About AppsTango

The Story of AppsTango

While AppsTango was founded in 2020 by Russell Thornton, its foundation was built on years of entrepreneurship. Russell founded Venafi his senior year at the University of Washington and went on to also found Amber Alert GPS.

Russell has built a team at AppsTango focused on providing and delivering strategic and operational leadership to meet the technology needs of organizations. They understand the dynamics of building, planning, and supporting the growth of the organization from startup to full operational capacity. Working with cross functional teams they are responsible for aligning business processes and technology solutions, delivering successful technology projects, and applying lessons learned to further efforts.

AppsTango can present technical data in a comprehensive, yet clear manner and works hands-on implementing, integrating, and managing complex applications and databases. The company enjoys the challenge of working on complex projects and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change. The company is obsessed with providing technology that supports the current and future business strategy.

AppsTango is an AWS certified organization with a culture focused on delivering best practice web and mobile applications.


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App Development Process

Meet with our Scoping Masters to dive deep into your app idea and get it all on the table. We want to understand, down to the finest detail, what your app is and what you're trying to accomplish. Then we look at what it would take to make it happen.

Then work with you to create the vision and documentation for your app - Wireframes, Flow Diagrams, Summary, and the Storyboard. Once estimated, this allows us to see and show in minute detail what it would take and how much to build your app.

After approving the scope of the project, we move into development. We will use an online repository (Github) to store your code so you always have the lastest edition of your code. We also use Jira to help track the progress of your app and the work being done. Everything we make for your app, you will be able to access at any time.

We will plan sprints and then your Project Manager will meet with you and get your approval to move forward and begin developing the contents of that sprint.

After each sprint we try to have something that you can test and review. Your app will be tested by your development team, your project manager, the QA team and then by you. We want to ensure that you get a functional build everytime. There are time that bugs will be found and that is the point of testing your app along the way. You will work with your project manager to get bugs added to Jira and the project manager will make sure the development team understands the issue.

After your app has reached its MVP, Minimum Viable Product, we will release it in the stores to be beta tested by your friends.

Once we have completed your entire app and it is funtioning the way your dreamed it would, we will begin the process to release it to the stores and it will be avaliable to be downloaded.

We can also help you maintain your app down the road and make sure that it stays up to date. If you decided you want to add more features to your app, we will be ready to help you do that.

Meet Our Team

Russell Thornton

Founder and Chief Software Architect

Lindsey Nichols

Director of Operations

Taylor Quass

Director of Scoping

Michael Peters

Project Manger

Skyler Alexander

Project Manger

Travis Stephenson

Project Manger

Jet Nichols

QA Tester

Dallin Thornton

QA Tester

Keerthinga Krishnakumar

QA Tester

Madison Childs



Russ founded Venafi corporation his senior year at the University of Washington in 2000 and has been passionate about technology ever since. Venafi is currently valued at over $1 billion.

He went on to found Amber Alert GPS and to build nationwide enterprise systems for companies like Aptive Environmental the fastest growing pest control company nationwide.

Cloud computing and cloud architecture is where Russ specializes. He currently holds 4 AWS certifications.

Best practice software design and architecture is the core focus across all projects.

Russ meets with all new clients and takes a personal interest in the success of each project and design.

View Russ on LinkedIn.