Thinking about selling your mobile app business? Over 30 mobile app founders have completed successful exits with Maple Media, where their original work still thrives today.
We are a team of Los Angeles based mobile app engineers, product managers, designers, marketers, monetization, QA and customer support experts; who love building mobile app businesses. Maple Media is led by Jam City, Google, Electronic Arts & Scopely veterans.
Maple Media provides founder-friendly exit opportunities for founders and creators of mobile apps and games. We acquire successful apps and combine the original developer’s roadmap and technology with our extensive development, product and marketing resources to improve the user experience and ensure the long term viability of the product. We’ve assessed thousands of app businesses and construct fair and accurate valuations and move quickly to protect your time. When you are ready to exit, our process is quick, transparent, provides you liquidity and peace of mind. Plus, we do business nearly everywhere in the world.
We understand what it takes to launch - and sustain - a product users love. However, without adequate resources and active management, great apps often languish and decline. At Maple Media, your app and users are in the capable hands of our world-class app operations team. Our team of experts has seen it all, and are ready to seamlessly take on all of the daily challenges you face in your app business to keep users happy long into the future.
Starting the process of selling a business is intimidating, and there are plenty of buyers in the market that will kick tires and waste your time. We respect you, and your time. If your business performance aligns with our acquisition strategy, we’ll own the process and move quickly to agree to terms, complete due diligence and deliver payment to you. We handle every aspect of the operating transition we can. Typical transition times are as short as 3-5 business days, depending on the complexity of the business.
Exiting your business, which represents years of your work, is a major personal decision. We are not focused on short term tactics like “flipping” apps or deploying exploitative tactics that upset users. Instead, we operate our businesses with a long term outlook, and expect to grow and support all businesses we operate for years to come. We only invest in products we believe are inherently valuable and useful. User retention is our #1 priority. We will work with you to understand what you most value and aim to protect and advance the legacy of each founder, while maintaining the spirit of your product as the market evolves.
Each founder’s story and product are unique, but they often reach similar crossroads.
Long hours, endless app updates, complex app store policies, and time away from the people you love all take a toll. Things change.
New ventures, family, and changing life circumstances are all motivators to restore your independence and enjoy your success. We have acquired over 30 businesses from founders like you. Here are a few of their stories.
“I had been wanting to move back to Australia and was
shifting gears in terms of projects I was pursuing. Of all
potential buyers, Maple Media understood the product best,
and had an action plan to continue to build out Player FM
-Michael Mahemoff, founder of Player FM
Founding Story: In 2011, podcasting was rapidly
gaining popularity, but no podcast app existed that worked well
on mobile, desktop, at home, and in the car; all the places you
want to listen to podcasts. London-based Michael Mahemoff
founded Player FM to address this need and created a podcast
platform with a unique emphasis on cross-platform listening and
podcast discoverability. Over the coming years, Michael, a
technical founder, along with a small and talented team,
successfully scaled Player FM to become a top-ten podcast app
globally, reaching millions of listeners per month.
The Challenge: After more than 9 years of
independent operations, Michael was planning a move from
London back home to Australia, and wanted to take on new
projects as well. Complexities managing international
business entities, scaling server operations to handle an
increasing user base, as well as keeping up with the rapidly
changing podcast ecosystem were becoming difficult to manage
without scaling the team up further. Michael engaged Maple
Media to explore a transition out of the business.
Player FM & Maple Media: Following the
acquisition of Player FM in 2020 (including four Player FM
team members who remain full-time employees), Maple Media
has invested in Player FM product, content partnerships,
design, and app operations. Player FM is now available on
new platforms, including Apple Watch, iPad, and Apple
Carplay. Maple Media also partnered with leading podcast
hosting providers, including Libsyn and Buzzsprout, to
expand the Player FM library. A Player FM brand update and
UI/UX redesign launched in 2021 to modernize the platform.
Player FM continues to be one of the most-downloaded podcast
apps worldwide and celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2021.
Founding Story: As smartphone camera quality
has increased, mobile document scanning has become a fast, easy,
and secure substitute for physical document management.
Christoph Wagner and his team at Scanbot (doo GmbH) recognized
this opportunity and built a world-class, privacy-first document
scanning platform. Based in Germany, the Scanbot team built an
SDK that could be licensed by other developers, and launched a
consumer app on the App Store and Google Play. The Scanbot app
quickly grew, reaching millions of users and earning Editor’s
Choice and App of the Day accolades.
“We put our hearts into this project and wanted it to
have a good home. In addition to moving quickly, Maple
Media proved they had the technical competency and the
infrastructure to give our app a new life. Shout out to
Michael [CEO of Maple Media] specifically, who established
trust and built a multi-year relationship with us.”
- Christoph Wagner, CEO
The Challenge: Just as the Scanbot app
grew, the Scanbot SDK also found success. The Scanbot
Scanner SDK is now used by over 200 businesses, including
Aflac, to power scanning in their apps. After taking the
helm as CEO in 2016, Christoph found himself managing both a
B2B and B2C business, both of which required different core
competencies. By 2019, it was clear that executing on both
businesses with the same team would hold back the firm, so
Christoph engaged Maple Media to explore an exit strategy
for the Scanbot app.
SwiftScan & Maple Media: Maple Media has
sought to stay true to the privacy-focused,
ecosystem-agnostic approach that fueled Scanbot’s success.
Maple Media launched a rebranding campaign and Scanbot is
now known as SwiftScan, tactically managing user
expectations separating the B2B Scanbot brand from the
consumer app, which was important to Christoph. Maple Media
has also grown SwiftScan’s subscription offering by
launching new features and a new subscription management
backend. Maple Media’s marketing team has achieved greater
recognition for the product as well, securing coverage from
The New York Times, PC Mag, and other top publications that
recognize SwiftScan as the leading, privacy-safe document
scanning, editing, text extraction, and fax app on the
“Maple Media had a no-nonsense, direct approach. They
moved quickly and communication was transparent. Maple
Media has a solid portfolio and much more expertise in the
app world than we could ever put into this app
- Dotan Saguy, founder, Stocks+ app
Founding Story: As an investor, Dotan Saguy
loved the iPhone’s native Stocks app, however, when the iPad
launched, Apple didn’t initially offer an iPad version. So, in
2010 Dotan teamed up with Postindustria, an incubator and
development studio, to design and develop a fully featured iPad
and iPhone stock tracking app. Stocks+ app quickly built a large
user base because of its ease of use for tracking holdings,
measuring cost basis, viewing price charts and market news, and
for it’s accurate stock market alerts.
The Challenge: As the app celebrated 10
years on the store, Dotan was transitioning to a new career
as a documentary photographer. Postindustria was also
focusing more on development services rather than incubating
new apps. Dotan and Postindustria decided to engage Maple
Media as an exit partner for the business.
Stocks+ app & Maple Media: Since the
acquisition, Maple Media launched a UI/UX update for
Stocks+, elevating the design to match current user
standards, while maintaining the spirit and simplicity of
the app. New sources of market news, and expansion of pro
features, including increased security and home screen
widgets also launched. Plus, members of the long-term
Stocks+ development team at Postindustria also continue to
work on the app in collaboration with Maple Media.
Founding Story: Pulse SMS, a leading Android
messaging app, was launched in 2016 by Luke Klinker while he
attended the University of Iowa. Pulse SMS created a way for
Android users to send and receive SMS messages across multiple
platforms - including Android, Mac, PC, and web. The app quickly
scaled to millions of users and became the highest-rated
messaging app on Google Play; users loved the ability to send
and manage messages across devices.
“Owning your own business comes with major benefits, but
it consumes your life. I love what I built and I’m super
proud of it, but managing user support as a one-man
operation can be an immense challenge during a period of
- Luke Klinker, founder of Klinker Apps and creator of Pulse SMS
The Challenge: As Pulse SMS grew, Luke
faced the challenges of a technical solopreneur head on,
managing everything from design and development, to customer
support. However, the stress and constant pressure to
deliver for users was a difficult burden to constantly
carry. Reducing stress and not feeling constant pressure to
work on the app became more and more appealing to Luke, so
he engaged Maple Media to explore an exit.
Pulse SMS & Maple Media: Following the
acquisition by Maple Media, Pulse SMS is now supported by a
larger team, including our product group, marketing team,
and 24/7 global customer support. Users have been excited by
more frequent updates, launch of many top requested
features, and faster turnaround times for fixes and
optimizations. Pulse SMS also has undergone a full backend
update, allowing for greater scale and cost management to
modernize the infrastructure, led by Maple’s services team.
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