Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
Me and my co-founders are students at UC Berkeley, and that's where we saw the problems with the current university experience and realized we could digitalize it and just make it so much more efficient. UC Berkeley was definitely our first stop for a test market. It's an extremely well-known university, so it also provided us with a very good head start into the industry because if we conquer UC Berkeley and really prove our concept there, then that's a very good indicator that the other good universities would use it as well.
We're currently in our beta phase. It's working extremely well so far. We're aiming to get out of the beta phase starting August. Once we expand to other universities, that's basically when our beta campaign ends, around the end of July 2016. That's where we've been so far and just the reaction to the platform has been outstanding.
How did Appster perform from a project management standpoint?
Here's the thing, with Appster we work with so many different people, from Australia, from the US and from India of course, because that's where the development mainly happens. Basically, they coordinate everything extremely well, where they have all the necessary positions you'd ever look for in an app development team, and they all just work extremely well together.
Working with Appster has just been a pleasure because they're people who understand who we are and what we want. At the same time, they react very well to all the changes that we make and are able to keep the project on track. They've been part of the entire process. They've been so cooperative with us. It's just been a great partnership so far.
What distinguishes Appster from other providers?
The best thing about Appster is that when you ask them for something, they'll get it done. It's not like ‘this wasn't in the contract or you can't do this or you can't do that.’ They're not really those corporate type of people who are going to keep pushing you on all these tiny things.
The thing about the Appster team is that they're also a pretty young team, so they kind of understand what our goal is and where we're heading.
Similarly, they just have the drive. As soon as they heard about the platform, they instantly saw something in it and saw something in us. By them seeing something in us and seeing something in the idea itself, really meant a lot to us moving forward and really getting it done. It's been a great experience working with them.
Is there anything Appster could have improved or done differently?
Appster has been great to work with, and we also learned a lot from the development process by working with them. We were rookies in the app world and now we know so much more about it. That said, where we foresee being better in the future is definitely focused on design. That's something that we emphasized to Appster. So the design factor is a definite space for improvement.
Time barriers have been tough as well. Our developers are in India. Definitely working with them at night is a challenge, but it's a challenge we're willing to go through. It's definitely worth the experience. Appster has honestly been pretty great. We have learned a lot from our experience and a lot about approaching app development. They instantly improved any weaknesses that they had on their side, which is great as well. It's been honestly a great experience for both of us, but overall it's been an outstanding one.