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We design, develop, and ship world-class software applications for startups and enterprise companies.

At our core, we're a team of builders. We are experts at creating stunning brands, engaging user experiences, and robust software applications for startups and Fortune 1000 companies.

 
$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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New York, NY
headquarters
  • 902 Broadway Floor 6
    New York, NY 10010
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

The New York Times, Bloomberg, NYU Langone Health, Uniqlo, General Assembly, Codecademy, Harvard University

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Moodcaster Mobile Application Design and Development

Moodcaster helps talent scouts and managers find and connect with aspiring actors. Our team designed, developed, and launched their very first Mobile App on iOS for actors to record self made auditions, alongside building their SaaS platform as a Web Application for directors and creative agencies to browse and manage talent. Visit our work and download the app:

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LACMA Application Design and Development

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art partnered with Lightmatter to completely digitize the pen and paper system that tracked the organization's art and installations, know as MORA, or Museum Object Record Archive. This system manages all of the information and operations needed to organize the storing, transportation, and installation of the museum's collection pieces, and all of the minute details behind each piece of art such

as framing instructions, time on display, and long term storage requirements. Lightmatter designed, developed, and launched this platform, helping the museum increase archival accuracy, reduce costs, and improve organization-wide workflows.
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Cadence Application Design and Development

Cadence, a NYC based startup that helps qualify and source alternative investments, partnered with Lightmatter to design, develop, and launch their very first Web and Mobile application. We worked with this fast growing startup to build out a fully mobile responsive platform that tokenizes each investment opportunity on a distributed ledger. After working with our team, they went on to raise funds from Coinbase Ventures and

other notable investors. Visit our work at https://withcadence.io/
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Galileo Application Development

Galileo is a NYC startup disrupting the healthcare industry through a value based care delivery model and digital platform. We partnered with Galileo to help alongside their engineering team design, develop, and launch many of their web platforms and apps over the course of a multi-month period.

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Codecademy Application Development

Codecademy offers online courses and tutorials for people learning software design, development, and computer science skills, whether for beginners or advanced students. As part of a New Year's resolution initiative to help potential students take their first steps, we created a class discovery app to help students create and commit to their resolutions.

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Corigin CMS Design and Development

Corigin Ventures, a NYC based seed stage firm, needed a new web presence to capture their mission as a VC: to invest at the intersection of digital and physical worlds. As part of Corigin real-estate group, their previous brand and website did not yet reflect their unique thesis and experience investing in both spaces. Lightmatter worked with the Corigin Ventures team through a full branding exercise to design and develop their

new digital presence using Wagtail CMS. Visit our work at https://www.coriginventures.com/
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Tempest CMS Design and Development

Tempest, a fast growing startup who's mission is to provide online support and coaching for those battling alcoholism, approached Lightmatter to help design and develop their their company's web presence and email templates for their online sobriety school newsletter. Our teams collaborated to build an easy to use CMS using GatsbyJS alongside custom email templates integrated directly with Salesforce. Visit our work at

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MVP Platform Dev for Financial Services Company

"They were incredibly easy to work with."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Lightmatter provided UI/UX design. Their team worked through workflows and features. The team developed a full platform design according to specifications. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Nelson Chu
CEO, Cadence
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Lightmatter's MVP has been usable for the entire year. The project management has been effective and released on time. Their work was very impressive and communication was highly competent. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Founder and CEO of Cadence

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Lightmatter?

We hired Lightmatter to do our MVP, creating a basic platform allowing our users/investors to sign up/sign in, view investments, and ultimately make and track their investments. Behind the scenes there was an Admin Dashboard that we used to manage investments, users, and other administrative settings.

What were your goals for this project?

The platform for users/investors had to be responsive and easy to use. The UI/UX had to be implemented according to spec, and QAed to ensure it performed as expected. The Admin Dashboard had to be scalable to incorporate new features and functionality over time. This was going to be an MVP so speed was of the essence and it would be what we launch to our users with.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We had been introduced to Lightmatter through a mutual client of ours from my past company. They displayed a clear grasp of what we were trying to build, maintained all on-shore developers, and were also local and so we could take meetings in person as needed. Their experience across traditional web application development and blockchain was what set them apart from any other vendor and we could rely on them for a one-stop solution.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We provided the UI/UX and specifications, along with full product designs. In turn, we walked them through all the features and workflows to ensure there was a complete understanding of what the platform was supposed to do. They broke it down into sprints and managed the process very seamlessly. Estimates were hit and any delays that occurred were from our own doing (adding features in, tweaking things after we saw the development environment, etc.). They were able to recreate our designs perfectly, a rarity for any development shop.

What was the team composition?

The CTO of the company was on our team given the complexity of the project and we also had another developer and project manager. The team did not change in size over time although we did re-engage with them at a later date to make additional enhancements and we swapped one of their developers for another given the staffing situation on their side at the time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

What was supposed to be an MVP has actually carried us through the entire year following the initial release. We've made iterative improvements and enhancements on our own based on user feedback but the core is still very much what the Lightmatter team built. The site has handled over $80M in investor capital being deployed, 74 different investment opportunities being run, and thousands of users signing up.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They were very effective at project management. We used Slack, GitHub, and Pivotal to communicate and collaborate. Sprints were set very clearly, leaving room for ad hoc work as needed, and we shipped a full fledged platform in 3 months, which we were very pleased with. Features that were expected to be released in a sprint were released on time, if they weren't, we were informed well in advance of the sprint ending, and we could plan accordingly.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were incredibly easy to work with and their ability to hit deadlines is second to none. Even though they didn't have a strong financial services background coming into this project, they adapted and rose to the occasion. I was pleased with the timing of delivery, the communication throughout, and their ability to ship as complex a product in such a short period of time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Given that this was meant as an MVP, this isn't a knock on them by any means but the scalability of the system had to be reworked since we were not anticipating the platform they built would still be in use a year later. Some of the code was pulled together quickly in order to help us meet that 3 month deadline and much of that had to be rewritten given the business need as it evolved.

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

Web Maintenance & Mobile Optimization for E-Commerce Co

"Lightmatter was able to scale up to become a full-time tech team quickly."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lightmatter supported the mobile optimization of a Shopify website for a party supply company. They integrated features and executed on UI/UX design enhancements. They also provided site maintenance services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Linden Ellis
CEO, Coterie
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Lightmatter produced high-quality deliverables that improved the website to support a 60% increase in the conversion rate. The team was attentive and provided effective procedures to ensure that projects remained on schedule. They adapted resources to meet the changeable needs of 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 and founder of Coterie. We’re a direct to consumer party supply business. It’s an e-commerce site for all of your party decorating needs.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lightmatter?

We needed a partner to help us on an ongoing basis because our first tech team focused on launching companies. We were looking for general tech upkeep.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lightmatter was mostly in maintenance mode. They updated our Shopify site based on branding changes. Their team made little tweaks and fixed any bugs that arose. They also helped us to launch new products and added functionalities.

Over the course of our engagement, we had three major pushes. During one push, Lightmatter made major changes to the website to optimize it for mobile. We went through a whole process of redesigning the site for mobile and implemented the platform with Lightmatter. In another push, we completely revamped the way that customers shop for our products based on in-depth user experience surveys and walkthroughs.

What is the team composition?

We worked with 2–3 people from Lightmatter including a project manager.

How did you come to work with Lightmatter?

Our investors introduced us to Lightmatter and we liked them as people. Their team was nice and easy-going, so it seemed like it would be a great collaboration. They were also excited to work with us.

How much have you invested with them?

When in maintenance mode, we spent about $5,000 a month. When we ramped up, we spent closer to $25,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in 2019. Our engagement’s ongoing but we had to scale back on everything because of the coronavirus.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our conversion rate increased by 60%, which was really great. That was one of our big pushes with Lightmatter because so much of our traffic came from mobile. And then, they helped to fix our customer flow for purchasing our party sets. Those initiatives combined helped to increase our conversion rate. Overall, we’re really happy with their dev work. They worked with us to find solutions that were cost- or time-effective. It was great to have people who understood our budget constraints.

How did Lightmatter perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager was a great liaison between us and their teammates. He was on every single call and maintained organization. He sent recaps to our weekly meetings and agendas for the following meeting. He made sure that we were on schedule. They were also real through partners, which was important because my co-founder and I aren’t technical. It was great to work with a team that communicated processes clearly.

The majority of the time we hit the timelines that we originally set, which is incredible. Their team was proactive about bringing up any issues with the site. They were awesome.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Lightmatter was able to scale up to become a full-time tech team quickly. Their team was able to scale from one day a week to five days a week. Then, they were able to scale down to maintenance mode. It was important for us to be able to control that budget. Their flexibility is really amazing, and the engagement ran smoothly.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I had a really positive experience with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Communication is important for all tech teams. You have to be clear about your expectations and goals. Whenever we had a sprint, we drew out the details. This ensured that our development teammate didn’t need to spend time clarifying.

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

Full Custom Software Development for Tech Platform

“I would definitely work with them again on any future project that I have.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. - July 2018
Project summary: 

Lightmatter provided full-stack development services for the data-gathering and visualization tool of a startup company. They created a database and UI/UX and built out security using Python, Django, and React.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Holmdel, New Jersey
Russell Mikowski
CEO, MeterX
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development and design work provided by Lightmatter is top-notch, satisfying all project expectations and helping to bring in investors and several large early-stage clients. Their team was communicative and dedicated throughout the project, fully integrating themselves as a part of the team.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

A few years ago, I founded a company called MeterX, which is a product aimed at creating visibility into the time and cost associated with corporate meetings, and I am the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lightmatter?

They worked with us throughout the process of developing our company’s MVP to show angel investors and then building out and maintaining that product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lightmatter turned my vision for the product into a working prototype from the ground up, handling the initial technical scoping of the product and then developing the database, algorithms, security, and UI/UX. Their main focus was on the capability to pull metadata out of the Google Calendar system and matched it with salary information within a company.

That data was then displayed on a dashboard as a snapshot cross-section of metrics such as meeting hours per employee per day, cost per meeting, meeting efficiency rating, and a variety of other statistics. We had to do a lot of security work to protect all of that information before being able to market it to companies that had to give over those personal details to the software.

After an initial round of investment, they turned our MVP into a functioning SaaS product. They used a number of different technologies, predominantly including Python, Django, and React. Those enabled an incredible level of data visualization for our dashboard, as well as a surveying mechanism to include anecdotal feedback from attendees of corporate meetings as well.

What is the team composition?

We had anywhere from 5–6 people working on the project at any given time. Ben (CTO) and Greg (CEO) were the main drivers of the work, and then they had a project manager, UI specialists, and developers as well.

How did you come to work with Lightmatter?

I was referred to Lightmatter by an individual I had worked with at a previous position who had only great things to say about them. I got to see some of their work, which was really impressive, and meet Ben and Greg who demonstrate a level of optimism that makes a huge difference in any business relationship, so I knew that they would be a good fit for my project. I had them vetted by a CTO that I trust who spoke very highly of Ben’s technical acumen, so we moved forward from there.

How much have you invested with them?

In total, we spent about $300,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

The bulk of the work lasted from January–July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As someone who has worked with a number of different dev shops both domestically and internationally in the past, I can say that their work was absolutely top-notch. On top of that, Andrea’s (Creative Director) design and UX work helps to deliver the quality of their code in an even better way.

I’ve referred them to two large companies that I’m affiliated with who they are now doing regular work for, and I’ve heard incredibly positive things from both of those organizations. I think the fact that I referred them to people that I know and trust is really the best testimonial I can give about my satisfaction with their work.

How did Lightmatter perform from a project management standpoint?

Their whole team is made up of great communicators. One of the things I love about their team is that they don’t give you unrealistic projections. They always tell you how much something is going to cost and how long it’s going to take, and that level of communication really helps to keep the project on track. I’m not used to receiving deliverables ahead of schedule and at a higher level of quality than I expected, which makes them feel like an extension of your own company.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They don’t just have the technical side of things covered; they really make sure they provide all of the services you need for your product to be successful. One of the main reasons we were able to get so many high-level customers using our product was because of the delivery on all fronts, particularly security, that they facilitated.

They went out of the way to get on the phone with legal and security departments at some of our potential user companies and answered detailed questions from them, all of which are really things you couldn’t expect from your usual development shop.

Are there any areas they could improve?

From my perspective, I honestly can’t think of anything. I would definitely work with them again on any future project that I have.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Rely on their ability to be your company’s tech team. Their size allows them to be very agile and quickly deliver projects while also flexing up to handle the demand of larger companies, so it’s a pretty easy relationship for anyone to manage.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Lightmatter Innovation LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Delaware
Id
5395674
Date of Formation
Sep 9, 2013
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last updated
May 1, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
3
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.8
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
April 17, 2020