Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
We have about 500 producers, so that's 500 users, but that's our closed beta program, a sort of restricted beta program. What we've heard from the producers has been good. We had to do a number of iterations early on, but it was largely fundamental like business model and stuff. Things we were changing as we started to get used to actually using the product.
We have our most recent version out there, and it seems to be very well received among the beta users. We're going to be going into the open market and just pushing for growth now in 2016, especially in the next few months so that's exciting. However, we're still pre-revenue. The mobile and web platform that Master of Code built for us is a piece of a bigger puzzle that involves some hardware that we have to build for monitoring animal sickness. That is being done as we speak, so I'll know more about that during the coming months.
We are in discussions with a potential large-scale industry investor or potentially an acquirer already. We're still very early so that's very interesting. Much of that acquisition discussion was driven from how fast we were able to develop and move as a small startup. That company, that investor, is well aware of Master of Code's involvement with us, and they're very happy with that. Other than that, I can't really talk too much about that deal structure or that deal specifically. With the speed at which Master of Code helped, helped us lock down this potential investor so that's good.
How did Master of Code Global perform from a project management and quality of work standpoint?
The process in dealing with Abell and a few of the others at Master of Code has been exceptional. There is a bit of a time issue because we're in Canada, and they seem to be always available. We have issues that come up with usage and things like that. When I'm getting responses, I'm getting it directly from a project manager. I'm not having to go through levels of customer service or technical support or things like that. That's been good.
I think, overall, the process and dealing with project managers at Master of Code has definitely been exceptional and what I would believe to be the standard.
What distinguishes Master of Code Global from other providers?
From a quality of work perspective, I think we received an amazing product from Master of Code. We haven't had any issues with the product, other than iterating on modeling things. That's been great. We haven't seen this project through to scale yet, but one of the best things about Master of Code is they've dealt with some very big projects that have scaled. We had a lot of confidence in them in having architect responsibility for this one. I would say the product itself has been great.
Is there anything Master of Code Global could have improved or done differently?
I'm not sure. I think in our particular case, this is my first project like this, and we came to them with very little by way of thought-out requirements and things like that. As a project, we were probably much more difficult than they're typical project, we'll say. We're moving extremely quickly, and we were handing them very little to work with in terms of validated requirements and design ideas and wireframes and things like that.
Overall, we had so early hiccups ironing out the wireframes, but that's largely due to end, being unprepared to move at that pace. Other than that, I can't say that we ran into any issues, so I'm not sure I would really want to change much.