We Make Your Apps Come True.

Django Stars has been delivering amazing software products for the clients from all across the globe since 2008. We work both with the early-stage start-ups and established business and provide them with comprehensive software development services. Our clients consider us partners in offering strong technological expertise and deep understanding of their business processes. We don’t just provide coding services, we help to build successful and scalable businesses.

We broaden the borders and cooperate with clients from US, Canada, Western Europe and The Middle East while creating a software from scratch.

We specialize in Finance & Banking, Logistics & Transportation, Health Care, Travel & Booking Engine and Real estate industries.

Django Stars focuses on cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain, BI & Big Data, AI, NLP, Cloud/SaaS and Mobile technologies. Our innovative technologies and challenging projects attract highly-skilled and passionate IT specialists.

We are one of the top Python development company in the world. We have as many as 80+ people including Business Analysts, Project Managers, Software (back, front and mobile) Developers, QA (Manual and Automatic) Engineers and Ui/x Designers.

Our technical stack includes Python, Django, Node.js, React, Redux, ReactNative, iOS, Android, Angular, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Django REST Framework, Elastic Search, Asyncio, Docker, AWS.

We do:

1. Web development:
- Saas and cloud computing
- CRM & ERP systems
- High-load applications
- Enterprise & Intranet platforms
- E-commerce solutions
- Geo-based applications

2. Mobile development:
- React Native apps
- iOS & Android apps

3. Crypto/Blockchain technology

4. UX/UI Design

5. Data Science

6. DevOps

7. Quality Assurance

8. Technical consulting

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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Kiev, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations
  • Django Stars
    3024 Washington St
    Boulder, CO 80304
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Kaspersky Lab
  • NHST Media Group (Dn.no)
  • MoneyPark
  • Diviac
  • Sindeo
  • Cmed Technology
  • MultiAd, VandaSecurities, Taunton Interactive, Cellosign, Lukkien, Unleash12, Nabbesh.

MONEYPARK

Finance • Switzerland

Overview

MoneyPark is a consulting agency acting as an intermediary for private customers and banks. It uses online tools alongside with "traditional" high-quality in-person advisory to help citizens finding mortgages and insurances that would be the most beneficial in their current situation.

Services: Full cycle software development (backend & frontend), iOS & Android development, QA,  DevOps, support, maintenance.

Review: https://clutch.co/review/custom-development-swiss-bank

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

DIVIAC TRAVEL

Travel • Switzerland

Overview

Diviac is a global booking platform for divers. It provides the global choice of liveaboards, dive resorts and dive centers with the option to book and pay at the same place. Diviac enjoys enormous popularity with divers around the globe, uniting over 200 000 divers, 10 000+ dive operators with real-life ratings and reviews, 300+ liveaboards and 900+ destinations.

Services: Full-cycle software development(backend & frontend), iOS & Android development, QA, DevOps, support, maintenance.

Review: https://clutch.co/review/custom-development-scuba-diving-service

Website: https://diviac.com/

SINDEO

Finance • USA

Overview

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

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

Review: https://clutch.co/review/custom-pythondjango-development-real-estate-sta...

Website: https://sindeo.com/

DARPEDIA

Marketplace • Jordan

Overview

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

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

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

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 the statistics generated by the real individual players or teams of a professional cricket.

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

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

HAYSTACK INTELLIGENCE

Healthcare • USA

Overview

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

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

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

Website: https://haystackinformatics.com/

Travel• Switzerland

Overview

Diviac Logbook is a social web application for scuba divers to log and share their dives, build communication around dive info, and get diving information. It also serves as an info resource providing the user feedbacks, references of local fauna, diving spots, and tourist companies.

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

Review: https://clutch.co/review/custom-development-scuba-diving-service

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

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 web application.

Services: Full-cycle software development(backend & frontend), UI/UX, Android development, QA, DevOps.

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

Website: https://taxofon.ua/

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), UI/UX, QA.

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

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

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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.

Web Dev & Design for Home Design Platform

“Users like our product and found the mobile app and website to be neat.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Django Stars built a social platform that connects homeowners and professionals, using Python and Django CMS. There is a web version of the platform and a mobile app developed using Google Progressive Web Apps.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Amman, Jordan
Anas Elayyan
CEO, Darpedia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform has launched and received good feedback from its initial users, who have praised the user experience and user interface. Professionals find the profile management system easy to use, and the app and website are neat. The team delivered, communicated well, and provided good advice. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Darpedia is an Arabic social platform which connects homeowners with professionals. We have a library of thousands of designs and can connect the user with professionals who can implement those designs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed to develop our platform. They were the first development company I’d worked with.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I provided them with a technical document. It wasn’t a very detailed set of requirements, given that I don’t have a technical background, but it featured our business needs and the wireframes we created with another company. They designed and developed our entire product using Python and Django CMS [content management system]. The platform consists of a web version and a mobile one based on Google Progressive Web Apps.

What is the team dynamic? 

We worked with 5-6 people from their team. I was the only one in contact with them. We had 3 calls every week and communicated by email almost on a daily basis.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

One of my friends is a senior product manager at another company. He helped me in terms of communication and choosing the right language. After settling on Python and Django CMS, I looked on Clutch, vetted 8 or 9 companies, interviewed them all, and Django Stars came out as the best by far. They went through the due diligence and research on what we were trying to do and came back to me with a great understanding of the project. There was another company I was impressed with, but they were using another language. The 2 were very close, but we chose Django Stars because of their experience with Python.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in April 2017 and launched the platform in early August.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were very pleased with what they delivered. Because we have to signup professionals offline, the process has been quite complicated. We’ve started with Jordan, our home country, which is a small market and have marketed to consumers using AdWords, SEO, and social media.

Since our launch 2 ½ months ago, we’ve had some good feedback. Users like our product and found the mobile app and website to be neat, with a great UX [user experience] and UI [user interface]. The professionals we work with have also liked it as managing their profiles on Darpedia is easy.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

They delivered a top-notch website for us. The cost was more than we expected in the beginning, but this was because I changed my mind in some areas along the way. I had some budget constraints, but if I had more money, I would have developed a bigger product.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed with their infrastructure people. We received Microsoft’s startups sponsorship “Bizspark” which includes credits for Azure. Apparently, Django Stars had never implemented anything using Azure, but they were very quick to learn it and implement our infrastructure on it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would have liked it if the requirements were a bit more detailed, allowing us to estimate the scope in a better way. This is true for any development house.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Django Stars is great in terms of communication and can develop solutions exactly how the customer wants it. They can provide advice along the way on best practices.

5.0
Overall Score It’s been a great experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them to 3-4 people already.

Developed Cloud Platform for Telecom Startup

"We were very impressed with their attention to detail, especially while creating the UI/UX ... " 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars redesigned a cloud-based platform for integrated messaging, refining the solution from scratch. They continue to incorporate strategic features to meet new B2B objectives.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Founder & Product Owner, Telecom Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through demonstrated technical skills and thoughtful iterations, the overhauled platform now supports over 18,000 registered users. Project deliverables consistently exceed specified requirements and responsiveness isn't an issue.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are developing a cloud-based platform that allows businesses to integrate a range of messaging services into mobile applications, websites, and business systems to improve customer engagement and create unified workflows. Our startup is based in Ireland. I’m the founder and the product owner. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We had an issue at the time with a number of elements of the system. The project was on the sidelines for quite a while, but we eventually decided to take it to the next level. As a result of this decision, we looked at a few different options in terms of who was going to do that for us.

We were looking for a strong strategic partner with an experienced team of developers and commercial expertise to build the project from its idea stage to full-scale implementation. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We presented our system to Django Stars, and they redesigned the system and proposed a different approach to how it should be built. We followed this advice, allowing them to rebuild the system from scratch. The previous system that we had was used more as a guide, rather than something to build on. It was still useful in terms of demonstrating what we wanted, but we ended up with a new system that they built for us from the bottom up. It was a different platform because it was previously built on .NET; they took it to Python. It was just completely different, creating many benefits from a management perspective and for our clients as well.

They also added a lot of new features. The previous version didn't serve the purpose of the current version. The original focused on a completely different business objective: a platform for sending text messages. The new incarnation is more of a B2B service rather than B2C. The way Django Stars understood our vision was quite incredible.

We delivered the project requirements to them. We didn’t have our own team in-house. We had two people project managing this—myself and my colleague. We both took proactive roles in the process, but their team of 5 manages the project; they’re pretty diverse in terms of their skill sets.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We put out a comprehensive process and identified a number of vendors, one of which was Django Stars. There were 5 suppliers under consideration initially. We narrowed it down to three and ended up with Django Stars as our partner.

What made the choice easier for use was the way they approached the project. Even during the initial few meetings, they gave us a lot of support in terms of how they see this project progressing and what they can bring to the table. That was instrumental in finalizing our decision and making them our partner of choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in February of 2015. The work is currently ongoing, as they're still contributing features. The project manager on their side is the same, but they are just starting to allocate their resources now, so some people might change. We're currently going through the next stage of the development process. We recently agreed to a new set of features that they are developing for us. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

We were very impressed with their attention to detail, especially while creating the UI/UX for both mobile and web applications. The final products have exceeded our original requirements and expectations.

We currently have about 18,000 registered users on the project. About 10% of them are active users of the software, so it's working well. The reception was excellent because Django Stars helped us release 3 or 4 new versions and improved an Android app that we currently have on the Google Play Store. Each time a new version was released, we got very positive feedback from users.

With our external suppliers, I found Django Stars much more responsive. The fact that they have such a diverse team with different skills really helped develop this project on a lighter scale. What we struggled with previously was dealing with people who had a specific set of skills. While their skill level may have been high, they didn't deliver the product we wanted. Django Stars’ response to any queries we had was excellent at all levels of the project.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

Throughout the last few months, the people who were on our team at the time when they built the platform were still accessible to us if we need to make any last-minute changes. For example, we recently had a few small issues. I didn't hesitate to get in touch with them, and they were able to provide instant support. It wasn't preplanned; it was a last-minute request, but they obliged and fulfilled it with no problems.

We managed the work through JIRA, Bitbucket, and GitHub, making it a very transparent and easy-to-understand process. We’re on the client's side, and they’re on the development side.

What did you find most impressive about Django Stars?

The level of engagement was excellent in terms of the advice they gave us and the level of support, which helped to create what we envisaged in terms of coding. We got a final product that exceeded our expectations.

Are there any areas Django Stars could improve?

I can’t really find any fault with them, to be honest. I wish we had more of a budget available so we could progress with developing our platform at a faster rate. We have some budget constraints and occasionally have to postpone certain developments. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're a great team of experts delivering high-quality service.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Django Stars for any project size.

Prototype Messenger App for Business Startup

"Django Stars did what I asked for, which is not true for every company."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2016–Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed the functional backend of an SMS solution and then integrated it with corresponding iOS/Android versions. The project team plans to add new features based on beta user input.

The Reviewer
 
2–10 Employees
 
Paris, France
Founder, App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While, in the beginning, there were minor misunderstandings, Django Stars resolved them rapidly and expedited the project without further disruption. 

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there. 

I'm a co-founder of the company, based in Paris, France, which is developing a chat application for Android and iOS, which allows neighbors, work colleagues, students, and other people within the same space to communicate.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Django Stars?

We needed to develop an MVP that we could show to beta users. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Django Stars has mainly worked on the backend of our Android and iOS application based on designs that we gave them.

There have been two backend developers, one iOS and Android front-end developer, and a QA tester from Django Stars' team. We mainly communicated with the person in charge of the project, but for certain requests, we also contacted the developers.

How did you come to work with Django Stars?

We were looking for an offshore company with a reasonable price, and after looking at some reviews, found Django Stars through Clutch.co. We contacted four other companies in Ukraine and other countries, but we selected Django Stars based on the solutions they proposed to us and the price they offered. It proved to be a good choice.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Django Stars in April 2016. We have an ongoing relationship; they've completed our initial phase, and we're working on specs for a second step.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We are pitching our MVP, and it's been received well.

How did Django Stars perform from a project management standpoint?

There was a delay, but Django Stars delivered what we asked for eventually. We used Skype, Dropbox, and email for the collaboration.

What distinguishes Django Stars from other providers?

I am the CTO of another company and have worked with other offshore developers through this position. Django Stars has very good communication and development skills by comparison. Django Stars did what I asked for, which isn't true of every company.

Is there anything Django Stars could have improved or done differently?

Even two or three months into the process and after many meetings, Django Stars didn't fully understand our specs and didn't respect them precisely. Ultimately, however, they accomplished everything we asked for without asking for more money.

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