Apple buys VC-backed app development service Buddybuild

Canadian mobile app development platform Buddybuild has been acquired by U.S. technology giant Apple. No financial terms were disclosed. As a result, Buddybuild has become part of Apple’s Xcode engineering group, but will continue to operate from Vancouver. Launched in 2015 by CEO Dennis Pilarinos and Engineers Christopher Stott and Johnny Ting Shi, Buddybuild was backed by Amplify Partners, Bloomberg Beta, First Round Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, among others. Kleiner Perkins led the company’s $10 million (US$7.6 million) Series A financing in 2016. In November, Apple bought Totem headset maker Vrvana.

BLOG POST (reproduced courtesy of Buddybuild)

The buddybuild team is now part of Apple!

We’re excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community.

We’ve always been proud to be a Canadian company, so we’re also pleased that we will be staying right here in Vancouver — a hotbed of developer and engineering talent.

The buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers through

As of today, we are no longer accepting new customers. Existing Free Starter plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1, 2018.

If you have questions about an existing account, please contact us at:

Photo courtesy of Reuters/Yuya Shino