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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

Reviews

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WordPress Web Dev for Technology Nonprofit

"I valued their willingness to adapt to our needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a WordPress website to update an online presence for a technology nonprofit. Using Figma, they designed the platform. The team integrated various plugins and built a custom template.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Advocacy & Communications Manager, Technology Nonprofit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs delivered a superior website that accurately represented the updated brand identity and received positive feedback from internal stakeholders. They regularly provided updates to support transparency and prevent unexpected added costs. Their flexibility ensured 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 advocacy and communications manager for a technology nonprofit.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We wanted to launch a new website because our existing one was 7–8 years old. Our organization evolved over those years, but the website didn’t evolve with us. The content and infrastructure were poorly built.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji built our new website on WordPress. They created a Figma file with the platform’s design and modules. Their team created the overall design and highlighted the modules present on the website for us to reuse as we continue to evolve. Another major deliverable was the website itself. Their team included a few engineers who created a new template for us.

What is the team composition?

I know three people from Goji worked on this project. I interacted with David (Product Strategist), a UI/UX designer, and a project manager. They also collaborated with two other people who I didn’t meet.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I actually found them on Clutch. I read their reviews and assessed their star ratings. As a nonprofit, we had a budget on the lower end. Based on those parameters, Goji stood out to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested between $40,000–$50,000 in their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement officially kicked off in February 2020, and they met all of their deliverables. However, we’re still engaging with them as we wrap up on our end.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our goal was to create a new website that captured our identity. At the end of the design phase, I pitched their deliverables internally. Everyone felt that their design captured our new identity. We also shared the website with a few internal stakeholders who were satisfied too.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Goji had a process and stuck by it. They dedicated a project manager who organized their team and kept up to date with assignments between meetings. Goji was communicative about the project timeline. If the design phase veered outside of the scope, their team let us know because it could cost more money.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I valued their willingness to adapt to our needs. We made changes, and their team was flexible with us. We wanted to play around with the design, and they allowed us to explore ideas before committing to them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, it was overall a great experience.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Set internal goals and be transparent with Goji. Try to make sure that you’ll meet your organizational vision.

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

Custom CRM Build for Educational Nonprofit

“Goji Labs has really knocked it out of the park”

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

Goji Labs developed a custom CMS for a nonprofit organization.  The platform tracks student engagement and enrollment for over 2100 students.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Tucson, Arizona
Daniela Figueroa
Director of Programs, Youth On Their Own (YOTO)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs delivered a user-friendly and effective solution work under a tight timeline. Committed to delivering a quality product, they delivered above and beyond what was expected from them. They stood out from other providers by communicating effectively.

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 work for Youth On Their Own in Tucson, Arizona. We are a nonprofit organization that strives to help young people experiencing homelessness to graduate high school. We do that by providing financial assistance. Students earn monthly stipend based on grades and attendance, and then we provide basic needs items, hygiene items, clothing, and others. We provide guidance and connect these students to community resources and post-secondary planning, and to help them figure out what they are going to do after they graduate high school and among many other things.

I am the director of programs. My role is to oversee 16 people who do all of the day to day program, direct service, data entry, and all of that.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We needed to have a whole new client management system. We worked with two other developers that didn’t work out before finding Goji Labs. The first developer used Microsoft Access, but it wasn’t user friendly or cost-effective.  The second tried a web-based platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We track everything such as what services we give out, how many times we engage with students and what that engagement was like, and enrolling students in our program. We also have volunteers at each of the schools we serve, and they have a part in the enrollment process.

We review and they review, and then we enroll based on all that information or not. We found ourselves in quite a complex enrollment system in addition to the typical case management stuff like case noting and tracking. The enrollment process wasn’t a straightforward, so off the shelf wasn’t going to really help us.

We had planned on having a whole year of development time, and about halfway through the year in December, our second partnership wasn’t working, and we had to make some decisions.

We started looking for developers to build the system in half the time we had anticipated. It was a short and tight timeline to build a lot of functionality in this client management system.

We serve about 2100 students each year and about 120 school liaisons engage with us in addition to our 16 staff. It wasn’t a small system.

What is the team composition?

I worked with David (CEO), and he worked with us directly for most of the time. There were a couple of developers that joined in on our check-in calls, but David helped us really navigate this whole thing, and has been continuing to meet now with one of our staff who is our point on the project.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I found Goji Labs via a Google search and found them on Clutch. We initially searched locally, but we weren’t finding many local developers that could do what we wanted. We talked to a couple of Phoenix businesses and a couple in California. We threw it out there for a few companies to put in proposals for our project.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent about $180,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

It began in February 2020. We had a launch date for August 1st, and we fully launched. We are now doing tweaking and are finishing a couple of projects. We see a long-term partnership with Goji Labs because there are some projects we have planned out over the next four years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We did have a really tight timeline. We had to launch by August 1st because we operate under the school calendar. It was a really tight timeline and this was a huge project. We have a lot of things we track. We give out over 50,000 pounds of basic needs items a year and with 2100 students, it can mean a ton of phone calls that we have to track and a ton of services. They really were amazing. They hit the timeline no problem, and the system is so much better than what we had with Access. We are nonprofit and we have had to make do with what we have, and I think they really helped us streamline some processes which has saved staff time. The amount of data entry that we do is time-consuming, and they really helped us to minimize that and make our processes make a little more sense.

Another thing that was really fruitful is how great they have been with throwing in things that they haven’t necessarily charged us for. They recognize that we are a nonprofit and they have been willing to work with us on a budget, and I think they have built a lot more functionality than what we have paid for.

They allowed us to have all of our files digitally. We have been very paper-heavy in our program for a long time and it actually benefited us tremendously because when COVID-19 hit, it completely changed our service model because we are so in-person, school-based, and paper-heavy, and with all of us are working from home, it was really nice that they had thrown that in. We had this way to track all the things online instead which has been tremendously helpful and useful. We haven’t had to scramble to build that post. That has been pretty amazing.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Really great communication and attention to what we do, and actually care for were two very important things that we were looking for. Goji Labs has really knocked it out of the park.

They are super communicative. David met with our staff who are working on this project one to three times a week when we were getting close to launch, and now they meet once a week. I talk to him at a minimum once a month and there is a ton of email communication. I definitely think they are awesome communicators. When I have questions about billing or budget, I don’t hesitate to ask David. He is really transparent about where the cost is coming from and it has been really nice to work with developers who have that care. They really listen to us. I think our system is definitely reflective of our needs and so far, it has been working really great.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They showed an extra level of care. They built a really great system for us. I think it is really user friendly. We work with people who are 12 years old, all the way to people who volunteer for us that might be of retirement age or older with completely different levels of computer literacy. It has been really great that the system is super approachable to all of these different stakeholders which is really awesome. They have generally done a great job of that too.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They use a system called Figma to outline all of the wireframes which is really helpful because it’s visual, but a bit of learning on how to use that tool would be helpful and the only thing that comes to mind. Other than that, we did okay with Figma, but it was just a learning curve because we had never used it before.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Definitely let go of the old way of doing things.We can get so into doing things a certain way because we really want to help students and just having a little bit of a more open mind is really helpful. Goji Labs was really helpful through that, but we could have maybe just been a little more open to ideas. We did get there, but we had a little PTSD from our last developers. It is okay to let an old system go. We had spent money on three systems in the last five years or so which gets costly, but in the long run, holding onto a crappy system is going to cost the organization more. Really committing to spending the money is worth it, but it is definitely going to cost money to build a really great system that is going to be long-lasting.

People should really communicate what their needs are and not be afraid to ask all the questions. Goji Labs was super responsive and receptive to what we had to say and what we had to ask. There was no question that was off the table and that was really helpful.

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

MVP Design & Dev for Small Business Marketplace

"Their team quickly evolved from our external development team to our partner."

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

Goji Labs advanced the designs of an MVP for an online B2B matchmaking platform. They then developed the platform on a WordPress framework and integrated custom features. They host and maintain the product.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
New Westminster, Canada
Paul Newton
COO, Otonomy Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A valuable partner, Goji Labs produces excellent deliverables that facilitate the client’s success. The team’s thoughtfulness and attentiveness foster seamless collaboration. With a deep understanding of the business’s goals, they provide valuable insights to encourage product improvements.

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 COO of a company called Otonomy Solutions. We’re an online matchmaking platform for buyers and sellers of small businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We had an initial concept and designs but needed a partner to enhance the designs and then build an MVP. We needed to develop an MVP cost-efficiently.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji partnered with another agency to sharpen and finalize the UX/UI designs for the product. To keep the proof of concept affordable and efficient, Goji used WordPress as the framework then added custom code where WordPress was lacking.  They created a staging and production environment and now host and maintain the platform.

What is the team composition?

We directly work with David (Product Strategist) and a project manager. They communicate with their development team.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

We interviewed multiple development shops in North America and Europe. Goji wasn’t the cheapest option but from the first conversation, they understood and spoke to our business goals. We found that compelling enough to go with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $65,000 on the project so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the partnership in May 2019, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of their work’s high. Our company’s two founders have technical backgrounds, so we perform extensive QA on the site. We participate in not only the design but also the validation process. Goji returns high-quality products. The reason we’ve been as successful as we’ve been is because of our relationship with Goji.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We have an open Slack channel where we frequently communicate. We also meet every week on Thursday. We discuss ideas together, and they come up with better solutions or ways to address our market. To track issues and budget items, we use Google Docs. Their team’s responsive.

Through no fault of Goji’s, we missed dates due to design changes or scope creep. Their team brings us back into alignment and keeps us on track.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team quickly evolved from our external development team to our partner. When it comes to the product, we can have serious and frank conversations. Their team’s willing to have hard conversations with us for the betterment of the company and the project. That’s refreshing.

At the same time, we also have a friendship. It’s easy to talk with their team. We actually enjoy our meetings. When it comes down to business, they focus on where we need to focus.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are challenges in every development project. If I could go back in time, I would improve the bug tracking processes. As far as the relationship with Goji, we haven’t had any challenges. It’s been excellent.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Bring them into the business decision process. If you only want a development team to complete tasks, you’d waste Goji’s potential. If you allow them into business strategy conversations, they will see insights into how they can make the product better to achieve your goals.

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

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
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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
33
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
September 14, 2020