Think Of Us Not As Your Agency But As Your Partner

About ChopDawg.com: Since 2009, we have helped create over 200+ web and mobile apps for startups, Fortune 500s, growing businesses, and non-profits from around the globe.

 

We apply your idea and vision with our own expertise to turn it into something real: Some clients that reach out to us already have a comprehensive plan of what form they want their product to take. Others still need help figuring out if their idea should take the form of a mobile app, web app, or something else entirely. It’s our job to guide our clients towards applying their vision to the best technological match possible. 

 

Mobile App Development: We have dedicated teams that are capable of building the latest app indexing-compliant products for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. Our goal is to create an app for you that has a commanding presence on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

Web App Development: Successful web apps need to have a frontend that excites users and functions properly on all devices. But what makes a web app that is durable for the long term? A user-friendly and reliable backend that clients can use to manage and scale. 

 

Non-Functional Prototypes For Mobile/Web Apps: Not every business can afford the initial investment required for a market-ready app. So we offer to make you a non-functioning prototype. Prototyping can demonstrate your idea’s potential to investors, customers, crowd-funders.

 

Minimum Viable Products For Mobile/Web Apps: MVPs are a complete, entry-level (but market-ready) product to your audience that lets you earn real revenue from the get-go. All design services are carried over from prototyping. 

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Philadelphia, PA
headquarters
  • ChopDawg.com
    1001 N. 2nd Street, #515
    Philadelphia, PA 19123
    United States
    (800) 490-1476

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Chop Dawg has become one of the most award-winning and well-recognized agencies in the world. With over 200+ clients, Chop Dawg has helped assisted enterprises, Fortune 500s, non-profits, startups alike with their needs.

Chop Dawg has worked with some notable names over our short history; Hilton, Siemens, Aspirion, Moneythink, Six Flags. Chop Dawg has also worked with countless startups, helping them turn from an infant company into multi-million dollar enterprises.

SmashBrackets

SmashBrackets is an iPhone application that creates a more hands-on music discovery experience for music lovers, musicians/artists, and creatives through gamification. We built the app using Swift, REST APIs, and made to support iOS 10 and 11. On the administrator and server-side, we used PHP with Laravel. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

Treasurebee

Treasurebee is a fully responsive website application and marketplace, built to allow buyers and sellers the ability connect, buy, sell and trade via live streaming and real-time messaging. We built Treasurebee as a responsive website application using PHP with Laravel, MySQL, HTML5, and CSS3. For the administrator and server-side, we also used PHP with Laravel. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

Commment

Commment is a fully-functioning, responsive website application built to help internal teams and companies better manage their day-to-day communications and customer support. Commment was built as a responsive website application using PHP with Laravel, MySQL, HTML5, and CSS3. For the administrator and server-side, we also used PHP with Laravel. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

Hire.Bid

Hire.Bid is a fully responsive website application which provides an easy-to-use marketplace between professionals and buyers, offering professionals the ability to auction off their availability for services to buyers to increase their revenue and customer base. Hire.Bid was built as a responsive website application using PHP, MySQL, HTML5, and CSS3. For the administrator and server-side, we also used PHP. The frontend website was created using HTML5 and CSS3.

Waypoint

Waypoint is a location-based iPhone application that allows friends to keep their friend groups together and connect with new friends at live events, without the need of a cellular or wireless connection. Waypoint was built as an iPhone application using Swift and with REST APIs, and to support iOS 10 and 11. For the administrator and server-side, we used PHP with Laravel. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

Greenskeeper

Greenskeeper is an iPhone application for the largest social network to golf in the world, giving users the ability to engage with golf courses and golfers from around the globe. Greenskeeper was built as an iPhone application using Objective-C and with REST APIs. Greenskeeper was made to support iOS 8 and 9. For the administrator and server-side, we used PHP.

Dissolve

Dissolve is an iPhone application that will provide friend groups the enhanced ability to have carefully thought-out, intellectual conversations about the topics that interest them the most. It was built as an iPhone application using Swift and with REST APIs. Dissolve was made to support iOS 10 and 11. For the administrator and server-side, we used PHP with Laravel. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

DMNDR

DMNDR is a responsive website application that allows users to search and demand the products they want, how much they are willing to pay and provide merchants the ability to offer the requested products directly to them. DMNDR was built as a responsive website application using PHP, MySQL, HTML5, and CSS3. For the administrator and server-side, we also used PHP. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3.

BraapApp

BraapApp is an iPhone application designed to help competitive racers and organizers improve the process of registration and day-of-race logistics. BraapApp was designed to be built as an iPhone application using Swift and with REST APIs. BraapApp will support iOS 11. For the administrator and server-side, we will be using PHP with Laravel. The frontend website will be created using WordPress, HTML5, CSS3.

CuddleBids

CuddleBids is an iOS app that helps connect people who want to cuddle with professional cuddlers. CuddleBids was designed to provide a fun, comfortable and intimate experience for its users. It was built as an iPhone application Objective-C Swift and with REST APIs. CuddleBids was made to support iOS 8 and 9. For the administrator and server-side, we used PHP. The frontend website was created using WordPress, HTML5, and CSS3. We would continue to work with CuddleBids following the release of their app until they were acquired a few years after launching.

WeSkill

WeSkill is a responsive website application that allows employers to provide a discovery platform to their employees through videos, interactive lessons, and real-time quizzing while incorporating a social networking functionality. WeSkill was built as a responsive website application using PHP, MySQL, HTML5, and CSS3. For the administrator and server-side, we also used PHP. The frontend site was created using HTML5 and CSS3.

Reviews

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Web and Mobile App Dev for Gig Search Startup

"I've been very happy with what they delivered and where we are at this point in the process."

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

ChopDawg was hired to develop the web and iOS applications for the gig search startup. The project is an ongoing collaboration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founder, FindAGig.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The functionality of the web app, its design, and aesthetics, were satisfactory. Communications are great since the team is very timely with responses and available at all times. Deadlines are always met. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there

My business is called Findagig.com. I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with ChopDawg.

I'm starting the business and they are creating and developing the website and iOS app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I've been working with about four developers on this website and iOS app development project. It's been a great experience so far. 

What is the team dynamic?

They're very timely with their responses and they're available at any time of day and night. All of the receivables have been on time. If they give me a deadline when they're going to provide me with a wireframe, they always met the deadline. They're great to work with and I've been happy with their services.

How did you come to work with ChopDawg?

I was just searching online for different places. I came up with ChopDawg and noticed that they were local since I'm also in the Philadelphia area. I contacted them along with a couple others. After considering all options, we chose them for the project. 

How much have you invested with ChopDawg? 

We've invested about $100,000 to $145,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in June 2017 and it's an ongoing collaboration.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're still early on in the process and we have not started on the iOS app, yet. We're about three months into the web application, but it's certainly not a finished product yet.

How did ChopDawg perform from a project management standpoint?

Communication-wise everything has been great. I'm in constant contact with Josh, ChopDawg's founder. He has always followed-up to see how things are going. It's definitely a very personalized service, even though they're working on other projects as well. It's certainly a very good experience.

What did you find most impressive about ChopDawg? 

I've been very happy with what they delivered and where we are at this point in the process. They did the design elements, came up with a logo and the like. I'm really happy with their overall performance, the functionality of the web app, as well as its design and aesthetics. 

Any areas for improvement? 

Nothing comes to mind. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're very good about scheduling, sticking to our weekly schedule of phone calls. They rarely have to make any adjustments or changes.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It's a very personalized service and ChopDawg's team is very easy to work with.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely a 5!

Multiple Projects for Design & Consulting Agency

"We’ve had incredible outcomes for every initiative they’ve worked on."

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

Chop Dawg provides full-stack website and app development using diverse coding languages in an outsourced engagement. The team scales from 5–7 resources to lend flexibility and efficiency to the workflow.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
G. William Handal
Owner, GW Handal Design & Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since Chop Dawg came on board, third-party clients reported 99% satisfaction with each high-quality end product. Their professionalism, valuable insight, thorough quality-control measures, and energetic attitude strengthen their contributions as a preferred partner. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of GW Handal Design and Consulting, an international multi-specialty design and branding firm. We provide consulting and design for small and large businesses in Western Europe, South America, and here in the United States. We’re based in Atlanta, Georgia and have a presence across 9 cities. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

About 10 years ago, I started a biotechnology company and hired a lot of developers and engineers on our payroll. I learned quickly that having the redundancy of engineers and developers right on staff was not only inefficient but also hard to maintain for the long-term. Although we developed a successful product, I realized what I needed in a development team.

So, after working with the likes of IBM and other enterprise companies, we connected with Chop Dawg 2 years ago, and they have been absolutely first-class. They’re energetic, young, and professional, and they always deliver on time. They’re cognizant of the need to code what we ask and even design other aspects that we may not have thought of. That was very valuable for us. We’ve had incredible outcomes for every initiative they’ve worked on.

Our goals are to develop websites and apps that could be interoperable within the healthcare space, the legal space, and the financial world. They have always come through for us, so we’re very thrilled with their work. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

We have used approximately 3–5 developers on each project. Including the graphics folks, we’ve worked with 5–7 people or more. We’ve used a variety of coding languages, and they have been extremely flexible with us in applying different languages to meet the clients’ requirements.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

I connected with Joshua [CEO, Chop Dawg], and my first question was, “How do you manage your developers?” At this time, we had developers on salary and in-house. I asked about the performance and acceptance criteria they used to make sure their people deliver the product. He was able to provide so much valuable insight. He explained what we could be doing better. At that point, we just remained friends and discussed a variety of topics. From there, we embarked on our first project, which was a success. Now, we have several projects under management with them.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

We’ve invested well over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together at the end of 2015, and our collaboration is ongoing. They’re our preferred partner. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clients are thrilled to have our agency provide value through Chop Dawg. We always make it clear they’re our development partner. We stay within our expertise, and we don’t want to outsource to just anyone. Our clients understand that we selected Chop Dawg due to their first-class outcomes, professionalism, thoroughness, and ability to deliver a high-quality product. I can’t give specific metrics, but I would say that we have 99% satisfaction with their work.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve adapted to the systems we or our clients already use; in some cases, we’ve adapted to the platforms they use. We’ve used everything from Dribbble to Slack to Google Hangouts. Their project management is top-notch. They always assign a key officer to each project, and that person handles reporting and interfaces with their project managers. We have our preferences with the project managers they have, and we’ve been able to keep those with whom we built a rapport. They’re always on time, professional, and accommodating, and they take criticism very well. Our goal is the absolute satisfaction of our clients, and Chop Dawg allows us to meet that every time.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

They have a real passion for their work, and they’re always innovative. They’re able to educate us, so that really gives us an edge, both operationally and executively. Chop Dawg is never late. We can put them in front of our clients confidently. We have a partner we can rely on to keep us current, guide us, and provide consulting in certain areas to add value for our clients. Overall, we’re very satisfied.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

With any other partner, I would have a lot of feedback in this area. With Chop Dawg, it’s hard to find something they need to fix. They’re very disciplined and have a lot of energy. When our clients want to add to the scope, increase complexity, or change directions, Chop Dawg is quickly able to accommodate them.

They have an extensive discovery process, so there’s no wiggle room for interpretation on what the outcome or product will be. They take on the cost and the time to do that. It makes such a difference, and we’ve been able to incorporate some aspects of their onboarding process to create an ultra-efficient, end-to-end service on our side.  

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re always on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We previously overspent with other developers who weren’t able to deliver, were late, and had a lot of excuses. Chop Dawg doesn’t give excuses, and they take a lot of pride in their prompt delivery.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I always recommend them.

App Dev for Healthcare Revenue Collection Firm

"They worked hard to understand what we’re trying to do … Chop Dawg is as invested as us in the success of the project."

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

Chop Dawg currently develops a desktop app that includes patient, user, and medical portals for handling bills related to accidents. It’s projected to be complete it by November 2017.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Columbus, Georgia
Suzie Bryan
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aspirion Health Resources
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Chop Dawg has delivered on time so far. They’re especially skilled at extracting important information and going through details that result in a better product, while keeping the future vision in mind. Their initial proposal was very detailed and are personally invested in the project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My name is Suzie Bryan, and I am the vice president of process improvement and new business development for Aspirion Health Resources. Specifically, I have been focusing on new business opportunities for the company, which is how I started working with Chop Dawg.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We are developing a platform geared at helping attorneys, patients, and hospitals work together better, specifically in cases where the patient has been involved in an accident of some kind and needs to have their hospital bill paid.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The platform will be made for desktop use initially, but we plan to roll out tablet and smartphone version.

We have a call every week with the person in charge of our wireframing and their assistant. We plan to move on to high-fidelity designs, where I believe that we’ll have 1–2 people involved. Joshua Davidson himself, their founder, has been a contributor.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

A local contact who has been working with offshore development companies recommended Chop Dawg. He had had some bad experiences with other companies but mentioned that Chop Dawg had been on time, always turned in perfect deliverables, and their conflict-resolution process was team oriented. We had a couple of conversations and submitted our idea to Chop Dawg. We agreed to a proposal and launched from there.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of their work has been close to $40,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We expect to release a beta version in late summer or early fall, and hope for it to be live in November 2017. It is a complex 10-month build, involving a number of portals which need to be developed, including a patient portal, a user portal, and a medical portal on which bill records are submitted.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Chop Dawg team has met deliverables 100% so far. If anything, our team has been the one which hasn’t met the schedule. This speaks to the fact that Chop Dawg’s members ask great questions, which force us to think through details which we hadn’t thought of before, in a good way. I believe that this will end up with us having a much better product.

Chop Dawg is helping us not code ourselves into a box by thinking about the vision going forward. If anything, the deliverables have been delayed because we didn’t give Chop Dawg as many details as we should have.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

The proposal given to us was very detailed, numbering around 120 pages, lining out not only the scope of the project, but also what the team would be doing, when we could expect deliverables, and when things were supposed to occur.

We have a weekly call on Google Hangouts so that we can actually see each other. We don’t have formal, written-down agendas, but there is always a goal or topic to be covered. It’s not completely mandatory for everyone to be on the call, but we manage to have it as a weekly occurrence, and it helps move the project along. If anyone has failed, it’s been ourselves. We will probably be able to make up some ground in terms of coding, down the road, so we will likely hit the deadline.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

I’ve been working with technology people for 30 years, and I’ve never worked with a team which really did want to purposefully understand the workflow of the users in the way that Chop Dawg does. As an operations person, this is very important to me, since I know what work will flow into the system. The amount of time they’ve spent understanding the business we’re developing has been impressive. They worked hard to comprehend what we’re trying to do and whom we’re trying to help. Chop Dawg is as invested as us in the success of the project. They’re a part of the team.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

I can’t think of anything. Our team dropped the ball by not thinking through some details, but I’m appreciative of Chop Dawg for being so thorough.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Not only were the wireframes of outstanding quality, they were delivered on time. Chop Dawg anticipated that we’d probably drop the ball, which is why they picked up the pace. In terms of scheduling meetings, they were flexible as well.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We quoted the project to other companies, and the ultimate price came out great for us. We received a bargain, considering that we gave Chop Dawg more coding than initially anticipated.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I did not expect the wireframes to look as good as they do, and did not expect Chop Dawg to be as professional as they were described to us. Everything has been well put together.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them to my son, for his startup company.

Web Application Development for Barter Platform

"Chop Dawg not only helped us build our product, but also gave us a lot of insight into branding, development, and social media."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2016
Project summary: 

ChopDawg built a mobile-optimized web app using PHP, handling everything from rebranding and UIUX to the actual development. The team gave advice and feedback on everything. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chris Coleman
Founder, Swapsomething
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform attracted around 1,000 people within the first 30 days. The visuals were amazing, and the team was there to fix any bugs encountered. Project management wise, Chop Dawg was good and always accessible with professionalism, friendliness, and courtesy.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

SavySwap was aimed at helping people swap and barter items like furniture. We enabled the process and verified everyone on our platform, similarly to Airbnb. I was the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We were using an Excel spreadsheet for all our operations, so we needed an actual web app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chop Dawg helped us build a mobile-optimized web app, handling everything from rebranding to the actual development. The app was built using PHP. We worked with 2–4 developers from Chop Dawg's side. We only met with their lead developer during our calls, so I'm not sure how many people actually worked on our backend. We also worked with UI [user interface] and UX [user experience] designers.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

We contacted a number of companies after raising a round of funding and going to an accelerator in San Francisco. We stumbled upon Chop Dawg through Twitter, while we were promoting our business. They're a local company from Philadelphia and seemed to be an awesome group. Chop Dawg not only helped us build our product, but also gave us a lot of insight into branding, development, and social media. Being featured on their Twitter page has helped us out a lot.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's work was between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project was completed, but our team broke apart. Chop Dawg's work took us to the next level while we were active.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

With our product, we were able to have people sign up and use the service. We attracted around 1,000 people within the first 30 days. We pitched the platform at LAUNCH Festival and got some direct feedback from one of our investors, as well as from other people interested in our business. Without a product, we wouldn't have had anything to show.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

I don't think that we used any project management software on our end. We had weekly calls with Chop Dawg and set up agendas for all our tasks. We were in constant communication via email, and Chop Dawg's principal was always accessible. I don't think Slack was a choice at the time, but that has changed since then. Project management wise, Chop Dawg was pretty good.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

I liked their down-to-earth approach. I have remained friends with Chop Dawg's team to this day since I was able to work with them on such an intimate basis. It always felt more like a friendship than a business transaction. Chop Dawg gave me advice and feedback on everything from how we were branding ourselves online to how we could get the product out and reach the press.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

I'm sure that Chop Dawg has grown since, but, at the time, they were only building in PHP. It's a great language, used by sites like Facebook, but it would have been interesting to have other options like Ruby on Rails, which are now becoming more common. Besides this, I had no qualms.

5.0
Overall Score I still refer people to Chop Dawg, and I've worked with them in other areas, always with the same level of professionalism, friendliness, and courtesy. Chop Dawg has always shown me love.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The design portion was delivered without any issues, but we couldn't imagine every issue that would occur as we were coding the platform. We were a little behind schedule, but this is common.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We got a very fair deal, compared to other quotes.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We received a completed product. The visuals were amazing, and Chop Dawg was there to fix any bugs we encountered.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Events Company

"I've referred them a number of times and told everyone that Chop Dawg is a one-stop shop for everything they're looking for."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

Chop Dawg provided logo design and developed the company’s website using HTML5. It mainly worked as a public events calendar for nightlife and other types of events.

The Reviewer
 
Dec. 2011 - Jun. 2012
 
Atlantic City, New Jersey
William Smallwood
CEO, PartyHopp
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Chop Dawg went above and beyond for every aspect of the project. The website received a lot of praise for its professional look. Chop Dawg gave weekly updates every step of the way and provided a high level of professionalism and expertise for everything they did.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company was focused on marketing and event promotions for the nightlife in Atlantic City. I was the owner and CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We had an idea for a website and needed to build it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chop Dawg provided web and logo design and developed our site using HTML5. It was loosely based on a social gaming platform, mainly working as a public events calendar for nightlife and other types of events. The site featured some in-depth coding which I didn't fully understand. The finished product worked flawlessly and had a smooth and clean look.

I know that Chop Dawg assigned at least four developers to my project.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

Chop Dawg was referred to us by a business partner who had worked with them in the past. It grew to be a very good business relationship and friendship, which we've continued since then.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's work was around $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The site was completed in full years ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don't have any metrics for the site, but it received a lot of praise for its professional look. The site appeared to be more expensive than it actually was.

There is someone who is currently trying to start a company with the same name as ours, and he's trying to buy our logo because of how professional and clean it was.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

Chop Dawg gave us weekly updates every step of the way. Anytime something was completed, I received either an email or a text, and felt that I was working on the site along with Chop Dawg, given how much information I had.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

I haven't worked with any other companies since that project. Every time I needed to develop something, I went to Chop Dawg because they did the work right the first time. The level of professionalism and expertise for everything that Chop Dawg does makes it hard for me to look anywhere else. From a customer's standpoint, I've been satisfied with everything Chop Dawg has provided.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

Not that I can think of. Chop Dawg went above and beyond for everything we asked for. I've referred them a number of times and told everyone that Chop Dawg is a one-stop shop for everything they're looking for.

5.0
Overall Score It was the most flawless and easiest way for me to build a website back in the day. Chop Dawg is providing so much more at the moment, including branding and putting together business plans. They're an absolute one-stop shop, and a fantastic company.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If I could show you what Chop Dawg's schedule looked like, you wouldn't have to ask this question.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Chop Dawg has grown as a company since I worked with them, but the value of their services is still worth every penny.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Chop Dawg is second to none, and they put customer service before anything else.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Non-functional Prototype for Marketing Company

"They were able to help us think through its business implications much better than we had done previously."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Chop Dawg mainly helped in terms of product definition to build a high-quality, non-functional prototype for the marketplace web platform.

The Reviewer
 
Marketing and Advertising
 
Canton, Ohio
CEO, Incept Results
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They were able to help think through business implications and ask insightful questions to improve the product. Chop Dawg was 100% on time with delivery. They were very good with communication and at making sure there was a good level of satisfaction.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Incept is a conversational marketing firm offering contact center support work, primarily for healthcare, technology, and membership organizations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We had a separate startup concept, unconnected to the main business. We wanted to build a marketplace website which worked similarly to 99designs but targeting high-end professional firms.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chop Dawg built a non-functional prototype of our platform. We've had a number of business and technology challenges to get through. Chop Dawg mainly helped in terms of product definition; the prototype is code-agnostic. We interfaced with one designer from Chop Dawg's team, but there may have been others in the background.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

I was introduced to Chop Dawg's principal on social media and followed him for a while. I appreciated the quality of Chop Dawg's content, including their case studies. They had done enough quality work in a similar space and felt like the right partner.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's work was between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Chop Dawg in mid-2016. The project duration was 5 months. We're a week away from being done.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We only have a non-functional prototype, so there's very little feedback for it at the moment. Chop Dawg was 100% on time in terms of delivery. They didn't miss any deadlines or calls.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

Our main interface is Google Drive, with no additional project management tools. Chop Dawg has been good in terms of communication and deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

We went to Chop Dawg with a specific idea. They were able to help us think through its business implications much better than we had done previously. Chop Dawg had some very insightful questions, helping us improve the product. Their CEO scheduled a call for each of our invoices, in order to make sure that there was a good level of satisfaction from us, as a client. I haven't found many other service providers who do this.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

No.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Chop Dawg?

The commitment on our end was greater than we originally anticipated. The more engaged we were, the better the project became.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Chop Dawg hit deadlines consistently.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price felt a little high, but the work met our expectations. I don't have a comparison point, though.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The visual product was of high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have considered Chop Dawg for a separate project, but have not referred them yet.

Web App MVP Dev for Civic and Social Organization

"Chop Dawg's team has made me feel welcomed and at home."

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

Chop Dawg is currently working on building an MVP for the non-profit’s web platform and mobile application, which will allow users to engage with the organization’s civic, social, and educational mission.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Founder, Citizen's Cafe
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is very pleased with Chop Dawg’s strong collaboration and for making them feel welcome and at home. The team has maintained good communications and showed lots of patience, availability, and transparency while delivering the MVP at hand.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Citizen's Cafe is an early stage startup developing an application meant to save the world. Our slogan is "Compassion, Cooperation, Creation", and we aim to become a global network of citizen compassion, empowering human coexistence through cooperation, creating maximum freedom within ourselves, within our relationships with others, and with the world as a whole. We aim to become truly social, as opposed to the social networks we have currently. We offer a platform through which people can purchase as well as create civic-empowerment technology. It increases and maximizes the individual freedom of global citizens' life experiences so that they can be more empowered to create change effectively, making the world a better place without the help of any higher authority.

Our first product is called Reality Finder, which has a mission of eliminating ignorance from society. I have developed what I call a "crowd-verification technology", which empowers people to conduct open-source online investigations and determine the validity of various information.

I am the founder of the business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

I needed to build an initial product for my company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chop Dawg is working on a non-functional prototype for our web and mobile app.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

A big consideration was finding a local partner in Boston in order to have face-to-face meetings. It's hard to make a differentiation between one company and another on the basis of a phone call. Chop Dawg had prices on par with everyone else, but they stood out through a blog post that their principal made about entrepreneurship. I looked at their website and found Chop Dawg to be more than a coding shop; they were focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed, looking at things like usability and branding.

Given the immensity and novelty of my idea, it took me a long time to boil down an accurate description of it. One of the main reasons for choosing Chop Dawg was that they were willing to work with someone like me, who is more of an artist than a businessman. The typical venture capitalists I approached didn't respond well to my "Compassion, Cooperation, Creation" message, looking more to see where the profit was in that. Chop Dawg's principal had the patience and ability to connect with me, even though our first phone conversation consisted of me rambling. He gave me a chance and saw something in my idea. We slowly worked together towards painting a clearer picture and started talking about cost.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's services has been $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I started working with Chop Dawg in July 2016, with an initial contract of 4 months. We have an ongoing relationship. We expect to launch the non-functioning prototype shortly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Having a team actually work with me, as a client, outside of the timetable itself, is critically important. The fact that Chop Dawg never pressured me has contributed to the solid relationship we've developed. There's no arbitrary emphasis on time; Chop Dawg is working with me and allowing the product to develop.

In terms of concrete results, Chop Dawg has recently come up with an incredible logo design for me. They have a great scheme for how we will be going forward for all derivative products.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

Having weekly calls with the team for updates around the MVP [minimum viable product] has brought the project to where it is. I've never placed a time demand on Chop Dawg, so I can't comment in this respect. We use Google Hangouts and email for communication. I can also contact any member of the team by phone at any time.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

I can't overemphasize the importance of the patience that Chop Dawg has had with me. I contacted other software development firms and could tell that the experience would be horrible. Chop Dawg's team has made me feel welcomed and at home.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

Even though Chop Dawg is a transparent company, they may not be transparent enough. There is a bit of a black box while the work is being done. I don't know what Chop Dawg's team is doing exactly, how many other clients they have onboard, and so on. I've gone with the flow and let Chop Dawg be the expert, but having a fully transparent process would be great.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    So far, so good. Chop Dawg hasn't missed anything.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Chop Dawg hasn't d delivered yet.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Online Trading Business

"Chop Dawg's guidance and honesty were a point of value. We talked to actual team members and advisors."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2014 - May 2014
Project summary: 

Chop Dawg developed a mobile responsive front-end and backend of a website as well as the entire brand design for the company, which is still being used to this day.​

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Calvin Knight
COO, Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product’s design was professional and identical to the vision. Chop Dawg always asked critical questions and showed guidance and honesty. They went above and beyond in providing user-centered advice and being good partners for the company.​

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The company is a Philadelphia-based online trading and bartering business. It was founded 5 years ago and has 10-15 employees.

I was a co-founder and the COO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We were looking to find a development and social media firm which could bring our business model and dream to life. The partner needed to not only develop a minimum viable product, but rather a sleek, Web 3.0 website under a tight budget. We had raised seed funding of $25,000 but had no coding experience. There are many development firms on the market, but many of them are charging above the sum we could spend, and they're inflexible when it comes to working with a budget-constrained or Agile company.

Chop Dawg put together a proposal for us, detailing every line item of what they could do to make our vision a reality, within our limited budget.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Once Chop Dawg understood the scope of our work, namely a mobile-adaptive website with a new approach on the front-end, they assembled a team of 4-5 members, each with a different specialty.

We were assigned a VP of branding who worked with us on creating a logo, as well as the entire design brand for the site. We had one backend, one front-end, and one full-stack developer, as well as a project manager. We brought in different team members, suitable for our needs at the time. Chop Dawg's resources were mainly remote, and their principal was responsible for changing them to suit our needs, when necessary.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

I was introduced to Chop Dawg's CEO through the Philadelphia tech network. Value was definitely a piece of the equation, namely what results we could expect for the fee. More than this, the trust in working with Chop Dawg was a consideration. They always made us feel that we could spend the appropriate amount of time in order to understand the vision and make it come to life. I've worked with other outsourced companies who treated our project as a job which needed to be done, taking our money and leaving things at that. Chop Dawg always asked critical questions which we may not have considered, helping our project get better. They went above and beyond in providing advice based on user demands, making us feel that we were working with a partner, rather than having a cold, transactional relationship.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's work was between $10,000 and $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Chop Dawg in April 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We didn't include marketing in our scope with Chop Dawg, but they promoted our product and website via their own channels. It was a good-faith gesture which amounted to a bump in our engagement.

Everyone who visited our site loved it. Its design was professional and identical to our vision.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

When it comes to technologies, there will always be occasions when time will be stretched and truncated, based on client expectations. Chop Dawg remained accurate to the range proposed. Whenever something did come up, like a need to change functionalities, Chop Dawg was transparent about our need to change timelines. We were given the appropriate information in order to make such decisions, and everyone was held accountable.

Chop Dawg arranged weekly Skype calls around our schedule, during which each party was expected to be present and contribute. Having dual accountability was appreciated.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

Chop Dawg's guidance and honesty were a point of value. We talked to actual team members and advisors instead of hearing "Yes" for everything we requested.

I have used Chop Dawg for a different company, for rebranding and the development of a basic website. The branding created by Chop Dawg is used to this day, even though the project had the same cost, and that company has about a million dollars in revenue. Chop Dawg is able to create value for companies of all different sizes.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

The only improvements were on our side. We needed to do more research and listen to customers. I've had no issues with what’s being developed. When hiring a firm for marketing, we will pay more for different iterations, but this is the nature of the business. Chop Dawg was willing to make additional changes on a good-faith basis, as long as it wasn't a dramatic change. 

4.5
Overall Score Chop Dawg is just short of perfect.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    At the end of the day, tech is tech, so it's hard to meet certain deadlines. Chop Dawg was good in this respect, and I don't remember ever being upset over a missed deadline.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Chop Dawg provides one of the best values for what they offer. I don't think that there are many other companies as flexible in how they approach the business model.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything delivered by Chop Dawg met our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Chop Dawg is a company which I trust to do a good job, so I have no problem referring them to other people.

iOS Mobile App Dev for Entertainment Company

"Chop Dawg has gone above and beyond the initial scope, adding more elements while still staying a week ahead of schedule."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2016
Project summary: 

Chop Dawg helped detail out the UI/UX and develop the mobile application, as well as the backend server infrastructure supporting it using Swift and a handful of other languages.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
CEO, Waypoint
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team did a great job of setting time estimates, and how the day-to-day elements of the partnership would look. They’ve gone above-and-beyond the initial scope, adding more elements while still staying a week ahead of schedule.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are building a mobile application for the live events space, helping people connect with their group, remain location aware, and find points of interests around the event.

I am the founder and CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Chop Dawg?

We have a lot of expertise around the events space and business development but had no mobile developers. We have enough background in order to know what we needed to do, but not enough to actually go out and do it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Chop Dawg helped us detail out the user interface and develop the application itself, as well as support the backend server infrastructure. We are using 5 people from Chop Dawg's team, including a UI/UX designer, a branding expert, as well as server-side and iOS developers. The application is being developed using Swift and a handful of other languages for the backend.

How did you come to work with Chop Dawg?

We scoured the web for app development companies with a focus on startup businesses, rather than on enterprises. The focus is very different, especially when the app itself is the business. The beauty and cutting-edge aspects of the product may not matter as much for a large company, but it was critical for us that the app developers don't simply take an input and spit out an output. They needed to think critically about our business and what we were trying to do with the application, helping provide ideas based on the capabilities of mobile technology.

How much have you invested with Chop Dawg?

The cost of Chop Dawg's services has been between $50,000 and $100,000 for the iOS portion of our project. We will likely be diving into Android as well. The cost for what they are delivering is inline with our expectations and with the market.

What is the status of this engagement?

We are roughly halfway through our project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're within the relatively early stages, so there are no hard outputs. I can speak to the fact that we're ahead of schedule. Chop Dawg did a great job of setting expectations for how long each step of the process would take, and how the day-to-day elements of the partnership would look.

Chop Dawg has gone above and beyond the initial scope, adding more elements while still staying a week ahead of schedule.

How did Chop Dawg perform from a project management standpoint?

Chop Dawg has done a great job up front, especially during the scope building process. There were no surprises along the way, and we were made aware of what parts were outside of the initial scope. We have had weekly calls with Chop Dawg's team, but I also have a monthly one-on-one call with their president for high-level sync-ups. Chop Dawg uses Google collaboration tools. We use them as well, so document sharing and conference calls work out well.

What did you find most impressive about Chop Dawg?

One big thing which caught my eye and became a primary reason for selecting Chop Dawg was the company's strong presence on social networking. It may sound odd to consider this as a metric, but it gave me a sense of who they were as a company, who the leader was, what their priorities were, and what they were good at. When selecting a vendor, we always jump in and hope that the water is nice and warm. Through Chop Dawg's podcast and blog, we got to understand who they were and what they stood for. That aligned well with our own goals and culture.

Are there any areas Chop Dawg could improve?

We, as a business, need to put an emphasis on branding. We had tackled this upfront, but we were not convinced that there would be a value to that. Chop Dawg has taken our feedback for the initial branding, so the last 2 iterations of the app have honed in on what we're looking for.

5.0
Overall Score We've had a very good cultural synergy. I come from a military family, so I'm very into punctuality and scheduling. Chop Dawg is on-point, even sending meeting reminders 2 minutes before they start. I like this, and it helps me keep my team punctual.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We're ahead of schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Chop Dawg has gone above and beyond the scope we initially looked at. The cost for what they are delivering is inline with our expectations and with the market.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We're still wireframing the app. Chop Dawg has provided more detail than we expected to get out of the process, expanding our ideas and providing insight.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    So far, we would definitely recommend Chop Dawg. We're also giving them follow-up business.