23 Mobile App Developer Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Mobile App Development Business

Mobile app development is the process of creating software applications that run on mobile devices. These apps can be used for a variety of purposes, including games, productivity, and social networking.

Starting a mobile app development business is a great way to enter the world of software development. This type of company is growing in popularity as businesses are looking for ways to reach their customers through mobile apps.

To start a mobile app development company, you need to have strong technical skills and be able to develop high-quality software. You should also have a good understanding of how to market and sell mobile apps

Here are some real life success stories of starting a mobile app development business:

1. The Jed Mahonis Group ($960K/year)

Tim Bornholdt, co-founder of The Jed Mahonis Group, came up with the idea to start a custom iOS and Android app development consultancy after realizing the potential of the App Store. With a passion for technology and a friend who believed in the business, they started the company with just $250 each and have since grown it into a nearly seven-figure a year agency working with clients such as Great Clips and Profile by Sanford Health.

How much they make: $960K/year
How much did it cost to start: $500
Current team size: 8

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How We Started A $82K/Month Custom iOS And Android Apps Development Agency

"We started a custom iOS and Android app development consultancy that now makes nearly seven-figures a year by landing clients like Great Clips and the USA CUP after building successful concept apps."

About
Rob started The Jed Mahonis Group almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Rob grew the business to $80K/month
Costs
It cost Rob $500 to start the business
Read by 10,005 founders

2. SteelKiwi ($1.8M/year)

Steelkiwi, a Ukrainian outsourcing company for web and mobile app development, was founded by Anton Baterikov and another individual in 2011. They noticed a gap in the market for offering businesses an alternative to PHP development and decided to provide high-quality products using Python. Today, Steelkiwi has expanded its expertise and works with businesses in various industries, with over 80 employees helping clients grow digitally.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 80

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How We Started A $150K/Month Website And Mobile Development Outsourcing Company

How we started a 150k/month website and mobile development outsourcing company that has grown to 80+ employees and offers services in graphic design, QA, business analysis, project management, and marketing in addition to web and mobile app development.

About
Viacheslav started SteelKiwi about 13 years ago
Revenue
Viacheslav grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Viacheslav $1000 to start the business
Read by 6,147 founders

So... can you actually make money with a mobile app development business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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3. Panda Wish ($90K/year)

Mohammed Khonizi came up with the idea for Panda Wish after struggling to book a massage while traveling in the Philippines. He saw the need for a platform that would make it easier for clients to request beauty and spa services, while also helping massage therapists earn a good income. After conducting market research and piloting the app in Naga City, it quickly gained traction and attracted hundreds of therapists and clients.

How much they make: $90K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 1

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How We Created A $7.5K/Month On-Demand Beauty And Wellness Platform

Panda Wish, an on-demand beauty and wellness platform, built by Mohammed Khonizi, a Wayne State University MBA graduate, earned over $7.5k per month, following its successful pilot in the Philippines in 2019.

About
Mohammed started Panda Wish over 4 years ago
Revenue
Mohammed grew the business to $7.5K/month
Costs
It cost Mohammed $50000 to start the business
Read by 4,861 founders

4. Never Settle ($1.8M/year)

Kenn Kelly, co-founder of Never Settle, came up with the idea for the digital agency after experiencing the ups and downs of the tech startup world. He realized the importance of taking care of people and decided to create a company that values and empowers both clients and staff. With a focus on service and building long-lasting relationships, Never Settle has become a globally recognized leader in mobile, website, and marketing solutions, completing over 1,000 projects in seven years.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 15

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How I Left Silicon Valley And Started A $100K/Month Digital Agency

Never Settle, a digital agency with over 1,000 completed projects and a focus on lean methodology and building relationships with clients, has made a name for itself in the eCommerce space, offering comprehensive solutions to businesses of all sizes while maintaining consistent and moderate growth.

About
Kenn started Never Settle over 11 years ago
Revenue
Kenn grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Kenn $5000 to start the business
Read by 6,072 founders

So... can you actually make money with a mobile app development business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

5. Appscrip ($3M/year)

Rahul Sharma started Appscrip after identifying the lack of a specialized technology provider for startups in the on-demand services, social eCommerce, Fintech, and messaging platforms. With a focus on delivering cost-effective solutions in a shorter timeframe, Appscrip has grown to become a globally-acclaimed company with over 350 apps delivered per year and an in-house team of 150+ developers. Their success is evident through their numerous awards, recognitions, and contracts with renowned companies.

How much they make: $3M/year
How much did it cost to start: $150K
Current team size: 185

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I Earn $3M/Year Developing Clone Apps For Startups

Appscrip is a globally-acclaimed service-based app and web development company that has delivered over 350+ apps/year globally with an in-house team of 150+ developers, at an average of 45 days/app that otherwise would take almost 6-9 months to develop, generating an average monthly revenue of $2,50,000 and garnering recognition from Deloitte, Clutch, Good firms, while also encouraging women entrepreneurs.

About
RAHUL started Appscrip over 9 years ago
Revenue
RAHUL grew the business to $250K/month
Costs
It cost RAHUL $150000 to start the business
Read by 4,451 founders

6. Appetiser ($8.4M/year)

Jamie Shostak, the co-founder of Appetiser App Development, came up with the idea for the business when he met Michael MacRae, who had apps with millions of users but was looking for a new challenge. They both shared a passion for building and growing tech products, and saw a need for speed, data-driven insights, and top-level quality in the industry. After landing two great clients, they realized the importance of setting up predictable growth systems and started reaching out to prospective companies through outbound sales tactics. They are now on track to make over $8,000,000 annually with over 200 employees worldwide.

How much they make: $8.4M/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 175

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We Started An $8.4M/Year App Development Agency [With $0]

Appetiser App Development grew from a startup with $0 to now making over $8,000,000 annually with over 200 employees across the globe, serving clients that have billions in valuations like Pointsbet and Good Empire, by helping startups succeed with their app development needs.

About
Jamie started Appetiser over 7 years ago
Revenue
Jamie grew the business to $700K/month
Read by 3,573 founders

So... can you actually make money with a mobile app development business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

Start Now

7. Imaginovation ($1.2M/year)

Imaginovation has grown an average of over 40% in revenue every year since its founding in 2011. They have won several credible tech awards and have been featured in top publications. The company has a strong local presence and a focus on building SEO-optimized websites to establish an online presence. The future looks bright for Imaginovation as they continue to attract and retain customers with their client-centered approach and innovative technology solutions.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
Current team size: 35

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How I Started A $150K/Month App Agency That Works With The Fortune 500

Imaginovation, a technology and app development company in Raleigh, NC, was recently named one of the Top Technology Companies in North Carolina by Clutch and has grown an average of over 40% in revenue every year since it was founded in 2011 by co-founders Michael Georgiou and Pete Peranzo.

About
Michael started Imaginovation over 12 years ago
Revenue
Michael grew the business to $100K/month
Read by 4,978 founders

8. Wolfpack Digital ($3.6M/year)

Gina, the founder of Wolfpack Digital, came up with the idea for her app development agency after realizing the lack of soft skills and business strategy in the tech ecosystem in Romania. With a diverse background in engineering, psychology, and business, Gina was able to bring together her interests and tap into the impressive tech talent pool in her hometown of Cluj. Since launching in 2015, Wolfpack Digital has experienced impressive growth, reaching a yearly revenue of over $1.5 million.

How much they make: $3.6M/year
Current team size: 88

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How I Started A $150K/Month Web And App Development Company

Wolfpack Digital, an award-winning app development agency from Romania, founded by Gina Lupu, with a team of 50 in-house employees, has exceeded the $1.5M yearly revenue threshold, with an impressive 15-20% profit margin, focusing on fintech, health tech, IoT, social, and transportation industries.

About
Georgina started Wolfpack Digital about 9 years ago
Revenue
Georgina grew the business to $300K/month
Read by 5,622 founders

9. LeMI Apps ($168K/year)

a movie, or on vacation, LeMi Apps' SMS Marketing Auto Reply Apps for Small Business Automation allows users to set up automatic replies to missed calls, incoming texts, and messages from various messaging apps. Founder Michael Ginzburg, with his experience in mobile telephony and applications, identified a demand for a cost-effective alternative to expensive SMS marketing services and developed an Android app that offers keyword-based SMS auto-response at a fraction of the price. Despite facing challenges such as restrictions from Google Play Store, LeMi Apps has maintained its position as a leading SMS auto-reply app with high ratings and continuous support for its users.

How much they make: $168K/year
How much did it cost to start: $10K
Current team size: 4

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I Leveraged My Experience To Start A $72K/Year Auto Reply App Business At Age 50

This case study is about a mobile app entrepreneur who started with a simple SMS autoresponder app and has since released 17 more apps, occupying a leading position in communication apps, with a good achievement of $6,000 in revenue (temporarily) and over 500,000 users for their free app.

About
Michael started LeMI Apps over 10 years ago
Revenue
Michael grew the business to $14K/month
Costs
It cost Michael $10000 to start the business
Read by 3,360 founders

10. NerdPilots ($300K/year)

How much they make: $300K/year
Current team size:

Growing Agency to $25,000/Month While Running 4 Businesses

This case study examines how one founder turned a side project into a successful design and development agency bringing in $25k/month.

Revenue
They grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 486 founders

11. Bloomy Lab ($480K/year)

Alex, the founder of Bloomy Lab, came up with the idea for his business after facing difficulties with outsourcing companies while developing websites for his previous companies, Hasten and Tantify. This inspired him to build a team of creative professionals who could develop their own products, leading to the creation of Bloomy Lab and their focus on developing health, fitness, productivity, and life quality improvement apps. With a team of talented individuals, they have already created 20 apps in just six months and are showing impressive growth potential.

How much they make: $480K/year
Current team size: 19

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On Starting A Web And App Development Studio Coming From The Real Estate Industry

Bloomy Lab, a web and app development studio, shares insights on how they developed their virtual staging platform Tantify and their process of launching new products without any ads, resulting in 40,000 downloads and $1,000 monthly revenue, as well as their plans for future expansion.

About
Aleksandr started Bloomy Lab over 4 years ago
Revenue
Aleksandr grew the business to $40K/month
Read by 6,128 founders

12. Choicely ($840K/year)

Kaius Meskanen, founder of Choicely, came up with the idea for his business while playing around with SMS and voice call voting during a TV show. Realizing the need for more user-friendly engagement tools, he founded Choicely in 2015 and later pivoted to focus on building a mobile app builder that enables businesses to easily create high-quality mobile apps. With $70,000 monthly revenue and a client list that includes ITV Studios and the International Judo Federation, Choicely has experienced rapid growth and success in the media, sports, and entertainment industries.

How much they make: $840K/year
How much did it cost to start: $1M
Current team size: 15

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We Created An $840K/Year No-Code Tool To Make Apps [Finland]

Choicely is a no-code app builder that offers a simple, fast, and affordable platform for companies to build and maintain high-quality mobile apps, bringing in a monthly revenue of $70,000 with clients being leaders in media, sports & entertainment.

About
Kaius started Choicely over 8 years ago
Revenue
Kaius grew the business to $70K/month
Costs
It cost Kaius $1000000 to start the business
Read by 4,574 founders

13. TRIARE ($300K/year)

Boris, the founder of TRIARE, came up with the idea for his software development company after working as a project manager for a German startup. When the company closed down, Boris decided to keep the team and build a business together. With just a $500 investment, they started providing software development services and eventually evolved into a full-cycle service provider. Through word of mouth and various marketing tools, TRIARE has attracted and retained customers, with their website receiving 22,000 unique visitors and generating dozens of leads.

How much they make: $300K/year
Current team size: 60

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Building A $500K/Year Software Development Business With A $500 Investment [Ukraine]

Ukrainian software development company TRIARE, with a current annual turnover of $500,000, shares how personal and collective responsibility, paired with patience and consistency, can help build a profitable business.

Revenue
Boris grew the business to $25K/month
Read by 4,127 founders

14. Mobapp Creator ($120K/year)

Leonardo, Germán, and Sebastian, the three co-founders of a No-code app builder solution called MobAppCreator, came up with the idea after years of working on various projects in the tech industry. They saw the potential of mobile apps after the launch of the original iPhone and noticed the similarities in their customers' requirements. They built a framework to develop no-code mobile apps and received a grant of 100K after participating in a product competition for entrepreneurs, which allowed them to dedicate all their time to the project and launch their business.

How much they make: $120K/year
How much did it cost to start: $50K
Current team size: 2

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Our No Code App Builder Makes $120K/Year

This case study features a team of three co-founders who provide a No-code app builder solution for small businesses and resellers, generating $120k per year while their running costs are only 10% of their overall COGS.

About
Sebastian started Mobapp Creator over 10 years ago
Revenue
Sebastian grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Sebastian $50000 to start the business
Read by 2,723 founders

15. Modern Launch ($600K/year)

Cody Benedetto and Ryan Serkes, founders of Modern Launch, started their custom software development company after experiencing success with their own business ventures. Within just three months of launching, they generated over $100k in revenue and have been profitable since their third week in business. Their services include mobile application development, website development, and custom software development.

How much they make: $600K/year
How much did it cost to start: $5K
Current team size: 2

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We Launched A Product Agency & Generated $100K In 3 Months

Modern Launch, a custom software development company, generated over $100k in revenue and achieved profitability within its first 3 weeks of bootstrapping, offering services including mobile application development, website development and design, and custom software development.

About
Cody started Modern Launch about 2 years ago
Revenue
Cody grew the business to $50K/month
Costs
It cost Cody $5000 to start the business
Read by 3,172 founders

16. Play ($28M/year)

How much they make: $28M/year
Current team size: 23

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Can they convert 11k designer installs to revenue, $40m+ valuation?

Meet the founders of Play, revolutionizing iOS mobile product development with a design tool generating a $2.33M MRR, focused solely on customer acquisition and retention to grow their business.

About
Dan started Play about 5 years ago
Revenue
Dan grew the business to $2.33M/month
Read by 410 founders

17. Materialize ($1.5M/year)

Alex Nordlinger, the founder of Materialize, came up with the idea for his business while working on side projects as a software engineer. Realizing he could take on more projects by hiring a team, he decided to start Materialize, a software development studio that provides web and mobile app development services. The business has grown to 18 employees, with a revenue of $125k per month.

How much they make: $1.5M/year
How much did it cost to start: $3K
Current team size: 8

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How This Self-Taught Developer Started A $125K/Month Software Agency

How a self-taught engineer built a software development studio, Materialize, into a 18-person team with a revenue of $125k per month, by leveraging his technical expertise and establishing well-defined processes to build products efficiently and cost-effectively.

About
Alex started Materialize almost 6 years ago
Revenue
Alex grew the business to $125K/month
Costs
It cost Alex $3000 to start the business
Read by 8,176 founders

18. RipenApps Technologies ($1.8M/year)

After working in the IT field for a decade, Ishan Gupta realized that digitalization was the future and wanted to contribute at a larger scale. He partnered with three friends who had expertise in business consulting, IT and sales, and programming to launch RipenApps in 2017. Since then, they have grown from a team of 4 to 169+ and have delivered 500+ successful projects, resulting in a USD 1.5M turnover.

How much they make: $1.8M/year
How much did it cost to start: $1.5M
Current team size: 169

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How We Started A $1.8M/Year Mobile App Development Company [From India]

RipenApps is a fast-growing mobile app development company with a 100% industry success rate, and in just four years, it experienced a high turnover rate of $1.5M and increased its team from four to 169+.

About
Ishan started RipenApps Technologies almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Ishan grew the business to $150K/month
Costs
It cost Ishan $1500000 to start the business
Read by 2,327 founders

19. Balsamiq ($6.6M/year)

Balsamiq Wireframes, a low-fidelity wireframing tool, was founded by Giacomo "Peldi" Guilizzoni in 2008. The idea for the tool came from Peldi's experience working at Adobe, where he realized the need for a simple sketching tool that could be used by any contributor in product meetings. With a focus on constant learning and improvement, Balsamiq has grown into a team of 33 people with a monthly revenue of about $550,000.

How much they make: $6.6M/year
Current team size: 33

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How We Started A $550K/Month Wireframing Software Company

How Balsamiq became a $550k/month company through staying focused on simplicity and taking care of their team and community.

About
Leon started Balsamiq over 15 years ago
Revenue
Leon grew the business to $550K/month
Read by 5,438 founders