It all started in the summer of ‘09, when developer mastermind Petr met Robin, a sought-after designer & entrepreneur. The two realized they shared a passion for a new technology that was changing the way the world communicated: the iPhone app. Petr had the coding expertise, but no flair for design. Robin’s design skills were on-point, but he needed more structural savvy. Together, they were a killer combination and they teamed up immediately.
Two months later they launched Cookmate, their first app. When Cookmate took 1st place at the LeWeb Conference in December 2009, Robin & Petr knew they were on to something. They decided to create their own company—one dedicated to hand-crafting apps that were as aesthetically beautiful as they were seamlessly functional in every little detail.
And so, Tapmates was born.
The company started taking on clients, and slowly but surely built up a team of the brightest talent in the industry. Word began to spread, and Tapmates grew steadily for about a year. In the winter of 2010, Tapmates created an unsolicited redesign of a hot new photo app called Instagram... That helped to gain the right attention. Interested developers and Silicon Valley startups began reaching out with offers and prospects.
The more projects Tapmates accepted, the more the team realized they loved working with startups. So when Jon Slimak approached them about creating a new app called Piictu, they jumped on the opportunity and made it into Techstars NY just a few months later. Shortly afterwards, they jetted off to Palo Alto, California to help startup veteran Alain Rossmann build Klip, his new video sharing app.
The decision was clear—Tapmates needed to move to the U.S.A. So In January of 2012, a new shop on beautiful 96th & Madison in New York City was set up. Today’s Tapmates is a group of 10+ seriously gifted professionals who are proud to offer their unparallelled brand of polished, design-driven engineering & meticulous attention to detail to startups around the globe.
With offices in NYC and the Czech Republic, Tapmates is thanks to the team full of enthusiastic people making the smartphone world a more beautiful place. One lovingly-built app at a time.