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As a full-service design and software consultancy we get to help clients in their time of need and, if we do our job right, make a difference for that client and its customers. Making a difference parts with looking beyond the client’s immediate need and asking why. We ask why because we’re interested in not just the success of an individual project, but the long-term success of our clients.

Earlier this year three of Cloud City Development’s clients were acquired: True & Co., Deis, and Engine Yard. We like to think that our approach and their engagements with us were partially responsible for our clients’ acquisitions.

True & Co

In March 2017, Calvin Klein owner PVH entered into an agreement to acquire True & Co., a direct-to-consumer intimate apparel e-commerce retailer.

“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” explained Michelle Lam, CEO, True & Co. “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!”


In April 2017, Microsoft acquired container platform Deis from Engine Yard, a Ruby on Rails cloud platform and support company.

Engine Yard

Also in April 2017, Engine Yard was acquired by cloud-based Ruby development firm Crossover.

In addition to True & Co., Deis, and Engine Yard, a couple of years ago we helped support Timeline Labs for its $22M acquisitionto SeaChange by staffing 5 engineers and UX design to produce a suite of smart news products.

Successful Engagements Start with Asking Why

All projects have their own goals and guideposts, but all start with the same question: why. Once we have this answer, we tailor our approach for specific engagement based on your team, your project, and your values.

Contact us today if you want senior staff to multiple the effectiveness of your existing team. While you can’t hire a developer whose 10x as productive as an average developer, we can make five developers twice as effective and set you on a path for long-term success.

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