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We’re a team of designers, engineers, and data scientists that work with founders and executives to build products, scale teams, and teach Agile.

We deploy cutting-edge technologies and coding best practices to deliver innovative tech products. But what /really/ differentiates us is that we build products with a focus toward increasing human agency.

With every product we build, we strive to debunk the common misconception that technology threatens human agency. ‘Agency’ is the capacity of individuals to act independently and make free choices — and we create tech products that bolster, rather than undermine, agency.

 
$5,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Venice, CA
headquarters
  • 1434 Abbot Kinney Bd
    Venice, CA 90291
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Samsung, Berkshire Hathaway, The Publisher Desk, Walmart, Ritual, Surfair, Streamoid, WhereTo, Draper Venture Network, The Chicagoist

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Resolutions to Rituals

Ritual, a subscription women’s multivitamin brand, wanted to create a new stand-alone site for their new year’s resolution. The result is a first of it’s kind blend of retail and meaningful, mindful habit change for consumers. It's an amazing example of delivering value first, helping potential customers be better versions of themselves. Since Ritual was founded in 2015, they've sold 1 million bottles of vitamins and raised

over $40M in venture funding.

"I’ve never had such an easy, bug free public launch before. This really speaks to the quality of the code…. We have tons of users already and everything is working perfectly - no alarms, no snags, nothing."

- Daniel Archer, Director Of Engineering, Ritual

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WhereTo

WhereTo is a customizable, enterprise-travel platform we helped successfully build and manage to $8M in Series A funding. Now used by hundreds of thousands of employees, we worked with their with first Fortune 10 client and implemented core data science needed to intelligently pair the right hotels with the right flights booked at the perfect time.

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The Publisher Desk

The Publisher Desk (TPD) manages online ad space inventory for hundreds of online publishers. We worked closely with TPD to improve their existing portal for customers and employees. The result was an automated system to ingest, organize and display data from over twenty external sources, saving TPD employees time and providing their customers with new insights about their ad inventory performance.

 

"AE

transformed loosely disparate concepts into a visually appealing product that added significant business value. They helped us see what was possible from a product standpoint based on the data we had. The perfect team for any project at the intersection of web development and data analytics."

- Jeff Misenti, CEO, The Publisher Desk

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Communikind

Communikind is a HIPAA-compliant, cross-platform app that empowers parents to manage their whole family's health and wellness records, securely, in one place. We acted as Communikind's integrated product & engineering team, built the MVP from scratch and iterated on it through successful funding rounds.

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Our News

Our.news had a Chrome extension which allowed users to rate and fact check the news through a crowd sourced method and wanted to build a mobile app. We created a native iOS app that allowed users to open articles with Flipboard, Facebook, etc and rate them, fact check them, and get information about the news source itself without leaving the app.

 

 

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BioClarity

As a purveyor of plant-based skin care, bioClarity aspires to make healthy beauty more accessible and be a part of consumers’ overall well-care. Founded as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer brand, we helped bioClarity build a subscription management system to improve their customer experience. The system offers a self-service quiz to triage cancels and helps customers solve subscription problems while capturing insights to

improve bioClarity’s product line. They recently landed $13M in funding.
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Streamoid

Streamoid is building a superintelligent AI platform for fashion and retail and came to AE for R&D and to productionalize computer vision and natural language processing algorithms (both classical and deep-learning-based) to enhance their search and production recommendation offerings. We also worked with them to make their large-scale fashion data acquistion more efficient via sophisticated web scraping algorithms. They

have since been included in Gartner’s list of “Cool Vendors in Artificial Intelligence for Customer Analytics”, were selected to join Target's Accelerator Program, and have brands from the Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. group and Spains’ largest retailer among their customers.
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Berkshire Hathaway

Marmon Holdings, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a global industrial organization comprising 13 diverse business sectors and more than 100 autonomous manufacturing and service businesses. In one of these sectors, the retail solutions sector, AE helped Marmon by developing a clustering algorithm and dashboard for tracking inventory changes in grocery stores. The company employs 19,000 people worldwide with revenues

exceeding $7.7 billion in 2017.
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Draper Venture Network

We worked closely with Draper Venture Network to build their new public site and an exclusive member portal. The portal allowed over 1000 entrepreneurs and investors to connect in a meaningful way like never before, delivering value to their 24 funds managing over $2 billion in assets across the globe.

 

"AE was great at taking this 30,000ft. idea we had in our heads and turning it into a tangible product that

looks beautiful and works as our users expect. They translated our business goals into actionable user stories and helped us shape the product in smart, startup-y ways as we went. We’re thrilled with the results."

- Anna Diaz, Product Manager, Draper Venture Network

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Samsung NEXT

Samsung NEXT discovers and backs startups who are defining the future of hardware and software integration in areas such as AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Edge Computing, and IoT. AE Studio designed and developed their entire VC portal from scratch, which allows Samsung NEXT to better service their portfolio of startups, investors, and advisors. The result was a modern web app which serves as a hub for all things internal at Samsung

NEXT - conveniently accessible via desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.

Reviews

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Web Development for Biopharmaceutical Publication

"Their execution speed stands out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AE Studio rebuilt a website and integrated GraphCMS for a biopharmaceutical publication. They built features that enable administrators to create pages and a content portal that the team works to enhance.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Redwood City, CA
David Smiling
CTO, BioCentury
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AE Studio produces satisfying deliverables with impressive speed. The team is flexible and assesses challenges thoroughly, which results in the implementation of effective solutions. Their dedication, attentiveness, and valuable recommendations enable ongoing collaboration.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of BioCentury. We’re a digital publication in the biopharmaceutical industry. We have a website and business analysis tools.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

We needed a team with expertise in website development and a service called GraphCMs with GraphQL. We needed Angular, GraphQL, and GraphCMS experience.  

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AE Studio reconstructed our website around GraphCMS. Their team added a number of capabilities that allow administrators to compose new pages centered around different topics.

For example, we created a large number of pages around the COVID-19 outbreak. AE Studio also set up a COVID-19 portal, taking it from concept to delivery within a week. They’ve begun to add interactive capabilities to the portal.

What is the team composition?

We started with two, but now we work with 3 individuals from AE Studio.

How did you come to work with AE Studio?

We found them through a reference.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $500,000 on their services so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our engagement in November 2019, and they’re still working with us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They’re good at implementing concepts at a rapid speed.

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re excellent at asserting the appropriate level of discipline needed. Their team works with us to fit into our environment and needs. They’re good at making suggestions, so much so that I turned all project management over to them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their execution speed stands out. We’re also impressed by their ability to assess what’s needed. Their team’s thorough.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would be prepared to explain your needs clearly but also listen to them because they have good ideas.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for Business Intelligence Platform

“Their quality of work gave me complete confidence in their abilities.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AE Studio constructed a working MVP for an entertainment and production business intelligence platform. They utilized an agile methodology to guide their partner through the ideation and development processes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Founder, Business Intelligence Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Taking time to thoroughly understand the business and its complexities, the team exceeded initial expectations with their services. Their attention to detail and willingness to develop a consistent check-in cadence contributed to their success. They showed a strong dedication to the engagement.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a business intelligence platform for the media and entertainment industry. I’ve been in commercials and the entertainment industry for 22 years, and we’re tackling some issues that producers face every day.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

We hired them to work on our MVP to help us achieve our mission. Working in software was new to me.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built a go-to-market strategy with us, helping to create our MVP. That involved them researching and assisting with ideation surrounding some features as well as crafting our database.

There was plenty that was involved in the development that I didn’t understand, so they guided us along the way. We weren’t familiar with agile development processes, because that’s not our industry standard. They made that transition easy to digest for my mindset pretty easily. We’re in the beta testing phase right now. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with between 4–5 people on the project. They include their senior management team in meetings to ensure that we’re feeling good about progress. I appreciate that.

How did you come to work with AE Studio?

I was introduced to the founder of AE Studio several years ago, as he was starting the company. When my business partner and I were on the hunt for a partner company, we liked their team and how they offered data science resources. That was very valuable. It’s really impressive to see their growth over time. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in the fall of 2019, and our collaboration is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Working with their project manager, we have a complex way of budgeting that reflects the work we do in the industry. He worked with my team to grasp and understand that. I thought that went above and beyond.  

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They provide us with account management services to ensure that we’re happy with the services week to week. With their consistent check-ins, I was confident that they had their eye on the ball. They did an excellent job. We work through the holidays, and they agreed to stick with us through that. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their quality of work gave me complete confidence in their abilities. We were looking at many teams, but they offered us the opportunity to build a rapport and collaborate. We’re on Google Hangouts and Zoom meetings and were still able to develop a meaningful partnership.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything. They’ve done a pretty stellar job so far.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’d highly recommend trying them out. They bring a lot of value to products with their experience and ideas.

5.0
Overall Score I’m pretty satisfied with the overall product.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve been very forthcoming about deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Product Development Projects for Mobile App Firm

“They were very accommodating from the beginning, offering support wherever needed.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AE Studio assisted a tech-enabled apparel customization startup in developing cross-platform applications for two solutions. The products were handled by a team with diverse specializations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Michael Bowen
President, Best Apps
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Due to its considerable skill level in design, development, and data science, the team was able to deliver high-quality products. They managed the project with flexibility and transparency, allowing their partner their preferred level of oversight into their operations throughout the development.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president of Best Apps. We’ve been around for a few years at this point. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

We needed help building an already-patented customization platform. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

There are two platforms that they’re helping us build out at this point. The first is an app that allows users to customize apparel from their phones. The other project is more brand-oriented.

It allows companies to configure assets that appear on apparel. The end-user has the opportunity to customize as well, based on the criteria set forth by the brand within the app. The first platform is compatible with iOS. We’re working with their team to make it cross-platform for Android users. The second app is already cross-platform, serving both iOS and Android users.

What is the team composition?

We worked with around eight people: designers, developers, technical leads, project managers, and data science specialists. 

How did you come to work with AE Studio?

A friend referred me to them. We met with about a dozen other software firms and felt that they understood our project best. They were also local to us, so that contributed to my decision because I wanted the option to work directly with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the work in January 2018, and the project is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

They’ve always been professional and able to deliver high-quality work. I have nothing negative to say about our engagement. We’ve had audits and advisors review the code, and everything is top-notch.  

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve always had very clear lines of communication with each other. My partner and I participate in daily standups with their team every morning. As far as involvement, they were open to whatever level of oversight that we felt comfortable taking. Transparency couldn’t be any better.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very accommodating from the beginning, offering support wherever needed. The project was always well-staffed because of their team’s skill level. In their past few years of growth, they bring in quality talent and maintain professionalism. They’ve grown with us, which has felt really organic. They seem to really know what they’re doing as they scale their company. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no complaints at all. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

For any large project like this, the closer you are to the day-to-day development, the better. They’ve always been really supportive of that.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Development for Geek-Centric Platform

They were amazing.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

After a geek-centric networking platform was hacked just before its launch, AE Studio took on the task of redeveloping it from scratch. They streamlined designs and executed the app on Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bryanda Law
Founder & CEO, QuirkTastic
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AE Studio successfully delivered a completed product two weeks earlier than anticipated. It’s enjoyed sign-ups from event organizers who have praised it for its user-friendliness. Their team was extremely supportive and personable all around, resulting in a pleasurable—even fun—engagement.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a company called QuirkTastic, a community networking platform for people who identify with “geek culture”. That includes gamers, nerds, and people interested in anime and KPOP.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

I was previously working with an offshore tech firm that was helping me create an events ticketing management platform. Right before its launch, it got hacked and fell apart, so I reached out to AE Studio to pick up and finalize the product. We were trying to launch it as soon as possible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We created Figma wireframes, which AE Studio examined and made design edits to. Wes (Product Manager & Designer, AE Studio) worked to streamline our designs before executing the final product. Victor (Full-Stack Engineer) took our designs and built the entire system on Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Wes and Victor.

How did you come to work with AEStudio?

I’d met them before at a happy hour in California, and I was very impressed by their portfolio. We’d made earlier arrangements for them to implement payment integrations into our site, but when my project collapsed, I took them on to rebuild the entire platform from scratch.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $65,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2019 and wrapped up this month in January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We recently launched our platform (two weeks earlier than anticipated), and it’s already enjoyed account sign-ups from a few event organizers. It’s gotten great feedback from different organizations who have highlighted it for its ease-of-use. On the internal side, we all think that the platform looks significantly better than our previous product. My in-house tech advisor also praised the code that it’s built on.

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They were amazing. They were supportive, even off the clock—they let me know that if there was any issue, I just had to reach out. They maintained such great communication and their time management was also awesome.

We had 15-minute standups every day and communicated through Clubhouse, a project management tool. They communicated priorities and updated me on project progress through Clubhouse.

Since I’m working to build my own team, I hope to adopt some of their processes since they were so effective.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They felt like a very personal partner. They catered their processes to the nature of our company. Although it’s a minor thing, we’re a “geeky” brand, so they made the experience really fun for us— like using Pokemon references for file names.

On the same note, they were extremely transparent and personable throughout the entire engagement. Our standups would involve anonymous feedback sessions, making sure that everyone was on the same page. And, if anyone had frustrations, we could talk about it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No—they truly saved my project, and there’s nothing negative I have to say about them. They’ve really been great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Give them the full scope of your overall goals, as a company. They’re extremely talented and have resources that go beyond what they formally offer.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-Commerce Development for Tech Company

“AE Studio is transparent, efficient, and creative all at the same time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

AE Studio developed an e-commerce site for a tech company. Picking up when another vendor couldn’t deliver what they wanted, the team finished the migration of the store to Shopify and built custom apps.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Hawthorne, California
Merchandise Manager, Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development allowed the client to have ownership over the e-commerce site, setting them up for success. AE Studio thinks outside of the box, finding solutions to problems that other vendors might not think of. The team is innovative and intelligent, going above and beyond to exceed expectations.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the merchandise manager at a large tech firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

We had recently migrated our website from Magento to Shopify, but we had a negative experience with the vendor who helped with that so we were looking for someone to come in and help us complete the work, including some more complex requirements and custom features.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AE Studio did a comprehensive review of our Shopify store to make sure things were set up correctly. They provided more than just a black-and-white vision on things, critically looking into our e-commerce site and thinking outside the box. Their team was able to complete a lot of the things our previous vendor told us weren’t possible.

For example, we were told there were no Shopify apps for hiding variants for certain projects. AE Studio went above and beyond and developed the Shopify app from scratch for us. It’s not that there wasn’t a solution, it was just something the average developer wouldn’t be thinking of.

What is the team composition?

I worked with two members of the AE Studio team.

How did you come to work with AE Studio?

We found AE Studio through a referral. I chatted with multiple vendors, but AE Studio was the only firm that had a mentality similar to mine and my company’s, focusing on creative solutions. What I really wanted was someone that wanted to set us up for success and give us agency over our own site. I loved that AE Studio encouraged us to do so much of it ourselves. They had the best mentality, work ethic, and process, so we decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested about $16,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with AE Studio began in September 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

AE Studio was able to fix all of the issues left by our previous developer in under two weeks. They were even able to fix some in 24 hours. Their team is focused on finding solutions. The Shopify app they created is evident of that, and now it exists for others to use as well. 

They cranked through a bunch of work. It really impressed me how quickly they were able to get things done. There are no smoke and mirrors, they always make sure I understand what they’re working on.

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

AE Studio is really great with project management. I feel like I can trust that we know what’s going on. Our teams do a daily standup in the morning to touch base on the hot button project. This allows me to re-prioritize if I tweak our approach or if my priorities changed. They’re always willing to make a quick course correction.

What did you find most impressive about them?

AE Studio is transparent, efficient, and creative all at the same time. They allow us to understand exactly what’s happening. Their team has more than just basic implementation skills, they have people that can really redefine what it is you’re looking for and create solutions. I have yet to find another agency that could do that for me as quickly and effectively as they have.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. My needs were so manic and quick that they were a perfect fit. They were willing to jump into a new project with no questions asked.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be upfront with them. Tell them what you don’t like and be super transparent because they respond well to that. AE Studio will help you come up with the best solution. 

Additionally, ask for their advice. I think people often think they know what’s best, but if you’re willing to listen to AE Studio they have valuable insight.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Product Development for Tech Company

“They are a joy to collaborate with and provide high-quality work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Growing their responsibilities overtime, AE Studio provides ongoing staff augmentation services to an internet infrastructure company. They support visualization projects and are moving into core protocols.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Jesse Clayburgh
Executive, Protocol Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team has provided great developers, saving the inhouse technical staff valuable time while building great web apps. Independent, capable, and focused, they nimbly managed the project with their effective, thorough communication skills. They tackled complex projects and achieved quality results.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m an executive at Protocol Labs, a tech company that builds internet infrastructure. I help manage our relationships with external agencies, contractors, and collaborators.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AE Studio?

We needed help building visualization products on top of our low-level protocols for debugging purposes.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

With Chrome developer tools, you can see where every part of your request goes. Their team achieved that on a distributed hash table, creating a really cool web app that visualizes the request process. It's like Chrome developer tools but for the distributed web.

Our relationship has grown, and they’re now contributing to some of our core protocols. That involves working with targeted issues in our peer-to-peer networking library.

What is the team composition?

Initially, with the visualization library, there were two people assigned to us. With our ongoing efforts, there are an additional two people. Throughout our career with them, we’ve worked with 5-6 different individuals.

How did you come to work with AE Studio?

They came to me through a reference from one of my college roommates from Stanford. He referred me to Greg (Head of Technology, AE Studio), and I did some reference checking. Greg had past experience working for a very well-known development shop in Los Angeles, so we decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $26,000 in total so far, but we’re continuing to work together.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started collaborating in July 2019, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We bring these agencies and dev shops in to supplement our existing development team. We’re incredibly technical and have a lot of engineering talent. Oftentimes, in evaluating agencies against each other, the biggest metric is how much of our development time is saved by working with an agency.

AE Studio is really stellar. For an hour of our developer’s time, a lot of shops we might get 3–4 hours of return. We get significantly more hours of return than that with AE Studio.

How did AE Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management has been stellar. Out of all the development shops we hire, AE Studio requires some of the least amounts of hand-holding while still delivering excellent work. They are a joy to collaborate with and provide high-quality work. They’re very concise in getting to their exact point.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We've needed to provide less direction and hand-holding to them compared to most any other contractor or development shop. The quality of their work is very competitive with other providers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I do a weekly call with Greg. He’s constantly asking for feedback every single week, but don’t have much to say because they’re excellent.

If we have a challenge we want to solve, we evaluate everyone's skills to put our best resources on it. Generally, AE Studio has great skill sets, but it would be awesome if I were able to see who is best at certain skills within the Studio. Perhaps, there could be an automated way for AE to showcase their individual talent. It hasn't affected our development, though.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They suggested we have a shared Slack between our organizations. It’s really useful because everyone involved can communicate directly. There’s very little friction there.

Otherwise, just be really honest and open. Describe to them your perfect relationship and exactly what you want out of it. They will likely move mountains to make that happen.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ongoing Mobile Dev for Multimedia App

"AE Studios is putting us in the best possible position."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After revamping a media company's website, AE Studio is now working on a custom mobile app. The solution features a reader, a multimedia player, and sharable cards for social media promotion.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Teryn D Payne
Project Manager, The Chicagoist
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

AE Studios is currently focusing on creating a solution that can accommodate large traffic volumes. Regardless of the complexity of a task, the team moves quickly to get things done on time.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Here at The Chicagoist we are undergoing a complete relaunch and AE has been an integral part of this process. As a project manager, I work with the developers, designers, and coders of this team very closely to ensure that we have a tangible product that we are all proud of at the very end.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire AE Studio?

We hired AE originally to revamp our website but now we are working on creating a highly functioning mobile app with various features including a reader, multimedia player, along with sharable cards for social media promotion.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to make a fully-functioning mobile app that could be used by millions of users without any crashes or major bugs that would make us lose credibility. Also, we wanted to make sure that we were meeting the needs of what we wanted to see in the app but also being realistic about the functions.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Through mutual friends.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We started off with several in-person meetings and workshops to set the tone and expectations of the project. From then we had scheduled calls throughout the week along with three separate rounds of user testing.

What was the team composition?

The number of people that worked on the project fluctuated depending on the need. We had 2 designers, 4 developers and a project manager. At the most, we had close to 10 and on the low end we had around 3. it made great sense for the need of the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Since we haven't exactly launched yet, it's a bit difficult to answer this question but I will say that AE Studios is putting us in the best possible position to receive large traffic volumes without the app crashing.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was very effective. Melanie was and still is an awesome PM. She is super accessible, very organized and proactive.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was most impressed with how quickly they were able to get tasks done even when they were super complicated and took a heavy-lift. They always delivered.

Are there any areas for improvement?

There isn't much that I would suggest for improvement. I think us setting clear goals, in the beginning, to make sure we are staying on tasks with what would have helped us be more focused, but that more so fell on us and not A.E because we weren't entirely sure what we wanted initially.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    very likely, they are super professional and efficient
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Silver
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Agency Enterprise LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
201616710146
Date of Formation
Jun 9, 2016
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Nov 23, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
7
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
June 11, 2020