Why do we exist?

We know what it's like starting from nothing. It's scary. We founded App Press 7 years ago with a simple idea and $500. We have been in your shoes. We learned a lot. Now we want to help. Let's build something useful and beautiful together.

Why should you pick App Press?
Hard earned experience.


Founders Kevin Smith and Grant Glas make the first commit to App Press (from Starbucks).

September 1, 2010

App Press is founded November 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

November 5, 2010

First version of App Press, built on PHP and MySql, is released.

December 7, 2010

The first app built with the App Press prototype is launched. Built code-free in two weeks, The Italian Cookbook appears on the homepage of the App Store and has over 25,000 downloads.

January 1, 2011

Grant and Kevin build The Indy 500 app without coding in 3 weeks using App Press. The app makes it to the homepage of the App Store, and is featured on the front page of The Indianapolis Star on race day.

May 5, 2011

New version of App Press, using the MEAN stack with Angular 0.9.x, is released.

August 28, 2011

App Press Beta launched.

September 2, 2011

App Press Now, the first mobile previewing app of its kind, is launched (after an 18 month delay).

February 10, 2012

Jonathan Ducrest, App Press's first power user, builds and launches 5 apps using App Press.

May 1, 2012

Kevin and Grant start working in the Speakeasy.

January 15, 2013

A new version of App Press with an updated editor running on Angular 1.0 is released.

August 3, 2013

Nordstrom’s apps powered by App Press are launched to every store in the U.S.

January 1, 2014

First Seed round of investment closes.

June 20, 2014

App Press moves to a new office space in downtown Indy.

August 2, 2014

App Press doubles the size of it's team.

OCtober 1, 2014

App Press increases revenue 500%.

December 5, 2014

Verizon app launched.

March 16, 2015

Second Seed round of $1M+ is raised, with participation from Elevate Ventures and VisionTech Partners.

September 9, 2015

5x employee growth.

October 21, 2015

App Press powered apps have 400% growth in monthly active users. App Press sees 700% revenue growth.

December 30, 2015

New Push Notification platform launched.

April 2, 2016

New version of the editor with modular components built.

June 5, 2016

App Press starts to offer on demand app making services.

October 11, 2016

App Press appears on Apple's first TV show, Planet of the Apps.

June 20, 2017

App Press helps build the award winning app, Here Comes the Bus. To-date the app has received over 45,000 five-star reviews

March 1, 2018

App Press launches a new product called Playlister to churches around the country. Playlister is a SaaS product that uses TVOS to preform content playback.

January 1, 2019

Why Pick App Press?

When the iPad launched in 2010, Grant Glas knew something big was happening. He was working as an art director, and he wanted to make an iPad app. There were just two problems. First, Grant didn't know how to program. And second, he didn't have an idea for an app.

Grant met Kevin Smith, an expert developer who had already created several iPhone apps. Kevin agreed to help, but Grant was still struggling with an idea for his app. That's when Grant's wife Gina came home with a plan: turning her grandmother's handwritten book of Italian recipes into an app. Gina started typing up the recipes, and Grant began taking photos to create the app's artwork in Photoshop. As Grant sent the material to Kevin, the two began to run into problems. Grant wanted to make constant updates to the recipes, photos, and artwork, and the deadline was pushed back. Tiny changes were lost in email exchanges between Grant and Kevin.

Then Kevin got the idea to build a tool that would allow Grant to develop and update the app himself, without learning how to program. The instrument was called App Press, and Grant finished the Italian Cookbook app in just six days using the first version of App Press.

When the app launched, it was featured next to Betty Crocker’s Cookbook in the home page of the App Store. In the first week, The Italian Cookbook app was downloaded more than 25,000 times. Shortly afterward, he and Kevin decided to found App Press. We’ve been helping people build apps and create thriving, fulfilling businesses ever since.

Why? We believe a simple idea can change everything. Let's build something together.

App Press has built over 300+ apps in the last decade. In 2017, App Press was recognized by Apple as one of the top-100 developers in the world and was selected to present app ideas to A-list celebrities and business leaders.

Our Founder and CEO Grant Glas gave the App Press business pitch to Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Will.i.am, music producer Zane Lowe, and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

Trusted by these great companies.

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