What was the scope of their involvement?
We have worked with Echobind for building an entire new website and web app which students and companies could use to connect.
We worked with a design firm, and spent a week discussing our customer experience and flow for the new website. We connected with Echobind, provided wireframes, and had them build everything from the ground up, from the homepage to all other support pages. The meat of the work was definitely in building a web application. It’s a two-way marketplace which allows students to sign up, create profiles, and indicate what they’re looking for, in terms of industry and job verticals. On the company side, users can post internships as they arise, and receive suggested candidates. Students can apply to companies, and companies can identify promising students and reach out to them.
Echobind used Ember.js for the development, but I’m not a technical person, so I can’t speak too much on this area. The process of working with them has been great, since Echobind has been able to translate these details into simple terms. Throughout the initial development and continuing with the maintenance, everything has been hosted on Heroku. The code is stored on GitHub, and we’re tracking the workflow using Waffle.io.
Since this project, we’ve brought Echobind back for some enhancements. The website was launched one year ago, and things looked well, but there inevitably were a few bugs which crept up, or experiences which we didn’t fully anticipate or plan for.
We have been approached by a startup for an API integration for plugging in their own technology. I reached out to Echobind for this, asking for consultation on how we should negotiate the integration. They’ve been key in helping me understand the process, since it was my first time negotiating something like that. We haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but it’s something we’re considering.
We’ve worked with a different marketing and media firm.
How did you come to work with Echobind?
It was referral-based. A product manager was brought in when it became clear that we needed to invest in the platform. He provided coaching, as well as contacts, and connected us with a design firm in Boston. When we finished that part of the work, someone at the design firm recommended Echobind. We also shopped it out a little bit, talking to recent grads from McGill University, bigger firms, and Echobind. We picked them because they had excellent referrals and they were local. We were focused on building something for the local economy and community, so we preferred leveraging local talent.
How much have you invested with Echobind?
The cost of Echobind’s work has been around $115,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Echobind at the end of December 2015. They’re still involved with us.