AppOnboard Raises $15M in Series A Funding to Empower Mobile Developers With App Demos, Creative Tools and Product Insights

With the additional funds, AppOnboard plans to accelerate its growth and development to bring its proprietary app demo technology to more developers worldwide.

AppOnboard Full-Fidelity Demos (Graphic: Business Wire)

LOS ANGELES--()--AppOnboard, a mobile technology platform for app developers, has announced it has raised $15 million in Series A funding to further accelerate the development and adoption of its app demo technology. The round was led by Korea Investment Partners (KIP) alongside Mirae Asset Management, Mantaray, MTG, and Runa Capital who join existing investors London Venture Partners, Troy Capital Partners, and Ophir Capital Group. To date, the company has raised $20 million since its founding.

“Opportunities to completely change the way mobile users discover content do not come around often. We spent 2 years building the technology for the simple yet profound concept of a demo, and now we are beyond excited to get our patent-pending demo technology into the hands of all mobile app developers around the world,” said Jonathan Zweig, CEO/Co-Founder of AppOnboard. “We could not be happier with our incredibly successful investors who wholeheartedly support our entire vision. We can’t wait to see how app developers use our demo technology in all areas of their development cycle: from prototyping, to green lighting and user acquisition, to product insights and beyond.” Previously, Jonathan Zweig was the founding CEO of AdColony, which eventually sold to Opera Software for $350 million in 2014. He also helped develop 14 of the first 100 native iOS apps with co-founder, Adam Piechowicz, when the App Store first started.

AppOnboard’s technology allows users to preview apps or games in high-end experiences served in other mobile apps and games. These interactive experiences, known as Full-Fidelity Demos, mirror the actual app or game experience - including 3D. These demos have driven over a billion interactions since launch and deliver enjoyable, custom experiences for users. In fact, in the last year, millions of rooms were designed, over 500,000 home runs were hit, over 30,000 hours were spent racing, and over 1,000 hours were spent meditating during AppOnboard demo sessions.

Developers have utilized AppOnboard’s technology to accomplish various goals throughout their mobile lifecycle. The accuracy of the company’s Full-Fidelity Demos and Chronological Heat Maps, which visualize user engagement, allow developers to gain actionable insights during the app or game testing process, acquire up to 5x higher quality users, and optimize their onboarding experiences and monetization funnels post-install.

“With the next wave of mobile gaming producing much more immersive content and larger file sizes, we believe AppOnboard’s technology will help developers in a multitude of ways,” said Sang-Ho Park, Executive Director of KIP. “AppOnboard has developed a technology and platform that allows for quick, intuitive creation of app demos that look identical to the game but at a fraction of the size. We believe this technology will be a huge tool for developers.” KIP has previously made investments in leading mobile and gaming companies, such as Kakao, Seriously, Huuuge Games, and DoubleU Games.

“Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store continue to be the most influential distribution channels in history,” said Zweig. “With our new technology, we support these stores with high lifetime-value users and reveal to developers a new set of tools that will help them improve their apps and games.”

In addition, the company also announced a new addition to its executive team. Bryan Buskas will assume the role of COO, effective immediately. Buskas was previously Chief Customer Officer at AdColony, where he led the global performance organization with app developers. He assembled a global team of more than one hundred people that spurred the rapid growth and success of the AdColony app install business since 2011. He brings over thirteen years of gaming experience to AppOnboard and will focus on expanding partnerships with app developers around the world and scaling operations of the company.

“I’m thrilled to join the AppOnboard team at such an exciting and critical time. I have watched the technology and market opportunity for app demos and playable ads accelerate in recent years but have yet to see an experience like that powered by AppOnboard’s Full-Fidelity Demos,” said Bryan Buskas. “Other technologies that create ‘playable ads,’ such as HTML/JavaScript and app streaming, are no longer as effective at giving users a true experience of what an app is like.”

About AppOnboard:

AppOnboard is a next-gen mobile technology platform that powers Full-Fidelity Demos, which allow users to instantly experience an app or game before downloading it. AppOnboard enables app and game testing, driving insights to developers and product teams that help optimize app launches and onboarding. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in San Francisco and Seattle, AppOnboard is venture-backed by Korea Investment Partners (KIP), Mirae Asset Management, Mantaray, MTG, Ophir Capital Group, Runa Capital, Troy Capital Partners, and London Venture Partners.

About Korea Investment Partners:

Korea Investment Partners (KIP) is a leading venture capital & private equity firm based in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, and Sunnyvale. KIP has developed expertise and presence across a range of industries through private equity investments. With 30 years of venture capital investment experience, Korea Investment Partners have demonstrated the ability to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and successfully capitalize on market dislocations through unique investment approaches.


Katie Weinstock, 1-424-293-2501


Katie Weinstock, 1-424-293-2501