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We are a digital product design and development company and your guide on the digital transformation journey.

Boldare is a brand that emerged from combining the power and best qualities of two companies - XSolve, a software development company and Chilid, a high-end web design agency. We capitalize on 14 years of experience, 250 products they released to market for clients worldwide and the skills of a 130-people-strong team.

Our purpose is to:

  • Help our clients build future-proof, intuitive and secure digital products (web apps, mobile apps, software) that are centered on users’ needs and fulfil clients’ business goals.
  • Release clients’ products to market as quickly as possible, gather user feedback and improve them.   
  • Guide and support our clients in building products, internal processes and practices, and an innovation culture that will allow them to undergo a successful digital transformation and grow sustainably in the future.

We helped French unicorn startup BlaBlaCar to expand to 27 markets worldwide, developed an MVP of the Customer Portal for global renewable energy giant Sonnen, and in under six weeks, we developed an e-commerce platform that is changing the MENA economy.All of the above with an agile methodology and the build-measure-learn development loop.Read what our clients have to say about us below.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2004
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Gliwice, Poland
headquarters
other locations
  • Jasna 24
    Warsaw 00-054
    Poland
  • Hubska 52/14
    Wroclaw 50-502
    Poland

Portfolio

Key clients: 

BlaBlaCar, Sonnen, Takamol, Virgin Radio Oman, Corel, Holiday Taxis, Management Events, Agnito, BOSCH, Harvard Business Review, ING, Vattenfall, TVN, Tauron, LeaseWeb, Oneida Ltd., BNP Paribas Real Estate, Cole&Mason

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Dedicated Dev Team for BlaBlaCar

During over a year of remote cooperation with the BlaBlaCar startup, we created various high-quality products. As an augmented team - immanent part of the client's team, we could fully engage in the products being created and act much more efficiently than as an external team.

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Data Visualization web app

We built a platform with the main goal of galvanising the small business market in Saudi Arabia. Facilitating the shift from local selling points only to an e-commerce system is one side of the coin. The other side is to introduce social commerce to the already huge social media market in Saudi Arabia, such as Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram.

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Online accounting software

EZYcount provides an easy and secure online accounting solution. Users can enter all their bookings quickly and easily, then see a global view of what still needs to be done. This clear and well-structured application information architecture is a result of the challenging knowledge mix of design, UX, UI, and accounting details. A process based on short iterations which helped us to gain knowledge gradually and increase our

understanding of the interface dependencies on user habits, related both to the domain and the subject of accounting.
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Designing yacht booking app

We built the app with collaboration with BoatBooker which is a software solution designed specifically for the nautical industry. It is based on actual needs of charter agencies, fleet operators and sailing fans all over the world. Thanks to that solution we could deliver the final product to our client faster.

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E-commerce for the MENA market

An e-commerce platform similar to eBay or Etsy but completely free of charge to buyers and sellers. This platform would enable small businesses and entrepreneurial individuals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to leave their brick and mortar locations and establish an online presence.

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A complex set of web business tools

Spa Monkeys delivers complete solution in spa, beauty and wellness industry in Hong Kong. It was achieved with a help of business tools such as online shop and places catalogue joint with blog, main marketing tool. Our role was to gradually implement those comprehensive solutions in a way to guarantee the highest comfort for users and the best place for business owners.

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Single Page Application to manage subscriptions and subscribers

SlimPay, a European payment processing giant, hired Boldare to build a front-end application based on the existing API that was improved on this occasion. Boldare helped with new APIs creation while SlimPay designed microservices architecture, supported & bug-fixed by Boldare.

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Web based platform for cryotherapy enthusiasts and entrepreneurs

The user is the king and this project had two of them. We had to think about the user as a business owner who wants to advertise his services in the most effective way. We also had to remember that user can be a person who looks for the best cryotherapy and there's a lot at stake in that search: human health. We provided an app with a catalog of services, review and rating system, booking… And we still have some ideas to put in

this product.
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Modern catalog of unique sconces

We worked in Agile Methodologies between Poland and the United States of America. That's why it was quite an experience to create an interactive catalog. Using Shopify software-as-a-service we were able to swiftly create a performing and modern catalog of unique sconces.

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e-Commerce Platform & Data Visualization for Consulting Firm

XSolve designed a GOC’s e-commerce marketplace on an accelerated schedule to support local SMBs. The blended project team continues to evolve the product as it grows.

The launched platform successfully streamlines online payments for independent sellers, underscoring the technical skills brought to bear by XSolve. Another impressive aspect was how well assigned resources documented their work. 

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Brand new idea, UI & UX design of the Discovery Center – Corel.com

Boldare implemented a fully responsive design that has decreased bounce rate and received positive reviews. The team’s expertise in UX and design provided valuable recommendations. Boldare was initially hired for back-end development services, responsible for coding the platform and expanding the functionality using Cake PHP. The scope expanded to include QA and more development resources.  

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App Development for Co-working Space

"Their client focus is very evident, their customer service was always highly-professional and considerate."

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

Boldare developed and designed a mobile app for a co-working space. The team was responsible for UI/UX design of the app and web support.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Co-founder, Co-Working Space
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app currently has a 4.5-star rating in the Apple Store and more than 500 users. Boldare delivers high-quality products through a collaborative process, adhering to the timeline and budget. The team is professional and talented across a variety of fields.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a Co-founder of The Work Room, an on-demand workspace platform launched in collaboration with D&D London. We curate drop-in workspaces in beautiful restaurants from £10 a day. We are based in London with more than 600 workspaces available to our users, as well as unique private meeting rooms.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Boldare?

Boldare has worked with us on the strategic planning and development of the MVB version. They have supported us ever since, and worked on the second phase involving expansion of the features.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to release the minimum viable version of the app that will allow us to test the market fit for our concept, which provides the highest flexibility yet in the co-working market. We wanted to attract early adopters and gather feedback for the future improvements

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

My team has searched online and contacted approximately 10 different vendors. Boldare has been the most responsive and professional company to be back in touch with us. Urszula in particular has been great at following up, listening to our needs and adjusting their suggestions to best match our needs. I felt she truly understands our needs and that the team is genuinely interested in developing this project. The full team has been involved from the very early stages, with their specialists in management, development, UX/UI, and more contributing their expertise throughout.

Describe the project in detail.

Once we've decided to kick start the works together, I have been invited to the one-day workshop which have been absolutely amazing! The entire team has been well-prepared and the event was run efficiently, allowing us to cover a huge amount of work in a structured and effective way. Everyone was involved in each element of the works which gave us all high transparency as well as was great as a team-building exercise.

We have conducted strategic road map for the first release, but considering our long-term goals. Boldare's team has taken care not only of the execution in terms of development and UX/UI but also contributed strategically, helping us clarify our vision and goals and how these will be best executed and what technologies shall we use. When we needed the website support, they have provided fantastic help in that field too, with Damian doing an amazing job and helping us keeping the budget in line with his creative solutions.

What was the team composition?

When the project started we have had a team of 3 developers, 2 UX/UI designers, scrum master, client relationship manager, and workshop master. As we moved along and the works have been executed, we no longer needed such a big team, thus the team has been reduced to match the project needs.

We have been communicating via Slack and Jira, which gave me a great deal of transparency into the progress and I was able to respond faster to any queries that were arising, which then as a result helped speed up the works and adjust where necessary. Weekly/bi-weekly team scrum events were also very helpful.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Within 2 months our MVB version of the App was ready for the launch. Over the first 3 months, we've had 4.5 stars rating in the Apple Store and more than 500 users. The feedback we've received from the users was great, with many commenting on how easy the app is to use and how beautiful the design look. We've found some little bugs and flaws, but these have been corrected during the support mode 2 months after the launch, once we've gathered feedback.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The project manager was always overlooking the works and making sure we are aligned with the estimates and the timings. Everyone in the team was always doing their best to meet the sprint goals and if something was not going as expected they were honest about it, which allowed us to plan effectively forward.

They always asked for feedback, even if sometimes maybe it was not only positive they have taken this on board and worked on improvements. Also they were very critical of their own work, which shown a lot of ambition and willingness to work towards the better outcomes.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The most impressive about Boldare is their professionalism and an array of expertise. They are not only great at the technical aspects as you would expect from the high quality development company, they are also great on the creative side of things, providing us with an amazing design. Their client focus is very evident, their customer service was always highly-professional and considerate.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Everything can always be done better or faster, but we are really satisfied with the work Boldare has done for us. I felt their true enthusiasm about the project. The project was not an easy one, as we were working with some existing solution which sometimes were a blessing, sometimes a nightmare when it came to the development and progress. The team however, has taken this on board and made the most of the situation which gave us the results we are very happy with.

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

PHP Updates to LMS Product for Software Solutions Firm

"Boldare seems to genuinely care about our customers and us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Boldare provides PHP-based backend updates of an LMS SaaS product for a software solutions company. They added customer single sign-on functionality and coordinated integration with other systems.

The Reviewer
 
51 - 200 Employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Product Manager, Software Solutions Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare’s efforts have helped foster product sales aligned with business goals. Their team is responsive and mindful of the rationale of each development process. They exhibit a thorough understanding of relevant technologies, and they demonstrate a commitment to standout customer 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 am a product manager at a software solutions company. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We purchased an LMS SaaS product and hoped to update it with new features before we took it to market. We engaged Boldare to complete that work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We relied on Boldare to provide PHP software development services. Their tasks included adding single sign-on capabilities and integrating the LMS with our other products. Boldare’s work was primarily on the backend to provide an updated software system for our customers.

What is the team composition?

The team initially consisted of a scrum master and a developer, but we have since added a few more development resources.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

Boldare is the company that originally built the LMS, though we bought it from another company. We figured it made the most sense to have the original developer continue to work with the product.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in October 2018 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re satisfying all of our business goals in terms of meeting a specific number of product sales. We attribute a significant portion of that success to Boldare’s work and the features they have added.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

Boldare has been responsive at all times. They reliably meet deadlines, but they are transparent about when they are behind and why. Their team capably pivots to new high-priority issues we identify, and they’ve been thoroughly communicative. We coordinate well through Jira, Slack, and Google Hangouts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Boldare seems to genuinely care about our customers and us. They’ve made a concerted effort to understand what we’re doing and why.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They use scrums as their preferred development process, but I’m more partial to a Kanban approach. It’s not realistic to ask them to change their long-standing methods, so we haven’t, but that’s the only deviation in our mindsets.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be explicit about what you’re trying to accomplish and why. Be transparent with them, and they’ll be very willing to work with you.

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

Web App Development for Model Testing Tool

“I was amazed by how quickly new project members could adapt and work at full speed.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

Boldare helped further develop a web app that allowed users to manage test models. They created landing pages, developed a user management system with integrated authentication, and implemented AWS services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Wrocław, Poland
Patryk Chamuczynski
Lead Developer, ecFeed AS
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare delivered clean, accessible code and provided critical insights throughout the implementation process. While their development speed was impressive, their rigid project management structure hindered the project timeline. A more limber approach would have been appropriate.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the lead developer at a computer software company called ecFeed AS. We’re one of the most reputable test automation consultancies in Norway. Recently, we’ve implemented a tool for test modeling and test data generation. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Boldare?

We’d already implemented our testing tool in an Eclipse RAP framework, but we needed a web development agency to build out the environment for our app. This included an informational landing page, a dynamic account and model management system, and AWS implementation.

What were your goals for this project?

Our main goal was to make our product available as quickly as possible.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Originally, we approached a different development firm, but they weren’t experienced in the technologies that we wanted to use (e.g., Java, AWS). They referred us to Boldare instead, and we considered them along with several other candidates. Ultimately, we selected them because they offered the best proposal and pre-sales services.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Boldare built a surrounding digital environment for our testing web app. They were responsible for developing a landing page that would inform users about our tool and encourage them to buy it as well as a model management system. The latter allowed users to add, rename, and delete test models. 

Their team also created a user login portal and integrated it with authentication services. In this section, users could manage their account (e.g., password changes, subscription plans) as well as access to models by third-party applications. 

Finally, they supplied an AWS specialist who implemented the required virtual infrastructure as “infrastructure code” into AWS. This enabled us to easily deploy identical testing and production environments.

What was the team composition?

We conducted the project in two phases with separate teams for both. In the first phase, they assigned a team of five, including a scrum master, a graphic designer, a frontend developer, a backend developer, and an AWS engineer.

After the first phase, we scheduled a demo with a potential customer, which impacted our project timeline. To speed up development in the second phase, we extended the team with an additional frontend developer and replaced some of the original team members to accommodate pre-planned vacations.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our project was small, but Boldare approached it seriously and ambitiously. By handling areas of our app where we didn’t have any expertise, they substantially sped up our development and go-to-market plans. The code was also well-written, which meant that it would easy for our team to extend it further when the time came.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We used several sophisticated project management tools along with Jira and GitHub, and they followed a Scrum methodology.

While Scrum definitely has its upsides—the biggest being transparency on tasks, progress, and budget—I felt that it was too formal for our project. Sometimes, we spent more time talking about something rather than acting on it. A simple remark would result in a thirty-minute discussion to improve a process when a shorter conversation would’ve sufficed.

Furthermore, they insisted that I, as a product owner, shouldn’t be burdened with the implementation details. I actually had to insist that they explained their reasoning behind some of the crucial technical decisions they made. Although most of those decisions were for the best, there were some that could’ve negatively impacted the project’s future. I would’ve appreciated more transparency on that front.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their most impressive trait was, by far, their development speed. They integrated an authentication service within the first week of the project, which was no trivial task, and I was amazed by how quickly new project members could adapt and work at full speed. Their team consisted of some really skilled talents.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They’d benefit from being more flexible about project management. The Scrum methodology isn’t meant to be the ultimate process, and it held us back at times. In the end, we weren’t successful in meeting our deadlines and ran out of funds. This wasn’t Boldare’s fault per se, but I think that we lost some time following a formalized process to address an issue when a nimble solution would’ve been more appropriate.

4.0
Overall Score They deliver good-quality work, have competitive prices, and boast talent people.
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    In the later stage when the project got more complicated, the scheduling was not accurate, and we missed our deadline.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their prices are competitive, but it costs the same to hire an experienced Java developer as it is to hire a third-year student.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produced good-quality code; we easily used it for further development.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    In the end, it was a pleasure to work with them.

Software Dev for SaaS Company

"Their team was the perfect fit for the project—they were friendly and professional throughout."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May–Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Brought on to revamp and continue development for a software product, Boldare created the updated version with several additions. They used React to build the system and enhanced UI/UX functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Paris, France
Charles Bayles
Product Manager, HolaSpirit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new software fulfilled the original expectations and was produced in accordance with the project requirements. The Boldare team was a strong partner during development and was easy to work with. Coupling their agile approach with strong expertise made for a smooth engagement.

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 product owner and manager of Holaspirit. We’re a SaaS company with a B2B product geared toward managing human resources. We offer the software to companies that are looking to change their management style.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We hired Boldare during a transitional time in the project after our main external developer left. We asked for their help developing a second version of the product. We needed to make major changes to the technology behind the software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Boldare continued the development of our initial software. To begin, they familiarized themselves with the existing product. They created new functionalities, fixed bugs, and developed new UI/UX elements. Their team helped us with site navigation, page layouts, graphics, and all other elements. They changed the frontend technology from AngularJS to React. We also tasked Boldare with finding an additional team of developers to support the project. 

What is the team composition?

We had a dedicated scrum master who handled meetings and administration details. Boldare also provided two full-time developers, two React developers, and a UI/UX designer for the project.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

The CTO of my business chose Boldare for our project, in part because they were one of our software’s initial customers.

How much have you invested with them?

Per month, we spent around €20,000 (approximately $22,800) . The total of the project ranged from €50,000–€100,000 (approximately $57,000–$114,000).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from May–December 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were a great team to work with from both a personal and technical standpoint. We were satisfied with the quality of the final product.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

To manage the project, our team and Boldare used scrum methodology. Our scrum master hosted the video conferences and meetings, so there were plenty of opportunities for our questions to be answered. We had daily calls to explain priorities and progress. We use our own software to communicate with the developers. There were no delays, and everyone was informed throughout the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team was the perfect fit for the project—they were friendly and professional throughout.  It felt as if we had known their team for years because of how personable they were.

Are there any areas they could improve?

If the delivery speed could be increased, we’d have liked it, but it wasn’t a big issue.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Based on my CTO's feedback, they were fair.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Portal Dev for Government Company

“I’ve never known a vendor as helpful as they are.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Boldare is a long-term development partner of a government consultancy firm. They build connectivity functionality with a larger portal and oversee UX design, front- and backend development, and QA.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abdulaziz Ababtain
Business Development, Takamol Holding
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback is positive, and Boldare’s deliverables are high-quality. They work well within an agile environment and successfully navigate a wide variety of technologies. Their communication skills, price, and convenience all contribute to a successful 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.

Takamol Holding is a private partnership in Saudi Arabia. We mainly develop projects and provide consultation for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and aim to improve the labor market through new regulations. I am a part of a large project to manage expat labor and movement within Saudi Arabia and act as a project manager and owner of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We don’t offer IT as one of our main products, but some of the projects we develop require outside assistance. Boldare is a long-term development partner. We’ve worked with them since before they merged into their present state.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I work with them on my own project, which is part of a bigger portal that provides access to the companies we work with. Our company has engaged them for other projects as well, but this specific task involved regulating a certain sector of the labor market by authorizing and authenticating movement of labor within the sector and in relation to other segments.

We developed our own architecture for the platform, which acts as a hub for all the services we offer. The functions it performs vary from project to project, and we used microservices to help us develop that functionality. Boldare develops the microservices that link us to the bigger platform. For this particular project, they create everything from scratch, including UX design, front- and backend development, and QA.

In all, we’re developing 15 portals all at once, so the solutions architect is very busy. They check on quality standards and set us up with a UI kit for use in our designs. It’s not based on any particular tool for design, but we do use Mockingbird to build wireframes.

What is the team composition?

The team size is project dependent. We have an agreement that allows us to expand or reduce resources as needed, and currently work with a team of nine or ten people. This is one of the biggest teams I’ve worked with. I have one main point of contact who oversees their resources and relays scope and timeline requirements to the team.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

There is a huge need for tech development in Saudi Arabia, without many local options to choose from that were within our budget. I wasn’t involved in the hiring process when we engaged them in 2014 for the first time. We knew that Poland was a tech hub with high-quality vendors, so we communicated with three or four companies in that region. As a company, we have agreements with different vendors in several regions, and Boldare is now one of our go-to choices.

How much have you invested with them?

The total is difficult to calculate, but I believe we’ve invested over $2 million with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

I joined this project after it began, but I believe the start date was either March or April 2018. We’re currently planning the second development phase.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Several portals are still in the works, but we have launched services in other units. The feedback from other projects with Boldare is positive, and people cite their high-quality deliverables. Their reputation within our company was a big reason we hired them in the first place. Our solutions architect was experienced in the base architecture of the platform, and their team helped us develop and implement all the work they’ve done.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m very pleased with the outputs I’ve received. We’ve had a few delays, but that’s to be expected in an agile environment. None of the delays impacted our overall projects or timelines, and the collaboration is going very well. We mostly communicate through Slack and have daily meetings in Google Hangouts and appear.in. Once we decide on the number of resources we need for any given work order, we sign an agreement and go through the sprints together. We use Jira to manage our backlog and stories, as well as Docker and GitHub to manage the code repository for the backend. We also use Cucumber for testing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve worked on software development projects for at least six years. In all that time, I’ve never known a vendor as helpful as they are. They have a convenient setup process and taught us a lot about working in an agile environment. They are in engaged in every aspect of the process.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They didn’t always have all the resources we needed. We do have a framework agreement, which made it easy for us to engage them in work orders, but setting that up took a lot of work on both sides. I would like to see more flexibility in this area, but they are accommodating and a lot of fun to work with.

4.5
Overall Score No one is perfect, but they’re pretty close.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offer very good pricing, especially compared to our other vendors.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Whenever I need a vendor, they are my first choice.

Web & App Dev for Creative Agency

“…the results have been great, the planning is great, and they’re completely transparent with us.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Boldare provides long-term web and iOS mobile application development services for a range of projects. The current project uses AngularJS for the web version and Java for the backend, working on the UI/UX too.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Serbia
Director of Operations, noformat
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though the product was not well received in the market, its technical quality was excellent, with good code and the collaboration is continuing to develop a new version. The team manages the project work smoothly and ensures they attentively solve any issues.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

noformat is a creative studio based in New York. We’re basically a design studio and digital agency providing strategy, branding, and UI/UX design for mobile applications and websites. I’m a partner and director of operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We needed to find a good, experienced team to work with us on an application. We didn’t want to establish an internal team for it, so we were looking for a team in an established environment, with good references and background.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They were initially engaged to develop the application. We provided specifications, UI/UX designs, and business goals. They developed the backend, a web version, and the mobile version itself.

They developed the web version using AngularJS, while the backend is in Java. The mobile version is only for iOS at the moment. We provided them with wireframes, got their input, and settled on the final look-and-feel later on.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with around 10 people from their team. At the moment, I believe there are eight team members still actively working on the project.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

Their founder reached out to me over LinkedIn. I reviewed their references and their website, and found that they were doing a good job. I had a discussion with Piotr (Co-CEO, Boldare) and felt there was a good understanding between us from that first call. We started our first project and have continued working together from then on.

How much have you invested with them?

The current project will cost around $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around March 2015 and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Unfortunately, the project we’re working on was not well-received on the market, so we’re making a completely new version now. However, this is normal for startups.

I found the code quality to be very good, so we decided to continue with them. I liked the overall collaboration with them in terms of everyday work, the responsiveness of their team and leadership, and their problem-solving approach.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve had a billion challenges across the project—some of them big—and they always found solutions. We’ve had direct communication from the beginning, using Slack as the main tool, as well as video calls.

We’re the product owner, while they’re responsible for the organization of people and the sprints. They provided scrum masters, along with the actual resources involved.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I liked the overall experience. They helped us build specific applications, and beyond that, they have a good range of services. The team is responsive, the results have been great, the planning is great, and they’re completely transparent with us.

No matter what was happening, the issues were out on the table, so we could always react and discuss with them. The overall experience with Boldare is something that makes them stand out from other similar companies.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not specifically. They’re always progressing and finding different work models.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I advise clients to be completely honest and open with them. If both parties are transparent, there’ll be a great relationship.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There are always challenges that influence the schedule, but the way they’ve handled them is amazing.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.

Web Dev for Education Platform Company

"The interface design is amazing, thoughtful and clean."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Chilid Agency provided web development services, working on the design, front-, and backend of a software solution. They worked on the dashboard, payment system, and database involved.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Hong Kong
Bell Lam
Sales and Marketing Executive, HK Engage
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers already using the platform are happy with it, and any outstanding bugs or issues are quickly addressed by the Chilid team. They provided innovative and interesting ideas throughout the development process, while always performing well.

The Chilid Agency's team worked on this project prior to the merge with XSolve in September 2018 that formed Boldare.
 

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 sales and marketing executive of HK Engage. Our company designs learning solutions for Hong Kong learning centers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chilid Agency?

We wanted to create a software solution for learning centers, and hired them to develop it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They provided designers and front- and backend developers for our work. They developed our web platform by customizing the source code, making it easy to make changes every time.

The platform has a register and login page. After logging in to the system, users have access to a dashboard, similar to a timetable. We also have a database for students and teachers, where they can see personal information, current lessons, and so on. We also have a parents’ database, which can display invoicing for the children they have enrolled.

Finally, we have the payment part, where users can see their payment status. Users can also preview and download invoices, and see a history of changes made to their accounts. All the data can be imported and exported.

What is the team composition?

They assigned a scrum master, but most of the time I'm directly working with the whole team.

How did you come to work with Chilid Agency?

They were introduced to us by a friend of my boss, who’d hired them in the past for some projects.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around January 2018. They’re continuing to work on enhancements and bug fixes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven’t finished building our system, so there are still some minor bugs to fix; some of our clients had their information inputted incorrectly, for example. The platform is becoming more and more stable with their assistance. It’s also user-friendly, and it’s available in both Chinese and English. The interface design is amazing, thoughtful and clean.

They brought ideas on how to make the product better, some of which were amazing. They’ve allowed us to minimize time and cost, while still getting what we want. They are a professional team with a short response time. They're the best team I have ever worked with.

How did Chilid Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

We mainly communicate in Slack, and we have a backlog of tasks in Jira. We’ve been working well with those tools. They provided clear time estimates and the general performance was very good.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They respond really fast and I’ve felt comfortable working with them. Every time we identified a bug, we could post it in the backlog. They are well organized with the whole process. Sometimes we will request that they fix an urgent bug and they are able to fix it in a matter of hours, which made our customers happy.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be better if they run the testing and fix bugs before asking us to review an update.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Communicate more with them. A lot of things become simple to solve when there is direct communication.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re amazing, but there is room for improvement.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev & Design for Telecom Solutions Company

"[Our peers] liked the design of the site and consider it to be modern."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Chilid Agency provided web design and development services, working on a WordPress CMS and providing a complete refresh of the digital platform's design and integrations.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Christian Ledin
Market Director, Digipro
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new platform is high-quality, improving its design and features, and creating a stable product. The team was organized, managing the project's execution carefully, and communicating smoothly throughout.

The Chilid Agency's team worked on this project prior to the merge with XSolve in September 2018 that formed Boldare.

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 working for a software company specializing in the telecom and electricity business. I'm the go-to-market director, working on opening the company up globally.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chilid Agency?

As part of our globalization activities, we recently wanted to rework our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They created a completely fresh design for our website. We developed new content for it, which was transferred to the old one. We kept the original logotype, but they reworked everything else in terms of design. We also made integrations with other systems we had in place. The CMS is WordPress.

They haven’t provided any digital marketing services at this point. They did make some basic SEO adjustments, but nothing on a deeper level.

What is the team composition?

I was the project manager and product owner on our side, working with a development and design team from their side. There was a designer, two developers, and a part-time scrum master.

How did you come to work with Chilid Agency?

I was initially approached by their CEO through LinkedIn around a year ago. She offered their services, so we had a call. She said that their Polish company was as good as a Swedish one in terms of design, but with more competitive prices, relative to typical Swedish web companies.

I'd worked with outsourced partners before, so I thought it was a good idea. We also have a sister company in Poland, so I was quite familiar with the technical knowledge there. It was a matter of seeing if their design capabilities would be as good as what I was used to. I was pretty confident that they could measure up in terms of development.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work was around €40,000 [$46,485 USD].

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in December 2017 and finalized the project in May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've gone from having an old, not-so-good digital platform, to having a quite good digital platform—one that is prepared for another caliber of digital marketing.

We've just gone live with the next version of the site and have many other things to bring onboard. We aren’t putting any kinds of measurements in place at the moment, but we're prepared to push the start button, and we will definitely be doing it later on.

For now, we’ve received verbal feedback from our peers. They’ve liked the design of the site and consider it to be modern. I believe that it’s been a success for our company, at least internally. Compared to what we usually work on, this hasn’t been a very complex solution. It’s a stable product that will fit our needs.

How did Chilid Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They're an organized group and they stick to their commitments. They're very good in terms of execution.

There are many means of communication available, including phone and online platforms, which they utilized well. We mostly communicated over web calls, and we track the project using a software platform. Everything was web-based and easy to use.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were professional and they had a high drive throughout the project. They were in the driver’s seat and knew what they were doing. Overall, they're an organized team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I got the impression that they're a young company. They will learn that they need to listen a bit more to what customers want and don't want. They could improve the way in which they extract from the customer what the expectations are, but it is tough to do.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Experience with modern project management, such as agile platforms, can ease everyone’s work. They're an up-to-date company, so if you know the field, it will be quite easy; if you’re not, it can take some time.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Relative to Sweden, which is a quite expensive market.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already started to recommend them. Chilid is a brilliant company.

React Native Dev for Renewable Energy and Tech Firm

“XSolve treats the customer portal as their product and this resulted in the high quality of their work.”

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

Using React, XSolve built the minimal viable product of a customer portal for solar energy systems which show data and activity. It is hosted on Amazon Web Services and uses several libraries like Highcharts.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Wildpoldsried, Bavaria
Norbert Baumann
VP for R&D, Sonnen
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

XSolve contributed to the speedy and successful completion of the portal. The portal is live and garners positive feedback from users. Through the accomplishment of this project, the team became an invaluable partner for future projects. They offer strong technical expertise and high engagement.

The XSolve team worked on this project prior to the merge with Chilid Agency in September 2018 that formed Boldare.

 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Sonnen is a fast-developing company in the sector of renewable energy and technology. We ship ready-to-use systems that store solar energy and distribute that energy around the house and pass it on to other people registered in the community. I’m the VP of Digital R&D, so I oversee the strategy and every digital product that we are building for customers besides our core product, the sonnenBatterie.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with XSolve?

We were looking for a company that had the resources and skills to implement the frontend of our new customer portal. We needed them to bring an MVP version to life within a few months.

Our clients demand to see how the sonnenBatterie works day-to-day and the impact it has on the environment. We tried to find something to keep the excitement alive months and years after customers have bought the system. The customer portal is a way to visualize all this information and activity in a very pleasing way. It gives you a real understanding about your family’s energy consumption and how everybody can profit from producing clean and affordable energy in a decentralized manner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The previous version of the portal had only the must-have features and offered some data, but it was too technical and not very visually appealing. We wanted to go to the next level, simplify it, and make it visually stunning and easy to understand so our customers would proudly show it off to their friends and neighbors and become ambassadors for sonnen. The customer portal makes it easy to understand the products they own to be energy independent, what positive impact it has on the environment, and how self-sustainable they are. In the end, our customers like to share the ecological and economic benefits with others and that’s the big story the portal should provide.

We wanted the new portal to be stable, allowing easy integration of new features, with short page loading times and minimal downtime. We wanted to offer our customers a top-notch UX as well as an amazing digital experience. For the minimal viable product (MVP) of the new customer portal, we planned to measure the satisfaction of users through surveys aiming for an average score of four out of five or higher.

XSolve worked on our MVP. We discussed several approaches and ended up building with React. We’re hosting it on different Amazon Web Services like Amazon CloudFront and Elastic Beanstalk. We’re also using several libraries inside the portal like Highcharts that plots us graphs, statistics and insights from energy data. The MVP was finished in December.

What was the team composition?

We kicked off with three frontend developers and a Scrum master. I asked XSolve to add a designer after the initial meeting. The product owner was on sonnen’s side. We had assistance from our in-house backend developer who onboarded the XSolve team on the existing infrastructure and told them what they should consider when coding. In November, sonnen recruited an in-house designer who also joined the team.

How did you come to work with XSolve?

I started my research online. XSolve’s home page gave me an indication that I should contact them. They channeled a startup atmosphere and this suggested a good culture match between our companies. I contacted several potential partners. XSolve stood out as a company who really wanted to understand our problem and fulfill our needs in a partnership.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In XSolve we found a team that had already worked together in the past and that performed from day one on the project. Thanks to that, we saw the first results early, which could not have been achieved if we just relied on internal resources who were occupied with other projects at the same time.

The product is now live. The response to our customer satisfaction surveys so far is incredibly positive. We are happy with the results and continue working with XSolve on further development of the portal. We have also decided to partner with XSolve on our new flagship project which will release soon.

We gained a partner that is not only doing what we asked them to do but is also thinking and giving feedback. We enjoy the input from each individual team member about the technology, content, and design. This feedback gives us the chance to get in touch with new ideas that you can’t see if you have been involved in the same company for years. We really like that we have a partner who deeply understands the challenge.

The XSolve team feels like they are sonnen employees. They work on equal footing collaboratively with our team members. This allows us to create a better experience for our customers and that is extremely important. XSolve treats the customer portal as their product and this resulted in the high quality of their work.

The relationship between our companies is developing further, and we feel that we can trust XSolve with other complex projects. This is a success.

How did XSolve perform from a project management standpoint?

We kicked off the project within four working days after the initial contact. We presented the vision and goals of the product. Then, we established the schedule and team structure and assigned responsibilities for the coming weeks. We worked in a Scrum framework with one-week sprints. The product owner was on sonnen’s side and prioritized the backlog.

We collaborate in the Scrum framework so the team is self-organized. We work together closely, and it has always been transparent and agile. We have daily meetings online so the team can discuss obstacles and ask questions about the product and resolve them within 24 hours. Everyone is in constant contact via Slack and Google Hangout so it is a perfect working environment for an agile development team and for self-organization. XSolve’s Scrum master helps the team to follow the process and looks after transparency. The XSolve team visited our headquarters, and we also have visited XSolve’s headquarters.

What did you find most impressive about them?

First, their company culture really fits us well, especially their startup atmosphere, their agility, and the engagement of the team members. Second, we appreciate the technical qualifications of the developers. Third, they made themselves available very quickly. Finally, we are impressed with how the team works well together; they give each other honest feedback and communicate very well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication skills are essential for every project and every collaboration. This is a general comment for both the XSolve and sonnen teams. Holding up our hands when something is blocked or when we have an issue could really make a difference between delaying the release of the product and delivering it on time. Also testing your changes and as a whole is something you can’t stress enough once you built up a product that is complex enough and used by thousands of users every day.

5.0
Overall Score We’ve started another project that is double the size of the investment.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re very engaged. They worked after hours. When it was critical in delivering the MVP, they also worked on the weekend.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them.

Web Design & Dev for Media Channel Platform

“The skilled product business owners will guide you through the whole journey.”

 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Chilid Agency built and implemented a WordPress site and mobile apps for Android and iOS. They wireframe and workshopped designs. The site includes SHOUTcast live streaming and Google DoubleClick for Publishers.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Oman
Product Owner, Cross-Platform Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Users and internal stakeholders gave exclusively positive feedback on the responsive platform and mobile apps. The team worked efficiently to meet strict deadlines. A thorough design phase brought the initial concept to life. The two development teams worked in synergy to deliver uniform products.

The Chilid Agency's team worked on this project prior to the merge with XSolve in September 2018 that formed Boldare.

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 work for a unique cross-platform of radio, outdoor, publishing, and digital media channels. We offer our partners strategic and cost-effective media choices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chilid Agency? 

We were introducing a new brand into our product portfolio and wanted to target the millennial demographic. We hired Chilid Agency to develop a website and mobile apps with a fresh, appealing design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chilid Agency designed, developed, and implemented a responsive website with corresponding iOS and Android apps. We released the platform in three phases over several months. The team proactively developed a viable plan to deliver and implement the final product. During phase one, we needed to build a basic platform and mobile apps by our radio channel launch date. They managed minute aspects of design and development.

We help workshops to develop the direction and formulate the features and design. Designers created mood and vision boards, wireframes, prototypes, and mockups. The web app team implemented the WordPress site. It features SHOUTcast live streaming and a Google DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) for ad management. The Android and iOS teams coordinated to produce uniform content and UX for both versions. We’ve completed the first launch so far. Subsequently, they’ve added several enhancements to maximize functionality.

What is the team composition?

The product business owner was instrumental in assembling the team. It initially included more than 8-10 resources so we could meet a challenging deadline. I deferred responsibility for this selection process since I lacked insight on individual competencies. We scale the team based on fluctuating requirements. I provided minimal direction about expectations. They took full responsibility for assembling the solution.

How did you come to work with Chilid Agency?

After clarifying the scope, we listed potential vendors found through Google. Set criteria included websites, online and social presence, references, clients, and finished product designs. We contacted the four most promising vendors to discuss our project brief and pricing. Chilid Agency was the best option based on design implementation, project approach, delivery timeline, cost, UX/UI expectations, and use of cutting-edge tools.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $30,000 so far and are due to invest an additional $20,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The product launched a few days ago, so we’re still evaluating quantitative data. We’ve received nothing but praise thus far for the product from both end users and our in-house team. Chilid Agency performed better than most vendors we’ve used for similar projects. They took ownership of the product as if it were their own. The team took a hands-on approach, worked autonomously, and required minimal oversight.

How did Chilid Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

Chilid Agency’s product business owners and scrum masters supervised the team to ensure adherence to sprint deadlines. Slack, Basecamp, and Jira helped us organize the project. They used InVision for prototyping. We limited email correspondence to scheduling. Our meetings took place over Skype, Appear.in, and Google Hangouts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I admire their organized methodology. At several stages, their work made me feel confident I’d chosen the right partner. Their constant feedback at the micro level provided tremendous reassurance. Frequent updates let our management and in-house team easily track progress.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Chilid Agency uses a time and material budget model that was hard to digest. Their vague estimate was disconcerting, especially since we had no input. Thankfully, they’ve since promised to deliver within our fixed budget. They use a rigid system to plan, estimate, then allocate resources. It works 95% of the time but doesn’t account for emergency requests.

Sometimes they were hard to contact. They rely heavily on tools that can easily be filtered or switched off. It wasn’t always possible to call them about escalating urgent problems. They struggled with turnaround for time-sensitive, ad hoc tasks. Ultimately, they delivered on time and beyond this scope. Team members even worked late nights and weekends as needed.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Chilid Agency provides thorough support for inexperienced buyers. Their approach is simple to follow. The skilled product business owners will guide you through the whole journey.

5.0
Overall Score They were excellent.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’d rate them five for the value we received and three for actual cost. It’s substantially higher than most vendors.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d refer them to clients with sufficient budget resources.
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