Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
We have attracted 360 users after the nationwide release. We're currently working on localizing the app, and have been recently featured in SXSW Spotlights. A couple of people are interested in investing in our app. The first run of investors was made up of family and friends, and they were very enthusiastic about the idea.
Even though the app may not show users available for particular activities just yet, its design and UX definitely show that it's a labor of love. Everyone on Appster's team has been passionate about it, leading to a top-notch result that people can be truly excited about. Even other poeple on our team, from marketers to animation designers, have loved the idea, and it is great to say that we have followed through with a great product.
People who have seen our ads have contacted us about bringing the app to their country. We have received contacts from the UAE, the UK, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the EU, and Australia. This is in part due to the design, but also to the app itself. It's easy to give people a synopsis, but, once they've seen the content itself, it will stand on its own.
How did Appster perform from a project management standpoint?
Appster is a professional group with a fantastic communication structure. Many people are scared about dealing with companies which host big parts of their resources overseas. Appster is a great example of how communication and structure can take us a long way, no matter the situation. They're quick in giving any response type, they're friendly, welcoming, and treat clients like smart people. I'm relatively new to the startup world, even though I'd had some experience, the acronyms and language related to the field sometimes made it challenging, and Appster made the process of understanding easy and approachable.
Appster has tested different tools during our collaboration, including Basecamp and Asana. We ended up only using Basecamp, which is a fantastic platform. We also used InVision for screen designs. We had conferences through GoToMeeting. Personally, I prefer Zoom, but I've never used it for making calls to Australia or India.
They've also developed an internal project management and communication structure which really works. It can provide a transparent and realistic plan, including best-case and worst-case scenarios. I have been aware of where I was at every step of the way. I interacted with their project manager and producer and always knew whom to go to when I needed something.
What did you find most impressive about Appster?
Appster is not only friendly regarding language, but they also made sure I understood what was going on, how each step on the process from pre-development to launch worked, and how I could further work with that information. If I had to name two values of Appster, I would say their transparency and amazing communication structure.
Are there any areas Appster could improve?
Perhaps Appster could implement a different way of verifying written content. I have noticed some grammatical differences based on culture, and maybe we could go through verification of all written content in the same way we do with design.
I thought that the venture would be more expensive in the beginning, but Appster was fantastic about working with me and setting up payments that I could manage. Appster can be expensive, but they're worth it.