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Our core belief is that no great venture should be held back by tehcnical execution. Translating our mission into action, we've built Goji Labs to be a boutique software consultancy that helps our partners launch new initiatives and grow existing products while focusing on risk mitigation. 

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 800 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    United States
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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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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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Web and Mobile Dev for Money Transfer Tool

“Our product wouldn’t exist without them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2014 - Dec. 2016
Project summary: 

Goji Labs worked on the development of a web tool’s MVP. They built the product from scratch, focusing on developing its functionality through several iterations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Gillig
Co-Founder, RemitRight, Inc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The long development process was handled exceptionally and professionally by Goji Labs, who contributed many ideas and suggestions that made it a success. The team is comprised of excellent communicators, easy to work with people, and resourceful project managers.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of RemitRight, Inc., a comparison tool for international money transfers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Goji Labs?

We hired them to build our MVP, and they later became our lead developers.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed to launch a web and mobile comparison tool that could extract real-time data from remittances companies, process and store that data, and then display it through an online portal for consumers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We interviewed and worked with several different development consultants in the early stages of our product. We initially hired Goji for one of these small projects and were immensely impressed with their knowledge, intelligence, and problem-solving. They’re also terrific people and great communicators, which made it an easy choice to move onto larger-scale projects.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They built the comparison engine from scratch and managed its functionality. It went through many iterations and concepts during the process. It was long and painstaking, but Goji consistently produced superb results.

What was the team composition?

We worked with closely Adam (CTO, Goji Labs) and David (Co-Founder & Product Manager, Goji Labs).

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’re our lead developer and our product wouldn’t exist without them. They contributed more ideas and solutions than I can list here and were an essential, driving force behind the project.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Over more than two years, we had hundreds of hours of project management with them. We were always on the same page about the status of the project and our agreed upon milestones. They’re excellent communicators, which can be difficult to find with developers. They were consistently professional, prepared, and extremely effective as project managers.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They have the whole package: doing terrific work at a high technical level with professionalism and class. They’re also great people and are fun to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. I would recommend them to anyone and have done so on many occasions.

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

Development for Early Education Software Platform

“Goji Labs is one of the best development houses in the nation, if not the world.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2016 - Feb. 2017
Project summary: 

Goji Labs developed a scalable framework for an automated childcare management web app. The foundational code was built with Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, Lua, and cache-only memory architecture (COMA).

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Long Beach, California
Scott Wayman
Founder & CEO, Kangarootime
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs built a solid foundation with the capacity to support the data-heavy software for years. Their team provided transformative design ideas and actualized their concepts with impeccable code. Celebrated for their technical abilities, their management skills are equally impressive.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and CEO of Kangarootime, a software platform for early education schools and childcare centers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

We engaged with Goji Labs to establish our position in the e-learning market, we needed to build a sizable platform. We hired Goji Labs to support us since we didn’t have the resources to complete the project in-house.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Goji Labs helped us develop an automated classroom system that allows teachers to track attendance and other point-of-care responsibilities. After sending them a few wireframes, they initiated the project’s exhaustive scoping exercise.

The team’s specific role was to build the entire framework for our digital rooms, which our engineers would use as a foundation. They used an eclectic mix of programming tools, including Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, Lua, and COMA. The platform’s scalable infrastructure was also a product of their labor.

What is the team composition?

The preliminary work only required one designer, but they assigned two developers to assist us during the height of the project.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

We were referred to them by a contact who had success working with them in the past.

How much have you invested with them?

Our expenses were close to $70,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working on this project in July 2016 and concluded it in February 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The virtual classroom is the driving force of our platform, and we would not have been able to accomplish it without the help of Goji Labs. Their exceptionally clean and organized code served as a solid foundation for us to build on. Additionally, there were many vital functions that we didn’t consider until their remarkable team made a suggestion.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They were phenomenal at guiding us through the implementation process. It always seemed as if they were ahead of schedule. Their team integrated with all of our systems, which made communication fast and simple. Slack was our main channel of communication, but we also had frequent phone calls and in-office meetings. We never had an issue getting in contact with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Goji Labs is one of the best development houses in the nation, if not the world. Beyond contributing extraordinary code, their team offers a genuine partnership that is hard to find.

Are there any areas they could improve?

When working with development agencies in the past, there was always a discrepancy with the structure of the agreement after the initial scope was completed. Fortunately, we did not have this issue with Goji Labs.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Every company in need of an outsourced developer should contact Goji Labs immediately.

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 App Consultation and Dev for Media Firm

“The level of expertise and consultation that they brought to the development process was incredible.”

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

Goji Labs served as a development and consulting partner for a set of customer-facing apps. The product is a centralized data/analytics hub that facilitates the customer workflow process.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Calgary, Canada
JD Gagnon
Founder & Managing Director, Scotch & Ramen Media, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

From their initial involvement, Goji Labs demonstrated a clear, in-depth understanding of the goals and provided a comprehensive roadmap to the engagement. Their detailed project management and technical expertise were key in creating a tailor-made competitive product.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and managing director of a multinational media firm called Scotch & Ramen Media, Inc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Goji Labs?

We were looking to create custom software apps to enhance our client workflow processes. We wanted an all-in-one hub for aggregate reporting and analytics, media collaboration, and client onboarding and processing across functional departments.

What were your goals for this project?

We were looking for a partner who could help ideate the solution rather than just handle the development. Our objective was to have a client-facing app that was simple and intuitive for the end user. It needed to have real-time data aggregation and be dynamic enough to adapt to client specifics.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Without a doubt, Goji Labs conveyed a level of expertise right from the start, presenting the most well-planned and prepared proposal. The team worked towards a collaborative understanding of our desired product and presented a roadmap that was easy to understand yet highly descriptive in terms of end results and deliverables.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Goji Labs built a set of client-facing apps to streamline analytics reporting and media collaboration. They worked with us through the entire ideation process, helping to clearly define the end product in its entirety as a concept. They then moved through wireframes, prototyping and design, UX, workable mock-ups, and multiple levels of testing before completing the final development and release.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a team lead and relationship manager through the entire process. As the project progressed, they brought in members from different departments, including design, UX, and development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were looking to offer something that hadn’t been done before, and the end product has really taken our client services to a new level that isn’t experienced elsewhere in our industry.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Right from the initial engagement, Goji put a lot of emphasis on the management processes. We were incredibly pleased with how they moved us through each aspect of the project while keeping us involved through an intentional and efficient feedback process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The level of expertise and consultation that they brought to the development process was incredible.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not at all. We would use Goji and the team again in a heartbeat.

5.0
Overall Score It was an absolutely exceptional experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The scheduling was very accommodating. We have a busy, dispersed team, and Goji always found a way to make the schedules work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For the product we received, their pricing was spot on. We wanted a premium product and were looking for an exceptional team to create it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exceptionally high quality from beginning to end.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have already referred Goji and would not hesitate to do so again.

Mobile App Development for Startup

"Their thoughtful input changed our product for the better."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Goji Labs built a mobile photography app. The project included discovery, wireframe and UI design, and backend development. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Venice, California
Charlie Mason
President & CTO, Heavy Lifting, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app successfully ran complex algorithms and tracked user locations.  Goji Labs was reliably communicative and accessible. Their prompt responses, creative ideas, and clever input made the development process smooth. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Our company developed a mobile app for photography. I was the president and CTO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Goji Labs?

Goji Labs served as our IT department for this project.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to build a mobile photography app that combined ease of use with location-based features that incentivized users to meet offline. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We selected Goji Labs because of a recommendation from an associate.

Describe the project in detail.

We hired Goji Labs to develop the mobile app. Their work included discovery, wireframing, UI design, and backend coding.

What was the team composition?

We worked with the two principals at Goji Labs, who interfaced with engineers and developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

With the help of Goji Labs, we built a functional, stable product. It's a relatively complex app that uses unique algorithms to find user locations and trigger actions.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

They were always reachable, easy to communicate with, and available for in-person meetings as needed. They responded to voice calls and text messages instantly.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Goji Labs became a member of our team by contributing creatively, not just technically, to our project. Their thoughtful input changed our product for the better. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

Due to the distributed nature of their engineering team, some deliveries took longer than we preferred. That's typical, but it's the only area I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score This is based on my overall experience with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I never had an issue with availability or scheduling.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Considering the effort made and work done outside billable hours, the value was great.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work always functioned as needed or was quickly remedied.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Mobile App Development for Time Management Platform

“The product experience, the timing, and the price were impressive.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using Swift, Goji Labs developed and consulted on a custom mobile application for iOS. They built the frontend and the backend, which is hosted on Heroku, and integrated Google Maps using APIs.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Santa Monica, California
Matt Walker
Founder, DayPoint
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Goji Labs successfully developed the complex app and made it available in the App Store, where it earns high user ratings. They impressed with their partnership and guidance in developing an app that proved to be more complicated than imagined. They continuously exceeded expectations.

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 DayPoint, a mobile application that helps people become more aware of how they spend their time and help them use it more consciously.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Goji Labs?

Our early-stage, self-funded company needed help to code and build our custom mobile app with sensitivity to our early-stage budget.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I initially reached out to them with simple, hand-sketched wireframes, which we used to develop the app’s architecture. They used Proto.io for wireframing.

I hired a separate designer that helped create the designs and digital format. Goji Labs helped bring those designs to life. The designer and I worked with them to refine the UX/UI. They did the full frontend and backend. The backend is hosted on Heroku.

The app passively captures how you spend your days at a macro level: at home, commuting, at the office, at the gym, etc. It automatically translates the data points into interactive visuals to show the proportion of time spent at these places or in these activities.

They used Swift to build the app for iOS. They helped me figure out the App Store compliance. Google Maps is API integrated into the app, and it connects with centers in the iOS for location services. It interfaces with the contacts feature to invite and message other people.

They help me maintain the product. We’re currently considering making some updates to it.

What is the team composition?

I work with David (Co-founder/Product Manager/Software Engineer, Goji Labs) and he plays a quarterback roll. I’ve interacted with 5–6 other people indirectly.

How did you come to work with Goji Labs?

I interviewed 7–8 dev shops, but I was frustrated that I couldn’t find anyone who would help me prioritize things. By chance, I met David at a tech event. I shared my frustration in finding a mobile developer with him. He asked for an opportunity to bid on it. It turned out to be an amazing coincidence. He immediately understood the situation and took a strong consultative approach in helping me pare down and prioritize the product features that I wanted. He helped me make the scope manageable.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application is live and 95% of reviewers gave it five stars in the App Store.

They went above and beyond in a lot of ways. The designer built the visual design of the screens, but there were formatting issues. Goji Labs went above and beyond and rectified those issues. They also went beyond the scope by adding animation to it, which enhances the app experience exponentially. It looks phenomenal. I am particularly impressed with how they made it work across several display sizes. I tried it on multiple iPhone sizes, and it looks great on all of them.

When I initially came up with the idea, I figured it would be simple since the iPhone knows where you are, and I thought we could just tap into that data. As we dug into it, we realized that the data that comes from iOS requires a lot of cleaning and standardizing, so we had to write algorithms to determine the person’s behaviors. It captures complicated outputs to differentiate between driving, stationary, biking, and walking, depending on speed. That was an extensive, complex endeavor, and they totally nailed it. I’m in awe of how accurate it is. I’m especially grateful for the amount of time and effort that they spent. The Goji Labs team is exceptionally creative and proactive in troubleshooting, which made all the difference. They’re my go-to group for mobile development efforts.

How did Goji Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management is excellent. They met the timing requirements and did an excellent job with communication. David responds quickly and communicates clearly. He takes the time to explain technical things and my options well. We used Slack, email, and Pivotal Tracker.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their consultative approach is most impressive. They have a partnership mentality and helped me make decisions. The product experience, the timing, and the price were impressive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I recommend engaging them earlier in the process versus later. By talking to them before all the screens were created by the designer, we were able to make changes and save a lot of time and headache.

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

API Integration & Plug-In Dev for WordPress Site

"They made sure that we were happy with the work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
August 2019
Project summary: 

Goji Labs designed and implemented a contact form plug-in on a WordPress site. The product leverages an external API to migrate data, and its design fits with the style of the original website.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Contracted Frontend Developer, Software Solution Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Responsive and personable, Goji Labs leveraged digital communication channels to manage the project effectively.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a contract front-end web developer for a company developing software solutions for HR and Finance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Goji Labs?

The company had an email form that needed to send the collected data to an API endpoint using the Wordpress platform.

What were your goals for this project?

Since I am unfamiliar with the technology and terminology, I was looking for someone who could guide me through the process as well as completing it.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended by a mutual friend and after an intro call I was comfortable that they could complete the project and it would fit in with their schedule. I did talk to a couple other companies but was happy with the communication from Goji labs.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They found a contact form plugin that could be extended to include API post information and configured with the details from the client to collect the necessary information needed as well as adding styling the form to match the rest of the site.

What was the team composition?

I communicated directly with David of Goji Labs on the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site just launched and is still in Beta mode so no information to share yet.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Project management was effectively arranged over email.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed with the communication and the personal touch. They made sure that we were happy with the work.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I would have liked an overview of the work completed and what was added for my own education but not sure if it would be necessary for other projects.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 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
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
26
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.9
Source
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LAST UPDATED
September 18, 2019