Digital product design and development company

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 16 years of experience, 260 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, Agnitio, BOSCH, Harvard Business Review, ING, Vattenfall, TVN, Tauron, LeaseWeb, Oneida Ltd., BNP Paribas Real Estate, Cole&Mason, Chartipedia

Chartipedia is an online community for data visualization designers, including a platform where they can share their work.

It’s a place designed for visual creators, media workers, educators and businesses or simply people who enjoy informative data packed in stunning visuals. 

 

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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.  

Reviews

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iOS App Dev for Navigation Platform

"They don’t just build a product; their team adds value throughout the whole process."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Following designs, Boldare executed frontend and backend development to create an iOS application. The team developed the navigation platform from scratch. They continue to provide development services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ashland, Kentucky
Randy Carpenter
CEO, Interstate Data
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare delivered an innovative and multifaceted product that established a distinct presence in the market and satisfied stakeholders. The team provides unique ideas to support a valuable partnership. Their timeliness and commitment to the project result in a lasting 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 CEO of Interstate Data, which offers a mobile navigation app.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We needed a partner to develop our mobile app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

From the ground up, they built our mobile app for iOS. While another agency provided the designs, Boldaire completely developed the platform based on our vision. 

What is the team composition?

We've worked with 15–20 people over the last five years.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

As we're entrepreneurs, we don't have a large and wanted to outsource as much work as possible. The company that created the designs suggested that we interview Boldare. Out of five companies, we selected Boldare.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent between $1 million–$5 million on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've worked with them since May 2015, and it’s an ongoing partnership. We launched the app in December 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their team built a complex product, which brought innovation to this space. This was unchartered waters. There wasn’t a manual or a competitor to guide them.

While it took some time to build, we're happy with the result. They helped us to bring innovative aspects to the market.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

We usually communicate through email. In the last year, we began to use Zoom more than any other channel.

Boldare manages their responsibilities well, and we’re very happy with them. Their ability to meet deadlines is top-notch. They could, however, provide better estimates.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Boldare's creativity stands out. They don’t just build a product; their team adds value throughout the whole process. They believe in what we’re building, which helps.

On the corporate level, it’s been a great work experience. There have been times when they went the extra mile for us and times when we went the extra mile for them. We have a great partnership.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not really. They aren’t perfect and neither are we. Every developer could probably provide better estimates. However, it's likely that most projects will exceed the budget or deadline. That is the world in which we live.

This isn't a criticism, just an anecdote. When they provide us with mock-ups, their team occasionally uses language that we don't use.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We've worked with 15–20 people from Boldare over the course of five years. It's always nice to change the team composition every now and then to keep the focus sharp. That's true with any development team. Also, it's helpful to work with them on project estimations.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality is really excellent.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them.

Protoype Dev & Design for Startup

"They did a phenomenal job."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July - Aug. 2020
Project summary: 

After going through an extensive discovery phase, Boldare designed the process flows and user journeys for a prototype using Figma. After multiple iterations, the team then developed the product.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kuwait
Founder, Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare delivered a functional prototype on time. The product, which was tailored to the right audience, received extremely positive external feedback, making for a successful partnership. The team's structured methods, responsiveness, and efficiency made for a pleasant and successful partnership. 

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 the founder of a small startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

I was looking for a development house to design a prototype for my business. We wanted to develop a limited functionality prototype. 

The idea behind that was to use a prototype to pitch the idea to potential clients and gauge the feedback from the clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In the beginning, we set up two full days for a project discovery workshop where Boldare challenged my ideas, and we designed the whole process flow, user journey, and features that should be included in the prototype phase. 

They used an online development platform called Figma which is quite advanced and eye-catching. They also used an online software called MURAL which is basically like a window where you can put sticky notes.

The prototype is mainly designing and not building the actual software. Initially, they were there to understand the idea and design the concept, and then they handed it over to the designer.

What is the team composition?

In the project discovery phase, there were five teammates from their side. Once they grasped the idea and we moved into the development phase, it went down to three teammates.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

I googled the top 50 developers in the world. Boldare was among the top for building prototypes and MVPs especially for entrepreneurs who wanted to test out an idea which is exactly what I needed.

I wanted to work with a team that understood my situation and understood the startup founder’s mentality, and how to meet their needs. In the first interaction with them, I just knew that they were the ones. Although I got a couple of proposals from different companies in Poland, Boldare was one of the best.

Their proposal and timeline were very competitive, and in terms of the financials, no one beat them. They were also quite responsive when I first reached out and made sure to accommodate all my comments. 

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $10,000 USD.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from July–August 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered the prototype on time. The way I measured the success of the project was when I used their prototype in meetings with potential clients. The feedback I received determined whether the prototype was a success or not. 

9 out of 10 clients just jumped out of their seats, and I am not exaggerating. Boldare did an exceptional job. They were quite familiar with the region and they know we have a large youth population, so they designed the prototype to cater to millennials and younger generations.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

Their process was well-laid-out. They adopted a very structured approach using the scrum master approach, and they did a phenomenal job. MURAL helped me when I went back to it a few days or a week later to see what we thought about a certain functionality. It was properly laid out and it was easily accessible to the whole team.  

We had a smaller team and they were quite efficient. The scrum master organized all the meetings and if I had any technical questions, I could just approach the developer right away. It was a flat hierarchy and we are all in the same boat; we are one team. They were quite responsive and incorporated my comments right away. 

We divided all the tasks into subtasks and the subtasks were divided into sprints. Each sprint included a full week of subtasks that needed to be delivered and we met every other day for 15 minutes just to provide feedback. 

By the end of the week, we would have another hour-long call just to review what had been done during that week. We reviewed the deliverables, added our comments, approved the tasks, and then planned for the next subtasks for the following week.

We kept doing this continuously to make sure that we optimized our time and were as efficient as possible. I would see the improvement by the next meeting.

Sometimes we would meet every day or every other day, and by the time we met again, they showed me how they incorporated my comments. They have a quick turnaround period and I really appreciated that because time is money.

I had back-to-back meetings with clients and Boldare was on top of things the whole time. They had a great, solid team, and they listened very carefully to all the comments I had.

We used Slack for comments or questions, or if someone wanted to share a couple of design inspirations. Although they are in Poland and I am in the Middle East, it was almost like we were working at the same table.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Boldare had a good sense of humor, which I liked. Whenever I met with them it didn’t feel like we were doing work. It felt like we were one team, we got things done, and we enjoyed it at the same time. That makes a big difference when working with another team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I have no suggestions. They should continue doing what they are doing.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Understand what you want otherwise it will take Boldare a longer time, but it's not because they lack structure or different thoughts. It’s important to save them time by telling them exactly what you want. If you tell them to think about it, draft some ideas and get back to you, it will extend the submission period.

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

Custom File Manager Dev for Security Solutions Co

"From graphic and code perspectives, the quality of Boldare’s work was great."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June - Aug. 2020
Project summary: 

Boldare augmented development resources to build a software solution for a telecommunications security company. The team designed a custom file management solution for integration into a proprietary platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malta
Giorgia Somma
Business Development Manager, Blu5 Labs Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare produced exceptional deliverables to the satisfaction of stakeholders. The team’s significant experience with scrum methodology facilitated a successful engagement. A dedicated team, they provided valuable insights to encourage product improvements beyond their scope of work.

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 business development manager for Blu5 Labs Ltd. We’re a security solutions company in the telecommunications industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We needed to increase our development resources and decided to outsource non-sensitive components of development projects

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Boldare designed a custom file manager for our proprietary platform. We plan to integrate the product into our security solution to establish a secure file manager.

What is the team composition?

We communicated with a scrum master, a team of developers, and a few managers.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

A colleague found Boldare, which was known as a capable software development company.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $15,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We collaborated on this project between June–August 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of Boldare’s work was superior to that of past vendors. I’m very satisfied.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

We had four, 1-week sprints, and the outcome was positive. Their team followed procedures and came with 15 years of experience with a scrum methodology. The project went well.

Their team cared about our project and collaborated with us beyond their scope of work. It was nice to get suggestions from them on how to further improve the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their professionalism stood out to us. From graphic and code perspectives, the quality of Boldare’s work was great. They held themselves to high standards. I was amazed by how their developers felt a part of our team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The scrum methodology works well for certain projects and not for others. I’d reduce the number of scrum events. We spent 4–5 hours per week on scrum events, which was a lot.  

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web & App Dev for Alert System

"I was really impressed with how much they cared about our product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Apr. 2020
Project summary: 

Boldare created a 2.0 version of a product built on a more robust larger platform. Once that was developed, they worked on the Android and iOS apps.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Birmingham, Alabama
Allan Wilson
President, Community Response Systems, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare completed the entire project within the new deadline and did an excellent job. The project management team was always responsive and available when needed. They embraced the company's goals and helped to push the product to be even better.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the President at Community Response Systems. Our main product, CRS Notify, is a technology based panic button system that lets employees notify others that they need assistance and then communicate throughout that event.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Boldare?

We where completing our first version of the product and looking to release a new second version that had a mobile app for Android and IOS in addition to the ability to raise more than two types of alerts. We want to completely redesign the interface so it flowed between the different platforms.

What were your goals for this project?

We originally had 9 months to complete the project and to make sure it had the core features our customers had grown to love. After finding new information we had to shorten that time frame to 3 months with the same set of features required.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We first reached out to about 20 different companies that looked like they might be a good fit with 50% in the US and 50% in other countries. We then narrowed it down for a phone interview with roughly a half dozen companies with the majority in the US and a few international companies. After that we pulled our entire team in and interviewed the final three finalists and went through the entire project and got a detailed quote from each company. After interviewing all three companies we decided on Boldare for a number of reasons.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They where to understand the current product that we have and help us to create a 2.0 version of this product built on a more robust larger platform. In addition to that once we developed what the Windows/OSX application would look like then how to create that for Android and IOS.

What was the team composition?

We had an account manager, scrum master with a front end developer, ui/ux designer, web developer, and two back end developers with other people coming in and out of the project as needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We where really impressed that they where able to pull off the entire project with the new deadline. In addition to pulling off the tight deadline we ended up with a product that was much better than what we had even originally thought. They did a really good job with this because they took plenty of time on the front side to understand what we wanted and what we where trying to accomplish so they could get us there.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We feel like everyone was able to self manage for the most part but their management team was always there and very responsive when we needed clarification or if we where concerned with a particular aspect of the project.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was really impressed with how much they cared about our product. They really embraced what we where trying to accomplish and really helped us to push the product to be even better. They are also really polite. With past experiences with other developers this is not always the case and having such a pleasant experience when working on things at this level of complexity makes the entire experience much more pleasant.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They do a really good job of communicating and setting clear expectations in the beginning so as of right now I don't really see anything that needs much improvement.

5.0
Overall Score We have just started another project with them which I think speaks for itself.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They did a great job of setting dates and updating and explaining if dates where going to be met or if there was something throwing us off track.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We feel like we got more than what we paid for! This is not our normal experience when outsourcing.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Our final product was better than expected!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have already referred two other companies to them.

MVP Build for a Real Estate Platform

"Their team is by far their greatest asset."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - May 2020
Project summary: 

Boldare worked on a previously built MVP for a real estate marketplace.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sarasota, Florida
Product Owner, Real Estate Marketplace Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare helped the client get ready to launch while bringing an impressive amount of process and experience to the table. Having excellent communication skills, the team took a back seat to project management and focused on building the product, which was what they did best.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We have a real estate marketplace/platform focused on a particular service category. During development I was Product Owner and my role within our business is to oversee all aspects of our product and technology.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Boldare?

We came to Boldare with a vision and business plan but lacked a clear and scoped out path for development. We brought with us an extremely simple proof of concept website and the next iteration of that — a poorly planned and partially developed MVP.

What were your goals for this project?

We found and hired the Boldare team after realizing our previous consulting/development firm was not covering enough ground with our budget.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We decided to go with Boldare after interviewing a handful of agencies, most of which we found on Clutch. Boldare's initial meetings and subsequent project proposal made the engagement very clear. The communication and effort they put into our engagement in the beginning increased our optimism about the project tremendously.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The Boldare team extensively work-shopped our vision with us and ultimately helped us peel back the layers on exactly what we needed to have within our MVP. Candidly speaking, it felt like "startup bootcamp" but it was a necessary evil and provided what ended up being a clear roadmap for the product.

What was the team composition?

We had a Scrum Master, two Full-stack Developers and a QA on the project from start to finish. We also had two UI/UX Designers from their team involved for a couple weeks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Boldare team brings an impressive amount of process and experience to the table. They can help you unpack your vision and execute — arguably the one thing even more important than your idea alone. As for impact on our business, they helped us get to a place at which we are ready for launch and very proud of what we have built together.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

As Product Owner I was engaged quite actively with the Scrum Master and the Developers multiple times each week. The process was sometimes time-intensive but that is to be expected. By making myself available I felt I was able to unblock their team and allow them to do what they do best — build digital products.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their team is by far their greatest asset. They might be across the world (from us) but the energy and collaboration we experienced was outstanding. Clear communication is another area Boldare excel's in. Whether it was a discussion about a feature that is too large for our budget or a bug they are working on, the frequent and clear communication was refreshing.

Are there any areas for improvement?

This question is challenging to answer because we had such a great experience. The main and possibly only notable pain point we experienced was timing between UI design assets and actual development. I would suggest for Boldare to require more clear assets from clients before starting development to keep roadblocks at a minimum. Luckily, their team and agile process helped us navigate through the timing issues so it wasn't all that painful in the end.

5.0
Overall Score Incredible team and partner
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Clear and organized
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Fair and transparent pricing
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Truly outstanding
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We would refer to them without a doubt

MVP Software Dev for Data Visualization Platform

“I was impressed by the team’s willingness to do something extra to exceed our initial targets.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

Boldare developed an MVP for a data visualization and content sharing platform, using Node.js for the backend and Angular for the frontend. Through a two-day workshop, they outlined project requirements.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hong Kong
Jeff Ko
Co-Founder, Chartipedia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Boldare delivered high-quality work, regularly going beyond the scope of their expectations to provide top-notch services and a high-end product. Unlike competitors, they were able to complete the project in a very short timeframe due to their strong organizational skills.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a company called Chartipedia.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Boldare?

We’re trying to develop a data visualization and content sharing platform. It would be an MVP for our startup.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It includes everything, including UX/UI design, front- and backend design. It’s just a web platform right now. They used Node.js for the backend and the frontend is Angular. We met them in person and had a two-day workshop to go over our vision, our goals of the MVP, so they can define the goals of the product. This helped them understand what we truly wanted.

What is the team composition?

The team is comprised of a project manager, a designer, a frontend developer, a backend developer, and one customer service manager.

How did you come to work with Boldare?

We found them through a Google search and saw them on Clutch. We talked to a few companies in eastern Europe, but we chose them for them: their experience on their chat record and their reviews on Clutch. We saw that they have great UX/UI design, and because they’ve done similar work before related to data visualization,

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about €42,000 (approximately $46,000 USD)

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked from January–March 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve been very helpful for us and we’re pleased with the quality of their work. Through our workshop, they had a great understanding of what we wanted to get out of our product, and they delivered.

How did Boldare perform from a project management standpoint?

They divided the department into different sprints and what they wanted to get done each week.

The team also used Jira to list all the tasks they were going to work on and the expected time. Their time management is great as well. It took about two months to complete the MVP, which was very timely. A few other agencies proposed a 3–4 month timeline, so they finished it very quickly in comparison. Communication is very important and they’re very responsive over Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their time management, because that is so crucial for a startup like us. I was impressed by the team’s willingness to do something extra to exceed our initial targets. Near the end of development, they proposed to create an interactive landing page for our MVP department. It was a good idea, and they wanted to help us grow.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Although we included a lot of details in the scope at the beginning of the project, somehow, it’s still quite difficult to have a very accurate picture of their perspective. It’s our first time working with a software company, and it’s difficult to get a concrete picture of what features will look like. They might think differently than we do. We’ve also added features, so our budget has increased.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re willing to go the extra mile and they have a very diverse portfolio, so they have experience in multiple industries. Whatever you want, they can get it done for you.

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

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