What was the scope of their involvement?
This is the first version of the software, and although it’s an MVP [minimum viable product], it still needed to meet certain criteria. It was important that the project be flexible so that if I decided to change something, it wouldn’t take five more weeks of development.
There is an administrative panel instead of having to go through different developer portals in Amazon. Mostly everything is in one place so that external people or non-developers can work with it. The interface makes it easy to use.
What is the team composition?
Their team is growing. At the moment, they have 10–13 people. We communicate with Mark [CEO, Futurist Labs] regarding high-level requirements, but we discuss things on a deeper level with Stefan [CTO, Futurist Labs]. He specifies whether something will work, how long it will take, and the cost of development. He monitors everything, but I have a dedicated developer who works closely with me on my project. Once everything is cleared on what he needs to do and how to do it, he starts working on it.
How did you come to work with Futurist Labs?
I met them through a startup accelerator, Founder Institute, which I attended to learn how to start companies. Mark was one of the mentors, and we kept in touch afterward. When I graduated, he was really supportive in providing working space, etc. I knew other developers when I started this project but the trust he had put in me made me choose his company. I could see how they work and what their values were, which aligned with mine. I decided to trust them with my project, and they completed it quickly with good quality.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in September 2017, and the project is basically complete. We’re now conducting final testing and providing feedback.