How did you select this vendor?
I did an exhaustive search before choosing Cult of Coders. The process helped me feel confident in the decision and the results ultimately proved that out. This was before I knew about Clutch.co, which would have been a helpful tool.
I first spoke to a few trusted Southern California connections about the project I had in mind and they advised on what they believed would be the best framework for the build. Next, I researched the suggested Meteor framework and found a worldwide directory of official Meteor partners on their website. This was a great directory for researching relevant companies, checking out their websites, and ultimately contacting my relatively short list of the development groups that I thought would be the best fit.
I started conversations by reaching out through the Contact Us section of the websites I visited and presented a brief description of the project I had in mind as well as some documentation I'd put together in terms of homemade wireframes, common workflows, use cases, etc. After hundreds of emails and dozens of Skype calls with potential partners around the world it became clear that Cult of Coders was the best choice.
There's a lot to consider when making this type of decision including cost, responsiveness, work style, etc. but to me what really separated Cult of Coders from the close to one hundred other firms I considered is that from the very beginning they made an effort to really understand my project and made valuable suggestions before we even began our engagement. Even from the very beginning, they demonstrated that in some ways they understood my idea better than I did and leveraged their years of experience to bring up avoidable missteps.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
I have extremely limited technical knowledge and that's why it was essential that I hire a group that could handle the entire spectrum from backend to frontend, servers, design, etc. Fortunately, that's what I found with Cult of Coders. I can speak from experience that in the past I had unsuccessfully tried to get projects off the group with a less comprehensive development team and regularly ran into numerous frustrations.
What was the team composition?
While the team working on my project evolved over time, there was a core group throughout the process. I primarily interfaced with a couple of project managers.