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Goji Labs is a boutique app development studio with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. We are product and technology experts and specialize in reducing risk on behalf of our partners when bringing new software ventures to market.

 

We believe no great venture should be held back by technical execution. Translating this core belief into action, we work closely with our partners to launch new initiatives and scale existing ones. We work to understand your vision, help define your product, then design, build, and launch.

 

We work primarily with startups, businesses, and nonprofits. Our partners include Digital Medical Tech, World Health Organization, World Wildlife Fund, UCLA, USC, and the City of Los Angeles

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 800 Wilshire Blvd suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    United States
other locations
  • 818 W 18th St.
    New York, NY 10011
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We work primarily with founders, startups, and non-profits. Over the past five years, we've launched dozens of startups and worked closely with our partners in the non-profit world to make an impact. Our partners include the World Health Organization, the World Wildlife Fund, and the City of Los Angeles.

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Digital Medical / CompleteOR

Digital Medical’s platform streamlines inventory management and tracking of hospital equipment. We developed a proprietary solution deployed in hospitals across the nation.  We wanted to bring a novel solution to market that would undercut the cost of other product offerings and perform more reliably.

 

We built a highly distributed system of Raspberry Pi receivers running a

customized Linux environment. These receivers listen for Bluetooth signals from beacons attached to devices throughout hospitals and send them to a centralized system via WebSockets, which runs in AWS Elastic Container Service as Fargate instances. The system in AWS decides which beacon is in what room. We developed an algorithm to make this determination efficiently across thousands of devices in an instant. This entire part of the system is written Go, and it pushes beacon positions to a Ruby on Rails application over a WebSocket, which records each position in a Postgres database. Users can watch the positions change live in their browsers in a floor map view, with no need to refresh the page, thanks to WebSockets' push capabilities. We developed a novel, scalable, and efficient solution, which has been successfully deployed in hospitals across the country.
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Kitchen Table App

Kitchen Table helps hosts and guests build meaningful, in-person connections through intimate, shared dining experiences.

Kitchen Table is a social dining application that allows individuals to host community events. The goal was to create a community that would extend invitations to anyone - strangers, neighbors, friends and family.

We wanted to provide an experience for foodies, hobby chefs, and community

builders that would transcend anything currently on the market. The objective was to create a platform that would bring people together around food to help foster relationships and build community.

We designed and developed a consumer iOS app, built in Swift, and a backend system using Ruby on Rails and Postgres. The backend system also powers a web application and an administrative dashboard for the Kitchen Table team. Hosts can post a community meal they're planning, and include the menu, the location, the price, and they can invite those they know. Guests can browse for meals in their area, and, if there's still a spot left, join one, and maybe make some new friends.

 

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MedsPal - World Health Organization

The Medicines Patent Pool improves access to critical medications by negotiating licenses that allow for generic drug manufacturers to produce and sell these drugs in the nations that need them most. MedsPaL is a tool for the public, geared toward ministers of health and their staff, researchers, and drug manufacturers, to surface drug patent and license information in a simple, intuitive way. This allows the public

to see drug licenses, drugs that are already off-patent, and those that are about to be, which helps ministries of health make purchasing decisions and provide medications to their people.

 

 

Over the last few years, we worked with MPP to release and then enhance a comprehensive data administration dashboard. An admin can pull in patent data from the USFDA and the EPO, annotate records, approve changes, and then deploy them to MedsPaL for public visibility. This has allowed MPP to cover more drugs than before, which in turn helps treat and prevent disease.

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HR & Recruiting Platform

Our team designed and developed a SaaS enterprise web application and a consumer-oriented mobile application using Ruby on Rails, React, and React Native. Companies can subscribe to Boon’s platform to post job opportunities and invite current employees to join. Employees can use the mobile application to explore and engage with their network, receive matches between open positions and their friends, create referrals

and collect referral bounties for successful placements.
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Mozi - Education Tech Platform

Mozi is a research-backed EdTech platform that helps instructors improve the way they teach writing. After launch, the platform was having performance issues as the user base grew, while the original developer was unable to provide them with the proper resources and expertise. Mozi needed a long-term partner to take over product development and help them capture new opportunities in the education space.

 

 

We joined forces with the Mozi team to audit their platform, address its performance and scalability issues, and continue to define and execute their product roadmap. We’ve spent a few years working together to design and build new features, expanding the platform’s value proposition and onboarding notable customers such as the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

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An Appetizing Life - Digital Food Magazine

Our team Redesigned and rebuilt this digital food magazine, which servers hundreds of thousands of users on a monthly basis

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Umami Girl - Food Magazine

Our team Redesigned and rebuilt this digital food magazine, which servers hundreds of thousands of users on a monthly basis

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Android App Dev for Human Services Platform

“Working with them has been a pleasure. They walk through all the steps before drawing anything or doing the code.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs designed an Android app that connects homeless individuals with services in their area. Starting with a vision board, they went through a structured process to design the front- and backend of the MVP.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Miriam Bar-Zemer
Data Assistant & Pilot Designer, MyPal
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although development has been paused due to extenuating circumstances, Goji Labs has delivered a user-friendly design that meets all project requirements. Their team worked closely with their partners to ensure a quality product. They plan to resume the project together.  

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 data assistant and pilot designer for MyPal.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

It's the goal of our project is really to provide a service to homeless individuals using technology. And that technology was going to be designed and executed by Goji Labs. We were using them to develop the application, which would ultimately serve homeless individuals to connect them with services in their area.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We brought in Goji Labs for the ideation stage, but we mostly used their services for app design. From beginning to end, it started with a vision board, and we broke down the direction of the project and the step-by-step vision we have. Then we determined what the MVP would need and the steps after that.

Ultimately, they designed the front- and backend for a pilot. It’s a mobile app for Android. We hope to implement the app for the population.

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with David (CEO). He and his partner outsource some of their coding overseas. In terms of mapping out the process, they worked to get down our vision and what we want to implement in the future.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

My boss worked with them on another app previously.

How much have you invested with them?

It’s estimated to cost about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I started working with them in January 2020. Given the circumstances of COVID-19, we’ve paused development. We couldn’t collect user information or do outreach. So we plan to resume whenever it’s safe.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We want the app to be as user-friendly as possible, and they’ve met those goals. Because we haven’t developed the pilot yet, we don’t have a lot of feedback from users. We want to get the best app as we can out there, and they’re helping us make it a reality.  

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Working with them has been a pleasure. They walk through all the steps before drawing anything or doing the code. From there, they develop what we want to achieve.

David is super responsive and he goes beyond what we expected. He always asks the right questions from a technology perspective to address those issues. It has been a collaborative interaction.

On a more consistent basis, we have weekly meetings, and they’ve always come prepared. They let us know what they finished previously and what we’ve asked for.

They worked in a communicative and efficient way. Their methods were effective, and it has effectively moved the project along. We use G Chat and have met in person a few times, but it’s mostly online.

What did you find most impressive about them?

David is so personable and open, which is very critical to our project because it’s addressing a social problem and we need creativity. He is a breath of fresh air and can break things down and create a tangible solution in the app.

Secondly, I’ve been impressed with their design process. They take a lot of time to look at different options. They provided 2–3 options to choose from. They clearly want the customers to work through different ideas so we end up with a product we’re satisfied with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have any specific feedback. It has been a pleasant experience.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be willing to embrace their process. It’s a well thought out design process. I trust their step-by-step approach.

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

iOS Development for Social Network Startup

“They worked tirelessly to ensure we got what we needed.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2019 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a social media mobile app for iOS. The platform has a calendar feature, tagging capabilities, and user profiles. They also developed a QR code to help users connect.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Tampa, Florida
Ricky Schay
Founder, Pulse Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Beta testing has gone well, and feedback has been positive. Goji Labs delivered a high-quality product. The team listened to project requirements, but was able to pivot based on changing needs. Their transparency helped them build a strong and collaborative 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'm the founder of the company is called Pulse, we're a social networking app that is going to redefine how people network. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or you're just a person that meets a lot of people, we want to make it easier for people to be able to connect.

We're building a digital Rolodex, it connects all your social media account and remembers where and when you met, so you'll never forget a connection again.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We hired them to develop our app. They helped bring my vision to life.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Rights now it’s available on iOS. When users connect, it shows their location on the map. It also has a calendar, so every day has heartbeats according to when you’ve met somebody. They’ve built a QR code so you can share your information with others. We also have tags in a group system, so when you meet someone, you can give them a tag, and if you forget their name, you can search based on their tag. Then they built profile pages where users can display their photos, bios, and social media links.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a product manager,  a designer, and a few developers.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I found an agent on LinkedIn and she connected me with the developer. We built a relationship from there,

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $115,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2019 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have about 40 beta testers and we’ve received a lot of great feedback. Users just want to see more now. They like the designs and functionalities. Now we just need to build more features.

They’ve done everything we’ve asked. They made the exact product we wanted to make. It’s very difficult to find agencies who can execute and deliver exactly what buyers envision.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They exceed expectations and are great at taking directions and pivoting when needed. They work very quickly. They worked tirelessly to ensure we got what we needed. They provided regular updates and met all our deadlines. A lot of other companies aren’t nearly as transparent. That honesty made us feel comfortable working with them.

We used Slack, email, and phone calls when working with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team and our product manager. He’s fantastic. He understands the client's needs and can articulate it to developers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re expensive, but we got what we paid for. They provided an excellent customer experience and quality work. It’s worth the money.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Know exactly what you want from end-to-end, and set your expectations from the beginning.

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

Mobile GPS App Dev for Travel Co

"Their team tells us if we have the wrong idea and explains their reasons credibly, which is helpful."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed an iOS app using Swift and React to enable GPS tours for a travel company. They built a web-based admin portal and integrated the app with mapping software to match locations with content.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Ric Arthur
CEO, Wayfarer Journeys
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs delivered a streamlined platform that satisfied expectations and received positive feedback from users. The team is straightforward and responds to challenges with effective solutions quickly. They provide technical insights and encourage collaboration to support a 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’m the founder and CEO of a company called Wayfarer Journeys.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We provide GPS tours and needed to build an app that paired location with audio content. This would allow certain audio content to play through a car’s entertainment system when users passed through geofenced areas.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji Labs built the logic and the actual app itself. Then, they incorporated a third-party mapping software, which is called Mapbox. We use the software for all of our location services and to map the route that we send motorists on. Their team used Swift and React. They built a backend component, which is an admin portal that’s web based.

What is the team composition?

I’ve only worked directly with David (Product Strategist).

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

A colleague recommended a designer who works with Goji Labs on occasion.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $100,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019 and we’re finishing the project now. It’ll go live by the end of the month.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

First of all, the technology works, which is always good. Several people commented on how well the app was put together. The app looks good and integrates into the third-party software as it should. Goji Labs was competent.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Google Hangouts and Google Docs to communicate. I knew their plans and we made big decisions collaboratively. When they didn’t know an answer, their team was honest about it and then found an answer. They were fast and aggressive in finding solutions. Our concerns were addressed quickly and handled competently and intelligently.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Issues were addressed and solved within twelve hours. I appreciate the collaborative nature of this project. They’re able to exercise good judgment. Their team tells us if we have the wrong idea and explains their reasons credibly, which is helpful. They know when to push and when not to push. Their team took ownership of the tech side of the project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would be helpful for them to put more detail into the billing process. It would be useful to know what work was done and what work’s coming ahead.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We brought him in during the design phase, which was useful. David dialed into our calls, so it was a real collaboration from the get-go. Try to have your full team engaged because when Goji Labs gets moving, they move fast. You want to be ready.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had no issues.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Process Automation for Trucking Company

"Their excitement level made it feel like they were part of the team rather than an outside vendor."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
April 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs built a web-based system that automated a manual truck-loading process. They refined an initial project plan by adding new functionalities and tools.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
Baldwinsville, New York
Tom Tadros
Manager, Gypsum Express
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs has provided high-quality service. They have been extraordinarily devoted to the project. The project management was effective—their team kept the client up to date with all budgetary and timeline concerns. They had a personal stake in the client’s success.

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 a systems engineer and developer for Gypsum Express. We’re a trucking company that manages the loading and unloading of trucks.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We previously had a very manual process for loading trucks that relied on paperwork and Excel spreadsheets. We needed to streamline and automate that workflow.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our team developed a project plan and functionalities for the program. They refined the layout and developed ideas to make the process even better.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with two people. There were two additional developers who worked behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

There was a graphic designer who had worked with them and recommended their services. We took proposals from three different companies. They didn’t have the best price, but they were reasonable and had the best timeline.

How much have you invested with them?

It was just under $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in April 2019. We’re currently in the final stages of the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality has been excellent. Working with them has been really good. We come to them with ideas and they work through the processes. After some back and forth, they improve upon what we gave them. We don’t have any quantitative data because we haven’t fully deployed the solution.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management has been great as well. The person we dealt with was on top of everything. They kept up to date with timeline and budget concerns. We used some tools during the design process, but nothing was set.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their excitement level made it feel like they were part of the team rather than an outside vendor. They had a personal stake in the project beyond the work that they performed.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t think so. Maybe they could’ve had a formalized project management/tracking software.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You should come prepared with specific ideas that you want to accomplish and then be flexible with how you want to implement those ideas.

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

Web Development for Education Content Platform

“David has kept us focused so that we don’t lose sight of our core goals.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2017 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs has updated an existing content-sharing platform, updating and refining the system’s architecture and building out a forum for users. They work primarily in Django, Python, Heroku, and AWS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
David Stein
Co-Founder & Managing Director, LaHaV Learning
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs’ improved QA process has helped to greatly reduce bugs and enhance the platform’s performance. Personable and understanding, the team maintains realistic expectations to keep priorities straight. Their strong grasp on the company’s core goals has been key to their success.

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 co-founder and managing director of LaHaV Learning. We’re a Jewish educational curriculum provider, creating content for Jewish schools worldwide. Part of that content is available through our online platform, which hosts learning resources for teachers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We’d worked with a freelance developer to build our online curriculum platform, but he was unable to continue servicing it because he was working on another job. So we reached out to Goji Labs to help us roll out new features and fix legacy bugs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

One of the main features that Goji Labs developed for our platform was a discussion forum that connected teachers across the globe. 

Before, educators had a difficult time exchanging materials with each other because there was no place to conveniently do so. The forum would serve as a way to bring schools and educators together around shared content. Teachers within our established network could post and answer questions in addition to sharing materials.

On the technical side of things, they refined our platform’s architecture to be more efficient. We’d been running into compatibility issues because we’d tied in so many different services through various APIs. 

The team updated the APIs and built a QA process that allowed us to perform more rigorous tests on different areas of our codebase. They’re currently patching up issues and mitigating technical debt in our systems. They primarily work using Django, Python, Heroku, and AWS.

What is the team composition? 

David (CEO, Goji Labs) is our main point of contact, but I’ve also interacted with two committed developers. We go through different sprints depending on our needs. 

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

Our original developer had actually referred us to David.

How much have you invested with them?

At this point, it's been about $26,000, and we're about to embark on another $8,000 sprint.

What is the status of this engagement?

We first started the engagement in February 2018, and it's ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re trying to build an international network of educators, which simply isn’t possible without having a good technical foundation. In that sense, Goji Labs has really been an essential piece of the puzzle.

Their team has pushed our product past the initial MVP stage, helping us identify and meet our core needs. They’ve done everything from designing the interface to deploying new features, and we haven’t had any hiccups from their work.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

David is great on both a professional and personal level. Not only is he super friendly, but we’re also able to communicate smoothly. 

Sometimes when you speak to someone, there’s a gap in understanding between you and the other person. But David got our needs right away. He asks the right questions and pushes back when something isn’t feasible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The times that they’ve said “no” to me have been important moments. It’s easy to go beyond the scope of work when embarking on a project like this. However, David has kept us focused so that we don’t lose sight of our core goals. He’s realistic about our deliverables and helps us prioritize work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’ve been really satisfied with their work. We haven’t had any major hiccups or delays.

  

5.0
Overall Score There really hasn't been an issue.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It’s been pretty easy since we’re only doing roughly two-week sprints on a fixed budget. They’re not going past our set deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’m confident about the value that I’m getting for my money. Even though I’m pay a bit more, I know that I’m getting a better product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The software works well and was delivered right on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Database Development for Medical Startup

 “We appreciated their level of transparency throughout the entirety of the project.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Aug. 2019
Project summary: 

Dedicating a developer to the undertaking, Goji Labs took charge of a database migration from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. They also made upgrades to the existing Ruby on Rails framework.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CEO, Medical Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Even in the immediate term, the system is functioning much more efficiently on the front- and backend. Both the response and page load times have decreased since the migration. The lead developer kept in regular contact, explaining his technical processes and keeping everyone in the loop.

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 company that provides continuing education certification courses for healthcare professionals on our platform. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

For the first time in five years, we wanted a major upgrade of our databases, hoping to migrate to PostgreSQL. We also wanted to replace our existing contracted developers for smaller projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our custom web app was previously built in a MongoDB environment, which was great for a startup. However, we ran into issues when we began to scale our company. Goji Labs came on to migrate us to a PostgreSQL relational database system and upgrade our existing Ruby on Rails framework. Aside from that main project, they provide ongoing maintenance and jQuery work. 

What is the team composition?

For about the vast majority of the project, I worked with one developer. There was one other professional on their end that helped with some of the initial set up.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I was looking for a local, Los Angeles-based partner that was familiar with Ruby on Rails. After reading some of their reviews of Clutch and making sure they had the right experience for our team, I decided to hire them. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from April–August 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since partnering with them, our page load times and database response times have drastically improved. That benefited us both internally on the backend and with our users on the frontend almost immediately.

Anecdotally, the system is allowing us to operate much more efficiently, and bugs we’ve been dealing with for years have been fixed with the migration. 

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

The lead developer managed the project excellently across the board, keeping us up to date on his progress. He provided further explanations on his technical processes, which was helpful in my effort to fully grasp everything. That and the ease of communication really stood out. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

We appreciated their level of transparency throughout the entirety of the project. Their response time has also been a refreshing aspect of the collaboration. They’ve done a great job of delivering the solutions we needed to scale our business in the future.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing that immediately comes to mind. Any small problems we dealt with in the beginning were solved.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Listen to their feedback and trust their recommendations. Additionally, make sure they have enough time to dive into your existing code before starting up.

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

Website Development for Health and Wellness Company

"They made sure they were communicating clearly with our non-tech team to give us the exact UX we wanted.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2018 - Aug. 2019
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a custom WordPress site from scratch, implementing a native video player, a thorough recipe index, and an online shop that links to several external vendors.

The Reviewer
 
2-9 Employees
 
Texas
Cassy Garcia
Founder, Fed & Fit, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since launching the new website, user traffic and average time spent on pages have increased. The team delivered high-quality designs that primed them for future success with the client and others. They were attentive, responsive, and available throughout the effort.

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 owner and founder of Fed & Fit, an online editorial platform. We started off as a wellness blog, growing into a real health and wellness resource over time. Our company has two published books, an online program, a social media presence, and an upcoming YouTube series. We publish new content every week.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We wanted to rebrand and rebuild our website. It’s been about five years since I’ve redone the site, and that’s the main storefront of our business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked closely with the Goji Labs team to develop a custom WordPress website from scratch. With their designer, we decided on an entirely new visual layout and content verticles. They also helped us through the wireframing process, so we were able to flesh out those concepts together. Then, they built the site, customizing the backend of the CMS for our needs.

They handled three big overhauls in the development process: our video page, recipe index, and online shop. At that point, we had wanted a native video player on our site for quite some time. Goji Labs enabled us to host videos on our own site instead of having to rely on YouTube.

Secondly, the team fleshed out our very thorough recipe index, building out requested layers to make the final tool as interactive as possible. 

Finally, they handled our online shop. Since we aren’t an e-commerce platform, they helped us build an interface that allowed users to explore products from other sites. If they click on one of the products, they will be redirected to the retailer. 

What is the team composition?

Our main point of contact was David. We also worked with a designer and were recently introduced to our point person for hosting.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I hired a trusted industry leader for a brand boot camp to get a bird’s eye perspective on how to grow my company. She previously helped us revolutionize our content and verticles. During the session, she recommended David because of her positive work experience with him. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $50,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together started in September 2018, and the new site launched in September 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s still a little too early to determine their impact at this point. However, our traffic and engagement raised after the site launched. Users were also staying on our pages longer, as a result of the new design. The quality of work the team provided was great. David was very hands-on. We learned a lot over the course of our project, and Goji Labs is primed to excel with similar projects.  

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They did an excellent job of making themselves available to us. David relied heavily on phone calls and email updates for communication. He liked getting all the parties together on the phone.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was most impressed by the wireframing process and the care Goji Labs took in coordinating that phase. Some development shops I’ve worked with have moved too fast. I don’t understand all the complexities of web development, so that can be a problem. They made sure they were communicating clearly with our non-tech team to give us the exact UX we wanted. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

We started implementing an issue tracker to keep everyone on the same page when bugs pop up. It was reliant on all parties logging into the site and manually entering feedback, though. I’ve relayed that to him and we’ve already improved upon it.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Prioritize your dream features for your website and communicate them to David. He’ll work with you to price out each component. In my case, that really helped me figure out what functionalities I wanted to invest in and when. 

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

App Development for Social Interaction Platform

“Our engagement with Goji Labs was a very personable and positive development experience.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - 2016
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a native iOS app for a social interaction platform with location-based functionality. Their team was involved in the process from start to finish.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Greater Los Angeles Area, California
CEO, Mobile Application
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app received positive internal feedback and had all necessary functionality. Goji Labs' small size allows them to make abstract ideas into reality. Their team is responsive, flexible, and willing to go above and beyond to deliver quality results.

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 was the CEO of a mobile application company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We needed help with development and production on the tech side.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji Labs was heavily involved in the project from the beginning, building our native iOS app from scratch. Their team also advised on the feasibility of the concept, which was a social interaction platform based on geographical proximity. The app would show you which of your friends were physically close to each other and would allow friends to share photos and videos with each other. Goji Labs helped us shape the app and bring it in for landing.

What is the team composition?

I worked directly with David (Product Strategist, Goji Labs). While they had a team doing a lot of the development work, David was my main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I actually came across Goji Labs through a recommendation on Reddit. Around the same time, my partner had received the same recommendation from a friend. We figured they were a good option because we both independently received a referral for them. 

How much have you invested with them?

We invested at least $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement with Goji Labs ran from 2015–2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We weren’t able to scale the way we wanted, but Goji Labs did excellent work. The app worked exactly how we hoped it would. Their team was incredibly efficient. They aren’t a huge firm but did a great job within their scale. I couldn’t ask for anything better.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

I never had any issues with their project management skills. We were frequently in their office, talking on the phone, or communicating through email constantly. Goji Labs was always very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our engagement with Goji Labs was a very personable and positive development experience. David was super responsive and upbeat throughout the whole process. He’s an incredibly smart guy and anytime he didn’t know how to do something, he was very quick to teach himself or figure it out.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Things didn’t work out exactly how we wanted them to, but that had to do more with our team’s side. Goji Labs did a great job and I was happy with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Goji Labs is a perfect first stop for someone who is trying to get a project off the ground. They’re not a huge firm but they can take a very abstract idea and make it real, which is exactly what we were looking for.

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

Dashboard Development Support for Design Studio

“Our work together is frictionless.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs is developing a custom dashboard that allows users to track and manage shipments. They are building the dashboard’s backend and implementing UI/UX designs provided by internal stakeholders.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Ruba Tadros
Co-Founder, Monolith Collective
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Despite the complexity of this custom development project, Goji Labs has excelled at managing expectations and creating a functional, user-friendly product. Their thorough, organized nature complements their professional management process. Customers can expect a personable, talented 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 co-founder of Monolith Collective, a design studio that primarily does branding and frontend design.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We had the opportunity to design and develop a unique shipment-tracking dashboard for our trucking and shipping client; although we were capable of executing the UI/UX design, we needed development support.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Using our UI/UX designs, Goji Labs is developing a highly customizable dashboard. Multiple users can access the dashboard, and everyone has defined permissions. The dashboard enables team members to track different loads, confirm what is on the load, and apply their specific internal numbering system to it.

What is the team composition?

When we were scouting companies to work with, we were in contact with Adam (CTO, Goji Labs). Now, we primarily communicate with David (Product Strategist, Goji Labs), who oversees a team of developers.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

We interviewed a couple of different development companies for this project. We knew of Goji Labs because we’d utilized the same co-working space a few years ago, so we invited David to bid on the project.

My company ultimately chose Goji Labs because they had experience developing custom platforms and seemed very thorough and organized. The due diligence that they did upfront made them stand out. Goji Labs took it upon themselves to garner a good understanding of the project, and then they presented a very detailed overview of what the project would entail, the timeline and budget, etc. This upfront work made us feel confident that Goji Labs was a team that could execute this complex project with lots of customization features.   

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we will spend $160,000–$175,000. We’ve paid a little less than half of that so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together began in April 2018, and it’s ongoing. Because it’s such a sophisticated platform, this is a longer project, but we should be able to start doing testing on our own soon.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The dashboard is functional and true to design, which is essential for us as a design company. Goji Labs helped break down the project’s complexities and create a digestible, user-friendly product, bringing our client’s idea to life. We’re very pleased with the progress Goji Labs has made so far.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

David is our project lead and main point of contact; rather than having to interface with multiple layers of developers, we work directly with him, which has made the process seamless. They’re incredibly organized, and the platform that they use to manage the project is great. We have weekly check-ins, for which David ensures everyone is available and creates the calendar invite. During our check-ins, we see live demonstrations of the dashboard. Our work together is frictionless.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Goji Labs’ team is friendly, which is an important but often overlooked aspect. They’re personable and want to do great work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there aren’t.

Any advice for potential customers?

Be open to their process instead of trying to force your own. They’ve found a great formula of what works and what doesn’t, not just in terms of development but also client relations.

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

Web App Dev for Micro-Funding Platform

“Goji Labs goes the extra mile to ensure they deliver on what they promise.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a web app. They built and connected the screens and configured the database. Now, they provide updates and do smaller projects to continue enhancing the app.

The Reviewer
 
2-9 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Jeff Sesol
President & CEO, DoADollar
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders praise Goji Labs’ ability to manage the project and satisfy requirements. Responsive and reliable, the team often outpaces time estimates. They take ownership of their work; customers can expect an insightful partner that offers constructive commentary.

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 president and CEO of DoADollar, a micro-funding initiative. We make donating to nonprofits simple by encouraging people to give a dollar and to then share that act on their social media pages, so that a one-dollar donation can turn into thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We needed help developing a web app. We are confident that our initiative will be successful, so the challenge lies in creating an app that can scale to millions of users.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji Labs developed our web app. They worked in conjunction with another company that designed the app and provided an analysis of what we wanted to do. Goji Labs built the app’s screens and connected them. They also configured the database.

They continue to make changes and pursue smaller projects to enhance the product.

What is the team composition?

David (Product Strategist, Goji Labs) is our main point of contact. We’ve also engaged with two other programmers.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

We found Goji Labs through the agency that designed our web app. When I interviewed David, he was extremely thorough in explaining the process, and he had all of the right answers to my questions. I was satisfied with the process they were going to take. David also assured me that they could develop a sufficiently scalable app.

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together began in October 2018, and it is ongoing. I don’t plan on ending our engagement anytime soon; I want Goji Labs to be there when the app takes off.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Goji Labs delivers what they say they can deliver. They’ve been spot on with everything they’ve done. We only launched the app a month ago, so we don’t have metrics yet.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

David laid out the whole project and timeframes before they started working. In some cases, they outpaced the deadlines they set. Goji Labs goes the extra mile to ensure they deliver on what they promise. Whenever we have a problem or are concerned about something, David is extremely responsive. We communicate via WhatsApp and text, and we have weekly phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I have a technical background and have been involved in big projects, so I was very impressed by how well David walked us through the development process, such as how the screens would connect and what the database would look like. David is understanding and professional, and he excels at managing the project. He’s also willing to push back and give constructive criticism. Many developers I’ve worked with conform to the client’s wishes and ideas, but David owns his work and will speak up if he doesn’t think something is in the app’s best interest.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’m very happy with them.

Any advice for potential customers?

If you want a developer that is invested in your project—that won’t just do what you tell them to—then Goji Labs is your team.

5.0
Overall Score It’s been very enjoyable.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Goji Labs LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
California
ID
201419510168
Date of Formation
Jul 10, 2014
Last Updated
Apr 26, 2019
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Jul 22, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
30
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
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