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At Cheesecake Labs, we work with passion and clarity on the development of full-stack software solutions for disruptive companies, providing support for decision making and developing systems that are true to the core ideas. Our services include:

 

Decision Support:

By understanding the software business environment, the technical constraints and how big players built their dominance, we help you choose the right technologies, human resources with the correct expertises and a project workflow that fits your culture.

UX/UI Design:

From user experience, wireframes and prototypes to mock-ups, interfaces and assets, we've got you covered. Through a highly-interdisciplinary environment, we build gorgeous interfaces, without losing sight of the engineering aspect.

Full-Stack Engineering:

We craft iOS & Android apps, backend solutions, responsive websites and server infrastructure to turn ideas into real products. Using state-of-the-art technologies, we make sure the project stays modular, scales smoothly and meets the expectations.

Visit our website: www.ckl.io

 
$10,000
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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Florianopolis, Brazil
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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
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
CEO, Lockitron
 
Verified
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

Smart Videos App Development for Startup

" ... when we had issues, [Cheesecake Labs] helped. We’ve been treating them as an extended team for Camio ever since."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Cheesecake labs developed an iOS and Android application that met the particularly challening requirements of "smart" video monitoring. After a successful launch, the partnership is ongoing and Cheesecake provides regular maintenance and updates. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Co-Founder, Camio
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Due to the app's stellar performance, Camio has won a number of "best of" awards and was featured on the Google blog. In this ongoing partnership, Camio now considers Cheesecake more as integrated teammates than anything. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Camio makes real-time videos smart by doing instant search and alerts on any video stream. We started with turning existing cell phones and tablets, into smart video cameras that could alert you. For example, if people are approaching your walkway, or if your elderly mother is living alone and hasn’t made coffee by 10 a.m., you would be alerted.

What is your position?

I’m CEO and co-founder of Camio. I was the person that initially contracted with Cheesecake.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We were looking for somebody that could help with some of the difficult issues we had in turning Android apps into reliable cameras. The CEO of Cheesecake Labs had worked with Uber on their app, and when we had issues, he helped. We’ve been treating them as an extended team for Camio ever since.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

The apps are available on both the iOS and Android platforms.

How did you come to work with Cheesecake Labs?

Cheesecake Labs was referred by somebody that I knew through an investor. I think we were among their earliest clients. We were considering whether to just hire in-house here in San Mateo, or contract with them as our outsourced mobile app development team. They have since practically become members of our team.

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

There may have been one year that we exceeded $250,000. Currently, our annual run rate is in the $50,000 to $250,000 range.

What is the status of this engagement?

It’s an ongoing partnership.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We’ve gotten a number of “best-of" awards and recognition from our peers in the industry as the number one way to monitor your outdoor living spaces. Google’s blog posted about our success in smart video.

In terms of the quantitative stats, every day we process about 4 million video events. People primarily search from the apps that Cheesecake Labs has helped build. About 80% of our usage is on mobile apps versus our web browser app.

What distinguishes Cheesecake Labs from other providers?

Cheesecake Labs is a great virtual team member. We have regular daily, short ten-minute video chats to plan each day. They also participate in our weekly team sprint meetings. We treat them as members of the team, other than the fact that they’re in Brazil. They have stock options as part of their compensation plan. They are great extended teammates.

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

Cheesecake went through a period of time where their bandwidth was bad because they were moving offices. Because of this, we were continually struggling with video capabilities. However, recently it’s been better. When you’re working remotely, you have to be fanatically focused on having plentiful bandwidth. That was the only thing that could have been improved, but they have since corrected that.

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

Search Engine Development for Bolo Software

"The site scaled really well and enabled the confident hiring of an in-house development team to go further to market."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

The client is a media search engine. They were in need of a developer to do build a new search engine end-to-end. They partnered with Cheesecake Labs for the project.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, CA
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

The client is very satisfied with their partnership with Cheesecake Labs. They highly recommend Cheesecake Labs for their ability to build large-scale projects that then enabled the confident hiring of an in-house development team to go to market further.

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company.

Our company is a new media search engine. It is an easy-to-use leap compared to existing media contact databases. We offer free full text and Twitter searches of more than 10,000 of the most important writers in technology, gaming, and beyond. 

What is your role and responsibilities?

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address?

There was a market need for a robust media search engine and contact database incumbents had yet to fill. We wanted to build a user-friendly search engine that would enable views of information by author or outlet as well as full text search of articles.

SOLUTION

Please provide a description of the project. With what parts of the project was the service provider involved?

The product that Cheesecake Labs developed for us is like a smarter Google for tech blogs. It crawls content on the Web and, applying natural language AI [artificial intelligence] algorithms, learns the keywords that posts are talking about, and what is the sentiment of the author on those matters.

Cheesecake Labs built the back-end and front end of the search engine. Back-end work included not just the database development, but input mechanisms for the staff to update content manually, which couldn't be curated automatically. They also developed various tools that crawl and parse multiple blogs in real time.

In order to work with this huge amount of data we had to create elastic databases with multiple clusters of Amazon machines, we also had to build MapReduce services to be able to access the clusters in a fast way. Finally, they built the Web UI [user interface] to access all the information.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work-hour figure?

The size of the project was in the $50,000 to $200,000 price range.

When was the project completed?

The project was completed in November 2014.

What was the process of selecting Cheesecake Labs for this project?

Cheesecake Labs was recommended to me for development work by an elite Silicon Valley insider.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project, and are there any metrics you can share?

The first several iterations prospered thanks to Cheesecake's work. The site scaled really well and enabled the confident hiring of an in-house development team to go further to market.

How did the service provider perform?

I am very happy with the work that Cheesecake Labs did for us. In addition to recommending them, I have subsequently used Cheesecake on another smaller personal project and would happily do so again. 

Is there any area that the service provider could improve or you would do differently?

It was my first experience with larger-scale software project management and points of difficulty or things I would do differently largely fall on my own inexperience. I don’t blame them for anything. They did a great job.

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

iPad Application Development for Sproutkin

"Cheesecake Labs had great ideas on how we could complete our app and add features that were important to our product. We have gotten great feedback from our customers on the ease of use and reliability of our app."

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

The client is Sproutkin, a company focused on developing educational media for children in digital and mobile format. They were in need of a mobile application developer to build an iPad app that would allow them to construct an online library for children's books. They partnered with Cheesecake Labs for the project.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Business Executive at Sproutkin
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Sproutkin is extremely satisfied with their partnership with Cheesecake Labs. They highly recommend Cheesecake Labs for their ability to create an easy to use and reliable app. 

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company. What is your role and responsibilities?

I am a business executive at a company focused on developing educational media for children in digital and mobile format.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address?

We were looking for a team of engineers to develop our digital media library app for iOS from scratch. We had a specific idea of what we wanted to do, but we needed software-developing expertise to build the software. The idea of the app is to build a Netflix-like library for children’s books. We provide digital media, so we needed an app with high performance and ease of use. We partnered with Cheesecake Labs for the project.

SOLUTION

Please provide a description of the scope of the project.

After we reached an agreement to partner with Cheesecake Labs, Cheesecake Labs developed a great iPad app for us. Cheesecake Labs built the front end and back-end of the app. They built in features to allow us to modify and adjust the content of our app on our own.

They did all the Objective-C development, back-end development, using Python and Google app engine, and some front end for the Web. We had a designer in their team working with us, so they didn't have to create any visual assets. The Cheesecake Labs team was also responsible for testing the app and website to make sure everything was working properly.

What was your process for selecting the service provider?

We selected Cheesecake Labs because their engineers came highly recommended to us from colleagues in our field. Cheesecake Labs had great ideas on how we could complete our app and add features that were important to our product.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work-hour figure?

The size of the project was in the $10,000 to $50,000 price range.

When was the work completed?

The project wrapped on September 1, 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project, and are there any metrics you can share?

The results are great. We have gotten great feedback from our customers on the ease of use and reliability of our app. I believe Cheesecake Labs was a great choice.

How did the service provider perform?

The App that Cheesecake Labs built for us works wonderfully. They did a great job with it.

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

Mobile App Development for Internet Radio Company

"Our partnership with Cheesecake Labs made our app a lot stronger and more user-friendly. The Cheesecake Labs team is fantastic."

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

With the goal of improving their previous iOS apps, the client hired Cheesecake Labs to provide back-end development, front-end development, and web design services.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Founder & CEO, Internet Radio Company
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Cheesecake Labs performed well and helped the client achieve their goals. Their apps’ users are more engaged and staying longer than they had before. The agency is praised for their collaborative nature and recommended to others.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization. What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m the founder and CEO of an Internet radio company that has college sports podcasts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Cheesecake Labs?

We partnered with Cheesecake Labs because we wanted to improve the quality and concepts of our previous apps. Our development team had done the coding on our previous apps, and it wasn’t of great quality. We needed a stronger, outside team to help develop a great product we would be proud of.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

Cheesecake Labs was involved in developing both the front end and back-end of our iOS apps. We are currently working together to rework our website design.

What was your process for selecting Cheesecake Labs with which to work?

One of our investors knew Victor [Oliveira], the co-founder and CEO at Cheesecake Labs. We looked through his portfolio and previous works. We then reached out to him and talked about the work we needed. He had great ideas for us. That convinced us that Cheesecake Labs was a great option for us.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative in dollar terms or a personnel work-hour figure?

The size of the project was in the $10,000 to $50,000 range.

When was the work completed?

We started our partnership with Cheesecake Labs at the end of January 2015. We released our app mid-March 2015. They worked really fast, especially in our line of work. Our partnership with Cheesecake Labs is still is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

Since our partnership with Cheesecake Labs, the users of our app are engaging with the app more, and they’re staying within the app longer than before. The user feedback is better, too. So, our partnership with Cheesecake Labs made our app a lot stronger and more user-friendly.

Are you satisfied with their performance?

The Cheesecake Labs team is fantastic. We loved working with them. We’re really happy with the results.

Is there anything unique or special about Cheesecake Labs that really makes them stand out compared to other business partners?

Cheesecake put this app together for us really fast. Normally, the development of a mobile app is a six-month process, but they got it done in less than two months. They stayed on time with everything we had planned out. That’s pretty rare. They’re really collaborative. Typically, engineers tell you what you can or can’t do something, but the Cheesecake Labs team would go out of their way to figure it out without getting too much push back. Even if it’s something they’ve never done before, they do all the necessary research and get back to you. They’re really solution oriented. We don’t have to educate them on anything. We’re always moving forward. 

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

No. I can’t think of anything. Maybe we would have tried to give them more work. They’re just so good and so fast at what they do.

5.0
Overall Score It really has been that great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer