Turn your idea into a strong product + business

The Archbolt Venture Studio partners with founders to bring bold ideas to market. 

 

If you have an idea to solve a b2b problem with technology and meet certain criteria, we invest along side you and provide our skills / services at cost.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Brooklyn, NY
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  • 1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor
    Washington, DC 20009
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Unilever, OpinionUP, Nestle, Prudential, SAP, Gayborhood, CBRE, Telemedicine platform for NFL, MLB, NCAA teams, Major NY Health Insurance Provider

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Art Platform

We built the tech platform for a marketplace that drives art purchases and celebrate artists.

We worked with the client’s designers to co-develop an MVP which onboarded artists and patrons, allowed patrons to purchase art, and utilized augmented reality and image recognition to present available artworks.

Launched as part of the brand’s inaugural event, the platform is helping the client generate sales for

artwork with 5-figure price tags.
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Corporate Travel Platform User Experience

We performed strategy and user experience design work on the Tripkicks platform to prepare them for launch and their next fundraising milestone. 

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Local Business Listings Platform Relaunch

We helped revamp the “Yelp-for-the-LGBTQ+ community” platform to improve retention rates and advertiser renewals.

We conducted user interviews, redesigned the platform, and developed new apps to maximize performance and user engagement.

After relaunch Gayborhood is the #1 ranked LGBTQ travel app, with consistent 5 star reviews.

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Award Winning Education Game

We designed and developed an award winning education game for iPhone and Android. The 24Game app brings the iconic game to a modern audience. 

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Financial Education App - Design & Development

We designed and developed a financial counseling digital support tool for employees at large scale organizations enabling the client to better service their customers including Harvard, Boston Medical Center and the Mayor’s office of Boston.

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Restaurant Reservation Platform - Design & Development

We helped create a new restaurant aggregation platform for the hospitality industry.

We strategized the roadmap, designed UX and UI, and developed a robust platform to support fundraising efforts. 

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UX for New E-Commerce Brand

We helped design Auster's eCommerce user experience as a new and emerging vape brand. 

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Social Polling App – UX & Development

We create the UX and developed the OpinionUP mobile app to maximize user retention, in order to give people a better way to express their opinions online through social-driven polling.

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Website Design for New Enterprise Venture

The Closing Exchange needed a website to introduce their innovative offering to a historically traditional industry. After performing research on their target personas, we designed a website that captured their value proposition and explained their offering to support their marketing strategies.

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Enterprise Signing Services Platform

We designed the customer experience for one of the country’s largest signing services (notarization) companies – called The Closing Exchange. The solution seamlessly powers customer’s needs and streamlines internal workflow.

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Web App Development for Resident Referral Platform

“Their goal is to make sure you’re producing the best product.”

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

Archbolt: Venture Studio  developed a web application for a resident referral platform. Their team was responsible for strategy, design, and development for both the front- and backend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Bethany Taufiq
Founder, Cityhive
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the product has not yet launched, the internal team is pleased with the platform. Archbolt: Venture Studio is dedicated to projects, working to provide the best recommendations for success. Well versed in technology, their team produces high-quality work through a transparent process.

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 Cityhive, a residential referral platform. Our platform allows landlords or apartment owners to oboard their buildings, units, and residents to incentivize their residents to help fill vacancies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt: Venture Studio?

We needed to take our theoretical idea and turn it into a product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Archbolt: Venture Studio developed a web app for us. Through a handful of strategy sessions, they came up with an execution and business plan. Development started from there. 

They built out our backend, which is our technological backbone, from scratch. Their team was also responsible for the frontend, including UX, graphics, design, and the overall feel. They wrote the application in HTML and CSS. Their team also used Ruby on Rails. The application platform was also linked to various third party sites.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with two members of the Archbolt: Venture Studio team. Initially, it was four or five people on the strategy and advisory side, but when we moved to the development phase, we worked with these two people.

How did you come to work with Archbolt: Venture Studio?

We found Archbolt: Venture Studio through a marketing site. They came well recommended so we contacted them. After meeting up and getting a good vibe from their pitch, we chose to work with them in the consultation phase. Eventually, we chose them to build up the project as well.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested between $125,000–$150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with Archbolt: Venture Studio began in July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The product is done and we’re going to market next week. We had as positive of an experience as it gets. We’re very happy with everything they’ve provided.

How did Archbolt: Venture Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Archbolt: Venture Studio is professional, thorough, and organized. They send out weekly updates and communicate transparently. I couldn’t ask for a better partner on this.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team is well rounded. They’re young which means they’re well versed in technology and understand the latest trends. Archbolt: Venture Studio is not the kind of team that just does everything you want. Just because you’re the client doesn’t mean they won’t think through your recommendations and provide better ones when necessary. Their goal is to make sure you’re producing the best product. If that means they have to push back on certain ideas to find better solutions, they will. We appreciate their honesty and candor. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’re happy with everything. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you want to develop a product and need a consultation advisory as well as development work, I would reach out to Archbolt: Venture Studio before you do anything.

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

Art Gallery Platform Development

"As a small business, they're nimble and flexible."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Archbolt developed a web-based platform with a corresponding native iOS mobile app. They added complex features like an AR experience, responsive web assets, and a Stripe Connect integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Aki Karja
Founder, Artfare
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Archbolt delivered an app that rapidly garnered 10,000 downloads with an average 5-star rating in the iOS App Store. About 150 artists have signed on to the program. The team was agile and accommodating Leveraging strategic tools and communicating effectively made for smooth project management.

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 and founder of Artfare. Our platform helps artists and galleries develop a following and sell their art by connecting with collectors and patrons.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Archbolt focused more on technical implementation than UX design. Another agency made a lot of the creative aspects. Both providers worked together to establish processes for the user experience and how to implement the product vision in a technical way. 

They programmed the native iOS app in Node.js and Swift. The Stripe Connect payment integration they added to the platform was quite complicated. A special feature they helped to build out was an augmented reality experience using ARKit.  

What is the team composition?  

We worked most closely with the CEO, who checked in with us on a weekly basis. They assigned us both a primary and backup project manager, and we got to know both of them quite well. 

The head of technology was based here in New York, while the rest of the development engineers were in Romania.

How did you come to work with Archbolt? 

My co-founder had worked with them in the past when he was running a small tech consultancy in New York. During our initial conversations, we were impressed by how quickly they established an understanding of our vision as it related to the product. They brought thoughtful proposals on the technology architecture to the table. 

How much have you invested with them? 

So far, we have spent $1,000,000.  

What is the status of this engagement? 

We started working together in April 2018 and have an ongoing engagement. 

SOLUTION

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

Archbolt built us the best app ever for discovering and buying art. Our platform is live at this point. It's still early in the process, but we currently have 150 artists on board. 

We've gotten positive metrics that indicate users like the product, such as a five-star average rating on the App Store and 10,000 app downloads.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint? 

Archbolt has performed quite well from a project management and communications standpoint. Most of our communication happens through Slack. They're structured and organized for maximum efficiency.  

At the end of every week, they send us a recap in an email. They use client-facing Trello for planning and ticketing to keep us up to date on progress with development and our current priorities. The developers use a different type of software, too.

What did you find most impressive about them? 

Being a cost-effective solution differentiates Archbolt from the competition.  As a small business, they're nimble and flexible. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, I don't think so. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Early on, I suggest getting familiar with the team's communications process. If you engage with them and stay active, everything should work out well.

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

UX Design & Consulting for FinTech Company

"Archbolt offered a variety of valuable perspectives throughout the process."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Sept. 2017 - March 2018
Project summary: 

Archbolt led the discovery process and designed the UI/UX for a fintech SaaS platform. They made wireframes for an internal development team and helped tweak the MVP. They also helped lead a company rebranding.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
CTO, Financial Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform debuted to praise for its look and feel. Archbolt delivered high-quality UI/UX designs and valuable insights from start to finish. Despite some delays at times, the team led a smooth collaboration thanks to their consistent communication, quick response times, and technical expertise.

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 and CFO of a fintech software company. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

We engaged Archbolt to help us plan and design a new SaaS application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Archbolt first led an in-depth discussion with my business partners and me about our company and the past platforms we’ve developed. The team helped us define the roadmap for the application and how we can achieve a better and more unique customer experience—a major goal for this project. 

After leading several joint application design sessions and whiteboarding workshops, they help design the application and the user experience. Archbolt created wireframes that we then turned over to our in-house and offshore developers to build. Once we had an MVP, the team took another look at it with us, helping make tweaks and bringing it closer to an optimal product

Archbolt also assisted with a rebranding project. They helped us redesign the application and then our website and company brand.

What is the team composition?

We worked with four people: Matt (CEO, Archbolt), a project manager, a partner, and a person to help gather information.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

The team helped me and my wife release a mobile application as a personal project. They provided design input and helped built and publish the end product. I thought that they would be a valuable partner to design and plan my company’s new SaaS platforms.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $100,000–$250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from September 2017–March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform has launched and received positive feedback on its user experience as well as its look and feel. Archbolt helped us achieve the product we first envisioned. We couldn’t have done it without their insights and design help.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

The team was highly responsive to our feedback and questions. They kept in contact regularly as well. On occasion, they delivered work more slowly than we would have liked, but we also held to an aggressive timeline. We’re overall satisfied with the collaboration.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Archbolt offered valuable perspectives throughout the process. As the discussion went along, they shifted from a high-level strategic view to more tactical advice, such as how to minimize the number of clicks and screens a user has to navigate.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their team had a top-notch approach to handling our project. However, Archbolt could build more flexibility into that process and tailor it more closely to customers’ needs.

Any advice for potential customers?

Define your objectives and goals as clearly as possible. Know what you would define as a successful project in advance. Archbolt will help you achieve your vision.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a tight timeline and sometimes Archbolt delivered more slowly that we would have liked.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their rates weren’t the lowest on the market, but we received excellent value for their work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Archbolt delivered fantastic products.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them without hesitation.

MVP Dev for Renters App

"They built the MVP to accommodate changes along the way and even included features outside of our original scope."

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

Archbolt built a website as well as Android and iOS applications as an MVP for an emerging platform. Using provided product designs, they developed the apps and site in two-week sprints. The project is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York Metro Area
Co-Founder, Real Estate Tech Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site and apps arrived bug-free and professional-looking, enabling successful demos with investors and testing with users. Archbolt’s regular updates, flexibility, and responsiveness allow for a smooth and productive workflow. The team’s integrity and proactiveness stand out the most.

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 co-founder of a property technology company. We’re creating a loyalty platform for apartment rentals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

We engaged Archbolt to help us build a website and an MVP of our platform. We have product design capabilities in-house, but we needed an engineering team to bring our concept to life.
 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Archbolt built a simple website as well as Android and iOS applications that served as our platform’s MVP. We use the site to advertise the platform and encourage interested users to sign up. The platform allows us to communicate information to renters with live messaging. It provides updates to account balances, notifications about events in the buildings, and reminders to take surveys and provide feedback.

Our product design team provided Archbolt with pixel-perfect designs of what we wanted. They then built the site and created the backend panel and frontend of the iOS and Android apps. Our arrangement provided the flexibility to code the MVP and then sign on clients and find more funding before we kick off the next series of sprints. We plan on integrating custodian and payment platforms in the next phase of development.

What is the team composition?

We communicate with a project manager and a tech lead. They oversee a single web developer and a set of paired programmers who worked on the apps.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

We considered several companies, but a colleague at a reputable creative firm recommended Archbolt to us. We wanted a local company that could provide high-quality development, timely delivery, and reliable project management. Archbolt met every criterion at middling rates, so we chose them for this project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $200,000 so far. Each two-week sprint runs about $20,000–$30,000 depending on the specifications.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2018. The work is on pause as we finish raising more funds, but we’re preparing the next set of sprints soon.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Archbolt delivered a highly professional website and stable MVP of the application. As a result of their work, we can inspire confidence in our investors that we can build a fully scalable product. We also could test the app with renters in two live rounds of testing. The process provided us with valuable feedback on the technology and business concept.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

The team is highly responsive and professional. Minimal back and forth is required, which we appreciate. They built the MVP to accommodate changes along the way and even included features outside of our original scope. We receive updates on progress every week and after each sprint. We also have regular communication with their project manager. Their engineers answered questions and explained nuances of the platform during our demo.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Archbolt is honest and upfront about their team’s capabilities. During our first set of sprints, the team called out any of our requirements that they don’t believe belongs in an MVP. They made sure that the scope of work is fully hammered out before each sprint. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

As Archbolt grows, I’m sure they’ll deepen their knowledge of other areas such as data science. Other than that, we’ve been thrilled with their work.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They met every estimate on the dollar. We’ve received more value than we expected from the original scope.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Archbolt delivered on all requirements as promised and on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We already have referred their team to branding firms in need of a development team.

Business Strategy and Pitch Deck for Clean Energy Startup

"Archbolt shared the extensive experience they had in helping startups become lasting businesses."

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

In a one-day session, Archbolt helped define a long-term business model for a startup. They delivered a revenue model, initial branding, and input for a pitch deck.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Founder, Clean Energy Development Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Archbolt turned a business vision into a clear, executable business plan. They made the one-day session extremely productive and worked on everything in an organized manner. While they could improve by refining final deliverables in a followup to the session, they were very experienced and helpful.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of a startup focused on facilitating clean energy microgrid deployment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Archbolt?

I had an interest in using my skills and background to help facilitate clean energy deployment. I had a general concept of what the business should be but did not have a concise approach to achieving the goals. I hired Archbolt to help me refine the business concept.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to have a clear business plan, initial branding, and a communication strategy for the business.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was referred to Archbolt by a colleague originally to discuss a software solution. Through informal discussions with Archbolt, I rethought the business, then held a formal strategy session with them.

Describe the project in detail.

Archbolt conducted a one-day strategy session to develop and refine the business plan, the pitch, and the primary communications and branding.

What was the team composition?

There were three people from Archbolt's team that I worked with. Two were responsible for creative deconstruction of the business, and a third provided operational support to ensure the session moved productively.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

I left the session with a clear business plan to execute over the next 18 months, a solid revenue model, and all the input for a successful pitch deck.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Archbolt's communication was effective. They had a detailed plan for the strategy session, which we completed in a timely manner. They also provided a summary and additional feedback following the session.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Archbolt shared the extensive experience they had in helping startups become lasting businesses. They were able to use this information to help me take my vision and turn it into a feasible business plan.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I was very pleased with my engagement with Archbolt. The one area where they could improve is taking a final look at the materials we developed during the strategy session, to clean up or refine the documents without altering the content significantly.

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

Consulting and UI Roadmap for Software Company

"We had a great experience and would highly recommend them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oc. 2017 - Feb. 2018
Project summary: 

Archbolt did a feasibility assessment for newly acquired code prototype. The team held a series of workshops and provided strategy consulting services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York Metro Area
CEO, Travel Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The partnership was collaborative and efficient. Leveraging a versatile and experienced team, Archbolt guided the process while ensuring timely deliveries. Accessible communication made their work and recommendations easy to follow. Customers should trust the team’s process.

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 travel technology company. We help other companies save money on travel in a way that benefits their employees.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

We acquired an early-stage prototype of code shortly after launching the company. Our team hired Archbolt to conduct a technical feasibility analysis; we wanted to determine if the code was a good fit for our business. Second, the team needed to map out our product strategy and UX workflows.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We ran a series of structured in-person workshops. During the meetings, Archbolt learned about our business goals while engaging in other more strategic workshops. Their technical resources evaluated the code in an expedited timeline, ultimately providing their recommendations and risk assessments.

Next, our team decided to move forward with the code acquisition. This move led Archbolt to help us conceptualize and prototype the product. The engagement ended with a final round of workshops.

What is the team composition?

One of the co-founders was my main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

We hired Archbolt because they could provide a tailored solution usually found at a larger agency. I had known one of the founders. Furthermore, the team could simultaneously provide strategy and technical analysis services. That dual offering is rare among vendors.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017 and the partnership ended in February 2018. There was a break in between.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Archbolt felt like a real partner that understood our business and industry. As a result, the team was able to lead work on user flows and functionality improvements. The capably packaged and wrote up a strategy using input from both sides. Overall, the partnership was efficient. We still refer to their work as we build out products.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

The co-founder played an active role in key conversations. One of Archbolt’s strategy leaders facilitated the workshops and the co-founder provided deeper technical insight during those meetings. He challenged our team and helped us make the right decision. Similarly, their technical lead kept the project on track and budget. Likewise, the UX resource tracked work and communicated that progress back to our team using accessible language.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team was highly skilled and treated our company as a priority client. The level of experience and variety of backgrounds created a synthesis across the team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I wouldn't have changed anything to say that they did it. Yeah.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Archbolt approached the scope differently than I would have. However, I trusted their process and that benefitted the partnership. I started somewhat reluctant, but asked numerous questions and quickly saw the value of trusting them.

5.0
Overall Score We had a great experience and would highly recommend them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a difficult schedule to meet and they exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They stayed on budget, which was important for us as an early-stage company.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everyone on the team was a specialist in their field. Their contributions were impressive.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’re very willing to recommend them.

App Dev For Reservation Platform

"We have a working relationship, but we’re almost like friends at this point."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Archbolt developed an iOS application from scratch that combines three different APIs for restaurant reservation services into one platform. The app features calendar integrations to promote easier scheduling.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Jonathan Steinberg
Founder, Planz
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The application has not reached a testing stage, but Archbolt’s involvement cannot be overstated. Their strategic thinking and business development abilities make them an ideal partner for startups. The team is responsive, and their drive to meet end user needs is admirable.

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 founder of Planz. We aggregate multiple restaurant reservation platforms into one application.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

We built an application under a different company name a few years ago with a different vendor, but we didn’t want to return to that firm for a variety of reasons. We contracted with Archbolt to develop a new iOS application from scratch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We spent a couple of days together to discuss our strategy and our value proposition. It was a complex application to build because we integrated three different APIs from separate restaurant reservation platforms. Archbolt developed the wireframes and the UX. It’s a beautiful app that includes high-resolution photos of food and locations that we secured through a partnership with a restaurant photographer in Los Angeles. Our application allows users to search for a specific restaurant, or they can search for a type of cuisine at a specific time, and the search results will present all available tables. Planz can also recognize food-related events on one’s calendar within the phone—lunch with a co-worker at a specific time, for example. In that case, Planz will offer to find available reservations at that time, and if users accept that offer, Planz opens itself and showcases various options.

What is the team composition?

Neal (Partner, Archbolt) serves as our project manager, and Mathew (CEO, Archbolt) oversees the entire engagement. There are at least two or three developers involved, as well.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

We met with several companies, and the CEO of a large app developer in New York recommended Archbolt to us. He said that his firm was better suited for larger corporations, not startups. He was a big fan of Mathew, and once I sat down with Archbolt’s team, I could see that the CEO’s recommendation was a good one.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in May 2017 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have not yet started beta testing, but it’s fair to say that we only have a company because of Archbolt, so their impact couldn’t be any more pronounced. They built the app and helped strategize what the app is. We wouldn’t be here if not for them.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

I can only compare Archbolt to our vendor from a few years ago, and it’s a night and day difference. Our previous vendor was an offshore firm, and they didn’t have the initiative or attention to detail that we hoped for. They brought no strategic elements or business development knowledge at all. You always hope for a partner that will think strategically and be mindful of the value proposition for the user. Archbolt has been great in that capacity.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Whenever we have questions or problems, Archbolt is engaged and responsive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’ve been very happy with them. I work well with the staff. We have a working relationship, but we’re almost like friends at this point. They dedicate their resources to delivering for the client.

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

Native Dev for Community Reviews App

"Archbolt has had a substantial impact on our ability to target and acquire new users at a feasible cost."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Archbolt serves as technology advisors for an app development project. They rebuilt a database in AWS; natively built the app for web, iOS, and Android platforms; and integrated Google analytics.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Marketing Manager, Community Based Reviews Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is easier to use with increased user retention by 10% and lower cost per user acquisition rates. Archbolt’s work has benefited marketing efforts by helping retarget and advertise more effectively. They foster an engaged partnership and go above and beyond to meet project specifications. 

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 head of marketing and development for an app that connects LGBT consumers with gay-friendly and gay welcoming businesses across the country. Easily put, we are the gay version of Yelp, offering reviews and deals for the LGBTQ community. I managed our partnership with Archbolt directly.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

Before I started with the company they had hired a team out of Brazil for the original app development, but we were being told 'no' quite a bit and things were always falling behind. I made the decision to find a new developer. Archbolt was brought on to rebuild our front end.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They came on as tech advisors, first and foremost. We sat down with them for two days in New York and went over their process called the golden matrix. We hashed out every function of the app as it stands right now, pared it down to what we wanted our core function to be, and decided what we wanted the tech look like. They helped us refocus to best serve our users. From there, they were gracious enough to take on some of the database management, as well. That was part of our previous developer's role, but obviously, we didn't want two sets of developers having their hands in the pot. They rebuilt our database in AWS. Then they natively built out our web app, iOS, and Android.

What is the team dynamic?

We have one main project manager, but we are also were in communication with the entire team. There were about a dozen developers in total. In addition to our dedicated product manager, higher ups on the C level regularly checked in with us throughout the process.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

We found them through a recommendation from a colleague. We vetted a bunch of companies and when we met with Archibold we were very impressed with their policies and how they wanted to work with us. We were looking for more of a partnership than just a vendor.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in May 2016. We are now pricing them out to redo the backend and admin of our platform.

How much have you invested with them?

The first project was around $150,000, but we also spend more ongoing maintenance and development costs. The old code caused a lot of issues which were not foreseen. Archbolt worked outside the scope of the contract at no additional charge in an effort to make it right They really went above and beyond to make sure they kept to the promised budget.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The ease of use of the app has greatly improved and it's increased our user retention significantly- by about 10 percent. Retention is challenging so to increase it by about 10 percent is great. They've been very adaptable in helping us make changes that help our marketing team. For example, integrating Google analytics. This has been crucial for helping us retarget and advertise to get the most bang for our buck. Our cost per user acquisition dropped significantly. Archbolt has had a substantial impact on our ability to target and acquire new users at a feasible cost.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Base Camp for communication. They were very transparent in all of their communications strategies and ideas. They made sure to provide reports every week, consistently. This made my life easier because I could easily communicate to my C level about our progress. Archbolt is very clear at communicating where we are, what we're doing, what's been accomplished, and what the next steps are.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m impressed by their willingness to do whatever it takes to make sure the product is completed to the specification the client asked for. They make sure what you pay for is a quality product. They're not going to agree to cheap out on it. Archbolt is very upfront and transparent about the cost which is refreshing compared to some vendors that will quote a lower price, but then later ask for another $100,000. In addition to transparency and honesty, one of the best traits is their communication, top down. They really act as partners, not as just a vendor.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They did a phenomenal job of getting our product out there and getting it done within the within the timeframe. When the timing had to be extended they were very open and honest on why and what was going on.

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

Dev & Marketing Consulting for Social Polling App

"Their recommendations are invaluable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Archbolt built several versions of an iOS app that manages social polls. They also integrated social media, built an administrative portal, and consulted on marketing and promotion. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Mamie Cruse
CEO, OpinionUP
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback from initial users was highly positive, and cost per user was significantly below the norm. The team at Archbolt continually impressed with their detailed reporting, proactive suggestions, and investment in the project's success. They were always accessible for questions and requests.

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 CEO of a social polling platform. Our tagline is 'vote, share, compare' and people use the app to write polls and share them with their friends and see how they compare. We are an iOS app with a web presence and a pretty robust backend.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Archbolt?

When Archbolt started we had no existing code, but we had a design team that had built a pretty robust prototype. We were looking to turn the vision that we had visually created into a tangible, working product. That's what Archbolt did.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Archbolt built an iOS app with Facebook and Google login capability using SDK (Software Development Kit). In version 1, for almost a year, we had a simple web app ran alongside the iOS app that they built, but we decided to shut that down with version 2. They also built a robust admin web based portal so we can log into and control the content on the app, moderate what's happening, and see the analytics.

Archbolt also advised us on marketing. We had a couple full day session where we talked about ways to generate PR, best practices for app install ads and the actual content for those adds. They've been a huge help with strategy and how to target people and marketing. Archbolt also provided recommendations for cold emailing tools I can use to help generate leads either PR or business leaders.

What is the team dynamic?

Matt [Founder, Archbolt] was my main point of contact when we were going through the proposal and figuring out the scope of the project. Once we started building the app, we got handed off to CC and Neal. I always had one or two people that were running the tech team. I don't know how large their team is and who is offsite or onsite, but I always had accessibility to a technical person. I used that day and night.

How did you come to work with Archbolt?

Punch Digital Strategies, our design team, reached out to a few different developers on our behalf. I choose Archbolt over the other options presented initially because of cost and the accessibility of the team. I wanted to be part of the process and I wanted to really have my finger on the pulse at all times. I got the feeling at the time that the best chance of this happening was with Archbolt.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in January 2016 and the project is ongoing. Archbolt will be developing the Android version for us in the coming months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're definitely getting positive feedback from our users and our app cost per user is lower than the industry standard. I think a lot of that has to do with their help with marketing strategies like targeting the right kind of people and having the content in our ads match the content in the app.

How did Archbolt perform from a project management standpoint?

I received weekly, high-level updates, but usually a day doesn't go by that we're not talking the project. I wanted to be super involved and know what's going on at all times. We use basecamp to manage the project and a bug tracking tool called Instabug so I could go on the beta and shake my phone and then circle something I wanted to be changed. That was a really great way to communicate back and forth without having to write out all the changes. I've never had an issue getting in touch with somebody or getting an answer to a question.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their overall investment in the project is the most noteworthy. At no point have I ever felt like they just wanted to get to the next work order. To the contrary, they're invested in sending me ideas that don't even relate to their scope of work on the app, necessarily. I'm really glad we chose them. At the time I didn't know what a differentiator that would be. There have been times when they could have just taken my money from additional work orders, but instead, they advised me that we needed to get the app up so we could get metrics and evidence to inform future changes. That's the type of relationship I have with them. I trust them. Their recommendations are invaluable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of any complaints.

5.0
Overall Score They are great work with and have great personalities that make the work fun.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    imelines were always met and if they weren't, my expectations were managed and I was made aware of the circumstances at the time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We're getting a pretty incredible value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I always got grade A material and if there were issues with the material they would list them as known bugs so I knew what to expect.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already referred a lot of people to them.