Lakeview Labs is a dynamic trio of mobile experts

LakeviewLabs is one of Chicago's leading web and mobile app development agencies. We build amazing digital products & have a proven track record of creating high-growth startups and profitable companies.

We've built the most profitable app in the app store for education, most innovative, most viral, and have also created many top in category apps. We're also highly skilled in web development, but we focus on native, mobile apps.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2014
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza #1871
    Chicago, IL 60654
    United States

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Key clients: 

The Lakeview Team is highly skilled in creating complex and scalable apps that millions of users love, and has created the most innovative, profitable, viral, and many 'top-in-category' apps over the years. In total, we've created over 20 native, mobile apps for clients ranging from 1 person startups to various Fortune 500 companies. 

We feel as though our strongest skill is taking "Napkin" ideas and transforming them into high growth companies! Reach out today!

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MVP Mobile App Dev for Baby Photo Milestone App

“Acting like a true partner, [they were] very invested in my business succeeding.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Lakeview designed and developed an MVP app for iOS, integrating user profiles, sub-profiles, and photo editing features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Carrie Griffith
Founder, Little Nugget Co
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Lakeview's team developed a high-quality MVP app, receiving positive feedback and success in the app store. Despite a few bugs and delays, their team took a genuine interest in the success of the app, asking tough questions and collaborating closely to improve on initial concepts.  

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the founder and CEO of the Little Nugget app, a baby photo and milestone app that allows parents to create digital journals of their children.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lakeview Labs?

I needed to develop an MVP of my app idea to test its potential in the app store.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I provided Lakeview with some basic wireframes and a hypothesis of what I thought the MVP should look like. Their team collaborated with me, providing guidance and insight on what types of features were necessary in order to achieve my objectives within a set budget.

Following the conceptualization phase, they developed the UX, frontend, and backend of the app for iOS and launched it in the app store. Key features included individual profiles that allowed parents to create sub-profiles for each of their children. They also built in capabilities that allowed users to customize photos with text and artwork layers.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Patrick O'Brien (CEO, Lakeview Labs) and two developers on the frontend and backend.

How did you come to work with Lakeview Labs?

I created a post on the message board of 1871 Chicago's website and talked to many developers who had reached out before choosing to work with Lakeview Labs.

Unlike other vendors, Patrick wasn't willing to just do the work and send me the bill—he genuinely cared about the success of the app itself. He asked me great questions and played devil's advocate when it came to my hypothesis of the MVP I had envisioned.

How much have you invested with them?

We've spent about $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started going over strategy in August 2015, kicking off development in October that year. We launched the app in December 2016, and they maintained the app through August 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

For an MVP, their team developed a very high-quality product. Within the first six months of launching, the app appeared in the top 20 list of paid photo and video apps in the app store. Overall, user feedback has been great.

While the app experienced a number of bugs initially, their team was quick to fix them.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

I talked to their team twice a week on the phone and almost every day through Slack. They were very responsive throughout the engagement.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Acting like a true partner, Patrick was very invested in my business succeeding. For that reason, he asked tough questions to make sure we were always moving in the right direction.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Once the app was officially launched in the app store and we were in maintenance mode, there were slight delays in getting bugs fixed in a timely manner. That's the only element that could've been improved.

5.0
Overall Score They were wonderful to work with.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The initial app was quoted to hit the app store within six months, but it ended up taking around nine months.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were able to deliver at a much lower price than anyone else in town was quoting.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The app they built was very high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Plugin Dev for Photo Sharing Tool

"They’re great at setting the right expectations and then hitting them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lakeview Labs replaced development resources for an incomplete MVP and delivered it to market. The team is currently designing a new recoded version that’s out of beta with enhanced UX and photo capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Neal Weingarden
Founder, Octothorpe Plus
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s transparent communication and expertise benefit their ability to set expectations and meet deadlines. Their new designs modernize the program’s look and increase its efficiency. Lakeview Labs creates value with reasonable rates and triaged workflows that prevent unnecessary spending.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and managing member of Octothorpe Plus. We sell a white-label mobile app plugin that allows brands and businesses with physical locations to reward on-premise consumers for taking and sharing branded selfies to social media.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lakeview Labs?

The previous development team missed multiple deadlines and eventually delivered unusable code. I had impatient clients waiting for my product and needed a team that could quickly standup a stable version. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The first goal was to develop the product using what workable code was left from the previous developers. After the product went live and my customers were happy, the second goal was to sit down with the CEO and review the product features going forward and then we initiated a new design phase to improve UX.

What is the team composition?

The team has four people including the CEO, who acts as project manager. I talk to everyone directly, especially the developers when I have urgent questions.

How did you come to work with Lakeview Labs?

I found them on Clutch during an online search and reviewed their profile and website. Their portfolio and the CEO’s candor both impressed me.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Work started in June 2017 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The team excels at strategizing workflows for an MVP, identifying what’s urgent and what can be done later. Lakeview also helps analyze the market as we move forward with development ideas. To that end, they modernized the product with updated design language to enhance the 2-year-old program.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m in touch with the team daily through Slack and texts. We have 30–60-minute meetings every Wednesday when developers ask questions and review updates. The CEO and I meet for 15–20 minutes afterward to discuss top-level concerns.

Lakeview sticks to deadlines and budgets. Surprisingly, they’ve cautioned against features my clients have recommended, arguing that it’s not worth the money. While it’s unusual for a development team to not want more money, their attitude impresses me greatly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their wealth of knowledge is quite beneficial. The team has a lot of experience in the location and photo spaces, which are integral to the product’s photography functions.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing. I joke that the CEO should be less available because he'll take a call from me on a Friday night, which ultimately is great for me, but it also means I'll work through my Friday night. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Think through your product stories and really identify the minimal viable product that you will put into the market. While Lakeview will do a great job helping you find that MVP, without your intimate knowledge of the market, there are areas they will simply be blind to (like all development shops who do not live and breathe your market).  
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

iOS Mobile App Dev for Checklist Tool

"I would hire them again and again, given the opportunities."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lakeview Labs built an iOS checklist app to work alongside an existing web platform. The solution allows users to register via third-party accounts—Facebook, Google, etc.—and lets businesses upload templates.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Marvin Russell
Founder, Checkli
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Users react positively to the app’s easy to use layout, frequently describing it as the best on the market. A small agency, Lakeview Labs provides the same quality as larger firms at a much cheaper rate. While the app functions bug-free, they respond to any issues immediately.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO and founder of Checkli. We're a SAS software company that has a checklist application.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lakeview Labs?

We wanted to develop a mobile app to work in unison with our web application. We wanted a clean tool that also included a few unique features to set us apart from our competitors.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

As a startup, I wanted to test our app on the iOS platform to ensure success before investing in an Android version. I created some basic wireframe and design mockups, and their developers used these to create our iOS app.

The development involved a number of challenges. For one, the application allows users to sign up with preexisting, third-party accounts, be it Google, Facebook, or email. We also wanted our app to help both consumers and businesses, so we made it easy for businesses to upload branded checklist templates that users can easily download and use. If you’re taking a trip to Italy, for example, you can download a checklist created by a reliable travel agency.

Lakeview Labs' team also worked alongside our web app developer to ensure the two platforms worked in sync. Any changes a user makes on one platform reflect automatically on the other.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a team of two or three individuals.

How did you come to work with Lakeview Labs?

We met at a networking event in Chicago. I hired them early on to work on our web application, but we eventually handed this over to our in-house developer. I reached out to them with our mobile project and they provided a detailed summary of their process and cost estimates. I was satisfied with their brief, so we decided to move forward.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $10,000–$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2015 and our relationship is ongoing. Lakeview Labs is my first choice for the follow-up Android development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re still in the early startup phase, but we have a rapidly growing number of memberships. Users find the app easy to use. This is key in the competitive online marketplace, and we regularly receive feedback that we’re one of the easiest options available for making checklists.

Bug reports are extremely low, though Lakeview Labs receives an email alert and responds immediately if any issues arise.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through Slack and they’re highly responsive, addressing any concerns within the hour. We used Trello during the beginning of the project, but we now largely work through our own checklist application.

One of the things I like about them is their independence. I send them a list of tasks through Checkli and they accomplish every one to perfection within two or three days. I don’t need to hold their hand through the development process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

As a small agency, they don’t have the same overhead costs as their larger competitors. They work remotely instead of investing in a central office space, and this allows them to offer the same quality as larger firms, but at a significantly cheaper rate. On top of that, they offer better customer service.

They’re excellent communicators and bring fresh ideas to the development process. Their knowledge of mobile applications made my life easier. I could explain a component I wanted to include and their team knew exactly how to execute it.

I would hire them again and again, given the opportunities.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I'm a big advocate of transparency, which I think every vendor could improve upon. Understanding how my billed hours are being spent is crucial.

5.0
Overall Score I'm super happy and have zero complaints.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never miss a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I've never had a complaint about their deliverables.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them several times.

iOS App Developed for Real Estate Company

"The app functioned and worked the way that we’d dreamed that it would."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. - Dec. 2014
Project summary: 

Lakeview Labs developed an iOS app to capture/manage multimedia content. Detailed specs included a tailored onboarding process and Workbook integration. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Chief Technology Officer, inRentive
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through Lakeview Labs' consistent workflow and management, the finished product achieved all goals within the projected timeline and budget. The team’s dedication, discipline, and regular communication contributed to a successful engagement. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

inRentive was a real estate data company that dealt with real estate rental listings. We were working on making the apartment renting process easier and less expensive, not only for consumers but also for the building and management companies involved. It’s now defunct. I was the chief technology officer. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lakeview Labs?

We hired them to build an iOS application that was an extension of our platform. We needed a way to capture, organize, and store photos of apartments in a way that was user-friendly for apartment building staff. It was a way for people to manage the multimedia content of the market portion of data that they had in the full platform. We talked about building an Android version, but we never got that far. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The whole team was made up of myself, doing project management and design work; Patrick [CEO, Lakeview Labs], doing project management and overseeing his developer; and the iOS developer himself. He went through two iOS developers. We started out with one, and Patrick switched us to a more experienced iOS developer early on because the first developer discovered he was out of his depth with the project.

How did you come to work with Lakeview Labs?

Our company was in a startup accelerator when we did this project. We were getting referrals from contacts in the accelerator, and Patrick was one of those referrals. We had gotten one or two other quotes from other people (whether they were individuals or teams, I don’t remember), and he was the third quote out of three. The deciding factor was competitive pricing, but also Patrick’s attentiveness. He was focused on the project proposal, and I couldn’t really say that to any great degree with anyone else.

What is the status of this engagement?

It was for about two or three months in 2014. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We got what we needed, stayed on budget, and stuck within our timeframe. It allowed us to get an initial version out to our customers for validation as quickly as possible, without too many bells and whistles.

They built it to stack, so the app functioned and worked the way that we’d dreamed that it would. It needed to sit inside a very specific Workbook and onboarding process that we had designed for our customers, and it achieved the goals that we set. I couldn’t really tell you about any financial success because the company started experiencing financial troubles of its own right after that app was finished. We never really got it into the hands of customers for any extensive amount of time. All the management of the company was very pleased: a subsequent company that one of the co-founders started after inRentive used Patrick as well for the project since she was pleased with what he did for inRentive.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

The inRentive project was on Skype, so we had a couple of groups going there. That was the primary communication outside of weekly calls. Periodically, they would come into the office. Patrick was here in Chicago, but the developer was in California. Whenever he was in town, they would both come over, and we would do an assessment and talk about how things were going. He made sure that we got face time.

What did you find most impressive about Lakeview Labs?

The chief thing is their consistency. Patrick is very dedicated to his methodology of how he goes about scoping a project and managing it, so that's really nice. Whatever the meeting schedule would be, he's very disciplined about making sure that they happen and that all the people involved, from management on the client side all the way down to the most junior developers working on his side, had their chance to talk about if they're getting blocked by anything. All that gets communicated, and it's all out there in the open on a regular basis.

Are there any areas Lakeview Labs could improve?

When we first started working with Patrick, he had just started this development shop, so things were pretty scrappy and coming together. That would be the only potential negative. As a startup person myself, I know that it's not a negative; it's just a fact of life when you're starting out. Having worked with him then and knowing how he has worked on subsequent projects—because every now and then he'll look to bring me in on a project because I can contribute some design work as a contractor myself—I know he's gotten a lot more polished since then. That would be the only criticism, but take it as a very light criticism of a company just starting out. 

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

iOS Prototype Dev for Real Estate Tech Sartup

"[They're] a pretty strong player when it comes to balancing cost with expertise."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lakeview prototyped/launched the iOS version of a consumer ed app, which helps users better understand the home selling process. Work on the Android version is expected to begin shortly. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Satyakam Pandey
Founder & CEO, Ezome
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Assigned resources are both experienced and diligent. Project leaders actively encourage transparency and clear communication, helping to ensure both accountability and reliable results. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of a mobile-based educational platform. Our solution helps people learn all the intricacies and nuances of home selling in a quick and convenient manner. It teaches them the pitfalls and major mistakes that people typically make in the process of home selling. However, it’s not a platform for selling a home. It is more of a resource, a tool, that helps you make the right decision when trying to buy a home for the first time. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lakeview Labs helped us with the design and product development of our app and then the production of our commercial website. The site is simple and includes a link to the App Store. Initially, we spent a lot of time doing customer research. Lakeview Labs was involved in some of the early designs that we used to conduct customer interviews. The actual product development slowly started in late 2015. We ramped up the work as we clarified and improved our design in the second quarter of 2016, and we launched in July [2016]. Lakeview Labs now provides support for the product, managing issues or failures.

I believe there are 4 engineers who are involved in backend and frontend work. I only interact with a couple of them.

How much have you invested with Lakeview Labs?

So far, I have spent at least $35,000 on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement started in the summer of 2015, probably in August. We're currently monitoring the success of the iOS launch and preparing for the development of its Android counterpart. We expect Lakeview to have no problem replicating it for use on other devices. 

SOLUTION

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

I would say we have seen moderate success so far. Currently, the app is only for iOS devices, but more features will be added in the future. For the next few months, we have metrics to hit in terms of customer acquisition, and then we will have a better picture in terms of what our product development roadmap will look like for 2017. So far, we know it is going to include the addition of a few features, including a functional version for Android. Lakeview Labs is going to be an integral part going forward since they built the iOS version.

They are also good at marketing. Starting this year, they are going to focus on selling that side of the work, too. Patrick was instrumental in helping me with our entire launch plan. They have a good handle on the various social media platforms and how to leverage them for news, engagement, and revenue generation.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Pivotal Tracker mostly, but we also use Slack and Google Hangouts and have in-person meetings. These different tools have made it easier to keep track of issues and monitor progress. They've always been responsive to questions or concerns we levy and we can feel comfortable calling or emailing them at any time. 

What did you find most impressive about Lakeview Labs?

Lakeview is an Agile shop. They have a pretty good, lean business model that keeps their costs in check. That, in turn, keeps costs in check with their clients. I see a lot of growth for them, especially in the Chicago market, which still does not have many mature development agencies. Lakeview Labs is a pretty strong player when it comes to balancing cost with expertise.

Are there any areas Lakeview Labs could improve?

Not really, though I do wish they would get some bigger contracts that will allow them to grow.

5.0
Overall Score I have been happy with our engagement with Lakeview Labs. Even though we have a contract with set pricing, terms, and conditions, after the first 3 or 4 months, we had developed a comfortable trust-based relationship.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For sure, 5. Their pricing is competitive, which makes them an attractive option. You get a lot of value for your money with Lakeview Labs. I only have good things to say about them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are diligent with their work and they provide the products I need.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

vCIO Services for Fitness Startup

"The flow and functionality of our website have definitely improved for our end-users."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lakeview Labs served as an interim vCIO. They refined the business strategy and then developed a technology roadmap outlining key priorities for risk/growth management. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Founder & CEO, Fitness Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Strengths include competitive pricing, familiarity with a wide range of project management tools, and the ability to help clients validate their ideas before exploring possible solutions. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our aim is to create a matching service between people looking to learn tennis and people that want to instruct. Through our software, we handle everything from scheduling lessons, making payments, to posting reviews. We're based in Chicago, Illinois. I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lakeview Labs?

We needed expertise for managing developers and strategizing our online presence. Because our business was going to be technology-based, we needed to ensure we were positioned well for growth. I knew very little about this area, so it was important to partner with a company that had the necessary expertise.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lakeview Labs' team has provided coaching and created a technical roadmap for our group. We have an internal team in charge of development.

How did you come to work with Lakeview Labs?

I met Lakeview Labs' principal at a startup event in Chicago. I did some research and discovered that he has expertise in not only managing a team of developers but also in the strategy around e-commerce businesses. He has a vast background with many success stories, so I knew that Lakeview Labs would be able to elevate our company to the next level. I also researched other candidates, but meeting Lakeview Labs' team in person seemed much more useful than looking for developers online.

How much have you invested with Lakeview Labs?

The cost of Lakeview Labs' work has been around $10,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

I initially started my conversation with Lakeview Labs 2-years ago. It was for a different website with a similar purpose to the current one. We started the current project at the end of 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Lakeview Labs has created an end-user roadmap that has allowed our own clients to reach the point of purchase a lot quicker. The flow and functionality of our website have definitely improved for our users. Visually, it’s easier to understand where to click in order to advance the steps towards the final purchase.

How did Lakeview Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Lakeview Labs' strength sits in project management. Developers speak a different language than managers, but Lakeview Labs has assigned middlemen for ensuring that we're running an organized project and prioritizing the appropriate tasks. This has sped up our process and ensured that we're not moving forward until all issues have been resolved. We used Basecamp initially but we have moved to Trello.

What did you find most impressive about Lakeview Labs?

Lakeview Labs' website makes it easy to understand where their business expertise lies.

Are there any areas Lakeview Labs could improve?

With any vendor, we want to have more affordable prices, but this is a subjective issue. Lakeview Labs has a good rate relative to their work.

5.0
Overall Score I've had a great experience overall. Lakeview Labs has been more reliable than any other partner we've used.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Lakeview Labs' cost was affordable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer