Design-driven agency building mobile and web apps.

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Ars Futura is a design and development agency based in Zagreb, Croatia. We bring custom made and high-quality products to life. Our services range from mobile and web development, product management and design to business consulting.

Our work is eclectic and comes from industries such as IoT, healthcare, gaming, communications, and business solutions.

We love what we do and we do it in style, so much so that we have picked up a few awards along the way.

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Portfolio

Key clients: 
Activision Blizzard (https://www.activisionblizzard.com/), Major League Gaming (https://www.mlg.com/), Harvard University (https://www.harvard.edu/), Elemental Machines (https://elementalmachines.io/)
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MLG

Major League Gaming (MLG) is a global leader in eSports and a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. After rethinking their GameBattles product, we were asked to improve their existing MLG.tv mobile apps.

Our design process increased discoverability and improved the navigation of the MLG.tv mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is an AI-powered platform for laboratory or research facility. It offers cloud-connected sensors that keep track of different environmental variables.

We have helped Elemental Machines in the redesign and development of their client dashboard and mobile apps.

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GameBattles

GameBattles is the largest crossplatform online gaming tournament system by Activision Blizzard.

Our work involved rethinking and rebranding a product that has a 16-year history. This, with the scope and complexity of this project, made the project a challenge.

Apart from design for iOS and Android, we built the GameBattles app for Android.

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Harvard Innovation Labs

We have worked on implementing a CMS platform for the Harvard Innovation Labs, an incubator for alumni of Harvard University.

Faced with a large amount of data, we’ve been working with Harvard for the past two years on streamlining their operations every step of the way.

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Gocap

With the help of user-oriented, ultraportable devices and experiences, Common Sensing is building the next generation of smart health technology and design.

Our tasks included the upkeep and rebuild of their Node.js-based back-end infrastructure. We also helped maintain and reshape the native iOS and Android client apps. Additionally, we developed native SDKs that their partners can use to integrate

their devices, send data and receive results.
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MITURF

MITURF is the simplest way to find and access sporting spaces for your activities.

This Toronto-based startup was built for both providers and users.

We were tasked with building the entire digital presence of the startup. From design, user research, a complete Rails–based web application to the native iOS and Android apps.

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The Pigeonhole

The Pigeonhole is a book-reading platform with a twist. It aims to encourage and connect readers by providing bite-size text installments and a space for discussion.

Our work included redesigning the iOS app and building a new Android app. The main achievements were heavily improving the reading experience and rolling out a web-based reader wrapper that can be updated on-the-fly.

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Cobu

Cobu is a platform to connect residents of communities in apartment buildings by organizing gatherings, discovering local experiences and creating connections.

We have been working with Cobu on building their platform by developing their back-end infrastructure in Node.js and mobile apps for iOS and Android using React Native. Our team is also leads product and design work for Cobu.

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Soom

With Soom, we worked on developing their in-house solution for browsing eIFU (Electronic Instructions-For-Use). The eIFU solution by Soom allows medical device manufacturers to conform to global laws.

We developed the back-end in Ruby on Rails and white-label solutions in React.

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Mobile App Dev & Design for Community Engagement Platform

"They have great values as a business and are willing to go above and beyond to provide useful service and partnership."

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

Ars Futura provides development and design services. Their work has involved building design screens to optimize UX flow, developing features for an iOS and Android mobile app, and helping with DevOps.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
CEO, Community Engagement Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Ars Futura's efforts have been valuable in terms of developing new features for and deploying the mobile app. Throughout the process, they have been very communicative and have met almost every deadline. Above all, they care about their work and end-users, making them an ideal partner.

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 community engagement platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Ars Futura?

We wanted product development and design support.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Ars Futura created design screens to help us optimize the UX flow. Additionally, they helped us with onboarding and features for our iOS and Android mobile app. When it comes to the design side, we provide them with a broad goal or purpose, and they go from there.

They’ve mostly done frontend work, but are now also taking on some backend development work. The team also assists us with DevOps in terms of helping us create a good process for launching updates to our mobile app. Ars Futura has built everything in ReactNative using JavaScript, and our backend is in Salesforce.

What is the team composition?

We work with two full-time teammates: one engineer and one designer. There are also other teammates who are occasionally involved. Our main point of contact has been Ivan (CEO & Founder), and we’ve worked with Ana (UI/UX Designer) and Boris (QA Engineer).

How did you come to work with Ars Futura?

We found them through one of our business advisors who has worked with Ars Futura before. We decided they were a good fit after speaking with other companies that they were working with and gaining a lot of confidence in the team’s ability to execute and communicate well.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in April 2019, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Ars Futura brings the level of ideation and collaboration that we were looking for. They’re very concerned about their customers and end-users. We’ve shipped mission-critical features to our app and we’ve completely overhauled the entire platform itself.

We released a brand new version of our app, and the team was critical in the process of getting it out there. Now, we rely on them as our lead engineering firepower and we plan to grow with them.

How did Ars Futura perform from a project management standpoint?

They are so communicative and easy to work with. Ars Futura tells us very clearly when they can or cannot get something done. We set timelines and by and large they’ve hit almost every single one. We use Jira for our roadmaps and stories. Additionally, on the design side, they use Zeplin.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They clearly care about our product. It’s been great to see Ivan lean in quite a bit into the work. His ability to provide that personal touch has been great. Additionally, we brought Ana in to visit our office about a year ago, so there’s been a great integration between our two teams. We see Ars Futura as a part of our team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Being six hours apart is always a challenge, especially in terms of communication. For example, there was a time when we didn’t communicate certain expectations around timelines and coordinating hand-offs between internal teammates very well.

Broadly, it’s been a great experience and those are just challenges that come with any partnership.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Ivan and his team care about their clients. They have great values as a business and are willing to go above and beyond to provide useful service and partnership, which is critical for a project. If you’re looking for a random development shop to churn out some features, I’m sure Ars Futura would be good at it.

But if you’re looking for a partner to really help you think about how your technology and product are being built and how you can accelerate that and improve on it, they’re definitely the right people to interact with. They have the right level of expertise on the team to make it happen.

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 Online Student Community Platform

"ArsFutura provided a creative team with a strong technical background and that brings great energy to the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Ars Futura provided development and consulting services for an online student community platform. The team advised on the platforms UI/UX designs and built the client's back-end and custom CMS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zagreb, Croatia
Co-Founder, Digital media d.o.o.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The services provided by Ars Futura have consistently met the expectations of the internal team, leading to a longterm partnership. The team possesses the technical expertise and experience to produce quality results. Ars Futura is timely, hard-working, and knowledgeable.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Studentski.hr is one of the largest online communities for students in Croatia. Web platform is complex and delivers news (media), services such as job offers, market place, literature etc. I'm co-founder and project manager for the latest upgrade and redesign.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Ars Futura?

ArsFutura is our technology partner since 2013. when they took over back-end and front-end development from our previous development partner. From that point on we started to deliver reliable service to our end-users and kept doing so till today. In 2019. we hired Arsfutura for technology upgrade on our custom CMS and backend services, and for redesing of entire Web.

What were your goals for this project?

Goal was:

  • reevaluate our services and decide which one to keep and do we need to develop new ones
  • do the technology upgrade to the latest software versions which will have an impact on our performance, security and other.
  • a redesign that will have an impact on our existing end-user and attract new ones
  • introduce several new marketing partners (native networks, advertising networks, banner distribution service and etc)
SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

ArsFutura is our partner for 7 years and we didn't consider option to hire another partner.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Our first milestone was the evaluation of the current platform and the preparation of the project. ArsFutura provided consultancy services for all areas: services from a user point of view, technology, and design. During that period we prepared technical specifications, branding and new design, and project plan.

After that ArsFutura was responsible for development (reengineering) of our custom made CMS and back-end services, development of new features, integration with third-party solutions, and front-end development based on prepared design. In the final phase they supported our functional testing and provided security and performance testing, migrated old data and deployed platform live.

What was the team composition?

The team was composed of 6 people, 2 PM-s from our side (coordinators), and 4 key persons form Arsfutura: PM, business analyst, designer and lead developer. Other people from both sides were involved partially and when needed. Due to the nature of the project, there was a need to coordinate and involve different other partners (eg. infrastructure provider, advertising networks and etc.)

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was delivered on time and according to our expectations. We are "live" for 3 months and didn't have any issues with the platform. We asked our end-users about their satisfaction with the redesign and 90% rated our platform with a score of 4,5/5 or higher. We increased day visits by 15%, increased our registered users that use our services by 10%, and have better results on marks such as pages per visit.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project was managed according to our expectations with very good communication among team members. We had regular checkpoints in Arsfutura HQ and managed project using Slack. Results was on-time delivery according to the project plan with all targets achieved.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

ArsFutura provided a creative team with a strong technical background and that brings great energy to the project. Their leadership is committed to delivering high-quality services which provided high level of trust between partners. At the end project was a success and we as a client got additional value from our investment.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They should get better coffee machine in HQ :) When we put jokes on the side, there are always those few situations when feedback or some small segment of delivery is not as expected but the team has great communication and commitment to make it right.

5.0
Overall Score ArsFutura provides great value for money and delivers as promised.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We haven't had any issues with meeting the deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Prices are according to market standards.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Our platform is live, stable and provides great QoE for end-users.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I can and have recommended ArsFutura as reliable partner to my colleges and partners.

UI/UX Design for Online Gaming Tournament Platform

"I'm most impressed at how quickly they are able to digest a product or idea and bring it to life."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

Ars Futura provided UI/UX designs for an online video game competition platform. The team designed screens for the client's iOS and Android mobile apps.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
New York, New York
Director, Online Gaming Tournament Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new designs led to an increased number of downloads and registrations, with the apps going on to account for 50% of the company's traffic. Ars Futura inherited a disjointed platform and produced high-quality designs that elevated the product. The team is creative, hard-working, and personable.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are an online video game competition platform. Our company provides a path to professional gaming for amateur and aspiring pro players through ranking systems, Tournaments, Ladders & Leagues.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Ars Futura?

Our Web platform was badly outdated but we did not have the resources to rebuild it at the time. We decided the best path forward was to invest in mobile apps as a companion experience to a new integration we were working on with Call of Duty. We hired Ars Futura to design the UI/UX of the mobile apps on iOS & Android. This opened up a new audience for us to reach we were unable to at the time.

What were your goals for this project?

We were trying to drive traffic to our platform that was previously unavailable to us through our Mobile app & a direct integration with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. We needed a quick and simple way for users on a console to interact with our platform without having to be near a computer at the time. This app was meant to be the top of the funnel into the rest of our business.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was not involved in the selection of Ars Futura at the time. My boss, VP of product, found and selected them.

Describe the project in detail.

The project included all core functionality of our web product as well as some new features and improvements. Account creation, discovery of services, joining of competitions (Tournaments, Ladders & Leagues) & user profiles. It was also to be built on a new API that would eventually power both the mobile apps & web products.

I was the Product Manager leading the development of the apps. Ars Futura and I would have daily meetings where we dove into the product so they could understand the ins and outs of every aspect of our platform. They would come back each day having done more independent research and provide new ideas they had for how features could work and many new features we ended up implementing. It was the most collaborative experiences I've had to date.

When designs & ideas were presented, we were able to discuss them and accept or reject ideas with no issues on either side. Ars Futura was responsible for the UX/UI of our mobile apps in addition to development of the Android app. They provided wireframes, site flows & final UI in stages of each aspect of the app.

What was the team composition?

Ars Futura had a team of 2 Designers and one Android Engineer for the duration of this project. When new work slowed down, we did have no have new work for them and we went down to part time designer for intermittent projects in the last year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We saw an extremely increase in registrations and and fast adoption of the mobile apps. Within 1 year of launching the mobile apps, they were 50% of our overall traffic and resulted in an increase in paid user conversion.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Ars Futura are extremely easy to work with. They are located in Croatia and we're in the United States and they were always willing to work later hours to accommodate our schedules. We had a very close line of communication at all times and very rarely were expectations or deadlines not met or exceeded. We used Zeplin to manage designs & Jira to assign work and track projects. Eventually we switched from Zeplin to Abstract for all designs.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I'm most impressed at how quickly they are able to digest a product or idea and bring it to life. Our products had been poorly designed originally so they inherited a very disjointed platform that was extremely unfriendly to new users and quickly figured it out and started making adjustments based on the data we were seeing.

They really have a talent for taking a complicated product and user flow and understanding it's pain points and how to improve things for the user and business.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Much of the desktop site work was done web first instead of mobile web first. This was done because Mobile Web was not a priority but this made it difficult to then adapt some of the designs to mobile web once we started down that path. Thinking ahead, I would have preferred taking a mobile web first approach to our desktop site. Once we identified this as a problem, they did adjust and start mobile web first from that point forward.

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

Website Design & Dev for Healthcare Company

"They are extremely capable from a technical standpoint."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Ars Futura provided frontend web development and design services, serving as an extension of a development team. This involved creating a new website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Heather Ryan
COO, Healthcare Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They delivered the product on-time and remained within budget. Ars Futura maintained frequent communication with stakeholders to ensure they were well-informed. It was a pleasure working with the team.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My company delivers trusted data and business insight software for healthcare. I run operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Ars Futura?

We hired Ars Furtura for design and frontend website development. We needed a trusted partner to work as an extension of our development team.

What were your goals for this project?

Responsive design, developed in Javascript and tested across a variety of browsers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looks are three potential partners. The development and operations team lead the selection process. Key considerations included development capabilities, price and referrals.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They designed and developed a new front-end website that connected to an existing company Platform. We provided detailed specifications and had bi-weekly scrum meetings with ArsFutura. We communicated frequently and very effectively via Slack and video calls.

What was the team composition?

The ArsFutura team included one project lead, one designer and two developers. All were very competent and great to work with.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project came in on time, in scope and on budget.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project Management was successfully provided by both the internal Team and the Ars Futura team. We communicated frequently and very effectively via Slack and video calls.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The ArsFutura team is so easy to work with. They are extremely capable from a technical standpoint. They are efficient and effective in communication and work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None. We were very pleased.

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

Platform Development for HR Startup

"Their flexibility, communication, and, most importantly, their skill-level impressed us."

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

Ars Futura developed a platform for a human resources startup. The team built the client's online dashboard and customer feedback platform from the ground up and redesigned the UI.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Alexander Noren
Cofounder, Forgeant
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform formed the foundation of the client's business and met the internal team's expectations. Ars Futura communicate regularly to ensure a smooth workflow. The team is hard-working, knowledgeable, and creative.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Forgeant is an employee experience platform that primarily services HR leaders in helping them better understand and improve their employees' sentiment at work.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Ars Futura?

They replaced a previous dev team that wasn't working out. They did a complete redesign of the UI interface. THey then proceeded to build our platform from the ground up.

What were your goals for this project?

To build a platform for our startup. The success of our company depended on them succeeding ... which they did.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

The came highly recommended through Harvard's Innovation Lab. They also have very impressive experience with other large, well-established software companies. They are also very easy to work with and very good at communicating.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They built our online dashboard and customer feedback platform.

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of two developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They made our business possible.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was arranged by zoom stand-ups that we conducted twice a week.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their flexibility, communication, and, most importantly, their skill-level impressed us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

nope

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

Design and Dev for Recreation Booking System

"Instead of focusing just on the product, they were helping me achieve certain marketing goals." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May. 2015 - Sep. 2018
Project summary: 

Ars Futura helped conceptualize, develop, design, and launch a web booking system. From planning customer research initiatives to recommending specific technologies, they also provided comprehensive support.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Toronto, Canada
Andres Pareja
CEO, MITURF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

End users report that the solution is simple to use and that there haven’t been any issues. Moving beyond technical requirements, Ars Futura address full lifecycle issues including promotion, and development process consulting. Customers can expect an organized and planning-focused partner.

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 MITURF, a sports and recreation booking system for scheduling payments. It allows people to discover and submit booking requests for reservations for sporting facilities like soccer fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts. It also handles payment processing, scheduling, and organization for a venue or space provider to streamline their operation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Ars Futura?

We needed help with discovery, design, and development for our booking system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They spearheaded the project from the very beginning, understanding what the core problems we were trying to address were, as well as possible solutions. After providing guidance to help us sketch out the wireframes, they had me go to the customers and get feedback on what their pain points were and iterate on them. They also helped conceptualize the ins and outs of the product and the lifecycle of the customer journey map. Further, they navigate me through the ways of building a proper product. They were part consultancy, design, and development.

They’re really good at challenging the current MVP and iterations of that MVP. They also were there to identify the brand and what we represented. They did the building, the development, the design, and the deploying of a responsive website, but also an iOS app. We worked in React Native and Ruby on Rails based on their recommendation, which focused on how people would find it easy to use.

What is the team composition?

I worked with the CEO and the CTO. I also dealt with some other junior people that knew what they were doing. There were marketing UX/UI designers, front- and backend developers, and an iOS developer.

How did you come to work with Ars Futura?

I sent out an RFP to a lot of firms across the world because I wanted to get different perspectives and inputs. They all were a little too expensive for what needed to get done and overly complex for the process. I also didn’t like a lot of the products they had done for previous clients.

Ars Futura was really good at presenting their approach. I hired them because of their knowledge and expertise in building similar marketplace platforms. They really knew what they were talking about in terms of the MVP and working with me along the way. They didn’t put a lot of stress on the financials because they really wanted to understand what I was trying to achieve.

They blew me away by focusing first on the problem, the goal, trying to educate me on the scope, and adding more scope. They showed me what areas in the product were going to require more design, development, and testing, which allowed me to reassess and prioritize the scope in a way that made the most sense. They were a full end-to-end company. Another main reason I went with them was because of how clear their communication was.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $100,000 Canadian ($76,000 USD). 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from May 2015 until September 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

When we were in development and testing, they really got it. They got the defects and bugs through three different testing phases before going live. We collected feedback from end customers if the website and app are intuitive or if there are any problems, and it’s been favorable. It was fair to measure them on how easy it was to use, the feedback from customers and end-users, and the quality of the product.

How did Ars Futura perform from a project management standpoint?

It was one of the cleanest projects that I’ve worked on. I’ve partnered with many companies that use everything from PowerPoint and spreadsheets just so many tools, but Ars Futura was really good with project managing in an agile approach using Asana, Trello, and Kanban Boards. They did a really good job of defining the road map.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They knew that this was going to be really impactful for me. Instead of focusing just on the product, they were helping me achieve certain marketing goals. They were great at offering free services like creating landing pages, marketing materials, and creating a little bit of hype. They were able to get me to do some promotional work while the product was being built like teaser images. They went above and beyond their contract.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could help me tap into and identify how to use government credits, whether that was an affiliate in Canada or Ontario. There’s a lot of government credits that go toward entrepreneurs building businesses and products. They could have helped me figure out what the most economical way would have been to get into this engagement without me having to pay for everything on my own. They could also create a division where they’d have business analysts apply for grants to help me accomplish these goals.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t underestimate their capabilities and trust their knowledge and expertise. Be ready to come up with discussion points to help them. Don’t come with a solution, but come with a problem.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    My mess-ups extended our deadlines, but I would have liked them to tell me that we shouldn’t do something at that time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would have paid five times more had I had it done domestically.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I always recommend them.

Software Development Staff Augmentation for IoT Company

"I appreciate how genuine the team at Ars Futura is."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Ars Futura provides staff augmentation services for an IoT company. The team assists with various development projects, working on mobile products and full-stack platforms.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cambridge, Massachusetts
CEO & Founder, IoT Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Ars Futura has become a crucial extension of the team. They’re skilled and communicative. Their adaptability complemented their professional management style. Customers can expect a talented and hardworking remote 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 & founder of an IoT company that builds products for life science, biotech, and healthcare industries. Our core thesis is that there is a lot of information captured manually or not captured at all. While some could be data from machines and instruments, a lot of it is due to environmental changes.

For example, if we’re dealing with a drug development or discovery that involves chemicals and biological materials, temperature and humidity can play a role in the outcome quality. Our company makes data collection seamless through IoT devices, cloud & software services, and other analytics.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Ars Futura?

When we’re building a complex vertical stack, there are a lot of layers, from hardware to communication to visualizations, and more. When there are all of these different layers, problems can arise at any time. We hired Ars Futura to assist with that. We needed to fill in the gap with workers that could hit the ground running and become part of our core team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Over the last couple of years, we’ve engaged with Ars Futura on a variety of tasks. We work with them remotely. During the primary period where they worked on our full-stack, we did backend development and frontend UI implementation work with them. For the full-stack, they did not work on the hardware. We also worked on the backend of our database with their team.

A lot of business logic goes into the alert and notification services that we provide on our website. One part of the engagement involved the full-stack, while the other part was using their services on mobile products for Android. There’s also an IoT monitoring service with a frontend GUI and built on Ruby. They worked with us on cloud-oriented processes.

What is the team composition?

Our main point of contact is Nikola (CEO, Ars Futura). On average, we’ve worked with four people. During the last few years, there have been times where we only worked with two or three, and sometimes where we worked with five or six. A few of them focus on Android work. There is one UX/UI designer and one primary who works on the full-stack.

How did you come to work with Ars Futura?

Early on, we brought on a contractor who had worked with Ars Futura. When we were talking to him about augmenting our team, he mentioned them. I had talked to and interviewed several other remote teams in Eastern Europe. A lot of them are large dev shops with heavy turnover.

With Ars Futura, they’re a smaller firm with no turnover problems. It felt like they were a close-knit group. The offshore services industry is smaller in Croatia as well. To put it bluntly, when their staff moves on, they’ll remain on good terms with each other. This went into our reasoning for choosing them.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing relationship with Ars Futura started in February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s been an amazing experience working with Ars Futura. While I don’t have specific metrics, I can say that they feel like an extension of our team. They give us a lot of attention. Once we brought Ars Futura on, things improved during the early stages.

Their team is top-notch. I’ve recommended them to several of my friends and other founders. The only challenge has been with the time difference. They’re adaptable to our needs but are honest with us. For example, we needed Python development and they were transparent that it was outside of their skillset. They were upfront, saying that we could find another vendor to help if we needed to. I found that to be positive. We consider Ars Futura as part of our core team.  

How did Ars Futura perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re basically three different teams, including the mobile and UX side. Although we had one point of contact through Nikola, we had direct lines of communication with their staff and ours. The UX team worked with their lead, and the Android developers worked with theirs directly.

However, if there were any issues, everything would go through Nikola. Since they’re based in Croatia, they visited us for a few weeks last year. They’re on daily standups, communicating with our team quite frequently. Our project management tools were Jira, Slack, and Confluence.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciate how genuine the team at Ars Futura is. Nikola and his partner were roommates in college and started coding on the side to make extra money. They’ve become our friends now; they want our company to grow. The best way to describe this is when somebody said to me that whenever I work with Ars Futura, the word “we” is used. We’re part of each other’s teams. All of these positive characteristics exemplify who they are.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This isn’t too much of them but has to do with the fact that the industry is lacking in Croatia. If they hope to ramp up quickly, they’re going to have to recruit developers from other areas. It takes longer for them to staff up because of this. Customers can’t go to them and ask for three more developers with a weeks’ notice. It is far more a function of their geography though, and not on Ars Futura themselves.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Since they’re the first remote team I’ve worked with, I don’t have anything to compare them to. I would say to invite their team to your office. Have them spend a week with your team. The people who Ars Futura recruits have such an emotional connection to their clients. They’re not focused on shopping jobs.

5.0
Overall Score I would work with them in the future.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were issues with scheduling and estimating how much time and effort on both sides.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They charge us hourly, which has been excellent. I shopped around a bit. They’re competitive with everyone, but add a personal touch.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Insulin Tracking Software

“They’re great communicators and overall pleasant people.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2018 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

Ars Futura developed both an iOS and Android app for an insulin tracking software. Their team was responsible for both front- and backend development.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusettes
Emily Hart
Director of Software Development, Common Sensing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app’s stability has increased dramatically. Despite the time difference, Ars Futura is responsive and communicative. Their expertise and positive demeanor lend themselves to a successful 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 am the director of software development at Common Sensing. We make devices that record how much insulin somebody has injected. Our devices are Bluetooth enabled and connect to a mobile app to show a person’s insulin intake in the form of a logbook.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Ars Futura?

We needed a mobile app developed by professionals that was stable and did not have crashes or bugs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Ars Futura developed both an iOS and Android version of a mobile app. Their team ensured that the app could connect to the insulin devices through Bluetooth. They were responsible for both front- and backend development.

What is the team composition?

It’s fluctuated over time, but I have worked with 3–5 of their engineers at any given time.

How did you come to work with Ars Futura?

I had worked with Ars Futura at a previous position, and when I moved to this company and needed mobile app developers, I got in touch with Nicola (CEO & Founder, Ars Futura). I explained the scope of the project and we made sure to get the right people on the team.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with Ars Futura began in May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

When we first came to Ars Futura, we wanted to improve the stability of our app to prevent crashes. Their team has gotten the results we wanted, with a dramatic improvement in stability.

I’ve managed a few developers in my career, both internal and external, and the developers at Ars Futura are excellent. They’re the same quality of engineers I would hire myself. They’re great communicators and overall pleasant people. Their talented team always produces high-quality work.

How did Ars Futura perform from a project management standpoint?

The whole team at Ars Futura is very responsive. Our teams would have stand-up meetings a few times a week and would frequently communicate on Slack. Their engineers typically get back to me within an hour.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for this kind of service. I’d worked with them before and came back wanting to work with them again, which really speaks to the quality of their work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’m really happy with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s a lot like hiring an individual that would work in-house, except they happen to work in a different office.

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

Custom CRM Dev for University Incubator

"They acted as my day-to-day team but were also very independent in the way they did their jobs."

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

Ars Futura is developing a custom CRM to help streamline business operations. The solution automatically draws data from internal and third-party sources, generates metrics, and performs site updates.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Bob Preble
Technical Project Manager, Harvard Innovation Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

With each major advance, the solution becomes easier and easier to use. Centralizing the data has made information widely available to the relevant internal teams, and there has been no data loss. Despite tight schedules, Ars Futura works efficiently and often delivers ahead of time.    

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

The Harvard Innovation Lab is a resource at Harvard University for student based teams to explore and develop their ideas into ongoing enterprises. It's an incubator within Harvard. I manage technical projects for the staff, and also act as a Product Manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Ars Futura?

They were tasked with building a database and software that the staff would use to run the business.

This included collection and centralization of data from internal sources and third party applications. User interface implementation, backend design and data schema. Also integration with 3rd party data sources, generation of metrics, and automating website updates automatically from within our system.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to have a central data source from which the staff could do all their work. That the data always be up to date. That the system would be secure, and easy to use, and very be very performant.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I had worked with this vendor previously on 2 projects and they had done an excellent job, so the choice was easy.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They developed and tested (and sometimes help design) the data schema and application for the business. They implemented the frontend user interface and the backend services that were needed.

They integrated with a number of internal and external data sources. They put together a system that automated the flow of data into and through the system, and included moving the data to other applications and data sources that we use.

What was the team composition?

The team is made up of 2 full time developers, and a more senior developer who oversees some of their work and helps on the most difficult problems. It also includes a part time QA resource.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The software has been in production for about a year and we continue to make major advances. The staff has continued to comment about how much easier it is to work with this central data and how easy the product is to use.

There has been no loss of data since this went into production, which was not the case previously. We now have data on all the teams that have been through here and it's highly available to whoever needs it. None of this was true previously.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Much of the project management was handled by myself, with daily interactions with the Ars Futura team. The implementation design is always left up to the developers. They acted as my day-to-day team but were also very independent in the way they did their jobs.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The quality of the work is excellent, and they are super productive, often delivering their work ahead of our aggressive schedules. The communication skills are excellent as well.

Their ability to work with us and our sometimes changing requirements. They always have had a great attitude about the work and have been great to work with. And above all the quality of their work is excellent.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. These guys are just the best to work with.

5.0
Overall Score They are the best to work with
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are realistic about schedules, and deliver things when we need them.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their costs are competitive with any other quality shop. For what we get they are a bargin.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The code is always what we expect and on time, if not ahead of schedule
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I tell all my friend about them, and many have gone on to use them with excellent results
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Ars Futura d.o.o.
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Croatia
Id
080849404
Date of Formation
May 9, 2013
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
9
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
May 8, 2020