WELCOME. Thanks for dropping by Spiral Scout.

Most likely, you didn't click here by accident. There is a good chance you heard of us before you arrived? We don't mean that in the "our-reputation-precedes-us-says-the-guy-with-his-head-tilted-back-and-pinky-pointed-up-in-the-air-as-he-peaks-under-his-spectacles" kind of way. No way. We say that because most of the new people we meet come from our past clients and referrals. We hope that's because we listen closely, use plain language that won't confuse you and treat our customers like they are family.

We are first a software development agency based in San Francisco, California and Minsk, Belarus (Yeah, the country over in eastern Europe) and, secondly do some design work. We've collaborated with a wide range of clients — from Fortune 100 companies to the "just kicking around an idea" start-ups. We work hard, think there is no such thing as a box and partner with you.

We built this website to be simple, yet display our strengths. You can learn more about us below. We hope you say hello or get in touch.




How We Design and Develop

Requirements & Specification

Our technical spec documents clearly outline your entire project’s feature set, timeline and cost. We partner with you to identify your business needs and opportunities before writing any code.

Quality Assurance

No project is released until we have verified that everything is behaving as you would expect. Our dedicated QA team will test and debug all written code and report back to our engineering team with any fixes.

Architecture Planning

We highlight the best option(s) for building your software. We articulate, in plain English, how we will build your software and highlight the pros, cons and sticky points for each option we present so you get what you expect.

Deployment & Maintenance

Once your project has been released into the world and your first users start providing feedback, we are happy to provide you with any additional support and maintenance. Growing your business, grows ours.

Designs & Development

Our design and engineering team work closely to create clean and effective software through a combination of wire framing, UX/UI planning, visual design, coding and testing. We’re big believers of agile development.

SEO, SEM & Social Media

Our team specializes in getting online businesses found through search engines and major social media outlets via Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and/or Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Featured Projects


Spiral Scout's team of engineers built the entire site, including a robust digital asset management system and e-commerce engine. This included a highly complex search engine, a controlled vocabulary to help with faceted searching, a content upload system, user accounts and history, accounting software to help with tax withholdings of foreign sellers, a review area for reviewing uploaded user generated content and a database that can handle 100s of millions of images.

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Cutcaster stock images and illustrations
SphinxSearch, PayPal, ImageMagick, Amazon Cloud, FTP
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery

Drew Altizer Photography

Drew Altizer Photography is a full-service agency covering charity, public relations and private events.

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Drew Altizer Photography
ElasticSearch based search engine, Image IPTC-EXIF-XMP data management (read/write), Stripe payment system integration, Bay Photo API integration
Responsive web design, HTML5, ECMAScript 5, CSS3, Spiral JavaScript toolkit, LESS CSS preprocessor. Template driven, Two-way data-binding development with Ractive.js, Audio library SoundManager 2

eLearning Template Library

Built a subscription based digital asset management library and highly customizable content management system. The site operators could ingest multiple files, batch them under similar tags and offer them to customers for immediate download. The system could store and deliver images, illustrations, video, flash, actionscript files, audio etc. Created a front end user interface which allowed admins to instantly edit any content on a page.

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SphinxSearch, ImageMagick, CMS, PayPal, USAePay
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5, ECMAScript 5, CSS3, Spiral JavaScript toolkit, LESS CSS preprocessor. Template driven, Two-way data-binding development with Ractive.js, Audio library SoundManager 2

Moment Website and iOS App

Moment is a native iOS application and fully responsive website that allows fans to connect with influencers via highly personalized, 30 second videos that can be requested for oneself or as a gift for someone special in your life. Moment is the next generation of fan mail delivery and the future of the autograph. The app actually has two separate applications, one for buyers and one for sellers. Buyers can connect via Facebook or email, search/browse for celebrities, purchase "Moments," and then share them with their different social networks. Sellers can set the number of Moments they will do in a specific time period, view and respond to Moment requests and accept payments for their work.

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Facebook API, Native iOS, Mailchimp API, Stripe payment system integration, Google Analytics
MongoDB, Spiral Framework
Responsive framework, HTML5, ECMAScript 5, CSS3, Spiral JavaScript toolklit, LESS CSS preprocessor, Ractive.js templates, Video.js video player.

Framed and Matted

Framed & Matted delivers elegant, simple and classic picture frames. Users can customize their frame via an online frame builder that allows them to drag and slide their frame to the correct size. Spiral Scout built the entire site which includes an e-commerce payment gateway, the ability to update any page on the site via an easy to use text editor, integrated FedEx shipping (via the FedEx API), a complex content management system to organize editor created frames, a reseller's API and referral program and a robust customer relationship management dashboard to manage all members and orders.

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FedEx API, Image Magick, Spiral CMS, PayPal Integration
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework,
HTML5 Canvas, CSS3, jQuery

HTML 5 Games

We completed a large project where we converted e-learning games and quizzes from Flash to HTML5 for a client. This included building an engine that could quickly convert these games and an interface for the admins to configure any of the files by themselves.

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Google Fusion Tables API, SCORM
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Canvas, Web Audio API

Little Branch

Little Branch is a mobile social network where parents can privately share photos and updates of their children with close friends and family. The mobile app utilizes photo and video creation/hosting, a complex Facebook like timeline and newsfeed, friending/inviting capabilities and tagging specific moments in your child’s life. Members can also use photo filters which Spiral Scout created for them to add cool effects to their uploads. User can invite new members from their Facebook friends and contact list.

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Facebook API, Instagram-like photo filters, Phonegap, Native iOS
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework, Geo-location
HTML5, CSS3, JQuery

Found Eats

Found Eats is an online social marketplace helping customers easily discover specialty and gourmet food products from thousands of small food artisans all across the U.S. Using search filters, social tools, and personal customization of preferences, you will be able to discover and purchase unique products from a comprehensive set of the best small food producers across the U.S.

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Found Eats Gourmet Food and Snacks
ElasticSearch based search engine, Stripe payment system integration, TaxCloud API, USPS and FexEx delivery service.
HTML5, ECMAScript 5, CSS3, Spiral JavaScript toolklit, LESS css preprocessor, Ractive.js templates, Video.js video player / custom plugins


Spiral Scout built a visual tool for education professionals to help them organize their curriculum and lesson plans based on Benchmarks educational programs. Teachers could create, edit, view and delete individual or group lesson plans. The "calendar" application had all the features of your typical daily planner along with a sophisticated search option. Users could easily drag and drop lessons to different dates to better organize their curriculums or take into account holidays or weather cancelations on the fly. ePlanner was built for the desktop or iPad.

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Lithium as SAAS
Spiral, MongoDB, PHP5
Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js


Spiral Scout built a visual tool for Benchmark Education that is very similar to Microsoft's Powerpoint. Teachers can present e-books to their classes that have custom narration, drawings and zooming capabilities to enhance the classroom experience. Teachers can build these into their daily lessons. eReader was built for the desktop but work perfectly on the iPad and other mobile devices.

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Narration engine, Drawing engine
Lithium as SAAS
Backbone.js, HTML5, Pure JS, WebAudio, UML, Canvas


Wagfield’s mission is to help enrich, and even save dogs lives, by offering affordable, accessible, best-in-class socialization and training solutions. Spiral Scout built a custom website to offer dog owners the ability to purchase access to courses to help train their pets.

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Wagfield Dog Training
Stripe payment system integration
HTML5, ECMAScript 5, CSS3, Spiral JavaScript toolklit, LESS CSS preprocessor.


This application was a robust admin panel for all of Benchmarks educational clients i.e. school districts around the United States. Schools administrators could manage their entire district's student body and teacher base from one tool. That tool was built on top of Benchmark's custom API. All data was easily imported and exported from the system for ease of use. It was built in a modular way so it could be modified without any issues in the future.

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Spiral, MongoDB, PHP5
Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js, Spiral

Spiral CMF

Features include project templates, user management, transaction management, detailed reporting/stats, complete Content management System (CMS), media files upload and management, language translation support, MySQL and mongoDB support, integration for google analytics, system diagnostics and MailChimp integration.

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spiral content management system, cms, wordpress killer
Amazon S3, Amazon SES
MongoDB, Spiral, PHP5
Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js, Spiral

Maharani Weddings

Maharani Weddings is an Indian wedding blog and content portal. Spiral Scout built them a fully customizable website and backend where their admins could manage all the site's content, edit any page's metadata on their site, add / delete advertisers and connect their users and content to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Visitors can search and browse through a directory of Indian vendors around the world and view daily reviews of Indian weddings written by the site's admin.

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Pinterest API, Facebook API, Twitter API
PHP5, Spiral, MySQL, Sphinx, ImageMagick
Twitter Bootstrap. Spiral. Less.js, HTML5


Medium to large e-Commerce projects, content management system (CMS), corporate portals, CRM systems, mobile applications, Flash to HTML5 conversion, responsive design.


Our flexible eCommerce solution includes the latest in payment processing, 3rd party shipping integration, discount tools, subscription services, fraud detection tools and transaction history.


PHP5, Apache, Linux, MySQL, MongoDB, SphinxSearch, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Social Protocols, External API integrations, Mobile API Integration, Objective C, iOS SDK, JSON.


  • Incredibly efficient and client focused. You can tell that Spiral Scout thrives on customer satisfaction. Focusing on the big picture they use their experience and expertise to ensure that every decision made aligns with the ultimate objective of providing a quality end user-experience. Spiral Scout epitomizes the concept of an ‘honest day’s wage for honest pay’. They are very fair and reasonable on price quotes for us, and their work is top notch. We feel every project gets exceptional value when the SS team is involved."
    View more ... Todd A. Cummings
    Director, eLearningBrothers Custom
    Although this was our first time creating a website, we felt like we were in great hands because Spiral Scout really guided us through the website creation process. They walked us through the different ways we could build our product and gave us advice on many aspects of the site, including user experience and SEO. During the bu ilding of the site, they were professional, personable and willing to go the extra mile. Overall, they gave us great value by giving us a great price, building things quickly and being responsive to our needs."
    View more ... Jennifer Cain
    Founder, girl-karma
  • Shawna Gohel, maharani wedding, web design, web development
    Spiral Scout was very easy to work with, and they just "get it". We were able to talk with them about the user flow and the interaction we desired with our fervent audience, and they thought through the whole process to create a cohesive system that helped both increase the number of our visitors and deepen our interaction with them."
    View more ... Shawna Gohel
    Founder, Maharani Weddings
    Spiral Scout provided incredible guidance and support throughout the mobile development process. They were very efficient in working through development challenges and ensured that our needs were met every step of the way. Their customer service, level of communication and response time was exceptional and they were a true extension of the team. With quality and reliability being key factors in a development team, Spiral Scout is the epitome of both!"
    View more ... Dave Jamieson
    Founder, Little Branch

Featured Clients

Who We Are

Our software company consists of product people, skilled developers and designers who take complex software challenges and create simple to use websites and mobile apps for our customers.
backend php engineer, php developer
mobile engineer, ios engineer
javascript engineer, software developer, dmitry boksha, frontend engineer, html css developer
css, html engineer, javascript engineer, Maxim Matveev
Anton (JD) is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Spiral Scout. He has over 12 years of programming and database administration experience. JD oversees everything from writing up a project’s discovery document, to software architecture planning, to writing custom code, to managing the Spiral Scout software team. JD doesn’t just code. He has a keen understanding of business and customer development that is invaluable for any customer planning their online businesses. When he isn’t working, he is busy building anything that involves a circuit board or watching HBO mini-series.
Andrew is Spiral Scout’s head front-end developer with advanced knowledge of JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. His main responsibilities include overseeing the entire front-end team and for creating responsive, fluid, and maintainable interfaces by utilizing JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. Andrew has extensive experience building web and mobile applications and working in Java enterprise-sized applications. When he isn’t working, he is busy building robotic, remote controlled cars and drawing.
Andrey is a senior level front-end developer with extensive knowledge of web development (CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP) as well as Windows and Linux system administration experience. He graduated within the top of his class from Belarus National Technical University, where he took master level courses during his last year. When he isn’t working, he is busy planning his next vacations.
Alex is a senior front-end web developer. He is knowledgeable in CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript as well as having experience working within mobile application development and Flash to HTML5 conversion. In addition, Alex also knows Linux and Windows very well. When he isn’t working, he is busy writing music and being an all-around great guy.
Valentin is one of Spiral Scout’s back-end PHP developers. Valentin has extensive experience using MySQL, JavaScript and CSS, which allows him to solve multifaceted tasks. He graduated from the Belarus National Technical University. When he isn’t working, he is busy building his shoe collection.
Nataliya brings a vast amount of experience to Spiral Scout as one of our lead front-end engineers. She has extensive experience in HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3 and JavaScript as well as various JS libraries and plugins. She actively participates in various conferences and hackathons. Besides working, Nataliya likes to travel and play boardgames with friends. She recently went to surf camp in Portugal.
John is the co-founder and product manager for Spiral Scout, a leading web and mobile software development agency in San Francisco. He partners with Spiral Scout clients to clearly define their business and technical goals. He then obsesses over their target market, the intricacies of their product, what they need to do in order to succeed and how to measure that success. John is a former Wall Street stock trader turned entrepreneur. He founded his first online business, Cutcaster, a stock photography marketplace in 2006. From there, he has worked on over 40 software projects and helped numerous clients launch successful online businesses. Originally from Syracuse, NY, John went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works out of the SF Spiral Scout headquarters in Russian Hill. When he isn’t working, he is busy playing squash or rooting on Syracuse Men’s Basketball.
Sebastian is Spiral Scout's lead designer focusing on user experience and interactions. He is responsible for establishing the design scope of any project, consulting directly with the clients, creating the wireframes and user flow design and then using his Photoshop skills to design the visual skin for the software that Spiral Scout creates. He's amazing at making the impossible look simple through his design.
Sergei is Spiral Scout's lead iOS and Android mobile engineer. He graduated with a Master degree in computer science. He has over 6 years of software development experience working with .NET technologies, Adobe Flash and building iOS apps for the iPhone. Sergei is interested in all things mobile, getting the latest gadgets, traveling and reading.
Vanessa is Spiral Scout's CFO and tax accountant. She handles all things related to finances, book keeping and tax-related issues. She's a Certified Public Accountant and a Quickbook's Pro.
Yauheni (pronounced like Evgeny) is a talented front end developer, who has experience with CSS, HTML and JavaScript. He graduated with two majors in computer science & economics, both of which help him to analyze technical issues not only from a programmers’ point of view but from a business case view. Yauheni also has experience in SEO best practices. During his free time, he likes going to the gym and boxing.
Anton K.
Anton is an experienced IT professional with 5+ years in Software Testing and Quality Assurance. He has held various positions: starting from a junior test engineer to the functional testing team leader. He has in-depth knowledge of QA and testing methodology that make it easier for him to detect potential issues at the start of a project. Anton is proactive and a self-motivated team member, who works well both independently or as a team member.
Dmitry Boksha
Dmitry is our newest frontend engineer, who has experience with CSS, HTML and JavaScript. He has a double major in Marketing and Computer Science. When he isn't building websites, he spends his free time with his family and friends. His favorite book is "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov and he'll crush you in the board game, Monopoly.
Maxim is a frontend engineer, who has experience with CSS, HTML and JavaScript. In his free time, Max likes to spend time with his friends and family. He's a big skier and mountain climber and soccer player. If his favorite team, Manchester United is playing, you can bet he is watching the game.