What was the scope of their involvement?
It’s a pretty involved, but very needed, app. A coach has his roster on his phone on the sidelines. He has all his kids, a picture, their name, and a medical alert if the parents filled out any information, for example if the child needs an EpiPen or an asthma inhaler.
He could then tap on the child’s name to get their emergency contact information. The app has everything: their emergency contact, emergency medical information, emergency action plan, who runs on the field, who meets the ambulance, and then a whole concussion protocol.
The app is now live; it’s called TeamSafe. It’s on the App Store and Google Play. It’s a free download, but it doesn’t have much usability on its own, because it’s designed to be used when a league gives us a database and we upload all of the first names, last names of parent and child, and then parents enter information. You can download it and go through a few screens for free.
Codabrasoft was able to put things together and teach me more about how apps work, because it’s a new world for me. It was supposed to be built for both iOS and Android, and I found out that the façade that was built by the prior developers was only for iOS, and there was nothing for Android.
Codabrasoft also contributed development strategy, saving me a lot of money. For instance, they suggested testing certain features via web tools, in order to gain user feedback, before investing in developing it as a feature that users might not need. They really explained to me what’s been done and what’s possible, and that some things can wait.
They are also helping me market it via an email campaign through different sports leagues and clubs, which is starting to pay off.
What is the team dynamic?
The three people that I’ve had direct contact with via phone were Yury [Zhalnerkevich, Founder, Codabrasoft], Helen [Chaika, Business Development Manager, Codabrasoft] and Egor [Stepanichtchev, Project Manager, Codabrasoft]. Egor was the project manager and Helen handled more on the marketing side. They’ve been great. Yury has brought on the necessary iOS and Android developers because we went full bore in the beginning. He brought on a bunch of people just to get the project to where it was a usable app. We were up to five or six developers at one point.
How did you come to work with Codabrasoft?
I had made significant promises to possible customers on the delivery of our platform. When that went unexpectedly south at the last minute, the prior developers refused to give me my code even though I paid them in full ahead of time. They were holding my code captive. I was in panic mode trying to get the code as well as find another developer.
When I finally got the code, I couldn’t even open the file. So I needed somebody to be nice enough to save me and corroborate if there was anything valuable in it.
I believe it was through Angel.co that Codabrasoft reached out to me. They did a tremendous review of what I actually had, all on their own time and money. It ended up not being a whole lot.
I explain it like a movie set. There were all the façades, but there was nothing behind it. Codabrasoft was one of the few companies that was kind enough to go ahead and do that for me. That takes time, and they gave me a really full picture. They were very organized in their process of telling me what I have, what I need, and how they recommend going about solving the problems. They also listened to me and what my needs were in order to make a timeline. It was pretty involved because the prior developers cost me several relationships.
How much have you invested with them?
$20,000-$25,000. It’s a small fraction compared to my previous developers.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in March 2017 until July 2017.