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.

 
$50,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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Kiev, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

MOLO Finance https://molofinance.com/ MoneyPark  PADI Travel SAIB PriceHubble Diviac Scoperty Kaspersky Sindeo  Clear Minds Cmed Technology Sanostro LegalKite Adello Reggora Hudson PPC Communications Kwikee

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MOLO FINANCE

Fintech • Online Mortgage • 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

Review: https://clutch.co/profile/django-stars#review-653356

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/molo/

Website: https://molofinance.com/

 

 

 
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MONEYPARK

Fintech • Online Mortgage • 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/

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/moneypark/

 
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SCOPERTY

proptech • Germany

Overview

Scoperty is an easy-to-use platform that allows to observe and filter information about properties located all over Germany on a map, connect potential buyers, sellers, realtors and provide them with a dynamic evaluation of a property.

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

maintenance.

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/scoperty/

Website: https://scoperty.de/

 

 

 

 

 
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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/

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/padi-travel/

 
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CLEAR MINDS

Fintech • Investment Platform • 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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/clear-minds/

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

 
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SANOSTRO

Fintech • Investment Paltform • Switzerland

Overview

A solution for major businesses with low-diversified portfolios to secure and increase investments.

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

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

Case Study:

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DIVIAC LOGBOOK

Travel • 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.

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Lendage

Fintech • Online Mortgage • United States

Overview

A comprehensive advice solution for finding the best mortgage options quickly and easily.

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

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

Review: 

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KWIKEE

Software • 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:

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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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/haystack-intelligence/

Website: https://haystackinformatics.com/

 
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SINDEO

Fintech • Online Mortgage • • 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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/sindeo/

Website: http://lendage.com/

 

 
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AZYAN

Delivery • 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.

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/azyan/

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

 
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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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/esoft-planner/

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

 
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SOFT ACTIVITY

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:

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SPACE ELEVEN

Proptech • Qatar

Overview

A comprehensive solution for residential and commercial property rentals and purchases in Qatar.

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

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

Case Study:

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DARPEDIA

Proptech • 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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/darpedia/

Website: https://darpedia.com/

 

 
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TIMEDOM

Proptech• 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.

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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

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LEGAL KITE

Regtech • Switzerland

Overview

The first Swiss crowdsourced legal database with a functional, lawyer-friendly structure.

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

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

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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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/hudson/ 

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

 
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SOCIAL ADS

Martech • Germany

Overview

 compact and friendly reporting tool for marketers who work with influencers.

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

Project duration:  2019 – ongoing

Case Study:

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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

Case Study: https://djangostars.com/case-studies/storytold/

Website: http://storytold.io/

 
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EVIDOQ

Software • 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.

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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,

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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,

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Web & Software Dev for Investment Management Platform

"My CTO has been working in software development for over 30 years, and he’s rated them very highly."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars provided front-and backend Python development and design services to create an application from scratch. Now, they implement enhancements to the launched product.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Michael McCarthy
CEO & Founder at Repositax, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The application successfully launched, and it has customers. The team’s specialization in Python development has resulted in a focused, efficient workflow. They are a highly accessible team with positive company culture. The specialists are client-oriented and thoughtful.

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 CEO and founder of Repositax, Inc. It’s based in San Diego, California. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

I asked them to help with an investment management platform for privately held companies that was initially focused on partnerships.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped build an application around an idea that I had. While they had a seedling of code to start with, they ended up building it from scratch in Python. 

They’ve done the database design, the backend development and design, and the frontend development and design. The application has launched. Now, we’re doing continuous improvement and new features.

What is the team composition?

My primary contact is one main project manager, we meet daily, and I talk with him 70% of the time. Secondarily I talk with the QA specialist 20% of the time. However, they don’t shield me from talking to backend developers directly.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I was looking for a company that wasn’t too big or too small. It needed to match my level of technical expertise to where I had the subject matter expertise. Also, I knew I wanted something developed in Python. 
 
I ended up interviewing over 15 different companies in various countries. I also considered hiring a local company or hiring freelancers. I looked at the companies’ websites and customer references. I also looked on Clutch reviews and made sure it was a reliable source. 

Eventually, I narrowed it down to three companies and interviewed them. Django Stars was number two on my final list. I initially chose a local company that had outsourced employees in a different country. That ended up not being a good fit, and I outgrew it quickly.

During that time, I kept in touch with Django Stars. They were very thoughtful and responsive, even though I hadn’t initially chosen them. Since we’d developed a good relationship, I decided to make a change and hire them after a year. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested $250,000 – $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The billable hours for the project started in March, and we’re still working together today.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application is finished, it works, and it has customers. I engage five vendors as my team, and Django Stars brings 80% of the hours and value out of all of my other vendors combined.

My CTO has been working in software development for over 30 years, and he's rated them very highly after working with them for a year. He’s worked in 16 countries on countless projects. Early in his career, he was a Python programmer.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Django Stars is the lead vendor that helps coordinate the other vendors. The project manager helps me with priorities, he manages the team, and he’s a great sounding board. Every day, we talk for at least an hour. 

The owners of Django Stars have been great too. Every time I raise my hand, they’re ready to respond. I’m certainly not their biggest customer, but they don’t make me feel like a small one. I’ve been to Ukraine five times in the last 18 months.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I see the benefit of choosing a vendor that’s focused on Python. Their focus on Python is very apparent in their efficiency and interactions with me. There are no distractions, and they’re very focused on what I need. 

They’ve been in business for over 10 years, so they’re stable. They’ve been steadily growing since I met them. I’ve been to their offices and seen the culture of the company. They have a really good culture; the impression I had from their website and LinkedIn is exactly what their culture is like.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They have a ton of experience in the earlier stages of taking design concepts from a founder’s head and making it a reality. However, after the product has launched, different skillsets would be helpful. They’ve done a great job with me, and they’ve demonstrated great flexibility. However, it’s an area that they could improve on. When my CTO and I gave them some suggestions, they were very responsive, and they’ve adapted.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

This applies to every outsourcing company on the planet. You should spend 30 to 90 days just doing planning, whiteboarding, and wireframing. It’ll save you three times the amount of money later on.

Specific to Django Stars, revaluate the team members you have after you go through the planning process. That will be key to your success once you start coding. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all the deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    My CTO and others couldn’t believe what I accomplished with the money I’ve spent on them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them for a project that’s Python-specific.

Website Development for Startup Incubator

"They got the project done and that’s good."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
2.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
3.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed a website for a nonprofit. Their team merged four websites into two new websites using Wagtail. The websites were purely for information. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Head of Fintech Intelligence, Startup Incubator
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Django Stars was successfully able to present the information on the website. Their team had an effective partnership and completed the project on time. The communication could've been improved, but they did a good job overall. 

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 am the head of fintech intelligence for a small nonprofit organization. We work on helping start-ups within financial technology connect with financial institutions such as banks, pension funds, insurance companies, and investors in order to generate more investment jobs and companies within fintech in Denmark.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We had four old websites that and we needed to merge. We changed our visual identity and needed two new websites to be built.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The two new websites were built using the Wagtail CMS. The websites were mostly informational and there weren’t many additional features.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of 5–10 people.  

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I think they had contacted our CEO for something else. However, at a later stage, we chose them to do this for us. We mainly chose them because of the price as we are a nonprofit and we don’t have a lot of money for development.

How much have you invested in them?

We actually didn’t pay anything outside of marketing their company on social media.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from October 2019 to January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

People that go to our website now have an understanding of what we do. For us, it is a lot easier to redirect potential customers to specific pages on the website showing our services and what options they have. 

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Considering we received the service for free, it was okay. From a project management point of view, they did fine when we started the project. It was as expected.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I haven’t worked with any competitors, but they got the project done and that’s good. It’s difficult to answer the question without having done similar projects before.

Are there any areas they could improve?

One of the issues, in general, is the language barrier. It hurts a little bit when it comes to understanding the communication. It would’ve taken fewer iterations if the language barrier was smaller.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear with the communication.

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

Software Dev for Product Consulting Firm

"They are very flexible and align their methods with how we want to work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Before developing a prototype of a piece of financial compliance software using Django Python, the team elaborated on initial ideas. They also advised on timelines and methods.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Lorcan O'Flynn
CTO, Firstblox
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team seamlessly created a top-quality, award-winning product. Django Stars is communicative and collaborative, meshing well with the internal team. They continue to bring expertise and helpful advice to the next development phase.

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 am the CTO of Firstblox.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

The founder of Firstblox and I wanted to build financial regulatory compliance software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Before we started working with them, we did a pilot sprint where we got a good understanding of how Django Stars worked. They gave us a comprehensive document that described their tools, processes, and techniques.

The team then helped us take the project from ideation to conception using Django Python. We provided them with requirements and they fleshed out the ideas from there. They also helped the founder translate some of his ideas into mind and site maps. Once the ideation was completed, the team started getting the prototype ready to present to investors and potential customers.

What is the team composition?

We've worked with about 5–6 people including a business analyst, a UX designer, and a system architect.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

They have a strong online presence. I saw some of their client video testimonials and attended their conferences and meet-ups. After discovering them, I had a few meetings with Django Stars’ business development manager who provided some clarity on the processes that they use and how they manage projects. We ultimately chose them because of their experience with previous clients and using agile methods to deliver a product successfully.

How much have you invested with them?

After wrapping up the upcoming development phase, we will have invested between $50,000–$60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019 and our engagement is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was taken through an accelerator partially because of Django Stars’ good work. The fact that we were able to demo a product and win an award at a startup competition speaks to how successful the team was. They delivered everything we asked for and we even had follow-up conversations with investors.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They provide us with reports at the end of each sprint to highlight what is delivered and what isn’t. After reviewing the reports as a team, we are able to understand what improvements could be made. Their delivery is also seamless and their processes align with the best practices of agile methods.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are subject matter experts in their field and bring a lot of experiences to the table. Before commencing development, they helped us identify the key features of the project, which was valuable. Django Stars advised on how to spend our time and money wisely so we were able to make decisions in the beginning about what to tackle first. They are very flexible and align their methods with how we want to work. Overall, our teams gelled quite well. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing I can think of. Anything we needed to iron out, we did during the pilot sprint. We figured out if we wanted to use our own version control or issue management right from the start, which was helpful.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would advise customers to go through a pilot sprint and meet with their business analyst. Test the water to determine if you would have a good working relationship. Given their expertise and our experience with them, the answer would be yes. But go through these test sessions anyway to flesh out the ideas using their knowledge. They also have a complete document that will help you understand their processes upfront. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Some negotiations took place at the start of the project.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered as requested.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Analytics Platform for Financial Data Distribution Company

"The ability to put together a good team in a short period of time impressed us."

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

Django Stars developed an analytics platform for a financial data distribution platform. The team built both the front- and backend of the platform, working in Python and ReactJS. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Zurich, Switzerland
Patrik Hansson
CTO, Sanostro AG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution has allowed the client to streamline their process and reach new customers. Django Stars establishes a smooth workflow, adhering to timelines and budgets set at the beginning of the project. The team is talented and hard-working.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are a financial data distribution platform. We gather data from provider and resell it to clients. I'm am the CTO of Sanostro AG responsible for technology and product development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

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

We planned to develop a new analytics platform for our business. To automate all processes including advanced data combinations and simulations. We hired Django Stars to build the software for this platform.

What were your goals for this project?

To build a new platform from scratch.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked at different vendors in the region and had several meetings. In the end, we selected Django Stars because of the professional impression the gave.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Software development based on a scrum methodology with Backend, Frontend, Quality assurance and project management. With us, they developed mainly in Python and ReactJS.

What was the team composition?

2 Backend, 1 Frontend, 1 QA, 1 Project Manager

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project was executed according to plan. We have been able to streamline our processes and reach more clients.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was good. Their initial estimates where upheld and we encountered no surprises.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The ability to put together a good team in a short period of time impressed us. We had a some delays in our project start date and when we finally started they were able to find good people that could do the job very fast.

Are there any areas for improvement?

The work held very high quality but it took some time before the developers got used to the old systems that we integrated. But this is always the case when you work with 2 systems.

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

Web App Development for Real Estate Company

"It feels as though they are a part of our company..."

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

Django Stars supports the development of a web-based real estate marketplace that is optimized for mobile devices. 

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
München, Germany
Sebastian Frenzel
CPO, Scoperty
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The vendor works efficiently to produce results with minimal bugs. Their streamlined, consistent communication has fostered a positive partnership. An invested, engaged team, they excel at working with Scrum methodology.

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 am the CPO at Scoperty. We created a new real estate marketplace here in Germany.

For every property we show, we provide an evaluation of the property based on an AI algorithm. This is our starting point in the selling and buying journey in the German housing market.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We were looking for someone to help us with web development. In particular, we wanted to use a very experienced backend DevOps resource as a freelancer. When it comes to resources in the IT sector in Munich, it’s really hard to get people on board.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Django Stars has provided us with a very competent backend developer. We started with the frontend and built our team out slowly.

In the end, Django helped us create our whole marketplace, and they’ve been providing us with an engineering team. At the moment, it’s a web-based application that’s fully responsive and also works on mobile devices.

When it comes to features, the product is a map-based marketplace. We have a Google map with all the prices, and the user can enter each property.

The user can get in contact with the owner, register, and share messages. They’ll also get search alert emails. 

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with 12 people from their team.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

One of our investors was already engaged with them and recommended them to us.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement with them began in October 2018, and we’re still working with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to increase story points with each sprint. Everything else is pretty hard to measure, and we don’t have a clear metric in place to measure the quality. 

The number of bugs after the release also decreased from sprint to sprint. From the beginning to now, we saw a dramatic increase in the pace of our sprints.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They have a project manager acting as a Scrum master within their team, so our product owner has a clear face on the other side. We manage them as a scrum team, and we are also in direct contact with every developer.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It feels as though they are a part of our company, and their people are really engaged in delivering a good solution. They feel fully responsible for our product. 

They think about the solution, and I think that is really cool for an outside company. They have a stable team. With Django Stars, you’re really able to create a Scrum mindset.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not at the moment.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Potential customers need to have a little bit of trust in them because they ask for responsibility. If you give them responsibility, they take it seriously and start to perform. You need to really get into the action with them. You should go to Kyiv or invite them over to you and explain what you’re doing.

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

Django Web Dev for Fin. Research Firm

They’re the most professional development company I’ve engaged with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. - Nov. 2019
Project summary: 

Picking up after a former developer’s work, Django Stars worked to complete a Web development project for a financial research firm. Their tech stack included Python, Django, and JavaScript.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Zürich, Switzerland
Hermann Stern
CEO and Owner, Obermatt AG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through a quick and precise delivery, Django Stars outshone other developers that the client’s worked with. While the small project was an exception to the general size of their projects, Django Stars’ competent team executed great work, enabling the business to release the website on time.

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 owner of a Swiss-based financial research company. We serve several large corporate clients by providing financial data to retail customers and investors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We were developing a new version of a website based in Django and Python. Since our old developer had left the company before the site’s completion, we were looking to outsource the remaining work to a reliable firm.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The new release features a fresh customer interface and several new features. After Django Stars came on board, they utilized frameworks and coded in JavaScript in addition to Python and Django. After development, they provided quality-assurance by testing the product.

What is the team composition?

I worked with 4­–5 people.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

I believe I found them through a freelancing site. After I reached out to them, I was attracted to the fact that they have clients in Switzerland. I felt close to their working culture and sensed that they were responsive and reliable.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve probably spent around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work on our regional project lasted between February–November of 2019, but we plan to engage them again for the next step in the release.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Django Stars really took off of my plate, because there were no lengthy iterations. They promised to execute something, and they delivered something that was complete and functional in a timely manner.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re the most professional development company I’ve engaged with. They’re transparent about their qualifications and costs and are able to stick to their promises. Apart from one or two normal delays, they delivered almost always on time with more than a dozen deliverables.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their focus on Django is quite impressive. While it’s often considered a secondary tech stack, their focus on and competence in Django was of great use to me. They’re very efficient and know how to solve problems.

Are there any areas they could improve?

While this isn’t a shortcoming on their part, they’re probably better for larger corporations. As a smaller business, I was an exception to the general size of their projects.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear about the size and scope of our project so that you’re both on the same page.

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

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.

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 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.

The client submitted this review online.

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.

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 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.

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 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