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VC-backed AppsBuilder buys Paperlit

AppsBuilder, which is backed by United Ventures, has acquired Paperlit. No financial terms were disclosed. Paperlit is a provider of mobile app solutions for publishers.


London, 5th December 2014 – AppsBuilder has today announced the acquisition of Paperlit, a provider of multi-platform mobile app solutions for the world’s largest publishers. The move puts the app publishing platform in pole position as the provider of next generation app solutions for entry to enterprise level businesses. Bringing the editorial publishing vertical to the group’s product offering the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, strengthens AppsBuilder’s global presence adding a significant portfolio of the world’s leading publishing houses to its one million strong client base (

As part of the acquisition a new umbrella brand has been formed, AB engine, which unites the companies’ technical knowhow and app publishing expertise to form a mobile automation powerhouse that enables businesses of all sizes to go mobile without the need for coding skills.

In addition the newly launched AB connect, offers an enterprise level API solution for large-scale native app rollout, running on the same infrastructure that powers both AppsBuilder and Paperlit.

“This is an extremely exciting acquisition that brings Paperlit’s global editorial expertise together with AppsBuilder’s innovative app publishing platform knowhow”, said Daniele Pelleri, Co-founder & CEO of AppsBuilder. “Through the purchase of Paperlit we can combine the technology and talent in both companies where it makes sense, while maintaining a distinction between both brands in the market. With a strong growth rate and monetization trajectory, the acquisition creates a powerful synergy between two sector leaders while opening up new markets and product offerings to both Paperlit and AppsBuilder clients.”

Paperlit was founded in 2009 in Menlo Park as a simple solution to distribute newspapers on smartphones and has now become a versatile 360-degree digital publishing solution revolutionizing the way people access paper based publications on their mobile device. In four years, Paperlit has built hundreds of apps serving publishers in more than 20 countries, for such clients as Disney, Hearst Magazines, Vanity Fair and Condé Nast.

About AB engine
AB engine is a mobile automation company, powering next generation app development with powerful tools and without the need for coding skills.

AppsBuilder is an innovative mobile app development tool empowering cross-platform HTML5 and native apps creation, without requiring any coding skills. Founded in 2011 by Luigi Giglio and Daniele Pelleri, AppsBuilder’s vision is to simplify app design, reduce go-to-market time, and provide businesses with the necessary marketing tools to engage mobile users. The company currently has close to 1 million clients across 70 countries and offers localized app solutions in six different languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Paperlit is a leading premium editorial app development tool, helping publishers bring newspapers or magazines to mobile via multi-platform Apps. Founded by Gionata Mettifogo and Mario Mariani in 2009, Paperlit simplifies digital publishing by giving publishers all the tools they need to market and monetize their content, including analytics, social media marketing, subscriber and payment management.

AB connect is an engine as service helping Enterprise and large database companies roll out a large number of powerful native apps with an easy API integration that runs on the same infrastructure that powers AppsBuilder and Paperlit.