Welcome to Spiral Scout

Whether you found us on your own (Hi Google) or were referred by one of our awesome clients, we're really excited to meet you.

If you haven't heard of us, we are a web development and design agency based in San Francisco, California and Minsk, Belarus (Yeah, the country in Eastern Europe). We do things a bit differently here. We believe in building great products by building strong relationships. We've collaborated with a wide range of clients — from idea-stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. We work hard, think creatively, and listen to you.

Spiral Scout is a Local Business Enterprise (LBE) certified software development agency that can support businesses or governments at the city, county and state level in California including the City and County of San Francisco and Oakland 


We built this website to display our strengths through simplicity. Whether you need a slick website, a groundbreaking mobile app, or a custom CMS solution, we've got you covered. Reach out and join the Spiral Scout family today. We want to build something with you.




How We Work

Communication & Collaboration

Nobody knows your business better than you do. That's why we listen first, then offer the most suitable options for your vision. We explain, in plain English, exactly how we can build and structure the project you need. You can expect complete transparency every step of the way, and fast answers to all of your questions.

Quality Assurance

No project goes live until everything works exactly as expected. Our dedicated QA team will test and debug the entire code and report back to the engineering team with any fixes.

Reqs and Specs

We provide you with comprehensive technical specification documents that clearly outline your entire project’s feature set, timeline and cost. We work with you to identify your business needs, priorities, and opportunities before writing a single line of code.

Updates & Maintenance

As your business evolves, so must your software. When your project goes live and your user-base grows, we are standing by to provide any additional support and maintenance your product needs. Your growing business is our business.

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 are big believers in agile development.

SEO, SEM & Social Media

Our team specializes in getting your business found on search engines and major social media channels. We'll help you attract users via Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and/or Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Featured Projects

Drew Altizer Photography

Drew Altizer Photography is a full-service photo agency covering charity, public relations and private events. We built a fully responsive site, featuring smart search, user accounts, online payments and an image database.

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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


Snapwire is a platform that connects a new generation of photographers with brands, creatives and small businesses who n eed to license authentic custom photos. Buyers post a creative brief (which we call Requests or Challenges) and photographers respond by submitting their best photos to match.

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ElasticSearch based search engine, Image IPTC-EXIF-XMP data management (read/write)
PHP 7, Mongo DB, Elastic


Cutcaster is an online marketplace for high-quality, royalty-free stock photography, illustrations, and vector graphics. Spiral Scout built the entire site, including a robust digital asset management system and e-commerce engine. The site also features a highly complex search engine, content upload and review, user accounts and management, accounting software for tax purposes, 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

eLearning Template Library

Spiral Scout built a subscription-based digital asset management library and highly customizable CMS. Site operators can submit multiple files, batch them under similar tags, and offer them to customers for immediate download. The system can store and deliver images, illustrations, audio, video, Flash, ActionScript files, etc. There is also a front end user interface that enables admins to instantly edit any content on a page.

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eLearning Template Library
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

Off The Menu

Off The Menu is a mobile app that promotes and discovers secret menu items from restaurants, bars and cafes across North America. As the definitive source for authentic secret menu items, OTM is one of the preeminent social media marketing platform in the restaurant industry.

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Off The Menu
Facebook API, Swiftmailer API, Google Analytics, GoogleMap API, Amazon S3 with a Cloud Front
PHP 7, MySQL, Spiral Framework, Elastic, Rabbit MQ
Native iOS

Found Eats

Found Eats is an online social marketplace that helps customers easily discover and purchase specialty and gourmet food products from thousands of small food artisans all across the US. Spiral Scout built powerful search and social tools along with fully customizable user profiles and preferences. The site also features integrated payment and shipping systems as well as accounting software for tax purposes.

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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 eReader for Benchmark Education. eReader is a visual tool for education professionals, similar to Mic rosoft Powerpoint. Teachers can enhance the classroom experience by presenting e-books to the class with custom narration, drawing, and zooming. eReader was built for desktop, but is also suited for iPad and mobile.

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

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. Moment is the next generation of fan mail delivery and the future of the autograph. The app consists of 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 on various social networks. Sellers can set the number of Moments available in a specified time period, view and respond to requests, and accept payments.

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Moment Website and iOS App
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.


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

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

HTML 5 Games

Spiral Scout has converted a large number of e-learning games and quizzes from Flash to HTML5 for a client. This involve d building an engine that can quickly convert these games and an interface for admins to configure any of the files themselves.

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HTML 5 Games
Google Fusion Tables API, SCORM
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Canvas, Web Audio API

Framed and Matted

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

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

Dark Patterns

A Dark Pattern is a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insu rance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills. SpiralScout was responsible for re-building the old DP web-site and putting it on a new CMS platform.

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dark patterns
Spiral Framework
HTML5, Javasctip, CSS3

Spiral CMF

Spiral CMF is a comprehensive Content Management Framework. The framework includes a CMS, complete with project template s, user accounts, ecommerce transactions, and media management. Additional features include file upload, language translation support, Google Analytics integration, MailChimp integration, MySQL and mongoDB support, detailed statistics, and system diagnostics. Spiral is an alternative to Wordpress, Drupal or any other CMS on the market.

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spiral content management system, cms, wordpress killer
Amazon S3, Amazon SES
MongoDB, Spiral, PHP7
Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js, Spiral


Wagfield Academy is an online dog training and puppy rearing school and community offering affordable and accessible soc ialization and training solutions. Spiral Scout built Wagfield a custom website to enable dog owners to purchase 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.


TechAdmin is a full-featured admin panel for Benchmark's educational clients (i.e. US school districts). It enables scho ol administrators to manage their entire district's student body and teacher base using a single tool. TechAdmin was built on top of Benchmark's custom API, allowing data to easily be imported and exported from the system. The admin panel is modular and can easily be modified in the future.

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


Decovery is a mobile application and website for pre and post natural disaster building safety screening built by Spiral Scout. Decovery's pre-natural disaster application is used by field inspectors to quickly compile an electronic inventory of city buildings and structures, record important information about a building (pre and post natural disaster), and generate reports in real time for city officials about the buildings and areas that have been evaluated.

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disaster recovery app
Phonegap, Native iOS, Push notification
PHP7, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework, Geo-location
HTML5, CSS3, JQuery


eCommerce, digital asset management systems, custom content management systems (CMS), corporate portals, CRM systems, mobile applications, Flash to HTML5 conversions, responsive design.


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


PHP7, .NET, Python, Ruby, Apache, Linux, MySQL, MongoDB, SphinxSearch, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Social Protocols, External API integrations, Mobile API Integration, Objective C, iOS SDK, Android, JSON.


  • I want to give a huge thanks to the team at Spiral Scout for making our Adobe integration so successful. They are a key partner to our companies development efforts and core to our future growth and development."
    View more ... Andrew Scivally
    Founder, eLearning Brothers
    I cannot recommend Spiral Scout more highly. They have been our developers since day 1 and now, 4 years later, they remain a critical partner in our growth. The work that they do is top notch and the value they provide is beyond anything we could find with another outsourced or in-house development solution. With SpiralScout, there is no issue too small or too large. When we have a question or bring them a potential project, they return with a thoughtful, timely and unbiased response that clearly answers our questions and lays out our potential options. Our founding team does not have a technical background so SpiralScout's expert opinions have been critical in helping us make the best decisions for our business. I have heard horror stories about companies that have worked with an outsourced development team. But after working with SpiralScout I cannot imagine finding a better web/mobile development solution. I do not know where we would be if we had not worked with SpiralScout from the beginning."
    View more ... Matthew Droessler
    CEO, Framed & Matted
  • 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

Featured Clients

Adobe Proctor and Gamble Benchmark Education Cutcaster E-Learning Brothers framed & matted Coca Cola Drew Altizer Photography Franklin Covey Telesocial Blue Oak Capital American College of Chest Physicians video autograph app natural disaster app Off The Menu Snapwire CallFriends Wagfield

Who We Are

Our software company consists of product specialists, skilled developers, and designers who take complex software challenges and create easy-to-use websites and mobile apps for our customers. Our diverse set of technical skills and experience prepares us for any project thrown our way.
spiral scout, cto, chief technology officer, anton
css, html developer, javascript developer, ryo
php, linux engineer, css, html developer
backend php engineer, php developer, php
html developer, css engineer, javascript engineer, nataliya
john griffin, john griffin san francisco, spiral scout, cutcaster
mobile engineer, ios engineer, ios development
css, html engineer, javascript engineer, yauheni
php development, software developer, php, lev
software tester, qa engineer, quality assurance, project manager
Andrei, Project Manager and Quality Assurance Engineer.
javascript engineer, software developer, dmitry boksha, frontend engineer, html css developer
Julia, Business Analyst
Python, Django Lead
web designer, top web designer, mobile designer, ux ui
quality assurance engineer, qa engineer
Hanna, Software Testing and Quality Assurance Engineer.
Alexander, PHP, Backend engineer
css, html engineer, javascript engineer, Maxim Matveev
danish, front end engineer, wordpress engineer, wordpress developer
chris wyant
social media marketer, seo engineer, seo specialist
Anton Titov
JD, Co-Founder, CTO
Andrew Kirkovsky
Andrew, Front-end Engineer, CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
Andrey Logunov
Andrey, Front-end Engineer, CSS, Javascript, HTML, PHP, Linux and Windows.
Valentin Vintsukevich
Valentin, Back-end Engineer, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and CSS.
Nataliya Zhukava
Nataliya, Front-end Engineer, CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
John Griffin
John, Co-Founder, CEO
Sergei, iOS and Android Mobile Engineer.
Yauheni Yasinov
Yauheni, Front-end Engineer, CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
Lev Seleznev
Lev, PHP, Backend engineer
Anton Kasilousky
Anton, Project Manager and Quality Assurance Engineer.
Andrei Maroz
Andrei, Project Manager and Quality Assurance Engineer.
Dmitry Boksha
Dmitry, Front-end Engineer, CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
Julia, Business Analyst
Dmitry Jango
Dmitry, Python, Django Lead
Sebastian, User Experience and Interface Designer
Kseniya Yuk
Kseniya, Certified Software Testing and Quality Assurance Engineer.
Hanna Vintsukevich
Hanna, Software Testing and Quality Assurance Engineer.
Alexander Sidaruk
Alexander, PHP, Backend engineer
Maxim Matveev
Maxim, Front-end Engineer, CSS, HTML and JavaScript.
Andrei Makarov
Andrei, DevOps Engineer
Katya Telpuk
Katya, Front-End Engineer, HTML, CSS
Danish, PHP and Wordpress Engineer
Ann Barkevich
Anna, Certified Quality Assurance Engineer
Dmitry Zakharchuk
Dmitry, Quality Assurance Engineer
Chris W.
Chris, Copywriter
Sterling, Social Media Marketing and SEO
Olga Chadovich
Olga, Recruiter / HR Manager
Anna Lapitskaya
Anna, Recruiter / HR Manager
Maks Morozov
Maks, Quality Assurance Engineer
Greg Nikolaev
Greg, Front-end Engineer
Ivan Koltsov
Ivan, PHP, Backend engineer
Evgeni Kedrun
Evgeni, Sales and Marketing Specialist