Digital Product Innovation Agency | Chicago HQ

Foxbox Digital is an award-winning engineering-focused product development agency. With a history of launching successful digital products, they’ve helped Fortune 500 companies, and high-growth startups architect, develop and deploy products used by hundreds of thousands of people.

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Foxbox Digital is focused on helping customers build beautiful digital experiences across mobile and web. Specializing in developing with React Native & Elixir, Foxbox has a rare combination of engineering and product management expertise.

 
$100,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2018
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 1720 W Division St.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

* Home Chef (Kroger-Owned Meal Kit Delivery Service) - Increased App Store Ratings and Conversions. * NSLC - NSLC’s Move to Digital Increased Parent Communication, Student Engagement, Staff Productivity and Program Referrals * Mountain Management - Increased Revenue and Occupancy Through Custom Data-Driven Software. * Detective by Charlie - We led development on their iOS app to support the Intelligence Platform for Sellers' 200k users.

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National Student Leadership Conference

To support their growth goals, we worked with NSLC to move them from a paper-led organization to a powerful digitally-enabled ecosystem. This included the creation of a new custom streamlined and automated scheduling system, as well as a modern customer-facing mobile app.

This resulted in increased student engagement and parent communication, improved operations efficiency, and higher Net Promoter Score

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Home Chef

Home Chef partnered with Foxbox to rebuild their mobile app with React Native.

Foxbox helped Home Chef, the Kroger-owned meal kit delivery service, increase App Store ratings and meal kit conversions.

Read our case study: https://foxbox.co/blog/how-we-helped-home-chef-case-study

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Mountain Management

How We Helped Mountain Management Increase Revenue and Occupancy Through Custom Data-Driven Software

Foxbox Digital successfully modernized Mountain Management’s property management software resulting in increased revenue, occupancy, and efficiency. Mountain Management is a full-service property management company overseeing hundreds of short term rentals across the U.S. The project’s results can be attributed to a

data-driven dynamic pricing model, smart and flexible booking rules, and automated customized financials and accounting—all engineered by the Foxbox Digital team.

Read the full case study: https://foxbox.co/blog/how-we-helped-property-management-company/

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Mobile App Dev for Trucking Technology Company

Their communication was excellent, and the project manager, in particular, was exceptional.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2019 - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

Mirroring the functionality of a previous app, Foxbox Digital redeveloped the mobile platform of a trucking technology company. Coding in React Native, they created an app to deploy on iOS and Android systems.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Executive, Trucking Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the product hasn’t been rolled out yet, Foxbox Digital delivered great work. Their project management was superb; the team leveraged tools that the client has now incorporated into their own workflow. While they could’ve provided more technical guidance, they’re a skilled and flexible team.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're a trucking technology company, and I’m the VP and general manager of strategic initiatives.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Foxbox Digital?

We had an outdated mobile app. It’s an app that truck drivers use as part of their daily workflow in picking up and delivering freight. We wanted to improve its UX/UI, and we also wanted to move to a technology stack that’d allow for deployment on multiple operating systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Foxbox Digital created a new app for both iOS and Android. They worked off of the previous app to mirror its basic features while incorporating improvements. They utilized React Native.

What is the team composition?

We had daily contact with two people. Throughout the entire lifecycle of the project, we engaged with 4­–5 people.

How did you come to work with Foxbox Digital?

We were specifically looking for someone with React Native expertise. I believe we found them through a Google search.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve probably spent around $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement began in September 2019 and they wrapped up in March 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We don’t have quantifiable metrics yet, since we’re only rolling out our beta launch next month. I can say that they set us up with a great platform. We found a few places where we’ve had to go back and rework, but overall, they did very good work.

While we experienced a few personnel changes in the middle of the project, and they were great in terms of pivoting.

How did Foxbox Digital perform from a project management standpoint?

Their communication was excellent, and the project manager, in particular, was exceptional. They brought a variety of PM tools to the project, which we’ve now incorporated into our own workflow. Their collaborative skill was really top-notch.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their project management was superb.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I think there were some areas where we expected them, as React Native experts, to provide more guidance. We would’ve liked to see them exercise their expertise in a stronger way.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure that you have everything set up on your side to enable Foxbox Digital’s success. That’ll help them show up with their A-game. Even if you’re not prepared to work at their level, they’ll certainly accommodate you. Just be prepared to be as engaged as they are, and you’ll get really great results.

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

Mobile App Dev for Youth Programming Organization

"If you want to actively be a part of the process, they are the team to have on your side."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Foxbox Digital designed and developed an iOS and Android app based on provided wireframes. Their services have included an API integration with an existing database.

The Reviewer
 
51- 200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Director of Operations, Youth Programming Organization
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps' users are pleased with the solution. Foxbox Digital is a creative, collaborative team that actively seeks feedback. Their work is marked by adaptability, especially when it comes to new requirements or stakeholders' availability. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of operations at an organization that does youth programming.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Foxbox Digital?

We wanted to create an app where our students could see their daily schedules, update records, and view their profiles. The app would be for both iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave Foxbox Digital a set of instructions for designing and developing the app, and they created it together with our development team. The students see a different version of the app than our staff.

I put a screen-by-screen wireframe together using Adobe XD so they could click through a vision for what we wanted. We’ve stuck close to those wireframes. 

We have an existing website, CRM, and database, and we didn’t want to redesign the website for the app. The app is connected by an API to our scheduling databases. They helped us come up with PDF versions of our schedules so they’ll display on the app and print versions. Technologies used include React Native.

What is the team composition?

I’ve been working between the two development teams to make sure we aren’t doing double work.  I work with Rob (Founder, Foxbox Digital). He puts the pieces together, talks about the big picture, and troubleshoots structural issues. 

They also have an account manager named Jasmine (Senior Project Manager, Foxbox Digital) who is amazing. She deals with us during all hours of the day. She’s even been great about having 9 p.m. meetings with me. 

How did you come to work with Foxbox Digital?

We met with many groups (5-6 teams) of all different sizes and price ranges. We purposefully went with Foxbox Digital (even though they don’t have 10 years of history). We chose them based on how well they communicated. We decided we would want to work with them on a day-to-day basis, and that’s proven true.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested between $50,000 to $199,999 with Foxbox Digital.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in December 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The product works, and I have no complaints about the quality of the work at all. The students love it, and they even liked the first version of the app. They said, “This is so cool.” 

The staff, who used a different version, loved it, too. Foxbox Digital has implemented feedback from users such as the staff with each version. They also want to hear the students’ feedback, and they’ll probably fine-tune things more using those evaluations.

Also, my counterpart in this project and I agree that they meet you where you’re at. They offer suggestions, and they’ll take your suggestions, too. If you say it’s not a priority, they won’t push it. They’re really good at judging people, working with them, and being flexible with their communication. 

How did Foxbox Digital perform from a project management standpoint?

They push me to stay on top of project management. Their strength is flexibility and communication. They’ve been flexible with our needs, and we come with new ones each day as the project grows.

They went in with their eyes open knowing they would need to be responsive. They’re adaptable and open whenever we want to change things. They’ve been flexible whenever I wanted to push more things out or taper back. 

The team has been excellent at following our instructions when it comes to new requirements. For example, they’ll say, “We got it. We just want to talk about what this will mean budgeting and engineering-wise. Do you still want to do it?” 

They couldn’t have foreseen a lot of the hiccups that have come up. As they learn our business, they’re becoming better at predicting what may cause issues. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very genuine. They weren’t too polished or too big-business, which is what we wanted. We weren’t looking for someone who would simply take a concept, make the whole thing, and hand it over. Since we were developing something on a one-on-one basis with someone all day long, we wanted somebody who would be a part of our team versus someone who would just provide us a final product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They are growing. They couldn’t improve anything about who they are, how they work, or their structure. They have a really nice structure and they should stick with it.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Potential customers should know what they want in a development team. If you want someone that’s going to be creative and collaborative and willing to stay in constant communication, they are the best fit. If you want to actively be a part of the process, they are the team to have on your side.

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

Mobile App Dev for Fitness Marketplace

“They really have our best interests at heart. … We appreciate their proactive approach.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using the designs provided by the in-house team, Foxbox Digital developed a cross-platform app for iOS and Android. The app serves as a marketplace in the fitness space.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
CEO, Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Foxbox Digital delivered an MVP that the in-house team can present to investors. Their ability to understand the startup world and provide advice on how to cut the development costs made them a reliable partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of a consumer internet startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Foxbox Digital?

We were looking for a vendor to build a mobile app for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided Foxbox Digital with full mockups and they executed them, developing a cross-platform app for us and integrating it with SOAP APIs. We use the app as a marketplace in a fitness space and it's available for both iOS and Android. Foxbox Digital used Elixir on the backend and React Native on the frontend. They guided the entire process, providing recommendations and helping us find gaps. They were our partner every step of the way.

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with Rob (Founder and CEO, Foxbox Digital), Jasmine (Senior Project Manager, Foxbox Digital), a frontend developer, and a backend developer.

How did you come to work with Foxbox Digital?

I found out about Foxbox Digital from a mutual friend.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in November 2018 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It was a very solid experience and they gave us an MVP of our app that we can show to our investors.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

Their development team is based off-shore, but their leadership is based in the United States. We mostly use Slack to communicate and they've been very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They've worked with larger companies, but they also understand the startup world. They really have our best interests at heart. They gave us valuable suggestions on how to do things in a more manual process to cut the development costs. We appreciate their proactive approach.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Do as much research as possible upfront in order to minimize the time they'll need to spend on that.

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

Development for Pricing & Rental Availability Tools

"Foxbox Digital’s ability to get things done and never miss a deadline has been really important."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Foxbox Digital is developing a web tool for a rental property management company. It automates the process of updating the booking calendar and tracking the performance of listings.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Breckenridge, Colorado
John Malone
Revenue Manager, HelpHost
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Productivity and revenue have increased markedly since the engagement began. Foxbox Digital keeps the project moving through constant communication, providing critical status updates throughout the project. They meet all deadlines and respond quickly to any inquiries or technical concerns that arise.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there. 

I’m the revenue manager of a short term rental property management company. We place apartments, houses, and vacation rentals on short term rental websites as well as managing the properties. My primary duties include the booking calendar and tracking the performance of our listings.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Foxbox Digital? 

We're trying to scale our company. We started in Breckenridge and we're up to 70 units there. We have 50 units in Chicago and another 10 units in Denver. That’s a lot of properties that need to be taken care of, watched, and priced.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Foxbox Digital is working on three projects for us. We developed our own pricing tool because we felt current market tools are lacking in certain aspects. We want something that's tailored to our own theories. Foxbox Digital helped us develop a dynamic algorithm for pricing throughout the year. It updates all of our properties for us without us having to go into each rental website and manually set the price. We also want to tackle the issue of availability. For example, the farther out the date is, we want to force longer bookings to fill up the calendar. The tool they created will drop those restrictions and allow people to book shorter stays as the date gets closer. The third project addresses when we have a gap between two bookings. The tool will open the calendar and allow one-day minimum booking. The tools that Foxbox Digital are developing automate all these tasks without us having to do much besides set the correct variables.

In addition, they’re helping us with our financial tracking. Each property has an owner that needs to be paid. We first need to take out the taxes, commission fees for each website, and our management fee. The tool tracks reservations for each individual listing and pulls the appropriate numbers to determine the payout for the owner. Next, they connected it to Stripe so now we have the ability to actually pay the owners from the same tool. This is all web-based right now on the Heroku cloud platform. They also use Python, Django, Docker, and Kubernetes. 

What is the team composition?

Rob (Founder, Foxbox Digital) did a lot of the early work on the tool and looked everything over. Jasmine (Senior Project Manager, Foxbox Digital) is my main point of communication and she has a team of two developers.

How did you come to work with Foxbox Digital? 

I can't answer that because they were hired before my time. Jasmine actually used to be part of our team so I think she was our connection to Foxbox Digital. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $40,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

This project started in September 2018 and work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This new tool results in big time savings for us. Going from manually editing all these calendars to having them automatically update is critical. It allows us time to do a lot of other things and be more productive. Revenue has increased due to our pricing algorithm being better than the other options on the market. 

How did Foxbox Digital perform from a project management standpoint? 

Their team is super responsive. Jasmine and I talk almost every day and I can also reach her on Slack. She's always on top of everything. They’ll develop a feature and she lets us know when it’s live. Then we go in and test it out and report any bugs back to her. They fix bugs quickly along with any other issues come up or anything.  

What did you find most impressive about them? 

This is my first time taking the project manager role. Foxbox Digital’s ability to get things done and never miss a deadline has been really important. They're always on the ball, and always there if we need them. They've do great work for us. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

Nothing that I can think of, but I don't have anything to compare them to. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Make sure to communicate and get your part of the work done. You need to put in the effort so you're not slowing them down. I don't think you'll have any issues if you maintain open lines of communication with your project manager.

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

React Native Mobile Dev for Meal Kit Subscription Service

"They're a boutique agency, so we get a personalized experience, which has helped us develop a deep partnership."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Foxbox is updating the code for a mobile app available on Android and iOS using React Native. Further, Foxbox mentors the in-house staff in the technological application to independently maintain the product.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Matt Pulley
CTO, Home Chef
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Technology updates are ahead of schedule, and the internal team is already capable of overseeing the app’s well-being. Foxbox features a personable staff, and as a smaller firm, they are able to offer an individualized experience, fostering a healthy and successful partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CTO at Home Chef, a meal kit subscription service. We send prepackaged, pre-portioned ingredients to your door.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Foxbox?

We needed to upgrade our mobile application and our mobile presence. Our next generation designs were complete, but we needed assistance implementing the technological elements we created into our app. Additionally, we asked Foxbox to train our in-house team in managing the application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We asked Foxbox to be the technical architect of the mobile app. We wanted the code to be set up in a way that is sustainable and maintainable. Following that, our in-house team would implement our designs, conduct testing, and introduce the app back into the App Store. Along the way, we relied on Foxbox to teach our team the language and the framework that we’re using to build our app.

The app is available for Android and iOS using React Native. Users are able to traverse their accounts, view weekly meal options, and select the meals they’d like delivered. We also included a framework that allows us to do A/B testing within the mobile app so that we can measure the results of certain interactions.

What is the team composition?

I am unsure of the entire team size, but I only worked with their founder.

How did you come to work with Foxbox?

They came as a network referral to our VP of engineering.

How much have you invested with them?

We anticipate spending between $50,000-$60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in July 2018 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our work remains ongoing, but we are ahead of schedule in our development. We’re moving at a strong pace, and our team is learning a lot.

How did Foxbox perform from a project management standpoint?

We use GitHub internally and with Foxbox. From a communication perspective, they’ve been great about providing updates through email and noting specific milestones.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their knowledge is extremely deep in a fairly new technology. They have worked well with people, which we valued because of the mentoring aspect. We didn't want an agency that would only come in and code for us. We wanted an agency who would work with our team, and they've done that well. They're a boutique agency, so we get a personalized experience, which has helped us develop a deep partnership.

Any advice for potential customers?

Be very specific about your needs and be transparent about them. That way they can get a strong understanding of if they can help you.

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

Mobile App Dev for Briefs on Meeting Attendees

“Foxbox has an incredibly talented founder.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2014 - Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

Foxbox provided development and project management support to create a mobile app. It briefs users on meeting attendees 10 minutes prior to appointments. Upon completion, they delivered it to the App Store. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Aaron Frazin
CEO and Founder, Detective.io
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Foxbox immediately stood out from the competition as the best partner for the task at hand. The highly skilled founder was personally involved throughout the entire project as he led the development team. The final product secured millions of dollars in investor capital for the business.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CEO of Detective.io (formerly Charlie App). Our company briefs users on people and companies before meeting with them.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Foxbox?

Foxbox's leadership led the development phase and delivered our application to the App Store.

What were your goals for this project?

Our objective for this engagement was to build a mobile app that could brief users on their meeting attendees 10 minutes before any calendar appointment listed on their phone.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We interviewed many leading development firms as we considered who to work with. Robert (Founder, Foxbox) proved to be an excellent choice for our needs.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

The founder of Foxbox led the team throughout the project. He helped us formulate the scope and technical requirements and facilitated the entire app’s development.

What was the team composition?

Robert (Founder, Foxbox) was the team member with whom we interfaced.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Thanks to the deliverable Foxbox produced, we raised millions of dollars in funding for our company.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We managed every aspect of the project via Trello and Github.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Foxbox has an incredibly talented founder.

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