Product oriented software company

Our mission is to build amazing products from awesome ideas, changing reality.

Established in Lviv, LinkUp Studio has been delivering excellent software for 5+ years. As part of our company’s expansion, we also have a second office in Ternopil, Ukraine.

Our main focus in the startups, we have big expertise in the marketplace development in different industries like real estate, tourism, food service, retail, media.

Our team executes projects from the ground up, starting from:

 - Business Analysis;

 - UI/UX Design;

 - Front-end and Back-end development;

 - QA Testing;

 - Launch and Support;

We use the latest technologies to develop high-end product that meets all of our clients requirements. We always keep the user in mind as we develop any product and give our clients a clear understanding of why we choose various tools and technologies to complete projects.

We give clients direct access to our team of developers and so that we can communicate closely with clients to understand their needs and vision. We validate, suggest, consult, develop and innovate because we see ourselves as partners to our clients. We have successfully launched 30+ startups and marketplaces and worked with over 25 countries on almost all continents. Are you ready to launch the product?

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2013
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L'viv, Ukraine
headquarters
  • Volodymyra Velykoho Street, 4,
    L'viv 79000
    Ukraine

Portfolio

Winfluencers

Winfluencers is a tool for promotion products thought the Pinterest. The platform offers two deferent options of using. The website visitors are free to sing up as a Brand user or an Influencer.

  • For Brand users, who want to promote their product or content, Winfluencers creates a unique Pin. Picture has direct transition on a website\catalogue\platform etc.
  • For Influencers
of a pinterst.com there is an option of sharing a particular Pin. Every picture has its own rate. And after publication, the payment for every click starts accrue. The more subscribers go to the brands` website, the bigger final payment will be. 

 

The Rental Rating Platform

Nestler is Australia's most comprehensive online tool for property investors to openly find, compare and hire the best property manager for their investment property.

 

http://www.nestler.com.au

Tourbuddy mobile app

Tourbuddy is a gps enabled mobile application made for a tour guide providers.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tourbuddy

Widget for web-applications

A widget for articles which adds videos identifies the voice from it, selects tags and depending on it makes an assortment of videos related to the article.

Economic Development in A Box

Communities themselves install the platform and use it as a resource. This platform grows by information shared and added by the community. The platform includes a list of business, non-profit organizations, local vacancies/talents, events, and real estate and more.

Wholesum food calculator

With Wholesum Food Calculator you can save your time, money and food waste by assisting with details behind meal planning for large groups. You can build out your favorite existing recipes or import them from online Wholesum Cookbook

Travel solution for millenials

Community for travelers. Connect millennials, you can ask questions about places to visit, to eat etc. You can follow the routs created before or find yourself on a map very easy.

StudySmile

A web-based online game program for children (for age 2-5 years) with various types of tasks in different subjects.

Laundry App

The application for managment the process of washing your clothes. You can send requests to driver who will pick up your clothes and deliver to the laundry. You will receive your order summary and can send request to get your clothes back.

Find Parrot

The website that allows companies register, list their products and keep track of news. Following favourite developers is available.

Post-Normal

Post-Normal Systems offers everything you need to achieve your fitness or health goals and make this year a success.The online applications keep you on the right workout each day. Coaches motivate and educate you to improve your efficiency & progress.

GlamD

Chicago based, and founded in 2015 GLAMD rapidly made its mark in the beauty industry by providing the elite women of Chicago a place that they leave from feeling and looking absolutely fabulous! GLAMD Chicago offers microblading, lashes, laser hair removal, and more!

Cryptowny Web App

Cryptowny is a platform for investment to ICO. You will have a lot of opportunities for work with personal account, and keep track of changes in ICO.

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Web Dev & Design for Property Ratings & Reviews Platform

“They’re very good at taking a semi-ambiguous instruction and turning it into something that works properly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

LinkUp Studio built a custom platform on Ruby on Rails from scratch based on existing wireframe designs. Features include messaging, search, and a payment gateway.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Queensland, Australia
Jack Murphy
Co-Founder, Nestler
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

LinkUp has built to specifications, hitting milestones and fixing bugs. Good value for money, they’re easy to work with and committed to high-quality outcomes.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the Co-Founder of Nestler, an online rating and review platform for the property rental industry in Australia.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp Studio?

We didn't have any technical experience. We needed a team that could take our ideas and put them into a working product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built our entire custom platform from scratch. They helped us take a wireframe design and build that out into a workable product. The platform is technically multiple websites built on Ruby on Rails. It has a search function, messaging system, and a payment gateway that they created. It’s not quite up and running but it’s close.

What is the team composition?

Our main interface is the CEO.

How did you come to work with LinkUp Studio?

We found them via Upwork, the freelancing website. We interviewed them and a bunch of others. They weren’t the cheapest but they were the ones who most seemed to know what they were doing. We decided that would be the best bet and I’m pretty happy with that so far.

How much have you invested with them?

So far about 30,000 AUD ($23,600 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in August 2017 and it's ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work they've done has been really good. They’ve delivered on milestones and fixed any bugs. We haven’t been able to test the full set of features yet but what we have tested worked almost exactly as we wanted it to work based on a sometimes quite shaky brief from us. They’re very good at taking a semi-ambiguous instruction and turning it into something that works properly.

How did LinkUp Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been good at setting timelines and milestones. We had been meeting once a week. Now we've upped that to twice a week to make sure we're on track with everything and to keep up to date as much as possible as we get closer to the end of the project. We have those meetings as Skype calls but we also chat frequently via Slack. If there are any problems, especially important questions, they’ll ask us about them so we can address them before the regular calls.

The team's good to work with, especially the CEO. He's the one who has the best communication skills but the rest of the team is also pretty good to deal with.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They seem quite happy and willing to work towards completion of the project. They’re not just hitting milestones. They want to build to the point where it works.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not off the top of my head.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Definitely work out the milestones and functionality before employing them. I think that's how it goes with any development team.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They missed some deadlines but, overall, they're pretty good at scheduling things.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We wouldn't be able to afford a team in Australia.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    In fact, we've already recommended them to a few people.

Web & Mobile App Dev for Travel Chat Platform

"We were lucky to choose LinkUp as our first developer."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2017 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

LinkUp developed a website, Android app, and iOS app that allow travelers to connect and chat with users from around the world. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lisa Tsjin
Founder, Travechat
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both MVP apps fulfilled the original vision, launched successfully, and organically attracted a dedicated user base. Language and time zones presented small issues, but LinkUp's collaborative, committed team dynamic made up the difference. They behaved as a partner rather than as a contractor. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My name is Lisa Tsjin. I am the founder of Travechat, a worldwide travel message board where users can ask any questions they want and get answers from locals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp?

We found that there was no custom platform for travelers outside of WeChat and WhatsApp, which only connect users to the contacts in their phones.

We saw that there were a lot of travel groups, and many people willing to answer questions, but that no one knew the people inside a group. Our aim was to create a more systematic tool which, after we gathered enough data, would allow you to store and search through questions.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Based on my paper wireframes, LinkUp developed our website and our Android and iOS apps. We went through a lot of changes between the idea and the finished product.

The platform allows users to send their questions directly to locals from the places they’re interested in. Anyone with an account on our app can become friends with another user and answer questions from around the world. If someone is traveling to Malaysia for the first time, they can ask a question about the country, and the Malaysians on the platform will be notified to reply instantly.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Andriy Sambir, the CEO of the company, as well as two developers: one for the website and one for the app.

How did you come to work with LinkUp?

They stood out from the other providers we approached. On our first call, they brought their whole team together for a teleconference. I knew that, rather than having a single person build my apps, I would have access to a dedicated team. This was a crucial reason for choosing them. I looked at other freelancers and groups on Upwork, and many of them promised to do the job, but none set up a call like LinkUp.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested around $10,000 in their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with LinkUp in June 2017 and have been working on the project for six months. We launched the MVP version in January 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

LinkUp’s designs were a 90% match to my vision. They delivered what I wanted.

Launching the MVP version has been a challenge because of cost, but the result is okay. We’ve organically onboarded 300 users, mostly friends, family, and people attracted from Facebook travel groups. The user count is small, so people don’t expect instant replies, but they’re still using the platform because they support the concept. I’m quite satisfied with this result.

After the MVP gains a presence, it will be easier for us to find investors. They will be able to see that we’ve built a minimal version ourselves, so they will believe in us and help us advertise in the future. We’ve been happy to work with LinkUp so far.

How did LinkUp perform from a project management standpoint?

The timezone difference was a challenge. When we discovered bugs or needed a change, we had to wait 4-5 hours for their team. This made us consider hiring an in-house programmer rather than continuing to outsource them.

We can only communicate in English and don’t come from a tech background, so Slack conversations have been difficult at times. If a client isn’t handling the development themselves, there can be differences between the idea and the finished product.

In one case, the developers made a change to the website without my permission. I could see the effort that they put in, so we were okay with paying another $200 without advance knowledge. They put a lot of effort into the website and wanted it to come out perfectly. After this, we realized that any features they create should be confirmed with us.

Coming to an understanding between parties takes time, especially when outsourcing the work. We devised a solution by writing details in Google Docs spreadsheets, confirming them, and only then starting the job.

We’ve had a lot of discussions and made some changes, which extended the development time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Because we don’t come from a tech background, finding the right development team was crucial. LinkUp Studio gave us the confidence we needed to grow. We work as a single team. I appreciate being treated like a member, rather than a customer.

They understand the difficulties faced by startups and haven’t pushed for the development of more and more features to get our money. We were lucky to choose LinkUp as our first developer.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their response times could be improved. They work on weekends, but we sometimes don’t get a reply during those times. Being more responsive would bring us better results.

We currently have six weekly calls to develop a better understanding. We didn’t always do this.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It took longer than we expected, but we can understand and accept this.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve had some communication issues due to working remotely and collaborating for the first time, so there is room to improve.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred two or three friends to them.

Web & App Dev for Gravesite Care Company

"LinkUp Studio met our objectives perfectly."

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

LinkUp Studio provides full-stack development for a gravesite maintenance website and created a complementary mobile app, translating design templates into final implementations. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Jewgenij Grobman
Owner, Grobman & Schwarz GmbH
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished products fulfilled all technical requirements within the agreed timeline and price point. LinkUp Studio’s direct communication methods, willingness to explore new ideas, and business savvy continue to impress.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the owner of a company offering landscaping and maintenance for burial grounds that, due to various circumstances, would otherwise be left without supervision. Our yearly activities involve cleaning, decorating, and landscaping tombs; cleaning, handling, and maintaining monuments; tending flower gardens; and painting fences. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire LinkUp Studio?

I needed a website and a mobile application to support our company. LinkUp Studio provided frontend and backend development and design.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create apps that worked well, met all of our technical requirements, and allowed the possibility of future updates. LinkUp Studio met our objectives perfectly. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A colleague recommended that we contact LinkUp Studio.

Describe the project in detail.

I wanted to create a website and mobile application in a specific area—caring for the graves of foreign relatives in Ukraine. Few people understood the essence of my idea. I needed a provider with a great imagination to create a new solution using my design template, and LinkUp Studio succeeded.

What was the team composition?

We work with three developers and a quality assurance (QA) engineer. The developers are always online to discuss aspects of the project, and the QA engineer produces accurate deliverables. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What outcomes or results can you share that demonstrate progress and/or success?

We collaborated on every stage of development. LinkUp Studio quickly implemented every new idea I shared. I had some design templates already, but their designer sometimes offered even better solutions. The results of the project were completed professionally and met our original terms and budget.

How effective was the project management?

LinkUp Studio does not provide designated project managers, but I was still able to communicate with the whole team through their project-management system and on weekly calls.

I appreciated not having to pay for an unproductive “yes-man.” By directly communicating with the development team, we minimized potential misunderstandings and had a clear understanding of what we’d accomplished and what challenges we’d be facing in the future.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The LinkUp Studio team is made up of true professionals who are eager to pursue new opportunities. They also think in technical as well as in business terms.

What tips or recommendations do you have?

If you want to make your idea into a reality, I definitely recommend working with LinkUp Studio. 

5.0
Overall Score I'm happy to continue working with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everything arrived on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The quote accurately reflected the scope of development.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I'm satisfied with the quality of their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd recommend LinkUp Studio to all of my friends who need professional development.

Custom Widget Dev for Social Media Company

"So far I worked with 3 developers, and all of them were pros."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

LinkUp performed custom widget development for a social media startup, managing both the frontend and the backend.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Israel
Adam Frank
Co-Founder, ScaleAbout
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Working in an exceptionally professional way, they deliver the tasks on time and support regular and transparent communication. Their responsiveness, commitment, and affordable prices make them a perfect business partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the co-founder of ScaleAbout, a company that works with social media influencers who have distribution, outreach, or monetization problems. We have tools that solve these problems by taking their content from social media and spreading it outside the social media and SmartLane. We also are building a marketplace for the fans to connect with their influencers and pay them for services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp?

We needed frontend and backend development work and we had a deadline. We were looking to outsource a company since we're a startup and lack big resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I work with my product manager and my UX/UI designer. I provide specs and screens and then I create small tasks. I go over the task with the developers and schedule a timeline that works for both of us. Once they finish their task, they pass the ticket back to me and I review it. When I have questions, I send it back.

Since I have a technological background it's very easy to work with them. I don't need a project manager from their side.

What is the team composition? 

I work with 3 developers. Usually, I interface with two of them, and one is in the background. 

How did you come to work with them?

I found three good companies and I sent them all the same interview questions. Then I compared their product and pricing and decided that LinkUp is a food fit. I took my chance with them and they were great.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $10,000–$15,000.

What is the status of this engagement? 

We started working with them in January 2017 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They met the deadlines and everything went according to my expectations.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

I communicate with them on a daily basis to discuss the progress and the next steps. They're very responsive and great communicators.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciated their transparency and their professionalism.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I assume they could have more developers that specialize in more fields. The last developer I used wasn't from them because they didn't have anyone who specializes in what I needed.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It's all about communication and expectations. As long as you communicate properly and everything is transparent there shouldn't be any issues. Know what you're looking for and they will develop it for you.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    One of their developers is better at scheduling, and one is a little worse, but that's all individual.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    That was a good deal for us.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their developers are very professional. So far I worked with 3 developers, and all of them were pros.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already recommended them many times.

Mobile App Dev for Mobile Tour App Company

"They manage our high expectations and have given us a sense of stability we’ve never experienced before."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

LinkUp built a GPS-enabled Android app for a tour guide provider. The solution takes advantage of Android’s unique capabilities while still matching a preexisting iOS version. They also provide light WordPress assistance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Georgia
Account Manager, Mobile Tour App Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app doubled revenue over the last year, making it well-worth the initial investment. LinkUp manages high expectations and provides a sense of stability through a long-term partnership. Detailed project management allows them to meet milestones.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a GPS-enabled mobile app tour business. We work with a number of cities, hotels, and tour operators to launch iOS and Android apps that feature city guides.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp Studios?

We had an existing Android app, but they helped create a GPS-enabled version from the ground up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After we provided the architecture, they ran tests and suggested new features to take advantage of Android’s unique capabilities. They built the app to our specifications, ensuring it matched the corresponding iOS version.

While we launched the app on our own, they assisted with any problems that arose during the submission process.

We do marketing through our WordPress site, and LinkUp helps with that on occasion.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked directly with Andriy Sambir [CEO, LinkUp Studio] in the beginning, and he organized his internal team. Oleks Pochinsky [Developer, LinkUp Studio] serves as our primary developer and we communicate with him weekly.

How did you come to work with LinkUp Studios?

They were referred to us two years ago. We were told they were hardworking, so we decided to give them a try.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We starting working with them in January 2016 and our relationship is ongoing. While our initial project is complete, we hire LinkUp whenever we need an Android app built.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Having an Android app to complement our iOS version has helped our business tremendously, doubling our revenue in the last year. Our investment has already paid off.

How did LinkUp Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Andriy really focuses on building business relationships, working to ensure the client is happy. We use GitHub for project management and G Suite apps to share documents.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We've worked with developers in the past that have simply walked away from a project. Andriy and his team, however, are committed. They manage our high expectations and have given us a sense of stability we’ve never experienced before.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’ve worked through a few minor prioritization issues over the course of our long-term partnership. This would be true for most developers, of course, and it's important to communicate through an effective project manager when working with a remote vendor.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

As with any developer, it helps to have a clear idea of the technologies you want to incorporate. Set clear milestones and objectives. This is how LinkUp prefers to operate, which is why we worked so well together.

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
    If they’re a good fit for the project, I’d certainly recommend them.

Initial Dev & Design for Meal Planning App

"[T]hey’ve absolutely exceeded expectations almost every step."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

LinkUp provided web design and app development services. They built apps for iOS and Android platforms and used Ruby on Rails for website coding.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Missoula, Montana
John
Founder, WholeSum Food Calculator
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Project specifications were consistently met in a timely fashion. They’re candid about expectations and communicative. Collaborating with them is easy, and results in high-quality work.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner and founder of an organization called Wholesum, an online platform that assists in streamlining meal planning for companies, outfitters, and outdoor excursion organizers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp?

We needed help developing our mobile app and online platform. Development requirements included website design assistance, graphic design support, and database coding.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They supported us during initial app and web development and design. They researched and recommended the optimal server to launch our platform, and coded the web app using Ruby on Rails. With my guidance on algorithms and user interface design, they built us an iOS and Android app. They helped us with the app approval process by meeting the relevant criteria necessary for posting apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

What is the team composition?

I communicated with about five of their team members, including a project manager for initial planning; a team leader and developer for user interface and graphic design aspects; another developer for mobile apps; and yet another developer for the final phases of the project.

How did you come to work with LinkUp?

After local development teams proved to be too expensive, I posted our project on Upwork, and they responded with an estimate. I interviewed five companies to determine which would be the best match for us.  Out of those, I really appreciated LinkUp, not just for their skill set, but for their enthusiasm for the project. They clearly understood the scope of what we needed, and they came ready with new ideas for how we might change or adjust our specifications.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $6,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2016, and we’re still collaborating.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have around 20-30 companies actively using our platform, and more than 200 others are testing it, or expressing interest in it. To what extent this can be attributed to LinkUp’s work is hard to determine at the moment. Overall, I’ve been so happy with their work that I’ve given them more tasks than detailed in the initial scope of the project.

How did LinkUp perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been responsive, transparent, and communicative.  Whenever I've requested a timeline for deliverables, they've provided me with accurate estimates. Their turnaround for work varies depending on complexity, but they’re always upfront about expectations. They’ve done everything they can to meet our specifications.

It’s been easy and effective working with them, and I’ve been pleased with them throughout our collaboration. We communicate via phone, email, and Skype. We also use Acello to communicate for bigger, multi-step deliverables.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do everything exceptionally well. When I decided to hire a development team, I was anticipating having to spell out specifications for our project’s vision, but they presented me with ideas and products that surpassed what I could have done. Every phase of our collaboration has gone smoothly, and they’ve absolutely exceeded expectations almost every step.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Due to the complexity of the backend work, we’ve inevitably uncovered bugs and glitches. I’ve learned to conduct thorough testing for every deliverable in order to better understand what users may experience in different situations and check for bugs. However, they’re always quick to fix issues free-of-charge.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time to thoroughly lay out the specifications you want, and then trust in their work. Make sure to leave time for product testing and revision, but other than that, if you give them the space to work they’re capable of delivering a high-quality product.

5.0
Overall Score I not only received a good price and high quality, but they also stuck to my timeline. They performed well across the board.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve always met deadlines, even when we needed immediate help or had to follow a strict timeline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their rates were fair and affordable without compromising on quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything I asked of them was completed quickly and in high quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to others.

Custom Design & Dev for Boutique Consulting Company

“I trusted [LinkUp Studio] implicitly, and I was I was well rewarded for that trust.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Using Ruby on Rails, LinkUp Studio created a custom web platform for a boutique consulting company. A PostgreSQL database manages 15 unique modules, providing economic development solutions to communities.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Darmstadt, Germany
Chris Miller
CEO, Illuminomics
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new platform is an important tool in the company's transition away from being purely a service provider to delivering an actual product. LinkUp’s phenomenal price point, responsiveness, and integrity continue to impress.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My name is Chris Miller and I'm the founder and CEO of a boutique consulting company. We help communities—in Latin America, North America, and Europe—attract jobs and companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with LinkUp Studio?

I had an idea for something called “economic development in a box,” which is a single tool delivered as a service to clients around the globe to solve common community problems.

We were looking for a vendor that could provide a comprehensive web platform. It needed to support 15 modules that perform different functions, as well as connect the community to the resources they need to be successful.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They started by identifying the problem that we're trying to solve and then worked backwards to identify the best technology to use. They selected Ruby on Rails as a cross-browser platform, along with a PostgreSQL database on a Nginx web server.

There was extensive back and forth during testing, including finding and fixing bugs. Most of the changes that made were due to me changing my mind, but they also made recommendations if they felt something made more sense to be done a different way.

They finished Phase 1 of the project, and now the ball is in my court to sign up the first customers. After six months of collecting feedback, they'll begin Phase 2 development.

In addition to the technology, they offered really useful suggestions about how this product could be integrated into my company. They were very interested in figuring out how best to deliver the technology that would solve the business challenge.

What is the team composition?

My primary contact was Andriy [Sambir, CEO, LinkUp Studio]. I also worked with a lead developer and two junior developers.

How did you come to work with LinkUp Studio?

I was introduced to Andriy though entrepreneurs I worked with on a project in Ukraine. He struck me as very personable, enthusiastic, and direct. His team is made up of really smart people, and they were eager to do something big.

I asked him if he would be willing to take a look at the project. He talked it over with his team and said they would love to work on it.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $19,000-$22,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Work started around June 2015 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

There are no data or metrics yet, but this is a really important project for my company because it transitions us to delivering an actual product rather than just providing a consulting service. It was absolutely critical that it be successful, and so far I am very happy.

How did LinkUp Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

It was a very fluid, dynamic, and agile process. I had a weekly call with Andriy, which other developers would join depending on the phase of the project. They were in constant contact via Google Hangouts as they refined some of the features. Once a week we'd also have an all-team meeting for a progress report and any challenges.

They adopted my project management and ticketing system for this project, and I really appreciate that flexibility.

What did you find most impressive about them?

From a business perspective, I was impressed by their diligence, enthusiasm, and—most importantly—integrity. Every step of the way, Andriy and his team demonstrated integrity. I trusted them implicitly, and I was I was well rewarded for that trust.

From a technology perspective, I was impressed by their intelligence and flexibility. Typically developers are only interested in talking about code and tools. LinkUp is willing and able to understand your business at a deeper level.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Go into great detail on the problem, and then let them propose some ideas. Listen to what the developers tell you because they can add value beyond just the code.

5.0
Overall Score I love these guys, and I've made them a partner.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Any misses on the timeline were our fault.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They work harder, longer, and better for a fraction of the cost of other developers.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They can solve just about any problem I throw at them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm not only willing to recommend them, I'm willing to to put my reputation on the line with my other clients.