What was the scope of their involvement?
Empire Elements built out the video-planning platform. One of the primary features we wanted was to generate users’ video licenses, which could be utilized by different vendors, such as TV stations. We provided them specific case scenarios to help them build this function.
Since we would be hosting paid video content, we required a payment integration. They suggested that we use Stripe—pushing back on our preference for PayPal—and it’s been working brilliantly for us. They also created an admin panel for the publishers to place their videos for sale and for buyers to buy and download at any time.
They made sure to include platform scalability for when it gains more traction. If we have a lot of traffic going through, we’d need to expand our storage capacity. They utilized AWS because of its flexibility and PHP for coding.
Empire Elements handled the full project from beginning to end. Before building out the architecture, they made excellent wireframes. They then produced wonderful designs for the site while taking all of our feedback.
We plan to build the mobile app in 2020, which they’ll probably be handling as well.
What is the team composition?
We talked to Richard (Founder and CEO, Empire Elements) and Vera (Project Manager, Empire Elements) from beginning to end, and they managed their own team. That saved us a lot of time because we didn’t want to have contact with the 12–13 people working on the project.
How did you come to work with Empire Elements?
We found them through a Google search. We invited Empire Elements to meet us in Prague, where they pitched us their ideas. It was fantastic to see their team in action with our own team. We chose them because they had the technical expertise to build both web and mobile platforms.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent $150,000 with them so far.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Empire Elements in the first quarter of 2019. The project is in its final phases now, and we’re soon going to be rolling it out across Europe.