Companies work together to improve mobile lending experience with
Angular 2 RC and NativeScript
BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced that it is working with Rangle.io and
Google to help Kiva develop better mobile applications for connecting
lenders and borrowers around the world.
When your goal is to connect people through lending and expand economic
opportunity around the globe, you want the best tools to get the job
done. Founded in 2005, Kiva has mainstreamed microlending and pioneered
the crowdfunding space by leveraging the power of collective good and
new technologies in unique ways.
Today, Kiva's community of 1.4 million lenders crowdfund more than $2.5
million in loans per week to borrowers in 80 countries, including the
U.S. These small dollar loans have helped nearly 2 million borrowers
start and grow businesses, go to school, buy clean energy products, and
more. Through Kiva, anyone can make
a loan as little as $25 to the person of their choice.
"Kiva was born from a simple idea--to connect people through
lending--but the technology behind that promise gets complicated
quickly," said Kevin O'Brien, Kiva's Chief Technology Officer. "That's
where Telerik and Rangle come in, building mobile apps to spark
connections that wouldn't be possible otherwise. The simpler we make it
to connect a lender to a borrower, the more impact we can achieve
The One-Two Punch of NativeScript and Angular 2 RC
approached Kiva to begin building a better mobile experience, for both
iOS and Android, using NativeScript®,
an open source solution for building high performance, native mobile
company, the NativeScript solution is unlike traditional hybrid or web
apps, it produces native apps, using platform-native UI to deliver
maximum performance -- even on older Android devices -- while still
making it easy to share code and skills between the web and different
The NativeScript solution also deeply integrates with Google's recently
released Angular 2 RC framework. Together, Angular 2 RC and NativeScript
solutions are a powerful combination that allow developers to use the
same framework and code to build modern apps for the web and, now,
native mobile apps. They are a powerful one-two punch for developers
looking to deliver the best web and mobile experiences using shared code
"Technology is a means to an end. We built the NativeScript solution and
integrated it with Angular RC so that the industry could take another
giant step forward in mobile app development," said Todd Anglin, Chief
Evangelist at Telerik, a Progress company. "With no-compromise
performance, and native apps that easily reach iOS and Android,
developers have even more time to focus on the ‘ends' and deliver
amazing experiences to users."
The Partnership: Rangle.io Delivered, Angular 2 RC and NativeScript
Pulling from years of experience building mobile apps,
Rangle.io is now helping Kiva leverage NativeScript and Angular 2 RC
firm specializing in delivering next-generation web and mobile
applications with AngularJS.
The partnership kicks off with a concept app that enables people in the
U.S. to find small businesses in their local area fundraising on Kiva.
The idea is to strengthen the connections created through lending by
making it easier for potential funders to visit those businesses, become
customers, and ultimately lend to them.
Ultimately, the power of these technologies and partnerships will give
Kiva the leverage to optimally connect lenders and borrowers around the
world. The NativeScript framework provides a nimble solution to the
"what's optimal in the browser and what's optimal on mobile devices?"
question while allowing Kiva to best use their limited engineering
The first app that Kiva will publish to the Google Playstore and Apple
App store will be based on Telerik's NativeScript and Google's Angular 2.
"What we love about the NativeScript solution is native components
that work and perform really well without surprises, the ability to use
web development tools and workflows, the native app like performance,
and the ability to develop simultaneously for both iOS and Android,"
said Nick Van Weerdenburg, CEO of Rangle.io.
Google, meanwhile, sees the Kiva app as a perfect illustration of why
they focused on cross-platform development for Angular 2. Before Angular
2, developers using Angular were limited to building apps locked into
the browser. With the new improvements in Angular 2, apps are not only
faster, but they can break-free of the browser when paired with
frameworks like NativeScript.
"We specifically designed Angular 2 to help developers deliver to more
platforms than just the desktop web," says Brad Green, Engineering
Director on the Angular team at Google. "In this vein, we created its
architecture with pluggable template engines and renderers. We worked
closely with Telerik's NativeScript team in building their native iOS
and Android support to work with Angular's core. This opens up whole new
classes of applications for developers who already know Angular."
What started as a challenge to prove new technologies has evolved into a
mission to show how technology can truly help make the world a better
place. Progress, Rangle.io and Google all view this as the beginning of
a journey that will benefit developers, and users, around the globe.
PRGS) is a global software company that simplifies the development,
deployment and management of business applications on-premise or in the
cloud, on any platform or device, to any data source, with enhanced
performance, minimal IT complexity and low total cost of ownership.
Progress can be reached at www.progress.com
Progress, Telerik, and NativeScript are trademarks or registered
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or affiliates in the US and other countries. Any other trademarks
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