inoutput, founded by CEO Chris Rickard, has been providing the technical backbone to a range of organisations, including government and NGOs for over a decade. The company has primarily worked on internal business systems, often automating paper-based workflows and rebuilding legacy products with modern, scalable technologies. This has seen the company grow to become a trusted technology partner of many clients including Yarra Trams and headspace.
Portable CEO Andrew Apostola says that the acquisition is a perfect coming together of two very like-minded organisations.
“We have known Chris and the team at inoutput both professionally and personally for a long time and have always respected their level of technical excellence as well their orientation towards civic tech and technology for good, which are foundational pillars for the way we work and think at Portable” says Mr. Apostola.
“This coming together will not only deepen our collective technical capability but also allow us to bring our leading expertise in user research and strategic and human-centered design to a range of new clients working in the impact space.”
As a result of this acquisition, Portable will consist of a team of over 50 permanent staff based predominantly in Melbourne. The company was founded in 2006 and has grown from an early pioneer of digital in Australia to a leading provider and advocate of human centered design.
Chris Rickard believes that Portable provides a clear path to greater impact for the inoutput staff and roster of clients.
“We have known Portable for many years, and having seen their growth over the years had respect for the internal infrastructure they had built, along with the culture that they nurture. We felt joining this existing structure would support our clients and staff what they need now - but also long into the future.”