Since the day we first began developing custom software, Airship has come a long way — and we owe it all to our clients, crew members, and biggest supporters. Thank you for letting us serve you over the past 7 years! 

2019 was a landmark year for Airship -- for that, we are very lucky and thankful. What better day than our 7th anniversary to share our annual Chronicle, our look back at the previous year's wins and highlights!

The story wouldn't be complete without you, so please enjoy! (View as a slideshow? Click here!)

airship app development chronicle update
We had a Rocky-montage comeback in tug-of-war at the 2019 Corporate Challenge

Seven may be a lucky number for some, but for startups, it signifies the point at which the success rate drops to 42%. For us, 2019 was an incredible year of growth and learning topped off with an honor: Our third Fastest Growing Company title from the Birmingham Business Journal!

airship app development serving clients in 17 states
Move over, Pitbull. Airship shall now be known as Mr./Ms. Worldwide.

We've now eclipsed the 100,000+ download mark across all mobile app projects!

Airship Chronicle 2019 - Custom software development hours per client

Not only did we more than double our software design and development hours, we significantly increased our number of intentional learning hours. Dedicated learning time accounts for 10% of our builders' 40-hour week.

P.S.: We're hiring! Check out our job board on Lever to view and apply.

We invest in our builders (our term for software developers) so they can learn, grow, and challenge themselves and provide value to our clients who are trusting our expertise. It's crucial that we're always sharp for our clients because they turn to us to be their technology partner.

technologies used for airship app development

We're continuing to see more and more applications that are a perfect match for the React Native framework (about 37% of our builds in 2019). Other application development frameworks we specialize in include the following:

  • React Native
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
  • .NET
  • Objective-C
  • Swift
  • Node.js
airship number of software development clients onboarded

Perhaps the best form of flattery we could ever hope to receive is repeat business from our clients. Our goal is to be a technology parter for our clients that they can rely on to care for the legacy of their application or software product. We're thrilled that 73% of our clients chose to do business with us again on a new project in 2019.

airship software development industries served

One of the best things about working at Airship is the variety of projects we get to work on. One day you could be building an app for Browning Trail Cameras for their avid hunters, the next day you could be building software that integrates with yachts, and the next helping students from underserved communities gain access scholarship funds.

airship crew member update
Can you guess who drink 5+ cups a day like a madman?!?

We love our growing family!! We have 28 total crew members aboard the Airship, but we're never alone - when we added 14 crew members this year, we also added 35 new family members!

airship software development awards

We were honored to be recognized again in 2019 for Best Places to Work, Fastest Growing Companies, AND alumni awards at both Auburn University and UAB.

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A peek at some of our Mapping Deliverables from 2019
airship serving software development clients in 2020

Thank you again for helping us have another wonderful year and an unbelievable decade. We look forward to serving you in 2020!

If you're interested in discussing how we can help your crew get things done in 2020, contact us and you'll receive a link to book some time on our calendars.

If you want to see our previous Chronicles (and we're flattered that you do!), check out the 2018 Chronicle here and our inaugural 2017 Chronicle here.


Start with: What problem are you trying to solve? 

One of the activities we work through revolves around refining your problem statement. A problem statement is the key business problem that needs to be solved. In software development, it states “what has to be done” for a project to succeed. It does not say, “how it has to be done.”

We use the 5W’s + 1 H format as well as the SMART Framework when establishing a problem statement. In fact, you can draft your own problem statement by using our free download. This download will get you thinking through some of the questions and answers prior to starting your project.

Download: Problem Statement
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