A little madness is a must for outstanding product

In Mad Devs, we have a team of high-level developers and DevOps engineers. Most of them have 10+ year experience.We specialize in high-load, highly scalable and high availability systems, and cover all parts of development - starting from specifications development and defining the architecture, building backend/frontend and up to server infrastructure of the system.We also look for the projects related to Blockchain, Machine Learning, Billing Systems, Geocoding, Video Streaming, and etc.

 
$50,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2016
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Salisbury House, Station Road
    Cambridge CB12LA
    United Kingdom
other locations

Focus

Service lines
  • Custom Software Development
  • Web Development
  • Cloud Consulting & SI
Client focus
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
Industry focus
  • Consumer products & services
  • Business services
  • Education
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Application platform
Productivity & collaboration
Blockchain Focus
User Experience

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Triggermesh.com: A multi-cloud serverless management platform built on Kubernetes and Knative
  • Eatigo.com The #1 restaurant reservations platform in SE Asia
  • Veeqo.com:  An inventory management platform for retailers
  • Teacherly.io: The collaborative learning platform

Reviews

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Staff Augmentation for Blockchain Company

“Mad Devs quickly became an important part of our team, and they’ve remained that way.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Subcontracted resources from Mad Devs collaborate with an internal team that develops and tests proprietary blockchain technology, including open-source solutions, API, and security tools.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Co-Founder, Blockchain Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The Mad Devs team takes ownership of their projects, delivering top-notch work and offering alternatives that enhance the final product. Their reasonable pricing, consistent communication, and flexibility contribute to a rewarding collaboration.

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 work for the world’s largest blockchain development and incubation company. We focus on R&D, application infrastructure solutions, and consulting. I am in charge of business strength and marketing for one of our subgroups.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Mad Devs?

We had a lot of work to do and not enough people to do it. It was difficult to find people with skills in blockchain, especially smart contract, development, and security analysis tools.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our first collaboration was a workforce issue; we needed some people to do specific work. Mad Devs stepped in and helped us get several pieces of our project and product done. After that, we continued working with Mad Devs on specifications, development, and testing for the security modules of a hosted SaaS service. Some were in Python while others were in Solidity, which is specific to blockchain and Ethereum.  

We’re working on a big project that’s just about to launch. We’ve had a lot of milestones involving acquiring and building technology. They’re also integrating it into a platform that we’ve created.

What is the team composition?

Mad Devs lets us choose our resources. Initially, we chose one person from Mad Devs to work on one of our open-source projects. Afterward, they assigned 6–7 developers to another project that involved an audit security analysis engine and API.

How did you come to work with Mad Devs?

Since some of their members were already contributing to our open-source projects, we decided to reach out more formally based on the skill set they demonstrated on Ethereum. Their pricing was extremely reasonable, and they filled a gap we had.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent over $200,000 on their services. They charge an hourly rate and send quarterly statements of work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Mad Devs 12–15 months ago, and we’ve been collaborating ever since. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Mad Devs team arrived and contributed immediately, helping us reach our milestones as we approached alpha and beta releases. We’re a remote team so we can pretty much choose to work with any developer on the planet, but we continue to work with Mad Devs. They are good at what they do.

How did Mad Devs perform from a project management standpoint?

It has been fantastic. Their communication is excellent. We collaborate using Discord servers and Slack, along with a bit of email. We had Trello boards for the project team, along with weekly and biweekly project status calls. Our projects are broken up into two-week sprints, and we test the work at the end of each one. We have a lot of flexibility.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Mad Devs went above and beyond what a typical contractor would deliver. Instead of giving us exactly what we asked for, they offered alternatives. They even mocked up prototypes, then implemented and tested them for us. They think about the product as though it is their own. Mad Devs quickly became an important part of our team, and they’ve remained that way. We don’t want to let them go.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind.  

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I can see a client going through a trial period to see which resource is the best fit, but we didn’t have to do that with Mad Devs. Certain individuals can be better matches for the technology or team in place, and Mad Devs is flexible in accommodating this.

5.0
Overall Score They are one of the best teams I’ve worked with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’d give them a higher rating if I could.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’m obviously quite happy with Mad Devs.

Software System for Taxi Service

"They work as if their own money and success are on the line." 

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

Mad Devs developed a suite of connected technology solutions including Android, iOS, and Window’s apps, a backend web solution, and a dispatch and coordination call center.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Ruslan Karabukaev
Co-Founder , Namba Taxi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to the diversity of Mad Devs' deliverables, the service has seen significant user adoption and growth. Mad Devs is highly adaptable and treats its clients’ projects as their own. Customers can expect reliable software and a passionate partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a co-founder of Namba Taxi. We’re an on-demand taxi service.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Mad Devs?

We brought on Mad Devs to build our entire IT system (core IT engine, consumer and driver apps, and management information system).

What were your goals for this project?

We needed an entire technology system to run an on-demand taxi business.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We appreciated Mad Devs’ entrepreneurial, flexible approach and ability to handle tight timeframes and budgets. Our interests were completely aligned.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They developed our entire infrastructure including iOS and Android applications for customers, Windows and Android driver applications, a backend system, and a dispatching module, which is a call center that accepts orders and coordinates with drivers. They built everything from scratch.

What was the team composition?

Initially, we worked with two developers—a lead engineer and another software engineer. The team has since grown to five people.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Mad Devs’ software has allowed us to become a leading taxi company in our country. The various ways customers can order taxis (SMS, phone call, mobile app) has driven this growth. The most important result has been software stability during peak usage. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They work as if their own money and success are on the line. Their flexibility and continuous desire to improve stand out to us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I’ve seen. They’re one of the best software development companies I’ve worked with.

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

DevOps Staff Augmentation for E-Commerce SaaS Platform

“Our infrastructure is much more resilient and secure.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Mad Devs provides a dev ops resource to move a hosting platform and automate an application. They use Amazon Web Services, Docker, and PostgreSQL to work on the databases, the firewall, and application servers.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Swansea, United Kingdom
Daniel Vartanov
CTO, Veeqo.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The resource provided by Mad Devs is excellent, bringing not only their own skill and expertise. but the input of the wider team to the project too. They manage the remote work seamlessly and fit well into the company’s workflow.

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 at Veeqo, a platform for large e-commerce businesses. We automate their work and are a software as a service (SaaS) company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Mad Devs?

We started with hosting our application on an infrastructure as a service which was quite expensive but allowed us to host our application without an in-house system administrator. However, it became too expensive, so we needed a system administrator or a dev op engineer to move to another hosting platform and start automating what we already have.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve been responsible for our entire infrastructure—everything running any application, code, or serving data was under their scope. They did anything from the database to application servers from caching to project management; from the main management to firewalls. The technology was defined by us. We use Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, and PostgreSQL.

What is the team composition?

The contract was for one dev ops engineer, but we get the expertise of the entire team. Even if the person we’re working with directly is stuck or lacks some knowledge, the entire team backs that person up.

How did you come to work with Mad Devs?

Finding an experienced, good quality dev op engineer is extremely difficult. We started to look for such people via agencies, while I also searched my network and some people recommended Mad Devs. They turned out to have an entire team of senior dev-ops engineers.

We were clear about what we needed, and Mad Devs made an offer with dev op. We met that person and agreed they were what we needed.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend thousands of dollars per month. It’s comparable with the monthly salary of a good dev ops engineer.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The dev op assigned to us was the perfect match. They were the best person we could ever dream of. It was exactly what we needed.

We’re very pleased with what we have now. Our infrastructure is much more resilient and secure, and we’ve improved automation. We’ve also managed to cut our expenses significantly.

How did Mad Devs perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management is great. We’re a remote first company, so we treat the dev op as if we hired them ourselves.

If our developers have any requests, they go straight to that person. I also regularly meet with them to check the plans and what has been done.

What did you find most impressive about them?

What stands out with them is the amount of talent they’ve managed to find and hire—it’s rare that one company has so much.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Keep in mind you’re not only buying expertise of one person, but the expertise of the entire team that’s partnered with that person.

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