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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 124 mobile apps that have acquired over 35 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 // City of Toronto, McGill University,  Walter Technologies, AirLiquide, Innovation Diagnostics, CCI France Canada, among others.  

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City of Toronto / Waste Wizard

Created for the City of Toronto, the Waste Wizard app helps users find out where to properly dispose of garbage, recycling, organics, and other items as well as find donation centers. The app connects with the city's database of garbage collection schedule for each zip code and offers real-time updates and notifications.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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Tykeminded

Daycare booking application.

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Mobile Application Development for Freelance Designer

"They surpassed my expectations in terms of what we could build."

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

Guaraná Technologies developed a mobile app in Swift. They added animations to the app and integrated other features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
France
Freelancer, Web Designer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app has proven visually engaging and thus highly effective for marketing teammates at trade shows. Guaraná Technologies is dedicated to explaining their process to their customers. They’re detail-oriented and accountable for deadlines.

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 as a freelancer for different clients in the design industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guaraná Technologies?

A client of mine asked me to design a mobile application. I needed to hire someone to help with the development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed an attractive application with animations to catch the eye and present the product. We had to figure out the technicalities, how to build it, how to put the screens together, and how to make sure that users understood exactly what to do when they get on the application.

We had to customize a lot of the application from one location to the other. We needed a way to quickly update the applications. The challenge was how to integrate the features together without disturbing the experience of regular users.

They developed the app using Swift.

What is the team composition?

There were three main points of contact. There was one at the beginning to help me get the quote and specifications of the project. Then I spoke a lot with someone in charge of configuring the wireframe and design. However, my main point of contact was the project manager throughout the development phase.

How did you come to work with Guaraná Technologies?

I did a Google search and contacted different agencies. They were the ones who replied the fastest and showed the most interest.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $30,000–$35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2018–May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve received feedback from staff using it for trade shows. Previously, the staff sometimes had a hard time explaining, and the app really caught the eye of everyone. It was a quick way for users to visualize the products.

The results and everything I heard from their marketing team is very positive. They really like the tool and continue to use it for all their events.

How did Guaraná Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

I was a little lost at the beginning because I didn’t know how mobile development works. They explained every step of their five-step process. It was very structured and logical. Everything is clear and I knew what to expect. There were no surprises.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’m impressed by the way they structure and approach projects in order to really help and guide their clients. They commit to the timeline and budget and pay attention to detail. They’re very focused on the design and making things that are user-friendly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t see anything they could have done better.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Start the process knowing the impact that the application should have. Try to work with them in order to define how features will work. They’re very good at building the product and associating a purpose with an actual feature or process. Express the end result you have in mind and let them convert it technically.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They surpassed my expectations in terms of what we could build.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them twice already.

Mobile App Development for Travel Booking Website

"They fully understand and deliver what we want."

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

Guaraná Technologies developed native iOS and Android apps using Swift and Kotlin, respectively. They also worked from an existing backend to build a mobile-responsive web interface.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Paris, France
Founder, Travel Planning Website
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work on the apps has increased stickiness by 50% on mobile, along with an increase in session times and growth in returning users. Guaraná Technologies is a reliable development partner. They work cohesively with the in-house team to hit project goals.

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 a travel planning website. Our platform compares the prices of all accommodations existing in cities. For example, if you want to travel to Singapore and are looking for a nice place to stay, we tap into the APIs of providers such as Airbnb, Booking.com, and more. It’s a place to find the best and cheapest accommodation around.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guaraná Technologies?

We needed someone to help with our mobile app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They started with an iOS project before moving into Android development. They built native apps using Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android. We only provided them the backend where they could see our existing platform, and they worked from there.

They’ve been building a matching web interface for mobile users. We had a graphic identity and corporate guidelines, but they came up with the entire UI case and everything matching our branding.

We’re testing the app little by little. We’re still in the soft launch phase, and we’ve been launching in a couple of countries. Our idea is that the app will be the place to go in order to have a faster and better experience than what we can offer on the web.

What is the team composition?

We have three main points of contact. There’s one person who works more on the sales aspect, one for the design and conception of the UX, and one more with the technical standpoints. There is a team of about 10 people that work on the project.

How did you come to work with Guaraná Technologies?

They had worked on a similar project to ours in the past and we got in contact with them through the firm that they built it for. They had the purest offer and they were ready to commit to our scope of work. We found they were willing to work up front to define and understand fully what we were trying to build.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent 120,000 euros ($132,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a lot of users that connect through mobile and we’ve increased stickiness by about 50% for mobile users. We’ve also seen that the session times are much longer than before with more returning users. Our feedback has been positive.

Our app is not fully rolled out in all our targeted countries, but we’ve seen quite substantial enterprising and downloads in the small countries where we did launch.

How did Guaraná Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

Their style is a good match for us. They reply to all our questions and give us the expertise we don’t have. Everything is always well-discussed. They define everything and don’t leave any blind spots in the project.

They’ve been very responsive, flexible, and friendly. They’ve always responded within a couple of hours to our emails, and if we wanted a call, we had it within the day. We also communicate through Slack and some other software.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They fully understand and deliver what we want.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I’d have them improve. They’ve been perfect.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t hesitate to raise questions you have. When they’re challenged, they can produce more than when they aren’t.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price was very competitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered above our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Design & Development for Project Management App

“They always found solutions to my issues, and they accommodated my needs.”

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

Guaraná Technologies developed an iOS and Android app for residential contractors. They oversaw wireframing, front- and backend development, and production through an iterative process.

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

Everything within the app works well. Guaraná Technologies communicated well and maintained an atmosphere of honesty throughout the process, and they never took shortcuts. They catered to startups and were understanding of budgetary constraints.

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 a startup with a mobile app that acts as a project management tool.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guaraná Technologies?

I needed a developer to build the app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I initially presented them with a preliminary user story and flow, and had some idea of how I wanted the app to work. We discussed my goals, and they compiled a list of features and a quote. They gave me options for functionality that would fit within my budget and assigned a project manager to create the workflow. Then, the development team worked through the front- and backend and resolved some design issues. I went back and forth with them to make corrections.

They developed the iOS version first, followed by the Android version. Once the prototypes were complete, we had an iterative testing period that lasted about four weeks. Finally, their production team launched the finished product on the App Store and on Google Play. They worked with my website designer to get images and information to upload to each store.

Today, I work with them on backend analytics on a separate contract. They help me manage the activity on the app, and they make updates to keep the app running properly and communicating with the server.

What is the team composition?

There were three main points of contact. I interacted with a principal designer and an InVision specialist. The principal designer became something of a project manager through the development process. When it went to production, my main contact switched to a developer who was very involved with the backend.

How did you come to work with Guaraná Technologies?

I found them through an online search. They catered to startups and gave me a fixed budget. Other companies couldn't offer that option and knowing exactly how much the project would cost really helped me make a decision.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost between $50,000-$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2018, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They set me up on Firebase to extract reports. The result is wonderful. I had a wish list that I had to make more realistic, but everything they've issued serves my needs. There were bugs that appeared throughout the process which caused delays, but the finished product is good.

How did Guaraná Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They're good communicators. On average, they respond within a day or two. Whenever they were actively working on my file, I got a response immediately. Everything worked great, and they were easily accessible. I can go to their office and see them, which made a big difference to me.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They always found solutions to my issues, and they accommodated my needs. They never took shortcuts, and they presented me with options to choose from.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This was my first big project, so I was learning through the process. As we discussed alternative solutions, I wish they would have explained things with more detail so I could make more informed decisions. For instance, I thought the analytics would be included in the initial quote, but that was an additional fee. I would have liked a more itemized scope, which may have saved some time and avoided some changes midstream.  

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Hire them. I contacted a lot of agencies, but they were the most honest. They never try to oversell to their clients and are very accommodating.

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 App Development for Activities Startup

“They have a small team that’s able to build whatever kind of app you need.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Guaraná Technologies designed and developed an iOS app, building it in Swift. The app allows users to share spontaneous activities which automatically get deleted after the deadline expires.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Founder, Personal Activities Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guaraná Technologies is well-priced and does good work. The team is responsive and quick, meeting project expectations. They could test the app more before delivering it, but they fixed any bugs.

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 a personal activities startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guaraná Technologies?

I needed a partner to develop a mobile app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Guaraná Technologies designed and developed my iOS app, using Swift. The app allows users to spontaneously post activities—such as playing tennis—and find other people in the area who want to participate. They can set a time limit to the event, and after it expires, it automatically gets deleted.

What is the team composition?

The project manager was my main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Guaraná Technologies?

I did some research on companies around me. I found a few and liked the website and past work of Guaraná Technologies the most, so I hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve spent around $20,000 CAD (approximately $15,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

Our partnership lasted from June–December 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m satisfied with their work. 

How did Guaraná Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They always asked for my approval before moving onto the next phase, allowing me to actively participate in the app’s development. They were responsive and prompt throughout the entire engagement.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a small team that’s able to build whatever kind of app you need.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could’ve tested the app more before bringing it to me. I found a few bugs in the first versions. 

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clearly tell them what you want.

5.0
Overall Score Overall, I'm satisfied with what I got.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Testing took up some time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They have competitive pricing compared to other firms.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were responsive and available.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They can do anything, so I'd definitely refer them.

MVP iOS App Dev for Events Company

“They were incredibly responsive and pushed back when they thought the project could go in a better direction.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - June 2018
Project summary: 

Guaraná Technologies built an MVP iOS app on a short deadline, following project specs. They worked with third-party partners and integrated the app with specific APIs. It functions on smartphones and tablets.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Tanguy Morelli
Co-founder, Payzpot
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Guaraná Technologies was communicative and willing to work on a project that had an imminent deadline. The team had a transparent and effective workflow, leading to an optimized 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 co-founder of Payzpot, a company that helps large venues reduce the waiting time for food orders at big events.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Guaraná Technologies?

We had a client who was already interested in our product, so we needed a partner to make a white label MVP under a tight deadline.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Guaraná Technologies developed an MVP iOS app that’s for both mobile and tablets. We already had the design and some specs, which we gave to their team. They collaborated a bit with different third-party partners, working on the architecture of the backend and other components. They integrated the MVP with APIs and other services, using Heroku as a platform for the service. 

The app allows users to find all of the concessions around them in a particular venue, lets them see the menu, and directly order through their mobile device. On the other side, employees can use the app on a tablet to see orders in real time and send notifications when their food is ready.

How did you come to work with Guaraná Technologies?

We were looking for companies in Montreal that offered a price we could afford. We talked to a few different agencies, but Guaraná Technologies best fulfilled our expectations, so we hired them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from February–June 2018. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They enabled us to deliver the MVP on time and secure our first pilot project. Because of that project, it allowed us to get even more business and reach out to other potential clients. The quality of their work is excellent, and it was recently used at a festival that had over 10,000 attendees.

How did Guaraná Technologies perform from a project management standpoint?

They were incredibly responsive and pushed back when they thought the project could go in a better direction. We communicated via email, text, and phone and had two-week sprints with a new feature at the end of each cycle.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have an optimized process to build mobile apps, which is efficient and easy to understand. Their workflow was transparent and allowed us to keep track of the app’s progress. We didn’t have much tech knowledge, so they explained things in a clear way without making us feel inferior.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. 
 
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

To optimize the partnership, give details about what you specifically want. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Prices can always improve.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them.

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. 

The client submitted this review online.

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.

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

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. 

The client submitted this review online.

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.

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

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.

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

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.
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Bronze
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Canada province of Quebec
ID
804987-4
Date of Formation
Dec 9, 2011
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
15
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.8
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
October 2, 2019