What was the scope of their involvement?
Prior to working with 3 SIDED CUBE, we spent about nine months building out a prototype for our app with another firm. When we put out our RFP to which 3 SIDED CUBE replied and ended up winning, we were starting already with a pretty solid concept and some general designs already.
A lot of that changed quite a bit by working with them and flushing this out a little bit more. We developed the concept and built the app with 3 SIDED CUBE. They used React Native and built one source code that works for both iOS and Android. It was also made for the web.
It’s an app that is sort of like a dating site for reforestation. It allows those folks doing the reforestations to match with those organizations and companies that are looking to fund that kind of work.
One of the functionalities we have is a standardized form that both funders — groups looking to fund or invest in these projects — and project developers — who are the folks who implement it — have to fill out with different pieces of information.
This is standardized so that every project developer is filling out the same information which makes it easy to compare projects to each other. The app as it stands now for the MVP that we just built, is really just focused on the matchmaking.
Throughout the course of development and in conversations, we are seeing that there is a lot of demand and potential to build this out to match other types of units of value, not just money for projects.
The site is free but it’s not publicly available. All the functionalities are behind a registration wall, so we are vetting all of the groups that register on the site. The idea here is that by doing this vetting, we can make sure that the groups that are on there are real organizations and are really involved and invested in the reforestation space.
A great feature is that instead of just allowing folks to put in their information and then going and searching, and putting on different filters, we use a little pretty simple matching algorithm between those so if someone is a funder and they put in, what we call a funding offer, they can put in a bunch of different factors.
So, instead of having to go to the project page and seeing all the different filters and seeing what pops up, they can put in projects that match a certain funding offer so it will automatically apply all those filters and show the projects that have the best match. It allows funders to manage their type of portfolio.
What is the team composition?
It has been really great working with them. The specific team that we work with consists of Annette (Senior Project Manager) who I remain in contact with on a daily basis as well as a UX team member.
We’ve also worked with one or two people from their design team. I’m not sure exactly how many because they were bringing on resources as needed, but there were a number of different people and one to two main leads for both the front- and backend development.
How did you come to work with 3 SIDED CUBE?
Within our forest department, there is another team that focuses primarily on the deforestation side of things and how to monitor the loss of forests. That team had already been working on a platform for about a year and a half, and they were working with 3 SIDED CUBE.
Theirs was completely mobile so when they did their RFP they were looking for mobile-only developers who were very strong in the mobile space, and they landed on 3 SIDED CUBE. When we began our search, we went around to get a sense from the different teams of who they were working with, depending on the developer’s skill set and what we were trying to do, and 3 SIDED CUBE was one of those.
It wasn’t a completely public RFP but we did invite six or seven organizations that either other teams within the company were already working with or just through some contacts that were recommended or found through a Google search. 3 SIDED CUBE was one of them, and, because one of our teams had already been working with them, we had a little bit of background on how it had gone.
How much have you invested in them?
So far, it’s pretty close to about $300,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We signed our contract with them in April 2019. The app, which is called TerraMatch, was launched in June 2020. Our main development contract with them has expired and we are now waiting for additional funding for continuous improvement, but we are still partnering with them for ongoing bug fixes and maintenance of the site.