Ionic is an open-source app development platform that operates across iOS and Android devices. More than 10% of the apps available for download in the Apple and Google stores are built on Ionic. That’s a low estimate of Ionic’s prevalence — most of the apps built with Ionic are not public.

What’s meant real growth for Ionic isn’t as flashy as customer-facing apps. Internal software built on Ionic is driving the company’s growth. It’s part of the digital transformation at companies.

More and more, companies want to build their own software, not just for customer-facing needs but to digitize internal operations. Ionic wants to help every company build its own mobile apps.

Ionic started shifting focus to growing that enterprise business in 2018 and has doubled it every year since, said co-founder and CEO Max Lynch.

Ionic added 90 enterprise clients in 2019, bringing the total to 140. That also brought the company record revenue in 2019, Lynch said.

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