TWC News | February 27, 2014

Capital Region Business Beat: Apprenda

Capital Region Business Beat: Apprenda (Video)

Apps are used everyday on phones to do many things like online banking, social media, and more. But did you know there’s a company based in Clifton Park that created a system that major companies across the world use to make Apps? Jon Dougherty introduces to that company in this week’s edition of the Capital Region Business Beat.

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — On most days workers are glued to their computer screens and focused on computer coding.

But what’s taking place at Apprenda is reaching major companies around the world.

“We’re a cloud computing company that’s built a technology that helps very large organizations automatically manage their server infrastructure and data centers,” said Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller.

The Clifton Park-based company provides what it calls a “Platform as a Service.”

Because of the services Apprenda provides, what used to take weeks if not months for companies to build applications, now just takes a few clicks.

“Imagine things like your banking applications on your cell phone, we help them with innovation in that category. Because of our tech, their developers can innovate more quickly and write more applications more quickly,” Schuller said.

Since opening in 2006, Apprenda’s continued to work with Global 2000 companies. Those are companies who make more than $2 billion a year in sales.

Apprenda works with companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, McKesson, and Honeywell.

Currently Apprenda employs more than 60 people, mostly from RPI. It is run by a group in their 30’s, including co-founder Sinclair Schuller who is an Upstate New York native.

But given all of their successes, the Capital Region start-up almost never started here because of pressure from investors.

“We started dealing with the question of, ‘Well, we need you to move to Silicon Valley.’ We started pointing out to the investors you mean to tell me other than the location you’d invest in this building. They said yeah. I would say are you investing in the business or in a company that’s in a specific location? That would start to change their mind on how they think about Apprenda as an opportunity. We managed to attract that capital and stay in the area,” Schuller said.

Apprenda uses a satellite office in New York City, and is exploring the possibility of one in Europe in the near future. It also uses plain old technology to connect to its customers.

Schuller said the company’s not going anywhere because he believes Tech Valley is only getting bigger and better.

“That’s what’s curious to me is we’ve had that change over the past 10 or 15 years and for people not to capitalize on it is kind of foolish,” said Schuller. “We hope that other companies continue to build their presence here and focus on how do we build an awesome business infrastructure here.”

For more information on Apprenda go to apprenda.com.