What was the scope of their involvement?
Merixstudio was responsible for actually launching the site. They solved all of the bugs in the project rescue, as I just handed over a mess of code to them. Not much of the code was working. I told them not to worry about improving the design. I just needed all the functions to work to support users right away since we needed to show the product at an upcoming competition.
They created some new features, including a newsletter and a world map. We also have a “pic of the day” function to support user engagement. I had a design ready for them, and they executed it just as I wanted. They primarily focused on the technical backend, as the frontend was basically finished. We used Laravel and PHP code, which was set up before Merixstudio came on board. I appreciated that the developers were eager to use Laravel.
Merixstudio was the right fit for this project. They took over the work in a professional manner and actually launched the platform after just a couple of weeks. The site launched on the same day that we attended a startup competition. I was totally impressed by them. They solved all the bugs and came up with their own ideas as well.
I’ve heard that web developers in India or China do exactly as they’re told and don’t make suggestions. I hadn’t really worked with Polish people before, and I was worried they would be the same, but Merixstudio didn’t work like that at all. They discuss things and come up with their own ideas. If I shared a feature that I liked, they gave suggestions to improve the UX. I think they’re professional and trustworthy.
I’m also working with a developer here in Sweden, and he took over everything connected to the payment services. Merixstudio didn’t work on the payment services because we’re using Swedish systems, and I wanted a Swedish web developer to work on that. But, they worked together pretty well. We were all involved in the team and communicated through JIRA and Slack, which worked well.
How did you come to work with Merixstudio?
I googled web developers, trying to find a vendor with the right resources and knowledge to rescue this project. Merixstudio made a great impression on me. I felt like I could trust them, which was a vital characteristic of my new developer team. I decided to ask them to rescue this whole project. We had a very short deadline because we won a competition, so we needed the site to be launched just a couple of weeks after Merixstudio started.
How much have you invested with Merixstudio?
The hourly rate was $40–$45, depending on the resource. That’s half of the cost of my previous developers, so I was happy with the price.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in April 2017, and the site was launched 2 months ago. We’re still working together on adding features, adjusting the design, and maintaining a lot of activity on the site to avoid losing users. We have lots of ideas about technologies and features that we would like to add in the future.