February 5th, 2009
No-name iPhone agency starts with two big names: Raven Zachary and James Keller
Why is the Brady Bunch theme song running through my head?
Maybe it’s because I’ve just heard the story of a man named Raven and a woman named James who’ve decided to combine their incredible talents.
Raven Zachary started his own iPhone consultancy last year. And he’s been overwhelmingly successful. Being involved in the Obama iPhone app can do that to you. And helping with something like iPhorest only continues the momentum.
So, he decided it was time to do something more.
“Since the Obama app, I’ve encountered some amazing brands and amazing opportunities,” said Raven. “And they were affecting my ability to remain an independent advisor in the iPhone community. It became very clear to me that there was the opportunity to build an iPhone agency.”
Enter James “@semaphoria” Keller, a wizard at Interaction Design, Information Architecture, and User Experience with a rich agency history. Her most recent gig? Serving as Interactive Strategist at Wieden + Kennedy.
“I love technology and how companies communicate with their community,” said James. “Getting to really dig deep and find a place for that within such a new—and gorgeous—platform is really a dream come true. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, follow-your-heart pursuit.”
Now, they’re joining forces to form a strategic iPhone agency.
Why an agency model instead of pure app development? Raven and James are both interested in helping people develop and interact with their communities. The iPhone platform is a means to that end—albeit an incredibly creative platform for doing so.
The agency will also likely build apps of their own—Andrew Pouliot and Jonathan Wight, the lead dev on the Obama app, help round out the team—but it’s the strategy on which they will focus the majority of their time and effort.
Not only is this big for all of them, it’s big for Portland and its continued place in the mobile space.
“I think it’s a great fit for Portland because of the long history of creative services and technology,” said Raven. “We’re focusing on both. It’s really more of an agency than a development shop. But it’s really a small, small boutique agency.”
“I think you can be creative and strategic and develop well,” James said. “It’s a uniquely Portland thing.”
So what’s it called? Well, they don’t know yet. But you can find them at Raven.me.
“Maybe instead of Raven.me [Raven's current consultancy], we can call it Raven.us?” said James.
At the very least, Todd gets his wish.