Tony Robbins

Breakthrough App:
Digitizing a Coaching Empire

Tony Robbins Breakthrough



Modernize Tony Robbin’s coaching empire without sacrificing brand equity while simultaneously branching out into new demographics.


A rich new digital experience that gives Tony’s followers a new way to access his coaching expertise and library of content.


Front-end: Swift and Android Native App Back-end: Ruby on Rails


Roadmapped for 20k…
Recouped in 13 weeks


Revolutionized Tony’s content delivery system and created a way for people to get coaching right from their pocket.


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Our Task: Modernize Tony Robbin’s Product Without Sacrificing Brand Equity.

Tony Robbins is the nation’s #1 life and business coach — a household name for over 4 million people that have attended his live sessions and countless millions that get his coaching sent directly to them. After building a coaching empire through books, pamphlets, and CDs, Tony Robbins came to us to bring his content platform into the 21st century.

After a 3-week roadmapping workshop with the Rootstrap team, we designed a responsive, engaging, and beautiful mobile content distribution system that helped Tony develop his app the right way, eventually producing a complete return on investment in less than 30 days.

Tony Robbins

The Beginning

During the first week of Tony’s roadmapping session, we brainstormed ways to turn his old content platform into a mobile-first system that gives users the ability to access his coaching anywhere. Looking forward, we identified the key problems we would go on to solve through the design of Tony’s first mobile app.

After defining the idea, we used detailed user stories and market research to create an in-depth product backlog. Next, we used the backlog to create mid-fidelity wireframes for extensive UX testing and refinement.

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“I reviewed the app and it’s totally spectacular. The approach that you took and the guidance you provided throughout the Rootstrap process has been phenomenal. I’m looking forward to continuing as partners!”

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Roadmapping Output

After just three weeks of roadmapping, we created a development-ready clickable prototype to collect customer feedback, test the product-market fit, and challenge our initial assumptions. Using those materials, we could approach development the right way, building a lean v1.0 that let us further test our assumptions and refine the product iteratively until reaching the final incarnation. Thanks to roadmapping and our development process, we successfully migrated Tony Robbin’s vast coaching empire from books, pamphlets, and CDs to a 21st-century mobile content platform that would generate continued interest from existing followers while also branching out into new user demographics. Thanks to roadmapping, Tony was able to develop his product efficiently, get it to market faster, and recoup his investment in a month.

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Our Design

Breakthrough — a rich, engaging, guided digital experience that gives Tony’s followers a new way to hone their focus, boost their motivation, and achieve the life they deserve.

Listen to what Tony had to say about his experience:

The Final Product


Breakthrough App — the app that resulted from Tony’s initial Rootstrap session — gives its users unlimited, on-demand access to the proven strategies that have made Tony Robbins the most successful life & business coach in the world. In 13 weeks, Tony recouped his investment and built an app that continues to engage a worldwide user base through his gamified, mobile-first content library.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who built the Tony Robbins' app?

The Tony Robbins 'Breakthrough' app was built by LA-based software development agency Rootstrap. With the goal of modernizing Tony Robbins' coaching empire while also reaching new demographics, Rootstrap developed an innovative digital experience, providing Tony’s global audience with a library of content and instant access to his coaching expertise. See how companies are using IT staff augmentation to build apps like this.

How to build a life coach app like Tony Robbins'.

Building a successful life coaching app will require a clearly defined set of objectives, a detailed design, and development approach, a calculated ROI (return on investment), an effective marketing campaign, and a proven app development agency to help achieve these goals. See how companies are using IT staff augmentation to build apps like this.

What tech stack is used on Tony Robbin’s app?

When developing the Tony Robbins app, LA-based software developers Rootstrap used Swift and React Native for the app’s front-end (user experience), making it available for both IOS and Android. On the app’s back end (the database side), Rootstrap used Ruby on Rails — a cost effective open source web application framework that runs on Linux. By using this framework, it allows Rootstrap to add new features, and make quick and easy changes to existing code. See how companies use IT staff augmentation to build apps like this.