Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
I won't have any illustrated stats until we've completed a working beta. We're pushing a build every week, with much of Majestyk's work being implemented. Everything seems to be working nicely at this point, including API calls. There is a way to search Google Images and Locations, for example. Majestyk's code is clean, from what I can tell.
I wouldn't say that Majestyk has had too great of a creative input in our project, but as the behind-the-scenes worker bee, they have provided a lot of clarity to certain problems that arose.
As an example, with a nearby feed, the "nearby" can be characterized in many different ways. I didn't make this specific in the scope, so rather than doing something wrong like searching for nearby users, Majestyk contacted our CTO and asked about the functionality. Indeed, we needed a way of creating a location attached to the actual list. Majestyk was responsible for clarifying something which was muddy and not very drawn out. In terms of overall app architecture, though, we didn't ask for too much creative input from Majestyk.
How did Majestyk perform from a project management standpoint?
Majestyk's CTO is a refined and honest person who understands that we are a startup. The discussion in our case is different than with a big company, but Majestyk demonstrated a good ability to work with us. Not everyone likes working with startups, given that funds can be tight and changes are made on the fly, as we evolve and develop. I find that if I would’ve have chosen one of the other candidates, there could have been communication problems or other issues.
I personally use Slack, while my CTO uses JIRA for the collaboration with Majestyk. We also use Asana internally. I've stayed pretty far away from the backend work, but I've been involved with Asana, which allows me to monitor the designer and the in-house iOS team.
What did you find most impressive about Majestyk?
It was very impressive that they had the foresight to check the General Assembly board for work. It's a testament to a very fine business development manager. You never know when or where an interesting project can be found, and ours is reasonably so, even though creating a backend server can sound dry. I was looking for a long-term relationship, and Majestyk seemed motivated to work on an iOS social app that can potentially grow. They were open to a host of possibilities for growing together, including a partnership, equity, and so on.
Are there any areas Majestyk could improve?
I don't have any areas of improvement to note, partially because Majestyk could be commenting on my own improvement. I've thrown many curve balls at them in terms of timing and so on, making it extremely remiss of me to talk about how Majestyk can get better. They've done a terrific job of working with a startup and being prepared for rapid lateral moves and pivots.