Apperian Appoints New CEO, David Patrick, to Raise Money and Bring Mobile Apps to More Businesses

There’s some interesting personnel news today in the world of mobile software apps for companies. Boston-based Apperian, a mobile development and platform startup, says it has appointed a new CEO as of last week. He is David Patrick, a veteran of Lotus, Sun, Novell, and a number of cutting-edge tech startups on both coasts. He succeeds founder Chuck Goldman, a former Apple executive who is staying on as chief strategy officer and will continue to run the company’s services, sales, and business development.

I took the opportunity to get to know Patrick a bit, and to get an update on Apperian’s business. The company has about 20 full-time employees plus a number of consultants; there were three new hires last week, and more will come soon. Patrick says the firm’s revenue “has grown very dramatically” and could be on pace to increase by 300 percent this year over last year. Nevertheless, one of his first objectives as CEO is to raise a Series A financing round. To date, Apperian has been supported by $1.5 million in seed money from CommonAngels, plus services revenue from its mobile-app development work.

“I’ve looked at a lot of startups, and this is the first one I’ve seen as healthy as it is after 18 months,” Patrick says.

Founded in January 2009, Apperian has developed consumer iPhone apps for companies like American Greetings (electronic cards), Intuit (tax forms), and Timberland (retail marketing). It also counts Estee Lauder, Rue La La, Progressive Insurance, and Warner Bros. among its customers, for whom it has developed 55 apps so far. But an even bigger opportunity may lie in creating a platform for companies to develop their own internal mobile apps—what would amount to an “enterprise app store” for iPhones, iPads, and Google Android-based devices.

That’s what Apperian announced it was working on this spring, as my colleague Wade detailed in an interview with Goldman. The software platform is still in beta mode, Patrick says, and he has been studying it for the past couple of months (before officially starting with the company), thinking about issues such as how to ensure the security of confidential data and users’ identities on mobile devices. In the meantime, the company seems to be gaining traction, particularly around the iPhone and iPad.

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