Reliable and transparent software development.

Begin sprouted because of a challenge that companies, from venture-backed startups to medium-sized companies, face constantly -- developing the right software and applications to move their business forward in a resource and time-efficient manner.

Begin is a web app and hybrid development agency for companies that need scalable,
resource-conscious technology.

 

We bring no-headache software development to your team with reliable, transparent technology consulting and staffing. Whether you’re in need of hiring the Begin team to take on your entire tech project or in need of skilled, vetted tech professionals to join your team for a period of time, we can fulfill your needs.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2016
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Denver, CO
headquarters
  • 3000 LAWRENCE STREET DENVER, CO
    Denver, CO 80205
    United States
other locations
  • 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
    Chicago, IL 60654
    United States
  • 315 E Front St. Room 6
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    United States

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Web & Android Dev for Event Management Platform

"In two short months, they provided the products exactly as we wanted them."

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

Begin, LLC provided outsourced development for a fraternity event management platform. Using Vue.js, their team built a web-based event hosting portal and converted the iOS platform to Android.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Beverly Hills, California
Ashton Asherian
Co-Founder, Chaser
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite a condensed timeline, Begin, LLC successfully developed two platforms. Their team also offered additional insights into business strategy and planning. Dedicated, knowledgeable, and empathetic, they fostered a productive and cooperative workflow through frequent communication.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

CHASER is an event management platform that gives fraternities the tools they need to manage their events and ensure safety. I act as the CEO and project manager of CHASER. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Begin, LLC?

We hired Begin, LLC to develop our Web and Android platforms in vue.JS and supplement our internal development team. Further, they acted as mentors for us and advised us on certain decisions from time to time. Our company had just gone through a massive change, and we were scattering for developers. We're lucky we found Beg.in. 

What were your goals for this project?

We needed developers who could work with us to develop the platforms in a short 3 months. We were on a very tight time schedule, and we needed this done just in time for our launch. Every single other development company we reached out to said that it would take much longer, but Brandon (Managing Director, Begin, LLC) and the team helped us work through some features to pare down the time. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We went through looking for tons of development teams. We used Upwork, other freelance sites, and even walked around in our WeWork to try to find developers. Lacking in all of them was communication and clarity. Beg.in acted as a partner in our journey of creating the product, and they were the clear right choice the second we spoke to them over the phone. Brandon, Cody (Lead Frontend Developer, Begin, LLC), and Johnmark (Lead Software Engineer, Begin, LLC) were welcoming from the start. 

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Before we came to Beg.in, we only had developed an iOS platform. However, we needed two platforms (Android and Web) made for our August launch. The web platform needed to be a full event hosting portal (like Eventbrite) and Android needed to mirror the iOS platform. After we came to them with our needs, they quickly suggested that we use vue.JS in order to supercharge our development. We took their advice, and everything turned out well. In two short months, they provided the products exactly as we wanted them. 

What was the team composition?

Brandon was the coordinator with our team, but that doesn't mean that we didn't speak to the developers every single day. Cody and Johnmark (our developers) would Slack us daily with questions or concerns – all in the hopes that we were exactly on the same page about what they were building. The result was a cooperative development workflow that I've never seen before. 

 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that Beg.in has had on your business?

We were about to have to push back our launch when we realized that we had to build two huge platforms in three months before summer was over. We were lost. However, because of Beg.in's efforts and desire to help us out, we made it happen. We're forever thankful to Brandon, Cody, and Johnmark. 

 

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We used Slack to communicate. Brandon would reach out to me personally regarding billing, and we would work from there. We had a big Slack channel where the Beg.in team would send updates, ask questions, etc. We would also frequently get on Skype calls to work through tension points. Getting to such an effective point was naturally a work in progress, but once we figured out a great system that worked for both the Beg.in and the Chaser team, the result was amazing. 

 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their empathy and ability to cooperate with the team they're working with. Beg.in is not a development company that you just hire and forget about. Not one bit. Brandon, Cody, and Johnmark are knowledgable people that work with you to battle through the roadblocks present in every single startup. They spent the extra hours to ensure that we were super clear on what needed to get done. 

More importantly, any time we had a serious business strategy issue, we also reached out to them for advice. We're grateful to say that Beg.in helped us out so much. 

 

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not at all. Beg.in knows what they're doing and they take care of their clients. Seamless experience!!! 

 

5.0
Overall Score We look forward to working with Beg.in on all of our projects. We can’t stress enough how grateful we are for them. Thank you!
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Brandon, Cody, and Johnmark always went out of their way to get on Skype calls with us.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offered us great ranges of pricing depending on what we were looking for. They always were upfront about pricing and estimates.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They stand behind their quality work 1000%. Their code was reliable and their ability to pivot and adapt to our startup culture was never before seen.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    The team are amazing developers, and even more amazing partners. I give my full recommendation.

Mobile Dev for On-Demand Photographer Booking App

"I wouldn't have been able to reach the goals I had set for myself without the dedicated work from Begin, LLC."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2016 - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

Begin, LLC provided a range of dev services to help launch a photographer booking platform. After building an initial landing page to validate the business concept, the team created a mobile app and website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Normal, Illinois
jarek hamilton
CEO, QikPix
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app onboarded over 150 photographers nationwide with an additional 100 editors located overseas. Customers also loved how easy the platform was to use. As a true partner, Begin, LLC helped out wherever they could. They were dedicated, energetic, and committed.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Qikpix is a mobile platform where you can find and book professional photographers on demand. I am the CEO and founder of Qikpix.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Begin, LLC?

Beg.in performed a range of services for Qikpix. My work started out with Beg.in to build a landing page that would act as the MVP to test the market for validation. After market testing was performed and our theory was validated we moved to full production the a website and mobile app.

What were your goals for this project?

The goals for this project were ever changing. Goals when building a startup are ever changing as they should be. Pivoting pieces of your company to point in the right direction is absolutely necessary.

I wouldn't have been able to reach the goals I had set for myself without the dedicated work from Begin, LLC. They didn't help me just reach my goals they helped me achieve better than what I had even thought possible at times.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I met the members of Beg.in through a co working facility. I didn't want just a dev team, I wanted a real team. Beg.in was reasonably priced and they showed the passion and dedication that I was looking for in team members. Team members helped me navigate the murky waters that are web and mobile development.

Describe the project in detail.

Qikpix was a project of many levels. The first part of the project included building an MVP product that was a website with a few basic selection options for customers.

Beg.in helped me monitor and change the MVP as needed and helped me reach my product validation goals of customer acquisition and photographer acquisition. We then went on to build the website which was the first part of the product.

The website allowed customers and photographers to sign up and register with Qikpix. Customers were also able to submit photos fro editing through the website. The mobile App was developed for both android and iOS. The app works in conjunction with the website. 

Users find and book photographers through the app and photographers are able to accept request that are submitted. Customers had the ability to search for photographers within any geographical area and photographers could accept request as well.

What was the team composition?

The team was composed of 4 software developers. Two team members were UX/UI developers and two were full stack developers. The team did grow over time to about 12 people. This included an admin team from my side of the company. Beg.in members communicated with everyone on a daily basis and were involved in every meeting.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Qikpix went on to raise over $100K with the help of Beg.in. We achieved a CAC of about $3.5 and we had over 150 photographers nationwide that had signed up through the platform along with roughly 100 editors located overseas.

We received great customer feedback, customers who used the platform loved how easy and simplified the process of hiring a photographer had become. We would have liked to see more adaptability but this was due to lack of funding for marketing.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The work relationship couldn't have been better. Team members from Beg.in went to speaking events and advertising engagements around the country with me. they were always ready to fix any problem or bug that was found.

We used many different communication tools such as slack on a daily basis. There were quite a few tools that we tried to weigh the benefits, begin members helped me understand some of the communication and development tools better.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The dedication was what was most impressive. The energy that all the members had made it a great work environment. Having a dynamic team that can be cohesive is something every founder wants, I was lucky enough to find this first and that is what helped me even create Qikpix in the first place!

Are there any areas for improvement?

There is always room for improvement, just ask them!

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

Analytics Tool Enhancement for E-Commerce Platform

“They wanted to know how the product was designed to work before jumping right into the code, details, and technology.”

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

Using a provided logic algorithm, Begin, LLC aided a government-centric e-commerce company in its efforts to elevate an existing analytics tool. They made UI/UX and development upgrades in the process.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
McLean, Virginia
Dwayne Robinson
COO & CTO, GovFlex
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team delivered a fully-functioning product that both internal and external stakeholders can rely on. Developing custom code to mitigate data access and permissions issues, they propelled the project forward and dodged major roadblocks. Their expertise and interest in the development added value.

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 COO at GovFlex, where we produced an e-commerce platform that connects service providers or freelance consultants with government contractors and agencies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Begin, LLC?

We hired Begin, LLC to develop a set of functionalities for our analytics tool to enhance it. Our team calls it opportunity analytics. It’s a tool that allows our customers to forecast the probability of wins against a given federal opportunity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We initially had an introductory conversation in which we explained our requirements. That was followed by an evaluation and quote. The first phase of the project consisted of us getting them up to speed the technology. There are several data sources needed for the analysis, so they needed to understand where they lived and the various APIs associated with them. 

Once they had access to the appropriate data, we provided them with a business logic algorithm that would produce calculations on the probability of winning. They digested that information, integrating and refining their code.

The third part of the engagement concerned the UI and how users interact with the interface. Their team laid out the solution graphically to most effectively visualize our conclusions and recommendations. They helped us present the findings in a web-based report format for our customers’ benefit.

What is the team composition?

We worked with four of their teammates in total. That included a project manager, a database specialist, a UI designer, and an analytics professional. Brandon (Managing Director, Begin, LLC) was my main point of contact.

How much have you invested with them?

To date, we’ve spent between $25,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in July 2019, and our teams continue to collaborate.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Statistics on the utilization and feedback from our users is not yet available, but consumers are activating it in high volumes. 

Internally, it’s reliable. Some of the underlying data we use comes from systems we don’t control. They deserve credit for looking into calculations that weren’t working properly and writing specialized code that will alert us if these external systems suddenly stop working. Their code is protecting us from the repercussions of that. We feel very confident in the work they did.

How did Begin, LLC perform from a project management standpoint?

We worked closely with their project manager, who provided us with updates each week. Even though we made some changes to the project along the way, they were able to accommodate our adjustments and deliver an ideal solution in the end. 

Their team was very honest, even with their shortcomings. There was one instance when the project manager informed me of a cost evaluation oversight, and it was corrected from there. I understand that it happens and was appreciative of their transparency in that error.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They showed an authentic interest in the problem we were trying to solve. Several past partners focused only on the technical details of the project, without achieving a basic understanding of why we’re building what we were building. From the very beginning, they had a legitimate understanding of what we wanted to create and the product’s implications. They wanted to know how the product was designed to work before jumping right into the code, details, and technology.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything—they deserve a very good score. Their team communicated well and was responsive throughout. Sometimes, when you work with an outsourced team, figuring out how to schedule meetings can be challenging. They delivered without any difficulties.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be available for communication because issues in that area often cause real problems downstream. Make sure your requirements are clear. As things change, communicate them swiftly and effectively.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    As we adjusted requirements, they adapted well to the schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re certainly reasonable from a cost perspective.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of their work was solid.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They were on time and cost-effective.