What was the scope of their involvement?
There were some big deliverables and support throughout. They literally built the whole Android application – interface and everything. They also provided ad hoc support. For example, I had them help with some UI/UX on our website, development work on our website, UI/UX on iOS, some light iOS development, and other things. Generally, we either have our own designs or I'll kind of give them direction and if it's something that feels comfortable, they'll take that on too, which they have capabilities in-house for.
What is the team dynamic?
We're a lean company. At the time, we had maybe 5 or 6 people. They work alongside our technical firmware lead for a lot of the work, and I also work with them hands-on as well. The team on their side depends on the project. For the Android app, there's two main developers and project manager, plus Alexey if needed for escalations. For the website, it was three as well. It was a developer, designer, and project manager. For iOS, it was two resources or less, because it was pretty lightweight work.
How did you come to work with Brainbean Apps?
Actually, Alexey [Pelykh, Founder] reached out to me. I think he either found me through LinkedIn or was referred to me from another company that we had shared incubator space with in a hardware accelerator. I told him in brief what issues we were going through and he outlined the steps of how they would accomplish my project and he seemed pretty confident. Then he gave me some examples of previous work they worked on, which increased my confidence. Most importantly, they actually had a project that had quite a big issue, larger than ours, and they had already solved the problem. That client had shipped product that had firmware on it that could not be updated over the air. So whatever they ship from the factory, the customer is stuck with that sort of firmware on the product. Then something happened with phone software and every single product was no longer working. Brainbean had to do some clever workarounds that required talking to the device over Bluetooth and Android and iOS. The solution was highly relevant to my issues and a lot more difficult so I had a lot of confidence in them.
How much have you invested with them?
I don’t know the exact answer to that, to be honest. I don’t think it’s over $100,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them around June last year and we’re still working together.