Luke Melia


April 14, 2013

Introducing Yapp Labs

The team at Yapp has been busy building toward Yapp’s vision: to make mobile app creation accessible to anyone and everyone. The early versions of our product have received rave reviews from our users and press including the Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, the BBC, and many others. We’re just getting started, though — we have a very ambitious vision for where we want to take Yapp.

The other thing we’ve been busy doing is helping to build Ember. As you may know, our team at Yapp has some serious Ember chops. We enjoy contributing our skills and knowledge to the Ember community in the form of code contributions to Ember core, mentoring newer Ember developers, running the successful Ember.js NYC Meetup group, and more.

To date, we’ve done this all in our “spare time,” while building Yapp. Ambitious visions require resources, of course, and when it came time to think about funding the next stage of Yapp’s growth, we decided to explore an alternative to traditional venture funding and be true to our vision and what we love to do – making apps accessible to everyone, ordinary folks and developers alike. Out of this exploration, Yapp Labs was born.

The goal of Yapp Labs is to enrich the Ember community by helping companies to develop internal Ember expertise, resolve tough bugs and performance issues, fill in missing functionality of Ember core, and ultimately ship great apps that make us all proud to be associated with Ember.

To that end, we have begun offering the following services:

Sponsored OSS development

As awesome as Ember already is, there is a very long list of improvements to make the development experience and production experiences as good as they can be.

If shortcomings in a particular aspect of Ember or the Ember ecosystem are a frustration for you, you have three options: you can roll up your sleeves and fix it, wait for someone else to fix it, or engage with professionals like us to get it fixed. Much of Ember’s progress has come from companies generously funding talented developers to devote some full-time focus to particular areas of Ember.

Ember.js training

We have been cultivating Ember talent and building a community of professional Ember developers in New York and Seattle through the meetups in each of those cities. Through Hacker Hours, our liberal co-working invitations, and online venues, our team has now personally mentored hundreds of Ember developers.

We can develop and deliver a customized curriculum to help your team get started or level up their Ember skills. Courses can be customized to half-day, full-day, or multi-day lengths.

Support contracts

When deciding to adopt an open source project, it can help to know that you have a vendor to call if you get stuck. Our support contracts let you know that you’ll have an expert available to you if you get stuck. Support contracts include several hours per month of assistance and troubleshooting from an experienced Ember developer.

Ember app development (mobile, tablet & desktop)

Through our work on Yapp, we have rare expertise in Ember on mobile, where performance is critical, and in implementing cutting-edge user experiences in a wide variety of form factors. Our team members bring strong Ruby on Rails skills to build the performant and easy-to-maintain back-ends that are necessary for an Ember app that works and feels great.

Our favorite way to work is to augment an existing team, so that when it’s time for us to move on, we’ve leveled-up a few more Ember experts in the world and know that your app will be in good hands.

We’re excited about this new offering. If you’re interested in working with us, get in touch: luke _at_

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