What was the scope of their involvement?
Before beginning app development, they assisted us with app design using a landing page concept we had created. They created the app's design concept for us. After a couple months of trading design ideas and having discussions about the app, we moved on to the development phase of the project.
First, they created and wrote the backend from scratch. Next, they developed the iOS application itself and the admin panel for small businesses. With this function, when businesses created their company profile, it would automatically appear in the app. They implemented a geolocation feature using Google maps to indicate business locations so that users can see all the new businesses and services within a 10-mile radius around them. Users filter and search the types of services they are looking for to see which businesses best match their requirements, which are the closest, and which have the highest rating. The app also navigates the closest route to their desired location.
We try to involve as many new businesses as possible. This is partly to encourage student involvement and participation. The app is currently free to use since seed investment covered our development and some marketing. We would eventually like to redevelop our app into a white label solution and sell it to different governing entities to promote new businesses in their area. We do not work with JatApp anymore since we launched our iOS app, but instead, our own team handles development. They left us with the source code and a finished, well-done landing page. They also offered us support for around a month after launch.
What is the team composition?
One of their designers helped us with our preliminary task. When development started we worked with two of their developers. Throughout our collaboration, we also worked with a project manager from their team.
How did you come to work with JatApp?
I conducted an online search and posted our project description. At first, I was looking for freelancers. However, I ended up hiring a team, which worked out for the best because, unlike freelancers, they already knew each other and had worked together. I collected bids from various companies, and JatApp was among those who applied for our project. They offered us an estimation and showed us their previous work. We had already done the wireframes, so we decided to move forward with a trial run by using them for design. They successfully completed design work for us, so we decided to hire them for development as well.
How much have you invested with them?
We’ve spent around $50,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in March 2017, and we finished collaborating June 2017.