Partner to startups from MVP to Scale

At Fortana, we partner with seed and series A startups to build web and mobile apps, from MVP to scale.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2017
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Key clients: 

Almanac, Vote.org, OPI Analytics, Outvote, Beam, Brigada

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Backend Development for Safety Software Company

“They thought strategically about the project and aligned with us completely.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fortana salvaged a safety management platform for a software company. Using PostgreSQL, React Native, and JavaScript, they completely overhauled the backend, reconfigured data, and made design improvements.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Stanford, California
Jeff Conn
CEO, Beam Tech Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform operates well as an MVP, and the userbase already benefits from its functionality. Fortana is efficient, transparent, and communicative. Interactions are productive, and Fortana is a trustworthy team.

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 an industrial safety management platform designed for manufacturing firms. Our users can input and track safety information to prevent injuries before they occur.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fortana?

Prior to Fortana, I hired developers that didn't have legitimate experience building enterprise software. They completely screwed up the backend, and we were about to shut down the project. That's why we went searching for another development agency.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They took over the project and rebuilt it from scratch. Essentially, they saved our business. They did an initial diagnosis and assessment of what was salvageable, and they completely rebuilt the backend. They also made substantial design, UX, and UI improvements to the system.

Even as an MVP, it's a usable, scalable software program. We were using Firebase, but they transferred us to PostgreSQL. They migrated existing data and made everything much easier to use. They also used React Native and JavaScript.

What is the team composition?

We started working together early in their existence, so we collaborated with their two leads.

How did you come to work with Fortana?

We reached out to them through some of our contacts at a venture studio.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

They joined us in late August 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Multiple clients use the product, and we're about to complete an agreement to get more seed funding. As of now, we don't have any hard numbers, but we have a functional, powerful MVP. Users already derive value from it, and Fortana worked much faster than other firms could have to complete the project.

How did Fortana perform from a project management standpoint?

Early sprints lasted for about two weeks each, then we moved into month-long sprints. They were very efficient, and they occasionally met with us in person. We had a solid, productive interaction, and they were very trustworthy. They thought strategically about the project and aligned with us completely. We use Slack and have weekly video conferences.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication is awesome, and they're fully transparent about their choices. Beyond just talented engineers and designers, they’re really amazing people. They're very collaborative and are a joy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have zero complaints about our experience with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be proactive and decide exactly what you want to build before you sit down with them. They aren't mind readers, but they work well with basic product requirements or ideas.

5.0
Overall Score I look forward to working with them more.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were attentive to timelines, and they worked with us when we missed details in our scope.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their value is very high, and the product is very scalable. They saved us a lot of money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything they deliver is incredibly high-quality and professional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very likely to refer them, and one of my co-founders already uses them substantially at another company.