through your phone, desperately searching for an app that solves a nagging problem. Maybe it’s finding a reliable babysitter at the last minute, splitting a restaurant bill with friends seamlessly, or finally organizing your ever-growing to-do list. But every app you find falls short. “There has to be a better way,” you think. That’s the spark of a brilliant app idea! But then reality sets in: how do you turn that spark into a reality, especially when funding feels like a major hurdle? Entrepreneurs take note: Hold on to your fantastic app idea! This comprehensive guide equips you with the knowledge and resources to navigate the app funding landscape and turn your app dream into a thriving mobile application.  Before We Dive In: Building a Strong Foundation Two key elements, the minimum viable product (MVP) and business plan, will be your cornerstones for attracting investors and securing the capital to launch your dream app. Before we delve into the various funding options, let’s solidify the foundation of your app’s success. The MVP Advantage Many successful apps started as an MVP. This basic version focuses on core functionalities that solve your target user’s problem. The MVP allows you to test your concept with real users early and often. This valuable feedback helps you refine your app and ensure you’re building something people actually want before sinking a ton of money into development. Business Planning: Craft a Compelling Roadmap Having a solid business plan is crucial for attracting potential investors and securing app funding. It demonstrates your understanding of the market, your competitive advantage, and how you plan to turn your app into a sustainable business. Essential sections include: Executive Summary Market Analysis Competitive Analysis Product Description Marketing & Sales Strategy Management Team Financial Projections Many online resources are specifically designed to help entrepreneurs write business plans. Check out SCORE (https://www.score.org/) or the Small Business Administration (https://www.sba.gov/) for free templates and guidance. App Funding Options for Aspiring Entrepreneurs Having a brilliant app idea is just the first step. Transforming that idea into a reality requires funding. This section will equip you with a clear roadmap to navigate the diverse financing landscape for app development. We’ll explore various options, from bootstrapping with your own resources to attracting external investment. By understanding the pros, cons, and ideal scenarios for each approach, you can make informed decisions to secure the capital needed to launch your app successfully. 1. Bootstrapping: Building Your App on Your Own Terms This is where you use your own resources to fund development. It might involve dipping into your savings, taking on a side hustle, or bartering your skills for services you need. Bootstrapping offers complete control over your business but requires careful budgeting, resourcefulness, and a willingness to wear many hats. Here are some tips for successful bootstrapping: Prioritize ruthlessly. Focus on developing the core functionalities that deliver the most value to users and postpone fancy features for later. Embrace open-source tools. Many free and open-source development tools and libraries are available to help you build your app without breaking the bank. Consider a side hustle. If your budget is tight, a side hustle can provide additional income to accelerate development. 2. Friends & Family: Your First Cheerleaders (and Maybe Investors) Your friends and family can be a fantastic source of early-stage app funding, especially if they believe in your vision. However, it’s crucial to approach them professionally. Communicate your vision and investment goals. Create formal agreements outlining the terms of the investment,  including the amount of funding, repayment terms, and ownership stake. This protects everyone involved and avoids misunderstandings down the road. 3. Crowdfunding Platforms: Unleashing the Power of the Crowd Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow you to raise capital from a large pool of online contributors. These platforms offer a unique opportunity to gauge market interest in your app before launch and potentially secure app funding from early adopters who are excited about your idea. Here are some key considerations for crowdfunding success: Craft a compelling campaign. Hook potential backers with a captivating video and story that showcases your app’s value proposition and potential impact. Be transparent about how you’ll use the funds raised. Offer enticing rewards. Incentivize backers with tiered rewards that offer early access to the app, exclusive features, or branded merchandise. Be a marketing machine. Use social media, online communities, and relevant blogs to spread the word about your campaign. The more people who know about your app, the higher your chances of reaching your funding goal. Remember: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to app funding. Consider the stage of your idea, your comfort level with risk, and the amount of funding needed when deciding which option is best for you. App Funding: Setting Realistic Expectations Be prepared! Launching a successful startup requires hard work, perseverance, and a bit of luck. Unfortunately, many app ideas don’t make it to market. Here’s a reality check: Market Research Is Key Don’t just assume your app idea is brilliant. Conduct thorough market research to understand your target audience, existing competitors, and potential challenges. Focus on Value What unique value proposition does your app offer? Why should users choose yours over the competition? Define Your Target Audience Who are you building this app for? Understanding your target market demographics, needs, and behaviors is crucial for success. Success Rates & Challenges  While success stories abound, it’s important to acknowledge the competitive nature of the app market. Statistics show that only 10% of startups succeed [insert source here (optional)]. This emphasizes the importance of a solid foundation, a well-defined target audience, and a clear understanding of your challenges. Each funding option comes with its own set of challenges: Bootstrapping: Requires financial discipline and may limit the scope and functionality of your initial app. Friends & Family: Potential for strained relationships if things go south. Ensure clear communication and have ironclad legal agreements in place. Crowdfunding: Reaching your funding goal can be difficult and requires effective marketing. Beyond the Basics: Exploring Additional App Funding Options As your app evolves and gains traction, you can explore additional app funding avenues: Angel Investors These are high-net-worth individuals who invest their own money in promising startups. They often provide valuable mentorship alongside funding but expect a significant ownership stake in your company. Venture Capitalists Venture capitalist (VC) firms invest larger sums of money in startups with high growth potential. Securing VC funding is a significant accomplishment but often requires a more developed business plan and a proven track record. App Funding: The Path Forward Each funding option has its pros and cons. Carefully consider your needs and priorities before pursuing a specific type of app funding. By incorporating these actionable tips and realistic expectations, you’ll be well on your way to transforming your app dream into a reality.

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Ebook cover with title, “InspiringApps: A Business Perspective on Building Mobile Apps.” Third edition.
Ebook cover with title, “InspiringApps: A Business Perspective on Building Mobile Apps.” Third edition.

App development inspiration for others

In today’s ever-evolving digital landscape, the need for a powerful mobile presence is more urgent than ever. That’s why we’re committing to giving newcomers to mobile app development the info needed to make smart technology decisions in their business strategies.

If your company wants to develop an iOS app, Android app, or web app, you’ll benefit from reading our free e-book. It’s written to help business leaders understand the market and technical considerations involved in bringing a digital product to market.