World-class web & mobile apps development

Django Stars a full-service web and mobile development company. We provide our clients with creative solutions to help them drive the business forward and achieve goals.

Today we are a top agile software development house in Europe with over 40 full-time employees (no freelancers), headquartered in Ukraine (Kiev) with offices in the USA (New Jersey) and Germany (Frankfurt am Main).

 

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We focus on the development of complex solutions, that contribute to our clients’ success by becoming leaders in their markets. Django Stars works with startups, established businesses and the world’s leading brands from the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland in the financial services, travel & hospitality, healthcare & fitness, real estate and transportation sectors.

Our services:

  • Web apps: Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Node.js, Tornado, REST API, AngularJS, Scala
  • Mobile apps dev: Android, iOS, Cordova, Ionic, PhoneGap, React Native
  • Software : E-commerce, Cloud, SaaS, DevOps, Scaling, and Deployment
  • UX/UI Design
  • JS development: Backbone.js, Ember.js, React, KnockoutJS, Marionette, RxJS, Angular2, etc.
  • Big Data and Machine Learning: Hadoop, Databricks, Spark, AWS
  • Devops, QA, Technical Consulting

Business domains:

  • Finance & Banking
  • Taxi & Transportation
  • Health Care and Fitness
  • Travel & Booking Engine
  • Real estate
  • Marketplaces
  • Fantasy Sports
  • E-commerce & Retail
  • Online Social / Social Networking
  • Education and E-learning

Our services:

 
$10,000
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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Kiev, Ukraine
headquaters
  • Django Stars
    Kozhumiatska St, 10а
    Kiev 04071
    Ukraine
    +38 091 928 1752
other locations
  • Django Stars
    550 Battery St., 415
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    United States
  • Django Stars
    Mainzer Landstraße 384
    Frankfurt am Main 60325
    Germany

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Custom Offshore Development Sports Entertainment Startup

“They really conform to industry best practices, along with being able to provide great insights into areas we hadn’t considered.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed a custom Django-based platform for to help modernize the client’s sports deals website.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Zürich Area, Switzerland
Chief Technology Officer, Unleash 12 AG
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

The client is happy with the development process, which resulted in a working platform that fulfills its intended purpose. The client was also able to develop three customer websites in a short time frame. Additionally, Django Stars’ low-level engineering allowed the client to move forward with more flexibility.

BACKGROUND

Could you provide a brief description of your organization?

We’re a startup company active in European football marketing. We basically provide what we call ‘curated fan buying’ for sponsors. We integrate directly with the websites of football clubs, and provide deals for fans. We put together deals on a weekly basis for various clubs. We offer fan discounts on merchandise, hopefully from the club sponsors, and allow them to have interactions with their fans. The sponsors get something from the exposure with the fans. The fans hopefully get a good deal. The club obviously gets a cut of the sales, and we get a cut of the sales.

What is your position?

I’m the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached Django Stars?

We were basically looking for a new platform. The decision was made that we wanted to go with the Django-based platform, and then we were able to reuse some technology that has been used for other deal sites around the world. We had access to some old code, which had been proven and already deployed and serving customers.

What we were looking for was a vendor able to help us modernize the platform and drive it forward. We have a slightly different model than many deal sites have. We’re not city orientated. We’re not based with any specific a locale. We’re based on a football club. We had some modifications to the model, and to the engine itself. We were looking for a partner that had significant Python and Django experience. Django Stars came to us highly recommended by a close business partner of ours. 

The decision to use Django was made before I joined the company. When looking at all the different platform options, from my personal point of view, I’ve had quite good experience in my career with Django and Python. From a performance and software language point of view, I believe Python is the superior choice compared to Ruby. There was absolutely no way we were going to go with PHP. We went with Django because it was a platform on which we had a lot of experience, where we had code available, and we could get some high-quality developers.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of this project in greater detail?

We use them primarily for development tasks. We’ve tried to do some graphic design tasks with them, but that’s not where their strength is. They support all of our custom development needs. When we’re looking at a tricky situation, trying to figure how to handle shipping to Russia or something like this, we wanted to have a partner that could approach those situations with prior experience and knowledge. They had a lot of experience from previous projects, so they’re able to bring a broad range of prior knowledge to the table. Plus, all they do is Python and Django development, which made them a great fit for our work. 

It’s not like they picked up the newest fly by night technology and decided to make a business out of it. They have a deep foundation of people that program exclusively with Python. That’s also one of the reasons we went with that technology stack, is that it tends to attract people with an interest in computer science, algorithms, and performance optimization. They really conform to industry best practices, along with being able to provide great insights into areas we hadn’t considered.

How did you select Django Stars as your solution provider?

Django Stars was recommended to us by a contact that’d previously worked with them. It’s a Swiss company. These guys had build and expanded a similar platform to ours, so their recommendation was very influential. There was a shared history with some of the technical people in the company who were behind the same startup, too.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this project?

On a monthly basis, we have some full-time developers working for us, which works out to about $6,000 to $7,000 per month.

We have a dedicated team working for us. It’s not like we gave them a project and told them to execute during six months, and then we’re done. Instead, we have an ongoing platform development program. We’re always improving and enhancing the system.

How long have maintained an ongoing relationship with Django Stars?

We’ve been working with them since January of 2014. I personally started working with them in May, really intensively. We did have another partner that was originally in the picture, but we’ve been working pretty much exclusively with Django Stars since June. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

We’re not quite at the stage where we’re worried too much about metrics. Right now, we’re more concerned with results. The feedback that we’ve received is that the platform works and fulfills its intended purpose. I can’t really say anything better than that. From my own personal feeling, as the person driving this development, we’ve been able to set up a very effective development process.

We’ve managed to upgrade Django from 1.2 to 1.5. We’ve migrated database content from MySQL to Postgres. We’ve been able to refactor the code base significantly; we actually just finished that this week. We’ve been able to do a lot of low-level engineering, not necessarily related to the end-user experience. This means that we can move forward in the future with much more flexibility. We’ve been successfully able to launch three different client websites. Our ability to launch those three websites in a short period of time has been a large achievement.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think Django Stars could improve as a service provider?

I think that communication with an outsourcing team is always a challenge, especially if there’s a differential language aspect. Initially, we had a different development partner that wasn’t fulfilling their obligations and, in retrospect, I would have kicked out the other development partner a lot earlier, and started working full-time with Django Stars much sooner. I could have saved some time and frustration had we made that move.

I’ve found that the communication can always be improved, especially with remote teams. I think that I probably would have started to try to get a grip on that communication problem earlier. Also, the organizational problem with having a second development partner was not optimal, but that’s not something that is a fault or problem due to Django Stars.

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

Custom Python/Django Development Real Estate Startup

"They’re more than capable of delivering high-quality, tested code, and they’re far less expensive than their American counterparts."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted to bring additional development resources to startup Sindeo. The main project was building a website and tools to help consumers find the right mortgage.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Founder & CEO, Sindeo
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Though the website was recently launched, Sindeo remains very satisfied with Django Stars’ low-cost, high quality work and speed. Despite being Switzerland-based, the Django team was well-versed on the U.S. mortgage industry and was able to offer additional knowledge on their end.

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

I work for a start-up in San Francisco that is focused on creating a new, better mortgage experience, starting here in California and then ultimately, we hope, [throughout] the United States. We’re about a one-year-old company, with about 20 folks, that has just launched.

What is your position?

I’m the chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached Django Stars?

The Django Stars relationship came from a set of investors that we have in Switzerland who have used Django Stars in building their business. We were essentially referred to them early on when we started the business. At that point in time, we had no technology leadership in the company, so it made a lot of sense to just to piggyback, and leverage their resources and team that our investors in Switzerland had utilized. We basically needed to find a development resource.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of work in greater detail?

They’ve been front and center for the development for online platforms. They’ve been primarily responsible for building our website, which includes the ability to build a rate quote tool, and provide clients with pricing and rate information. Also, we’re essentially creating a consumer portal wherein a user can understand where they are in the mortgage application process and all the remaining steps to be fulfilled. While we’ve spent a little bit of time on our end sort of designing what we want, they’ve been the team implementing and building our online platforms. They’ve really been our technical arms.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this particular project?

Since inception, I would say we’ve spent somewhere around the order of $100,000.

Is this relationship ongoing?

It is. They continue to support us with three or four dedicated programmers. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

We’re just launching, so other than being satisfied with the work that’s been done thus far, and certainly the cost and timing of the deliveries, there really isn’t anything else I could offer. We haven’t really been in market yet, so it’s sort of early to provide any metrics or figures around the user experience and conversions, and things like that.

When working with Django Stars, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach and development methodology?

I’m not necessarily in the greatest position to answer that. Our technology people here that have been working closely with them could probably answer that with more accuracy. I do think that they’ve been very well positioned to deliver our solution since they’d worked on a very similar deployment with some of our counterparts in Switzerland.

They were already up on the learning curve regarding the types of systems and things that are needed in the mortgage industry. Granted, Switzerland is different from the U.S., so being able to piggyback on some of that learning and expertise they already had was great for us. The other side of things is a comparative advantage regarding the economics and billing rates of talented Django and Python engineers. They’re more than capable of delivering high-quality, tested code, and they’re far less expensive than their American counterparts.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think Django Stars could improve as a service provider?

I think the most challenging thing is the 10- or 11-hour time difference between Kiev and San Francisco. Perhaps having project management folks themselves here in the United States, in San Francisco or New York, would be ideal. It would be easier from a project management perspective to have their project leads working in our same time zone, rather than having to figure out how to engage across the 11-hour difference, which can be complicated at times. To some extent, that’s just the nature of using offshore developers to augment and support your technology needs.

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

Custom Python Development Information Technology Firm

“I can say that I was incredibly impressed with the work they did and the professionalism that their developers brought to the table.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted to provide development resources for several large custom projects. Resources includes a full-stack engineer and front-end specialists.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Former Head of Product Development, IT Firm
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

The client has been very impressed with Django Stars’ quality of work and professionalism. All assignments were completed on time and within budget, and their knowledge of Django and Python was very impressive to the client.

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

I don’t work for the company that had employed Django Stars any longer. But, that organization was called Digital First Ventures. It was a part of a much bigger company that owned a lot of newspapers in the United States. We were coming up with new technology products that would leverage the audience and the relationships of the bigger media company to accelerate the growth of these products. We had to come up with a new technology, new websites, new mobile apps, and then deploy them using the audience of the newspaper company.

What was your position?

I was the head of product. I was responsible for product development and life cycle management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached Django Stars?

Our biggest problem was that we had a large number of complex projects that we needed to get finished, but had very little additional bandwidth. We didn’t have enough internal resources, to meet our deployment timelines. We started to look for other companies, both offshore and onshore developers, to help augment our team. Django Stars was one of the companies we reached out to. The reason we reached out to them was because they’re primarily a Python development shop. All of our technology was in Python and Django, so they were an obvious choice.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of work in greater detail?

We got a couple resources from them. One was a full-stack engineer, he did both front-end and backend, and also information architecture. The other guy was a front-end specialist, so he worked primarily on HTML and CSS. The third guy was also a front-end specialist. Their work as really ad hoc. It depended on what client projects were a priority at the time. In general, they helped with most of the technical elements and then finalized designs.

How did you select Django Stars as your solution partner?

We were searching Django development companies on Google, and we came across them. I guess their reputation for Django development is so good that they naturally turn up. They were one of the 20 or 30 different companies we reached out to for development services. We gave them a trial project; in the Django Stars case, they were willing to do a trial project for a week or two, entirely for free. At the time, they said that if everything turned out well then we could then consider bringing them on full time.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this project?

We worked with them for approximately five or six months at about $10,000 a month.

When was the project completed?

[The] most recent project was completed in April [of 2014].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

I don’t have specific metrics to share with you. I can say that I was incredibly impressed with the work they did and the professionalism that their developers brought to the table. When we were engaging with them, we had a couple other developers, other offshore companies working with us, so they weren’t the only ones we were working with. I had the best experience working with them compared to the others. Their developers were able to deliver all of our assignments on time and within budget, which is difficult to achieve on a consistent basis in the technology space.

Their overall knowledge of Django and Python was also very impressive. It’s hard to find that many proficient developers at the speed that we wanted because the other alternative we had was to hire people in-house, and we just didn’t have enough people to do that.

When working with Django Stars, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

When you employ an offshore developer, you’re typically assigned a project manager that is then responsible for delegating tasks to internal resources. What I really like about Django Stars was the fact that they granted us direct access to their developers. They would integrate directly into our team. This helped us remain agile and nimble throughout the deployment and testing phases.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think Django Stars could improve as a service provider?

I had a very good experience with them. One critique I have for every offshore developer, and this is not specific to them, but it does apply to them as well, is that the communication skills simply aren’t equivalent to their American counterparts. They don’t all speak English. It wasn’t an impediment for us because we could still get work done, but that’s a development item for them to expand in the future.

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

Custom Development Swiss Bank

"I’m very happy with Django Stars. They’re extremely open and they’re also flexible with our changing requirements."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Django Stars was contracted to provide additional development resources for complex custom projects.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Zürich Area, Switzerland
Chief Technology Officer
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. In just two months, the client had 270 new functionalities. Additionally, the solution allowed the client to quickly address technical issues reported by end-users. Overall, they are very happy with Django Stars’ deliverables and project management.

BACKGROUND

Could you describe your organization?

We are a banking service intermediary. We work in three fields, which are mortgage, investment, and retirement or pension planning. We’re an intermediary between customers and banks. We have many projects in the banking industry, and it’s very unclear and obscure to the bank customers, so we help them to get the best projects for their current situation.

We have a mutual situation where our role is to have the customer satisfied with each project, where the bank tries to get the most money out of the clients. So, we developed a solution to get the best deal according to each client’s situation. We have one customer-facing interface. We have many branches, and we advise the clients in investment, using the platform to make the recommendation. We also have an interface with the bank, where they can connect and see associated accounts and other important information.

What is your position?

I’m the chief technology officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you first approached Django Stars?

We needed additional development support. The solution we had in mind is very complex, and we knew we’d need additional resources in order to maintain a steady development pace, even as we began testing the prototypes. It was kind of a pre-emptive measure.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of work in greater detail?

They provide custom development and testing. For that process, we have our own tools to make it easier. We have used many of their tools, too. They’re also very active in the sense of preparing the demo, so I just have to come to the demo, I don’t have to take of anything. They organize everything for us and test it to ensure it’s working properly. We come in and evaluate what they’ve done and provide feedback, and then we continue on. That’s essentially the process.

How did you select Django Stars as your solution partner?

I conducted some online research and reviewed Django Stars along with several other companies around the world. I had a good feeling even when I first contacted them, and I went to Kiev, Ukraine, to meet with them in person. While I was there, they showcased a number of their projects and introduced me to their developers, the same ones that’d be working on our own work. I felt very comfortable with their process and their approach, which ultimately led me to hiring them.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this project?

It’s very hard to say. In terms of the website, we’ve probably spent around $500,000.

When was the project completed?

We work on an ongoing, full-time basis. We have six or seven people working full time on several projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

We make a new release every one or two months, so the last release was after two months. In two months, we had 270 new functionalities added, which is very good. We’ve also increased the speed with which we address technical issues reported by end-users. Feedback on their performance from our team has been overwhelmingly positive, which is also a great sign.

When working with Django Stars, is there anything you’d consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

I’m very happy with Django Stars. When we agree on something, they always hold up their end of the bargain. I have never had project management issues with them, ever. They’re extremely open and they’re also flexible with our changing requirements. They’re very personable, too, which is an added bonus.  

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

I would love to be able to scale up in one day like other developers, but it’s something not possible. Maybe in a crazy big company where you have thousands of people, but here it’s a mid-sized company so, sometimes, it can take a bit longer than you’d like. These guys provide very high-quality code, but to have that same quality on a larger scale would be ideal. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about a loss on quality. It’s not necessarily the fairest critique since they may not want to expand beyond their current base.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Yes. I would recommend them depending on what the colleague needs to do. I would recommend them for Web applications, no doubt.

Custom Development Scuba Diving Service

"They've been very flexible in accommodating our needs, our desires. They've also been very responsive."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Django Stars developed a custom Web application to extend Diviac’s platform usability to smaller devices. They also perform monthly support and maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
2-11 Employees
 
Zürich Area, Switzerland
Co-Founder & CEO, Diviac AG
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Diviac has received very positive feedback from investors and users. Notable features include clean code, fluid and intuitive usability, and a contemporary design. The client especially appreciates Django Stars’ flexibility and customer-first approach to project management.

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

Diviac is an online cloud-based platform for scuba divers that allow them to log and track their diving. We're in the process of developing a web application with Django Stars to extend our platform's usability to smaller devices. We'll be offering mobile native apps sometime in the near future. It also functions like a trip advisor for scuba divers. For instance, it offers some detailed information about certain diving sites and locations. It's a place where divers can consolidate all of the relevant and value data they need to have convenient access to.

What is your position?

I'm one of the two co-founders and currently the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenges you were attempting to address when you began the relationship with Django Stars?

It wasn't really a business challenge, per se. It was more of a need. I've been working with Django Stars since December 2012. When we first considered hiring a technology partner, we were preparing to devise and develop our solution for the first time, which meant the very core functionalities. We had our conceptual design and business strategy arranged, but we needed the engineers to build the solution for us.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of the work they've delivered over the course of the relationship?

I originally hired them to develop the whole functional platform from scratch. This has been a full-service project, from initial conception to eventual deployment. We've worked together on the visual design of the site, and they've handled the technical implementation. They cleaned, prepared, and migrated all of our data before configuring the entire system and organizing the business logic. They've also been dealing with incremental upgrades and some custom functional enhancements on the backend. We retain them for monthly support and maintenance.

How did you select Django Stars as your solution partner for this endeavor?

It wasn't a very scientific extensive process, to be entirely honest. It began with the technology. We were advised by a trust business associate to build our solution with Python using the Django framework. Once that was decided upon, we began to conduct some research into the leading Python and Django firms. We investigated a number of past conferences and identified the sponsors, and keynote speakers, and then reviewed their sites. We also received a recommendation from another Swiss startup, informing us that Django Stars had a great reputation. We submitted our statement of work and received a very compelling proposal. We invited them to demonstrate some of their capabilities and then proceeded to commission them.

This is some ongoing relationship, correct?

Yes. That's correct. At this point, we've clocked several thousands of development hours with them. We use them exclusively as our development arm and they operate as an extension of our team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback you've received that might demonstrate the effectiveness of their work?

We've received some very positive feedback both from our investors and from our users who see and use the platform on a daily basis: Clean code, fluid and intuitive usability, [and] very contemporary. It's a combination of both factors outside of Django Stars' circle of influence such as design decisions, but also in terms of the custom development on their end.

When working with Django Stars, is there anything you'd consider unique about their approach or development methodology that distinguishes them from other vendors?

First of all, they're very flexible with their contractual arrangements. We've gone back and forth between the pure agile mode of simple per hour, and also fixed project prices. They've been very flexible in accommodating our needs, our desires. They've also been very responsive. Overall, I'm very positive about Django Stars, and I can recommend them without any problem.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

Areas we often allude to are the time estimations for various pieces of work. Like many companies and many individuals, they tend to be on the optimistic side and, sometimes, underestimate the amount of time required for certain pieces of work, which is fine so long as there aren't other external dependencies involved.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    As I said, that was an area of slight weakness.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Highly.