As we head into the holiday weekend, it's always nice to share happy local startup news-especially during a year as tumultuous as 2016: Apple has chosen Ann Arbor, MI-based MySwimPro as the year's top Apple Watch app.

"We definitely weren't expecting to win anything like that," says CEO Fares Ksebati. "When you're trying to build a product, you're not thinking about awards. I only found out because I saw it mentioned on Facebook in a blog post. Then I found the Apple press release online and read our names next to Twitter and the other winners. It was pretty exciting."

Ksebati also gives much of the credit to co-founder Adam Oxner, the company's lead iOS developer. "He built the watch app ...