We work with

diverse clients — from Fortune 500s to startups to non-profits — spanning education, entertainment, wellness, lifestyle, and advertising. We actively seek out socially responsible companies that make a positive impact in the world.

work with us

Online Shopping and Community
  • Scaling
  • Ruby
Smart Sous Vide
  • iOS
  • IoT
Case Study
Sleep Therapy
  • iOS
Virtual 3D Environments
  • API
Data and Information Management
  • AngularJS
  • UX
  • UI
  • Full-stack Development
Case Study
Open Access, Peer Reviewed Science Publisher
  • Ember
  • UX
  • UI
  • Full-stack Development
  • Training
  • Lean UX
Developer Focused Platform as a Service
  • UX
  • UI
  • Development
Science and Education
  • Lean UX
  • User Studies
Case Study
Medical Prototyping
  • iOS
  • IoT
  • BLE
  • iBeacons
Ruby Gem Management
  • OSS
  • Ruby
  • Rails
Customer Relationship Management Platform
  • AngularJS
  • UX
  • UI
  • Full-stack Development
Real-Time Content Delivery
  • Tech Management
  • Full-stack Development
  • Data Migration
Turning regulatory data into actionable insights
  • User Experience
  • Interface Design
Research and Development for Online Dating
  • CTO Consulting
Nation's largest LGBT event
  • Visual Design
  • Content Strategy
Search for a Cure for Malaria
  • OSS
Acquired by SeaChange
Smart content listening and management for media professionals.
  • AngularJS
  • UX
  • UI
  • Full-stack Development
  • Team Augmentation
  • Ruby
Automated HVAC control
  • Full-stack
  • Mobile
  • Python
  • React
  • React Native
  • UI
  • UXs
Digital Therapies Treating Disorders of the Brain
  • UX
  • UI
  • Product Management
Open Source Load Testing Tool
  • Load Testing
  • OSS
Interactive Textbooks
  • Process
  • Full stack development
  • DevOps
Acquired by PVH
Customized Shopping
  • Full-stack Development
Fast, Easy Conference Calling
  • UX
  • UI
  • iOS
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Public Library of Science

Web Application UX, design, & development

Project

Design and build a suite of new content management tools to help the Public Library of Science (PLOS) scale, innovate, and support the future of scientific publishing. 

Problem

The demand for accessible content that can be reused online was growing faster than PLOS’ workflows could handle. They need a platform to enable creative curation and provide a means to experiment and innovate on content delivery.

PLOS requires a platform to help today’s stakeholders and communities deliver contextualized content, but flexible enough to serve tomorrow’s stakeholders and communities as well.

Solution

Cloud City leads an internal PLOS development team, building out the new content management platform component by component. We instill a culture of software excellence and training, and now have an integrated, agile team. Extensive user studies and cross-departmental outreach and cooperation guide all aspects of the final products. Successful deployment of a steady stream of usable features is transforming everyday workflows.

As each component of the platform releases, PLOS' staff gains direct control over content and management is free to push PLOS' mission forward!

From Molly Sharp, Senior Product Manager at PLOS:

"We've been really happy with Cloud City and feel lucky to have found them! We were impressed with their:

Incredible flexibility and willingness to lend a hand — When we found competing firms rigid, Cloud City was the antithesis, accomodating to pre-existing and changing requirements (such as the framework we were using, which changed midway through the project), and working on-site at our location.

Expertise and training — Having launched a project to build all-new content management tools with limited staff, we appreciated the collaboration between our developers and Cloud City's. We got the training and support we needed to get set up quickly and start delivering features right away.

Product Ownership — Everyone on the team truly 'owned' the project, making it easy for me to deliver a good product.

People — Cloud City was not only a good cultural fit but everyone on the team gave it their all. We've enjoyed the experience.

We couldn't have done what we needed without them and I would rate them as phenomenal. I would hire them all over again and have already recommended them to others."

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Open Source Projects

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BUNDLER

A free, open source tool, Bundler allows Ruby applications to track and install dependencies across development and production machines. André Arko, a senior developer at Cloud City, leads the Bundler team and speaks regularly at industry conferences about his work on Bundler and other software development topics.

get it on github
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DEATHSTARE

Developed entirely by Cloud City, Deathstare is an open source tool for extreme load testing. It provides a JSON REST API client, a Rails engine-based web dashboard, auto-scaling test workers on Heroku, and real-time results via Librato.

get it on github

"Cloud City worked more as partners and part of the team than as outsourcers or a typical consultancy. The relationship started with some free friendly tech advice over coffee and proceeded on to our hiring four engineers at the project's peak. They expertly trained up new staff as we ramped their team down. We were left far better off and more self-sufficient after the engagement than before! Thanks Cloud City!"

— Michelle Lam, CEO, True & Co.