What was the scope of their involvement?
Bitbean.com helped us address two challenges associated with building a platform for school fundraising. This involved development and user research into people’s online habits.
A campaign might ask a thousand students to set up a page and fundraise for their program. But, a big challenge is getting the kids to create the page.
I told them the challenge, and Bitbean came up with an answer. The school uploads an Excel spreadsheet with each student, each one gets an email, and the student simply needs to click to activate their page.
After a student creates a page, they also have to email the link to family and friends. But, they don’t come to school with all those email addresses. So, Bitbean created a portal where parents can put in relevant contacts. Then, the students can send emails directly from that system when there’s a fundraising kickoff at the school.
They created one master admin, which can hold all the information for multiple fundraisers over multiple years. Students have accounts in the backend that can be reactivated for different campaigns. They accumulate credits by fundraising across different campaigns on the same platform.
What is the team composition?
I met with the owner in the beginning. The head of programming sits in during the first discovery meeting and directs the team on what technologies he thinks will be best.
Each project has a project manager, and mine is my point of contact. We sit together once-per-week for an hour-long meeting. They’ve also assigned a programmer.
How did you come to work with Bitbean.com?
I realized I need to find a company with a great reputation. I started asking colleagues, and more than a few of them mentioned Bitbean.com.
Everyone I spoke to said that Bitbean develops software right the first time. They said they work flawlessly, and they love working with the team. I didn’t need to hear more than that.
I also looked at their website, and they’ve interfaced with some very big Fortune 500 companies. I knew I could trust them to build my software.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve invested around $150,000 for the first round.
What is the status of this engagement?
The project started in July, the platform launched in October, and we’re in an ongoing collaboration. We’re constantly adding features to the campaign.