What was the scope of their involvement?
The platform was a new concept. We started with an introductory call where we discussed what the project entailed. After that, they brought in some developers to think about the project and give us their recommendations. This helped us a lot on the concept side, as well as the development side. The developers know what they are doing.
They used Node.js, TypeScript, AngularJS and Angular 2, and Elasticsearch for deep search interface. For the database, they used MongoDB, and we were connected to some other existing libraries from the Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix, and from Amazon developer’s platforms, as well as used some of their services.
We currently have a demo application for some closed groups to show what we are doing. It is existing, but not available for everyone.
What is the team dynamic?
I have one contact person who was responsible for the whole project and the communication. If there are specific questions which go deep into development, I can also contact the head of development. There’s one head of backend development, 2 senior developers, and one frontend developer. We also have one QA engineer.
How did you come to work with Mentalstack?
I’d been looking for developers for 4 months and had tested a lot of them. I originally found their profile as well as their developers through Udemy [online learning platform]. I don’t like to work through Udemy, so I looked them up myself and I found out they had previously done some great projects. We connected via Skype. I found they have clear communication and are deep into the technology — they know what they are doing.
How much have you invested in them?
I have invested between 70,000–85,000 [currency needed].
What is the status of this engagement?
We started in February of this year and the work is ongoing.