Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?
Since we started building the project internally, we’ve reached around 2,000 users from over 70 countries. It’s hard to say how much of this is attributable to Gennovacap Technology. We have some paying customers, but we’re still pre-revenue, as there are some freemium functionalities and pricing models that we’re sampling.
The MVP built by Gennovacap Technology helped us validate a few things. We were able to test some pricing models and attract people who actually paid for our functionalities. We then changed our pricing plan based on what we thought would be more scalable. We learned a lot from this process.
As a bootstrap startup founder, I need to stretch the dollar. I’ve learned a lot of Rails myself, and Reza [Piri, Founder] has actually helped me code. I was able to be more proactive this way, in terms of design and code, and have saved a lot of money. Gennovacap is expensive because the company works with more established clients, but they have helped me get a return through education.
How did Gennovacap Technology perform from a project management standpoint?
I only worked with Reza, so I don’t know what the backend team composition was. The project management style was a sort of hybrid and pretty agile, but we definitely needed to know what we were building. As someone building a startup product, I saw rapid changes, and it was difficult for me not to know what people would be latching on to in order to give detailed requirements. Gennovacap’s style is a mix between an agile startup and a more enterprise-level small business, almost waterfall. They were flexible in the sense of trying to maintain quality code while dealing with my changing requirements.
I never had an issue with communication. Gennovacap Technology is very responsive, on-task, and proactive.
What did you find most impressive about Gennovacap Technology?
They’re good at taking an idea from a non-technical person (which I was at the time), running with it, and building fast. I was happy with the result. Whatever I assigned to Gennovacap, they built.
Are there any areas Gennovacap Technology could improve?
Because I was bootstrapping the startup and didn’t have prototypes or a lot of validation, my requirements were changing often. Gennovacap is better at working with established clients or people who know exactly what they want and don’t have changing requirements. As far as building an MVP goes, their team is better suited for larger clients than me, which is probably a good thing on their end.
What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Gennovacap Technology?
Before starting the work, focus on the design and have something down in terms of UX and UI. Conceptualize with some basic prototyping tools like InVision or Adobe XD and get the initial kinks out before writing any code. This is standard advice. Because Gennovacap Technology is very efficient, clients shouldn’t waste time building solutions they don’t actually want. If I’d been more organized and tested my idea ahead of time, we would have probably been a bit more efficient and could have maximized our time. We were making it up as we went, which goes with trying to move very fast.