Your Enterprise Design and Development Partner

Impekable offers Silicon Valley caliber UI/UX design coupled with mobile and web development capabilities and deep expertise in various industries including enterprise SaaS, IoT, healthcare, legal, fitness and wearables, automotive and more.

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  • Google
  • HP

 

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • Impekable
    28 2nd St 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    United States
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    97 S 2nd St #100
    San Jose, CA 95113
    United States
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    242 Linden St
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Google, HP, Twilio, Motorola, LegalZoom, Constant Contact, Aruba Networks, Zscaler, Accenture, Cognizant.

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Web Design for Computer Networking Company

"Their designers are very hands-on and understand what our business needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable developed wireframes and then created a modern and futuristic design for an existing website, focusing on the homepage.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
San Jose, California
Digital Production Manager, Network Solutions Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers love the look and feel of the website and the number of page views has increased. Taking full charge of the project, they went above to beyond to understand their client's needs and deliver an aspirational design that captures the essence of the business.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a digital productions manager at a well-established network solutions company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We've been around for a long time, so many of our marketing practices have become outdated. We were looking for a vendor to liven up the design of our website and provide a modern experience to our customers.  

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They asked us insightful questions and even worked out of our office for eight hours a day trying to understand our needs. Using a professional graphics design tool, they created mock-ups, wrote wireframes, and then finalized visual designs. They uploaded the designs to InVision or Zeplin, so our developers could simply get the code.

When we brought them on board, we intended to establish a long-term partnership. They're now working on a couple of other projects that require diving deep into the information architecture and developing an entire site from scratch.

What is the team composition?

We primarily worked with Alison (Higuera, UX Designer, Impekable).

How did you come to work with them?

We evaluated a couple of vendors and looked at their portfolios. We were impressed by the level of work that Impekable had produced for other companies, so we asked them to come up with their vision of what our website should look like. We loved the modern, futuristic design they proposed for our home page, while also staying aligned with our brand guidelines, so we hired them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September 2017 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The home page is live today and we're very pleased with the feedback we've received. The website is much easier to navigate and our customers like the new look and feel. The design is clean and simple, but at the same time aspirational. We've seen an increase in the number of page views, which we track on a weekly basis.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

Their designers are very hands-on and understand what our business needs. As a marketing team, we can take a step back and let the process run its course. With other agencies, we had to play the role of a project manager, but Impekable could handle the project without much involvement from our side. We gave them the timelines and, if there was an issue, we helped them prioritize.

We used Smartsheet as a point of reference on our side and we had weekly meetings with them. We also constantly communicated via email and phone, so there was never any ambiguity about the process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They took something that was conceived in the 80s and the 90s and brought it to the 21st century. They captured the essence of what we do and conveyed the idea that we're the premium brand in the networking space.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They're not the cheapest vendor, but they're incredibly efficient and effective. The caliber of their designers deserves the right price.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I'd definitely recommend them to small and medium-sized businesses that are looking to refresh the look of their website or build a new site from scratch.

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

iOS & Android App Dev for FinTech Company

“I’m consistently impressed by their technical talent and ability to handle complex projects.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2016 - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Impekable provided mobile development staff augmentation to expedite a project’s timeline. Developers expertly coded iOS and Android versions of a mobile app with a complex interface using Swift and Java.

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Sr. Director of Engineering, FinTech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impekable was productive from day one and efficiently yielded a mobile app that’s been well received by the public. Mobile developers skillfully mastered a new and complex platform by applying their extensive prior expertise. The principal staff were friendly, engaging, and responsive to feedback.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior director of engineering at our company. We are a bank-owned entity and provide technical systems for the financial services industry in the United States.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

I started working here when our company was on very tight schedule. We needed to augment our mobile development staff to hit timelines. I had two options. Hiring 4-5 full time engineers would involve a month-long onboarding process, at minimum. Rather than wasting that huge amount of time, we hired Impekable. As contractors, their resources could be productive from day one.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Impekable built our person-to-person money transfer app for iOS and Android. My team designed the systems and architecture early on. Their team’s services were purely technical. We had 10 internal staff and required 4-5 extra people to complete the job. Unlike comparable third-party apps like Venmo, we're bank approved.

Their developers are specialists in mobile development. Before they even started coding, they had to thoroughly understand how the interface facilitates interaction between multiple financial institutions. In terms of programming languages, they used Swift for iOS side and Java on the Android side.

What is the team composition?

James [CTO, Impekable] was our technical domain expert. We worked with several mobile developers and a dedicated program manager coordinated the project. I frequently touch base with Pek [CEO, Impekable]. He helped me resolve the very rare slip-ups we encountered.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

For clarity's sake, I worked with Impekable during my prior career at a startup. I’m consistently impressed by their technical talent and ability to handle complex projects. The average onboarding time in the industry ranges from 1-2 weeks up to a month. I knew their developers could be productive from day one. Several consultants from some of the biggest names in the industry had been working on our project for six months. I basically fired them all and replaced them with 3-4 resources from Impekable.

What is the status of this engagement?

The only reason we're not still working with them is our company policy that limits contractor engagements. Over a period of time, I hired full-time engineers to fill those positions.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our app is currently in production and has been received very well by the general public. They did a fantastic job. If I ever need similar work performed, I will definitely hire them again. Critically, they met our challenging timelines. That was our number one criteria.

Our QA testing indicates software bug rates, trends, quantity, and severity. Impekable built a high-quality product with few significant flaws. They quickly identified and solved any problems we experienced. As seasoned professionals, they matched the patterns from their previous experience to our complex platform. Less experienced staff wouldn't have been able to master this work.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

A highly structured routine helped us quickly complete this project. We conducted daily code reviews and standups. This helped us verify that the tasks we assign on a daily basis are being met. Every morning we assigned every in-house and contracted team member a specific task. By the end of the day, they were all required to report on that task’s progress and status. The program manager coordinated with their team and provided daily reports. Our QA department conducted weekly audits to gauge the quality of the sprint and code. We assessed Impekable’s staff the same way as the rest of our team.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Impekable’s greatest strengths were their responsiveness and ability to be proactive from day one.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don't know if this is possible for them to change, but it would be great if we could work together in person. They have resources located across the globe who work remotely, which works extremely well. I did, however, have to adjust our company policy that requires contractors to work at our office.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Hire them, seriously. Pek and James are extremely open and friendly. Sometimes, people tend not to give much feedback because they fear it might have a negative impact. They're great at taking critiques in a very positive way. Be proactive about what you want to be addressed, and they’ll get it done in a second.

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

Mobile UX/UI & Illustration for Dating Service

“Impekable delivered multiple, fantastic options for us... they genuinely cared about the project and our goals.”

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

Impekable developed illustrations and designed custom, mobile app features for iOS and Android, providing usable files that could be made live by engineers.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
New York City, New York
Bryan Welfel
Co-founder, JSwipe
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impekable delivered multiple viable designs that required minimal iterations. Their design assets were easy for engineers to make live within the app, and their turnaround was incredibly fast. When it comes to creative design concepts, they're thought leaders within their industry.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was a Co-Founder of Jswipe (acquired by Spark Networks), a Jewish dating mobile application. I oversaw product design, development, and engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We were in the market for a mobile app developer that could build out new features within our app (iOS and Android) in a way that could easily be handed off for use by our engineers. We had worked with other vendors in the past who were successful in creating aesthetically pleasing designs, but the assets created weren't prepared effectively for posting on our end.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Impekable's team created Paywall designs, as well as designed some custom features including “first class,” our premium product offering. Part of that process involved overhauling user profile interfaces and the process by which they were managed.

What is the team composition?

We worked with an account manager, a product manager, a designer, an illustrator, and someone in charge of UX/UI.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

Our lead engineer had been in touch with Impekable locally and recommended them to us.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them for a limited scope project from January 2016 to December 2016.

We were later acquired by a company that had their own resources to take over design.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their team was successful in delivering designs that required minimal iterations. Our engineers were able to get the digital assets they provided live relatively quickly, unlike our experience with other vendors.

Impekable delivered multiple, fantastic options for us to consider—it's obvious they genuinely cared about the project and our goals.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very responsive—they'd hop on the phone or respond to emails whenever we needed them. They were always ahead of us in terms of hitting deadlines. If anything, we held them back by taking too long on iterations. It was refreshing that they were actually designing faster than we could make decisions.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm most impressed by their ability to create high-quality designs at a very fast pace. Their team not only puts a tremendous amount of focus on client projects, but they're also creative, thought leaders when it comes to design concepts.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not that it's their fault, but I'd suggest for their team to be more aggressive about getting all stakeholders involved in decision-making processes. We had a few moments of decision paralysis when reviewing all of the options Impekable delivered.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure your goals are clear to their team. They deliver extremely quickly, so in order to keep the momentum moving forward, try to get your feedback to them ASAP.

5.0
Overall Score I would work with them again in a heartbeat.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always one step ahead of us.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not the cheapest vendor on the market, but they're fast. They're very good at what they do, so you get what you pay for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They always delivered multiple viable options.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If you need a project done, especially while you're in the conceptual phase, they're a fantastic team to have.

Web App Dev & Design for Machine Learning Company

"On the developer side, their deliverables are extremely high quality and work very fast."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable designed and implemented JavaScript for an app’s web UI/UX, using React and Node.js, as well as InVision for screen collaboration. Features include embedded video, photos, and search.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sunnyvale, California
Co-Founder, AI Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their professional UI is a qualitative success that’s generated positive feedback in the POC stage. Their design shows mastery of standard patterns while offering creative alternatives. Their expert development rarely results in regression or bugs and they collaborate well with internal engineers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a machine-learning AI-based company and an advanced analytics firm. We do video analytics and focus on the security market space, including intelligence security. I am the chief product officer and co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We had a project that involved an application with a web interface. Our engineers had started putting the UI [user interface] together and it was very good functionally, but not necessarily visually. We wanted someone to design the site and improve UX [user experience] and UI.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an engineering prototype already, and I had Impekable start doing mockups and design. I described the concept to them, and they came up with a bunch of screens that were very close to the final designs. We interacted with each other and went through iterations to come up with screens we liked.

We didn't have enough staff to build the frontend ourselves, so we used them to build part of it while our engineers built the backend. They took it from design to actual JavaScript implementation.

The site isn’t a consumer website, so it’s available only to users, rather than being publicly available. Our customers for this product would be intelligence agencies like FBI, TSA, etc. It’s very visual, with elements like embedded video players, photos, and search.

We asked them to use React because our engineers were familiar with that. They have talent in both React and Node.js. They use InVision to do the mockups and share screens with us so we can make comments.

What is the team dynamic?

We work with 1 primary designer and 1 primary developer. The designer is a special resource in their company that we don’t interact with directly. We don’t have a project manager.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

A friend referred them to me. They worked for another company whose founder I knew. They had a very good experience with Impekable, so I met with them and liked how they thought about the project. I looked at their other work and gave them a trial period. Things went very smoothly, and I just continued working with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent between $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in July of this year, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are still at the proof of concept stage with our customers, but the qualitative impact is pretty dramatic. There’s a big difference between our engineering UI and the professional UI Impekable designed. We’ve had very positive feedback.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

They deliver everything on time. They are happy to work weekends and evenings to meet deadlines.

We initially used spreadsheets to manage our priorities, and they would update the status there. Now we’ve moved to JIRA to track progress, and they participate in our daily scrums. They are very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

On the design side, while they have a grasp of overall common design patterns, their ability to come up with alternatives is very impressive. On the developer side, their deliverables are extremely high quality and work very fast. They work extremely well with our engineering team. There’s very rarely any regression in implementation.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I struggle to think of ways they could get better.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Do a combination of 2 things: Write down what you are looking for in terms of a story, and have frequent reviews with a designer.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always respond and work evenings and weekends whenever necessary.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are expensive. I wish they could be little cheaper.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The code is fantastic with very few bugs. Their senior people have helped mentor our younger people, and the designer is very high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Product Dev & UI Design for Technology Company

"Impekable can accommodate a lot more unknowns and ambiguity. That’s really where they stand out to me."

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

Impekable assisted in UI and provided design feedback, based on some initial specs, to a development team working on an SaaS management tool.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Foster City, California
New Ventures Lead
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impekable was superior in handling scope creep and helping spell out new requirements; they handled ambiguity well and were highly accommodating. Impekable had an entrepreneurial approach, and was effective in managing the project as well as delivering high-quality work, despite tight deadlines.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m new ventures lead for a high-value back office equipment supplier out of Japan. We usually deal with printers or what we call multi-functional printers, which is a mature business. I work from the Silicon Valley and we’re tasked with developing new business lines, developing new products internally, or making venture capital investments and new partnerships. Basically, we’re trying to discover the next billion-dollar business for our company

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

One effort we’ve got is on the new product development side. A lot of our relationships are in the IT departments of our customers. One premise we have at our BIC [business innovation center] is that the work is SaaS [Software as a Service]-powered.

If you look at that from the IT department’s perspective, historically they’re used to managing a homogeneous software environment with a few vendors installed on machines, typically. Nowadays, with the whole SaaS proliferation, they’re having to manage a very heterogeneous software environment on top of that, and that’s creating a lot of new challenges for them. We took that, and through some research, discovered that companies that use the most SaaS are also the ones that rate highest in productivity, creativity, and loyalty.

Based on those 2 premises: that the future of work is SaaS-powered and that there’s a good correlation with productivity (and that this creates challenges for the IT department), we created a new product to help IT departments manage their multiple SaaS applications. As we had our own engineering group work on it and build it out, we had to bring in a UI consulting and development firm.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It was very hands-on, as we had to figure out the specs and work on UI screenshots. We decided to build the product not knowing exactly what the feature set was going to look like, and they were a part of that discussion. It was a short duration until we had to create a working prototype. A lot of that was on the internal engineering team, but also on them for the UI. That was phase 1. Impekable did that.

It was somewhat of an awkward project. That’s why we needed someone very entrepreneurial. We just completed phase 2 with them, the beta. We had the specifications. We had frozen the specs, so to speak. Phase 2 was a much more normal process for everyone involved. It wasn’t technically complex because we had our own engineering team working on it. Impekable wasn’t building the HTML for us or anything like that. Their job was really making it intuitive and giving creative input on the design itself. They did very well on that.

The difficult piece in the whole project was working where the specs weren’t fully flushed out, like the very beginning of the prototype phase. A lot of designers would have had a very difficult time with that.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

Through a couple of references and consideration of other companies, we ultimately chose Impekable. The deciding factors were price point, experience, reputation, portfolio, and also their ability to handle the nature of the project. It was a unique rush job, not ideal from the designer perspective. We needed to get the prototype done, so we needed someone who could accommodate that and figure out the specs with us as we go, versus, “Here’s the spec. Now go build it.” We were looking for a very entrepreneurial team and they fit that the best.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together April 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The fact that they completed the job and that I’m leaving a review for them says a lot. It was a difficult project because the specs weren’t spelled out. Of course, you’ve got to determine the budget and the scope of work up front. We went through that process with the understanding that it was somewhat of a guess. We went well over the hours allotted, and the scope of work changed as we defined and refined the feature set of the prototype. They behaved very well in that regard. It was uncomfortable for everyone, but they worked very well in that environment.

We’ve had a very good phase 2 for the beta, which was much better defined at the get-go. The success here is that they’re a very entrepreneurial team. They’re willing to work with large and small customers, both on well-defined and not-well-defined projects. They’re very good at that.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated through Slack and JIRA. The highlight is they were often transparently working on our site with their full team. Given the nature of the project, that was really essential. If we didn’t see them there, we’d do video chats. During the phase 2, the key designer actually spent most of his day, most of the week, on our site, which was very helpful. It makes the flow of the whole project that much more entrepreneurial and that much more accommodating.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve only been here for a short period of time, but certainly my general experience is that some companies require those upfront specifications, but some like Impekable can accommodate a lot more unknowns and ambiguity. That’s really where they stand out to me. Some firms really don’t do well in that. As far as the UI itself, they do a good job. We’re really pleased with the UI product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing comes to mind.

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

MVP Development for HR Tech Startup

"They’re capable and confident, but not cocky. They’re communicative without being excessive or pesky."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable first scoped the project and the product's design. The assembled dev team then built the platform from scratch, which streamlines employee/employer reviews and aggregates the data into useful metrics. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
CEO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Professional, straightforward and always open to discussing new ideas. Impekable is not to be underestimated when it comes to engineering or UX design. The technologists working behind the scenes draw from deep industry experience when delivering client solutions. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm building a platform in the HR management software space. We provide a platform for a 360 review in more of a fast-paced environment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

A classical 360 review involves giving feedback to your peers, your subordinates, support staff, as well as your supervisor or administrative staff, so up, down, left, and right. It usually takes a very long time because there’s a lot of paperwork with very long-winded questions. It just sucks the energy out of everybody after they do one or two. We wanted to change that around, make it like a nomination. Once every week you basically pick someone you want to recognize for doing a great job in a certain way. It’s always the same seven ways, and you just put in a name for each. It’s very simplistic.

It can aggregate all that data and determine quality employees’ strength profiles. Later on, when you’re looking to promote or transition someone, or they request a career shift within the company, you’ll know ahead of time whether they’ll be a good fit in that department or position. It’s basically crowd-sourcing within companies – hopefully, many companies – what they can expect out of their work team, and what their work team can expect out of each other. The way to give an incentive to use it is that, as employees get feedback, they also accumulate points and credits that can be converted into gifts or company benefits. An example could be an Amazon gift card, Uber credit, a Starbucks gift card, or a straight cash bonus, vacation days, whatever the company wants to set up as their prizes.

There’s a big data analytics side to this that’s under development. It’s not part of the MVP, but we’re looking to use that to get a lot of insight, kind of a study as to how companies work on a human level, the human virtues and strengths that are valuable, and we hope to learn a lot.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a mutual NDA, and they were very professional about that. Then we started off giving them an outline, a patent-pending pseudo-code for where we want this app to go. From that, they were able to give us a solid quotation. Their terms and conditions made sense to us and we went forward. They essentially developed the whole app.

They started off with a story-boarded check-in with us to confirm their understanding of our expectations. They did a sophisticated slideshow mockup to give us a good idea of what the UX/UI would feel like. It took them some time to really understand what the patent involved and all the pseudo-code. Once they had a grasp of that, we had a separate meeting on how to develop the backend, how to cloud host this, and things like that.

From there, they primarily focused on the backend, and I agreed with that. They wireframed everything and communicated with me at least weekly on where the wireframe is headed, the problems they were running into, the questions they had about the vision, and where our pseudo-code wasn’t quite clear. We also worked on a few simulations on Excel, to see if the data would work the way we wanted. The Excel spreadsheet we created for them was also a form of QC. If what they were building came out with the same outputs and the Excel prototype, then we’re good.

After that, we revisited some of the more cosmetic or UX type of issues. It was an iterative process. We’re currently four months into the development, and they mostly lived up to the schedule. I’m very happy about that.

It’s hard for me to gauge the size of the team. I’ve been working with four people directly, but I’m sure there were a lot more programmers, engineers, designers, and artists in the background, so I don’t know the full head-count. I was working directly with a project manager, who also functioned as the UX/UI designer. I was also working with a coordinator to ensure everyone was on the same page. There was a programmer with whom I interacted directly, and I’m sure he had a lot of staff under him to get all the backend stuff going. I was also in touch with Pek [Pongpaet, Managing Partner].

How did you come to work with Impekable?

I started with Google, and Clutch pages showed up on top in that search. I went onto the Clutch site and browsed around, looked at your reporting process, and it made a lot of sense. I particularly liked the bar chart that shows the primary focus of the companies; whether they focus on design or programming, more web or mobile. That gave me a good understanding of the core capabilities I was looking to match up with. I found four app developers that made sense to me. I got quotations from three of them, but one was two months too late in giving me a quote. The prices from the three quotes were all over the place, although I’d given them all the same document and outline.

I visited two offices, and I really appreciated Pek’s straightforward demeanor. He’s very professional, but also open to ideas and friendly. It seemed like it would be a good fit. I liked the way he and his staff interacted. He seemed like a very good leader, and that made a big difference. The other company I visited was very showboat-y. I had two salespeople trying to talk to me at the same time, and it was constant advertising. I couldn’t quite dive into the project, there wasn’t a lot of listening, and the price was double what Impekable offered.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March of this year, and our relationship is ongoing. We’re live testing it now, and it’s achieved the minimum viable product status.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We started using it last week, so we haven’t gotten a lot of feedback yet. I’m meeting with Pek this afternoon to talk about any feedback that’s been posted. There’s probably a little more development left, maybe 25% more work to fix bugs, tweak an algorithm, change the location of a button, just some small on-boarding flaws or problems. That was essentially in our contract, but it’s always hard to define when you cut off and say you’re done and most of the feedback has been addressed. It’s a long-tailed thing when it comes to feedback, and we obviously cannot deal with all of them.

I’m sure there’s going to be contradictory feedback as well. Once we get the bulk of the feedback, we’ll have to figure out where we need to draw the line. I’m very cost-conscious, and I know that if we draw it out, it won’t be good for my time and it’s definitely killing their budget. So, I look to get a phase 2 underway. I’ll send another request for proposal out with outlines of features we need next. I think a lot of the selection of those features is going to be dependent on the feedback we get. As we wait for that, we’re working quickly to fix bugs before they become a real problem with users.

I’ve worked with many vendors in my day job. I would say that Impekable’s professionalism ranks in at least the 95th percentile, top-tier stuff. They’re capable and confident, but not cocky. They’re communicative without being excessive or pesky. I’m just very satisfied.

What did you find most impressive about Impekable?

I was very impressed with one of the engineers I worked with. He was able to quickly take what I say, convert that into a scenario question, and ask me that question to confirm his understanding. That process helped us to avoid so much unnecessary reprogramming, going down the wrong path, or a misunderstanding. He just has a good way of reading the sentence backward to ensure the grammar makes sense, and it’s impressive. I haven’t seen anybody else work that way.

The project manager was very artistic and had a good eye for proportions, spacing, color selection. I think the questions she asked helped me to define the feel I wanted for the app. It’s was very enlightening, just to force me into putting an idea into three to five words. She was able to convert that into the same vision I had, which was very impressive.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A lot of times, they would withhold truly answering me on the schedule. There was a lot of wait and see. In terms of the global schedule, the big picture, they were able to achieve it.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve just started testing, but they’ve met expectations so far.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Enterprise Dev for Internet Company

"They're an Agile team able to pivot and adapt with rapidly evolving project scopes."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable's resources help internal developers with project overflow, often receiving complex and high-priority tasks. 

The Reviewer
 
501-1000 Employees
 
San Jose, California
Sr. Director, Internet Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impekable often excels where other agencies fail. The team is a diverse mix of experts who thrive in Agile ecosystems, but there was also an impression that they rarely reject client work, which could become disadvantageous to future work.  

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are an ecosystem company providing a combination of platforms, devices, and content, all seamlessly working together in order to create better lifestyles for our audience. We are working to break down industry barriers and provide a better connection to content across devices, in a seamless platform available on TVs, smartphones, and even automotive displays. We provide cloud services, content, and applications for all of these. I am the senior director of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

I needed to get work done quickly, so I wanted to avoid using a large, bureaucratic agency, while still finding one with enough resources to support a complex project. I was hoping to find a partner with a reputation that suggested they could deliver this, which is why I hired Impekable.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Impekable has been involved in the design and technical work for our platform.

Our team included around 12 people for different areas of our work. There was some scope creep and changes requested by our stakeholders. Impekable was able to accommodate this by quickly adding resources and ensuring a timely delivery of the project.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

I was referred to Impekable by another one of their clients. Impekable's team was flown to Los Angeles in order to offer an introduction to one of our strategic business partners.

How much have you invested with Impekable?

This is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Impekable on November 1st, 2016, and have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our platform is ready to launch, but we have decided to postpone it through a business decision. I don't have any feedback for it yet.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

Impekable's founder was heavily involved in our work, but we also had a project manager who actively developed the project timeline and worked collaboratively with us to ensure prioritization and a critical path. As a Chinese company, we've had to collaborate with our tech teams there. The project was pretty complex, with an almost 24-hour schedule, but Impekable accommodated our collaboration.

We used InVision for previewing designs. Impekable also used another preview tool at a later point, when we actually had developed material, in order to share it within the development environment. We collaborated through WeChat (which is common in China) and Slack, as well as email for formal communications. We used Jira for tracking testing and bug fixes after the front-end development was completed. Impekable's team worked seamlessly across all platforms.

What did you find most impressive about Impekable?

Impekable was available to us at a moment's notice. They're an Agile team, able to pivot and adapt with rapidly evolving scopes. Impekable was able to take tough feedback quickly and make changes, using it as helpful information for building a better product. Especially when we asked for changes without discussing them initially, Impekable was willing to comply. Working out of scope can be daunting for any agency, but Impekable was always flexible. They also let us know when something wouldn't be possible, and what trade-offs were available to us.

Are there any areas Impekable could improve?

Impekable accepted a project with a very tight timeframe, so it would be hard to determine what some improvement areas would be. I think that Impekable does need an even stronger nose for what would amount to too much work within a short period. Bigger agencies have an easier time saying no to work, but being newer, Impekable is happier to appease us. This is good, but they also have to be willing to push back a little more to someone like me.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Impekable?

I would advise other clients to tell Impekable when it's reasonable to say no to them.

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

Web Application Development for Legal Company

"Impekable is great for business brainstorming."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2016
Project summary: 

Impekable developed a web app using CSS, InVision mockups, JavaScript, and Node.js, that allows users to search for existing patents. The project has been put on hold for budget reasons, unrelated to Impekable's performance. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Bebe Chueh
Chief Marketing Officer, LegalZoom.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impekable's great project management and business strategy were highlighted. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the B2B chief marketing officer of LegalZoom.com, Inc. Essentially, we’re a tech-enabled law firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We wanted to test the concept of launching a series of patent search functions. Unfortunately, we have a shortage of tech resources in our company. We’re very business heavy and very marketing heavy. But when it comes to building web assets and digital products, we just don’t have the competency in-house to do it. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

This project was for the product of patent law and services. An inventor can come to our new website, enter an idea, and see what patents are already associated with the idea. It’s a web app that’s supposed to be responsive, so you can use it on a phone as well. For this project, Impekable used CSS, InVision mockups, JavaScript, Node.js, all of those things.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

I’ve known Pek for a while now. Impekable started in Chicago, where I also started my career.

How much have you invested with Impekable?

We paid $15,000 for Impekable’s services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with Impekable this year. It took only a month for them to complete the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

Impekable’s project management was really good. I worked directly with Pek; he managed his designers and developers in doing all the mockups.

What did you find most impressive about Impekable?

The thing that stands out is that Impekable does not just have designers and UI/UX experts, Impekable are great for business brainstorming. As he went through the mockups, he pointed out his experience building similaquotr apps. He brought a lot of patterns and a business perspective to the job.

Are there any areas Impekable could improve?

I think they are on the more expensive side of things, but then you also get what you pay for. All of his staff is in San Francisco, which is a very expensive place. I would say that that’s the only thing. If it’s something that’s super deserving of their talent, then we give it to them, but for lesser projects, we would choose cheaper sources.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    That’s one of their biggest strengths.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Android Prototype Development for Computer Software Firm

"Impekable has been able to take projects from design all the way to implementation and launch."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable was hired to support user interface design efforts, which then evolved into a full-scale Android dev project. The engagement remains ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Trevor Fiatal
CTO, Betcade, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Noteworthy highlights include a wide range of technical expertise and direct access to highly-responsive executive leadership during time of crisis or project urgency. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Betcade builds technology for the real-money gaming industry, primarily focusing on European markets. I am a co-founder and the chief technology officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We are working on a store for Android gambling apps for the Northern European and Western European markets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Impekable has handled all of our front-end development, building our store according to our requirements for interfacing with the back-end technology. Impekable has also supported applications for the Android platform. We have used imPekable for some web projects and interface design, but their main contribution has been on Android interface implementation. We've used Impekable on around a dozen discrete projects, but the vast majority of the work has gone into the main platform. At the moment, we're working with around 6 resources from Impekable. There is a project lead who manages our interactions, but we have direct access to Impekable's developers. There is a good working relationship with all of them. There have been a few staff changes, but most of the people working on our project have been there for the duration.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

I'd worked with Impekable's owner [Pek Pongpaet, managing partner at Impekable] prior to starting my current company and have known him for about 6 years. When I came to look for a resource center on the mobile side, Impekable was one of the first companies I contacted.

How much have you invested with Impekable?

The total cost of our projects with Impekable has been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Impekable in April 2015 for a first mobile prototype, and they produced a working version within a few weeks of us being funded.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Impekable has effectively been our outsourced mobile development team, and we have not felt it necessary to staff in-house resources for Android work. Even though this is an important strategic point to my company, I've found Impekable to be a high-performance partner that delivers on time and with great quality. Impekable has been able to step up and do what needed to be done in order to move forward.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

The costs have been predictable and manageable. Impekable had advance communication before any changes. The process is also transparent in terms of scheduling. We don't farm tasks out to Impekable, but rather treat them as an in-house development team. Impekable is active in our in-house chat system and work with us as if they were on staff.

We have very little in-house infrastructure and have decided to put everything in the cloud, from bug tracking to source code management to collaboration tools and chat systems. When working with primary vendors like Impekable, we always tried to make sure that our choices were in line with how they were doing stuff and not have to ask for changes on how the provider engaged with clients. For example, we didn't pick Slack as a collaboration tool simply because Impekable used it, but it was certainly a factor. Likewise, source code and bug management were selected in collaboration with Impekable, rather than being picked in a vacuum.

What did you find most impressive about Impekable?

I've appreciated the fact that Impekable is a full-range shop with both mobile and web development. The fact that Impekable can pick up an iOS project, provide some web design or even back-end implementations, distinguishes them from many other shops I've worked with, which were more narrowly focused. Many providers will bring some designers and maybe some additional prototyping but, when the time comes to build complicated projects, we had to find other sources. Impekable has been able to take projects from design all the way to implementation and launch. 

Are there any areas Impekable could improve?

Impekable has grown alongside us and, any time when there were resource crunches or communication issues, they were resolved through a quick call with their leadership. Usually, they'd already seen the same issues and were working on resolving them. I don't see this changing going forward.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We highly recommend them.

UI/UX Design for Multinational Tech Firm

"We've used Impekable as an extension of our own team in many cases, which is rare for a contract relationship."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Impekable was first hired to design the user experience for a conceptual product. Their performance led to ongoing involvement. 

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Senior Director of Emerging Technology
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Highlights include a proactive, thoughtful approach to client relationship management and access to outstanding design talent with no shortage of creative insights. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the senior director of emerging technologies and I work in the office of our chief technology officer. Our projects are largely based on forward-leaning innovation, things which we aspire to do in the future. They typically fall outside of the traditional engineering path and are more skunkworks projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Impekable?

We were building a prototype for a product. To bring it to life, we needed professional user experience and design skills. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a rough framework for the product and Impekable helped us create a polished user experience. Impekable has worked on many professional interface design projects for us. Their involvement has expanded beyond my group since they have also worked with our IT and marketing departments. Our work has had a strong emphasis on user experience. We largely interfaced directly with Impekable's principal or one of their senior designers. We didn't have full visibility of the team of designers.

How did you come to work with Impekable?

I had a chance meeting with the principal of Impekable at a coffee shop in Mountain View. We struck up a conversation and exchanged ideas about what was going on in the Valley. I learned a bit about Impekable and he learned a bit about the project I was working on. I asked if he'd be willing to offer contract work for a company like ours. We saw previous projects on their website and references.

How much have you invested with Impekable?

The cost of Impekable's services for my group has been in excess of $100,000 per year. Impekable also has projects with other groups in my company. I would estimate that our company has spent more than $500,000 on Impekable’s services.

What is the status of this engagement?

Initially, we picked a relatively small project in order to gauge Impekable's work. It was successful so we moved on to bigger and better things. Over the course of 3–4 years, Impekable has done 20 projects for different business units within our company. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've used a lot of Impekable's work during executive briefings and customer keynote presentations. The feedback has always been very positive. It was a great thing to have such a professional and polished experience on prototype-style projects. Our products looked as if they were ready to go out the door even though they were still in the concept stage. We've run projects that provoke people's thinking on what is possible and have achieved very polished results. We've tried to bring consumer-centric designs, taking very technical concepts and putting them into the hands of non-technical people.

How did Impekable perform from a project management standpoint?

Impekable has been a professional group. Whenever there were blow-outs in terms of complexity and the time needed to get tasks done, Impekable has been flexible with the use of resources. They made sure that we stayed on time and on budget. Our projects have been fairly tactical and narrow in scope so we haven't had to fall into a formal project management process. Other groups within our company may have used project management tools. That’s because they were involved in broader, wholesale redesigns of community portals and quoting systems. 

What did you find most impressive about Impekable?

Their principal has traveled at his own expense to customer events [we've hosted], standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us in order to make sure that the product worked. We've used Impekable as an extension to our own team in many cases, which is rare for a contract relationship. I have nothing negative to say about our collaboration.

Are there any areas Impekable could improve?

They could have come up with a better solution for tracking the consumption of our allocated hours. We had weekly check-ins with Impekable in this regard. But in hindsight, we both agree that we could have shared a Google Doc instead of email updates. It wasn't a big deal, rather an issue on which we could have collaborated better.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have not missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've done this several times. I've put my reputation on the line and recommended them to many contacts outside of our company. Impekable has done great work there.