We turn ideas into awesome software products

codequest is a group of software engineers, designers and growth hackers who help deliver successful software products.

We build MVPs for startups and enterprises by offering design, development and deployment and can help develop and maintain more mature products for SMBs. We specialize in remote work and currently cooperate with clients from USA, UK, Scandinavia and Germany. 

To craft top-notch web and mobile applications we master the following technologies and tools:

  • Ruby on Rails: Making programming of backends of applicactions easier. Delivers extremely fast results and is therefore often chosen by startups with a fast time to market strategy.
  • Angular: Created by Google and therefore very robust and frequently updated with new features. Used to craft high quality web frontends.
  • React: Another JavaScript framework that aims primarily to provide speed, simplicity, and scalability.
  • Go (Golang): Simple, straightforward and easy to maintain open source programming language to create apps.
  • Swift: The main weapon of choice to craft great working native iOS applications.

Special areas of interest:

  • Machine Learning
  • Facial Recognition
  • Fintech apps
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • UX and UI Design

What differentiates us from other software agencies is not only our experience in creating products but also the emphasis we put on the quality of our work. We make sure that every line of code we deliver is robust, secure and easily maintainable.

We've taken our quality addiction to such lenghts that we even constructed codebeat.co, a SaaS for automated code review that is used by development teams from all over the world.

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Warsaw, Poland
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    Sienkiewicza 3 lokal 7/2
    Białystok, PL 15-432
    Poland

Portfolio

Key clients: 

DaWanda, Soothe, SelectHub, Foundersuite, KredytMarket, Eqipia, Taptera, SportsLion, Degoo, Soal

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Eqipia

Soothe

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iOS App Development for Real Estate Search Engine

“They genuinely care about the product, including both the quality of the code and the resulting app.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Codequest rebuilt the frontend of an iOS app based on an existing concept and backend elements.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Stockholm, Sweden
Emil Kaiser
Manager, Booli.se
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is ready to launch. Codequest’s strong technical competence allowed them to provide targeted feedback to improve on the existing concept. They managed solid communications and consistently delivered to the requirements on time.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a product manager at Booli.se, a real estate search engine based in Sweden. The site provides information on real estate for sale with prices and estimations for home values. We also have a site for sellers who want to find a real estate agent.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Codequest?

We have an iOS app that’s currently available in the app store. It was last updated about two years ago. Our in-house iOS developers left and, since then, we’ve been searching for one or more iOS developers who had the right fit for our team. It’s been difficult so we started looking at external support.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’re rebuilding the frontend of our iOS app. We have provided the backend, like APIs and servers, as well as the concept design including UI/UX. They’ve translated our concept into Swift code to build the frontend. We’re almost ready to release the first version.

What is the team composition?

We worked with the CEO for the initial contact and to set the terms. Day-to-day we work with a team of three iOS developers and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Codequest?

Our parent company, a Swedish bank called SBAB, recommended them. We were looking for external support both in Stockholm and also abroad. SBAB had been exploring ways to get more done via vendors. One of my colleagues from Booli.se had gone on a trip with a corporate team to visit different agencies across Europe. Codequest and a few others stood out. They passed our initial test and seemed solid.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around 70,000€ ($86,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2017. We’re wrapping up their original contract now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s too soon to gauge user value since we haven’t released the app yet.

How did Codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

The work-related metrics have been solid. They’ve been very timely with their development releases and communications. They've been consistent in delivering what we’ve agreed upon on time. We’ve had no complaints and, to the contrary, have been very impressed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They genuinely care about the product, including both the quality of the code and the resulting app. That's something that has stood out. They’re also very competent technically. We had a finished concept, at least from our perspective. They've been very good at providing good feedback to improve the product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing I can think of. We've been very happy with them so far.

5.0
Overall Score I would definitely work with them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to what we could get in Sweden for the cost, it’s very good. We could probably get something cheaper but with lower quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already done that.

Mobile API Rewrite for Social Media Platform

“codequest brought expertise and technical leadership on how our solution should be built.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2012 - May 2013
Project summary: 

In order to resolve issues with the application, an API rewrite was needed. Focused on analysis, codequest built the API from scratch, migrated the database, and implemented a search engine.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Warsaw, Poland
CTO, Social Media Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Strong knowledge and technical capabilities helped codequest deliver a high-quality product that became part of the main product and business focus and helped the company to grow. Their good teamwork and collaboration resulted in a product that was a valuable investment.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CTO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

We needed to make an API rewrite of the application. The old version had quite a few issues which were difficult to improve. We needed to move images to different storage, change the database and create more reliable APIs. We had previously worked with only two developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

codequest brought expertise and technical leadership on how our solution should be built. They focused on the analysis and implementation of the software. The whole API was built from scratch, the database was migrated, and a search engine was implemented. We didn’t have an SQL database in place. Our images were processed and put on Amazon Web Services. The frontend was also rewritten, although the design remained the same. We also implemented a feature which has become a main business focus.

What is the team composition?

They assigned 3–4 resources to the project who collaborated with our two developers. The developers were selected by codequest.

How did you come to work with codequest?

I believe they were found through a recommendation.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with codequest around 2013. We currently have a dedicated team and aren’t working with any outsourcing companies.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work done by codequest including the complete API rewrite became part of our main product. We have been able to grow as a result. Our technology has changed a lot since then, but their work was valuable to us.

How did codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

There was no proper product development on our end in the beginning. codequest helped in this regard. They employed a Scrum process. During the collaboration, we spoke on a daily basis.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are overall nice people and can work as a team. It wasn’t a matter of their team and ours; we were a single team.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

codequest is a well-performing team, and it’s worth it to hire them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value was good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered the new API on time, and the quality was fine.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software Development for Digital Consulting Agency

"As a client of codequest, I can feel at ease because I trust them to get things done."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

codequest developed from scratch a B2B application for managing membership. They worked on the project from the discovery to the implementation stage and were fully in charge of the frontend/backend and APIs. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City, New York
Wesley Ross
CEO, OpsYard
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their reliability and high level of expertise made them a trustworthy, long-term partner. Working with complex programming languages, such as node.js and Ruby on Rails, they delivered a high quality product on time. Their project management skills are also exceptional. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of OpsYard, a digital consulting agency that works with emerging technologies in New York.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

I was looking for a reliable team to help me build membership management software for a large client. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did everything from initial exploration and defining what documentation we needed to transitioning all those thoughts into actual development. They completed 95% of all the work and deliverables, set up the project management tools and daily stand-up calls. 

We have node.js on the frontend and Ruby on Rails on the backend. In addition, we're using 5–10 different APIs that can interconnect to this software. 

What is the team composition?

We mainly work with Adam [Adam Mankowski, Chief Operations Officer, codequest], who acts as a project manager and our main point of contact.

How did you come to work with them?

It was a referral from a friend who used to work with them. I had an interview with their CEO and asked him about their structure and the team. After I talked to their references, I chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

The project started in December 2016 and is ongoing, but the first version was completed in September 2017. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They delivered everything we agreed upon, and it's a working B2B [business-to-business] application that is currently being tested in-house by the client.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Google Docs, Slack, and Jira to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very reliable. As a client of codequest, I can feel at ease because I trust them to get things done. They have a lot of experienced staff on hand and gave us not only the code, but also the guidance.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have in mind the details of your project and do the necessary research before you meet with them – this will help with the timeline and the budget.

4.5
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

iOS App Development for Fitness Tracking Startup

"I really appreciate the technical depth and perspective that the Codequest team has."

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

A dedicated team of four developers from Codequest worked to develop beta versions of an iOS fitness tracking app. Depending on client feedback, the team will also lead the development for its Android version.

The Reviewer
 
Startup
 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prabhakar Karri
Founder, Nymbl
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

What sets Codquest apart from other providers is the extreme talent they have on their team. Comprised of educated engineers with degrees in computer science, and 30% of them being women, Codequest provides the full suite of technical expertise for any development or design project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and CEO of Nymbl, a startup based in Minnesota. My business partner and I founded this company last year in September. We are in the business of providing mobile tools for professional fitness trainers in the United States.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Codequest?

We needed to develop an app quickly and in a cost effective manner. We’re a startup by the company bootstrap. It’s funded by me entirely.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Codequest is developing the iOS version of the app right now. I’m not a technical person, so I’m not completely familiar with the tools they use. Our strategy is to release an app on the Apple store next month. We’re in beta trials right now. The goal is to eventually have them help us build up an app for Android devices, depending on how many clients we have. In addition to developing the app, they are also building the website for us.

What is the team dynamic?

We have a team of four people dedicated to my product. Two of them are dedicated full time who work 40 hours a week on our app. Then we have a floating team of about four or five people who work on an as needed basis on the design side and for project management. In the initial stages of the kickoff, we also had two other backend programmers who worked on it.

How did you come to work with Codequest?

We had worked with a firm here locally in the Twin Cities. We terminated that relationship within a few months because it wasn’t working well for us in terms of delivery of product and cost effectiveness. When we were initially looking for firms, we had a lot of firms on our radar. We were looking for potential app developers in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. We reviewed and interviewed several companies and finally selected Codequest to help us develop the app. Codequest was our second provider.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together December 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have our app on the app store yet. We have three beta users right now and they’re happy with the product so far. It’s been a pleasant experience.

How did Codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

At the outset of the project, we set a clear vision for the timeline and the project management schedule and Codequest was always on time and on target. They have a dedicated project manager who uses Trello. For communication, they use Slack for team commenting while communicating. We talk every week, twice a week sometimes. Lately, it’s been more often because we’re getting close to releasing the product. We do a conferencing service. We used Google Hangouts initially and then we switched to another conferencing software.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I met with the team members of Codequest in Warsaw, Poland before engaging with them. I was impressed that they have real engineers with engineering degrees from the universities in Poland. Their degrees are in electrical engineering and computer science. They’re highly qualified from an education perspective and in terms of having actual experience. I really appreciate the technical depth and perspective that the Codequest team has.

Secondly, they have a team of about 28 or 29 engineers and they're growing. They also have many women engineers. That was really impressive. Codequest has 30% or more of their staff who are women and all of them are actually working on the product instead of having ancillary roles. We have a person who does marketing and sales strategy for us and she’s very creative. I like the perspective that she brings to the table versus just a bunch of guys. They are technically competent.

Third, they have designers. They have everything in-house. So for a startup like ours, it’s perfect because I don’t have to worry about trying to hire different firms for one project. They have a designer in-house who will help design the visual experience and visual impact. They can help design the website. They have the full suite of services.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I haven’t found anything that causes me any angst. They’re an eastern European company, so they have a European perspective on things, even for very simple things like units. They use metric units whereas we use pounds and miles here for fitness tracking. That wasn’t really an issue, but they tend to have European perspective.

5.0
Overall Score No complaints so far. It’s really been a pleasant experience. They're a fun team to work with and they’re very responsive. They’re really smart people.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We were pretty much on time and on budget. If there were any schedule slips, it’s more because we changed the schedules on them versus them changing schedules on us.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They cost substantially less than developers here in the United States. In terms of value for the money, they have engineers that get the technology. They make way fewer mistakes than ours. The hourly rate is also low. It’s a win-win.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There are absolutely no complaints in the interim deliverables and even the beta product that we have.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Based on our experience so far, we don’t intend to build an internal team. We’ll use them for as much as possible, as long as possible.

App Development for Photo Sharing Startup

"The team was very pleasant and wonderful to work with and cared a lot about the project."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Sept. 2014
Project summary: 

Codequest helped the client program the user interface of their application as well as design a logo and other marketing items.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Nathan Brakke
Founder, heartwofour, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Because they saw so much value in the product, Codequest had a very direct impact on the success of the app which has since been downloaded over 2,000 times and has a 5-star rating on the Apple Store.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a small startup that creates a mobile app used for adding sound and voice to pictures and then sharing them with other users of the app via Facebook or creating a voice archive. We launched in September 2014 and have been growing quite slowly since. We are on Apple but not on Android currently, and we don’t have a web component yet. I’m the founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Codequest?

We needed somebody to write the code. A potential co-founder, a friend of mine, was a software engineer but he didn’t quite have the extra time between his full-time job as a software engineer at Shazam to put into the project. We also needed some design skills, which Codequest provided as well.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They basically helped design and program the app from the ground up. When I came to them, this whole app was just an idea. It was a rough prototype that I had built on GoDaddy myself, but I don’t have any software engineering skills to speak of. Codequest helped design the user interface as well as the logo and various other marketing components such as the landing page and the App Store preview and description.

How did you come to work with Codequest?

I had done a lot of research. I’m in San Diego, so I started out on oDesk and Elance; I think they have since combined. I didn’t find any developers I was quite thrilled with. I almost started working with one team from Russia, but they wanted to focus on the web version as opposed to the mobile app version, so I decided not to go with them. Then I also looked around to some local development studios here in Southern California, but unfortunately, those were out of my price range for my initial budget.

Then I reached out to some friends who had done some work in the software industry, and one guy in Minneapolis put me in touch with another firm in Minneapolis. The CEO of that firm had worked with Tomasz at Codequest and vouched for him. He said they did some quality work and probably were at a much better price point for my concerns. That’s how I ended up meeting Codequest and Tomasz. We did a couple of Skypes, and we seemed to hit it off, so then we developed a business relationship.

How much have you invested with Codequest?

The first version was about $23,000. The total after a couple of other versions was around $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The duration of the project went from May to September 2014. The first version was completed in September 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I think we have a 5-star rating in the App Store, and we’ve had over 2,000 downloads with very limited marketing efforts. We were featured on Product Hunt back in May 2015, so that was quite exciting. Unfortunately, I think a lot of their readership is not quite our target market, so we didn’t see a real sustained growth after that, even though we did get a considerable bump from that posting.

How did Codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

I thought they performed quite well. They seemed very responsive to my feedback and a couple of other test users like my wife and a couple of friends of mine. They responded quickly and offered solutions to any problem that arose.

What did you find most impressive about Codequest?

I really appreciated their enthusiasm; that’s probably what excited me the most. It seemed like they believed in the product and didn’t consider it necessarily just another job. I feel like they put a lot of heart and soul into the app and wanted to see it succeed, not just for them and me but for a lot of potential users out there that could find some value in the product. It was really nice to get a sense that they believed in my mission and believed in the product.

Are there any areas Codequest could improve?

It’s hard to say. I thought they were always very responsive and quick. Nothing comes to mind, honestly. I think our biggest detriment was not product-related as far as our success; it was more of a marketing and growth strategy component. I can’t fault the product for our lack of browsing success.

4.5
Overall Score The team was very pleasant and wonderful to work with and cared a lot about the project. Unfortunately, we did hit a few small bumps along the way in the end, but I’m very proud of what we built together.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always super responsive to questions, comments, and feedback, but the timeline was unfortunately extended a couple of times. We didn’t let that hold us back too much.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The initial cost was a very good value, and that’s what got my foot in the door and got the project started, but they did end up being some additional costs that weren’t quite foreseen.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They exceeded my expectations in almost every way.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m really proud of the project, and I think they did a great job. I can’t fault them at all for any of the slow growth that we have experienced so far.

Platform Development for CRM Software Provider

"Codequest has been my workhorse for going on four years now, and I couldn’t be happier."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Codequest created a Ruby on Rails platform for the client to advance their software that provides various software tools for startups.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
San Francisco, California
Nathan Beckford
CEO, Foundersuite
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Over the years that this client has worked with codequest, they are satisfied with the quality work they deliver at affordable rates. They commit to the long-haul and do not cut corners.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Foundersuite makes CRM software for start-ups that are raising capital. The software serves toward managing the fundraising and doing investor relation updates. I am the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

We were building our first product. The original product was a sweep of different tools for start-ups. It has since evolved into investor CRM [customer relationship management] tools for fundraising.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It's a Ruby on Rails platform with a Postgres database. Codequest did a lot of work with different APIs [application programming interface]. We had [KPI] integrations with AngelList and LinkedIn and Bing. We had probably half a dozen APIs at the beginning which has since wound down now that we're a bit more self-reliant.

How did you come to work with codequest?

I was a solo founder. I met a guy who was working as a project manager/business developer for codequest. I met him at a designers and geeks conference. I was in the middle of talking to several different contractor firms and just liked their approach better than others.

How much have you invested with codequest?

We are probably closing in on seven figures.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with codequest since February 2013 to present day.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The product itself is a successful product. We have a couple of thousand start-ups that are successfully raising money on our platform. We've had over 10,000 total start-ups on the platform.

How did Codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

They're good. I've had great interactions with these guys since day one, and it's been a couple of years.

What did you find most impressive about codequest?

They're just solid engineers. They don't cut corners. They're diligent and attentive. Other contract development shops tend to cut corners or do things in a quicker manner sometimes, creating issues they’ll have to fix later. I don't think codequest does that. They think about the long haul and the long-term stability.

Are there any areas codequest could improve?

The only challenge sometimes is our different time zones. I'm in west coast Pacific Time; they're in Central European Time so that sometimes creates a communication lag. It's not so much a fault of theirs or anything like that; it's just a simple fact of geographic separation.

5.0
Overall Score It's been a great experience, and I look forward to continuing the relationship.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We flip, but it's not always their fault; sometimes it's because I change things too.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I did look at lower cost options and higher cost options. I feel like I'm getting a lot of value for my money. It's high-quality work at affordable rates.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Codequest has been my workhorse for going on four years now, and I couldn't be happier.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've made many recommendations to others over the years.

Software Development for Massage Company

"They [codequest] always deliver excellent work using best practices."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Codequest has worked with the client on long projects as well as daily tasks, all within the focus of software development and Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CTO, Health and Wellness Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their discipline as engineers is how codequest continues to add value to the client’s business, even as they develop their own full-time team.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are an on-demand massage company. I head the technology team as the Chief Technology Officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

We were looking for additional engineering bandwidth, with a focus on Ruby on Rails.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They provide an extended engineering team, and they work pretty well independently. They have their best practices and project management infrastructure that they work with. We connect with them every day to work closely on ventures ranging from long well scoped out projects to short, iterative daily engineering tasks.

How did you come to work with codequest?

We were referred to them, and we gave them a four-week trial and it went well.

How much have you invested with codequest?

We have spent over $10,000, on average.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with codequest roughly around May 2015, and the relationship has been ongoing since that time. The size of the team we have with codequest has varied over time, but we've always had ongoing work with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They have been able to provide strong engineering talent to us, with very short ramp-up time. We work with anywhere from one to four engineers at codequest, where all of them have been good. They helped us scale from when we were a smaller company and had less ability to hire a full-time team. Even now when we have a larger full-time team, they still add value to us overall.

How did codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

I would say 9 out of 10.

What did you find most impressive about codequest?

The quality of the engineering team and the discipline that their engineers bring to projects is what distinguishes codequest.

Are there any areas codequest could improve?

No, not really. I think it's been quite good.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Technology software is inherently unpredictable, and they're good to work with in that regard.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always deliver excellent work using best practices.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

MVP Development for Fintech Startup

"What I like about codequest is that they don’t start coding until we both are 100% sure that we have the same understanding of the issue that we need to code."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Codequest implemented their coding skills to create the entire IT infrastructure and MVP [minimum viable product] of the client’s financial service system.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Poland
Aleksander Widera
CEO, Polska Platforma Kredytowa SA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

For a company that had not worked with financial institutions before, codequest did an impressive job of providing actual solutions for the client in addition to quality code.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a fintech [financial technology] startup. We set up a marketplace in Poland that allows small businesses access to convenient lending. It’s all financed by well-to-do businessmen. We perform credit scores fully online and we have a couple of credit score models. The objective is to be able to provide a customer their credit score in no more than ten minutes based off of digital data they submit to our database.

I’m a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

I needed to build the entire architecture of a system. Although I had the idea, the money from my partners, and both financial and technical knowledge, I didn’t have a single pure IT guy. I needed a tech partner and that is what codequest became.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They are still working with the idea and the IT infrastructure. From my point of view, I still don’t think I need a CTO [Chief Technology Officer].

How did you come to work with codequest?

One of the shareholders in my company has a technical background. He’s a COO in a large financial institution and he referred me to codequest. After that, I met them and made sure they had enough resources and an enough number of developers. I wanted to make sure they are full-bodied because I knew that my project would be large.

How much have you invested with codequest?

The project ranged from $150,000 to $220,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the project in March 2016 and it is ongoing. We are just a couple days away from having the MVP.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The key metric for myself was to have the MVP ready six weeks ago, but the delay is fully justified by the different challenges we encountered during the numerous configurations we had with our partners. When we started the full integration, we found that it was going to be very difficult. We are integrated with a business intelligence database that is run by a Polish banking system. The database is huge, very difficult, and very old school, but codequest managed to maneuver it. We expected the project to take six weeks and it ended up being three months, but everything takes time.

How did codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

We are using JIRA and Slack for project management, and it seems that all the sprints are completed. The product owner is on their side and she does a fine job. We give them technical specifications of different financial models, and they divide these business issues into IT tasks. We are communicating every day through JIRA, but also through the phone. What I like about codequest is that they don’t start coding until we both are 100% sure that we have the same understanding of the issue that we need to code.

What did you find most impressive about codequest?

I used to work for financial institutions and my experience was purely with .NET developers. I think that in traditional financial institutions, IT guys are just coders. They just code, and you need a couple of business analysts and other guys who will translate what you want to do into the code. What I like about the codequest team is that they try to figure out a better way for you to achieve something. Once they understand what we want to achieve, they sit back, think for a while, and call us again to communicate before they begin to code. They find a solution instead of just coding.

 

Codequest proved to be great support with the AWS, where we placed our architecture. We encountered a massive issue with hadhoop and HBase that we use on AWS. The case was really difficult and took many days to resolve by the AWS team in various locations. Codequest really stood up. My personal belief is it would take much longer to resolve the issue without the skills and experience of  CQ team.

Are there any areas codequest could improve?

I don’t really think so. The ex-post analysis is 100% accurate even though it was a totally new thing for them. I don’t think they have worked for any financial institutions before, so it was difficult, but we are having a nice relationship. The communication is fine.

5.0
Overall Score What I really liked is that they did not make me buy a single piece of hardware. Everything we used was cloud-based but also very secure. The only pieces of hardware that we have in house are our laptops.
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We haven’t met a single deadline on this project, but 40% of the scheduling relied on our time. We were pretty reliant on third-party systems during the integration process.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are good but expensive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m 100% sure that it’s the right team. I think that the quality of the infrastructure they delivered here in Poland without a single server was impressive.

App Development for Sports Gaming Platform

"The quality of their education and the quality of their work experience has created a team of very highly skilled coders at codequest."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2013 - July 2014
Project summary: 

Codequest used the coding software Ruby on Rails and Swift iOS to fully develop a gaming application for the client, converting an idea into a tangible and functional software.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Liinus Hietaniemi
Founder, Sports Lion
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Beyond delivering hard quality code, codequest also contributed to the application development on a conceptual level, providing useful insights that the client appreciated.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a sports gaming platform called Sports Lion. I’m the Chief Executive Officer and founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

When we first approached codequest, we only had a vision of a sports betting platform that offered intrinsic rewards to the users rather than real money. We worked closely with codequest on ways we could basically turn this vision into something tangible in terms of a software product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We began by laying out the plan for everything. We started with a web version of our gaming application as a design of what it would look like. We bounced around ideas on the design and layout, and the algorithms of how the game should work. Then, codequest delivered on all the layouts and the hard code. Codequest had great ideas. We worked closely with their project leaders and with their top management, and they contributed an invaluable amount to the end product on a conceptual level instead of just a programming level.

How did you come to work with codequest?

A friend of mine actually recommended codequest. I was asking for a highly skilled programming company that could provide software services with insight, not just hard code. I was looking for someone who could participate in the planning and the design of the whole concept.

How much have you invested with codequest?

The project ranged from $40,000 to $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with codequest from November 2013 to July 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We gather a lot of feedback from our users and they love the design that codequest created. The functionality is great. There have been virtually no bugs or glitches in the application, so it’s very high-quality code. Obviously for us, as a gaming company, design and functionality are the most important things.

How did codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

Codequest assigned a project leader to our project with whom we were in close contact on pretty much a daily basis, and he was very responsive. We would Skype, I would travel to Poland, and we would talk on the phone and send emails on a daily basis. It was a very good experience in the sense that the communication worked well and he was available and accessible.

What did you find most impressive about codequest?

I think the biggest thing is the quality of their code. They are highly skilled in Ruby on Rails. They also really know what they’re doing with Swift iOS. The quality of their education and the quality of their work experience has created a team of very highly skilled coders at codequest.

Are there any areas codequest could improve?

I think a good thing to keep in mind is once you start working with codequest, you should know what you are shooting for because once they start working, they go hard and fast. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, I think you should first figure that out yourself because codequest is very good and quick to deliver.

5.0
Overall Score It was not only the deliverables but also the people I got to work with at codequest. They are a great group of guys.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They actually finished a bunch of things in advance.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    When you want the best quality, you also have to pay a little bit more, so there’s a premium.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver very good quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If someone is looking to outsource for high quality coding, I can’t think of any better firm than codequest.

Product Development for Tech Management Platform

"The team leader [at codequest] directly communicates with me and helps make improvements on every iteration."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

The client hired codequest for the complete development of a technical tool for solution management.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Denver, CO
VP of Product Engineering, IT Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their reliability is what distinguishes codequest as qualified engineers. They continually improve their methodologies by promoting growth within their own company.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our product is a platform for companies to evaluate and procure software products in a collaborative manner. It enables multiple stakeholders across IT, procurement, finance, PMO [project management office], legal, and other end-user business units to work together to evaluate, select, and purchase the right technology solutions.

I am a co-founder and the vice president of product engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with codequest?

We needed highly qualified engineers for product development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Codequest provided us with a team of engineers that works with our team in the US. They have been providing us with a great team for the last three years.

How did you come to work with codequest?

We found them by browsing the web. We sent a request for proposal, and codequest replied to it. We chose to go with codequest after talking to Tomasz, the owner, and evaluating the quality of their service.

What is the status of this engagement?

I have been working with codequest for three years. The project is ongoing. It is one big project with multiple subprojects included.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our platform has been in the market for more than a year. Codequest has helped us expedite the delivery of the product. They have been reliable and competitive. They have been able to scale the team up and down according to our needs.

How did codequest perform from a project management standpoint?

They are great at project management. The team leader directly communicates with me and helps make improvements on every iteration.

What did you find most impressive about codequest?

Codequest is always striving to improve their methodologies. They have very qualified engineers. They promote growth within their company, therefore, if you hire a junior resource today, within a few months you feel that you are working with a much more experienced engineer. Their engineers’ growth develops rapidly. That’s one big difference. They are very reliable, and they have great communication.

Are there any areas codequest could improve?

I’m sure there is something, but nothing comes to mind that I can tell you right now.

5.0
Overall Score I will hire codequest again for another project.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They usually meet their deadlines. If for some reason they are not able to deliver on time, then they plan and communicate efficiently.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Fair. They are competitive. They are not the cheapest option, but they are reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are usually really reliable, and they deliver on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely recommend codequest.