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We craft winning web & mobile products

With beautiful designs and advanced engineering

Testimonials

  • “MustWin was integral in the design and development of core components in our Javascript framework. We would not have met key deliverables without their help and technical wizardry.”
    - Tim Jones, SquareTrade Product Manager

  • “MustWin defied the norm that technology projects are never completed on schedule or on budget. They built an awesome MVP, bringing to bear keen consumer product instinct as well as deep engineering chops.”
    - Charles Best, Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org

  • “MustWin helped us accomplish something many said wouldn't be possible, build a brand new, dynamic website in under a week. They completed it in time to be unveiled at a major event, and even managed to include important additional features.”
    - Adam Pisoni, Co-founder and CTO of Yammer

  • “The Must Win team executed exceptionally well under tight timelines and with minimal supervision. They were a critical part of our launch plan. Our partnership with them resulted in enormous inbound demand.”
    - Alex Gorbansky, Founder & CEO at Docurated

  • CoTap: Pre-funding Mobile MVP

    CoTap (pre-launch) came to us to design and develop their alpha mobile application to demo to investors. With a little help from the native iOS app, their stellar founding team successfully raised $5.5 MM in funding!

  • Docurated: Fixed-Timeline Sprint

    Docurated engaged us to help develop a Dropbox API mash-up of their app in time for their TC Disrupt presentation. They used this to showcase their application and generate demo requests for their enterprise software.

  • SquareTrade: Expert Manpower

    SquareTrade came to us for expert JavaScript advice and development bandwidth. Our team worked to increase their velocity, alleviate their development backlog, and enhance their customer offerings.

Clients Include: CoTap, Docurated, Irregardless, Microsoft, Off Base Productions, SquareTrade, Vormetric

The Founding Team

Mike Ihbe

Software Architecture

Mike is a product focused problem solver with loads of experience managing fast-moving development teams and a track record of building winning applications at companies like Apple, Amazon, Quid, and Yammer. He’s also the go-to guy for everything from high-level system design to low level performance issues.

“Mike’s been on some of the hardest projects we’ve had. His willingness to dive into unfamiliar technologies and codebases is impressive, as is his ability to drive long-running, cross-cutting projects.”

- Coda Hale, Principal Software Developer at Microsoft

Wil Everts

User Experience

Wil is a product-savant who has worked as an user experience designer & interface developer for start ups including Zivity, Top Fans, Wikia, and Yammer. He shines when he’s needed to get his hands dirty in many roles: conceptualizing features, designing user experiences, writing snappy copy, and engineering user interfaces.

“Wil’s a talented guy who can deliver for a team and help bring it together, too. He cares intensely about what he delivers. He helped us move from chaos to structure on Yammer’s front end and jumped in on other projects, too.”

- Zack Parker, Director of Web Engineering at Yammer

Founding Must Win

Mike Ihbe and Wil Everts are veterans of the San Francisco rapid/agile RoR development scene that sprouted up in the middle 2000s. Meeting in 2010, after joining Yammer as engineers 28 and 33, they share a common ethos of rapid product design and development, quantitative product analysis, followed by swift iteration and re-assesment.

As a duo they are quite unique. Both are full stack, product-focused, lead developers in their specialties, which are on opposite ends of the stack. Together they’re adept at product conceptualization, user testing, A/B testing, adding new features, handling growth, and resolving system performance issues in large applications.

Read more about the Must Win Ethos.

Web and Mobile Services App

Product Conceptualization

We love consulting with our clients to help them refine their product’s vision. As your “Techinical Co-Founders” for hire we’ll help you negotiate common pitfalls and make educated decisions.

Information Architecture

Good Information Architecture is maintainable and extensible so enhancing your audience's access to relevant content is unimpeded.

Wireframes

Wireframes are a powerful way of expressing the basic functionality of your application and they ensure everyone is on the same page before development starts. That said, we often find detailed wireframes to be overkill.

UX Design

User Experience is what makes the completed application worth more than the sum of its parts. A truly successful product experience is one that combines visual design, behavior, utility, and content to fulfill the needs of the end user and the business goals of the production team.

UI Design

Beautiful, effective designs are an important part of your product. We give designs the attention they deserve to portray your brand and optimize conversions without getting in the way of the product.

Prototyping

We can help you conceptualize and develop a functional HTML prototype to give your project the jumpstart it needs.

Web Development

We're experienced with a wide array of web technologies (Ruby, Python, Java, Javascript, and more) and can set you up with a cost-effective, scalable solution.

Mobile Development

Mobile is an important aspect of a full-fledged product experience. MustWin develops native iOS and Android applications, and all other platforms are supported with HTML5. We even have experts that can get you featured in the app store.

Content Management

Dynamic applications require an interface to update content. All of our applications ship with an admin interface that you can use to update whatever you'd like.

A/B Testing

Using a scientific process to optimize your business metrics is important to long term growth. We can set you up with an extensible, reusable A/B testing framework so that your application gets better over time. We're your growth hacking experts!

Web Analytics Tracking

Knowing who comes to your website and what they do is basically required business intelligence. We can help you gather it.

Scaling/Performance

We have experience working on low-latency applications effectively servicing millions of users. Measuring and optimizing performance are integral to building successful web applications, so they're an integral part of our process as well.

API Creation/Integration

We can help you turn your product into a platform by exposing your data to third parties that may want to leverage your information. Or, we can help integrate third parties with your application.

Accessibility Development

Accessibility development supports inclusion for people with disabilities while also overlapping with other best practices like responsive web design, usability, design for older users, and search engine optimization.

Quality Assurance Testing

We use a comprehensive yet economical quality assurance strategy driven by rapid development principals that includes automated unit, functional and integration testing along with regular code and architecture reviews to ensure our products are delivered on time and fully operational.

Internationalization

Mutli-language support is important for any global application. We can easily build this into any of our applications.

Security Audits

Ensuring the security of your sensitive data is an important responsibility. Defer to the experts for penetration testing, security audits, or whatever else needs doing.

Security Upgrades

We offer extended service plans that includes the timely patching of security vulnerabilities as they're discovered.

Data backups

We offer comprehensive data backup solutions and disaster recovery plans, so you're always prepared for the worst.

Dev/Ops

Running a web app is no joke. We can handle hosting, monitoring, configuration management, virtualization, deployment and most anything else operations related in any *nix environment.

Marketing Services

Brand Identity

Figuring out who you are is intimately tied to what your product will be. We want to channel you as we design your product so that every aspect is a reflection of you and your brand. Even if you haven't figured out what exactly that is - we can help with that too.

SEO/SEM

A good search experience gives your site authenticity, drives traffic and improves conversions. These are things we include in every product development project.

Social Media

We can offer advice on how to manage a social media strategy, and even execute it for you on a recurring basis.

Video

Video is a great professional looking addition to a website. We can work with a production company to create the promotional video you always wanted.

Logos

Logos are an integral part of your brand and experience. Let us help them express the right things.

Email Marketing

Touching your customers early and often drives engagement - a huge factor in the success of most applications.

Conversion Optimization

Product funnels like sign up flows need to be hyper-optimized to maximize your business metrics. We can help.

Business Development

We work with amazing industry contacts that can get you that celebrity sponsorship or major partnership you've been longing for.

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Recent Articles from Must Win

  • 5 Traits of All-Star Startup Talent by Wil Everts

    There are a few essential traits we look for when we're looking to invite new talent to our team. Not all of things are equal in the decision making process, a strength in one area can overcome a deficit elsewhere. But, if you're interested in working with us this list will interest you.

  • Why Outsource? Why to MustWin? by Mike Ihbe

    Our number one priority is manifesting your vision successfully and cost-effectively. And we’re good at it. Our experience delivering quality software product for client after client speaks for itself. Just ask our clients.Microsoft, Irregardless, SquareTrade, Docurated, etc.

  • Development Process: The Why and the How by Mike Ihbe

    Software development processes are running rampant these days. As MustWin grows, our process continues to evolve. Each adaptation is based on the same fundamentals though. This post is about how we manage ourselves internally and will be useful to new employees or curious outsiders.

  • Breaking down a project by Mike Ihbe

    Building something from nothing is always a little intimidating. Moreso when it's a big something. A lot of people show up to this process with a grandiose vision and no idea how to get there. A lot of products are really big, so it's hard to grasp all the pieces at once, much less to prioritize the tasks to get there. This post is about how we tackle our largest projects.

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