Finch

We are creating highload digital products: mobile applications, websites, social networks for business.

Our results over last year: more than 60 million users, 2 million app setups, payments for 54 million dollars.

For 8 years of work, we have created around 300 solutions. Our clients: ТНТ, СТС, ВГТРК, МТРК Мир, Столото, ФК Спартак, банк Открытие, ГК Независимость and many others. 

We are always open for new tasks. Call us 

 
$75,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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Moscow, Russia
headquarters
  • Попов проезд, дом 1, корпус 1
    Moscow
    Russia

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Key clients: 

ТНТ, СТС, ВГТРК, МТРК Мир, Cпорт24, Столото, банк Открытие, ФК Спартак, ГК Независимость

Website for FC Spartak-Moscow

Spartak’s website is a signature element of the club, something between a business newspaper and a museum. It has to be simple, honest, easy to understand, without a “We’re better” banner which is like a scarf on a fan’s neck. A website should carry the confidence that it is a great sport with a great history, and everything is established, developed, and works well.

This year Spartak is playing again in the Champions League. And with the new site fans should not be ashamed to be seen by Liverpool or Seville. Moreover, Spartak is planning to develop in China, and we are preparing a platform for this: we are translating all the parts into the official Chinese languages.

 

Spartak has the advantage over other sports resources—that’s good photography and direct access to the players. The website helps to use this advantage, so any important information is displayed at the top.

The site and the app has a single backend. Editors use it to publish several...

Website for Stoloto Trading House

Stoloto Trading House is the biggest state lotteries distributor in Russia. 8 years ago, we have started a collaboration which continues up to now. At that time people bought lottery tickets in kiosks, and the company had only a very brief website with some general information about lotteries.

 

What did we do?

We launched stoloto.ru, an online lotteries supermarket. We connected the store with integrated payment systems and a loyalty program. Now, the website is used not only to buy lottery tickets, but also to receive the winnings, to earn and spend bonus points, and to manage an online purse.

On stoloto.ru each lottery is unique — and users need to understand how each one of them works. That’s why we made its own promo page with explanations for every game. Now no one will get confused.

 

Support

Millions of lottery tickets are sold and bought on the portal every day, and the number of...

Mobile application THT-CLUB

In theory, this project was meant to be an app allowing viewers to participate in pay-for TV polls. But before the first prototype was created, the concept has grown in all directions.

 

Our creative way

In the first release, we have launched a built-in social network for THT's fans to show what's going on in TV stars’ lives. At the same time, we’ve made a mobile cinema, so all the shows and stand-ups have become available in the app

We've launched the final part of 2014’s biggest project, which was a dancing show “Танцы”. Our app became the main platform for the show. Viewers can vote for their favorites in the app. All the information about the dancers is available in their profiles.

During the first year, we had to redesign the architecture to withstand extreme overloads. Then we have launched nearly 12 projects with sponsors and processed 5 million transactions for a total amount of 6 billion points.

We've tried...

Mobile application for FC Spartak-Moscow

Football — the most popular sport in the world, Spartak — the most popular football club in Russia. Mobile app for Spartak was made for million people. For each of them, we tried our best to do a smart, elegant and convenient application. 

Design
The mobile app has to be easy in use. On the small screen it is smart to make emphasis on content, but otherwise, it`s terrible to lose emotional part. We created a set of expressive icons, where the main idea is rhombus — part of Spartak logo.

Content
At current version, we focused on content: news, videos, articles, text translation of football matches, statistic.

Integrations
When it comes to working, the server of the mobile app has to take all risk with highload. To do so, we have created some integration protocols which simplified registration process. It helps us to make an app which is work, even if external systems shut down. We have also...

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Premier Soccer League Team Mobile App Dev

“Their project management style is ideal.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Feb. 2017
Project summary: 

Finch developed a mobile application with a focus on UI that has gained 100k users, and is currently establishing online broadcasting as well as launching Apple Pay for commerce.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1000 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
Head of Marketing, Soccer Team
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Finch has a strong grasp on project management, professionalism, and timeliness. A marginal boost in creative input would be beneficial, but overall, they are a valuable team.

BACKGROUND

Our client company is a very popular soccer group in the center of the Russia Premier League. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Finch?

We didn’t have any mobile representation, and we needed an application built from scratch. We had an application that was launched several years ago, but it was abandoned.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had several meetings with potential customers, but we didn’t have any mobile applications. They asked us to build some models for them, so we started with an application that delivers different types of media content like video, news, and player stats to the user.

The first goal was to create content, and the second was to give the user the opportunity to buy tickets and merchandise. The third goal was to give the user the opportunity to participate in a loyalty program where they could gain bonus points for things such as attending matches.

Finch built the entire application from scratch, and it took several months. We’re still developing additional functionalities. The mobile app was launched in February 2017, and we’re now working on online broadcasting, as well as launching Apple Pay for commerce.

What is the team dynamic?

We had 8 people working on this project, including a project manager who assembled the team. We communicated on a daily basis.

How did you come to work with Finch?

We looked at a dozen companies located in Russia who provided mobile development, but after Finch presented their vision and pricing, we decided to go with them. Microsoft was also one of the participants, but they were highly priced. Finch gave the lowest price.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $500,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in summer 2016, and the product launched in February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

So far, we have a pretty large audience of around 100,000 registered users on the app. They register and get into the CRM of the company, then they can sell the merchandise.

How did Finch perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re okay. They started with a very professional recommendation and project plan. They are still functioning within the proposed timeframe and budget from initial meetings.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their longtime experience within media products such as television impressed us. Additionally, their project management style is ideal.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be great if Finch could take more initiative in offering input.

4.5
Overall Score Considering that we discussed 4.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They didn’t pass any deadlines.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their project budget could be less expensive.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If they would provide more of their own vision for the product, I’d give a higher rating. It would be beneficial for them to take more responsibility and initiative.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev for Popular TV Station

"[T]hey’re a good place where motivated and talented developers work on important projects with the latest technologies."

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

Finch led app development for a major TV channel. The app’s main feature is large-scale user voting, controlling show results. They handled the project from start to end and still provide development services.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
Head of Project Management, TV Station
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Finch acts like an internal team with the prices of an outsourced team. Though they’re growing their skill sets through current projects, deliverables are quality and they’re extremely dedicated. They could spend more time on testing, but they’re efficient, scalable, and comfortable to work with.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We work in a partnership with a big Russian TV channel in the top ten and the leader in the audience from 14 to 44. We are the company who owns and produces the knowledge and mobile application. I’m head of project management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Finch?

We wanted a key mobile app through which that channel could communicate with their audience. We also needed to have a big website with lots of video content, on top of the application which consists of interactive content and a voting functionality.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We conduct about four big votings that support our TV projects. For example, there are large weekly votings on the dance project, which goes for about three months and consists of a number of stages where dancers in two teams compete. The dancer that wins the finals gets some money and promo support. The voting function is through the application where users install and vote for their favorite guys.

Finch then helped us with the big video content page that included almost all projects of our TV channel, like shows, series, and so on. We also have a new loyalty program where our users get bonuses for certain actions, and then they can spend it for branded souvenirs. We’re also going to develop our online shop to further develop our loyalty program.

We did not have an application before working with Finch. They have been working with us since the beginning of the project, handling the full service. We didn’t give them the wireframing. We had some introduction pages from our design team that acted as a guide, but everything else was done by Finch.

I would divide the whole project into big phases. The first launch was in November of 2015, about six months after the start of the project. The scope was really large and our TV channel team was not well-managed—they always created some new requirements after the launch. We subsequently had to make adjustments in the quality of the application, but the whole scope was covered by Finch and they did a great job. They worked on nights and weekends to meet all the requirements.

Now we are developing our product approach and new ways to manage projects more efficiently. Finch is still supporting us, particularly in creating special advertising pages.

How many resources have been assigned to your project?

It varied. At first it was one or two backend resources. There was the lead, who was also the technical manager, and one junior developer who helped him. Then, there was a frontend developer who was developing the site and most of the mobile application, as well as one native developer who was responsible for iOS and Android at the same time.

Then things changed. From the middle of last year, we’ve gained a separate native team. I work closely with them. The main backend developer, who is also the team lead, is very skilled. He has the help of one other backend developer, then we’ve got a separate native team: two iOS guys and one Android guy. That was during the last six months, and now we’re scaling to one iOS and one Android.

Lastly, we have a part-time frontend guy who helps out with administration interfaces for the application. A remote designer and administrator also help out, but they’re not from Finch.

How did you come to work with Finch?

We didn’t go through a selection process because Finch has already worked with the TV channel in the past, on a project that appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. They offered to do the job, so we didn’t have to waste time searching. We have three or four companies in our portfolio of outsource developers. Finch is the main one and they are the most expensive and powerful.

How much have you invested with Finch?

We pay $50 per hour for a developer.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2014. They are now like our internal team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I would call it a successful project because, six months after the launch, the first owner of the company (who oversees the mobile application) decided to sell it to another company. The project was bought by one of the key partners of the TV channel.

How did Finch perform from a project management standpoint?

I work with them like internal developers but we pay them like outsourcers. We work very closely and I have contact with all of the guys. Now, 80% of my contact is with the team lead, but there are still some specific questions that we discuss together with the team. For example, when developing functionality, we discuss it separately with the backend guy, the designer, and iOS team lead. Then, in a separate discussion, we discuss the same functionality with the Android guy, designer, and the backend developer to address all the requirements for the specific platform.

Project management is really good because these guys are growing with us. For example, when we first started our project, they had no experience with native development. They were just doing websites. Now they are building this practice in their company and they are growing together. Our project is one of their key projects, and their technologies and native skills are growing with our projects. Their experience with load balancing is also growing with us because our application has hundreds of thousands of users during prime time. It has to be stable and well-designed. It’s comfortable to work with them in terms of quality.

What did you find most impressive about Finch?

They are quite a small team at the moment, but I would say they’re a good place where motivated and talented developers work on important projects with the latest technologies. They are a good place for developers to get good experience and to grow. For example, our team lead grew during the three years from a junior guy to very experienced backend developer who’s really familiar with the most modern technology.

Are there any areas Finch could improve?

Maybe in terms of management, they could work on leading full service for other companies. But, in terms of our project, I’m satisfied because I’m the project manager and it’s comfortable for me to work with them in this way. I worked with them like they’re my internal development team. But some other companies would need the full service with business analysis, development testing, administration design, and so on.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Finch?

In terms of development, they’re pretty good.

5.0
Overall Score I also did one more project with a different team at Finch. Overall experience is really good.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re really motivated to follow the deadlines and to work hard, and our experience with them has included really complicated projects with crazy deadlines and scopes.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I know other developers whose cost is really high, higher than these guys. I would say it’s normal for me.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Sometimes I have some doubts in testing. I would rate them better if they had better testing.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would prefer to work with them instead of choosing another company in my future projects.

E-Commerce Dev for Ticket Manufacturer

"They work as if our business is their business—fulfilling our needs and thinking about ways to do it better."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Sept. 2009 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Finch developed an E-commerce website from the ground-up which supports 100,000 active users and up to 100 purchases every minute. They continue to further develop the site and provide technical support.

The Reviewer
 
201- 500 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
Anna Aranovskaya
Head of IT Projects, Stoloto
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Finch not only provides required deliverables, but they go above and beyond to make suggestions for future improvements. They connect themselves deeply to the project and the business, operating like an internal team. Finch is prompt with turnarounds, and their project management is stable.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are Stoloto, the distributor of Russian State lotteries tickets. I'm the head of the Internet Projects department.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Finch?

We needed a place to publish the draw results, give the information about lotteries, and we wanted to sell tickets and pay winnings online—it was the strategy of our company.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed from scratch the website for Stoloto, and continue to help support and develop it. As far as I know, we were the first to sell the lottery tickets online. Now we have a big online shop where we sell lottery tickets, pay winning, and publish the results of draws. They also developed the mobile version of the website, API for mobile apps, and a loyalty program for users, an E-commerce platform.

Each registered user has their own account, wallet, lottery history, and loyalty bonuses and specials.

How did you come to work with Finch?

When I started working in Stoloto, they had already been working with Finch. At that time, they were a young company, but I knew that they had a nice background with other companies such as TNT (a Dom-2 project).

How much have you invested with Finch?

Right now we pay about 20K USD monthly; this sum is stable for 3-4 years. We’ve probably spent over $1 Million USD with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2009, around September, and they still support Stoloto.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In April 2010, we started sales, and about 10% of the whole sales were from the website. Now, about half of all tickets are sold via Internet. We have about 100,000 active users (those who buy tickets) daily, and each minute we sell about 50-100 tickets online. Stoloto is the most high-loaded website in Russia.

We've tried other companies for other projects (small sites, mobile apps), but Finch is the most convenient. They understand what we need; they do everything quickly and properly.

How did Finch perform from a project management standpoint?

We have two teams working with us—about 6-7 programmers and one manager. They change rarely, which is nice. We use Redmine—there are different projects there for each type of our tasks, and the documents are also there. If a task is particularly complex, we have meetings in person to discuss it.

They are very responsive. We never have problems with availability of the developers or manager.

What did you find most impressive about Finch?

It is very easy to work with them. They know not only the website, but they are now the specialists in lottery. They work as if our business is their business—fulfilling our needs and thinking about ways to do it better, quicker and with the best possible quality. They think about the future, not only about the present situation.

Are there any areas Finch could improve?

No. I know that they recently started to develop mobile apps, and I believe they will be successful in this area too.

Do you have advice or recommendations for someone who wants to start a project with Finch?

If anyone is thinking about starting a project with Finch, I advise you do it. You'll need to know what you want to have as a result of the project, and tell it to your manager. You should be open to the ideas that Finch gives you because they have great experience with difficult projects and can give good advice. Also, you should be technically prepared in order to speak one language with Finch and understand them. If you are not, they'll teach you.

5.0
Overall Score They've provided a great website and great services for us; it helps us to develop our business. It was useful for the company, for me and for my team because we made serious projects and learned together.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Several years ago, everything was not so accurate as it is now. I’d give them a 5 for our current situation.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We've been working for more them 7 years and there were only few serious problems with the site that I can remember. It is very stable.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They are very good.