Top App Developers San Francisco 2015

Alberto Furlan

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November 30, 2015


San Francisco and the Bay Area are a global hub for technology and startups. Many of the world’s most successful mobile and app services have been built there and there’s a huge pool of developer talent. As such it’s one of the main hotspots for app developers and app development agencies with a number of the world’s best app development companies active in the market.

While the choice is wonderfully difficult to make with the wealth of talent available, the cream of the crop are presented below; the best app developers and builders, chosen for their portfolio, the range of their work and their competencies. The criteria Appindex used to select these companies 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

The list is in no particular order, but is meant to present a variety of skill sets and price levels for all budding app owners, whether start-ups or large-scale enterprises.

Here is the list:



DMI is the largest company on the list, with a huge amount of sectors covered, apps developed and employees. They’ve worked on big data mobility platforms, NASA’s IT services and a number of solutions for industries as wide ranging as finance, healthcare, retail, travel and media. They have offices spread across the world, including Spain and the UK, but can be found in central San Francisco.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), App UI/UX (20%), Branding (20%)
  • Industry Focus: Government (25%), Retail (20%), Manufacturing (15%)
  • Founded: 2002
  • Client Size: Enteprise (55%), Midmarket (35%)
  • Company Size: 1,000 – 9,999
  • Key Clients: Rosetta Stone, ESPN
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

DMI: How can mobility transform your business?


Sourcebits do everything there is to be done for mobile apps – sharpen ideas, develop strategy, design UX and UI, code, publish and maintain. It’s no coincidence they’ve been trusted by large clients like the Bank of America and IBM, and nonetheless 40% of their work is with SMEs. Over 30 of the apps they’ve developed entered the number 10 for their category, and they can develop for iOS, Android, the mobile web, wearables and the internet of things.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App (33%), App UI/UX (33%)
  • Industry Focus: Retail, IT, Government, Consumer Products, Business Services (10%)
  • Client Size: Small Business and mid-market (40%)
  • Founded: 2006
  • Company Size: 150+
  • Key Clients: Bank of America, Disney, GE, Intel, MIT, IBM, P&G, Hershey’s, Coca-Cola
  • Avg. hourly rate: $100 – $149

The Intel ChromeBook app by Sourcebits


IntellectSoft is based in Palo Alto, California, and from there develops apps for some extremely well known names like Universal Pictures and Harley Davidson. With a strong focus on security and cutting out the red tape, they still split up their work almost evenly between large companies and start-ups. Competent in all major platforms as well as HTML5 and hybrid development, they also maintain apps post-launch and back-end services like server maintenance and documentation updates.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (40%), Enterprise software development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Financial Services (20%), Business Services (20%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (40%), Midmarket (30%), Small Business (30%)
  • Founded: 2007
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: Universal Pictures, Jaguar Motors, Ernst & Young, London Stock Exchange, Harley-Davidson
  • Avg. hourly rate: $50 – $99

Success story: the Guinness app by Intellectsoft



Y Media Labs


Y Media Labs‘s remit is to build “disruptive mobile experiences”, and they will supply you with a free guide on how to do so before you get down to the development nitty-gritty. Ranked 46 on Forbes’ promising company list, they’re based in Redwood City with further offices in Indiana and New York. Their portfolio features PayPal’s mobile pay app, which drove $20 billion of transactions in 2013, and a number of other apps in the health, learning and eCommerce sectors.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (90%)
  • Industry Focus: Business Services (30%), Education (25%)
  • Client Size: Enterprise (60%)
  • Founded: 2009
  • Company Size: 51-200 employees
  • Key Clients: PayPal, Staples, American Express, EMC, Nom Nom Paleo and Credit Karma
  • Avg. hourly rate: $100 – $149

About Y Media Labs video



Globo has offices in both Palo Alto and San Francisco, but they could just as easily feature in a list of New York, Pittsburgh, the UK, India or more. They offer free trials for a number of their services, including a mobility-based enterprise workspace and Go!Appzone, their DIY app-making platform. They have 200+ in-house experts which can consult on areas like UX/UI, development, project management and more. From back-end integration to post-launch support, Globo does it all.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (45%), Enterprise Software Development (35%)
  • Industry Focus: Automotive, Education, Hospitality and Leisure (all 15%)
  • Founded: 1997
  • Client Size: Midmarket (60%)
  • Company Size: 250 – 999
  • Key Clients: Cisco, Intel, Coca Cola
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $100 – $149

Globo PLC Solutions video



Appstudioz have delivered over 1400 apps since they started out in 2011, and were acquired by Singapore-based Affle in 2014. They have offices all over the world, with one in San Francisco, and their R&D centre can be found in India. Skilled in development for all platforms, their expertise covers everything from augmented reality to game development and from mCommerce to GPS-based real time apps.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Application UI/UX (35%)
  • Industry Focus: Consumer products and services (15%), Media (10%), Arts, entertainment and music (10%)
  • Founded: 2011
  • Client Size: Midmarket (40%), Enterprise (35%)
  • Company Size: 201-500 employees
  • Key Clients: Samsung, Mahindra Comviva, HCL, Adidas, Reebok
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $25 – $49

Affle AppStudioz: Terry McCarthy Testimonial


July Systems


July Systems has a strong experience working with large media companies like Conde Nast and CNN, to name a few. Based in Burlingame, they’ve developed apps for both enterprises and start ups, and as well as building apps themselves they offer an app-making platform, July MX, and WiFI-MX, a wifi portal aimed at bringing a hyperlocal experience to those who access it in your offices or shop. They have a particular speciality in beacons, and have delivered apps which now reach more than 140 million users in 150 countries.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (50%), Enterprise Software Development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Media, Retail, IT, Arts, Marketing, Telecoms, Retail (all 10%)
  • Founded: 2001
  • Client Size: Enterprise (50%)
  • Company Size: 50-249
  • Key Clients: Disney, Conde Nast, CNN, ESPN
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

July Rapid – Mobile App Development Solutions





Stanfy has a decade-long experience in deliver mobile solutions, both for smartphones, wearables and connected electronics. From UX/UI design to coding and testing for iOS and Android, they cover all possible stages of app development and have a strong background in the internet of things too. They’ve done social media networks, a keyless entry app for hotels and a prepaid mobile services app, to name a few. Their mission statement? Make apps “blazingly fast”, no matter which platform they’re for.

  • Main Activity: Mobile App Development (55%), Wearable App Development (25%)
  • Industry Focus: Hospitality and Leisure (25%), Advertising and Marketing (25%), Arts, Entertainment and Music (20%), Consumer Products and Services (20%)
  • Founded: 2005
  • Client Size: Small Business (65%)
  • Company Size: 10 – 49
  • Key Clients: Juvo, Chuze, Keypr
  • Avg. Hourly Rate: $50 – $99

The Behppy Story by Stanfy


Final Thoughts:

You can’t really go wrong in the San Francisco Bay area, but we hope you find your match in the companies above in order to get your app out and ready as soon as possible.