Circles – Online Group Support

Circles is a leading emotional support platform that connects people with others facing similar challenges in online groups led by professionals.

Circles and Bright Inventions cooperation

It is not a real implemented design. It is a design created for the purpose of case study.

Be in grief over the loss of a special someone, the pain of divorce or separation, complex relationships or other challenges – Circles offers theme-based online support circles facilitated by professionals.

Main features developed by Bright Inventions:

  • Onboarding which helps users quickly find the support group suitable for their needs.
  • New features for video conferences such as group chat or screen sharing by a group facilitator.
  • Chat for group members.
  • Control panel dedicated to therapists conducting group meetings.
  • Redesign of the group space where group members can interact with each other.
  • Customized business tool for processing user experience, traffic and acquisition data.


Frontend: TypeScript, React

Backend: Node.js, PostgreSQL/Redis, NestJS, AWS

About Circles

Circles is a leading emotional support platform that connects people experiencing similar challenges in small online groups led by mental health experts. Awarded as the Best Platform for Group Therapy 2021, Circles app has already supported thousands of people while coping with grief, navigating divorce and separation, going through complex relationships or other life challenges.

Circles groups meet live for 60-minute video meetings and also have the ability to message via online chat at any time, access personalized content, including self-help exercises, blogs and webinars, all available through the Circles app.

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Circles Development Process

Circles is a support-groups platform developed by an Israeli startup. The client came to us thanks to the referral from our long-term client. We have started our cooperation in June 2021. The product was already launched. Our team of experienced bright Fullstack Developers joined to support product development. We are responsible for the web version of the app by delivering full stack solutions.

Circles's review of Bright Inventions

Since we came on board, we helped to develop a group chat adding new features such as: deleting the messages, attaching pictures or tagging people. What is more, we implemented a user-friendly Circles group discovery section which is a part of the onboarding process. It helps users to find the right support group to join. Naturally, we are also responsible for app maintenance and cloud services.

Circles application

It is a mockup example created for the purpose of case study. It is based on the design made by Circles Product Design Team.

On top of that, we deliver solutions that enable analyzing data. For example, our team worked on a customized data tracking and processing solution that provides Circles specialists with automated reports widely covering users activity, experience or traffic sources. All this information enables planning new features and making strategic business decisions for further growth.

Bright Inventions works closely with the client, joining meetings with various teams to understand perspectives of every side including marketing and sales departments. Working with the Circles team means not only working on tech but also exploring the business nature of the project.

Circles’ Perspective

Eyal Cafri – VP R&D at Circles:

We have found Bright Inventions to be professional group of people, that we feel we can trust, as an integral part of our company, not only to deliver in the right quality, but be proactive, contribute from their experience to help us shape the company’s R&D and product.

Bright Inventions were above our expectations, and we are very happy from both the great quality of people we fortunate to work with, and the professionalism that seems to be in Bright Inventions DNA.

What’s next for Circles and Bright Inventions?

As always we will support our client and deliver the best possible solutions to satisfy the growing number of Circles users. Having in mind that we help to develop a unique product that enables people to go through life-changing events and offers them essential support. We are proud and grateful to be able to assist Circles in building such a unique healthcare application.

What is more, 2022 has become a very special year for our client! Circles raised $16.5 million in funding in their Series A round. Congratulations to the Circles team. 👏