Nearshore Web & Mobile App Design and Development

Cheesecake Labs is an industry-leading mobile and web development company. 

Since 2013, we work with passion building amazing world-class products together with American startups, entrepreneurs and SMEs.

Client Testimony

"Cheesecake Labs has been a dream development partner. They do quality work and are extremelly skilled, communicative and motivated. They are a seamless extension of our team!"

– Lesley Kao, VP of Online Product Development, Singularity University

"The folks at Cheesecake Labs are highly organized. They're inclined to have regular meetings to ensure that we're keeping a good pace and in sync with project goals."

– Cameroon Robertson, CEO, Lockitron.

Service Offerings

  • Digital Product Strategy
  • Prototyping & Concept Development
  • Mobile & Web UI/UX Design
  • iOS App Development
  • Android App Development
  • Web App Development
  • React-Native Development
  • Mobile & Web Backend Engineering
  • Quality Assurance & Testing
  • App Analytics

Visit our website: www.cheesecakelabs.com

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2013
Cheesecake Labs
260 Desembargador Vitor Lima Ave, 10th floor
Florianopolis
Brazil
Cheesecake Labs
237 Kearny Street #9055
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Startups, Entrepreneurs, SMEs: Singularity University, LockitronVSportoTriplePointCamioSkyroamPortobello, Intelbras

Somme

Menud

Woovit

iHub

Singularity University

Connect to Singularity University community to build exponetial solutions together though our Mobile (iOS/Android) and Web apps.

Portobello – Archtrends

Largest portal in Brazil used as reference & inspiration for Archtects.

Portobello Digital

Check the promotional video here on Vimeo.

Fishbit

Trucking

Lockitron

OneAvenue

Camio

Bolo

Whittl

VSporto

Sproutkin

Reviews

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Web Platform Dev for Arts & Civil Society Participation Nonprofit

“Cheesecake Labs helped us effectively communicate our message for the first time.”

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

Cheesecake Labs designed and developed a website from scratch, using Django, Python, Heroku, and HTML. Users can create profiles and access event information. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United States
Evan Walsh
Communications Coordinator, For Freedoms
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake Labs created a beautiful, user-friendly website on time and on budget. In addition to exceeding expectations, their team is very communicative, proactive, and responsive to client needs. They continue to make the relationship seamless and effective.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the communications coordinator for For Freedoms, a nonprofit that consists of a collective of artists, art institutions, and Americans who care about being more involved in the art community across the US and Puerto Rico.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We engaged Cheesecake Labs to help us build a digital platform for our users, allowing them to showcase profiles and events.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cheesecake Labs designed and developed our website from scratch, using technologies that included Django, Python, Heroku, and HTML. They incorporated features that allow artists to create profiles and post events so that visitors could have access to information from the art community throughout the country.

What is the team composition?

We mainly work with two people on development and a project manager, but they've had up to eight staff working on our project at any given time depending on the stage.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

They were highly recommended to us by someone who had worked with them on a similar project. We were impressed by the sites they'd built in the past compared to any of the other vendors we'd considered, so we decided to give them a shot.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since April 2018, and the majority of the production wrapped up in May or June. But the relationship is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Cheesecake Labs helped us effectively communicate our message for the first time. We've already had 300 events and 200 institution profiles uploaded, so the website has given us a platform for showcasing a lot of information. Users have provided a lot positive feedback regarding its overall design and user friendly features as well.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

It's been an easy experience thus far considering the complexity of our needs. We have weekly meetings to go over deadlines and milestones, and they manage project tasks through TeamGantt. They've been very communicative throughout the engagement. They're also supportive and set realistic deadlines, which they either meet or exceed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They've created a beautiful website. Any time a bug or issue pops up, they're incredibly quick to fix them. We're very grateful for what they've been able to achieve.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I don't have any complaints.

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

iOS & Android App Dev for AI Recruiting Software Company

"Sometimes, we assume that good talent is only abroad, but they’ve shown us Silicon Valley-level quality." 

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. - Jun. 2018
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs designed an Android and iOS app and now acts as a development partner and consultant. They used Envision to develop design drafts and prototypes and have worked on ATI architecture.

The Reviewer
 
50 - 100 Employees
 
Bogotá, Colombia
Design Director, Humantelligence
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

All designs were delivered on time and stakeholders are pleased with quality to date. Although Cheesecake Labs’ workload has necessitated schedule changes, their early and consistent communication has precluded any delivery issues. Their quality and talents standout in both the industry and region.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a Design Manager for a platform that provides organizational culture and recruiting solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We needed help to build a mobile app for the B2C market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They created a mobile app for Android and iOS. They used sketch design programs and prototyping programs like Envision. As for the development, they collaborated with us on ATI architecture, but they’re acting more as a consultant.

What is the team composition?

We worked with two designers, two developers, and the CEO.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

They were on the top of the Clutch results so we felt like we could trust them.

How much have you invested in them?

The design costed $14,187.

What is the status of this engagement?

worked with them from February until June 2018. We’ve finished the design section and are now co-developing the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve only delivered the app’s design, but they’ve been punctual with deadlines and gave us a very competitive price. In terms of impact, it’s too early to know since we haven’t launched the app yet. However, we’ve tested the app and shown our stakeholders it’s exceed our quality expectations.

How did Cheesecake labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re very happy working with them because they’re always very organized and formal. They’re very clear on communication issues. We used Slack to communicate and Google Hangouts and Zoom for meetings to discuss progress. They’ve met every deadline and I can tell that they’re a really organized agency that is clear an open with their communications.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The design quality is great. Sometimes, we assume that good talent is only abroad, but they’ve shown us Silicon Valley-level quality.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They always let us know when there’s going to be a schedule change. I have noticed that they have a lot of clients and that we’ve had to move around their workload. We didn’t have any issues with that because they were clear and would let us know in advance, but, in the future, they could consider balancing that load better.

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

POC Platform Dev for Facial Recognition Payment Startup

“They’re professional and always on time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs is developing a Python-based payment platform and mobile app that utilizes facial recognition technology. They collaboratively designed and delivered the initial proof of concept.

The Reviewer
 
200-500 Employees
 
Sao Paulo, Brazil
General Director, Marangoni
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake Labs consists of talented developers with a surplus of experience in delivering innovative software. They effectively manage the project and keep everything progressing as scheduled. They’re communicative partners that work to produce the best product possible.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the general director of Marangoni. We operate in the metalworking industry to offer solutions for electrical transformers and road safety. With the skills and flexibility to develop complex projects, our team of specialists are leaders of the global market.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

One of our departments had the idea to create a payment platform that utilized facial recognition technology. We contracted Cheesecake Labs to develop the platform’s software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our developers have the knowledge required to build facial recognition technology, but we needed a scalable platform that could support exponential growth. Cheesecake Labs helped us design a proof of concept (POC) and are currently developing the Python-based platform.

Users will interact with the final product through an Android app. Businesses will be able to take photos of customers when they make purchases. The charge will show up on the user’s mobile app as an approval request. The user accepts the charge and the payment is made. We plan on creating an iOS version in the future.

What is the team composition?

There are currently 5–6 developers from Cheesecake Labs working on the project. Some are developing the backend infrastructure while others are building the Android app. A project manager is our primary point of contact.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

They were recommended to me by a colleague who hired them to develop intricate medical software. He indicated that they did good work, so we hired them. We also liked that they’re an American company as we’re always looking to make new connections.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost will likely reach $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We contracted them in April 2018 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Cheesecake Labs delivered our first POC for the project. They’ve kept to the development schedule and haven’t gone over budget. They’re professional and always on time. It’s been a smooth process and we’re excited to see the platform grow.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate via Slack and hold a weekly video conference with them. This approach has worked out great so far. Their project manager puts the team to work and keeps them focused on the task at hand.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Cheesecake Labs are proper partners and we expect to work with them in the future. They’re a great company all-around.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’re conservative regarding software development, whereas they’re pushing to release the initial version of the platform as soon as possible. I prefer a slower process that ensures we have time to get the details right. This is more of a difference of opinion than a negative.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re expensive compared to other vendors in the market.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software Dev for Blockchain Company

“They’re a friendly team that’s enjoyable to work with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs developed non-blockchain software components such as a website and KYC module. They currently work on customizable solutions for numerous third-party end users.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
New York, New York
President, Inwage
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake Labs is responsive and manages the project well. They’re an experienced team of professionals who know what they’re doing—their first ICO project raised $50 million.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a co-founder of Inwage, a blockchain technical and marketing advisory service. Our initial customers are in the realm of initial coin offerings (ICO). I lead project management and other business details.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We needed help developing the non-blockchain components of a software solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our client wanted to perform an ICO, so we built a website, smart contracts, security reviews, and security use cases. Cheesecake Labs built the website and the designs that the rest of the project was based on. We integrated admin features, user sign-up processes such as multifactor authentication, and a payment processor. Cheesecake Labs helped build the KYC module structure and made the system privately, so we could customize it for future projects.

What is the team composition?

We work with the project manager and a developer. At one point, we had up to three developers.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

We vetted a handful of an affiliated company’s dev customers based on their previous transaction histories. Cheesecake Labs was one of the top customers in the program, so we decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We partnered in November 2017, and the work is ongoing. We recently finished the first ICO project and are working on customizable solutions for other customers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our security specialist reviewed their work and liked the team. Our first ICO project was a huge success, raising $50 million. Cheesecake Labs made that possible.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re responsive and provide good project management. Deadlines sometimes get delayed due to unforeseen bugs, but that’s expected in any dev project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re a friendly team that’s enjoyable to work with.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They almost always deliver on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re very flexible on the payment schedule, which we appreciate.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development for Fitness Company

“[E]verything has been perfect.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The team is developing the mobile application for iOS and Android that acts as a digital personal trainer. The app is compatible with other digital tracking tools to help clients track the details.

 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Humble, Texas
Mark Arceneaux
CEO, Forca App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the app is still in progress, Cheesecake Labs has been in control of the process and everything is on track to meet deadlines as planned. Despite the time zone differences, they are easy to communicate with. They do an excellent job of following through and delivering what they say they will.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO at  Forca App. We’ve built a platform that can be accessed by two apps. One app for the consumer, which is someone looking to better their overall health and fitness; one for the trainer. We tie these two together from the innovative marketplace where trainers sell their plan and services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

Victor’s knowledge from working with Uber on their two sided platform really gave us some insight on one of our biggest challenges: How do we handle the trainer client relationship in a manner that is user friendly for both parties.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a mobile app for both iOS and Android.

What is the team dynamic?

We’ve had upwards of 8–10 people who worked on the project.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

We went to the Consumer Electronics Show last year to demonstrate our beta version. During the event we met the people from Cheesecake. At the time we were not satisfied with our current progress, so we discussed starting over with Cheesecake and ultimately scrapped the first app we had.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $250,000+

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since March 2017. We're looking to finish by February or March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since we are still under development I cannot really give concrete examples of their impact. However, I will say, they went the extra mile during the design phase which led us to a funding round bigger and easier than expected.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We primarily use Slack for communication and Trello for task management. During the design phase we used InVision for feedback. Using these tools has made the open scope project much easier to manage.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication and willingness to work with us. We are based out of Texas and Cheesecake out of the country, so going in, the time difference was a big concern for us. This has never been an issue. They are always available. Most important, if one of their estimate is off they make it right.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We are a small team and aren’t up-to-date on the latest and best solutions in development. It would be nice to have someone on the Cheesecake team suggest the best tools for us to take advantage of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure the project is fully understood from start. You can’t sit face-to-face with them, so changes during the design or development phase will be more difficult and costly.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Anything they say, they do, or they'll do in a few days.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were a third less than other people's bids, and they've stuck to that.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're always there if you need anything, even with the time difference.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.

Mobile App Dev for Aquarium IoT Company

“They were legitimately interested in the project, made a lot of suggestions, and were a valuable addition to our team.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2015 - July 2016
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs supplemented a team of developers to create an Android app to accompany a preexisting iOS app. They also provided some input on design.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
CEO, Fishbit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A collaborative approach to coding and project management made Cheesecake Labs an ideal partner for companies with an in-house development team. They met all deadlines and delivered the final product ahead of schedule.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a company called Fishbit. We focus on hardware and software solutions for smart aquariums. Our hardware measures water pH, salinity and temperature, and automates different systems like lights, heaters, and pumps, all based on the water data that’s collected. Our devices are all powered by native iOS and Android apps. We were based in San Francisco while working with Cheesecake Labs, and are now based in Chicago. We have three fulltime staff, but the number goes up and down depending on current needs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We hired them to help us with our apps. We’re a small team, and needed to build an Android version from scratch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cheesecake Labs built our Android app and fulfilled some needs on the iOS side, which had only existed as a base version until that point. They’ve added significantly to it. We provided designs for the Android app, which they added to during the development process. We handled the backend internally, so most of their work focused on mobile development.

What is the team composition?

We had a fulltime iOS developer, a fulltime Android developer, and a part-time designer. Victor Oliveira [CEO, Cheesecake Labs] came in intermittently as well. There were also developers on their team performing code reviews, although we weren’t working directly with them. We have a team of developers, and were able to perform our own reviews as well.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

They were recommended by colleagues in the Chicago startup community. We interviewed a several different agencies, and based on the recommendations we got and the quality of Cheesecake Labs’ past work, we felt that they would be the best value for our money. The quality/cost ratio and speed of work were amazing.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $25,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked through a significant portion of 2015 into the beginning of 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Having an app for Android was crucial to our business, and they created a great product. The work was done quickly, and the team hit all timelines and delivered the project earlier than expected. Agencies have an incentive not to do this and ask for more work, so we were happy to see Cheesecake Labs hit the numbers they quoted.

On top of this, they contributed to our iOS team very effectively. We’re a small group, so being able to bring them up to speed on our backend quickly and to have them understand things right away was extremely helpful. The quality of work was great, and they felt like a part of the team. It’s been a wonderful relationship, which we plan to continue as our business needs grow.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We had weekly catch-up calls, and they were brought into our Slack channels for daily communication. We were able to review the work internally, but Cheesecake Labs also had their own developers reviewing the code, just to make sure things were going smoothly. It was nice to see their developers asking legitimate questions, which sometimes led to substantive changes. I’ve seen processes in which code reviews are more of a formality, but they seemed to take it very seriously.

In terms of deadlines, I was shocked to see them hit every one within the shorter end of the range. We had a 25% buffer on tasks, given that it’s typical for agencies to request more work, but they were right within range.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They became a part of our team right away, and as our needs grew, they had our backs and were able to could handle anything we threw at them. They were legitimately interested in the project, made a lot of suggestions, and were a valuable addition to our team. They changed the way that we think about our business. We no longer think of how many people we want to hire internally, but rather where can Cheesecake Labs come in and supplement our team. When we needed a couple of extra people, they could supply them. We’re a team of developers ourselves, and we’ve been happy with their work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’re planning to continue working with them, and there’s very little we would change. Cheesecake Labs was given free reign with the code and we were comfortable with it, since we could watch over everything.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Everyone works their own way, and one of the things we liked about Cheesecake was that they could adapt to our own protocols. We had weekly meetings, and talked to them all the time via Slack. Victor has visited us in the U.S. at one point, and we’ve been appreciative about the overall collaboration.

5.0
Overall Score The cost could always be lower, but I can’t imagine our collaboration being much better.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were wonderful, hitting the short end of deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cheesecake Labs came in low, compared to other quotes, and the work was wonderful.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve referred them to a few people already.

App Dev for Music Celebrities and Fans' Platform

"Cheesecake Labs is really good. When they promise something, they deliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jun. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs provides development work for a mobile app on iOS that brings fans and artists together, using a variety of technologies and assisting with Google Analytics as well.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Dave Kaplow
CEO, OneAvenue.tv
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake Labs has talented developers that work with the latest technologies, are fluent in English, and communicate back and forth efficiently, providing input on designs. The app has five-star ratings in the App Store and is updated weekly. They’ll even fix their mistakes free of charge.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re the co-founders and CEO/COO of OneAvenue.TV.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We originally were a very large website and had thousands of pieces of content that we created, which mainly were reviews of music artists. We had a lot of traffic, but we didn't have any way to know our fans and to steer them to a platform where they could see all their favorite artists’ social activity—videos, music, performance dates—in one place. We were struggling to figure out how to stay up to date with what these artists were doing.

We realized that fans had the same problem, having to cut across probably six or seven social networks to learn what a celebrity was doing. We thought it would be cool if we could put everything in one place and give our celebrities profiles for their fans to follow them.

Our business challenge was to get something like that built and grow the number of celebrities that work with us. We needed a platform to do it and that's what we hired Cheesecake Labs to do.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cheesecake Labs uses a full stack: PostgreSQL as a database, Django as the CMS [content management system], CocoaPods as a framework, Python on the backend, and Docker as a container strategy. It's all hosted on Amazon Web Services. The frontend is React.js for our web version and Swift for our iOS version. For analytics, they use Kibana, and they got us ready for Google Analytics.

What is the team dynamic?

The number of people working with us has varied. We've been working with them for over a year, so it's been as high as five or six people involved at one point and as low as one part-time resource when we don't need as much development.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

We found them through a connection. At that time, we were looking for a development shop and vetted nine different vendors around the world. We had about 10 factors based on which we would make a decision, and created a big table and looked at all these factors to decide who to use. In the end, we evaluated companies from Ukraine, China, India, Pakistan, Italy, France, and Uruguay, and we ultimately decided on Cheesecake Labs in Brazil.

As we looked at various development shops, we noticed if they had built any cool consumer-facing apps that seemed successful. However, a lot of the companies we talked to hadn't done anything consumer-facing. Also, we liked Cheesecake because they’re nearshore—only four hours ahead—so we can have meetings with them whenever we want.

The quality of their developers was another reason for choosing them. They’re very current in the technologies that we cared about whereas some of the other firms weren't. They also have a great project manager instead of a sales manager between us and them.

Also, they're cooler and younger, so they fit the demographic we're going after and they use really modern tools. At one point, we also got to meet our product manager in person—he flew into San Francisco to see us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent over $100,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in June 2016 and it's an ongoing collaboration. We have a very aggressive product roadmap; we talk to them and they implement stuff weekly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We got discovered by SXSW [South by Southwest], which is one of the most innovative startups and were also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and got discovered on Crunchbase as well. We have relationships with multiple celebrities and we've worked with some major music festivals.

When people look at the work, they're not just going to read our stuff, they look at the app too, and we've got almost all five-star reviews on the App Store.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They use Slack and Trello with us and speak fluent English, so there isn't a lot of confusion. They run on an hourly basis with us, so it's important to have good communication. We share designs back and forth and they comment on them, allowing us to adjust stuff if they're giving us good ideas. They're pretty good with deadlines too, but it's software development after all.

What did you find most impressive about them?

If we run into delays, they own it and make it up to us. We were expecting to have the Spotify feature ready and they underestimated the time it would take. It was a week of extra work and they didn’t charge us for it.

If there's a problem, they make it right. We've built trust with them and as we don't have our own internal development shop, we're relying on these guys to deliver.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Communication can always be improved on. Some of these features that we're building are pretty sophisticated, and sometimes it seems like they're doing a piece of it for the first time. There aren't a lot of apps like ours, though.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Sometimes we change stuff as we go, and some of the things we're doing are really complicated to develop, so we’re going to have delays.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would come back to them with other work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I've worked with more than a couple of international outsourcing companies, and Cheesecake Labs is really good. When they promise something, they deliver.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev for Nutrition Tech Startup

"Cheesecake Labs has a very high-quality code-review process before submitting work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sep. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs developed a native iOS app using Objective-C and Swift for the food-tech and health-tech spaces. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Co-Founder, Nutrition Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team had excellent communications and kept in constant touch throughout the collaboration. They were a highly intuitive group that demonstrated multiple scenarios to solve issues based on best practices. The delivery was always on-time and the code was very clean, well-written and lean.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I am the CEO of a tech startup developing a mobile app for the food-tech and health-tech spaces.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We needed to develop our mobile platform.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Cheesecake Labs is providing native-iOS development using Objective-C and Swift. There are three developers on our project.

 

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

I've worked with Latin American developers over the last couple of years, and had good experiences with Brazilian companies. I found Cheesecake Labs through a Google search, and had a good conversation with their CEO.

 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The cost is confidential.

 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Cheesecake Labs in September 2016. The project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have a 92% crash-free environment in our App Store product, with thousands of users on the public beta platform.

 

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We primarily use Trello for project management, and communicate through Slack. We don't have an Agile system in place because I prefer not to. Communication is excellent. We keep in constant touch with the development team for eight or even ten hours a day over Slack.

 

What distinguishes Cheesecake Labs from other providers?

The first key strength is that Cheesecake Labs has perfect English language proficiency. There is no gap in communication, which is unique for offshore development, in my opinion. Cheesecake Labs is a highly-intuitive group which comes to every single decision with multiple scenarios of how they would like to potentially solve them intuitively, and based off of best practices. Thirdly, the code is very clean, well-written and lean. There's rarely an issue with our ability to understand it and jump back in for adjustments. Lastly, Cheesecake Labs has a very high-quality code-review process before submitting work. To me, this is another sign of professional maturity.

 

Is there anything Cheesecake Labs could have improved or done differently?

I can't think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The delivery is always on-time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    While the cost per-developer is higher, each resource from Cheesecake Labs is more efficient than with other groups, which charge half as much, but use twice as many people.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Cheesecake Labs.

Web Dev for Singularity University's Global Service

"They were a strategic partner in helping to define the right user stories and priorities for our audiences and business goals."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct 2015 - Apr 2016 - Aug 2016 +
Project summary: 

Cheesecake Labs built a platform to connect and empower 60 international chapters leveraging a web services/microservices architecture using Python, Django, PostgreSQL, and cloud-hosted services.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Moffett Field, CA
VP Engineering, Professional Educational Organization and Think Tank
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The firm provided quality software engineering support and acted as a strategic partner in helping to define the right user stories and priorities for global audiences and business goals. Furthermore, they were very easy to work with and gracefully collaborated with the rest of the engineering and business organization.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Singularity University's mission is to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges. Based at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, we support a global community located in over 60 chapters worldwide.

I'm the VP of engineering and IT and the lead executive responsible for the technical digitization of Singularity University and its distribution and access throughout the world.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

To empower our over 60 international chapters to sign up for licenses, administer local programs and events, and engage their local communities, Singularity University needed to build an Internet-based platform to centralize, standardize, and manage it all. The platform needed to support a directory of chapters, chapter officials, chapter events, and the many university alumni around the world who might participate in them.

Cheesecake Labs has a mixture of skills which we can weave as necessary, including mobile development, server-side development, and UI design. The latter is an area in which Cheesecake Labs has generally been weaker, but they've been able to partner with design firms. We have another designer on contract, who has networked very well with Cheesecake Labs' team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

With our guidance and input, Cheesecake Labs built the platform leveraging a web services/microservices architecture using Python, Django, PostgreSQL, and cloud-hosted services.

We found them through an internal reference, and we appreciated the team's collaborative spirit, technical acumen, and inquisitive business sense to ensure we'd build the best product/service possible with the resources and timeframe at hand.

Over the past year, we not only launched the service but continued to roll out new features and enhancements with Cheesecake Labs. Thus the project lifecycle iterated (in Kanban fashion) over strategy, design, development, support, and optimization.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

Cheesecake Labs was selected by our VP of engineering before I started working with the company. One of our entrepreneurial accelerator labs knew of Cheesecake Labs and gave a reference. I was hired shortly after and also reviewed them. Cheesecake Labs had good references, so we brought them in. We had another vendor scheduled to take on a third project, but because we liked Cheesecake Labs' architectural models, we brought them in on that project as well.

How much have you invested with Cheesecake Labs?

The cost of Cheesecake Labs' work has been around $50,000 per month, coming down to around $40,000 more recently.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Cheesecake Labs in October 2015, and have established an ongoing relationship. The first project was launched in April 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Since we have created a completely new project area, I don't have a basis for comparison, other than the fact that Cheesecake Labs doubled the number of chapters we could support through one of the solutions they built. We have gone from 25 to 60 clients, and have offered them self-service support for becoming a chapter, adding listings, and publishing events in the university community-calendars.

The efforts by Cheesecake Labs enabled us to scale the growth of our global program, doubling the number of international chapters supported. They enabled us to build a richer relationship with our program alumni and enhance the opportunities for our alumni to interconnect and collaborate around the world at far more events than our US-based headquarters could support.

Cheesecake Labs not only provided quality software engineering support, but they were a strategic partner in helping define the right user stories and priorities for our audiences and business goals. Furthermore, they were very easy to work with and gracefully collaborated with the rest of our engineering and business organization.

How did Cheesecake Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Cheesecake Labs has had a transparent project management process. We've used an Agile approach and made many iterative adjustments. There is only a few hours' difference between our teams, so we can work together through Slack and video conferences. We're also a heavy JIRA and Confluence user for project prioritization. This flexibility has allowed us to adjust and readjust our business priorities based on what we're seeing on the ground. We could take a more restrictive approach to the development, giving fully detailed specs and schedules, but we have a first-time project, so there's a need for immediate adjustments. We still have a roadmap, but the weekly adjustments allow us to be reactive to the audience, and not proceed blindly.

Cheesecake Labs' team flew to our location and worked for a couple of weeks on-site with us, assisting with the launch. We're hoping to do the same thing in 2017 after a budget approval. Cheesecake Labs complemented our virtual process, making sure that we're also staying in touch in person.

What did you find most impressive about Cheesecake Labs?

Whenever we had a meeting with Cheesecake Labs, everyone on the team had a smile on their face. They've made the day more pleasant, and are very responsive.

Are there any areas Cheesecake Labs could improve?

Cheesecake Labs could put more emphasis on formalized documentation and code reviews. This is also a reflection of our growing maturity, as we continue to add engineers. High-level design documents can be useful for people who join the project at a later date.

The area in which we're developing now has complexities which will require more unit tests. It remains to be seen how Cheesecake Labs will perform. We have a formal quality assurance engineer who was introduced in the past month. We will start to cross-reference our JIRA user stories with the documentation, making test cases easier to trace. This is just a part of the natural maturity we see as we evolve the product scene.

5.0
Overall Score We’re extremely pleased with our choice of partner. We also kept them on as an extension of our team and continue to refer business to them. We have grown our team investments with them over time.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They showed a willingness to creatively rethink project goals and scope when we needed to draw harder deadlines for given milestones.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re very cost effective compared to US-based staff, and we often failed to notice their remote location.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have an excellent delivery on goals and objectives, and performed in close and constructive partnership with the rest of the organization.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Would recommend them hands-down in a heartbeat.

App Development for Bluetooth Enabled App Startup

" ... thanks to Cheesecake, we were able to go from an app which had very basic support and a number of features which were failing, to being on a very stable footing .... "

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Cheesecake provided app development services for an iOS and Android native application that was paired with a physical product. In their partnership with Lockitron, they developed several versions of the app successfully and development is ongoing. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Cameron Robertson
CEO, Lockitron
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake was chosen for their prior experience with Silicon Valley based startups, and they delivered work within budget. Due to their ability to deal with complex problems quickly, the parternship is ongoing. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We make a product called Lockitron, which is a smartphone-controlled door lock. Basically, it lets you share access with family and friends on a temporary or permanent basis. It is available on iOS and Android platforms, as well as a website.

What is your position?

I’m the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] and one of the co-founders at Lockitron.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Cheesecake Labs?

We have a significant background working on the hardware side of Lockitron, the embedded software development, the firmware, and the web portion; however, we aren’t native app developers. For our application, Android and iOS apps are key to our customer’s success, which is where Cheesecake came in.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

I know that Cheesecake Labs offers a wide array of services that we haven’t tapped into, and we’ve looked at working with them on some of our web stuff, but we’ve only worked with them on iOS and Android development.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

We’ve worked with a number of independent contractors over the years on our mobile application. Ultimately, the biggest reason we went with Cheesecake is because they had already worked on a number of other impressive Silicon Valley apps, and contributed to the success of those companies. Their cost really met our budget goals. We are able to accomplish a lot more with them than we would with local developers here because costs have grown so astronomically high in the Bay Area.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We see this as an ongoing project for the next year or so, so probably in the $50,000 to $200,000 range.

What is the status of this engagement?

It’s an ongoing engagement. We’ve been working with Cheesecake for quite a few months now, certainly through the fall of last year. We’ve had several app releases since we started working with them. We’ve released app updates several times to both the App Store and Google Play Store, and we’ve almost completed work on an entirely rebuilt version of the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

It’s a bit tricky to provide quantitative data because our apps are released for free as companion apps to a physical product that we sell. That being said, thanks to Cheesecake, we were able to go from an app which had very basic support and a number of features which were failing, to being on a very stable footing across all of our feature sets. This includes some really sophisticated ones in terms of Bluetooth interaction with the lock itself.

What distinguishes Cheesecake Labs from other providers?

The folks at Cheesecake are highly organized. They’re inclined to have regular meetings to ensure that we’re keeping a good pace, in sync with project goals, and ultimately to understand what the specifications of the project are. They’re able to provide a framework, including our agenda, specifications, and our roadmap. Twice a week we meet via video conference to communicate goals, and see what hurdles are in the way of moving forward. It’s not any different in my mind than having one or two almost full-time people in-house helping out with the project. Their communication and the output of the developers has been phenomenal. They were able to solve some complex problems very quickly.

Is there anything Cheesecake Labs could have improved or done differently?

I can’t really think of anything right now that they could have done differently. Cheesecake uses the latest technology which is great. I was concerned they would have dated technology. They did a fantastic job helping us manage the project and making sure that we hit the goals. Because they did such a great job, I ‘d like to take it to the next level and potentially bring in some additional organization tools that they’ve used with clients before.

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