Our Top Picks

Affirma-Consulting
Affirma Consulting
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Financial services
A mid-sized firm with 17 years’ experience, Affirma consults with companies on ways to make the adoption of the tech solutions they need less time-consuming and more practicable. The firm tends to focus on mid-market and enterprise-level clients and claims experience in marketing, data analytics, and salesforce development. Along with creating customized software, it also provides mobile app and web design, CRM, and business intelligence solutions. The team has particular expertise in adapting and customizing workflows, environments, and systems for Microsoft’s SharePoint software, a toolset focused on building company intranets and file sharing infrastructure.

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Affirma-Consulting
Affirma Consulting
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1730 E. Holly Avenue Office 117 El Segundo, CA 90245
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    425-880-9985
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, BI & Big Data Consulting & SI, CRM Consulting and SI
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
  • Financial services
Creative27
Creative27
  • Arts
  • entertainment & music
  • Health Care & Medical
Creative27 is a small app development house that focuses on creating cross-platform solutions that incorporate sophisticated UI and UX design, mobile app, and web development designed to provide its client base with new ways of connecting with customers. The firm works with a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and makes the specific claim that it provides the same level of service to clients of every size, many of whom commend the company’s collaborative work, efficiency, and product quality. Several examples of the Creative27’s work have proven to be award-winning, garnering the Best International Mobile App Award, the IF Design Award and the CES Innovation Award.

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Creative27
Creative27
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    633 W. 5th Street Fl. 26th, Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    877-543-8883
  • Service Lines
    UX/UI Design, Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development
Industry Focus
  • Arts
  • entertainment & music
  • Health Care & Medical
Dedicated-Developers
Dedicated Developers
  • Hospitality & leisure
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
Working with numerous start-ups and a range of small to medium-sized businesses, this mid-sized firm specializes in digital intelligence solutions and in web, mobile app, and e-commerce development. Its team has experience in over a dozen industries, especially the hospitality, medical, and education fields. Some of Dedicated Developers’ specialized offerings include food ordering apps, health and fitness app development, taxi booking solutions, and application maintenance services designed to bring down in-house support costs and time burdens. The team has also developed CRM platforms, GPS monitoring, and tracking solutions and handles both combination software and hardware solutions.

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Dedicated-Developers
Dedicated Developers
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    10880 Wilshire Blvd #1101, Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    310-412-0043
  • Service Lines
    Web Development, Mobile App Development, E-Commerce Development
Industry Focus
  • Hospitality & leisure
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Education
Small — Colored
Distillery
  • Other industries
  • Information technology
  • Advertising & marketing
A mid-sized full-service software and app design and development firm, Distillery works with clients at every scale from start-ups to large enterprises, and although most of its clients are mid-market or larger, around a fifth of the companies it works with are solidly in the small-business niche.

One of the distinguishing features it advertises is that more than just creating customized solutions, it also provides extensive post-launch support including checkups, feature expansions, and product updates. Distillery lays claim to having developed highly popular iOS and Android apps and implementing sophisticated UX/UI designs and website designs.

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Small — Colored
Distillery
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    301 Arizona Ave, Suite #250, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Number of Employees
    300+
  • Phone Number
    310-776-6234
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, IT Staff Augmentation, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Other industries
  • Information technology
  • Advertising & marketing
Endertech
Endertech
  • eCommerce
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
In business for over two decades, this small firm has billed itself as a group of master developers focused on the development of online storefronts and e-commerce solutions, mobile apps and customized web technology, website designs, databases, and company back-end systems. Among its projects have been custom API integrations, CRM solutions for e-commerce, project management platforms, crowdfunding platforms, data entry software, and ongoing creative service contracts. Endertech’s team has developed a particular reputation for hands-on customer service, good communication skills, and expertise in using self-generated project management tools to keep track of progress and performance.

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Endertech
Endertech
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    400 Crenshaw Blvd, Ste 100 Torrance, CA 90503
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    310-400-0800
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, E-Commerce Development, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • eCommerce
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
Expedition-Co.
Expedition Co.
  • Computer Software
A small firm specializing in the development of custom software tools, web design, and mobile apps for multiple platforms with a specific focus on optimizing UX and UI, Expedition Co. works with mid-market and enterprise-scale businesses but counts small businesses as around half its clientele. The firm lays claim to its investment of “emotional capital” and a dedication to exceeding expectations as key selling points and, in particular, pitches its website creation and web design services as an ideal means for start-up companies to make a strong first impression on potential customers. Website development and audits, including e-commerce development, compose a large number of its active and completed projects.

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Expedition-Co.
Expedition Co.
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    3300 Starline Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
  • Number of Employees
    2 - 9
  • Phone Number
    424-267-6386
  • Service Lines
    Web Development, Custom Software Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Computer Software
Modus-Create
Modus Create
  • Education
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical
This mid-sized company advertises itself as a “disruptive” consulting firm focused on helping businesses, through digital transformation, meet the needs of the modern marketplace. Beyond its core service lines of custom software, web development, and UX/UI design, Modus also offers product strategy and management consultation, user research, digital transformation counseling, cloud migration, testing, and automation services. The firm sustains a wide range of proprietary tools and integrations that include Modus Security, the company’s own instrument for threat modeling and detection and risk management, which streamlines due diligence and allows deep dives into networks and infrastructure.

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Modus-Create
Modus Create
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    12130 Millennium Dr Los Angeles, CA 90094
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    855-721-7223
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, Web Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Education
  • Consumer products & services
  • Health Care & Medical
Saritasa
Saritasa
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Financial services
With over a decade’s worth of experience and laying claim to over 1,700 successfully completed projects, mid-sized firm Saritasa provides mobile app and web development, AR/VR, and software solutions focused chiefly on mid-market businesses. However, it also works with a number of small companies and start-ups. Working across the industrial, commercial, high technology, and life sciences verticals, Saritasa’s additional service lines include database development, DevOps, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The firm advertises its custom development work as being grounded in a consultative process in which it uses dedicated business analysts to understand a potential client’s needs and prevailing company culture, using that information to deliver the most optimized solutions it can manage.

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Saritasa
Saritasa
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    1240 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 120 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    949-200-6839
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, Mobile App Development, AR/VR Development
Industry Focus
  • Business services
  • Education
  • Financial services
Sidebench
Sidebench
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
  • Arts
Billing itself as a UX, mobile, and web development firm, Sidebench combines the skill sets of management consultants and data and systems architects in service of what it calls a “UX-first approach” to the development of its custom solutions. It supplements its core service lines with front- and back-end development, systems integrations, strategic consulting, e-commerce functionality, and rapid prototyping. The Sidebench team has earned positive notices from clients impressed with its ability to adapt to a wide range of business models and to work independently while keeping projects on schedule. Most of the firm’s business comes from enterprise-level clients, but about a third of its clientele are small businesses.

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Sidebench
Sidebench
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    2912 Colorado Ave. Suites 201 Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    310-893-3589
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, Custom Software Development, UX/UI Design
Industry Focus
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Consumer products & services
  • Arts
STRV
STRV
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
  • Financial services
STRV has been creating mobile apps, websites, AR/VR solutions, and Machine Learning, Blockchain, and IoT tools for over 15 years. Its product management, design, engineering, and QA teams claim expertise in the use of cloud infrastructure and existing technologies like Swift, Kotjin, and Node.js as part of, or alongside, its own customized tools. STRV advertises itself as reliably completing over 70 digital solutions a year and having had over two dozen apps featured in app stores. Small businesses compose one of the largest subsets of its clientele, with around two-fifths of its clientele hailing from this niche.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    31 1/2 18th Ave Venice, CA 90291
  • Number of Employees
    50 - 249
  • Phone Number
    No Number
  • Service Lines
    Mobile App Development, UX/UI Design, Custom Software Development
Industry Focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Education
  • Financial services
Sunlight-Media-LLC
Sunlight Media LLC
  • Design
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
This small web design and digital marketing firm creates cloud-based apps and custom software to run in Windows and Mac OS X environments, builds mobile apps for Android and iOS, designs e-commerce systems, and creates custom websites that include graphic and logo design and database development. Sunlight Media LLC also offers SEO digital marketing consultation, implementing monthly campaigns, content auditing and refreshment, Google Ads and PPC marketing services, content creation, and social media brand management. Some of its top clients include the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County, and Atlantic Records. However, small businesses compose fully half of a client base that praises the firm’s efficiency and responsiveness.

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Sunlight-Media-LLC
Sunlight Media LLC
  • Starting Price
    • $50 - $99 / hr
  • Address
    811 W. 7th St. Level 12, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Number of Employees
    2 - 9
  • Phone Number
    323-868-3581
  • Service Lines
    Web Design, Web Development, E-Commerce Development
Industry Focus
  • Design
  • Business services
  • Consumer products & services
Uniwebb-Software
Uniwebb Software
  • Financial services
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Hospitality & leisure
A small custom software developer in operation since 2012, Uniwebb Software’s customized software tools encompass machine learning, chatbot development, IoT functionality, computer vision and natural language processing, robot process automation, and smart app development. The firm has a specialized focus on creating mobile-friendly solutions and develops mobile apps for Android and iOS, and just under a third of its clients are small businesses and start-ups. Uniwebb also offers SEO, UI design, web development, and both front-end and back-end development. Clients tend to praise the firm’s affordable project pricing, dedicated communication, and effective delivery.

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Uniwebb-Software
Uniwebb Software
  • Starting Price
    • $100 - $149 / hr
  • Address
    10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1101, Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • Number of Employees
    10 - 49
  • Phone Number
    855-864-9322
  • Service Lines
    Custom Software Development, Web Development, Mobile App Development
Industry Focus
  • Financial services
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Hospitality & leisure
Vincit-California
Vincit California
  • Computer Software
This award-winning custom software developer places considerable emphasis on a mission of “humanizing” the development process, focusing on both employee and customer happiness. More concretely, Vincit engages in UX/UI design and develops mobile apps, web services, AI solutions, e-commerce tools through Shopify, and Linux-based embedded systems that power technologies like medical devices, measurement equipment, and industrial applications. The firm enjoys positive customer reviews for its quality work and positive company culture.

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Vincit-California
Vincit California
  • Starting Price
    • $150 - $199 / hr
  • Address
    520 Broadway, Suite 200 Santa Monica CA 90401
  • Number of Employees
    250 - 999
  • Phone Number
    949-751-2140
  • Service Lines
    UX/UI Design, Custom Software Development, Web Development
Industry Focus
  • Computer Software

How We Chose the Best Custom Software Development Companies in Los Angeles

There are several major tech hubs in America outside Silicon Valley, and one of them is Los Angeles, where the sector is colloquially known as "Silicon Beach." That means there are plenty of custom software developers in Los Angeles, offering all kinds of services. We evaluated the best of these companies based on a consistent set of core criteria that helps small businesses narrow down which custom development option would be the best for them.

Multiple Service Lines

Every business needs different kinds of services, and we've tried to focus on companies that provide a diverse range of service lines. Aside from the fundamental piece of offering custom software development, we looked for offerings of:
  • AR/VR development:Augmented reality and virtual reality devices and applications are gaining wider purchase for all sorts of purposes, from entertainment to training and education.
  • BI & Big Data: The large-scale processing and analysis of data, often with the aid of AI tools, comes together under this umbrella term.
  • CRM: Customer relations management is about being informed about customers, supporting them at all stages of the customer journey and responding in real time to both problems and opportunities.
  • E-commerce development:The amount of business transacted online is growing exponentially, and having e-commerce functionality is increasingly critical to implementing an agile business model.
  • IT staff augmentation:A company that can provide personnel to augment a business' in-house team to get projects completed in a timely fashion can be a particularly valuable asset to small and mid-sized businesses.
  • Mobile app development:The mobile app market is one of the fastest-growing and most important sectors of the digital economy.
  • Web development and design:Many companies benefit from having an attractive, highly functional online presence and websites that run software tailor-made to their needs.
  • UX/UI design: Ease of use and satisfying user experiences are a significant part of making applications competitive, which makes design specialists in UX and UI highly valuable.

Size of Firm

Working with small or large firms comes with advantages and disadvantages. Some small firms may not be able to offer the same level of customer support as a larger operation or find themselves overextended to deliver on ambitious promises. On the other hand, other small firms work efficiently to punch above their weight and may identify service to clients at all scales as crucial to their growth; and it's likewise possible for larger firms to get fixated on their larger clients and neglect smaller businesses. We surveyed firms in a range of different sizes to cover all the bases.

Industry Focus

Firms that work in a wide range of industries are likelier to be flexible enough to capably serve small business clients in specific niches; even if your particular niche isn't directly a part of a firm's industry focuses, the more experience they have with understanding different industries and business models, the better they may be able to adapt. We tried to select companies with a wide range of experience in industries, including:
  • Advertising and marketing: Includes ad creation and deployment, marketing strategy, and calendars and campaign analysis to help maximize ROI
  • Business services: Includes the management of initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, divestiture, ownership change, and succession planning, along with revenue cycles analysis, growth and scalability, compliance, IT platform upgrades, operational streamlining, and collaborations
  • Consumer products and services: Encompasses things like transaction and risk management, performance analysis, and transformation for the digital marketplace
Other important industry focuses include the arts, computer software, design, e-commerce, education, entertainment and music, and healthcare and medical services.

Questions to Ask Custom Software Development Companies

With so many custom software development companies in Los Angeles each offering similar features, it’s important to ask the right questions during your initial discovery call or demo. To help you make the right inquiries, we put together a downloadable list of questions to ask your prospective custom software developers.

Download the questions to ask custom software developers