Experiment to Innovate. Build better Products.

Lean Start Lab helps you validate your startup ideas in the quickest, cheapest, and leanest way possible. We turn your venture concepts into tangible products so you can show your idea to the world and, more importantly, to your target audience - the people your product is meant to serve.

 

We work with you to develop your concept prototype and Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Our Product Development team can build web applications, mobile applications, and even hardware products. With a prototype or MVP in hand, you can now go and gather valuable feedback from your customers..

 

As serial entrepreneurs with multiple startups under our belt, we understand that the first step to starting a startup is often THE hardest step. Lean Start Lab exists to help early entrepreneurs take this first step. Our mission is to take you and your startup from 0 to 1 so you can go from 1 to 1000!

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2017
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Shawnee Mission, KS
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  • 10740 Nall Avenue, Suite 160
    Shawnee Mission, KS 66211
    United States
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Portfolio

Key clients: 

Udo (Udoit.biz) Stenovate (Stenovate.com) Chain of Trust Technology - CoTT (ChainOfTrust.io) Blockchain Water (BlockchainWater.ai) Asthma Insight (AsthmaInsight.com) CitySmart (CitySmart.com) BNGO ShopCircle

Üdo is an on-demand personal assistant mobile app which allows people to access personal assistance services at their convenience. Busy professionals, especially working moms, can get their Üdo Assistant to help them with time-consuming daily tasks.

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Stenovate

Stenovate is a comprehensive collaboration platform for court reporting professionals. The platform combines an admin dashboard and a freelance marketplace, allowing users to manage projects and deadlines for smoother collaboration between team members.

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Chain of Trust Technologies - CoTT

CoTT is a secret management platform which secures, automates, audits, and manages access to keys and configurations. The platform offers developers and IT admins a single source of truth to store sensitive information.

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Blockchain Water

Blockchain Water is a comprehensive water management platform which provides easy access to real-time watershed models to all key stakeholders in a decentralized and distributed modeling ledger.

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Asthma Insight

Asthma Insight is a preventative care app for asthma patients. The platform allows both the patients and their healthcare providers to track, report, and analyze treatment progress and long-term health status.

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CitySmart

A platform​ for citians to explore their cities, stay connected with local communities, and learn about local businesses through events and hot deals.

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BNGO

BNGO is an event app to host venue-based games and to promote social interactions. The social app is designed to be an ice-breaker to get people to "hang out" in a ​real-life social situation.

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ShopCircle

ShopCircle is a social app for savvy shoppers to hunt, share, and collect fashion deals. The app combines the concept of influencer-based shopping by​ offering great deals online and at retail stores.

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LiveK

Live-K is a running app for competitive runners to self-host races and competes​ for cash rewards.

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UX/UI Development for New Web Platform

"Lean Start Lab’s work was top notch."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May - June 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Start Lab developed the UI/UX for a startup business' new web platform, with the primary new feature being a user-friendly frontend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Benjie Lewis
Founder, Benjie's List
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The UI/UX was well-received. Lean Start Lab’s understanding of digital technologies helped them meet all deadlines. They kept the project moving and on budget throughout the engagement. The team’s high-quality deliverables made them a valuable partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder of a startup company launching a new web platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Start Lab?

We needed a solid UX/UI to send to our web development team so they could understand what we were looking for.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a friendly user experience for our new web platform.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found them through word of mouth. They had many positive reviews from other startup companies.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Lean Start Lab created a UX/UI for us to give to our backend development team, who are based in the Philippines.

What was the team composition?

We worked with three members of their team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Lean Start Lab was very easy to work with. The project came in on budget and on schedule, so I can't say enough good things about them.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We had one main point of contact but were able to reach out to the other team members as needed. The project manager was very effective throughout the process.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Lean Start Lab’s work was top notch. I wish every company I deal with delivered on budget and on schedule.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, there are no areas of improvement that I can think of. Lean Start Lab did great work.

5.0
Overall Score Great company. Great service.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were on schedule every single week.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their work was well worth the price, and they could even charge more.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work was high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely refer others to them.

Native App MVP Dev for Startup

"Their customer service was impeccable—it showed they were really there for us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Jan. - May 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Start Lab developed a high definition MVP of a native application for Android and iOS. Services included creating content and consulting on strategy. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Bianca Fennix
Founder, BallotFriend
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After successful pitches to investors and customers, internal stakeholders expect to work with Lean Start Lab to develop a commercially viable product. The prototype has attracted attention from industry leaders. The vendor’s communication skills added value throughout the engagement. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of BallotFriend. Our company is geared towards spreading awareness, education, and analytical data for local, state and national elections.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Start Lab?

Our company saw an opportunity to provide a service to customers where they were not being met. We posed with the challenge of showing our customers how easy and convenient it would be to use our mobile app to take the stress away from being overwhelmed during elections.

We hired Lean Start Lab to help our company develop a high definition prototype that could be used to convey a simple concept to investors and customers. We plan to scale up our prototype with Lean Start Lab into a live mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals were to create a simple efficient flowchart, wireframes, and prototype that would show how we simplify the overwhelming election process. Our goal was to create partnerships, gain investors and an interest in our service.

Lean Start Lab walked our company through each step to help us reach our goals. Through the use of this project we were able to secure 3 major partnerships, investors and gained over 100 sign-ups for our pre-launch database.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Our team gathered a list of 3 vendors from online and recommended companies. Our team interviewed each company to make sure they were the right match for our vision for long term collaboration.

We selected Lean Start Lab because of their technical knowledge and ability to convey this knowledge to our team in terms they could understand while also being professional. We loved that Lean Start Lab offered multiple services for every stage in our business plan from startup to scaling in a reasonable budget.

Describe the project in detail.

Lean Start Lab was able to make a simple way to spread awareness, education and data analytics for local, state and national elections for our users. Features included providing a preview of the users local voting ballot, checking voter registration and providing reminders to users when there is an election they are eligible to vote for.

Since this information can be overwhelming, Lean Start Lab did a great job going above and behind in providing additional strategy and support in making sure the vision was conveyed in our MVP while also being technologically reasonable.

They did an amazing job providing additional assistance through the content creation and design stage despite my team initially providing unrealistic goals. We were able to find a realistic balance between both teams. Our native application is set to be developed for both iOS and Android.

What was the team composition?

Our team included the founder, a marketing specialist, and a data analyst. Each persons role was to make sure their primary goal for the business was effectively conveyed through the prototype so that we could gain traction. We 100% believe this was conveyed with the help of Lean Start Lab.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We have been able to confidently pitch our MVP to potential investors and customers since the project with Lean Start Lab. Within 1 week we gained over 100 sign-ups for our prelaunch database and continue to gain volunteers for beta testing. Since using Lean Start Lab we have gained the attention of industry specialists who have agreed to work with our company to ensure the vision to market. We are excited to work with them and our marketing specialist again to gain even more traction in phase 2!

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Tin, the project manager was very easy to work with. He made the process simple and easy by keeping us updated regularly and working to make sure our vision was incorporated throughout the process.

The majority of communication was through email and telephone conferences for the team. Tin and I made sure to meet regularly to make sure each of our teams knew their role and were able to communicate effectively despite my teams lack of technical experience and knowledge.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was highly impressed with this teams technical knowledge, user experience and being able to communicate effectively and efficiently to my team despite potential language barriers. This made the process extremely smooth for us which is something we worried about while interviewing vendors. Their customer service was impeccable—it showed they were really there for us. I couldn't imagine using any other vendor and receiving that level of service anywhere else.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Overall we were very satisfied with the project despite our timeline having unrealistic expectations. Rushing the project would likely have resulted in a less impressive MVP and we would have compromised quality for time. This vendor did an excellent job in communicating capabilities with us and incorporated a check and balance system that allowed for a smooth process.

4.5
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

UI Design & Development for Software Company

"I was impressed by their level of dedication."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Start Lab designed and developed the UI of a command line interface toolset, adding new features as necessary.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Kansas
Ben Hammes
Co-Founder, Chain of Trust Technologies, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Working with Lean Start Lab helped the internal team focus their efforts and identify areas for improvement. They were flexible and organized, adjusting the project scope to accommodate new challenges. Their fresh, knowledgeable perspective moved the project forward quickly and smoothly. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Chain of Trust Technologies, LLC creates enterprise software to manage IT infrastructure. As co-founder, I manage projects, administrative duties, and sales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lean Start Lab?

Our company builds exceptional backend software, but we aren't designers. We hired Lean Start Lab to build the UI for our command line interface toolset.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to create an intuitive UI for the tool that reflected its functionality.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I selected Lean Start Lab after working with several other vendors. We met with them for weeks before making our decision.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

After closely working with them to define the project’s scope, Lean Start Lab built the UI for our toolset product. Many new features and changes came up throughout the collaboration.

What was the team composition?

The project team had five members: three frontend designers and programmers from Lean Start Lab and two representatives from my company. Our teams integrated tightly to accomplish the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We came out of the experience with a new perspective on how users interact with our software. Our project’s evolution also uncovered several areas for improvement. Having outside insight helped focus our team and accomplish the goals we set.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We managed the project using GitHub, Trello, and Slack, but also regularly used Google Hangouts when we weren't in the office together. Lean Start Lab did a good job of tracking sprints and keeping the team focused. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was impressed by their level of dedication. The team was flexible and understanding when we ran into unexpected challenges. They also worked with us to alter the project scope so it fit our needs.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They could improve very little. They truly went above and beyond.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Lean Start Lab always accommodated our schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Lean Start Lab deserves full marks because of how dedicated they were.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for App Startup

“Test users have given positive feedback, saying the app looks professional and appealing.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Lean Start Lab developed an initial app prototype and later built out additional features, such as in-app notifications and messaging. They also built a web portal that maximizes the service’s efficiency.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Rhonda Dolan
CEO, Udo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Lean Start Lab was organized and communicative, clearly outlining project progress and next steps. They did a lot of work for a good price, making them reliable and affordable. Unlike many other firms, they collaborated closely with the internal team to optimize the partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Udo, an on-demand personal assistant mobile service that allows companies to offer access to personal assistants as a benefit.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Start Lab?

We first hired Lean Start Lab when we needed to build a prototype for our initial mobile app. We later hired them again to build out the initial app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lean Start Lab built the iOS app using React Native, and we haven’t worked on an Android version yet. The app is for the user interface, and the team also built a web portal for the company to be able to receive and respond to requests from users. The UI is designed to maximize clicks, and all of the communication between assistant and the end user is contained in the app. It also has in-app notifications and a task log that allows users to track the status of their jobs.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a strategist, co-founder, project manager, and multiple designers and developers.

How did you come to work with Lean Start Lab?

We were looking for local developers, and someone recommended Lean Start Lab. We called them, and they asked all the right questions, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?                                             

We spent around $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The partnership lasted from September 2018–April 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Test users have given positive feedback, saying the app looks professional and appealing.

How did Lean Start Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

During project sprints, Lean Start Lab provided live documentation that showed the progress, and we held weekly meetings to track the work. Their communication was excellent, and we used Slack, phone calls, and Google Meet. Whenever I had questions, they answered them. Even though some of their team was overseas, the different time zones were never a problem.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re particularly adept at working with the lean startup model, and they helped me refine my business model and see the big picture of our app. They walked me through the design and user flow, facilitating a discussion instead of just telling us what to do. For the price they charged, they did a lot of exceptional work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could be better at preparing new founders to be stronger product owners. However, they’re open to feedback and will listen to what you have to say.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be prepared to put in the time and feedback necessary for the project and partnership. Clearly explain your vision and the features you want, and be willing to accept budget and project changes.

4.5
Overall Score They were strong, but things could always be better.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They accomplished what they promised, but there’s always room for improvement.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They do a stellar job for the price, and they're really strong in their market segment.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

App Development for Healthcare Solutions Company

"The team has quick turnarounds and thinks through our challenges efficiently."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lean Start Lab prototyped an iOS application based on sketches and mockups. The team used Marvel and React Native.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas City, Missouri
Sunti Wathanacharoen
CEO, Pulmonaer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They work quickly through sprints. Lean Start Lab’s smaller size contributes to their effective approach.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Pulmonaer. We build healthcare software solutions for people with chronic respiratory diseases.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lean Start Lab?

We hired Lean Start Lab to build a clickable mobile-based prototype, which we would use to vet our product offering and obtain feedback on it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started with sketches and lower-functioning mockups to go through a first working version of the software. The engagement then proceeded into brainstorming sessions around strategy and functionalities. Lean Start Lab used Marvel for the prototype and Reactive Native for the iOS app.

What is the team composition?

We work with 2–3 local resources and there are a few other team members in Vietnam working behind the scenes. They also onboarded people to work on HIPAA compliance.

How did you come to work with Lean Start Lab?

We received a referral and hired Lean Start Lab because the team was transparent about their skill set and experience at the industry level.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in April 2018 and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The engagement is milestone-driven. We have high-level tactical reviews of sprints.

How did Lean Start Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

There was an initial learning curve on both sides, but we’re comfortable with the current rapport. We can now anticipate their questions and approach. The team has quick turnarounds and thinks through our challenges efficiently.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Lean Start Lab can go the extra mile even though they’re a smaller group.

Are there any areas they could improve?

As a younger and tech-focused company, Lean Start Lab should stay open to different approaches as they work with more clients. More considerable tech savvy in the healthcare space would help our partnership.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be an involved partner. Don’t just wait for results; see what the deliverables will look like ahead of time.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Hourly costs are good given the blend of domestic and offshore resources.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm happy with them and know the team has their clients' interests in mind.