Mutual Mobile: Bootstrapping a mobile application development company to 100+ employees – With co-founder Tarun Nimmagadda

How does a mobile applications development company grow from 3 partners 18 months ago to over 100 employees today with a vision of 200 in the near future – all without a stitch of financing? This is exactly what Mutual Mobile has done while working with some of the largest brands in the world including Google, Cisco, Audi, Gowalla, Stumbleupon, Xerox and the Harvard Business Review to name only a few.

Tarun Nimmagadda, co-founder and COO of Mutual Mobile, opens up on how he and his partners built this business, how they found their first customers, why they didn’t take the many financing offers put in front of them and where they plan on focusing going forward.

One other main conversation in this piece is about Mutual Mobile spinning out their first product called LaunchPad that focuses on automating the testing phase of mobile apps – this alone is worth the listen as Tarun explains the reasoning they went through on spinning out a piece of their competitive advantage as a service to help other companies doing the same thing.

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About Tarun Nimmagadda

Tarun Nimmagadda
Along with his advanced engineering and product management background, Tarun is a natural leader and motivator. New Mutual Mobile developers and designers quickly learn that there is no static, hidebound development process here. Rather, under Tarun’s friendly but direct collaborative supervision, our teams are encouraged to create ways to add innovation and maximize efficiency.

Prior to helping to found Mutual Mobile, Tarun was the Chief Information Officer of AccessAble Systems, LLC, which recently won the Dell Innovation Challenge. He is a founder of the SmartPhone Entrepreneurs Group. On the rare occasions he’s not in the office, you may find him kayaking on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.

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Rob Woodbridge

I'm Rob, the founder of UNTETHER.tv and I've spent 14 years immersed in the mobile and pervasive computing world. During this great time I've helped some of the most innovative companies grow their business through mobile. If you are in need of a mobile business advisor or coach, connect with me here to get things rolling.

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  • Mark Mark

    To be honest with you,  I am currently launching a project and after trying to reach Mutual Mobile for weeks and them not returning emails or phone calls, I gave up. Once eventually I was able to talk to someone, they seemed quite arrogant and way overpriced. I have dealt with many companies in the past months, but I never experienced the unprofessionalism and arrogance as with this company.

    Rob…you do some great work here and its very valuable to the people who come here to listen. Keep it up. But please after listening to this guy, its an embarassment.

  • Hi @google-63936c93eb5cfa4400e75300bbe54f1f:disqus thanks for the note. These guys were growing like crazy when I sat down with them a year ago. I haven’t had an opportunity to reach back out to Tarun to get an update but perhaps I should! The great thing about this industry is that there are 1000’s of competitors out there for you to chose if one doesn’t do it for you.

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