The App Association is a global trade association for small and medium-sized technology companies. Our members are entrepreneurs, innovators, and independent developers within the global app ecosystem that engage with verticals across every industry. We work with and for our members to promote a policy environment that rewards and inspires innovation while providing resources that help them raise capital, create jobs, and continue to build incredible technology.
App Association members are located around the world, including the UK, all 27 member countries of the European Union, and all 435 congressional districts of the United States, showing that with coding skills and an internet connection, an app maker can succeed from anywhere. Because of low barriers to entry, the app marketplace has seen high growth in areas that have not been traditional tech hubs. For example, more than 83 percent of app companies exist outside these traditional tech hubs.
Mobile plus cloud serves as the linchpin of a global digital marketplace that drives roughly $28 trillion in commerce every year. The app store model and the proliferation of cloud services have given small companies never before seen access to overseas markets of top grossing U.S. app companies have operations in Europe, and that number is set to continue growing in coming years.
As the leading industry voice on the app economy for our members as well as policymakers, we provide resources and tools to help app makers understand the rules, regulations, and best practices that are critical to secure success and consumer confidence. Our members and experts frequently testify before Congress on topics ranging from the internet of things to connected health innovation. In addition, we regularly host briefings and product demos to showcase innovations and highlight issues faced by entrepreneurs across the country.