We make apps. Great ones!

Established in 2011, Guaraná Technologies is a top mobile app development agency based in Canada, with offices in Montréal and Toronto. Although we specialize in building native iOS and Android applications, building over 40 apps every year has equipped our talented team of engineers with in-depth expertise in many new technologies such as React Native, IoT, Beacons, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and tablets, among others.

 

We have built over 80 mobile apps that have acquired over 16 million users combined, and we have also been named one of the Top Application Development Agencies in Canada by Clutch for 3 years straight. We hold ourselves to our ranking by doing more than just developing smart, scalable apps, but also providing full mentoring and guidance for our clients throughout the development process.

 

From helping clients define the scope of the project to launching and maintaining the app, we take the time to understand what our clients trying to achieve and make sure they have everything they need to succeed.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Toronto, Canada
headquarters
  • 250 University Ave, Suite 200
    Toronto, ON M5H 3E5
    Canada
other locations
  • 4446 Boul Saint-Laurent, Suite 1000
    Montreal, QC H2W 1Z5
    Canada
  • 193 Rua Milton M. Wagner – Parque
    Campolim SP-18047-634
    Brazil

Portfolio

Key clients: 

STARTUPS // Raden, Evenflow, Life you Love, In the Mood, Howz the Bar, Numnu, KINETICOACH, Cadence, Carbon, among others.

LARGE COMPANIES // AirLiquide, Innovation Diagnostics, CCI France Canada, Uniodonto Sorocaba

 

 

 

Life You Love - Motivational App

Through a modern, science-based approach, Life you Love is the future of self-development. They partnered with Positive Psychology specialists to create personal wellness journeys designed specifically for you. Through this app, you’ll be able to answer a few simple questions, receive in-app Daily Routines and eCourses you need to design a mindset for the Life You Love.

Raden - IoT App

Raden is the case for better travel. It’s everything you need to seamlessly get from point A to point B an end to end experience for better travel by pairing the world’s best materials with technology. Created with the lightest and most durable materials on the market, Raden’s embedded technology and sleek companion app add a much-needed utility to your travel experience. Travelers can weigh their case from home, track their case throughout their journey, charge their devices on the go, and get relevant information about their trip.

How'z the Bar

How’z the Bar is a mobile app that aims to revolutionize the nightlife experience. By enabling users to rank the atmosphere of different clubs and bars and using a geo-location system to display exactly what nightlife options are within a 50KM radius, HTB serves as a personal concierge. The app also provides an efficient management and promotional platform for bar and club owners.

Numnu - App for Foodies

Numnu is a food event discovery app that allows food enthusiasts to find relevant events and dishes happening around them.

For this project, we were asked to create an app that would combine geolocation, popularity ranking, and a discoverability algorithm. Numnu’s idea was to design an easy-to-use and visually appealing app to get users excited about discovering new dishes and food events.

In The Mood - App for Couples

In the Mood is a dating app that allows couples to explore date ideas, chat privately and get playful with each other. Play a matching game with your partner to create a mutual list of fun date ideas, surprise each other with gifts and make dating even more fun.

Evenflow - Meditation App

Designed by psychology and meditation experts, Evenflow is a meditation exercise app that tailors itself to your state of mind.

We were asked to create an app that would embody Evenflow’s mission, of bringing inner peace to everyone, through a customized and extremely user-friendly experience. The clean and calming “blue design” would also play a big role in building the experience from the moment the user opens the app.

Read the full case study here: http://www.guarana-technologies.com/portfolio/evenflow/

Reviews

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iOS MVP Development for Lifestyle Startup

"The results of the engagement exceeded my expectations."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Guarana Technologies conducted software development for an iOS lifestyle app, scaling back the prototype to create a more marketable MVP while incorporating Google Places and a curated database.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Carbondale, Colorado
Chris Beebe
Founder & CEO, Nexus Media Group LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since launching on the App Store, the product has demonstrated crash-free performance and secured positive feedback from users. Guarana Technologies’ responsive communication, scalable assistance, transparent quotes and invoices, and nonjudgmental feedback helped the partnership succeed. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the founder and CEO of Nexus Media Group, LLC. Our company is developing mobile, location-based discovery technology to strengthen particular market ecosystems.

We currently have an iOS product on the market called GoBeMap, which supports the healthy/active lifestyle ecosystem by easily connecting consumers and vendors. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Guarana Technologies?

I hired Guarana to handle the software development of our product while another firm did the UX/UI. I had a prototype that was more extensive than I wanted to take to market as a minimum viable product (MVP). Guarana scaled back the design and developed both the frontend and backend. Our software draws from Google Places and from a curated database, and Guaran also manages the database.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed a working MVP to test our product/market fit. I am currently bootstrapping the project, so obtaining a maximum impact at a reasonable cost was important, along with a reasonable feature set. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I interviewed developers across the spectrum—from local freelancers to large firms with offices across the globe. I knew I wanted a development firm with fluent English skills located near my time zone. Guarana was responsive, seemed easy to work with, and answered my questions without technical jargon. My consulting CTO translated their recommendations from time to time, and he praised Guarana's approach to the challenge.

We laughed a lot together during the vetting process, which I appreciated. They also wanted to use the app themselves, and from the beginning, I wanted the people I worked with to do a good job and live the lifestyle for which the app is designed. With this company, I want to support people who are making an effort to be their best.

Guarana’s price was considerably lower than other big firms; they had good references and had built a similar app before but with different content, so no conflict existed. I liked the fact that they’re located in Montreal, which is only two hours ahead of my time zone. Plus, working with Guarana allowed me to practice a little French.

Describe the project in detail.

Technically, GoBeMap can be thought of as a simultaneous, preset Google search for all the components of a healthy and active lifestyle. We find clean and healthy food, gyms and yoga studios, sporting goods stores, parks and trails, and kids' activities and put them on one map with a list. Categories can be turned on and off for clarity. The app is location-based, but users can also search anywhere in the U.S. Each category is color-coordinated with custom icons for easy identification.

The map has pins that lead to business detail pages for each place, with in-house ratings, images, address, navigation, phone number, and website information. The list view provides a matrix of places in each category that is turned on, and each listing leads to the organization’s detail page.

Since we are based in Colorado and are focusing our marketing efforts here, we are hand-curating a database. This also limits our requests to Google's database. Outside Colorado, we access Google with certain keywords and PlaceTypes and filter the results to eliminate some businesses that use our keywords but aren't truly providing the goods and services that our demographic wants.

I had a clickable prototype when I came to Guarana, along with a specification list that I developed with one of my advisors who has developed a studio-management app. We pared down the prototype to an MVP feature list that was cost-effective but still provided the core features that would allow us to test the market. During development, Guarana made a few minor graphics changes as needed when we scaled back from the prototype, and I revised some graphics as well.

Guarana used my PNG files to recreate the prototype in another software, which we then used for the logic application. Guarana was responsible for applying logic to the prototype screens, setting up and integrating the Heroku database, and setting up the analytics accounts based on the metrics I wanted. They also guided me in navigating the App Store.

What was the team composition?

I dealt mainly with the project manager. I also spoke with at least one engineer, and the CEO was involved in the beginning when we were defining the feature set and budget. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What outcomes or results can you share that demonstrate progress and/or success?

We launched to beta testers in November 2017 and began marketing on Facebook just before December 2017. Guarana worked diligently to remove any bugs prior to beta testing. We did find a few bugs during testing, but Guarana responded quickly, and we've had no crashes to date according to the App Store.

The results of the engagement exceeded my expectations. Users have complimented how fast and easy the app is to use, highlighting the quality of Guarana’s programming. The app works well, and people like it. The project was delivered on time and within budget, contrary to what some of my technical friends told me to expect.

How effective was the project management?

The project manager listened closely to my intentions and educated me about the possibilities and limitations clearly and without judgment. Guarana released drafts and revisions when promised, and they defined what they’d need from me in advance. The original quote and fees for additional services were detailed, and they invoiced through a straightforward online service.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The whole Guarana team—and the project manager especially—was very patient with me. As a first-time technology entrepreneur who’s bootstrapping the project as a solo founder, I had to start and stop the project a few times, sometimes for months, before we actually wrote any code. Although we were able to joke about it, they remained as responsive as the first time I called.

I also felt that Guarana was just the right size for me—small enough to give great service but big enough to have the resources we needed. They didn't over-promise on their turnaround time but still delivered before the holidays, which was important because the MVP is for travelers.

I haven't worked with any other vendors at this level, but I can say that compared to the other firms and freelancers I considered for the project, Guarana listened better and educated with less judgment than their competition, and their price was very fair.

What tips or recommendations do you have?

We did have one challenging incident. Again, I'm not a technical guy, so I don't know the options for database management, but we ran into a situation where someone on my team had deleted some data. I had been running trials with several different data-entry freelancers and had rejected a couple due to poor performance. To run the trials, I had to give them access to the database, and I think one of them retaliated once I terminated him/her. (It's nearly impossible to delete a whole column in Heroku/Parse since the system requires confirmation for actions like that.)

I am surprised that the database didn’t assign editing limitations to certain users. One of my data entry teammates suggested using CSV files and uploading them into the database, and I am disappointed that Guarana hadn't suggested that sooner. However, they probably didn't want to add extra work, and our current database uses a very secure process. Fixing the data issue created more work for them. Frankly, I'm shocked that apparently, no database system allows access for so many people without being able to set editing privileges. This makes me wonder how well Guarana knows the options out there or whether they simply use what they know. 

4.5
Overall Score They've done a fantastic job, but I'm sure they could improve something.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They provided clear requests for information and set reasonable deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to other options, they were reasonable. Quotes and invoices were straightforward.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything finished within budget, on time, and with no crashes. I have no complaints.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have.

App Connecting Registered Nurses to Community

“They care about the product and their clients.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Guarana developed an iOS application with integrated features such as custom email confirmations, email invoices, and a scheduling functionality.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Nurse on Call, Director
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although there were some issues with meeting deadlines and layout, Guarana was able to compensate during final app development to provide an overall ideal performance. They continue to be responsive and approach the engagement with a long-term perspective.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our business is an app that connects people with nurses for home care in Canada.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

Our goal was to create an app that could gather information on the nurses for validation, and also connect them to the general public. We thought of ideas, and managed to find a platform and process that made sense for everyone.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built the app for iOS from scratch. They showed me a design map before we started, and since it looked good, we decided to bring them on board.

The app has features like custom email notifications for appointment confirmations, invoice emails, etc. There are limitations in terms of when the appointments can be scheduled because we don’t want them being booked too late.

What is the team dynamic?

My point of contact is William [Account Manager, Guarana], and he has a team behind him, but I’m not sure who is working on the project.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

I had previously hired another company which was a one-man team, but it didn’t work out. I found Guarana through Google and decided to bring them on board.

How much have you invested with them?

I've spent around $25,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

I've been working with Guarana since May 2017, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Some things could be improved in terms of the layout. I offered my ideas to switch up the splash page in order to make it more user-friendly. It was a bit disappointing, but overall, we have a general consensus that it’s doing what it should, and that we got what we paid for.

How did Guarana Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They're responsive and accountable, and we mostly communicate via email. It's been a good experience.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They care about the product and their clients. They see the long-term potential, which is good.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should make sure they can adhere to timelines. The timelines they provided were pushed by about 25%, and instead of taking 12 weeks for them to deliver the app for user testing, it took 16 weeks. I lost about a month of revenue because of that, so I launched a bit later than I should have.

They did what they were able to do, and we’re in this together. I hope they’ll understand that I was flexible with them, and that they should respect the timelines in the future despite what’s happening in their corporation.

Do you have any advice for potential clients of Guarana Technologies?

Flush out the details, think of processes and different scenarios as much as possible, and work with them so they can provide solutions. Use Excel or Word, or any other platform online, in order to provide them with all of this information. Make sure to track all changes, and face-to-face meetings are ideal as well.

4.5
Overall Score They're responsive, care about the project, see the potential in the clients, and are just a pleasant experience overall. There have some things to work on, but no company is perfect.
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Something happened on their end, and they couldn't follow the timeline that was in the contract.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They had worked on a similar app, so I’m sure there was a significant amount of copying and pasting between the different apps, yet they charged me a similar price.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Sometimes, I would get app versions that had a lot of mistakes, but I caught them. If someone doesn't pay attention, they can miss a lot of stuff that Guarana may have also missed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very likely to recommend them. After I explained my frustrations, they were able to compensate by being more responsive and present for the final part of the app.

Mobile App Dev for Personal Fitness Platform

"[W]e're used to rigid schedules, honest discourse, integrity and hard work ethic. Guarana checked all of these boxes."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jul. 2016 - Apr. 2017
Project summary: 

Guarana led app design and development for a personal fitness app. Their work included close guidance from wireframe to final graphic design, with a main focus on UI, UX and customizability.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington DC Metro Area
Jeremy Gordon
Co-Owner & PM, KINETICOACH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app averaged 100 downloads per week in its first month, before major marketing efforts. Guarana was available, helpful and proactive in improving the app from concept to finish. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a fitness app startup with three partners located across the country. Our team is made of military, airline pilots, and professional fitness trainers. Our goal was to produce a fitness app that builds custom workouts based on equipment, time, goals, experience level and how the user is feeling. I am co-owner and project manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

There are several fitness apps for travelers that claim to build custom workouts, but none that use the equipment normally found in hotel gyms and home gyms. There is a very large demographic of airline pilots, flight attendants and business travelers in need of such a customizable fitness app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were beginners and needed close guidance and hand-holding throughout the entire process. It was an education process for us. Guarana guided us from wireframe, to UX, UI, and through Beta. They helped us refine the flow of user interface, flow of pages, and nailed the graphic layout.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

We were connected with Guarana through Crew.co. We interviewed 3 different firms. We chose Guarana for their responsiveness, portfolio and immediate ability to grasp the vision of our app.

How much have you invested with Guarana Technologies?

Between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took about 9 months from initial contact through launch.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Will, Mat, and the Guarana team spent countless hours on the phone, on Skype and email taking our app from a complicated concept to an incredibly fluid and robust reality. This is our first app, and we just launched, so we don't have metrics to compare to past endeavors. But the initial feedback has been phenomenal. We haven't started large-scale marketing, but we're still averaging 100 downloads per week after 4 weeks. They were absolutely always there to help, fast to respond and proactive in giving feedback and making recommendations based on their experience.

How did Guarana Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

Guarana managed the entire project from start to launch. They absolutely met all benchmarks and deliverables, and came in on budget.

What did you find most impressive about Guarana Technologies?

My team is made of military servicemen; we're used to rigid schedules, honest discourse, integrity and hard work ethic. Guarana checked all of these boxes.

Are there any areas Guarana Technologies could improve?

The only improvement we could offer, and much of this is on our shoulders, is, as beginners in the software industry, we didn't really understand the limits of UX, UI and MVP. Clearly defining the limitations and expectations of each phase for us, as beginners, would have helped both Guarana and us. But that is only one minor element of a near flawless work relationship.

5.0
Overall Score It was a great first software development experience for us. So glad we went with Guarana.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Timely, responsive
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They nailed cost estimates and helped us get the most bang for our buck.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Timely, accurate, responsive
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    No question, we'll be using Guarana again, and we will recommend them to others.

App Development for Recall of Child Toys

"Guarana Technologies is distinct from other companies because of their consultative approach."

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

Guarana Technologies worked to develop and integrate iOS functionality for the client’s mobile app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
Vanessa Castle
Cofounder, App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies’ commitment to the client’s business need made them feel like a partner throughout the app development.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our mobile app allows parents to keep a personal inventory of child items and toys. In the event of a recall, they’re notified via push notification. I am the co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

We used Guarana Technologies to develop our app for iOS.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We do not have an internal development team, so we raised the funds to develop the app with Guarana Technologies. They only developed the app for iOS because that’s what our budget allowed. We worked with a different company to come up with the look and feel of the app, but Guarana advised us on how we could restructure some of the things we had given them to conform to iOS. They gave us some guidance on growth hacking and helped us troubleshoot a lot of ideas outside of development. Once we submitted the app to the app store, Guarana was able to solve whatever developmental problems we encountered.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

We pushed out an RFP [request for proposal] to a bunch of different development companies. We ended up using a company called Crew to find Guarana Technologies. After a couple of conversations, we decided it was a perfect fit.

How much have you invested with Guarana Technologies?

The cost of the project ranged from $25,000 to $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We are waiting for the holiday season to do a big launch of the app.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What did you find most impressive about Guarana Technologies?

Guarana Technologies is distinct from other companies because of their consultative approach. They put in a lot of care to ensure that what they build, will succeed. They felt like a partner instead of a vendor, which was very important to the relationship.

Are there any areas Guarana Technologies could improve?

I can’t think of anything. Any type of communicative gaps we might have had were on my end. They were really good at maintaining communication. What we asked for, we got back in tenfold.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If we missed any schedule milestones, it was on our end. Guarana Technologies works quickly. When they commit, they deliver.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think they might have taken a chance on us and committed to the project for less money than they could have. They took that chance because they knew there were only two of us who had been managing the project originally and they believed in the product.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of the mobile app was exactly what we wanted.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have referred Guarana Technologies already because we believe in them so much.

Beta Testing for International Dating App

"They care about their projects, and we’re generally very happy with them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Guarana Technologies developed a minimum viable product to use for a beta launch. The app had all the functionalities of a dating app and had to be customized for different regions of the globe.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Cofounder, Dating App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies is a small team of workers who take an honest interest in the success of their projects. Their project manager was friendly and easily accessible. Once the iOS app has some traction, Guarana will go on to develop the Android version.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a dating app. We released a version of it in Brazil that was for beta testing. I am the cofounder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

We had Guarana Technologies code the beta launch. Since we don’t have an internal development team, we decided to outsource because we wanted a team of professionals.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Guarana Technologies helped us redesign the app for North America, which should be out in about a month. For now, it’s only iOS but we’ll explore Android later on once we know we have a solid iOS version.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

We looked across Canada to see what companies would be the best. We found Guarana because the price was very reasonable, we got along well with them, and they had the same ideas for our project that we did.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in December 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did Guarana Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they’re pretty good. We have a go-to guy that works there and he relays the information to their designers and developers. He’s very agreeable and we can contact him at any time and he’ll answer.

What distinguishes Guarana Technologies from other providers?

The fact that they’re a small team means they care about their projects, and we’re generally very happy with them.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re very good at remaining on top of their schedule. They’ll set it and stick to it. They’re very open about the schedule and give us an honest estimation about how long a project will take.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already done that.

Media Sharing App Development for Entrepreneur

"They always surprised me by what new features could be added."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sep. - Dec. 2015
Project summary: 

Guarana Technologies designed and developed an iOS app based on geographically bound photo and video sharing. The build took approximately four months.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Carlos Carillo
Entrepreneur, App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies could have communicated more frequently, but they earned trust with their steady demeanor and clear perspective on what needed to be done. They knew exactly how to explain complicated technologies to non-technical people.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

This is something that I started not too long ago, and it's something that I do as an extracurricular. It's an app based on discovering photos and videos, which have been left by users near you.

What is your position?

I would say in terms of the app, I'm an entrepreneur.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

I approached Guarana to help me develop the app because I have limited technical experience.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The app is only available on iOS.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

I went through a lot to find the right partner, and it took me awhile to figure out what one I wanted to pick. However, what stood out about Guarana was that they knew the answer to every question I asked. They knew the best way to explain it to someone who wasn't familiar with app development. Overall, they stood out much more than the rest. Their prices were a little bit more expensive, but the confidence that was instantly given to me by the people at Guarana was worth it. I would use them again. 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

This app cost was $24,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The app has been completed. The project started around September [2015]. It was completed around early December. It was about four months overall. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What distinguishes Guarana Technologies from other providers?

There are a few things. Guarana instills confidence. It felt like they were always standing on firm ground ready to give me what I was looking to include in the app. They always surprised me by what new features could be added.

Is there anything Guarana Technologies could have improved or done differently?

It wasn't a major issue because it may have been a flaw on my end. Sometimes, I felt there wasn't enough communication. It might be that I thought I said something, and it turned out I that didn't. That was the only thing, but I'm not necessarily blaming them. 

5.0
Overall Score Everything was smooth.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They sometimes delivered quicker than I thought they would. It caught me off guard because I thought I'd have more time to get things ready on my end.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their value for the money is very good.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I had a few people wanting to know how the project was going and how they could do it themselves. I'll definitely be referring them.

Development for Voting Application Startup

"They're very responsive. They listen well. They're good at managing me, which I really like. They're positive."

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

Guarana Technologies designed and developed an integrated iOS, Android, and website that allows university students to vote on issues that matter to them. Guarana provided bug fixes after the app launched.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New Haven, CT
Nick Andris
Founder, Voting App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies was a responsive and courteous vendor, and they weren’t afraid to be loose and funny sometimes. Their expertise was apparent in the confidence with which they tackled the project. The app was a success, with 90 percent of the target demographic engaged.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company is an app for quick feedback. It sends questions to people via push notification. These are groups of people so they can answer by touching their phone a few times rather than going through their email to click a link to a survey. 

What is your position?

I'm the founder, and I work with four other students at my university. We'll be rolling out the app to the student body.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Guarana Technologies?

The big challenge was that our team didn't have technical expertise. A couple of us had taken some coding classes, but we found that making apps is hard. We realized we needed to bring in professional talent and that began our search. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

We brought on Guarana to make an iOS app, Android app, and website that were all integrated.

How did you come to work with Guarana Technologies?

We started with Elance and oDesk. But, then, we found another site where they screen the developers first, so you have a higher caliber of developer. We probably talked to eight companies before landing on Guarana.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

This project is in the range of $50,000 to $200,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We're all MBA [Master of Business Administration] students and we're in a community of about 1,000 people in one building, which is the perfect place to try an app because people are very patient with us. There are many clubs in our school and more than 90 percent have used our app to collect feedback from their club members. The cafeteria in the school, which is a for-profit restaurant, also uses our app to ask about food preferences from students.

Every rollout will show some bugs, and we have had some. But, the product is certainly working well enough to get these adoption opportunities without destroying the image of what our app is capable of. If it had been a worse product, that reputation would've spread very quickly and we would have been having doors slammed in our face. 

What distinguishes Guarana Technologies from other providers?

There are many positives in my partnership with Guarana Technologies. First, they're very responsive. I can usually expect an email within 24 hours Also, they listen well. They're good at managing me, which I really like. They're positive, they are reassuring, and they're easy to call because they're humorous. They've been through this process enough times that they understand it very well and they're able to educate someone who doesn't know how technology works and tell them what to expect. That's very valuable because, in any app process for a layman like me, there are many reasons to worry and, if you're not partnered with the right person, your stress level can go through the roof.

Is there anything Guarana Technologies could have improved or done differently?

I think every entrepreneur and every founder has this dream that their technology will be bug free. No product is. "The Wi-Fi at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference wasn't working. The SpaceX rocket crashed during the summer." If I could change anything, it would be that they made a completely bug-free product. But, that's not a practical expectation. They do a good job being responsive and fixing bugs. I accept that this is the imperfection of the process, and I think Guarana is doing everything that can be expected. 

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

Social Application Development for Social Application Startup

"They were good at challenging our ideas and working to help guide strategy."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Guarana Technologies provided UI/UX design and development for an iOS social app. The app pairs users based on shared interests.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
CEO, Social Application Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies was an engaged partner, offering expert insight instead of just following orders. Their strategic guidance was crucial for the final products’ success.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization. What is your role and responsibilities?

I'm the CEO of a startup that is developing a mobile application that puts two users in communication based on similar interests.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Guarana Technologies?

We were having technical issues and needed technical work done for the mobile app.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

We had developed an initial app that wasn't working well. Then, we went to Guarana Technologies to restart the entire process. We started with a complete UX [user experience] development, and then went into the UI [user interface]. After the UX/UI portion was complete, we then went into the development phase. Development so far is just for iOS.

What was your process for selecting Guarana Technologies?

We were looking at other app developers in Montreal. I wanted to work with somebody local. We were in discussions with a few companies, and I got along with Guarana Technologies. I also liked the work they had done previously.

Can you give a sense of the size of the initiative?

Our iOS app cost between $10,000 and $20,000.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What differentiates Guarana Technologies from other partners?

Guarana Technologies did a great job. They were good at challenging our ideas and working to help guide strategy – not just to give us what we had asked for, but to also give their input and reach the best product.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

No.

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

UX Design for Online Platform

"They are extremely committed and very reliable. They had a clear understanding of our requirements."

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

After a software company developed a user interface and user experience for their new mobile app, they hired Guarana Technologies to augment their development efforts.

The Reviewer
 
San Francisco, California
CEO, Online Platform Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies consistently delivers high-quality graphic design and development work. Their team earned recognition for their professional communication style, solid advice about UI and UX, and ability to discern the objectives of the project.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

We’re a San Francisco-based company that is developing cross-platform solution. As part of that effort, we are developing a mobile application with Guarana Technologies.

What are your role and responsibilities?

I’m the chief executive officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal in working with Guarana Technologies?

I was looking for a small studio that could develop a Geographic Information System for us. We wanted a company that had a track record in mobile applications and that had good graphic design expertise.

Please describe the scope of their work.

We started with the UI [user interface] and UX [user experience], and they started the development as well. It’s in beta testing now.

SOLUTION

What was your process in selecting Guarana Technologies with which to work?

I initially consulted somewhere between 10 and 15 different companies. I was, of course, looking for availability, cost, and quality. With the timing of the release, I needed to start the development pretty fast, so I needed someone who could start right away. They were competitive in cost, actually a little bit cheaper than companies in this country, which I assume is due to their available labor workforce. I gave them a full briefing on what I was expecting with the mobile app and a sense of the larger project as well. The discussions we had were extremely professional and precise. I ended up working with them because they actually understood what I proposed in my specifications, and they had very good solutions in terms of mobile development. So, for all these reasons, I chose Guarana.

When did you start working with them, and is the relationship ongoing?

The relationship started in February [2015]. We are still working with them, and I think we’re going to work together for quite some time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics, metrics, or general feedback from the project?

The graphic design is excellent, which makes a real difference. It’s very important for the user interface, and they are delivering. The development is of very good quality as well, and that’s what the investors are interested in.

Is there anything unique about Guarana Technologies that really makes them stand out compared to other companies?

They’re extremely professional, and I am very positive about the work they’ve been doing. They are extremely committed and very reliable. They had a clear understanding of our requirements. They are proactive in advising in what would be best in UX and UI. They are extremely professional in the way they develop the coding, which will be very important in terms of maintenance. 

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

I haven’t seen anything that I would change so far.

What advice would you give a future client of theirs?

You need to be clear on what you expect. That’s very important with any agency.

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

Mobile App Development for Location Services Startup

"They obviously wanted to develop a good product and they took the time to develop a good relationship."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Based on a trusted referral, a social network hired Guarana Technologies to design and develop their iOS app. Their tasks included work on modern design layouts.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Founder, Startup Social Media Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies delivered innovative, polished versions of the software with very few bugs. The agency impressed with their ability to anticipate needs and their enthusiasm to meet those needs, and was highly recommended to others.

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company.

Our company’s primary product is a social network iOS app. We're based in Montreal, Canada.   

What are your role and responsibilities?

I’m the CEO and owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal in working with Guarana Technologies?

I'm not very tech savvy in terms of building or coding a new piece of software, so I needed some developers. I wanted someone good with design as well as development.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

Guarana was responsible for the design and development of an app for iOS.

What was your process in selecting Guarana Technologies with which to work?

I contacted a company where I knew the owner and told them about my project, and they referred me to Guarana. They could do modern design layouts with no problem, where the other companies I was thinking about were more basic Web development companies.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

We’ve spent around $20,000 working with Guarana.

What was the timeline of the project?

We started working on the design in November. The actual development started at the end of December or the beginning of January. We’re at the end of development now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you talk about how they performed in terms of the quality of the work they delivered to this point?

In terms of creativity, I was quite surprised because they were great. Every version so far has come through with very few bugs because they make sure they test it before they send it to me. I know when I get the current version to test, it will be better than the last. All I need to check are the new features and the progress, and it’s great to be able to test it live with no bugs. I was quite positively surprised with the quality of their work, and I’m satisfied with what they have done.

Is there anything unique about Guarana Technologies that really makes them stand out compared to other companies?

They obviously wanted to develop a good product and they took the time to develop a good relationship with me. They understand the product and the current technology as well as emerging technologies. I like to work with them because they not only understand our product, but they also understand our future needs, so we’re always thinking about the next steps. If I need to get in touch with them either by email, text, or phone, and they are always there for me. They respond quite quickly to each of my questions.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

I really don’t see anything that either of us would do differently.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I got estimates from other companies, and everyone else was more expensive with less quality.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them without hesitation.