What was the scope of their involvement?
MCPK recruits developers directly from Ukrainian universities. We hire them, in turn, to work for us. When we started doing business with MCPK, we had quite a long briefing with their recruiters, telling them exactly what we wanted. We were looking for developers in the web area — PHP, Node.js, and so on. They searched for suitable candidates, had some interviews with them, and introduced them to us. We had nothing to do with selecting the candidates; we only had a second interview to decide whether the candidate suited us or not. They introduced around five people to us in the first four weeks, and we hired two people out of those.
We’re active only in the web development area. Every application we build runs on a server, in one of our data centers. We’re basically looking for people able to develop software on and for these servers. Our customers use the software with nothing more than a web browser.
We started a whole new product with the team sourced by MCPK, which is located in Kyiv. It’s a rewriting of an old product that we built 10 years ago, and it’s used for transforming invoices, quotations, and so on from one company to another, with a lot of transformation formats and transfer ways. It was 80% built by the new team from MCPK.
We have one backend developer and one who’s skilled in UI and other frontend parts. The frontend developer figured out what the application look and feel should be. He discussed it with the team in Germany and built it.
How did you come to work with MCPK?
We initially looked online at possibilities for offshoring and getting remote teams. Martin (Founder) got in contact with us. He’s German as well, and he described what his company did, which sounded good to us. We decided to try it out, and it went great.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent about $50,000–$100,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The first contact with MCPK was in January 2019, we had the first interview in February, and we hired the first member in March of that year. The collaboration is ongoing.