We make your product come true.

Lunar Logic is a web development company specializing in Ruby, JavaScript and mobile technologies. While we care deeply about craftsmanship – it is one of the crucial attitudes we look for when hiring – that’s not what make us different. Our biggest differentiator is how far we take transparency.

There’s no professional relationship that will last in the long run without trust, and transparency is the best way to build trust.

Therefore, transparency is the cornerstone of how we work. We deliver features to our clients’ target environments as soon as they are finished, as frequently as daily, so our clients know exactly how their project is progressing.

Even if it means less work for us in the short term, we regularly advise our clients to send us less work than they initially plan to when it's less risky and more cost effective for them to validate their business idea with a smaller feature set. 

Our teams are made up of software developers, graphic designers, UX experts and testers. These project teams work collaboratively and the result is less rework and better results, e.g. we discourage doing design upfront, etc. We also expect our clients to be involved in this daily collaboration because short feedback loops help us deliver products that customers love.

Lunar Logic operates as a fully self-organized company, i.e. there are no managers or formal leaders. This means that even strategic decisions are made collectively. Everyone has huge autonomy and contextually acts as a leader. This results in motivated and effective project teams that step in whenever an issue needs to be addressed.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2004
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Krakow, Poland
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Key clients: 

Philips, PaddyPower, United Nations.

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Web & Software Dev for Aerospace Center

“Lunar Logic came up with some good ideas concerning the site’s functionality.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic provided website design and development services, working in React to build an accompanying site for web-based software. They also designed the logo and some branding elements.

The Reviewer
 
1,001 - 5,000 Employees
 
Stuttgart, Germany
Danny Calliari
Researcher, German Aerospace Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project was completed efficiently within a two-month period. It has received positive responses from the in-house team, with particular praise for its interactive functionality and user-focused design. The team was transparent and honest, responding flexibly to changing circumstances.

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 a researcher at the German Aerospace Center and the project lead for a project called VECTOR21.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

We’ve developed web-based software in-house, and Lunar Logic performed a certain task within that development effort. First, they programmed a custom website for us and then worked on a logo, along with branding and design for our software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They didn’t work on the software itself, but designed the website for it, the logo, and certain branding elements like the color scheme.

They built the site from scratch, using library components for comments and other low-level elements. First, they developed the wireframes, and we gave feedback on them. The work involved pretty advanced technologies, including React, which was chosen because our product is based on it.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with three people from their team—one designer and two developers.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

I searched online and found their website. I liked the values they expressed on it, so decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent €12,000–€15,000 (approximately $13,500–$17,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from September or October–December 2018. It was a fixed-time project, with a timeframe of about two months. We plan to work with them again in the future.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The software isn’t online yet, so we don’t have any user feedback. Internally, our colleagues really like the design. Lunar Logic came up with some good ideas concerning the site’s functionality and made it more interactive. Users can grab things and move them around a little bit, which we really like.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

We never met in person with them—everything was done via video calls. We’re somewhat of a startup, operating in the corporate environment of a research institute. Our project was pretty chaotic, given that we were working off of customer feedback in the beginning and didn’t really know what we were doing. We had some requirements, but not all of them. Lunar Logic handled all of this well and was open-minded with new ways of thinking and working. They were flexible in adapting to our needs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I really liked working with them. They’re super friendly and are interested in solving problems instead of causing them. If they have to go an extra mile in order to achieve something cool or awesome, they’ll do it.

They don’t stick to requirements or previous discussions excessively. Things change, and Lunar Logic is solution-oriented and creative, which made it very pleasant to work with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their competencies in usability design aren’t that far-progressed, but they’re pretty good at graphic design. We already knew this, as they communicated it openly, so we backed them up with our own UX designer, which wasn’t a problem.

They’re honest about what they can and cannot do so nothing truly genitive occurred.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

No.

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

Dev Staff Augmentation for Real Estate Solution

“I’ve worked in this industry for decades, and they’re one of the best agencies I’ve ever partnered with.”

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

Lunar Logic provides staff augmentation for a SaaS CRM platform. Their developers work in Ruby on Rails and native iOS and Android development using Swift and Kotlin.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Josh Riney
VP of Engineering, Firepoint Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The experience is completely positive, and the internal team is impressed by the caliber of Lunar Logic’s work. They participate in daily stand-ups and are on par with the regular staff. They understand business goals and offer useful suggestions and ideas for improvements.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide a SaaS CRM solution targeted toward real estate agents in the U.S. I’m the vice president of engineering.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

I needed to scale up the size of my engineering team quickly. The field is highly competitive, and talented engineers are hard to come by. I needed an agency to augment my staff.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They work with us on an existing platform in Ruby on Rails. I needed full-stack developers, and they became a part of my active engineering team. This is a true staff augmentation, and their participation isn’t just project specific. They act as members of my regular team, join in daily stand-ups, and contribute as much as any of my in-house developers.

I leverage them mainly for development work, but their participation is broader than the original scope. After a few months, I added to the team for mobile app development. The new team members do native development for both iOS and Android, using Swift and Kotlin.

What is the team composition?

We started with a team of two developers, and we’ve since added two more. I actively interact with all four developers, and had some early contact with the president of the company.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

They reached out to me in response to a posting on a job board. I was looking for staff augmentation solutions at the time, so I added them to the list of potential agencies we were considering. After researching their portfolio of work and their site, I was impressed. I also liked the ethics and personalities within their team, so I decided to hire them.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we've spent at least $100,000 on this collaboration.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February or March 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve had an entirely positive experience with them. My own senior developers and engineers are all impressed with the caliber and quality of their work, without exception. Everyone on their team is on a mid- to senior level.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very timely. Our workdays overlap by about three hours, so they join our daily stand-ups through video conferencing. We primarily communicate through Slack and a shared development channel. A small part of our communication is through email, but 99% of our interactions happen over Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They offer high-caliber developers and have a practical approach. They always understand that our primary goal is to deliver feature functionality in a timely manner, but they’re also willing to offer suggestions and ideas for improvements. They’re never complacent, but actively contribute to each task.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t offer any criticism at all; they’re an exceptional team. I’ve worked in this industry for decades, and they’re one of the best agencies I’ve ever partnered with.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    You get what you pay for, and they're well worth the cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already refer them to colleagues.

Web Dev for Order Management Platform

"Between their excellent code and creative solutions, they were committed to creating the best possible product."

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

Lunar Logic took over for a third-party that built a web app in Ruby on Rails and Angular. They fixed bugs and the existing code, revamped features, and built new functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jerred Sydnor
Co-Founder, OrderNova
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform has not gone to market due to externalities, but Lunar Logic fulfilled all requirements with diligence and dedication. They provided creative solutions to problems, used all available resources, and prioritized tasks to deliver high-quality products as efficiently as possible.

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 co-founder of OrderNova. We provide a web-based management platform for bakeries.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

We had brought in a local company to work on our MVP, but the partnership didn’t work out. We needed someone to come in quickly and take over the project. We commissioned one Lunar Logic developer who solved our most immediate problem. Based on their results, we decided to take on a second developer to oversee the remainder of the development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lunar Logic completely took over the development role for our platform, which is a web application based in Ruby on Rails with an Angular frontend. They fixed countless bugs, built new functionalities, worked with a pre-existing frontend style guide, and repaired poorly written code.

For example, one platform function allows customers to order custom cakes, but the customer-facing side of that process took nearly 30 seconds to load. Lunar Logic jumped into the preexisting code and revamped the feature to make it ten times faster. The team also added features like the ability to modify orders and place recurring orders.

What is the team composition?

We worked with two primary developers, but they brought in other team members from Lunar Logic when the need arose.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

Lunar Logic had sent us a sales email two months prior. When our first developer parted ways with us, I remembered that email and reached out to their team.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from May–October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Unfortunately, due to problems outside Lunar Logic’s control, our platform has not gone to market. However, they’ve done fantastic work for us. They worked with us to understand the business logic of every feature and fix we implemented and suggested alternative approaches to reach a better outcome. Between their excellent code and creative solutions, they were committed to creating the best possible product.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

I served as project manager, but Lunar Logic’s team allowed the project to run smoothly. We collaborated on our backlog to prioritize each task based on how long it would take to complete and the impact it would have on the overall platform. They worked with us to get the best results in the most efficient way possible. We used Trello to monitor and track progress.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Lunar Logic let their developers use all available resources to solve our problems. Their developers would bring other team members free of charge to look at an issue and provide insight into our project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’re highly pleased with their work.

5.0
Overall Score They were fantastic from start to finish.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If anyone ever needed development services, I would direct them to Lunar Logic.

React Web App Dev for Technology Innovation Company

“They've delivered high-quality contributions to a niche industry.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - June 2018
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic engaged a staff augmentation methodology to assist the frontend design and development of a progressive web app. The platform was built using React and consists of a complex backend.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
CTO, Technology Innovation Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’re strong communicators and implement a flexible project management strategy. Lunar Logic allocated one frontend engineer to accomplish the project’s goals. She created a high-performing interface with an intuitive UI/UX while maintaining a proactive and cordial demeanor.

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 CTO of a technology innovation company. We provide offline web solutions for public health commodity logistics and emerging markets.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

Our clients are largely public health personnel within small communities. We’ve been developing radically accessible tools to help them provide essential medical care to their patients. This required software that could work offline or on low-end Android devices. To accomplish our goal, we needed a development firm to help us create robust and user-friendly interfaces within the platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Lunar Logic helped build our progressive web app by developing the core infrastructure of its frontend and CSS elements. We have a multidisciplinary team of engineers with the experience required to work in our niche industry. As a result, a lot the of product design occurs before we hand the materials over to an outside resource. Anna (Frontend Designer & Developer, Lunar Logic) got involved in the project after the app went through several rounds of user testing and mock-up iterations. We engaged a staff augmentation model, so Anna worked closely with our internal team and is still a part of the regular stand-ups and design reviews. She led the app’s implementation and subsequent problem-solving efforts. The platform was primarily built using React, but it also utilizes a variety of technologies on the backend.

What is the team composition?

We only worked directly with Anna.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

One of our designers met them at a design conference and they got along great. Once we were looking for vendors, we reached out and the relationship evolved from there.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around €30,000–€40,000 ($35,144–$46,858 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

They were involved with the project from January–June 2018. The current iteration is complete, but we’ll likely be contacting them in the future when we start developing the next phase.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re still nearing the official launch of the web app, so I don’t have metrics regarding user reactions or criticism. However, the feedback from our internal team regarding Anna is overwhelmingly positive. Everybody likes working with her because she’s productive and solutions-oriented. It’s evident that Lunar Logic adequately supports their employees so they can perform at an expert level. They've delivered high-quality contributions to a niche industry. We’re happy with their work and the personable interaction that goes along with the experience.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

The best thing I can say about their project management is that we’ve never noticed it. They’re clear communicators regarding scope and always made sure their resource was available to us. They have an in-house capacity building schedule and were proactive in figuring out when internal activities or conferences might conflict with our release schedule. That was always handled easily. Initially, Anna visited our office for a week to meet the team and participate in brainstorming discussions. All other communication was done via phone or Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve worked with quite a few outsourced providers through this kind of work and it's difficult to find people who are reliable, willing to engage in problem-solving, and can also produce excellent work. We’re lucky to have run into Lunar Logic and we look forward to working with them in the future.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We gave them a lot of autonomy and included them as part of the team. This approach worked great for both parties. Issuing them a more rigorously stipulated list of tasks would be a vastly different strategy and I can’t speak to how effective that would be.

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

Custom Rails Development for Public Policy Non-Profit Organization

"They would really go out of their way to make strategic or process-related suggestions that would reduce costs."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic manages development and customization for a European environmental non-profit’s Rails website. The team initially provided general support, but has evolved into website upgrades.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Principal Policy Analyst, Public Policy Non-Profit Organization
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The upgraded website has been greatly improved and internal staff has complimented new features. Lunar Logic worked to ensure they could do the project at pro bono rates, which was vital to the continued relationship. The team excels at explaining development in layman’s terms.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a small, but long-lasting research organization, a think tank related to European environmental policy. We are a not-for-profit organization – that's important – and we're independent. Our funding base is quite broad, and project related as well. This is who we are and what defines us. It also kind of links to what I have to say about Lunar Logic as well and how they have been working with us in the past.

What is your position?

I am a principal policy analyst. I work on issues related to diversity and technology services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

The reason why I work with Lunar Logic is, even though I am a research analyst primarily, we don't really have a communications person here. Because we're a small institution and not-for-profit, we have to conduct research and manage other internal tasks. I took over the planning and coordination of our communications earlier this year. But, it was my predecessor who then first initiated the contact with Lunar Logic based on a recommendation. I don't know much more than that.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

In a way, when I took over the coordination role, I inherited the contact with Lunar Logic as well from my predecessor. Initially, they were brought in to help us to maintain the web page, so to fix things that we wanted to be fixed, which we couldn't do ourselves as web managers, and help us with the glitches and things on the web page. It was on a case-by-case basis kind of support. They provided support when we didn't know what to do ourselves. That was the initial engagement with Lunar Logic.

My predecessor had a rather positive experience worked with Lunar Logic, saying that they were very approachable, responsive, and helpful. Building on that, when I took over, we've run into problems and we contacted Lunar Logic. They were lovely, helpful, and quick to respond as well, so we continued using their support services. Eventually, they recommended that we revamp our website and implement some large upgrades.

Since we're a not-for-profit organization and we didn't have tons of money, we've been exploring with Lunar Logic as to whether they could help us to redesign the website – the framework – for managing it as a pro bono inter-capacity building kind of work. This way, we would work together in the future. That's been the plan.

Also on the back of that, we've now had Lunar Logic working with us to design a web page for a project that we are running and leading, a European Union-level project. They did the design for us and will help to manage it in the upcoming five years or so. Then, they've also helped us to design a small micro-site within our own larger presence. Usually, we have two people who work with us although, most recently, we've had a more junior person who has been supported by a more senior person.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

How things came to be was that we got our original web developer, he referred us to Lunar Logic and recommended them to work on the type of page we have and the type of framework that we have on that page. That's how we got in touch with Lunar Logic in the first place.

The reason why we went with them is because they use a specific coding framework called Ruby on Rails, which is what we have our site built with. But, none of us here are very familiar with web development, per se. We understand more and more, but we understand the basics and we've also had things explained by Lunar Logic. So, they've been very helpful to try to make us understand what the problems are, to see what needs to be done, and what they suggest could be done.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

I can tell you what we've been doing this year, but that doesn't really reflect the previous year. This year it would be something along the lines of €15,000 to €20,000 [approximately $17,000 to $22,500]. That's because there was actually a significant web page development as part of it, and there's been work on top of that. Usually, it has been less, in the past. I would imagine it would have been definitely less than €5,000 [$5,650] per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Not really. I think our firm is kind of small and the services that we need are rather small on the scale, so we didn't really have a process in our organization where we would be systematically monitoring our developers.

Our web page wasn't really developed by Lunar Logic in the first place. They took on the task to help to manage it. That brought us the need and the idea that we need to revamp the site because it was difficult for them to control it and it was difficult for us to work on it. I can't really provide any feedback on their development work because they haven't built anything new on our site – just worked on fixes and process related things.

As for the other site, which they have developed, it's very recent. It's only been live since July [2015]. There is no feedback to share yet, even qualitative from the user's side, apart from our own. Our own team, who works on the project, has found it to be a definite major improvement from the previous site. My colleagues have said to me it requires some basic knowledge of HTML, which is new to us. Of course, they also said that when you understand and get your head around that, it will be easy to use, and you'll be able to do much more with the design they have provided us for this new project-related website than we have been able to do with our previous organization's website.

We are, with our future plans with them, kind of coming towards the point now for this project-related website to transition the same services to the organization's main website. I think the only comment from my colleagues who have been using the new website has been that there's a certain understanding required before you'll be able to benefit fully from the improvements that they have implemented.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

In terms of actually working with them and coordinating work with them, it's been very nice. They're very responsive and also very helpful.

What distinguishes Lunar Logic from other providers?

I haven't worked with any other provider before, so I can't really reflect in that respect. But one thing I wanted to mention is that, with my little experience, we've been pleasantly surprised how well Lunar Logic can, in a way, dumb things down for us, and explain things, and options and what is involved. Therefore, nobody's lost on how things work, and what is possible and what is impossible. I've been personally very happily surprised with that, so the communication has been relatively painless.

We also appreciate the fact that they understood our limitations as a not-for-profit. They really understood that, as a small organization, our budget is very inflexible. We can't just come up with more money. They would really go out of their way to make strategic or process-related suggestions that would reduce costs. For example, some of their junior people might make things last longer, but bring the cost down.

Is there anything Lunar Logic could have improved or done differently?

The only thing that comes to mind in a way is that I see that they are quick to respond, and we've had a nice organic dialogue with them. In the context of the web design that they did for us, there was a little bit of misunderstanding in the communications between our coordinator and Lunar Logic. So there was a bit of a back-and-forth and things weren't quite happening, messages not getting through, but that has varied depending on who we've worked with. Some people at Lunar Logic can better understand what we non-IT [information technology] people are trying to say. There's been a little bit of that, but not to the extent that it would have resulted in us not working with them.

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

Rails Developed MVP for Video Gaming Startup

"They've been very easy to work with, and I'm very confident in their abilities."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic is creating a social network MVP for gaming professionals. The project uses Ruby on Rails and an Agile management methodology to develop a functional backend and design an engaging frontend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kuwait
Founder & CEO, Video Gaming Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The prototype is of satisfactory quality for an initial design, and is currently in beta testing, receiving mostly positive feedback. Lunar Logic is both responsive and flexible. They show that they are partners in brainstorming and solving challenges.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My company is a startup and it's focused on creating an online platform, a kind of social network, that allows professionals in the gaming industry such as developers, designers, writers, publicists, and others, to create a portfolio and share their talents with others. The concept is to allow people to find the talent they need to develop, market, and sell their video games successfully. 

What is your position?

I'm the owner and founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address with Lunar Logic?

I'm a Ruby on Rails developer myself, so I knew that I wanted the platform created using that. At the time, personal issues prevented me from dedicating the necessary time to creating the platform by myself, so I decided that I would find an outsourced partner that could build the functional prototype for me. I wanted to get the MVP [minimum viable product] to the beta test phase as soon as possible, so I could figure out and hone the features and interface design. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The project is still ongoing. We just moved into a closed beta test last week, which is invitation only. They've been responsible for building the functional back-end as well as the front-end design work. They've worked in close collaboration with me, using an agile development method. We have daily meetings during which we discuss what tasks need to be completed, how to prioritize them, and bounce some ideas off one another. Right now, I have a dedicated team composed of two senior Ruby on Rails developers, a front-end designer, and one QA [quality assurance] specialist. I manage the team myself using the Kanban methodology.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

I found them through online research. Like I said, I was explicitly looking for outsourced developers that had a lot of experience using Ruby on Rails. I came across Lunar Logic and a handful of others, but after contacted each and having a few interviews and looking at their previous work, it was clear to me that Lunar logic would probably be the best fit. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the development back in mid-April, and we just moved into phase 1 beta testing last week. We'll be working together in the future to improve the design and functionalities of the platform. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback from this project?

It's a little early to have any significant metrics, especially since it's a closed beta with only a small sample of users. Right now, we're just looking at the stability and performance of the platform and its various features. The feedback that we've received from end-users has been mostly positive. Several end-users have expressed real enthusiasm for the platform, claiming that it's, "just what they're looking for." We've run into a few issues with it so far. There's always going to be some defects in the first release but, overall, I'm impressed with the quality. They've been very easy to work with, and I'm very confident in their abilities. 

How have they performed from a project management perspective?

They've been great. Lunar Logic has always been responsive to my requests, and my team is very flexible with changing requirements, which is a guarantee when you're working in an agile way. I've never had an issue with delayed work, and they always keep me updated as to their progress.

Is there anything that you'd consider unique that distinguishes them from other providers?

I've never outsourced an entire project like this before, so I don't have a benchmark for comparison. I can tell you that this is much more valuable than a vendor relationship. They're real partners when it comes to brainstorming creative solutions and workarounds to technical and business-related challenges. I've really appreciated that about them.

Based on your experience, are there any areas in which they could improve as a service provider?

Not that I can think of, I've been very pleased with their performance, and I definitely intend to keep using them.

What advice, if any, would you give to a future client of theirs?

My biggest piece of advice is to make sure that your requirements are fleshed out. You need to have things well-defined and be able to elaborate upon the business logic behind the technical requirements, too. 

5.0
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

RAILS Development for Loan Marketplace Provider

"They don't require a lot of hand holding or micro-managing."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic provides ongoing development for a business loan provider. They provide Rails software support and development for a variety of contexts. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Director of Product Management, Loan Marketplace Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Pivotal Tracker was used as a project management tool in this project, and the team adjusted to it well. Lunar Logic never had problems with deadlines, budgets, or communication. They excel at setting accurate expectations and working independently.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Funding Circle is a marketplace for small business loans. We connect small businesses that require funding with investors who want to fund their loans.

What is your position?

I am the product manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

We had internal problems with capacity. As with any growing company, there's far more work to be done than there are people available complete it. We wanted to create a roadmap for development, and that's when I reached out to a large number of contracting firms and then chose Lunar Logic as our trusted provider.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

They are a Ruby on RAILS shop, and we use a Ruby on RAILS stack, so they have been involved with all aspects our web application. That's what they started with, and that's what they've developed over the course of two years. Originally, two people worked on our project and that later increased to eight. I think right now we have four developers working with us.

We manage the project ourselves, and they are primarily developers. I would say they are a mix of senior- and mid-level developers. We deal with quality assurance internally. My company does testing in development, so we don't explicitly require QA [quality assurance]. The developers themselves are responsible for QA.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

We were originally contracting with an onshore company, but we did not see big benefits from them given the cost. For this project, I only looked for offshore companies. I found Lunar Logic through a pure Google search and approached them with our project work. 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We've spent roughly $30,000 to $40,000 a month, for the past two years.

What is the status of this engagement?

It is an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The only KPI [key performance indicator] that we track is how quickly can we get software pushed to live and developing up to par with our internal teams. Obviously, delivering software in a timely manner is important to us, and Lunar Logic is good at that.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Pivotal Tracker as a project management tool. Everybody in our company uses this to manage our backlog. We didn't have any problems with delayed pieces of work, going over budget, or unresponsiveness. Pawel [Brodzinski], who is their boss, is a very open, very pragmatic person. They make sure that our expectations are set correctly. They're not a 24/7 shop, so if there are super urgent issues, they will still try to put their best effort into fixing something.

We've had a good working relationship. In fact, their two lead developers actually visited us and spent a week with us to try to figure out some plans for the future. They're very pleasant to work with.

What distinguishes Lunar Logic from other providers?

From my experience, Lunar Logic is really smart and capable as well as very quick. They don't require a lot of handholding or micro-managing. There was an initial fear that there might be communication challenges but, in fact, there weren't any communication challenges at all. The only challenge is obviously the time zone difference, but that's the same with every outsourced provider.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

I know Pawel likes to keep Lunar Logic small and doesn't really want to super-scale his team, which makes sense. But, if they were to put their business thinking hat on, then he would see that he needs to expand and hire more people. There were no issues where we requested resources and they weren't able to provide them.

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

Mortgage Platform Development for Real Estate Startup

"If you have an idea, they jump on it and offer different solutions for it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic designed and developed a fully functional mortgage platform from start to finish. The team created custom features like a mortgage calculator, administration tool, and bank compatibility.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Zürich, Switzerland
Mathias Joss
Owner & Founder, Hypoguide AG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project has been successful and has yielded positive metrics. Lunar Logic provided 4 developers who were communicative and who practiced great customer service. The team is creative, competent, and inspires trust in their capabilities. 

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We offer a mortgage platform here in Switzerland. We offer the best interest rates on the Internet, and the process is 100 percent automated. It takes five to 10 minutes, depending on how well you know the property you want to finance.

What is your position?

I am the owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

The original goal was to build the actual platform itself with full functionality. We're still developing the website incrementally, and improving the calculator, but the bulk of the foundational work is done.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They built everything, the website and the mortgage calculator. I wanted a designer who worked exclusively on this website because developers are very important, but designers are, too. That was one of the reasons why we went with Lunar; they have two or three full-time designers, and that was important.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

I contacted different developers in Poland after discovering that the developers in Switzerland and Germany were far too expensive us. There are many suppliers in Poland, and I thought Lunar was the best and most experienced, so we went with them, and it was a great decision.

I conducted online research myself. I contacted them first with Skype, and then I went there to meet them in person. For a smaller project, I would have only used Skype but, for this project I wanted to see who I'm working with.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

To go live, it cost 200,000 Swiss francs, which is around $208,000. In the future, I will spend $60,000 to $100,000 a year to improve the website.

What is the status of this engagement?

It is an ongoing engagement. The biggest milestone was when we went live. Since then, we've made small improvements. We added landing pages and improved the mortgage calculator, added more banks, and improved the administration tool. Right now, we are just improving what we already have. We have two developers working with us now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

I don't have any stats to share. The results from their work are very good. I'm still getting a lot of good feedback from other financial companies here in Switzerland. Some of them are interested in licensing our product. I believe our product is one of the best, if not the best in the industry. Competitors tell me that we are a step ahead of them.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management perspective?

Lunar Logic had two developers and one designer working on our project at the beginning. After three months, another developer and a tester joined the project. I managed them directly, so there was no project manager on their side. We had talks daily to discuss what we had to do and what's already completed. We went over budget, but that's not their fault – maybe our quality standards were too high. If you contact them, they always reply. For example, I wrote the owner an e-mail, and he answered right away. Also, you couldn't expect higher standards for working with an outside company regarding how they communicate with clients via Google Hangouts, and Skype. I think the way they deal with customers is great.

What distinguishes Lunar Logic from other providers?

After a few weeks, you feel like you're part of their team, and you have confidence in Lunar Logic. They're very creative. If you have an idea, they jump on it and offer different solutions for it. They don't just do what you tell them – they think about what they do.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

No, I'm really satisfied with their service. Sometimes, it takes a little bit longer to finish things than they estimate. I think that's normal, regardless of who you work with. Most companies are not always able to fulfill the deadline, so I don't think that's a Lunar Logic problem. It's also not a problem if you don't have a really strict deadline for something. They would deliver things ahead of schedule, too, so it balanced out.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offered one developer for four months at no cost to me because they wanted to improve the coding. They told me that it shouldn't be my problem if they have to improve the coding for future work...Not every company would offer you something like this.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Absolutely.

Custom RAILS Development for Entertainment Startup

"There were some critical pieces of functionality that they built, and they built them successfully."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic provided Rails development for a betting start-up. The team worked on general coding and architecture, as well as custom feature development.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
Former Co-founder & CTO, Entertainment Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team was well respected by the in-house engineers because they were able to deliver all project functionalities on time. Lunar Logic provided good project management tools and communication. The team became a valuable partner during development.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

The company was a sports betting startup.

What is your position?

I was the co-founder and CTO [chief technology officer].

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

We had a very small pool of Rails programmers in Dublin, Ireland, where our team was working. We had an extensive backlog of feature developments, but also general code refactoring and architectural work that we needed to undertake. We really needed experienced developers to collaborate with. I decided to outsource the job and brought on Lunar Logic after much consideration.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

At the time, they had a project manager working with us and a test engineer that helped automate the test suite. The technology we used was Ruby on Rails, and we used some CoffeeScript and JavaScript. We collaborated very closely with their resources, mostly sharing the complex, more demanding elements of the project.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

I was looking for great developers and, one day, I came across one of their developers online, and reached out to him directly. I was really just basing Lunar Logic on the quality of the individual developer. It was kind of an added benefit that they were based in Poland, which was close in proximity to Ireland. 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It was hundreds of thousands of euros. It's been a little while, I don't really recall.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started with one developer in November 2000, and then worked with them for a period of a couple of years. We had maybe six to eight developers working on the project at its peak. The collaboration with Lunar Logic has since ended.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We had them working alongside our existing development team, and I think that because our engineers respected them and worked well with them, we were able to deliver projects on time, and deliver the functionalities that we were looking for. That was far and above most other shops that I've worked with.

Our end-users didn't really know that there was anything different going on. We were delivering the end product, and that's what really counted. There were some critical pieces of functionality that they built, and they built them successfully. They always got the job done. 

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

We started with Pivotal Tracker, and then moved to their proprietary product management tool, which we found to be very useful. We rarely dealt with delays or miscommunications of any sort.

What distinguishes Lunar Logic from other providers?

It was Lunar Logic's skill set, the experience level of the developers they were able to staff on the project, and their reasonable cost, that really differentiated them. It really showed in the results, and our team really respected the engineers who worked on the project and the results.

My advice is really to bring them in as a trusted partner. I think they work best when you're really playing that key role. I don't think that they are looking for the typical kind of staff augmentation types of projects where they're not a trusted partner of whoever's trying to get the project done. I think the results that they're able to achieve, come from operating in a trusted capacity, and I think that it's helpful.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

We probably would have liked to have access to more developers than they really had available and, again, that's a factor of the quality that they're delivering. I understand it's hard to recruit such talented developers, so I don't have any very specific points there.

5.0
Overall Score Five, definitely.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think they delivered extremely high value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already done so many times.

Android Development for Environmental Advocacy Nonprofit

"[T]heir programmers tend to be competent and self-directed [and don't] require a lot of direct micro management."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Lunar Logic developed an Android and Web application that allows users to create advocacy maps. The team used existing wireframes and used an Agile development method in this ongoing relationship. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York City Metro Area
Michael Heimbinder
Founder & Executive Director, HabitatMap, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform has had good download rates and engagement thus far. Lunar Logic provides competent, responsive developers, although there has been some employee turnover throughout the years. They provide a project manager but are open to diverse management methods.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I run a nonprofit organization called HabitatMap and, primarily, we work with schools and community-based organizations to create planning and advocacy maps.

What is your position?

I am the founder and executive director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Lunar Logic?

Lunar Logic built our application for Android, a Web app for Air Casting, which is one of our platforms, and a HabitatMap Web application.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Lunar Logic did the technical development for all three products. In each case, I already had the wireframes beforehand and together we worked to flesh out the design beyond that.

We haven't done any user testing or quality assurance beyond the feedback Lunar Logic's developers gave us. We haven't contracted them to do a large-scale investigation of how, the user might be navigating through the app, or how that might be made better, improved.

How did you come to work with Lunar Logic?

I've been working with Lunar Logic since 2007, and the owner of the firm, Paul Klipp, was running the firm. I met him through the New York Tech Meetup group. I had gone through a couple programmers who failed to deliver, and I was investigating others who seemed like they had a good track record of producing products that were similar to what we were looking to produce ourselves, but most programmers were simply too expensive. The cost was a key determining factor when it came to choosing Lunar Logic.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

From the beginning in 2007, I would say it's somewhere around $250,000 to $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We still work with them. When we start a partnership with another organization, a certain component of the project requires the development of a new feature or feature set to support the work. That's when we tell the Lunar Logic guys, "Okay, Lunar Logic, let's do some work so that when we run this program, everything will be in place." That's basically how we work with Lunar Logic, and why it tends to be episodic and ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

They do Agile development, and it works well with the way that our organization works. When we launch products, we know that they're not perfect, and we improve them in time. For the most part, the success or failure of our products is more a result of marketing and engagement on our behalf than anything that Lunar Logic does.

Air Casting has been downloaded around 13,000 times since it was released in December 2011. The other sites get anywhere from 50 to 100 unique visitors a day. Our other products share similar success and overall we're very impressed with the user adoption and engagement rates.

How did Lunar Logic perform from a project management standpoint?

I'm the only one from my organization who works with Lunar Logic directly and I do a lot of project management. When I initiate projects with Lunar Logic, they have a project manager, but I'm doing 80 percent of that role. I've been able to scale back their project management hours in time because I take on a lot of that role, and their programmers tend to be competent and self-directed in a way that doesn't require a lot of direct micro management.

I'm usually dealing with anywhere from one to three programmers, so the team isn't overly large. They're mostly very responsive, but it can be difficult sometimes to schedule development work, because they're often servicing clients who have an emergency come up.

As I've worked with them, we've gone through three, four, or five different types of project management tools. Right now, we use Kanbanery, which is a product that they created. It's a program that I like so much that I use it for my other projects that aren't even Web-related. The development methodology we used all the way through our collaboration was strictly agile.

What distinguishes Lunar Logic from other providers?

Given the turnover they've had in the years since 2007, I'm surprised that the programmers I've worked with have done a very good job of creating continuity, making sure the project is handed off from the person who is leaving to somebody new.

I'd say 80 percent of the time I've been able to work with people who are competent beyond what I'm paying them. A couple of times I've had bad experiences with a few of their programmers, but they've been responsive when that's been called to their attention.

Generally speaking, there is some ability to choose who you want to work with from their team, at their discretion. Lunar Logic gives its programmers some leeway for them to choose what projects they're working on. For me, it's been a mostly positive experience in terms of the programmers that I've worked with.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve, or things you might do differently?

I think that having personnel available to do one or two days' worth of work quickly would be a huge improvement as far as my own business is concerned. Often, I'll have anywhere from one to five days of work for one programmer, and it can be very difficult to get them interested because of their other projects.

There's a certain kind of natural conflict when a client has episodic but not necessarily monetarily lucrative work and the programmers are busy with other projects. If you're only doing one to five days of development, it's not as interesting as doing three months worth of development. I think that sometimes it can be difficult to get a few days' worth of work done when they have other priorities.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    As I said earlier, it can be hard to schedule them if you're doing a smaller section of work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer