We convert dreams into tangible digital products

Digihey is a Product Development Studio focused on delivering top-class Digital Products to its clients. We are a team of Software Engineers, UI/UX Experts and Project Managers.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Zagreb, Croatia
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Our clients are innovative businesses worldwide looking to build their digital products or expand existing tech teams

CareClock Platform

PROBLEM: Modernize the entire platform and build new applications for mobile devices

Our engineering and design team stepped in to build this world-class platform - a simple to use, super-smart set of tools for care recipients and caregivers, primarily used for Senior care.

Booster Fuels Dashboard

PROBLEM: How to improve the existing platform and build new features while keeping the costs low?

Our team of software engineers has built and maintained Booster Fuels Operational Dashboard used for dispatching & tracking deliveries, users and areas. It had to be fast and reliable - built to scale.

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Offshore Engineering Services for Gas Delivery Company

“Their human-centered approach to technology is rare and unique.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Digihey augments frontend development of web applications on an ongoing basis. They’re assisting in the development of both consumer-facing and internal web platforms, as well as an internal driver app for iOS.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 employees
 
San Francisco, California
Diego Netto
Co-founder, Booster Fuels
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Digihey’s involvement has contributed to a 65% savings rate. With a velocity that outshines competitors working in Agile development, they continue to employ a proactive and responsive approach that instills confidence. A thorough vetting process ensures talented and capable candidates.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and head of engineering of Booster Fuels, an on-demand gas delivery company servicing California’s Bay Area and Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex in Texas. Our business is all about eliminating gas station errands.

Users are able to drive their cars to work, park, put a request into our app, open their fuel door, lock the car, and go into work while one of our mini-tankers services their vehicles. We’re the new favorite, corporate perk in Silicon Valley. We’ve been in business since December 2014, and we have people who haven’t gone to a gas station in over two years because they’ve used our services for that long.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Digihey?

Booster is a high-capex venture, so it requires us to be very lean on the engineering front. Part of our strategy is offshoring a good part of our engineering team.

Our problem was trying to build the technologies to support our operation’s heavy venture without spending the amount of money needed to operate in Silicon Valley. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Digihey’s primary focus is frontend development for web applications. The engineers built out all of our consumer-facing and internal web platforms, the first one being our internal operations hub. Due to being an on-demand business, there are a lot of different things that plug into that hub. Having a centralized tool that anybody in the company can login to, to interact with customers and view fuel requests, service locations, promotions, dispatches, and routing has resulted in a massive internal app that powers our operations and the rest of the business.

They’re also starting to build our client-facing web app. Booster was purely mobile in the past, but we wanted to build a web experience so that people could order gasoline online. This is something we started working on with their team late last year.

We’ve also used their services to bring on a full-time iOS developer who is working on our internal driver apps. We have consumer apps, internal web apps, power operations, and actual apps that our drivers use. One of those apps is built entirely through Digihey as well.

What is the team composition?

We have one technical lead who is a full-stack engineer and built the entire architecture for our internal dashboard product. He oversees their team and also does some backend work, so he understands how our microservice architecture comes together as well.

We also have two frontend engineers. One is more focused on the UI and layout but also contributes to the frontend architecture as well. We have a more senior frontend engineer who is working on the state and some of the more sophisticated interactions of the web app. We also have a full-stack backend developer who focuses on Node.js, MongoDB, microservices, etc. We have a developer who is working in native iOS with Swift.

How did you come to work with Digihey?

Finding the right partner was tough. I've experienced working with offshore teams in India, the Philippines, and Eastern Europe, but Davorin’s [Owner & CEO, Digihey] shop has consistently provided the best talent for our engineering team over the last two years.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent around $200,000–$999,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since January 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

There are different ways to look at velocity in the Agile world. We focus more on the Kanban approach (i.e., how quickly something gets done once the business identifies a need for one of the internal tools). Their velocity is amongst the best I’ve seen of engineers in California.

One way to track success is to measure how quickly they’re executing and how effectively they’re communicating with the rest of the team. When I hear from other members of my company that the people over there are very responsive and proactive, it proves that Digihey really supports us.

We also do code reviews to ensure quality. We apply the same testing methodologies that we do in California. Digihey is in Croatia, and code reviews happen bidirectionally between both teams.

We’ve also quantified the cost for us. In order for us to be successful, we need to keep our engineering costs as low as possible. Digihey has allowed us to save 65% on the cost of building a five-person team in comparison to U.S. prices, which adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars we’ve saved and can use for other parts of our business.

How did Digihey perform from a project management standpoint?

Digihey is a managed services company, not an agency. We don’t just tell them to do something when there’s work that needs finishing. Their engineers are as integral to my team as my engineers in California.

The project management is split between the two teams. We have a product manager in California, myself in engineering, and a team lead in their location. We run the same process with them that we do with the team in California, but it’s just in different time zones. Their project management is as good as what we have here. We pride ourselves on how quickly we can execute what’s important and impactful. I’ve been very pleased with the arrangement so far.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The thing that stands out over my previous experiences with other offshore development companies is that they’re more focused on people. At the end of the day, people are what build great products. Their human-centered approach to technology is rare and unique.

Every engineer and developer who joins their team is vetted through a series of phone screens, on-site interviews, video conference calls with stakeholders in California, and technical tests. Unlike some other companies that just have developers lying around, Digihey finds the right people for every project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They need to move into a bigger office to accommodate my expansion plan! I’ve given so many different offshore development agencies a chance, and this is the only one that’s worked out for my needs.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The people that want to approach Digihey should view technology as an investment in people and not just projects. It’s easy when looking to save money in offshore development initiatives to not care how it gets done. That’s one way to operate, but it’s not the best way. Look at Digihey as a technology partner instead of just a shop that pumps out projects.

If someone is looking for a technology partner who invests in people and will find the right resources for a project, then there's no better company out there that I've worked with.

5.0
Overall Score It's worked out better than I could've ever imagined.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team is very proactive in commuting directly with stakeholders. They adjust their schedules to facilitate the communication between both teams.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’ve spent a third of what we would have paid in Silicon Valley.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The developers that we've been able to bring on through Digihey exceed expectations. The quality of their work constantly surprises us.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely refer them.

Web Dev & Design for Events-based Startup

"The company has very impressive leadership."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2015 - Jan. 2016
Project summary: 

Digihey built a marketing website that could promote a new brand and attract sales and leads. They were responsible for design, development, and launch. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Matt McManus
Former Head of Product Dev, Events-based Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website drew valuable, qualified leads and earned compliments from internal staff. Digihey distinguished themselves through their efficient project management, precise communication, and technical competence. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was Head of Product Development at a Series-A startup in the Washington, D.C. area.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Digihey?

We needed a new marketing website that integrated with our application.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to communicate the brand, effectively highlight our value proposition, and funnel people into our sales pipeline.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I had worked with the founder of Digihey in the past and knew the quality of their work, so I included them in the bidding process.

Describe the project in detail.

They designed, developed, and launched our new website.

What was the team composition?

The team has a technical lead and a few software developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What outcomes or results can you share that demonstrate progress and/or success?

The site increased our number of qualified marketing leads, and its brand marketing was well received by everyone involved.

How effective was the project management?

The project management was very effective. We mostly communicated through email, Google Sheets, and Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The company has very impressive leadership, and they ask good questions to minimize back-and-forth communication. 

What tips or recommendations do you have?

Hire Digihey!

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer