A technical partner for business across the globe

Since 2008, Django Stars has been a technical partner for software development and digital transformation. Whether you are a startup with fresh ideas, or a well-established business eager to transform, we’re ready to offer you solutions that can take you to the next level.

Over more than 10 years of work, we’ve seen our clients grow from small startups to scalable enterprise companies – and celebrated every launch and success with them.

And we’re eager to continue doing the same with you.

 

Our values:

  1. We’re a technical partner that dives into your business. Our clients emphasize our ability to really understand the business and its long-term goals.
  2. Ownership and full transparency is what we stand for. We take full responsibility for the development process while giving you access to every member of the team and every piece of process.  
  3. We build products people want to use. Great ideas require even greater solutions; that’s why complex projects drive us to provide even better user experiences.

Our expertise: Web Development, Mobile App Development, Crypto/Blockchain technology, Data Science, UI/UX Design, DevOps, Quality Assurance

Our technical stack: Python, Django, React, Redux, React Native, iOS, Android, Angular, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Django REST Framework, Elastic Search, Asyncio, Docker, AWS, etc.

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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Kiev, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

MOLO FINANCE

Finance • United Kingdom

Overview

Molo is the first fully digital mortgage lender in the United Kingdom to provide services directly to consumers, without intermediaries. It enables users to get instant mortgage approvals online and avoid bureaucracy, manual reviews, brokers, large banks, and traditional mortgage lenders.

Services: Software development (backend/ frontend), UX/UI design, QA, maintenance.

Project duration: Dec. 2017 – ongoing

Website: https://molofinance.com/

CLEAR MINDS

Finance • Switzerland

Overview

Clear Minds is a digital investment platform that handles advisory and investment processes in Switzerland. Combining the convenience of an online platform with the experience of financial advisers, it enables clients to invest their money easily and wisely into the most profitable markets.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), QA, UI/UX design, maintenance.

Project duration: Oct. 2016 – ongoing

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-463602

Website: https://www.clearminds.ch/de/

MONEYPARK

Finance • Switzerland

Overview

MoneyPark is the #1 mortgage broker in the Swiss market and the first independent consulting agency in the country to provide personalized financial advice on mortgage and insurance products. It combines online tools and high-quality in-person advice that it finds most suitable for customers’ mortgages and insurance.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: 2013 – ongoing

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-22169

Website: https://moneypark.ch/en/

PADI TRAVEL

Travel • Switzerland

Overview

Previously known as Diviac Travel, PADI Travel is a booking service for scuba divers. It provides an enormous choice of liveaboards, dive resorts and dive centers worldwide, with the option to book and pay at the same place.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Dec. 2012 - ongoing

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-21549

Website: https://travel.padi.com/

SINDEO

Finance • USA

Overview

Sindeo is a modern mortgage marketplace that provides tools, information, and guidance to help people find the right mortgage and lender. It works with the clients from the very beginning of their home search or refinancing to help them research and plan for their mortgage

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Oct. 2013 – Jun. 2017

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-22295

Website: http://lendage.com/

SOLASTIS

CRM Systems • Singapore

Overview

Solastis CRM is a platform that helps engage customers and quickly digitalise business processes. It standardizes workflow, brings clarity to operations, and provides a variety of performance reports.

Services: Software development (frontend/backend), UI/UX design, QA, Project Management.

Website: https://solastis.com/

SOFT ACTIVITY

Monitoring Software • Canada

Overview

Soft Activity is a platform that monitors the activity of employees during the working day. Using a wide range of built-in tools and services, it keeps employers aware of everything that happens on their office computers.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), QA, UI/UX design.

Project duration: Apr. 2016 - ongoing

Website: https://www.softactivity.com/

Travel & Booking • Switzerland

Overview

Diviac Logbook is a web application that connects scuba divers with their peers and allows them to log and share their dives, photos and videos, post feedback and references about diving spots and travel companies.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), UI/UX design, QA.

Website: https://logbook.diviac.com/

ESOFT PLANNER (PPC COMMUNICATIONS)

Sports/CRM Systems • USA

Overview

eSoft Planner is a web-based management and scheduling system that was initially created for sports businesses and academies, but is popular among different sports and educational facilities across the USA. It allows users to manage scheduling and information from any web browser, make appointments, input schedules, and rent space simultaneously.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration May 2017 – ongoing

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-309555

Website: https://www.esoftplanner.com/

EVIDOQ

B2B • France

Overview

eVidoq is a research platform that provides automated gathering and analysis of information to help users find key elements faster and more efficiently.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX design, QA.

Website: https://evidoq.com/

KWIKEE

Marketplaces • USA

Overview

Kwikee is an end-to-end solution for brand assets and content, offering tools for content creation, management and distribution. It covers the widest range of channels and offers a faster and easier drive of conversion rates than ever before.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend)

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-30742

Website: https://www.kwikee.com/

STORYTOLD

Communication • USA

Overview

StoryTold is an innovative application that promotes less arguing and moralizing in parent-child relationships. It is focused on the improvement of parent-child relationships through storytelling.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), UI/UX design, QA, BA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Aug. 2017 – ongoing

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-306531

Website: http://storytold.io/

AZYAN

Taxi & Transportation • Jordan

Overview

Working in Amman, Azyan offers food-delivery services and delivers thousands of items a day. It connects clients, restaurants, and delivery service providers through the application to make the order and delivery process smooth and rapid.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), QA, UI/UX design, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: May 2017 – ongoing.

Website: https://www.azyan.co/

HUDSON

Recruitment • USA

Overview

Hudson is an international recruitment company that focuses on both talent management and specialized recruitment. Combining efforts of economists, psychologists, linguists, and technologists, Hudson finds a perfect fit for candidates and clients.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX Design, QA, BA, maintenance.

Project duration: Feb. 2016 – Mar. 2017

Website: https://www.hudson.ua/en-us/

TIMEDOM

Booking & Hospitality• Ukraine

Overview

An online apartment booking platform that connects property owners with potential tenants and makes the booking process easy for both sides.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/frontend/mobile), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Sep. 2014 – Mar. 2016

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-22607

Website: https://timedom.com.ua/

HAYSTACK INTELLIGENCE

Healthcare • USA

Overview

Haystack Intelligence is an application created to optimize the work of hospitals based on BIG DATA statistics of patient and doctor activity. It allows hospital owners and managers to analyze their expenditures, compare their branches, and check the patients-doctors-productivity ratio.

Services Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Jan. 2017 – May 2018

Review https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-458313

Website: https://haystackinformatics.com/

DARPEDIA

Marketplace • Jordan

Overview

Darpedia is the largest Arabian networking platform for house design and renovation that connects homeowners and home experts. It includes both European and Arabic layouts and connects clients with experts in architecture, interior design, decorating, landscape design, and home renovation in the MENA region.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Project duration: Apr. 2017 – Aug. 2017

Review https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-261012

Website: https://darpedia.com/

CRICKET DUEL

Fantasy Sports • USA

Overview

Cricket Duel is a fantasy sport web application where participants build their own fantasy cricket team. They compete against other fantasy owners based on statistics generated by real individual players or professional cricket teams.

Services: Software development (backend/frontend), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps.

TAXOFON

Taxi & Transportation• Ukraine

Overview

Taxofon is a complete web- and mobile-based solution for building and running a taxi service company from scratch. It covers all the features needed for passengers, drivers, and managers using Android and a web application.

Services: Full-cycle software development (backend/ frontend/mobile), UI/UX design, QA, DevOps, maintenance.

Review https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-30979

Website: https://taxofon.ua/

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Development for Mortgage Systems Platform

“They’re great at what they do.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed an existing platform with API connections to other systems. They added an additional online pathway for customers, revised the application process, and set up lead collection.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
San Mateo, California
Sr. Manager, Mortgage Systems, Financial Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Django Stars successfully built the needed functionalities and launched on time, despite a short timeframe. They also streamlined the lead generation process. The dedicated team demonstrated strong expertise and project management and effectively delivered high-quality solutions at a great price.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior manager of a mortgage company. I’m responsible for all the software solutions. We acquired the technology deck from a previous company that is no longer operating as a mortgage company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

They previously worked with our proprietary solution, which was an online workflow for clients to fill out a mortgage application and submit it to us. They had built two pathways, one for a purchase and one for a refinance. We needed help with further development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

There were three components to the work they did for us. First, we asked them to build a third pathway for home equity liens. Second, we needed to be able to lock and unlock the file for the borrowers so they could continue editing after a sales person edits the file. The third piece was to allow for lead ingestion.

We used to have multiple questions on a page. They also helped to reengineer the application so it’s only one question per page in the first half of the process.

We had API connections with at least two other systems. How the fields work inside of our own proprietary system and how that translates to a loan origination system and to Salesforce is different in terms of what those field IDs are and in terms of when those data points should be injected into those various systems.

All the functionality is there. We’re done with this specific project, but I plan to continue working with them at least through the first quarter.

What is the team composition?

They had a project manager and a backend engineer that were fully committed to our project. Also, they had a QA person and additional backend engineers supporting as needed.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

They were working with the company we bought the technology deck from so they were already familiar with the product and had worked well with us in the past.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They got everything into gear and delivered on a short timeline. They were incredibly ambitious. We had a successful launch on time. They changed the way that we’re able to accept leads from some of our partner companies.

What they’ve done has been reliable, functional, and effective. I’m extremely satisfied with their work. They’re great at what they do. They needed a lot of direction, but that’s expected because they’re working with some foreign topics. They’re great at getting what you need done as long as you explain the true goals and how it will work effectively.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

We had meetings at least once a week. We used Jira to track each of the components. There were 100 plus Jira tickets associated with this project individually. For each one, I saw who worked on it, where, and how the time was used. It helped me better understand how many hours they worked in communication, development, QA, documentation, or investigation. Apart from Jira, I wrote up everything in a Word doc and PowerPoint slides.

The project manager did an awesome job at being organized and knowing when to bring in additional resources.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was truly impressed. Toward the end of the project, we knew it was coming down to the wire. They were dedicated to the last minute of the last day to deliver what they needed to, and they did it. We had a short time period with a lot of code to write and a lot of things to change. We knew that it was going to be tough, and everybody worked hard to make it happen.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only concern I have is the project manager and backend engineer we were working with abruptly left at the end of December. I was given two to three days’ notice that they were leaving, which was concerning because they had a lot of organic knowledge based on many years of working on the system. Now that I have to get a new project manager and backend engineer, some of that knowledge is going to be lost no matter how well they documented things. I was initially planning to use them through 2019, but I don’t know what the working relationship will be like with the new people.

It was also challenging to deal with some of the paperwork. It took longer than expected to figure out their expenses and pay them because they didn’t have a W-9 or a tax ID number. It took us about six weeks to get all the paperwork squared away to pay them. That being said, they continued working without being paid for a few months knowing that we would pay them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re awesome at engineering and programming. If it’s a foreign concept like mortgage, you’re going to need to provide a lot more detail than you might expect. They’re super effective, come at the right price, and get the job done. Be particular. I’ll definitely continue to work with them based on my experiences so far.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They did everything on time. They made the deadline even though we were under a lot of pressure.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their pricing tiers seem competitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered what we asked for. They did a great job.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d definitely refer them to others.

MVP Development for Influencer Marketing Company

"They share my high standards for how to run a successful and well-balanced company."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars led the front- and backend development for the MVP of a dashboard reporting tool. Key features include displaying Facebook KPIs in a single, automatically-updating interface.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Germany
CEO, Social Ads Corp
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Still in early phases, the working solution has received positive feedback from key stakeholders. Expertise and responsiveness are hallmarks of their work. While the Django Stars team could be more closely integrated in all aspects, efficiency and quality of work generally win the day.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of a company that focuses on influencer marketing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Django Stars?

As we are lean and agile, we needed external resources to quickly deliver an MVP of a new reporting solution.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create an MVP as fast as possible in order to get real customer feedback.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I found them on Google while looking for a Django-focused agency. I selected Django Stars because I had a prior touchpoint in Kiev.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

I provided the idea and shared my vision with their team. They provide project management, QA, frontend development ideas, and engineering know-how. After a quick onboarding, they developed an initial MVP of a dashboard. It includes all Facebook marketing KPIs in a single interface for our customers. Every value in the dashboard automatically updates multiple times per day.

What was the team composition?

I work with a project manager, two backend developers, a frontend developer, and a QA expert.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We’re still very early, but they achieved a very nice-looking interface. We plan to have them add additional features and services beyond this initial MVP.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Our dedicated project manager always responds in minutes, even over the weekend. Most of the communication went through the project manager. While I would like to talk directly to the engineers more often, in general the project manager does a great job of coordinating everything.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They share my high standards for how to run a successful and well-balanced company. They understand that people are an asset, and they provide a professional environment.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I’m very happy in general. I haven’t worked with many agencies, but my preference is to integrate each person working on my projects as a full team member. Django Stars works autonomously and sometimes I wish they were more integrated. For example, we could have a weekly meeting with the team or they could invite me to come to their office once a month.

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

Web Application for Mortgage Lending Platform

“The Django team feel a lot of pride in their work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars provides digital platform development services, working on a Django and React web application. They work on everything from the idea stage to the implementation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, England
Amitabh Ghatak
CPO, Molo Finance
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team is dedicated, working through a careful process to build a platform that has received positive feedback from its customers. They are deeply invested in the success, which ensures their deliverables are responsive to the need and the work is well managed.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CPO of Molo Finance, a U.K.-based mortgage lender.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We had an idea to develop the UK’s first digital lender, but no one to actually build it, so we needed a team to take us from our idea through to implementation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built our entire application website using Django and React, which was quite complex. It was a combined effort, but we provided them with some wireframes and they gave us collaborative feedback. They implemented features such as a calculator, decision engine, document generation, and third-party integrations.

What is the team composition?

We work with a scrum master/project manager, developers, and QA people. There have been some designers and management support as needed, as well the CTO and others.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

They were recommended by one of our board members who had used them in the past and continues to use them.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent around £400,000 (approximately $510,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2018 and have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform is live, we have customers, and we’re a growing business, which means there is still a lot of work to do. So far, the feedback has been positive, and some people have been very impressed. It is a fairly stable proposition that I think our customers are happy with.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been excellent. Any faults are on our side, mostly in terms of making sure that the requirements are there. The project management has been good: we use the Atlassian suite of tools such as Jira and Confluence for project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Generally, it’s been a very positive experience. I’ve worked with other vendors in the past, and the biggest distinction is ownership—the Django team feel a lot of pride in their work and are invested in our company. They’re motivated and want to see us succeed, rather than acting purely as an outsourced developer doing daily tasks. They really go the extra mile to make sure that we have customers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could think about a more holistic approach, rather than solely the implementation. Other companies I have worked with try to capture the essence and make strong recommendations on what to do next.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be structured and well organized. Have some concrete thoughts about what you want to have built and I am sure they will do it.

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

CRM for Software Development Firm

"We’re happy with Django Stars’ work so far."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Django Stars handled the first phase of development of a complex multitenant CRM, building both the frontend and backend. Functionalities include email, chat features, and phone call integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Singapore
Director, Computer Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While there aren’t any numbers to measure success yet, the deliverables are excellent. Their knowledgeable engineers offset the issues that came up with sticking to the timeline and budget. Potential clients should spend time upfront creating wireframes for the product they wish to receive.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and director of Solastis Solutions. We’re based in Singapore and are developing a CRM that’s aimed at the Asian and Australian markets.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

Developing a CRM is a big initiative for which we needed a multitenant structure. Multiple customers would be buying and using the system, which comes with a level of complexity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided the requirements and wireframing, and Django Stars handled programming and project management according to our instructions. They used the Python Django framework on the backend, and they delivered whatever we asked for, including email functionalities, telephone integration, chat features, and so on.

What is the team composition?

They assigned a project manager, a couple of backend engineers, a couple of frontend coders, and two QA specialists for testing purposes.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We were looking for a company that could deliver the right services, so I searched on Google and visited Clutch’s website. I found good ratings for Django Stars and decided to meet with them. We visited them to discuss the project and liked their working style, so we decided to proceed with the first phase of development.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in July 2017. The first development phase was completed around May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have any statistics, but the quality of work has been good. All functionalities work as expected, and while there are some bugs, this happens in every project. We’re happy with Django Stars’ work so far.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management has been decent so far, though there’s room for improvement. We used Jira for issue tracking, Confluence for the wiki and documentation, and InVision for mockups. We also used Slack, Skype, and email for communication.

The project got slightly delayed, and cost control was also somewhat lacking. While the quality was good, we felt worried at times about the escalating costs and delayed timeline.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We haven’t worked with other development companies before for this kind of work, so I can’t really mention something that makes Django Stars stand out. However, their quality of work is solid and their engineers are experienced. If the client can control de cost, they should get a high-quality product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They need to improve in managing customer expectations, budgets, and time management. The customer is always interested in when a project will be finished and what costs it will entail. I think they need to put some work in this department.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Any potential customers should spend a reasonable amount of time in putting their own products onto wireframes. If they simply go to Django Stars with a concept, their engineers may find it difficult to understand what exactly is needed. Clients should prepare their wireframes in advance and present them to the Django Stars team, who will take the project forward from there.

5.0
Overall Score They’re a good partner as long as clients can take control of the schedule and cost.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The project got delayed beyond acceptable timelines on some occasions.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They have experienced engineers and the quality of work is good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

CRM for Record Label Firm

“They’re a treasure for our company.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars is developing a bespoke system for artist and events management that supports integration with cloud and project management tools. They continue to enhance its functionality.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
Artem Evseenko
CEO & Founder, Nebo Records
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The system has yielded substantial revenue, processing 30% –50% of concert ticket sales nationwide. Django Stars’ consistent performance, fluid communication, and expert consulting continue to drive business growth.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of one of the largest record labels in Russia. Our company arranges management for different artists and organizes tours for them all over the country. We’re part of a group of companies that are working in show business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

Our company needed a CRM system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Django Stars has completed features that allow us to organize the logistics and ticket sales of concert tours. They continue to enhance the CRM system’s functionality.

What is the team composition?

There are 10 people on their team. The development engineers are always in touch with one designer. We also work with a project manager and one tester.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

One of the artists we’re working with recommended Django Stars.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent a little over $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2015, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The results are quite striking. Our system currently processes about 30% of ticket sales nationwide. For major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, that percentage goes up to 50%.

Django Stars proved it was necessary to build a system not only for ourselves, but also for every client and every event. What started as an internal product for our company is now being used by artists who aren’t even involved in our business.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

From the very beginning, their project manager showed us the right way. We have weekly Skype calls. Sometimes, we have meetings at their office in Kiev. Every month, they send an update about what they’re doing so we always know what’s going on.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are reliable and professional. They’re a treasure for our company.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We keep recommending our new clients and friends to Django Stars. We’ll keep doing it because they really get the results that you need.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They went a little past the deadline during some of the stages. However, they’re always on time with the final results.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re quite expensive, but it’s worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re totally different from the other companies we’ve worked with.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Django Dev for Investment Services Platform

"The work has been very satisfactory and Django Stars has been a reliable partner."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed a web platform using Django Python on the backend to build the CRM system, and with a user database connected to an onboarding process and investment platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zürich Area, Switzerland
Managing Partner, Investment Services Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Django Stars co-created the product which is now on the market and receives positive reviews. The project was completed successfully, with good quality code and deliverables. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company has a B2C digital advisor platform. We provide a robo-advisor, or trading platform with financial advice.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

I was not working for the company at the beginning of the engagement. I joined after six months when Django Stars was already onboard. I came in and took over development, as a product owner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We wanted to build a financial advisory platform that was also connected to a trading platform, allowing users to execute the advice they received. We had a very loose blueprint, so there was a lot of co-creation in the beginning and the technology was almost entirely outsourced to them. We developed the architecture and infrastructure of the product, building it from scratch.

They used Django Python for the backend and developed a user-database management system. It’s a CRM system based on the Django framework. This user database also has an API connection to a local trading platform. The user database is always updated with the latest market data and portfolio standards. We've done some implementation on our side, and offered them ready packages of code to be used, but they implemented most of the features on their side.

We have three frontend parts: the website, an onboarding process for new customers, and an investment platform. The onboarding component and the investment platform are based on the user database. Users can log in, see their portfolio, invest, and make changes. This is then connected to the backend trading system.

What is the team composition?

The core team includes a QA resource, a scrum master, a backend engineer, and a frontend engineer. The team has evolved and changed size depending on the capacity we requested.

We have performed a redesign, where we have worked through the UX and developed a new website. We increased the team to five people for a 2–2 ½-month period during this engagement.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We researched the Ukrainian market and went through a due diligence process.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost has been $200,000–$250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2016. We're currently finalizing the second iteration of our platform. We might stop the sprint-based work, but they will still be engaged with us at a support level.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The code they’ve developed so far has been reliable and functional. There have been too many bugs at times, which took time to fix, but overall the team is accurate.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

The core team is very dedicated. We experienced some friction after increasing the team size. Some team members were only kept on the project for a short duration. Joining a project takes time—the resources have to learn the code and how to communicate with their teammates. It doesn’t make sense for someone to be there for only a short time. We had one or two points where we were a bit more questioning from a project management point of view.

We get reports at the end of every sprint. They're fairly accurate to their estimates. All in all, we are satisfied with them at this level. We used Jira as our main communication tool.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're serious and they do good work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We were a bit agitated on our side in terms of project management, but we overcame this.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients should make sure that a core team is assigned and that they're able to stick to that team. We've been strict in this sense and it's helped us a lot.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There were times when the sprint scopes didn’t hold, but they performed well overall.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value has been good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer

CRM & Mobile App Dev. for CPA Network Firm

“Everything is great, and their prototyping was perfect. I’ve never seen such prototyping before.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars created a CRM system to manage fulfillment processes and an iOS and Android app to empower affiliates to track and share analytics. They used a Django framework, pre-existing APIs, and prototypes.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Ruslan Drozdov
COO, Everad Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Productivity increased and new growth opportunities have been identified. Django Stars is dedicated to documentation, producing regular reports at the end of two-week sprints. They’re responsive via multiple communication channels and easily comprehend project requirements.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO at Everad Group, an international network and marketplace that connects affiliates and publishers. We generate everything from leads, to goods, to landing pages.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed someone to develop our CRM system and mobile app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They created a CRM system that we use to approve leads for our global call centers. It also handles the entire fulfillment process where you store, approve, pack, and send shipments to end-customers.

They also developed an iOS and Android application, which is available in the Play and App stores, for our affiliate network. It allows them to access their personal account to check statistics and share analytics. There’s also a ticket system if they need any help. We had an in-house team do the design work, but we shared our API with Django so that they could connect their application with our engine.

What is the team composition?

It started with a small team of three to six developers, but now we work with up to 10 developers. There’s also a project manager.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We were looking for a company in Kyiv that could develop in Python or Django. It was important that we could interact with the team face to face. Django Stars was recommended to us, and we started to work together after we met them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $600,000-$700,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since March 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Productivity has gone up a lot and we’ve increased in size, so now we have the opportunity to build our presence in the market. The CRM system is a big project and we enjoy it.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

We use an agile methodology, working in two-week sprints, with reports coming at the end of each section. We used Jira and Slack, in addition to Skype calls and personal meetings to clearly explain things. They’ve been responsive and good with communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Everything is great, and their prototyping was perfect. I’ve never seen such prototyping before. We’ve got a few test applications and staging servers so we could test all products before production.

We worked with a few other companies before this, but those weren’t rich experiences. They had a hard time understanding the processes, so we spent a lot of time describing what we needed. It was much easier to describe what we needed to Django.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about what you want, because it will help Django better understand the project.

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

Web Application for Hospital & Healthcare Firm

“We couldn’t have created this product without Django Stars.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars augmented an internal team building a data analytics healthcare software. The team is currently testing the second version of the web app.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Adrian Talapan
Co-Founder & CEO, Haystack Informatics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Django Stars expedited the launch of the initial version of the app and reduced time to market. Their expertise, solid project management, and honest communication have led to additional work.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the chief executive officer of Haystack Informatics, which provides analytic software for the healthcare industry. Our solution helps health systems turn data into action by revealing and standardizing best practices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed help creating a web application, which had to be designed according to our specifications. Our in-house people were busy doing other tasks, so we wanted to augment our capabilities with a third party to create this new product quickly.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us build the first and second versions of our product. We did the data science part while they developed the web application frontend using Django. Initially, we defined what the project looked like, prepared the data, and provided mockups and specifications for the database structure.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with a project manager, a designer, and frontend and backend people. The CTO and CEO are also involved in our project.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

After looking at a few providers, we picked Django Stars based on the questions that they asked and some of the previous projects they had done. We felt that they’d be a good partner for us.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked together since January 2017. Currently, they’re just working on a few bugs, which should be done by the end of this week.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re very happy with the functionality and reliability of the product. They’ve had a strategic impact on who we are as a company; we couldn’t have created this product without Django Stars.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They are very strong in project management. They would break the work down into tasks and estimate how long each will take. Then, they would measure the actual performance versus the estimates.

They are very good at communicating. We use Jira, Slack, email, and Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re a responsible and straightforward team who gets things done.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’re happy with what they’ve created.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about what you want. The clearer you are, the more likely the project will be a success. If you do most of the work upfront, the execution becomes a straightforward exercise. Otherwise, it would mean lots of changes that would increase the time and cost.

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

Redeveloped Legacy Solution for Athletic Facilities Company

"So far, their work has been well done and has met our expectations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars redesigned a Legacy system for an e-commerce site. They developed login features and backend components like the site configuration and permissions. They also created frontend designs, and they’re still working to finish the product.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cincinnati, Ohio
IT Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They not only managed to make a large time difference useful for the collaborative process but they also constantly met expectations. Their open communication and transparency for each step have helped the project progress. The site’s new layout showcases their development work and has helped retain consumer confidence until the product is finished.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the IT manager for our business, which is an e-commerce software that allows sports services to schedule their facilities and equipment for customers. We provide a platform that connects the facilities with their customers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed help redeveloping our legacy system.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have an existing legacy product built on an older technology. They’ve been working with us to change and update the site technology’s operation by redesigning and recreating it. There’ve been many lessons learned from the first version, and we’re incorporating them into the new version moving forward.

They created login components to connect users and enable them to make an account. They’ve done facility setups, and they developed our backend pieces such as site configuration and permissions. They also produced some frontend designs for site features per our request. They’re still working to complete the product.

What is the team composition?

Their team ranges from 10-15 people. We’ve been mainly working with one project manager and a core team for this partnership. There was some fluctuation at the beginning, but we eventually came to work in a stable team with consistent area leads.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We used a website that rated web service contractors. After we performed a contractor evaluation, we found their reviews were rated highly. We narrowed our options to them and two other contractors, and we used a pilot project to evaluate each. We took our website, broke it into segments, and gave them isolated silos to individually work on. In this way, we gauged how each of their services worked and how they managed the project. We compared delivery times, quality of work, and other components, and Django came out on top. They seemed to work at a faster pace. Their budget and timelines were fair, and the quality of their prior work was good.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been working on one project at a time with the understanding that we can stop doing new sprints whenever we see the need. They consistently provide functional deliverables, so we’ve continued moving forward with sprints. So far, their work has been well done and has met our expectations.

Even though the product is not fully built and doesn’t have all the features, we’ve been able to show our site’s new layout and structure. Our customers know that we’re moving forward from these developments, which has helped with their retention. These developments may have helped us land some new accounts as well, so overall this engagement has been valuable.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They have been open and communicative throughout this collaboration. They’ve been clear about work and project assignments, delivering estimates, and project plans. They’ve shared progress and provided explanations every step of the way. Any time we’ve had questions about the budget or schedule, they’ve provided us with clear answers and explanations. They typically brought up possible issues before they could happen, which helped our process.

We mainly use email to communicate, and we use Google Hangouts for meetings because we’re in different time zones. Whenever we’ve met it has been late in their day and early in our day, which has worked well for both of us.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Initially, our time difference was a concern. After we started working together, it actually became a benefit. When they’ve finished their day, we start ours. Our days have some overlap, but they basically work a full day, and then we have a full day to review, add, or change anything and get it in the pipeline for their next workday. This process has helped move the project forward.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Estimates are currently hard to make. We’re going to further review and analyze results to understand why aspects of the project are overestimated or underestimated in different ways. In general, everything has been pretty good. There is a language barrier at times, but we usually overcome it.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s been nice to have a rate that is split depending on the employee working. In-house, you are required to have people for frontend work, backend work, and quality assurance in addition to having a designer. With a contractor, you can let them handle which resource takes priority at a given time, so you don’t have to worry about excess or unnecessary employee overhead when you don’t have work for a particular employee. Generally, contracting out web development has worked well for us.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve been very happy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Custom Software & App Dev for Parent-Child Relationship Firm

“They really try to dig inside the project, rather than just outsource the code.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Django Stars created a communication platform for children and their parents, which included a web app and mobile apps for Android and iOS using React Native.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Co-Founder, StoryTold.io
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Attentive project management and a comprehensive understanding of the company’s goals yielded a final product that met all requirements. The team was flexible and provided substantive input throughout the project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the co-founder of StoryTold, an app that encourages and facilitates one-on-one communication between parents and their school-age children. I generally work on marketing and business development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the scope of their involvement?

I didn’t have a big budget for creating native applications and asked that they used React Native, because I needed applications for both Android and iOS platforms. They had worked on a previous project for another company of mine called Eye2eye, for which they also used React Native.

The application is a platform for communication between parents and their children. It allows the parent to write stories and messages on the web version of StoryTold, which their children can read on their mobile phones. It acts as an interpreter between parents and children.

What is the team composition?

I worked with 2 backend developers, 2 frontend developers, 2 UI/UX designers, and 1 quality assurance and Scrum master.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I found them on Clutch. I had looked at 10 Ukrainian companies, but after 2 months of searching and comparing companies, I chose them and haven’t regretted it.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent less than $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I began working with them in August 2016. The work for Eye2Eye and the redesign for StoryTold was completed in November 2017.

SOLUTION

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

While we don’t have metrics yet, we’re about to test our beta version with a focus group, and plan to launch the paid version in about a month.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They understood everything we wanted to do. From a project management perspective, everything was perfect. We have standup meetings twice a week, and they keep me updated during the development process. I worked on this project full-time and wanted to be kept up to date at all times, so I asked them for frequent communication, and they’ve followed through.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They really try to dig inside the project, rather than just outsource the code. They make sure to deeply understand the business model and the client/customer base before writing any code, which allows them to provide valuable feedback throughout the project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I am unsure of where they can improve. Everything has been going well.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Engage in frequent communication with the team. When they have questions during the sprint, I always address them quickly so that they don’t waste their time or do something wrong.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The initial cost was fine, and they gave me a discount as well.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We haven't had any issues.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them to friends and colleagues.