Dustin Rivest has lived the life of an entrepreneur since his early teenage years. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Dustin started his own lawn service at age 13. By 8th grade, he was busy DJ’ing Sweet 16 parties and by the end of high school, he was spinning tunes for proms and weddings. As a talented soccer player, Dustin earned a college scholarship, as the kicker for the Florida International University Football team. Dustin continued his entrepreneurial spirit throughout college. Keenly aware of the then-burgeoning tech boom in business-client relations, Dustin began a text message marketing service, TattleText. Designed as a way for businesses to offer food deals to students, TattleText took off immediately. Dustin’s startup mobile texting business literally overwhelmed a South Florida sub shop and a Chic-fil-A franchise upon their initial offering to send a deal text to over 1,500 students. Dustin understands how to help businesses reach out to clients, hence App Innovators was born.
Incorporated in 2012, App Innovators began as an app development company for fraternities and sororities at Florida State University and Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. Immediately, businesses and professional and charitable organizations began contacting App Innovators to have custom Apps designed for a variety of uses.
Six years, and more than 200 clients later, App Innovators is now recognized as the premiere mobile app developer across North Florida. With the current staff of 15, App Innovators has continually achieved an impressive level of growth. Revenues have doubled each year, while the firm continues working with international, national, regional, and statewide clients, representing a cross-section of industries, including energy, healthcare, financial, higher education, manufacturing and professional trade associations. App Innovators is now often referred to the AI companies, as it encompasses four organizations offering: app and web development, custom app development, full digital media services, and an event management software company, Event Owl.
As an engaged forward-thinker, Dustin Rivest remains the driving force behind the vision and growth for the AI companies. He and his companies are committed to being strong corporate citizens, giving time, talent, and resources to a variety of charitable organizations. Dustin participates in public speaking appearances on various tech related subjects, most recently his weekly appearances on Tallahassee’s 100.7 with his “Digital Dynamics” segment co-hosted by Preston Scott.
Dustin is married, and he and his wife are the proud parents of their 6-month old daughter.
What really goes into creating mobile apps and how industry now demands that you think as much about the business of apps, as the development of apps.