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Let’s create the world’s best mobile apps and websites.


When you share your vision, most agencies will be quick to tell you “Yes, we can build that.” That may be true, but great work doesn’t come from telling each other what we want to hear. Great work comes from teams who can contribute and challenge ideas until the best solutions surface. That's true collaboration. That's why we are at the heart of building Chicago's most well-known startups while helping fuel the world's most innovative brands. Welcome to the deep end. The water's fine.

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Let’s create the world’s best mobile apps and websites.


When you share your vision, most agencies will be quick to tell you “Yes, we can build that.” That may be true, but great work doesn’t come from telling each other what we want to hear. Great work comes from teams who can contribute and challenge ideas until the best solutions surface. That's true collaboration. That's why we are at the heart of building Chicago's most well-known startups while helping fuel the world's most innovative brands. Welcome to the deep end. The water's fine.

A studio of taste-makers

         Top Mobile App Developer

Like all crafts, doing great digital work requires taste. Taste comes from doing this well, hundreds if not thousands of times for brands that come from all backgrounds and verticals. We've spent the past 6 years seeking and hiring those that have the best taste in Chicago and around the country. Translation: Our team is poised to execute your vision with the right players on day 1. 

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Collaboration


If you're looking for passive execution from a robotic team, you’ve come to the wrong place. We have spent the last 6 years refining our process for dynamic, meaningful collaboration with a team that is well balanced, communicates, and translates your vision into the best it can be.

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Collaboration


If you're looking for passive execution from a robotic team, you’ve come to the wrong place. We have spent the last 6 years refining our process for dynamic, meaningful collaboration with a team that is well balanced, communicates, and translates your vision into the best it can be.

A studio of collaborators

We started Eight Bit to facilitate meaningful collaborations among the best artists and technicians in their field, with the best entrepreneurs and marketers in the world. We do not believe that great work and success comes from hiring an experienced individual. We believe that hiring the most collaborative individuals who understand the interdependence of their contributions, create the best work and the most successful products. Our understanding and need to collaborate extends into the work we do with others. An uninformed UX, Design, or Technology decision is a waste of time, talent, and resources. We have worked on our recipe for the past 6 years and continue to refine it every day in the way we create, communicate, behave, and function.

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User Experience

Who is your customer? What do they expect of your experience? What is their journey? We work with you to help you answer the questions that make effective design and development decisions possible.

Research, Flows, Architecture, more 

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Design

The world now cares about great design. In fact, great design can be the catalyst for user engagement, loyalty, and willingness to share your brand. We insure that your product doesn't miss this critical opportunity.

Branding, Mobile, Web, more 

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Development

Your customers will never see great development because they don't care, they just want it to work! We go the extra mile to insure both you and your customers don't notice just how good your source code is.

HTML5, iOS, Android, Rails, more

 

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Leadership


Balanced leadership between disciplines is rare.  Because of this balance, we have one of the most collaborative teams in the industry.

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Leadership


Balanced leadership between disciplines is rare.  Because of this balance, we have one of the most collaborative teams in the industry.

A studio of battle-tested leaders

John W Ostler

Founder / UX & UI

Part designer, part technologist and part entrepreneur. John has been developing and founding web, music, and print productions for over 10 years. His work has garnered attention in USA Today, Brandweek, The Daily Beast, NewYork Times Tech blog, Mashable, homepage of Drupal.org, were featured on multiple CSS design blogs and achieved the coveted 'New and Noteworthy' nod from Apple.

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Don Bora

Founder / Technology

Don is a bit of a process geek and has brought eXtreme Programming into Market Forward, Baxter and Bank of America, among others. He has worked in many industries including: global investment banking, medical devices, advertising, telecommunications and artificial intelligence. He brings deep experience in a multitude of technical disciplines and thoroughly enjoys his craft.

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Steve Polacek

Founder / Creative

Steve knows that great product design starts with empathy and ends with solving a problem. He leads the team down that path through design thinking and collaboration, leveraging over a decade of experience across industries and markets. Past clients include: Aerosmith, AT&T, Britney Spears, Field Museum, Hard Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kraft, MLB, Motorola, MSN, NBA, WNBA. 

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Chicago


We are centered in the new Tech Startup City of the world. Each year the startup community gets bigger and the brands who have planted their roots here get stronger.

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Chicago


We are centered in the new Tech Startup City of the world. Each year the startup community gets bigger and the brands who have planted their roots here get stronger.

A studio of Chicago Superfans

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Creating Bytes Over Bagels

We love the technology community in Chicago. In fact, we love it so much that we started a weekly podcast called Bytes Over Bagels that features some of the amazing things happening in our fair city.

From startups, to fund managers, to policy makers and serial entrepreneurs, we are covering the pulse of the Chicago tech scene. Promoting brands and Chicago music, our audience has grown to thousands of listeners in Chicago and around the world.  

Learn more: BytesOverBagels.com

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Growing Technical Talent

We are passionate about education and continuing to grow and retain talent in Chicago within the development community.

Our Principal of Technology Don Bora is also Co-Founder and Chief Facilitator, leading iOS courses, at Mobile Makers Academy. They provide an 8 week course for learning how to create iOS applications in Chicago. 

Learn more: MobileMakers.co 

 

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Our Team


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients. This is where you come to do the best work of your career and have a lot of fun.

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Our Team


We are just as concerned with the health and well-being of our team, as the work we produce for our clients. This is where you come to do the best work of your career and have a lot of fun.

A studio of good people

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb.