Building digital products for startups and SMEs

What we do?

We design and build apps for startups and existing businesses, and anyone in between! We have an agile approach to building software, and can take on projects at any stage of the client’s journey. We specialise in developing Minimum Viable Products, but also offer services in building clickable prototypes & demonstration apps, branding & design, user testing and hosting.

 

Who we are?

Bad Dinosaur was founded in 2013 to solve an industry-wide problem. Having worked as a developer both as a freelancer and in-house, Kyle had grown frustrated with big agencies that worked slowly, and didn't include the client in the development process. Together with co-founder Russ they established an agency that puts the client first. 

At Bad Dinosaur you work closely with our designers and developers to understand the problem and for us to collaborate on a solution.

In the last few years, Bad Dinosaur has experienced a great deal of growth and has been able to offer more services to help businesses and startups create amazing digital products efficiently and cost effectively.

 

Who we work with?

Bad Dinosaur work across a broad range of industry sectors which include: Deathtec, Education, Health, E-commerce, Financial Services, Oil & Gas and Charity organisations.

 

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • 5th Floor, 2 Anderson Place
    Edinburgh EH6 5NP
    United Kingdom
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

University of St Andrews, OneDotAll, Altor Wealth Management, The Lang Cat, Acorn Wellbeing, Fanbase, Stampfree, Muirfield Riding Therapy, SheInvests, Cheetah Advanced Technology, YouK.

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StampFree

With an app taking advantage of the most recent developments in mobile technology, customers could instead weigh and measure their letters and parcels and buy exact postage, all without leaving their home. This would enable the customer to prepare the package for posting without any hassle.

https://www.baddinosaur.co.uk/Portfolio/StampFree

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The Lang Cat Platform Analyser

The Lang Cat has become an industry leader in financial platform insight. Until recently, their bespoke service involved a massive amount of manual input and lacked a level of interactivity and customisation for customers.

As a result of their extensive experience, the team knew that a technology driven system would greatly streamline the process for their customers, reducing overall cost and time required to generate

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Acorn Wellbeing

Acorn Wellbeing came to the offices of Bad Dinosaur with a plan to build a platform that would both simplify medicine management and improve the healthcare relationship between patients and their local pharmacy.

https://www.baddinosaur.co.uk/Portfolio/Acorn

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Cheetah Advanced Technologies

Cheetah had a unique, high quality collection of data, but no easy way to manage it. When Cheetah approached us, they were dealing with a database of over quarter of a million locations world-wide. It was clear to the Cheetah team that they needed a better way to manage such a vast amount of data.

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Fanbase

While clubs may talk-up their close relationship with supporters, they often struggle to paint a proper picture of who those people really are. For fans, this distant relationship can be both tiring and ostracising, especially when many have spent their whole lives supporting their club.

The key to Fanbase would be in the development of a platform that would allow clubs and fans to come together through the proper

management of data and today’s easy-to-use communication tools.

https://www.baddinosaur.co.uk/Portfolio/Fanbase

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YouK

A web based platform designed to make shopping locally and supporting the local economy easy. The app will utilise the YouK product database, which contains 95%+ of everything made in the UK and include detailed environmental credentials, certification, employment data and much more, for each manufacturer and product. This means customers can buy almost everything they could want made in the UK.

Reviews

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Prototype Dev for Smartphone Ordering Tech

"The quality of the team was also very strong."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. - Dec. 2019
Project summary: 

Bad Dinosaur provided MVP development. Their team worked with preexisting sketches and wireframes to build an Adobe XD prototype for pitches and meetings. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Ian Martin
Co-Founder & CEO, pour
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bad Dinosaur's efforts helped put the client in touch with customers. The project management was impressive. All work was completed on time. They made everything simple and fun. They were passionate and flexible with scheduling. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

At pour, we make smartphone ordering accessible for pubs, bars, and restaurants of all sizes, through one consumer facing app. We started the business in 2019, are based in Edinburgh and have 2 employees. I'm the Co-Founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bad Dinosaur?

Our business is focused on using smartphone technology to improve the service experience in the hospitality industry, for venues and their customers. However, our founding team don't have technical app development skills and so we worked with Bad Dinosaur to fill this skill gap and build our clickable prototype.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed to translate our wireframes and sketches into a clickable prototype that could then be turned into a working MVP. We needed to streamline our ideas into the core benefits and functionality of our product, so that we could build something affordable and useful, test it with customers and iterate from there.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended to us by friends in the industry and we contacted them, as well as 4 others, before making an appointment. We found our shortlist through recommendation and Internet Search and held meetings with all considered parties before making an appointment. Bad Dinosaur were selected because they were passionate about us, our business and about helping us make our product the best it could be. We also liked the way they worked, focusing on getting an MVP ready quickly rather than bogging us down in expensive native builds from the beginning. And they were competitively priced.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We had sketches and wireframes for our app prepared. Bad Dinosaur were tasked with translating this into a workable user flow and for designing the key features and front end design of the app, producing a clickable prototype in Adobe XD that would then be used in pitches/meetings with customers.

What was the team composition?

We had 3 primary contacts in our team: New Business Development Software Engineer Designer The majority of our contact was with the designer who also acted as our project manager and he was absolutely fantastic to work with. He always came to meetings with new ideas and helped us improve our product significantly from our early sketches.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The output helped us engage directly with prospective customers and develop a warm pipeline of leads to continue conversations with as we move through development.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was very impressive. All work was completed on time and we were given regular updates. Basecamp was the project management tool of choice and worked well at sharing updates and delivering feedback to project work.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

How simple and fun they made everything. Tech is a complex environment but they helped us understand everything simply and ensured we were always informed before we made a decision. The quality of the team was also very strong - everyone involved always came to meetings with passion, energy and ideas for our product and how to help make it better. Their ways of working were flexible, and they were always willing to work around our slightly crazy schedule. Finally the quality of their output, the work was delivered to a high standard and the overall output exceeded our expectations at the beginning of the campaign.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As it relates to this project, there is very little I could suggest they improved.

5.0
Overall Score I enjoyed working with them and would do so again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    everything was delivered on time and as expected
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Fair and value for money when looking at the wider market
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Output exceeded our expectations and each iteration we saw was always to a high standard.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    For a similar project I would recommend them

Full Stack Development for Sports Fan Management Tech

"We liked how they adapted to different demands and priorities. They also provided their strategic advice."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Bad Dinosaur designed and developed an MVP of a fan data management solution. The platform included account sign-up for sports clubs, ticket sales, and an admin view.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Founder, Sports Technology Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bad Dinosaur delivered a functional solution that's ready to be tested with prospective clients. An experienced team, they managed the project well, keeping within time and budget constraints. An agile methodology allowed them to simultaneously develop and improve upon the technology.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Fanbase is a sports ticketing and subscriptions platform with the goal of uniting clubs and fans through digital technology. My position is Managing Director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bad Dinosaur?

We needed a reliable, cost-effective and innovative partner to help us design and develop the platform

What were your goals for this project?

The goal was to develop the first version of Fanbase which delivered the core functionality of digital ticketing and fan data management.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

After close to a year of sourcing globally through various platforms we found Bad Dinosaur on our doorstep. We met for a coffee and discussed the project in a lot of detail. It was the first time we felt like the project was going to be in good hands.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project goal was always to build version one of the platform. With minimal design and development effort to then test with some clubs. The main features were a user account area for clubs to create fixtures and tickets. A fan area to purchase tickets An administration area to invite clubs to join the platform.

What was the team composition?

The resources have varied throughout the build: Technical architecture consultancy Software development (front and back end)

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work Bad Dinosaur completed gave us our platform. Without it, we'd maybe still have the idea in our heads. We're now able to sell our solution to clients and have a number of clubs onboarded already.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The lead developer took Project Management responsibility to start with before handing over to a PM later in the program when the platform had grown as well as Bad Dinosaur.

On the whole, everything has been within the budget and time boxes we set. We use Trello to manage user stories from our perspective and Video Calls to run through estimations, prioritization and decisions we need to talk through. Basecamp is used to keep email exchanges organised and internally developed software helps BD to manage the detail behind user stories in trello.

Principles and some working practices from Agile Scrum are used to incrementally build and test the software so we're always incrementally improving the technology and validating the new features and changes.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We liked how they adapted to different demands and priorities. They also provided their strategic advice on how best to approach different user needs we were trying to deliver against. This is something other vendors overlooked and we're delighted with the strategic advice we've received from Bad Dinosaur.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I think the one area we would encourage BD to bolster would be user interface design skills within the team. It's something we had to source externally but it's something that would add a lot to the offering in our opinion. Back end development, integrations, front end development have all been very strong.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer