How did you select this vendor?
I selected the vendor based on Clutch reviews.
Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.
They divided the project in different milestones and asked for close to 50% of the payment before the actual coding will begin under the pretext that they need to allocate resources like UI/UX, Web developers, Front-end developer, Backend Developer. And mentioned in order to get these guys started they will need the payment.
After the initial payment of USD 7K was made they changed the milestones agreed and the timeline completely. The MVP itself was broken down into 5 milestones stretching all the way to Feburary 2020. This was inspite of the assurance they gave before getting the money that they are confident that they will be able to complete it by october.
Now they started delaying all the work asking for more money. I paid them an additional 3.5k so that they can atleast share the designs and begin coding. Till date, after receiving an amount of USD 10,500 not a single line of code has been written or shared.
On asking for the timesheet to monitor what work was done they said we don't share the time spent in fixed cost model and if I needed to know how much time was spent they would switch me to hourly cost but that will change the overall cost of the project from USD 26,600 to USD 77,000. Which was absurd.
They also start talking about how i should just use the excel sheet given by them which was the information provided by me to them to someone else for development. They basically charged USD 10,500 for an excel sheet where I have done most of the work.
I did a check on the other projects on clutch and its extremely difficult to find them. Most of them are not even completed given the start date was 2018 and before. The reviews given on clutch are fake and provided by the guys they know or those who work for them.
On asking of completed project they are always going to share 2 projects of which you will not be able to find the app and the music app which doesn't work. Basically they are into the business of signing up a big amount and breaking the contract in between without any work and scamming you for the entire money.
What was the team composition?
Ankit Sharma, Anshul Dev Bagai, Shane (Not his real name). Ankit Sharma CEO of Inventive byte is not to be trusted he outsources the work to Anshul who is the CEO of another firm Myzeal IT solutions in LA. They outsource the work to people in Noide (India).
The contract will be signed by inventive byte but due to the third party work, they will not get anything done. They take money from clients and then don't pay the guys they contract the work to. There are numerous reviews posted online under FCS which is the company they operate under.
Also, refer to the address where the company is registered where they have done other scams with other company names. They are in the business of scamming people and changing the name of the company. They will give you reasons that they do that for SEO etc. It's a lie, do not fall for it.