Appcelerator

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Appcelerator
Private
Industry Software
Founded Atlanta, Georgia (2006 (2006))
Founder Jeff Haynie and Nolan Wright
Headquarters San Jose, California, United States
Products Titanium, Appcelerator Platform
Website www.appcelerator.com

Appcelerator is a privately held mobile technology company based in San Jose, California. Its main products are Titanium, an open-source software development kit for cross-platform mobile development, and the Appcelerator Platform, software that provides cross-platform native mobile app development using JavaScript, mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), mobile test automation, crash detection and performance management, and mobile analytics.

Founded in 2006, Appcelerator serves industries including: retail, financial services, healthcare and government.[1][2][3] As of 2014, it raised more than $90 million in venture capital financing.[1]

History[edit]

Jeff Haynie and Nolan Wright met at Vocalocity, an Atlanta-based voice over IP company that Haynie had co-founded.[4] After Haynie sold Vocalocity in 2006, the pair founded Web 2.0 application development company Hakano.[5]

In 2007, Hakano, renamed Appcelerator, began creating an open source platform for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs).[6] Marc Fleury, founder of JBoss, joined the company as an advisor.[7]

In 2008, Appcelerator relocated to Mountain View, California and later released a preview of its Appcelerator Titanium product, which drew comment as a possible open source competitor to Adobe AIR.[8][9]

Appcelerator began to focus on mobile apps in 2009. In June, it released a public beta of Titanium, which added support for Android and iOS app development to its existing web and desktop application features.[10] Titanium 1.0 released in March 2010.[11]

Appcelerator increased its employee count five-fold between October 2010 and 2011. The company’s 2011 revenue totaled $3.4 million, a 374 percent increase from 2008.[12]

Between 2011 and 2013, Appcelerator announced acquisitions, including:

Appcelerator moved to its San Jose headquarters in 2015.

In January 2016, Appcelerator was acquired by Axway, a company that helps enterprises handle data flows.[21]

Products[edit]

Appcelerator Platform

  • Appcelerator 5.2.1.GA is the latest version of the Appcelerator Platform. It includes numerous new features including support for iOS 9.1 Live Photos, Menu Popup, Apple Pencil, Storyboard Launch Files for iPad Pro, Split View and Slide Over, Swift WatchOS 2 template and Android View Transitions.[22]
  • Appcelerator Dashboard offers real-time analytics of the lifecycle and success of apps built on the Appcelerator Platform or directly via native SDK.[23]
  • Appcelerator Studio is an open extensible development environment for building, testing and publishing native apps across mobile devices and OSs including iOS, Android and BlackBerry as well as hybrid and HTML5.[24][25]
  • Appcelerator Arrow is an opinionated framework for rapidly building APIs with a scalable cloud service for running them.[26] It allows developers to connect, model transform and optimize data for both native or web app clients.[27] Arrow is the backbone of the Appcelerator Platform MBaaS.[28]
  • Appcelerator Insights is a native tablet app and extension of the Appcelerator Platform providing mobile-specific metrics like acquisition, engagement, retention and crash data.[25][29] When Appcelerator announced Insights, it drew comment as a possible competitor to Google Mobile App Analytics and Flurry.[30]
  • Apple Watch SDK allows developers to embed Share Extensions and WatchKit Extensions in Titanium apps.[28]
  • AppU is a curated collection of videos and tutorials, covering cross-platform concepts, examples and code walkthroughs. Instruction topics include analytics, app development, Arrow, customer stories, events and mobile testing.[31]

Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium is an open source framework that allows the creation of native, hybrid, or mobile web apps across platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, and Tizen from a single JavaScript codebase.[32] As of February 2013, 10 percent of all smartphones worldwide ran Titanium-built apps.[33] As of August in the same year, Titanium had amassed nearly 500,000 developer registrations.[34]

Alloy

Alloy is an Apache-licensed model–view–controller app framework built on top of Titanium that provides a simple model for separating the app user interface, business logic and data models.[35][36]

Apps built with Appcelerator products are written in JavaScript. Though initially developed as a Web language, JavaScript is increasingly popular for mobility due to its ability to meet the speed, scale and user experience requirements that mobile development demands.[37][38] According to Forrester Research, JavaScript adoption is setting the stage for the “biggest shift in enterprise application development” in more than a decade.[39]

Customers[edit]

Users of Appcelerator include Family Dollar, Homes.com, Safeguard Properties, National Military Family Association, First Utility, CACI International, Farmers Insurance Group, Avis and Zipcar.[2][40][41][42][43][44][45]

Funding[edit]

In December 2008, Appcelerator closed a $4.1 million first venture round led by Storm Ventures and Larry Augustin.[8][46] Later, in October 2010, the company announced a partnership with PayPal and that it has raised $9 million in Series B funding from investors including Sierra Ventures and eBay.[47]

Appcelerator raised $15 million in Series C funding led by Mayfield Fund, Red Hat, and Translink Capital in November 2011, and a further $12.1 million in a round led by EDBI, the venture fund of the Singaporean government's Economic Development Board, in July 2013.[48][49][50]

On August 25, 2014, Appcelerator announced $22 million in Series D funding led by Rembrandt Venture Partners. Union Grove Venture Partners also participated, along with earlier backers, including Storm Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Mayfield Fund, TransLink Capital, Relay Ventures and EDB Investments.[51] Total funding for the mobile engagement platform to date is more than $90 million.[1]

Marketing awards[edit]

  • 2014 Skyhigh CloudTrust: Enterprise-Ready Rating[52]
  • 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant: Leader in Mobile Application Development Platforms[53]
  • 2014 AlwaysOn OnDemand: Top 100 Winner[54]
  • 2014 OnMobile 100 Top Private Companies: Top 100 Winner[55]
  • 2013 Enterprise Startups To Bet Your Career On[56]
  • 2013 AlwaysOn’s OnDemand Top 100[57]
  • 2012 The Wall Street Journal: Technology Innovation Award in Software[58]
  • 2012 The Wall Street Journal: The Next Big Thing[59]
  • 2012 CRN Emerging Vendors: Top 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors[60]
  • 2012 AlwaysOn Global: Top 250 Company[61]
  • 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant: Mobile Application Development Platform[62]
  • 2012 Red Hat Innovation Award Winner: Extensive Partner Ecosystem[63]
  • 2012 CTIA E-Tech Award Winner[64]
  • 2012 Momentum Index: 100 Open Source Companies[65]
  • 2012 MobileTrax’s Mobility Award: Mobile Software, Application Development (Consumer)[66]
  • 2012 Edison Awards Winner[67]
  • 2012 Red Herring 100 Americas[68]
  • 2012 Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in the Bay Area[69]
  • 2012 Lead411’s Hottest Silicon Valley Companies[70]
  • 2012 GSMA Global Mobile Award: Best Cloud-Based Technology for Titanium Integrated Development Platform[71]
  • 2012 Dr. Dobb's Jolt Productivity Awards: Mobile Tools[72]
  • 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant: Mobile Consumer Application Platforms[73]
  • 2011 SIIA’s CODiE Award Finalist[74]
  • 2010 Dr. Dobb's Jolt Productivity Awards: Mobile and Web Development[75]
  • 2010 Gartner Cool Vendors in Enterprise Mobility[76]
  • 2010 Inc. 5000[77]

See also[edit]

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