Matching customers with local professionals - iOS apps

When a customer needs to hire someone – a landscaper, a DJ, etc – Thumbtack finds them for free. Carbon Five partnered with Thumbtack to create the first native app that fully replicated Thumbtack’s existing web experience.

Tech Stack
  • iOS
  • Python

The Challenge

Thumbtack needed native iOS apps that matched the startup’s existing web experience, and it needed them fast. Thumbtack had already acquired a solid user base prior to engaging Carbon Five — while the rapidly growing company’s website enjoyed significant traffic, the team believed a native mobile app encouraged additional on-the-go use of their product by customers.

The Process

Carbon Five built a Python service using the Pyramid framework to provide an API for the mobile client. The team also introduced automated testing, documentation and versioning of the API to provide a reliable interface for clients distributed via the App Store. Automated testing and rapid iteration allowed the team to build a high-quality application without compromising on release time.

The Results

Thumbtack’s consumer and professional iOS apps were released on time and to rave reviews. They maintain covetable 4.5 star reviews in the App Store and the Pro version is one of the top grossing iOS apps. In addition, funding has surpassed $250M.

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