You see the opportunity. We build the test.

You have a problem you want to solve. Whether it’s finding your first customer or optimizing for your millionth customer, AspireLabs helps you focus on why you need technology to support your business.

Shipping quickly is the mantra of startups and nonprofits everywhere. Test, test, test. At AspireLabs, we help you streamline your decision making so everything is about proving your business model. Whether you’re convincing investors, creating efficiencies for your internal team, or connecting to new users, we’re the team you need on your side.

We built and sold a technology company. We learned the value of hyperfocus on hypotheses along the way, and we want to use that to empower the best ideas out there. We can take your idea to the next level with beautiful, modern technology, built to scale beyond your wildest dreams.

You see the opportunity. You have the idea. We give you the tools to test it.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2017
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Washington, DC
headquarters
  • Washington, DC
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We love working with startups and nonprofits to build beautiful technology to achieve their goals. Some of our most recent clients are: 

  • ClassPulse

  • edVario

  • Dressmate

  • Catalogue for Philanthropy

  • Fourcast

  • Park City Community Foundation

  • Savi

  • Eastern High School, DC

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Location Intelligent MVP for Retail Space Service

"I couldn’t be happier with the product they built for us."

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

AspireLabs developed an MVP web application for aggregating properties and providing a searchable platform. They worked on the design, the backend, using Django Python, and the frontend UX.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
CEO, Fourcast Technologies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their development was excellent, creating a product that enables the startup to show the platform to investors, with a design that meets the requirements perfectly. The team was dedicated, transparent, and collaborative throughout the project, demonstrating their skills and high quality of service.

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 Fourcast Technologies. We provide location intelligence for retail businesses, to aid them in their site-selection process. We allow them to get more in-depth data, while also comparing one space to another.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AspireLabs?

Many platforms and products for browsing available spaces can be overwhelming, especially in large markets like New York, Washington D.C., or Boston. Current products lack in-depth contextual data about the location, so I saw this as an opportunity to address the issue, make it more user-friendly, and allow anyone—regardless of their knowledge of real estate—to get an accelerated understanding of each available property.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a web application for me. It will eventually be an online real estate listing platform where users can browse available locations, which we aggregate from multiple listing portals. We combine them into our own platform, where we add our own spice—the data that we provide and a friendlier UX.

Currently, the platform is a combination of a minimum viable product (MVP) and a beta version. Its main goal was to bring us our first test users, as well as to serve as a product that we can pitch to venture capitalists or accelerator programs as a proof of concept. Our aim is to attract more investment for building out our final product, which will be an actual public product.

They were involved in every aspect, from backend development to frontend UX design. They used multiple languages, including Django Python on the backend. I gave them a broad outline of what I was hoping for and they took over, producing a broad range of display themes. I was able to pick one or two and they ran with them. We’re holding off on making an official logo until we’ve gone public with the platform, but the frontend design of the MVP captured what I was hoping.

What is the team composition?

I worked closest with Neil (Co-Founder and CEO, AspireLabs) and another member, Marcy (Project Manager, AspireLabs) whom I met from day one. I communicated solely with them throughout the process. I know that there were some other people in the company who had a hand in certain things. Neil was focused more on the tech side of things—coding and building the product. My other contact organized everything and took care of the design; they allowed the entire project to happen, from organizing third-party resources to taking care of updates and features.

How did you come to work with AspireLabs?

A friend of mine is working with them as well on a mobile application focused on the education industry. She had the same things to say about AspireLabs as I do now, and she introduced me to them. I pitched my idea and sent an explainer video, then Neil reached out to me. I went to Washington D.C. to meet them and discuss the idea, and we both decided that this could be a great partnership.

I loved the fact that AspireLabs is an established company with a ton of talent and experience; it made me feel confident in their ability to build this. This is coupled with the fact that they have experience of running an early-stage startup and are sympathetic to the challenges. It made me feel more comfortable partnering with a group like that; not only can they build what I want, but they can also guide me, based on their experiences.

How much have you invested with them?

They offer different pricing levels, which determine the level of involvement the client will get. I went with the lowest level of involvement, around $10,000–$50,000 and felt that was extremely affordable. At no point did I feel like I was less important than the people paying a higher price for their services. Regardless of how much I was paying, they made me feel like a priority.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in March 2018. When I met with AspireLabs, they initially said it would be a 4-or-5-month project, and it definitely was on the earlier end of that despite the numerous alterations I made along the way.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were able to understand my original vision and share it. They got in my head, heard my ideas, and captured what I was hoping to see. They designed the product in a way that was cohesive with my thinking.

We launched the MVP a week or two ago and I’ve started to meet with investors. The feedback to the platform has been phenomenal. It's in its most basic form at the moment, but it’s extremely complex in terms of technology and being physically able to do what we imagined. It gives investors the confidence to invest in us.

If it hadn’t been for AspireLabs, it’d have been a hundred times more difficult to get investor money. Moving on, the platform will allow us to reach the next level—to become funded or enter an accelerator program. I couldn’t be happier with the product they built for us and I’m looking forward to our continued relationship, in whatever capacity that is: either occasionally adding features or fixing bugs.

How did AspireLabs perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was by no means a simple task; I threw a complex idea at them, which involved pulling from third-party sources. We did hit roadblocks every once in a while, but they had the ability to find a solution or pivot, whether it was with my guidance or not.

I was never waiting on them, despite the large volume of clients they work with. They were transparent throughout the collaboration, so I was never wondering what they were doing. They showed me any updates and made sure I was okay with them. We worked hand-in-hand throughout the process, independently, but also together.

I respected and took their opinions to heart, and implemented the majority of them, if not all. We've had a great working relationship, despite them being in one city and I being in another.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They really do a great job of understanding what you’re trying to do. I had broad statements about what I wanted, and they added their own opinions and expertise to certain things, in order to build the best product possible. At no point did I feel slighted or like I wasn’t a priority.

A huge aspect was how sympathetic they were with my current situation. As the owner of an early startup, I didn’t always have money flying around, so I appreciated being able to delay payments by a week or two. They trusted us and understood that we could figure these things out together. They really care about this company, about me, and about the product­—as if it was their own.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This is my first company and this was my first ever partnership with another company, so I can't compare anything. I never had any serious issues with them. It wasn’t smooth sailing throughout, but the issues we had are a normal part of any collaboration.

There are always challenges and there will always a gap between what I want and their interpretation of my requirements. It’s impossible to be on the same page all the time, but we were able to clarify and fix issues together.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

It’s important for clients to put their thoughts and vision on paper. This allows not only them to articulate what they want, but it also helps others understand it as well, and to avoid any miscommunications or clashes between visions.

5.0
Overall Score I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything without AspireLabs’ talent, guidance, and work.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The timeline was extended because of extra things I wanted to add. They delivered on their estimates.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-commerce MVP Dev for Retail Company

"AspireLabs takes the time to fully understand our requirements so there is no miscommunication."

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

After wireframing, AspireLabs built a web app using VueJS, conducted user testing, developed improvements, and aided its launch. Their team is currently assisting with deployment.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Jennifer Simons
CEO, Dressmate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution AspireLabs developed was delivered on-time and increased revenue by 300%. Providing open communication and creative solutions, AspireLabs' project management is superb. Their detailed approach to comprehensive documentation before sprints is impressive.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CEO of a peer-to-peer clothing rental marketplace for women. Currently, we're exclusively available on college campuses in DC and NYC. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire AspireLabs?

We had already been through two development teams to try to create our minimum viable product (MVP). Their code was terrible and the design was not up to our standards. If we were going to launch by our deadline, we had to start over with a new development team. Our frontend was already coded in VueJS and the backend in Python/Django, but we needed to optimize our web app for mobile devices.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed our solution to be able to facilitate interaction between owners and renters of clothing. We also needed filters to be able to sort through the clothing. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended to us by another CEO. There were three other possible vendors, but they were inexperienced and highly priced. Because we were under a time crunch and needed quality results, it was essential that we chose a reasonably priced local vendor with experience. AspireLabs fit those requirements.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

The project began with a few discussions about our requirements. Then, in between creating wireframes, workflows, and mockups, AspireLabs built the application during week-to-week sprints using VueJS. They conducted user testing and gathered feedback as needed from a functional version. Their team developed improvements were in sprints as per our requests. Finally, we worked together to launch the app. They are currently still working on deployment.

What was the team composition?

The team is composed of five experts. Our assigned project manager is very attentive to our needs and is our direct point of contact.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our solution was developed and launched right on our timeline. They go above and beyond our expectations. Their team is critical to launching a successful product. Even though only been a few months into deployment, our revenue has increased 300%.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Their project management is impressive. Their team meets deadlines and services open communication via Slack and Google Hangout. Our assigned manager makes improvements that even I hadn't thought of.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

AspireLabs takes the time to fully understand our requirements so there is no miscommunication. They build out extensive workflows and write out the documentation before a sprint to clarify specifics. This helps them work very quickly once they begin.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They make scheduling easy and everyone is accessible via phone or email.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their prices are good for the quality of work they offer.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They continue to deliver work above and beyond our original vision.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer AspireLabs to anyone who needs development

Microsite Dev & Design for Loan Wellness Platform

“They were very organized and always stayed on top of things.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. - Oct. 2017
Project summary: 

After helping develop the concept and the design, AspireLabs built a microsite that integrates with LinkedIn and lets students check their eligibility for a loan forgiveness program.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Aaron Smith
Co-founder, Savi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The microsite is easy to navigate and provides customized, actionable results to users. AspireLabs went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their versatile and hands-on team was able to make changes to the code during the in-person meetings, eliminating a multi-step 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 co-founder of a startup that helps people manage and understand their student loan debt.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with AspireLabs?

We were trying to develop creative ways to help student loan borrowers understand a program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which gives students loan forgiveness for their federal loans if they work in a public sector job and make payments for 10 years. Many people don't know about the program or haven't signed up. We were looking for a company to help us create a microsite.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

AspireLabs helped us build out an idea and then designed and developed a microsite that allows people to quickly check whether they are eligible for the loan forgiveness program. The site walks people step by step through the process, enabling them to sign in and provide their information in various ways. The LinkedIn integration lets people sync their employment history, which helps the tool to determine whether they might be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Then, we can send the results to each person in an email.

What is the team composition?

We worked with about three members of their team.

How did you come to work with them?

We worked with them on another project and liked their team and the quality of their work. They were excited about our project, so they helped us brainstorm our ideas and bring them to life.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between September–October 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site is easy to use and translates complicated policy content into something that people can understand. For every person, we create customized results, which are useful and actionable.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very organized and always stayed on top of things. They helped us on a fairly tight deadline to develop the tool, create all the content, and push it out. It was a very efficient process. We had regular phone calls and meetings and we also used GoogleDocs to keep things organized. When we met with them, their whole team came on site and they made the edits on the fly. That way we could see how the site evolved in real time rather than going through a multi-step process of explaining what we wanted and then going back to developers.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They understood all of our needs and implemented them in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They did a fantastic job.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

In-person sessions worked very well for us, so I'd encourage people to do that as much as possible.

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