Dan Novaes

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Chicago, Ill.
Founded: 2012

What it is: MobileX Labs is an app-solutions company with two branches -- MXLBuild and MXLApps and Games. MXLBuild allows anyone to create their own mobile apps in minutes (no coding experience required). MXLApps and Games combines social utilities and gaming to create apps for download on Apple, Google Play and Amazon.

How it started: Dan Novaes met his co-founder Kiran Panesar on the odd job site Fiverr when he was looking for a developer to create an app for his music blog. After creating the app for $85, the pair began developing others apps for businesses and music artists. They realized there was a business opportunity: simplify the creation of apps without losing quality. That's where the idea of the DIY App Builder, or MXLBuild, came from.

Why it’s a winner: How could we not love a company that is looking to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs with the confusing world of apps. Not only do they provide an amazing service for people on a budget, but they are continuing to innovate. The company will soon be launching Kai, a platform for creating and publishing mobile content.