What was the scope of their involvement?
They helped us not only develop the website and portal, but also refine our ideas. They designed the whole site and used Laravel for the backend. It was challenging to build a marketplace that didn’t look old-fashioned.
They also built a customized surface for swapping. When a user finds an item on the site and wants to swap it with another user, they can navigate to a platform we call the exchange room.
On the left, the user can see their items; on the right, they can see their partner’s items; in the middle, they can drag and drop the items they want to send and the items from the partner’s collection that they want to receive. They send this with an offer. When the other users receive it, they can either accept, decline, or modify it. It gamifies the transaction.
Codebuild maintains the site now. As we receive more funding, they also help us develop new ideas and features.
What is the team composition?
They provided full-service development, from research and planning to UI/UX design and programming. They had resources for every aspect of the portal design.
How did you come to work with Codebuild?
We went through a lot of developers, programmers, and agencies, but Codebuild was the only one that started by thinking strategically about the project. Other companies only sent us a quote. They seemed like robots who didn’t care about the product itself.
Codebuild asked us to sit down with them and discuss our ideas so they could understand what we wanted.
How much have you invested with them?
Over €100,000 [$123,200 USD].
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in December 2015 and the work is ongoing.