Custom Web Development
Colossal Ventures will take your project out of the idea stage and into the traffic-building, customer-converting, revenue-generating stage. We specialize in custom, database-driven, programming-heavy websites in both the consumer facing and corporate backend spaces. We're here for clients who have unique needs that can't be met by off-the-shelf tools. We don't do cookie-cutter. We do original.
What We Build
Bespoke Productivity Tools
When the tool you need doesn't exist or doesn't fit your use case, a customized solution can be designed that will maximize utility.
Software as a Service (SaaS) Web Apps
We're in the midst of the great transition from local computing to cloud computing and software will increasingly be accessed through your browser.
Business to Business Applications
When you remove bottlenecks between you and your clients, you can spend more time focusing on relationships and grow your business.
Web Development Services
PHP, the most popular programming language on the web today, is our bread and butter. If it can be done with PHP, then we know how to do it.
MySQL Database Interaction
Well built relational databases are a prerequisite for storing and manipulating complex information in today's data heavy web applications.
The HTML and CSS we produce is concise, easy to read and modify, and nearly always 100% valid according to W3C standards.
AJAX allows data to be seamlessly sent back and forth between a webpage and a server to provide a robust user experience with minimal page transitions.
Tapping into Application Programming Interfaces from Google, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, and Facebook allows websites to harness third party content and build unique applications.
By creating custom APIs, online businesses can extend their web presence by allowing other sites to interact seamlessly with their data.
User-friendly integration of payment processing through PayPal and Authorize.net is a vital tool for websites looking to conduct business online.
Whether you need to process and store plain text, XML, or CSV data we can parse the content and output it in a usable form.
When the data you need is available online but isn't offered in an easily consumable form, the best solution may be to gather it with a custom-built web scraper.
Information is king, but reams of data is useless if it can't be presented using intuitive charts, graphs, and summary statements.
On-the-Fly PDF Creation
We can create custom PDFs populated with dynamic data when it proves to be the necessary, or most attractive, form of output to the end user.
Just as we can parse CSV files to input data, we can also create downloadable CSVs to store and manipulate your data offline.
Some of Our Clients
The future of team collaboration. BriefcaseCloud is an entirely new way to work with your colleagues, clients, and data. It combines file storage, editing, and approval in one place alongside rich communication tools. The minds behind BriefcaseCloud relied on Colossal Ventures to build and scale their new SaaS experience.
Legal Monkeys is a rapidly growing legal services company that needed an efficient, intuitive client and employee management system. But an off-the-shelf solution was not the way to take the company to the next level. Instead, Colossal Ventures created a suite of customized tools that turned performance, salary, and cultural variables into easy to grasp visual outputs. The company now knows who their best assets are at any given point in time and can use this data to intelligently deploy their resources and organize their teams.
The creator of Sixfold had an idea to revolutionize the online literary world by shifting the discovery process from unseen editors to writers themselves. "Everyone's equally weighted vote selects what's published, instead of one judge, or one or a few editors. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together." Colossal Ventures made the idea a reality by building a custom algorithm that continuously calculates scores, assigns documents to voters, and determines the final winners of each issue. The website now has nearly 12000 active users that have praised the intuitive interface, the community commenting features, and the transparency and breadth of the voting records.
Higher Visibility is a professional SEO and search marketing firm that's been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc., among other publications. To keep up with rising demand for its services, the company needed backend tools to collect and assemble large amounts of dynamic data on current and prospective clients. Colossal Ventures was able to meet this challenge by creating a proprietary system that would reach out to myriad APIs, scrape website content, and perform initial SEO assessments on a vast scale. With the tools in place, Higher Visibility is able to reach more clients with better proposals, all in less time.
Visioneering Technologies, Inc. competes in the hyper-competitive $12 billion contact lens market. The company offers revolutionary new products and needs to be sure that eye care practitioners are using their lenses properly. To assist in this effort, Colossal Ventures created a suite of web-based and mobile tools to collect patient vision information, run them through proprietary formulas, and output prescription information. The new tools are helping improve patient success, practitioner adoption, and company profits at the same time.
The revolutionary NaturalVue Multifocal lens from Visioneering Technologies, Inc. needed a strong marketing effort to drive sales. The NaturalVue Fit5 Fitting Success Program was a key component of this effort. Colossal Ventures helped develop the database and web application that links VTI reps, eye care practitioners, and patients. The system is rounded out by robust backend reporting tools for company administrators to analyze trends and maximize product adoption.
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Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT is spearheading a number of new initiatives to match their students with the skills needed to compete in the job market of the 2020s. Colossal Ventures not only created their web presence but also assisted in developing the curriculum for Gateway's web development certificate program.
As a full service engineering consultancy, KMD Engineering needed a simple website that conveys the breadth of their expertise. The priority of the firm was to convert eyeballs to phone calls. The task for Colossal Ventures was very clear in this regard - show what KMD can do and how to reach the company.
You World Tree
You World Tree had come up with the revolutionary method of visually navigating your family tree and allowing you to connect with your relatives like never before. Colossal Ventures was called upon to take the new concept and turn it into reality by creating a complex user and content management system that employed sophisticated data relations and data ownership rules. A custom photo cropping system was then developed to enable the unique Living Picture Tree interface that lies at the heart of the application. The website has since seen over 1500 family trees created and generated a following of devoted fans.
CompeteNow is a whole new way to challenge yourself while achieving your fitness goals. The breakout social network allows competitors to log their results in a wide variety of events, track their progress in real time, and compare their personal bests to athletes from around the world. Users are able to group themselves by location, age, gender, or real-life interest groups while relying on CompeteNow to do the hard work of crunching their thousands of data points. Colossal Ventures was selected to build this innovative concept from the ground up - developing the site into its current beta form and working with the entrepreneurs behind the idea as they continue to build out the feature set for the excited early adopters.
What's Your Next Venture?
Contact us to discuss your project at no cost. We'll work with you upfront to determine if Colossal Ventures is a good fit for your needs. If we are, we can flesh out the details and turn your concept into reality.