What was the scope of their involvement?
Our goal was to create a social network, and we approached 1985 with that idea in mind. We’ve worked through everything with them, from conceptualization through development. They’ve provided substantive advice on what specific technologies would best suit our platform and helped us build out our ideas.
They took a very methodical approach to building the interface and went through the entire software development lifecycle on both the web app and the native iOS platform. We valued their expertise in choosing the right technologies and add-ons to create the best user experience possible. We started with wireframes, and 1985 recommended a design agency that they worked very closely with to optimize the frontend. This facilitated project management and made the end product very cohesive. We started out with a relatively basic scope of work to fulfill the basic requirements for the app, which included user onboarding, service matching algorithms, and a few analytic tools for user ratings and things like that. They helped us build a slightly more advanced app than what we needed, and we really appreciated their advice on how best to leverage various features and technologies.
They are currently adding a few new feature sets and modules to the existing app, while also working on a web app that will allow users to access Petterr on any device. They’ve managed to successfully create a consistent user experience across platforms, and that was very important to us.
It can be difficult for small startups to manage offshore development centers, but we worked together very well due to similarities in business structure and the practices that we follow. They are a small team, but they have developers working on analytics, databases, server hosting, and development itself. They’ve helped us bring all our ideas together, and have been flexible enough to hire new people based on the demand we’ve had.
What is the team composition?
We have a project manager and product owner that work with their team every day, and I oversee the engagement via weekly calls to review ongoing developments and any product-related performance issues.
How did you come to work with 1985?
I was in Hong Kong for a startup incubator program, and I knew someone there who had worked with 1985 in the past. At that point, we only had a concept and a prototype that gave an idea of the look and feel we were aiming for. They came highly recommended to us, and after flying down to meet them, we decided to move forward.
How much have you invested with them?
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together on conceptualization at the end of 2016 and had defined the scope of work by November. The app went live toward the end of 2017, and we’re still working with them.