Top App Developers Boston 2015


Boston is at the cutting edge for a large variety of sectors, from biotech to financial services, and indeed in January 2015, Boston was the biggest city on the East Coast for venture capital, even beating out New York, and behind only San Francisco and San Jose nationally.

The city also has a thriving software development scene, and there are a number of great mobile app dev companies in the area. These include some of the best talent in the country, from skillful start-ups to established professionals in mobility solutions and app development.

Our analysis is not in order of importance, and we’ve tried to give a good range of companies and skill sets, both for the enterprise and the start-up. The criteria used were:

  • Main Activity: The main avenues of activity of the company, such as straight-up coding, UX/UI design, branding and others.
  • Industry Focus: Previous experience with companies and the sectors in which they operate.
  • Client Size: The size of the companies they usually deal with
  • Company Size: So you know how many people you’ll be dealing with
  • Key Clients: The biggest and best-known clients of the developer, generally large enterprises.
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: A range of rates you might expect to pay for development of your app and other services

Here is the list, again in no order:


Fuzz needs to be mentioned in any conversation on app development, let alone specifically to Boston. One of the best app agencies in the world, they’ve worked for top-line clients like L’Oreal Paris and Conde Nast, to name a few. As well as design, development and launch, they also forge long-lasting partnerships with their clients to keep their apps evolving and up to date with the latest tech. Specialising in native apps for both iOS and Android, their focus areas are fitness, mCommerce and mobile payments.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), Enterprise Software development (15%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (25%), Retail (20%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (50%), Midmarket (40%)
  • Founded: 2001
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: New York Post, L’Oreal Paris, Xbox, Conde Nast
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

App for L’Oreal created by Fuzz



Raiz Labs


Raiz Labs has two key areas of focus: business solutions, and elegance in providing those solutions. Their client-base is varied, ranging from start ups to some of the largest companies in the world like Virgin and HP. Raiz Labs has 12 years experience in delivering digital products, and given that depth of knowledge they also formulate marketing and development strategy for your application, as well as UX/UI design (40% of their work) and QA testing. With an eye constantly on emerging tech, Raiz Labs have all bases of app development covered.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Application UI/UX (40%)
  • Industry Focus:  Retail (30%), IT and Consumer Products & Services (both 20%)
  • Client Size: Midmarket (60%)
  • Founded: 2003
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Six Flags, B&H Photo, Runkeeper, Virgin Pulse, HP
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

A screenshot of three of Raizlabs’ apps



hedgehog lab


hedgehoglab defines itself as a technology consultancy, underlining the fact they do more than “just build apps”. They have a keen eye for cutting edge technology, and are competent in all mobile platforms including WindowsPhone and Blackberry. They take a humble and thorough approach to their work, but their list of clients does the talking for them: they’ve worked with large enteprises like the FT and Booths while keeping fifty percent of their business with SMEs.

Main Activity: Mobile App Development (60%), enteprise software development (20%)
Industry Focus: NA
Founded: 2007
Client Size: Small Business (50%), Midmarket (30%)
Company Size: 11-50 employees
Key Clients: Jamie Oliver, FT, News International, Channel 4, East Coast Trains
Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

hedgehog lab Introductory Video



Zco Corporation


Zco Corporation has 25 years of experience in developing software, and now half of its total business is mobile app development. From games to media via utilities, social networks and business apps, Zco has done it all, and has worked with a number of large clients like Motorola and Samsung. Their model of development assigns each project a dedicated manager and account executive, and guarantees high levels of privacy and discretion.

Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%)
Industry Focus: IT (16%), Manufacturing (13%), Healthcare (19%)
Founded: 1989
Client Size: Small Business (50%), Midmarket (40%)
Company Size: 50 – 249
Key Clients: Microsoft, Verizon, BBC America
Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

Application Development Company – Zco Corporation





Dockyard is a relative newcomer, having been founded in 2012, but they’ve set a high standard with their apps for the educational, finance, communication and fitness sectors. A small company with under 50 employees, their app development process covers creation, project management and research to create cross-platform applications using the Phoenix language.

Main Activity: Web development, mobile app development (both 30%)
Industry Focus: NA
Founded: 2012
Client Size: Enterprise, Mid-Market, Small Business (all 33%)
Company Size: 10 – 49
Key Clients: MacGraw-Hill Education
Avg. Hourly Rate: $200 – $300

Screens from DockYard’s Scratch Wireless app





Infrared5, as well as developing applications, also provides live media servers, which can be open source, making them a particularly good choice for streaming apps. They’ve also created a number of proprietary services such as Brass Monkey, which turns mobile phones into game controllers and data visualisation software Sick, as well as teaming up with Lucas Films to create a game of the famous Death Star trench run.

Main Activity: Mobile App Development (55%)
Industry Focus: Games (45%)
Founded: 2006
Client Size: NA
Company Size: 10-49
Key Clients: Sony, Nike, Lucas Films
Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

A selection of Infrared5’s clients





Mojotech has a strong focus on good software engineering, and prides itself in the fact its mobile app developers only work on one project at the time. Their iterative process, called User Stories, gives the app owner a chance to continually assess where the idea is going and how it works, day-by-day, in order to make decisions about how it should proceed. Using Ruby on Rails, Node and Angular, mojotech deliver polished, personalised native apps in both iOS and Android.

Main Activity: Web development (40%), Mobile App development (35%)
Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (30%), Healthcare, Financial and Business Services (all 15%)
Founded: 2008
Client Size: Small Business (65%)
Company Size: 10-49
Key Clients: Teespring, United Way of Connecticut
Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

The Mojotech Client Experience



Rocket Farm Studios


Rocket Farm Studios covers a wide variety of sectors with its portfolio, having created a sheet music application for Yamaha, a team management app, games and one for the famous humour site Someecards. They’ve even created Software Developer Kits for third parties, one of which was bought by Google in 2011. All rounders with competence in iOS, Android and WindowsPhone, their offices are based in central Boston.

Main Activity: Mobile App Development (45%)
Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (20%),  Business services, Arts (both 15%)
Founded: 2008
Client Size: Midmarket (40%)
Company Size: 10-49
Key Clients: Yamaha Music, T-Mobile, Intel
Avg. Hourly Rate: $150 – $199

The Notestar app, in collaboration with Yamaha





Snappii offers two different solutions for mobile applications: they can either build a custom app for you, or supply you with the means to do so yourself. Their codeless DIY platform allows you to create apps for all sorts of uses, with over 26,000 applications delivered in the last four years. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, they offer a full prototype in 48 hours, for native apps, and will take care of the publishing process themselves.

Main Activity: Mobile app development (80%)
Industry Focus: Manufacturing (40%)
Founded: 2010
Client Size: Small Business (70%)
Company Size: 10-49
Key Clients: NationaLease, Yale Construction
Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

Snappii offers Guaranteed Apps in 5 Weeks for $5K.


Final Thoughts

If you’re in the Boston area and looking for a mobile app to kick-start your business or resolve problems using a mobile solution, the above list should have the right candidate for you and your project, and we hope your project will see light of day (i.e. the appstore) soon.