Rapid prototyping

Test real products, not clickthrough mockups

Airdev helps innovation & venture studio groups to validate new concepts with ultra-rapid functional prototyping.

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USE CASES

Corporate new ventures

Launch and incubate a startup within an organization using the leanest approach

Innovation portfolios

Run more real experiments each quarter to identify areas to invest in scaling

Talent enablement

Give employee teams the resources to test innovative concepts in venture competitions

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

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OUR PROCESS

A process to fit yours

Every corporate innovation process is unique, but the use of static mockups and prototypes to test concepts is consistent. We replace this step with functional software that can be tested with real users.

Scoping

We invest a lot up-front in defining your app’s features and design. Before we break ground on a build, we create a detailed scope doc with descriptions and wireframes. This can come from your existing process, or our PMs can work with you to translate broad requirements into specific solutions that can be built on your timeframe.

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1-3 weeks
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Product Manager, Senior PM
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Formal scope doc

Development

We build in weekly development sprints, each with a concrete deliverable set beforehand. During a build week, we can either collaborate with your team using your system (e.g., scrum) or build using our own methodology while you relax. After each milestone, your PM reviews progress live and collects feedback, so you can make sure everything is going according to plan.

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1-5 weeks
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PM, Designer, Developer, QA specialist
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Fully functional app

Review

Validation processes are often built for testing multiple iterations in order to find the optimal product. Your team can help you scope and implement changes to your prototype anytime to ensure you can respond as quickly as you are learning. The journey is unpredictable, so we give you control of when and how you use your Airdev team to get there.

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Ongoing
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PM (+ team as needed)
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Iterative launches

Support

If your experiments are successful, your functional prototype can be turned into a production app ready for launch. We can connect the app to your company data and launch a live version on your domain. If you choose to rebuild the app using internal resources, any data and logic from the prototype can be used in that process.

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Ongoing
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PM (+ team as needed)
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Live product

AIRDEV Vs. TRADITIONAL DEV

A proven difference for innovative companies

By replacing static mockups with functional software, enterprises learn more with less.

the old way
  • Clickthrough mockups
  • Qualitative feedback on static pages
  • Complete rebuild based on learnings
the airdev way
  • Fully functional software products
  • Conversion & usage data from real testing
  • Prototype is ready for deployment as live app
  • Clickthrough mockups
  • Fully functional software products
  • Qualitative feedback on static pages
  • Conversion & usage data from real testing
  • Complete rebuild based on learnings
  • Prototype is ready for deployment as live app
FAQ

Common questions

Will my application scale?

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Yes. We always design apps to optimize for scale, based on our understanding of the potential features and user behavior our client envisions. The Bubble technology is built to scale, with the ability to upgrade server capacity as needed (including migrating to a dedicated AWS cluster) to service a growing user base. Bubble provides simple dashboards and notifications to track app capacity usage to help you adjust as needed.

Will my application be secure?

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Yes. All app data is stored on industry-standard Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers, which companies like Netflix use to manage their sensitive data. Data is encrypted at rest, all changes are logged for auditing, and role-based privacy rules determine what data is visible to which users. Apps support SSL encryption (i.e., https:// rather than http://), which offers an additional layer of data security. For apps requiring the transfer of sensitive personal medical records, our apps cannot yet be HIPPA compliant. We are happy to answer specific questions about security as you get started on your project.

How much will my application cost to build?

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We price our projects based on how much effort they are going to take. The key factors are how much functionality you're looking to build, how complex the functionality is, and whether you we use our design framework or implement a custom design. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to get a quote for your project!

Who owns the IP rights to my application?

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You own the rights to your concept, your application, and all user-generated data created through the app. Airdev retains the ownership of the IP for our predesigned page and element templates that we use across multiple projects. More details on this distinction can be found in the client contract you can review before approving a build.

Is Airdev able to support and extend my application as it grows?

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Yes, you can come back to us at any point after the initial build for additional work. You can request ad-hoc updates or sign up for a monthly plan, which will come with a certain amount of team capacity.

What technology will my application be built on?

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We build on the latest visual programming framework, Bubble, which allows us to build incredibly quickly and flexibly with minimal technical input. This reduces the cost and headache to our clients, and increases app stability out of the gate. Bubble itself is written in CoffeeScript running on Node.js, uses Postgres databases hosted on AWS, and exposes POST or GET APIs for third-party connections. The app can be easily connected to exetrnal APIs and the app's database can be easily exported.

What are the limitations? What can you not build?

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There are a few categories of tools that we can't help with:
- Fully native mobile apps (e.g. Whatsapp or Uber) - though web-based mobile apps are supported
- Existing products written in code
- Apps that need to work without an internet connection
If you're not sure whether we can do what you need, we would be happy to help you find out!

Ready to discuss your project with us?