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Heyo!

We're CKC: a small bespoke web development shop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Our team has experience with Microsoft Research, The United Nations, NASA along with speciality development shops like Tivix and Caktus Group.

We mainly work in Django + Python (APIs) and are very comfortable making apps from the ground up to scale. We prefer VueJS + Semantic UI on the frontend with Postgres, Redis, RabbitMQ on the backend. 

If you need to integrate with Quickbooks, accept payments with Stripe, or even make your own API or SaaS -- we got your back.

Thanks so much,

Eric - CEO & Lead Developer

 
$50,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2011
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Coeur d'Alene, ID
headquarters
  • 418 E Lakeside Ave #218
    Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
    United States

Portfolio

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Welcome to CKCollab

We help startups and growing businesses create, improve, or fix their apps — you come to us with the problem and we’ll find ways to solve it.
What we do. Image

What we do.

CKcollab covers every web development need!

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How we do it.

From wire frames to finished product!

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Technologies and Services

The main Technologies CKC works with.

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Clients

Medcurio, CodaLab, Find A Game, MGM Resorts International, Hagadone Digital, CoEUR, Draper, Cha Learn, SEE.4C, and Fragile Families.

Reviews

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Skydive Landing VR Development for Video Production Company

"Even skydivers with over 20 years of experience have been blown away by how real the VR feels."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CKC was hired to build a VR solution that simulates landing in skydiving. The team uses Unity as well as other software to build the solution.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Amir Valinia
Owner, Av1 Productions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impressing users and internal stakeholders alike, CKC has built an extremely realistic experience. Their skill, expertise, and dedication have allowed them to excel as developers and physicists.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of Av1 Productions, a film and video production company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CKC?

We hired them to provide VR services for a skydiving landing simulation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The project started with a different developer originally, and CKC came on board when that developer left. When I went to them, it was already being built on Unity, so that’s what they continued building it in. They completely revamped everything.

What is the team composition?

I’ve been in contact with Eric (CFO, Founder, & Lead Software Engineer), my initial contact, and Bailey (Software Developer).

How did you come to work with CKC?

I found them on UpWork. I went through a long process of finding someone, and Eric eventually responded to my posting. His passion and excitement surprised me, so I decided to partner with CKC.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $10,00 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since October 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve been on top of the whole project. The physics part was very important to me, and they were able to provide. They pulled through and gave me something I’m really pleased with. Other skydivers who’ve tried it have been impressed as well.

How did CKC perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been good. The physics aspect took a little longer than expected, but that’s because it was something that had never been done before. It still got done. CKC is responsive and finishes what needs to be done.

We talk on almost a daily basis, over Google Hangouts and UpWork.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The script they wrote is most impressive to me, as well as to a lot of people who’ve seen it. Even skydivers with over 20 years of experience have been blown away by how real the VR feels.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could improve their communication and responsiveness a little bit. They still get back to me within the day, so it’s not a huge problem, I just expect fast responses.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have as much information ready for them as possible, and be very specific about what you want done.

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

Web Dev Support for Analytics Software Provider

"They’re executing our design and making sure everything works well — it’s been great."

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

CKC created a website for a startup, working on the client-facing frontend using Vue.js and working on backend deployment. They’re working to move content to the cloud, as well. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Jeff Wisdom
Founder & CEO, Trailhead Analytics, Inc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The deliverables meet expectations and align with the required designs. The work continues to be approved by preliminary beta testers and the internal team. CKC is a dedicated partner with strong expertise that lends itself to well organized, successful projects.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder & CEO of Trailhead Analytics, Inc. We’re a startup focused on automation of engineering processes and design software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CKC?

We want to get our first product out the door so we can start beta testing. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re putting together our website and executing the design we have and working on having a maintainable codebase. They’re starting off on the frontend of the site, working on the client-side using Vue.js and then plugging that into a Django API. Once they finish the frontend, they’ll work on backend deployment. This will include getting things up in the cloud since we have a fair amount of computational requirements for our site. 

What is the team composition?

Three people have worked with us. 

How did you come to work with CKC?

We posted an opportunity online for a contractor and they applied for it. We went through a rigorous process and interviewed 25 different options. We narrowed that down to three and had each do a scoping and planning project for us. CKC did great and came out on top; they had a clear estimate, a good idea of scope, asked great questions and had recommendations to make things maintainable.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $20,000 at this point. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in April 2020 and our engagement is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

So far, they’ve done a great job. Everything is being reviewed by a limited team and preliminary beta testers, and it’s all been very good. They’re executing our design and making sure everything works well — it’s been great. 

How did CKC perform from a project management standpoint?

They actually set up a pretty nice project integration with GitHub. I have access to the codebase, any changes, and project management features. We have discrete milestones that we want to hit by week and I’m able to filter the issue list to see what they’re working on.

They’ve also set up a nice testing framework, so as they’re making changes to the code, there are separate branches that are testing and deployed to independent servers so I can see how it is performing. I can see if they’re on track early on the process and we don’t have to waste any time. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m a fan of the testing framework they put together. As you add people to projects, the complexity and chance for error go up exponentially. Their approach and management system gives me a lot of confidence that people won’t be trying to shift batches of code that have no issues. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’ve been really open. The bones of our interactions are great and it’s easy to suggest anything. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They were happy when we had basic specs and examples of what we were looking for. That enabled their team to jump on the project right away and be productive, so be clear in what you’re looking for. Think it through ahead of time and it’ll pay a lot of dividends. 

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

Web Development Support for Healthcare API Provider

"The impact has been tremendous; it put a face on our product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

CKC was hired to build out the frontend of a healthcare API provider’s product. After designing mockups, the team moved into the development phase of the project, using Vue.js.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Kristen Wilson-Jones
CTO, Medcurio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

CKC’s contributions to the project have been invaluable. Their work allowed the company to demo their product, making it more accessible to consumers. Throughout the project, the team has been engaged, thoughtful, and creative in solving problems.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and CTO of Medcurio, a healthcare API provider.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with CKC?

We’re a startup, and we needed to build out a pretty substantial component of our product on the frontend. We’d had the backend and middle completed, but we needed development support to take our product to the next level.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

CKC came on board to provide the skillsets we needed to build out the frontend of our product. We started off by doing design mockups before moving on to development.

It’s a web-based application, but it’s made for enterprises, not consumers. The target audience is analysts in the healthcare industry. We wanted a JavaScript framework, so we went with Vue.js for the frontend. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with about four developers.

How did you come to work with CKC?

CKC is local to us, which is what I was looking for. I interviewed them in terms of their capabilities and experience, and decided they would be a great fit.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since July 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their quality is really good. We had a really complex topic, and they were able to figure it out. The impact has been tremendous; it put a face on our product. It enabled us to demo, which has been really positively received. Organizations can understand and grasp our product much more easily.

How did CKC perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve used GitHub and Slack, which have both been helpful tools. We have an organized system in place for tracking issues and progress. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

CKC is very customer-focused. They’re concerned with meeting our needs, and they’ve been very easy to work with in terms of figuring out compromises and alternatives whenever things don’t go as expected.

Are there any areas they could improve?

A little bit of shoring up on the project management side of things would be good. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be agile and nimble. Also, more frequent contact is better. 

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

Staff Augmentation for Software Development Company

"The company has a great attitude and is willing to move mountains for you."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A software company situated in a golf space needed reinforcement in its backend services. CKC provides highly experienced developers to help the client with its projects.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Lee Blaylock
CEO, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

CKC has been more than capable of supplementing the client's staff. They have provided manpower that delivers excellent results consistently for more than a year. Expect a team that can cope with different types of work such as building web, email, and mobile solutions for public course operators.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I have a software company in the golf space.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire CKC, and what were your goals?

We need extra assistance with the backend.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor and what were the deciding factors?

We want to have folks who are true craftsmen in building code and have a great attitude.

Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.

We're an agile shop so work changes by sprint. Our work is all focused on building web, email, and mobile solutions for public course operators.

How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?

Several people worked on our projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any measurable outcomes of the project or general feedback about the deliverables?

We've been using them now to supplement our staff for more than a year. We are pleased with the results.

Describe their project management style, including communication tools and timeliness.

We do project management internally.

What did you find most impressive or unique about this company?

They have a great attitude and is willing to move mountains for you.

Are there any areas for improvement or something they could have done differently?

None that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Always available on Slack.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Good value for what you get.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Great business partners.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend him highly