What was the scope of their involvement?
As a startup, it was important to us to find developers at an optimized price because it’s quite difficult to find good developers in France. The French market is difficult because we have a lack of developers, so the good ones are very expensive. With CodeTiburon, I was able to get a team, including a developer, project manager, UX [user experience] designer, and some people dedicated to testing. When I approach a new project with CodeTiburon, I usually first provide them a functional scope of work, describing what we want. We then have a UX design phase where we define all the features of the development, including some prototyping and visuals that we can show to the customer. After this phase, we then have a project manager or developer that does the testing, and a program director that makes sure everything goes well.
CodeTiburon is a dedicated team, and we have quite a strong partnership, so it felt a bit like they were a part of our company. Thanks to CodeTiburon, we developed a strong prototype for the MVP [minimum viable product] of our app that convinced an important customer to sign with us because they trusted our capability to deliver on time.
How did you come to work with CodeTiburon?
I found them by chance. Before starting my company, I was working for a hardware vendor. It’s a big company, and CodeTiburon called me to see if they would be interested in getting some offshore development services. I had already planned out the project, so I told them that the company was not interested in that; it was not our business. However, personally, I was interested in getting in touch with them and seeing if they could work with us. I selected CodeTiburon because they were able to make a very detailed plan of the technologies they would use. They explained the architecture and provided a lot of details that convinced me that technically, they were very good. It was very important to me to feel that they were a solid company, and that is what I get from them. Because they have my product in their hands, it’s very important to me to have some continuity.
How much have you invested with CodeTiburon?
The project size was $400,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with CodeTiburon in November 2014, and our engagement is ongoing.