We Got Your App

At Grio, we believe the best apps are developed through collaboration. We work closely with your team to understand your product vision, select the best technology to meet your users’ needs, and develop complete, streamlined solutions.

Over the past ten years, we’ve built large, small, and in-between web apps for hundreds of companies. Our team’s technical expertise includes React, Angular, Vue, Javascript, Node, Ruby on Rails, Elixir, Java, and much more.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • 625 Market Street 6th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    United States
other locations
  • Varsovia 36
    Mexico City, DIF 06600
    Mexico

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Rivals.com

 

  • Fitbit

 

  • Texture

 

  • Neustar

 

  • Capital One

Reviews

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Web App Development for Sports Media Company Subsidiary

“Their adaptability and attention to detail helped make our product the best it can be.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Grio rebuilt and redesigned an existing web subscription service. They optimized payment and tiered access, added third-party integrations, and continue to develop updates.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Sunnyvale, California
Sr. Director of Product & Engineering, Sports Media Subsidiary
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Grio’s team successfully revamped a languishing product by improving platform stability. They communicate well and readily adapt to changes throughout a project. They excel with multiple technologies and are willing to learn new ones in order to deliver the best possible product.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior director of product and engineering for a sports media subsidiary. I handle all of our product design and engineering operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grio?

We were dealing with a unique product that uses a subscription model and it wasn’t well-known inside the company. We hired Grio to help us revitalize the product and make it more marketable.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They rebuilt and redesigned our web platform. Now that the product is launched, they also occasionally do operations for us in addition to rolling out bi-monthly updates and improvements.

They rebuilt the site using Ruby on Rails. Underneath that, we also rely on a number of cloud-based technologies, including Amazon web service capabilities like EC2, RDS (database services), and Redis, which helps with site speed. We also use a number of third-party tool integrations, as well as a modified off-the-shelf software that uses MYSQL and Linux.

Our product’s key feature is premium subscription services, so Grio helped us with critical payment technology integration, as well as the ability to create different tiers of user access based on subscription level. In addition to the web platform, they’ve also developed a mobile app for Android and iOS. In that case, we provided a general outline and let Grio’s design team run with that. They developed multiple options for us to choose from.

What is the team composition?

We have about a dozen people working on our project.

How did you come to work with Grio?

Their name came up when we asked for referrals. I initially met with their president to discuss the project and negotiate the cost.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2015 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve successfully turned things around. Prior to the redesign, this product had been on the market for several years and had been languishing with instability issues. Since we’re dealing with sports, there’s a seasonal traffic pattern, so we’ll have major spikes for just one or two days at certain times of year. The new platform is highly reliable and designed to handle these changes, even as we’ve continued to scale up.

How did Grio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team’s remained pretty consistent over the years, which is different from my previous experience with contractors. They adapt well to changes and take ownership over projects, going to great lengths to understand what’s best for the product and offering suggestions about how to improve our process. I also appreciate that they’ve adapted to using the project management tools I’m already familiar with, including Google apps, Jira, and Pivotal Tracker. For day-to-day needs, we communicate via phone, Slack, or email, and I’ll also visit their office occasionally.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their adaptability and attention to detail helped make our product the best it can be. They’re very skilled and willing to learn new technologies if there are specific integrations we want to add.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could do a little better on planning and estimating how long projects take so that we can predict product releases with more stability, but that’s a minor issue.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re not like a typical contractor, so involve them fully in your process. They’ll put a lot of effort into it, whether you need design, implementation, or operations.

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

Custom Software Development for Medical Device Company

"Excellent project management and communications make them feel like an extension of our team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jul. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Grio has developed a web application that enables remote data access. The team created a database on Rails, and coded in React and Node.js. They continue to make improvements.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Mountain View, California
CTO, Medical Device Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has received positive user feedback for its convenience and intuitive UI design. They’re great problem solvers with a unique willingness to address new challenges. Clear communication, effective sprint workflows, and quick iterations benefit the collaboration between teams.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO for a medical device startup that works on electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, which doctors use to capture brain waves and diagnose disorders like seizures.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Grio?

Our device streams EEG data from the patient bedside to a cloud server, which enables the neurologist to review patient information remotely. Grio has been helping us to build the remote reviewing site.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The built a web app using React for the frontend and Node.js and Ruby on Rails for the backend.

What is the team composition?

The team includes a project manager and two engineers at any given time; over the course of the project we’ve worked with about six different engineers as well as designers, and the co-founder and president of Grio has also been closely involved in the project

How did you come to work with Grio?

A former colleague referred them. After evaluating a few different companies, we were confident in Grio’s experience and ability to deliver because their portfolio included both large and small projects spanning a wide scope of applications. That comfort level was important because we were building a solution that would involve unique challenges and require the development of new technology.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2016 and the partnership is ongoing. We already have customers and FDA clearance for our system, but continue to work with Grio on improvements and refinements.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Although it’s a challenging project, we continue to get overwhelmingly positive user feedback. Doctors enjoy the remote access and intuitive UI, which enables them to provide better and more responsive care to their patients.

How did Grio perform from a project management standpoint?

Excellent project management and communications make them feel like an extension of our team. Our project manager leads weekly sprint meetings by videoconference to review issues and upcoming work. Since Grio is local, we also meet in-person as needed. We communicate on a daily basis via Slack and phone. For project management, we use Jira, Google docs, and GitHub.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team’s willingness to take on new challenges distinguishes them from other development vendors that only specialize in specific technologies or types of applications. Their approach to problem-solving also stands outs.

Any advice for potential customers?

The partnership is successful because we stay closely involved in the process and iterate quickly with the Grio team. Our project is not like anything else that has been done before, so being keeping a constantly open line of communication between our teams helped us to quickly address challenges as they arose.

5.0
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