We design and develop products, but what we deliver is results.

We’re a full-stack product design & development team—perfect for the startup building their version 1.0, or existing brands looking to improve.

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Over the years we’ve had the privilege to work with amazing people on some incredible projects. Here’s a selection of our greatest hits.

Marek Lieberberg

For the past decade, we’ve been the design and tech team for the world’s fifth largest concert promoter.

Google & Virgin America

We created an online game for Google & Virgin America that Ogilvy called, “The future of marketing.”


Over a million participants in nearly 100 countries have been timed using our race timing app and web service.


Featured on the App Store in 127 countries, our place bookmarking app became a worldwide hit.


Our app for recording and analyzing chess games has been praised for its fresh and innovative interface.

Catalog Choice

The original web app, designed and developed by us, helped this non-profit sign up a million users in its first year.

What we do.

From the design and development of greenfield products, to the targeted UI/UX and front-end improvements of existing ones, we add value across the complete product lifecycle.

What’s special about Makalu is our cross-discipline capabilities—our designer is highly skilled in front-end engineering, while our developer is highly skilled in design. This rare combination allows us to create interactive products in which “design” extends deeply into the domain of “how it works”—and that is what differentiates products that look nice, from products that actually deliver results.

Some customers hire us for greenfield projects, while others hire us to focus on specific challenges. Google engaged us to design, build and operate an online game anchoring a cross-marketing campaign with Virgin America, while Referral Exchange engaged us to redesign their landing pages, targeting an increase in conversion.

We’re comfortable integrating into existing product teams or working stand-alone.

Our work has been used by millions of people, featured in the App Store, and has helped companies big and small find success.

“Lots of companies can “write code,” but few can design, build and operate internet applications that fulfill their purpose like Makalu. Tell them about your vision, and watch it come to life.”

Chuck Teller, founder of Catalog Choice

  • “When we talk about Makalu here at Google, we always say that it’s more like working with other Googlers (an internal team) than an external vendor—you’re flexible, user-focused, creative, open/honest, motivated, together (not us vs. them)—all Googley qualities.”

    Andrew Chang
  • “We love working with Makalu, particularly their ability to efficiently and effectively integrate into our team and our workflow. With minimal input and guidance, they have an ability to anticipate our needs, and do the right thing.”

    Corbin de Rubertis
  • “Efficient, responsive, collaborative, and design-smart — Makalu is exactly what you want in a development partner.”

    Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
    National Writing Project

Who we are.

Makalu was founded in 2005 by American Matt Henderson and Finn Alex Bendiken. With a shared passion for design and everything internet-related, the two set off to build digital products that delight.

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After several years of exclusive projects, we’re looking for our next challenge.

If you’re building the next great thing—or wanting to improve the current one!—and looking for a team that can deliver, we’d love to talk to you.