We make apps. Great ones!

Established in 2011, Guarana Technologies is a mobile agency based in Canada, with offices in Brazil and Japan. We have been developing greats apps for smartphones, tablets and werables devices.

We are proven experts to create, design and develop mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and wearable devices. We love working on new technologies, such as iBeacon, Apple Pay and Apple Watch apps.

 
$10,000
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
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Montreal, Canada
headquaters
  • Guarana Technologies
    65 Ontario West
    Montreal, QC H2X 1Y8
    Canada
    514.558.4219
other locations
  • Guarana Technologies
    193 Rua Milton M. Wagner – Parque
    Campolim SP-18047-634
    Brazil
    +55.15.99707.0558

Portfolio

Key clients: 

STARTUPS // Enjoi, Graffmap, CorporateStays.com, Zilyo.com, Guestful,  Navut, HappyFlat, Makeachamp, Gnito, I can go without, So evolved LARGE COMPANIES // AirLiquide, Innovation Diagnostics, CCI France Canada, Uniodonto Sorocaba

 

 

 

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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
Cofounder, App Startup
 
Verified
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

"The fact that they’re a small team means 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 successfully coded and launched a beta testing for the client to expand their user base across North America.

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

Working with Guarana Technologies, the client is pleased that they reached their goal of advancing the app’s user experience on a global scale.

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

"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."

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

The client is an entrepreneur that is working to develop a photo and video sharing application that is influenced by users' locations. This client has limited technical knowledge and needed a partner that could guide their iOS app development. After an extensive search, this client was impressed with the confidence that Guarana Technologies instilled in him and decided that they'd be the best partner for the project.

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

The client is extremely satisfied with their partnership with Guarana Technologies. This client highlights that Guarana Technologies did a great job of explaining app development concepts and instilling confidence throughout the duration of the project. The client highly recommends Guarana Technologies.

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

"There are many positives in my partnership with Guarana Technologies. They're very responsive. 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."

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

The client is the founder of a mobile application that allows users to provide feedback quickly and vote on topics through push notifications. This client and their team did not have technical expertise and brought on Guarana Technologies as a partner to develop iOS, Android, and web applications.

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

This client is very satisfied with their partnership with Guarana Technologies and highly recommends them for a handful of reasons. This client found Guarana Technologies to be responsive, strong listeners, and great at managing expectations throughout the duration of their partnership.

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

"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."

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

The client is a Montreal-based startup that is working to develop an application that connects users with similar social interests. This client was in need of an app development partner that could help rework their initial app with a focus on user experience/user interface design. This client chose to partner with Guarana Technologies due to their previous experience and locale.

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

The client is highly satisfied with their partnership with Guarana Technologies. This client highly recommends Guarana Technologies for their focus on UX/UI and development strategy guidance.

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

Design for Online Platform

"They are extremely committed and very reliable. [Guarana Technologies] 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: 

The client developed the user interface and user experience of their new mobile app and hired Guarana Technologies to augment their development efforts.

The Reviewer
 
San Francisco Bay Area
CEO, Online Platform Company
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies consistently delivers high quality graphic design and development work. The client praises the agency for their professionalism and advice in terms of UI and UX. Guarana Technologies is highly recommended to others.

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 [Guarana Technologies] obviously wanted to develop a good product and they took the time to develop a good relationship with me."

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, the client hired Guarana for the design and development of their app on the iOS platform which included work on modern design layouts.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Montreal, Canada
Founder, Startup Company
 
Verified
Feedback summary: 

Guarana Technologies delivered creatively produced versions of the software with very few bugs. The client praises the agency for their ability to anticipate needs and their enthusiasm to meet those needs. Guarana Technologies is 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.