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We are a full-stack team of 150+ experts who build complex digital products for clients worldwide looking to outsource software development to professionals.

 

Merixstudio’s key expertise is the delivery of high-quality and performant web applications and cross-platform mobile apps. Based on the needs of our clients, we can support them in end-to-end product development or seamlessly extend their in-house team of engineers.

 

Our tech stack is focused on JavaScript (Angular, React, Node.js), Python (Django, Flask), PHP (Symfony, Laravel), and cross-platform frameworks (React Native, Flutter). We also provide fully-fledged support throughout the whole project’s lifecycle that covers project management, quality assurance, and product design services.

 

Merixstudio collaborates closely with international companies of any size, from global brands such as GS1, Volkswagen, The Independent, Toshiba and HSBC to successfully scaled startups like Moneyfarm, Sendinblue and Burrow, a Y Combinator-incubated company.

 

Our clients recognize us as a one-stop software development company with the ability to create a long-term design and development partnership. In return, we give them the best quality that stems from working with top-tier talents. We seek, recruit and develop the brightest engineers and designers locally creating an outstanding workplace for them. Check it out for yourself!

 

For more information regarding skills, agile teams’ capabilities and engagement models, please go to www.merixstudio.com

 

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
1999
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Poznań, Poland
headquarters
  • Poznan, Malachowskiego 10
    Poznań, WP 61-129
    Poland
other locations
  • 3537 36th Street Astoria
    New York, NY 11106
    United States
  • 115 Mare Street
    London, LND E8 4RU
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

The Juilliard School, Toshiba, GS1, SendinBlue, RingCentral, FOX, Deutsche Post, HSBC, DFJ, Ferratum, Marks & Spencer, SFR, Orange, Credijusto, Volkswagen, The Independent, Tesco, Payback, Moneyfarm, Bronson Laboratories, Herald.ie, Virgin Digital Help, 123rf (part of Inmagine Group), Billabong, Divio, bookingkit, and more.

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Genuine Impact - a risk-management app for DYI investors

Genuine Impact’s founders describe their service as ”the world's first financial terminal, created to empower DIY investors”. The service supports individual investors in their investment decision processes by measuring the risks associated with an investment in specific values. With several charts, biases and plenty of data delivered through the application, the user is allowed to perform quicker and more

valid decisions while investing. Thanks to a perfect combination of technical acumen with risk-management and stock exchange related expertise, this fintech application makes investment easier for individuals. 

Genuine Impact founders were on a lookout for an experienced product design company to finish their efforts leading towards the MVP release.

The scope of work included:

  • Providing an entire branding design for a Fintech company operating in a competitive environment
  • Delivering intuitive and esthetic views and feature designs displaying several biases, charts, and statistics
  • Introducing best business practices and requirements in design processes
  • Anticipating specific guidelines and complex requirements of a highly specialized documentation

More information about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/GenuineImpact

The product design workshop at Merixstudio is an essential step in the custom software development process and a very good way of starting the product development process. Every product design workshop session is different and we always adapt its plan to the client’s needs. The maturity level of your project doesn’t matter here. Product design workshops at Merixstudio will be beneficial for both - new projects and ideas, where

assumptions are not clear yet but also for already designed products that need revision and improvement.

Each product design workshop session consists of doing sketches and mobile or web application mockups, brainstorming and focusing on the business goals or the analysis of user flow. One of the main advantages of participating in product design workshops is time and money savings. Such a session is a crucial way of understanding the application and the users’ needs.

Product Design workshops are also a good opportunity to know the multidisciplinary team that will be working on your project. The engineering team always takes part in it - you’ll have the frontend and backend developers that are able to advise and present a more technical point of view on your project. Of course, the product design team with UI and UX designers is also present at the workshop. The project manager role is also essential here as you will stay in contact with him/her during the whole product development process. Also for us, it is very important to work in multidisciplinary teams. That way we can look at the project from different perspectives and be more creative. Additionally heaving a tech person on the product design workshop will give us insight on how those features will be developed and how much effort will it take.

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Moneyfarm - a leading UK digital wealth management application

Moneyfarm’s mission is to give their customers the best solutions and support to protect and grow their wealth through time. They believe that everyone should be able to protect, promote and pursue his/ her wealth, without having to worry about it. We were very happy to help them in spreading this mission and bringing value to the customers.

There have been over 9-months of close cooperation between Moneyfarm and

Merixstudio’s React development team. We kicked off the project with a few day onboarding processes in their London headquarters where we had a chance to meet the team in person and learn the project’s specifics.

More details about the process & solution:

www.merixstudio.com/work/Moneyfarm

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Autium - digitally automated web and mobile systems for fleet operators

Autium is a UK-based tech startup that provides high-quality fleet management software to corporate entities worldwide. Their key product is a SaaS platform, consisting of a web panel and cross-platform app, designed to help vehicle fleet managers process insurance claims quickly and

accurately. It also helps drivers report to managers the details of the accidents, thanks to the app installed on their mobile phones. The client’s vision is to be the leading automated incident management and notification technology solution.

Prior to the cooperation with Merixstudio, Autium founders had problems with building performant and scalable MVP with other developers, thus they looked for a trustworthy and competent tech partner who could: 

  • understand their product and start a project from scratch, ASAP,
  • develop a web-based software solution and a mobile app to establish an MVP quickly so that Autium founders could start looking for more investors and take the project to the next stage,
  • take care of the full product design process,
  • provide Autium clients with real-time analytics, advanced stats and structured data,
  • develop the product after the launch.

As the project’s budget and deadline were tight, we had to look for an optimal technology mix to deliver the best product in the shortest possible time.

More details about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Autium

 

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SportsHi - the React Native mobile application

SportsHi React Native mobile app is a great example of a lifestyle-driven business concept. Founded by an after-hour rugby coach living in New York, the application allows the users (Coaches and Players) to schedule their training sessions and games as well as communicate with each other. This project is also a great example of both the lean approach and agile followed development.

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founders were managing the project from their New York-based headquarters, while the development took place mainly in Merixstudio’s office in Poznań, Poland. The 6-hours difference was easily overcome by planning weekly meetups during East Coast morning hours. The daily communication was crucial, as the founding team consisted of a CTO (tech lead), who was collaborating with our Frontend, Backend, and Quality Assurance specialists. In addition to that, the UX designer was overseeing the implementation of the design from the office located in the Big Apple.

More details about the process & solution:

www.merixstudio.com/work/SportsHi

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Burrow - an online marketplace for Y Combinator seeded startup

Burrow is the US-based, B2C e-commerce company which produces and distributes bespoke easy to build uncompromising furniture. Its mission is to create products for the way people actually live their lives. Burrow was named one of the 10 most innovative retail brands in the world by Fast Company, and one of their luxury sofas was recognized as one of the 50 best inventions of the year by TIME. This Y Combinator

seeded company is growing rapidly within the near future with expansion across borders, the sky seems to be the limit.

Burrow had a strict product expansion roadmap, which meant scaling up development and the team. As recruitment locally is usually a long and strenuous process, the client sought to outsource a skilled team to ramp up the development while retaining standards. 

Main challenges we were faced with:

  • to help Burrow to scale up the development and team quickly,
  • to engage the best engineers with specific competencies to extend the client’s in-house team,
  • to significantly increase the performance of the application,
  • to contribute to the launch of the application,
  • to facilitate the maintenance of the codebase.

The key factors were and still are to ensure front-end design requirements are met, without impacting performance.

More details about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Burrow

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Volkswagen - a non-profit voting system for schools

Merixstudio was responsible for developing the project from scratch covering full-fledged web development consultancy, quality assurance, software development and design services. One of the main milestones to achieve were: creating a full design for the website, implementing a bot-resistant voting system for schools (one of the ways to achieve it was integration with an SMS

gateway for increased verification), allowing schools to submit applications via a website, creating a back-office panel for managing applications and voting process.

It’s worth mentioning that Szkoła Małego Inżyniera is just one of many projects that Volkswagen decided to develop with Merixstudio during our longstanding collaboration. There were, among others, websites supporting their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programmes such as “Niebieskie Granty” - a website for raising ecological awareness in local communities including advanced implementations of JavaScript, Ajax and CSS3, Google Maps API and Drupal CMS. or “Mini Handball” - a website for promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity with Drupal CMS and beautiful front-end JavaScript animations.

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RMS - a Django-based Recital Management system built for The Juilliard School

We supported The Juilliard School in building and launching an advanced Recital Management System (RMS), which helps students and school staff organize recitals. Our role involved backend (Django) and front-end coding. In the beginning, front-end was based on the Metronic theme, but later during the project, we created new designs of RMS and implemented it into the application. Our work in the project included integrations

with external services such as Panopto (using SOAP-based integration), which is a system for scheduling recital recordings, integration of Colleague system (REST API), and integration with Performance Event Calendar previously created by us before. We also developed a canvas-based Stage Composer application, which allows students to use front-end tool to create stage setup - either using one of the predefined settings or custom adjusted ones. The final product requires the input of data such as selection of the stage that students wish to perform on, when and what time of day they want to do it, what instrument are they playing and how exactly the scene is supposed to look (for the last option we are creating the HTML5 based Stage Composer).  The system was also equipped with an internal notification system for students and teachers, tool to create dynamic forms and other mechanisms meant to simplify the whole process of preparing a recital. Full case study: https://www.merixstudio.com/work/juilliard-rms/
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BrandSync - a Django development of a cloud-based application

BrandSync is a cloud-based, PIM (Product Information Management) solution dedicated to both e-commerce and brick and mortar industries -  retailers and producers that covers three major problematic aspects of distribution: gathering and processing products’ data, standardisation and unification of data for all of supply chain participants, and further data circulation (both internal and external). 

The

solution was a dedicated application that enables users to input to the database a precise description of their products. Combined with a great number of products in the base, it allows for a very expanded data exchange between the subjects within the supply chain. 

One of the major challenges was to combine simplicity with flexibility and create as user-friendly tools as possible. The final product has a clear, intuitive interface with custom-made designs that provides the variety of functionalities and makes the high volume data management easy and effective. 

Our technology stack of choice was: Angular, Django (the Python framework), and PostgreSQL. The whole app is hosted on AWS. Additional services and tools we’ve used include: RabbitMQ and Celery, Redis and Elastic. For CI/CD (Continuous Development/Continuous Integration) purposes, we’ve used Docker and Jenkins.

Full portfolio: http://bit.ly/BrandsyncClutch

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A leading international mobile banking application

The whole over one-year long collaboration was based on a partnership between two teams: Merixstudio’s Angular developers from Poznan, Poland and the core client’s team from Bratislava, Slovakia. We kicked off the project with a 4-day onboarding session in the client’s headquarters where we had a chance to meet the team in person and learn the project’s specifics.

Merixstudio’s team was in charge of a

new version of country sites for the company. In greater detail, we were responsible for both the sales pages (available for all users) and transaction pages (available for authorized users only). On the country sites, users can apply for different types of financial products (particular products are dependant on the specific country’s offer), for example, credit line, microloan, prime loan. The transaction part allows a user to manage his product, cover invoices and track cash flow. The underlying assumption was to prepare a generic solution which allows us to create sites that are country-specific. To begin with, we worked on 3 country versions i.e. for Latvia, New Zealand, and Sweden. They scaled up regularly to hit 23 countries.

The whole application heavily relies on the microservice architecture written in Java. Merixstudio’s expert developers to a great extent dealt specifically with API Gateway (used NestJS to build it)  providing a single, unified API entry point across numerous internal APIs.

This was fully remote cooperation put in the framework of a Scrum-driven development.

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Sendinblue - a powerful relationship marketing platform

Merixstudio’s team was responsible for timely implementation of a clear-cut scope that mainly boiled down to empowering users to automate email marketing by generating custom forms and pages. Taking into consideration the scale and complexity of the whole application as well as a number of inherent dependencies, the team decided to pay a special focus on the testing process and to double QA

efforts. Except for unit tests by the dev team, this mainly referred to QA functional testing i.e. writing numerous test cases and performing intensive manual testing, automated functional testing with WebdriverIO, JavaScript, Mocha, Chai as well as functional API testing with Postman.

The team headcount varied from 7 to 10 people in its peak time and the composition included scrum master, UX designer, QA specialists, front-end and back-end engineers. The team functioned as an independent and self-managing unit, however, maintained collaboration with the other stakeholders located in both Europe and India which make them successfully handle the workflow with an almost 5-hour time zone difference. The whole development was supported by an agile methodology incorporating Scrum practices and adjusting them to the current project needs.

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Selfmade Energy - Europe's first solar price comparison portal

Selfmade Energy is a Django-powered comparison service that allows homeowners to find out which solar system installers boast the most competitive offers in their region. After providing basic information about their household, e.g. ZIP code or roof size, the user receives offers from three photovoltaics (PV) system installers and chooses the vendor that suits their needs best. 

Dr. Tim Rosengart, the founder of a

Berlin-based startup, was looking for a tech partner who would help him disrupt the local renewable energy market. As Germany is leaving the fossil-nuclear age behind, paving the way for photovoltaics (PV) will play a central role in a future shaped by sustainable power production. In order to cover all energy needs from renewable energies, a massive expansion of the installed PV power is necessary.  Dr. Tim Rosengart wished to show the German citizens that the installation of the solar panels – although often perceived as expensive – can lead to significant savings in the long run. 

Being a proactive member of the Berlin startup ecosystem, Merixstudio approached Dr. Rosengart offering to bring his idea to life with tech expertise, ownership, and outstanding design skills. 

The scope of our work included:

  • suggesting best tech stack choices based on the client’s expectations and prospective users’ needs
  • building backend and frontend of the web application
  • delivering clean and intuitive designs
  • providing branding design for a startup whose aim was to disrupt the renewable energy market in Germany

More information about the process & solution: 

www.merixstudio.com/work/Selfmade-Energy

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bookingkit - Europe’s leading SaaS solution for the digitization of tours and activities

bookingkit is one of the leading Berlin-based companies from the leisure industry, highly recognized in the sector. The company operates as a neutral Global Distribution System (GDS) to provide travel agencies and marketing networks access to tours and activities in the form of a digital inventory. It is also a web-based and integrated solution (software as a service) for providers of tours and activities.

We were

approached with an idea depicting how they would like to change their platform’s architecture to enable scaling it even further. The chosen solution is based on sharding - creating a number of instances sharing the same codebase but with different datasets derived from the source and divided by the chosen factor.

Such an approach, similarly to Microservice architecture, creates certain challenges like:

  • providing API access allowing data consumption, 
  • creation across all the instances like it would be a single application.

That can be achieved for instance by creating an API gateway in front of the application instances, and that is what we aimed for.

In addition, a solution had to:

  • meet certain performance criteria in terms of response speed,
  • be flexible to allow for further development of the main application, 
  • scalable to support the growth of the user base and possibly the number of instances.

All of this has to be highly available - bookingkit is working with demanding partners such as Trip Advisor or Get Your Guide, which means their services have to be available 24/7.

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Hospitality & Wellness Mobile App

Tourism & accommodation is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. The increasing demand for unforgettable experiences results in solutions that allow users to gain better access to attractions and activities offered by the providers. That’s why one of our UK-based clients came to us with a plan to develop a modern, UX-friendly mobile app for luxurious Spa enthusiasts, looking for relaxation at one of the best

resorts in England. 

The specifics of such a modern product came with the following issues to solve:

  • choosing the appropriate tech stack for front-end and back-end development,
  • enabling a comfortable and intuitive booking of many services like massages, facials as well as rooms and other attractions via mobile app,
  • anticipating the modern standards of the wellness experience.

The project has been preceded with a remote scoping session, during which the client introduced our full-stack team (frontend, backend, quality assurance, project management) to the requirements, graphical assets, timelines, and roles.  Rough deadline stimulated both teams to introduce the best agile practices, and maintain constant communication using Slack, Jira, and Google Hangouts. With several dependencies, every team member was highly involved to overcome technological challenges and the effectiveness has been secured by an experienced project manager.

Due to tight deadlines, Merixstudio software development team has been urged to provide a very detailed estimation to confirm the ability of on-time delivery. Both parties agreed that this particular endeavor requires a higher team capacity than recommended for projects of this size. 

Merixstudio has integrated three 3rd party APIs during the process, performed Behaviour Driven Development, and series of API tests. The designs have been delivered by our partner, although dedicated User Experience designer supervised the user flows and supported the engineering team evaluating each view, feature and user flow.

A combination of the tourism industry expertise and most modern engineering delivered a future-proof mobile app for streamlining the process of booking deluxe services of UK-based resort.

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Netvico - an intuitive digital signage content management system for all businesses

Netvico is a Stuttgart-based, boutique digital agency delivering top-notch solutions for all kind of industries and branches. Their portfolio includes highly tailored work for such recognizable clients like Volvo, IBM, Adidas, Porsche, Schwerin, and DHL.

Their core service, PlayEverywhere is a Digital Signage/Digital out of Home content management system (CMS). It is successfully

introduced in various locations, such as shopping malls, industrial plants, office spaces, and even ski resorts. The service is suitable for different kinds of users - shift managers, store supervisors, PR & marketing specialists to maintain daily based communication. PlayEverywhere allows them to display Corporate Identity (CI), advertisement and other interactive content on various types of screens, including 4k monitors. All kinds of the audience may benefit from Netvico’s service; industrial workers, shoppers, tourists, and office workers. 

Main challenges to overcome:

  • from a corporate perspective, the main difficulty was related to Netvico’s demand for top-quality talent. Netvico was on a lookout for a team of experts who will learn their business core and thus continue further development of the CMS, including creating new features
  • the second aspect of work was caused by business circumstances and engineering. Netvico provides it’s services for different kinds of clients, using various types of screens and monitors in different contexts. Some of them are interactive and required WebSockets to maintain communication between the content provider and the final user via smartphones.

Netvico also offers solutions for touchscreens and dynamic environments, like industrial plants, where the contents need to be adjusted several times during the day. PlayEverywhere has to anticipate all these conditions, hence the demand for intuitive navigation best performance.

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Snappt - AI-enabled fraud detection software

Merixstudio’s involvement boiled down to two key stages namely onboarding and development. Since we dealt with a legacy project, we agreed to kick-off the project with a 2-week pre-development phase during which the team got familiarised with the project’s priorities and codebase, drew up a plan (research, scope, estimates) for integration with Yardi - a 3rd party property management software, and scoped out a

new application’s flow that needed refreshments and better UX. Afterwards, we scaled up a dedicated software team so that we could efficiently develop new features. The key milestones were: building out a new application flow based on the designs delivered by the client and integrating the application with 3rd party Plaid that analyses bank deposits to validate your users’ income and employer information. These were subject to change and adjustments which made us employ a fair amount of flexibility throughout the development.

We followed the Scrum methodology with 2-week sprints that served as a framework for the delivery of new features. Although, the challenging time zone difference, we kept close and transparent communication with Snappt’s US-based stakeholders (e.g. thanks to the weekly planning sessions on the videocon with clients, daily updates on a project’s Slack channel, Jira).

The long-term partnership with Snappt has been based on different degrees of collaboration - since the project’s start, there were various full-time jobs intermingled by less intensive maintenance time.

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Process General - high-profile US-wide database of legal cases

We improved the usability and findability of data by redesigning Information Architecture and simplifying user paths. The whole process was initiated by UX audit that identified the specific areas that needed refinement. This gave us a fair ground for working on accurate planning and execution of product development - this, however, was shaped with a client during online Product Design

Workshops. During 3 online sessions, we discussed: the value proposition, main assumptions, and priorities for development, re-definition of target users, Information Architecture structure, the scope of features to be developed, and technology and solutions that will be used. The key objectives were to increase findability, usability, increase esthetics, decreasing bugs and not working features.

We proceeded with an intensive iterative wireframing of the new solution in a multidisciplinary team of UX, PM, and Python developer so that the feedback loop is shortened and the solution is robust from the early stages. The wireframes were eventually implemented with customized Material Design which let us speed up the process. Other goals to achieve were integration with Pacer, an electronic public access service of United States federal court records, to automatically download documents and introducing the mobile version of the app. During the development, we followed Scrum practices and organized work in one-week sprints that served as a framework for delivery of the new features. 

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Study Bee - an advanced learning management system for Google Classroom

Studybee is a  Sweden-based startup that builds a lightweight learning management system for both teachers and students. It enables teachers to grade students' assignments and assess students' progress directly in Google Classroom where the actual learning takes place. This decreases administration job for teachers and, as a result, gives them more time for teaching. Also, students can view assessments and

receive feedback in Google Classroom.

Merixstudio’s key responsibilities were building an A-to-Z Chrome extension from scratch, implementing a browser-based logging functionality, fetching data from Google Classroom API, building a dedicated admin panel using out-of-the-box Django Suit, defining different grades’ types, managing grades (thanks to an advanced digital class register), Google Cloud integration.

We also executed UI/GUI tests, functional tests, and E2E tests. We wrote test cases, and we tried to cover all the scenarios including positive and failure path and boundary cases. We wanted to be sure that the extension was working as expected and according to the specific requirement.

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Logo Creator - ML-powered logo maker to instantly create custom logo designs

The project boiled down to creating a proof of concept version (POC) of the Python application in order to demonstrate its feasibility and verify a practical potential of the concept.

In brief, the main user flow looks as follows: user inputs name of the business, selects industry, chooses a few pre-designed styles from templates, picks up colour schemes. These several steps were supposed to lead to

the automated generation of a logo with a watermark.

A fundamental job that determined the success of the project was designing the model of logo generator's engine.

This came down to the following flow:

  • at the beginning of the process, a batch of logos with random parameters was created,
  • from this batch, those which broke some base design principle were filtered out i.e. those without sufficient contrast between colours,
  • finally, a Machine Learning classifier, trained on examples hand-labeled as good or bad, filtered out those logos that didn’t reach a certain quality.

The model used as machine learning classifier was a neural network created in TensorFlow. This framework exposes to programmer low-level API that allows having better control over the architecture of the neural network.

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Levatis - a SaaS platform for managing the employees’ activities and schedules

There have been over one year of close cooperation between Levatis and Merixstudio’s Angular team. We kicked off the project by integrating with the client and team in their headquarters in Vienna where our developers travelled for a few day onboarding processes. In this early stage, Merixstudio’s team performed a code review to test for application performance and code quality. This was a prerequisite for

assessing the general health of the application (including main pains/gains) indicating remedial points (including the suggested action points and recommendations). The next step was implementing new features such as a time tracking tool, CRUD views for projects, and human resources planner.

The division of work’s scope was quite clear-cut. Merixstudio took ownership of front-end development in Angular, whereas Levatis in-house team took care of back-end written in Java. The whole development was facilitated by agile methodologies.

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Divio - enterprise content management with Django

Django CMS is a simple and developer-friendly system with a powerful and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. The application supports content management - it’s been built around the needs of marketers (offering multi-lingual publishing and built-in SEO tools) as well as developers (offering easy integration with other Django applications).

The client reached out to us with a need for quick

scaling up their existing software development team in order to accelerate velocity and enrich the team with new skills. Initially, Merixstudio’s team kicked-off the project as a development extension of the Divio team, however, with time they have been given greater ownership and trust being recognised as core developers and consultants.

During the development, we remained in close contact with the external team not only remotely (via Slack, Jira, Skype videocons) but also on-site visiting Divio’s headquarters and Divio clients's branches in the crucial phases of the development.

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Walaro - django-based web app for warehouse space leasing

Our approach was to create the MVP of the solution to get the product to early customers and let the client achieve business KPIs in a timely fashion. Functionalities and priorities were discussed with the client and multidisciplinary team during the two-day in-house Product Design Workshop. This helped us to forge product requirements and tailored solutions having been focused on users and

business needs. Design Thinking was a strategic and practical process that made us achieve it.

Thanks to the outcome of the workshop, we were able to proceed smoothly with the wire-framing and graphic design phase during which we were in close cooperation with a development team so that we design tech-viable and effective solutions. Apart from the UX/UI visual assets, we crafted marketing materials that client used for talks with investors, encouraging operators to use the application and, consequently, unlocking the potential of the B2B-oriented part of the platform.

On the basis of a prior product design process, we crafted and launched a responsive web-based application on the Python Django framework. The whole development workflow was individual and adjustable to the current project’s needs. We were inspired by Agile development and followed selected Scrum ceremonies fine-tuning their frequencies to the changing environment and team size. 

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Bronson Vitamins - a leading US e-commerce solution for medicines

The collaboration with Bronson Vitamins started more than 10 years ago and since then it has been a strong partnership based on a series of different projects intermingled by less intensive maintenance time. Initially, we provided support in customizing Magento solutions and adjusting the e-commerce platform to the unique users (e.g. elderly users who browse the web using smaller screens) and business needs. We

created a new fully responsive version of the store with a goal of optimizing online sales channels as well as redesigning the layout. All these combined resulted in growing traffic from mobile devices.

One of the recent milestones we worked on was a UX audit which was a precondition for complete re-design of the layout and making the new site fully responsive (RWD). UX audit was to capture relevant information that would support the process of redesigning in a smart way i.e. adjusting to the users by noticing and understanding their behaviour patterns, annoyances and mistakes. During this process, we relied mostly on data gathered via Hotjar. Within 2 000 sessions, we gathered: 1 411 desktop, 214 tablet, 375 phone unique sessions. This served as a solid ground for identifying less-than-perfect places and needed UX tweaks and in the later stage, wireframing of the new service and creating final UI design.

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Omnigame - superior gaming solutions for a leading Danish online casino

Merixstudio supported Omnigame in turning their UI design into powerful and superb casino games played by thousands of gamers. Throughout nearly two-year-long cooperation, we developed four state-of-the-art slot games. 

The core game developed was Grand Prix - single-seater fast-paced auto racing wrapped up with sleek graphics and smart animations. The game incorporated both skill and

excitement that gave players an experience that was very close to driving a race car on the World Championship. It consisted of three smaller ones that were supposed maximized players engagement and encouraged to heavy use of the game.
To enhance the animation effect, we used Spine - 2D skeletal animation software. Spine facilitated the efficiency and workflow both for creating powerful animation and for integrating it into games’ design. One of the key assets of this solution is the smaller size (standard animation requires an image for each frame, however, Spine-fuelled animations store only the small bone data - attaching images to bones, then animating the bones) and smoothness of the animations (Spine animations use interpolation so animation is always as smooth as the frame rate - they can be displayed in slow motion with no loss in quality). 
The whole software development was in very close collaboration with clients’ in-house team, especially their proxy Product Owner that used to set priorities and direction for the development. We kicked off the project with two frontend developers and a project manager and kept this set-up for most of the collaboration time. This was long-term cooperation covering both intensive full-time development and maintenance.
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Up your eGame - a premium community platform for gamers

The Client reached out to us with a rough product idea and an outline of its key objectives. Prior to kicking-off the development we needed to get to the stage when we have a clear shape of the product and the solid action plan, therefore, we decided to begin with an online Product Discovery Workshop participated by the founders and multidisciplinary Merixstudio’s team.

In the workshop, we focused on

verifying the basic assumptions of the product and making sure that we have a perfect understanding of its goals, business model, users, and value proposition. After identifying loopholes, generating new ideas and adjusting them to specific users and business needs, we had a proper ground for crafting the final solution. In the end, we had the service described in the form of story map capturing the product shape and logic, defined MVP’s scope and development roadmap. It seems easier said than done - in fact, the process was very intensive and required effective management due to the number of stakeholders involved as well as time difference and the potential feedback loop it could cause.

Next, we proceeded with working on the MVP version of the project starting with wireframing that was kept 4 sprints ahead of the proper development. As regards the management, we followed the Scrumban methodology accompanied by Scrum events such as Daily, Review, plus ad-hoc Plannings, Refinements, and Retrospectives. Throughout 1 year of development, the team headcount varied from 2 to 9 people in its peak time and the composition included product owner, UX and UI designers, QA, front-end and back-end engineers.

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Humanitrack - a non-profit community platform supporting humanity's missions

Humanitrack is a platform for uniting communities to collaborate with the world, to formulate a plan and to push progress. Humanitrack is a progress tracking tool and accelerator for an unlimited number of long-term humankind goals, for example, all of the UN's Global Goals such as radicating thirst and hunger, extending lifespan, increasing quality of life, greatly reducing the cost of green energy or

stabilizing the climate.

Merixstudio was initially occupied with developing an MVP for a platform yet our role has later evolved into developing a polished early beta version. A priority for the client was tobuild a working MVP of the platform on a budget without sacrificing any of the necessary features. The MVP needed to be exceptional as the platform and community around would define the client’s company as well would serve as a foundation for testing the core user base. Merixstudio was also responsible for designing the UI (using Material-UI) as well as the DevOps operations.

The team headcount in the peak time was 8 - it consisted of a project manager, QA specialist,  three frontend developers, a Python developer, a DevOps engineer as well as a UI and a UX lead. We followed SCRUM-driven development.

One of the most significant milestones to achieve was designing the highly-engaging platform’s mechanics and finding ways to encourage users to return and keep them engaged on the website. To take advantages of our possibilities and work out the best possible solutions, we decided to run an open user-centred design thinking workshop as a part of the World Usability Day Poznań 2018.  We selected 14 UX-enthusiasts as well as invited Humanitract‘s founders to collaborate during an intensive day-long workshop session. See the full coverage.

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Happy Scribe - a high-end dynamic SaaS platform

Happy Scribe is a high-end dynamic SaaS platform for researchers, journalists, podcasters, and media production companies. It uses state-of-the-art machine-learning models to transcribe audio/video files uploaded by users automatically. Happy Scribe is used in a plethora of different industries, whether it be in education all the way through to the entertainment.

We were tasked with,

among other features, the development of a simple and functional player for video or audio. Apart from simply playing the material, users can also control it by clicking on text to jump to the specific point in audio or video simultaneously. 
  
The next thing we were responsible for was making the transcribed text as clear for users as possible. That’s why we introduce speaker Identification, which allows users to set the identification to differentiate between speakers.

Another problem we needed to tackle was how to help users to easily navigate the text when playing the transcribed file. We achieved that by adding the function of highlighting the text (similar to karaoke), which is synchronized with the spoken word. In addition to that, we introduced comments, which also are based on highlighting particular parts of the text.

One of the most interesting features we implemented was also a confidence Heatmap, which defines the value in the audio/video file transcribed into text. 

Full portfolio: http://bit.ly/HappyScribeClutch

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Everclassic

Everclassic is a leading Danish online marketplace for vintage, Scandinavian design including furniture, ceramics, art, and other design objects. It is a large-scale platform including both online auctions and a marketplace. One of the main challenges for Merixstudio was to successfully take over the project from a team from Ukraine making it smooth and downtime-free. The key milestone achieved by Merixstudio was developing an

English version of the website to help our partner thrive on the international market. This was proceeded by completing the unfinished legacy tasks such as rewriting Zend to Phalcon as well as Magento integration and performance optimization. The team composition was flexible and adjustable to the current project’s needs. We kicked off with one back-end developer and PM, then, on peak time scale up to four team members adding a front-end developer and QA specialist. The Client and Merixstudio’s manager shared the responsibility for the project management distributing it between the product-vision and process-coordination parts. Stack: Magento 2, Phalcon, Laravel, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript Full protfolio: http://bit.ly/EverclassicClutch
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Competenz4u

Competenz4u is a SaaS startup for students in Austria who want to improve their math skills.

The client took the initiative to create a modern e-learning web application that combines his incredible flair for sharing knowledge and powerful Python development capabilities.

We've built fully responsive user experience and gave children access to affordable maths

training videos via a recurring monthly subscription fee.
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FLAVR

FLAVR is Belgian startup for hobby & professional chefs who want to sell homemade meals.

In the first two months, we were able to ship the MVP of the application, while after four months we finished working on its final version. What is especially noteworthy, in this projects such functionalities as Filters Module, Notifications, Follow chef, Admin Panel and System of

discount coupons are used.
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Playism

Playism is an indie-focused PC game digital distribution platform from Osaka, Japan. 

The scope of work involved design & development of high-profile, database driven multilingual, responsive web shop application (marketplace for indie games). One of the key project challenges was data migration from the old system (user accounts and products). The platform is

hosted on scalable Amazon deployment space - AWS Elastic Beanstalk, fully utilizing its scalability features. 
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U project

U project (U Multi-touch Whiteboard) is an interactive app built for Digitaria International, headquartered in Luxembourg, company specializing in satellite telecommunications and multimedia software platforms. 

The purpose of the app was to fill in the gaps of existing e-learning platforms. To make it happen, we

created a software-hardware-networking platform that facilitates content distribution and teacher vs students interactions via Multi Touch Interactive Whiteboards supporting up to 10 touches simultaneously.

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Web Dev & Design for Financial Services Firm

“They help us with many of our core features.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio provides web development services, working on the design and development of a new server-side frontend. They use Angular, Node.js, and TypeScript for the work.

The Reviewer
 
501 - 1,000 Employees
 
Helsinki, Finland
Head of Web Development, Financial Services Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team is excellent, comprised of experts that work professionally, assist with complex technical components, and contribute valuable time and deliverables to the overall project. They communicate smoothly and maintain regular updates to ensure the work is properly tracked.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of web development at a financial services firm. We provide services in customer lending, banking, and lending to small and medium enterprises.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were developing a client-side application and server-side component and we needed additional resources to help us deliver them.

That involved joining in the development work on our new platform, which we were over 70% of the way through.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us finalize project of transformation of our core frontend platform to new tech stack, which we were around eight months into.  It’s an extension of our existing solution but involved building a whole platform.

Their development used Angular, Node.js, and TypeScript, focusing on the public website side. They worked on the communication between the internal systems and the client-side frontend. It’s a more technical component. We were also doing a lot of technical work on the frontend side that isn’t visible to the client.

What is the team composition?

There were four people at the beginning and now there are three. We communicate with all of them; they’re integrated into our team.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I found them on Clutch.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in April 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

They help us with many of our core features, particularly in terms of specifying them. They’re a very valuable addition to our internal team when it comes to complex technical solutions. They help offload our internal dev leads, which is very good.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management is handled on our side. We’re in constant contact, with daily meetings, and the communication is good. There are code reviews and other things like that to keep track of the quality.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their technical expertize in frontend development is impressive. I visited their office once and saw they have a team of about 70 people, split between front- and backend development. I could really see that they’re specialized in technology, rather than being generalized. It means they know the technologies they work with extremely well.

It also means they have a large team to consult with. They’re professional, which is a rare commodity to find.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In one case they had an employee who was leaving the company and he didn’t perform very well in his last few weeks. There’s not much one can do about that though, and the remaining team members took over and they fixed it. They rectified the situation well.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Platform Dev for Software Company

"Overall, they’re a good and competent team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio handled the wireframing, design, and development of a responsive web app using Python Django. They also provided support on the business development front and are an ongoing tech partner.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sodermanland, Sweden
Jonas Ekegren
Co-Founder, Walaro Software
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their team’s genuine interest in the business idea and revenue model led to the development of a platform that solves a real problem. Merixstudio doesn’t need to be micromanaged and acts more as a partner rather than a one-off vendor. Hiring them early-on in the project will ensure stellar results.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m one of the founders and CEO of Walaro Software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were entering the self-storage business, which isn’t too digitalized. We took on a consumer perspective and tried to solve the issues and challenges that someone might have when looking to rent storage space.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We contacted Merixstudio during the early stages of our project. We gave them an overall technical description, based on which they went through all the wireframing and design work, along with the technical development. They built a responsive web-based application on the Python Django framework.

What is the team composition?

We had a business developer and a technical project leader. There were also 2–4 developers working for us at different times.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

My CTO searched on Google, and I believe we found their Clutch reviews. We read about some of Merixstudio’s recent work and decided to give them a call. We were impressed with them from the start, so they were the only company we contacted.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent €50,000 (approximately $58,100 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in April 2018, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’re quite impressed from a business development perspective. It’s not often that we find a tech team that wants to know so much about our business idea and revenue streams. Their curiosity helped us when we started discussing technical challenges, what problem we were actually trying to solve, and how we wanted to make money through the platform. Overall, they’re a good and competent team.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve performed perfectly. We use Google Hangouts for online meetings, and communicate a lot through Slack. They’re professional, punctual, and always ask questions when they need to be asked.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The expectation when outsourcing a web project is that we have to tell the developers in detail what needs to be done and what to avoid. This isn’t the way Merixstudio works, which impressed us, turning them into more of a tech partner than a vendor. I believe there’s a big difference between the two.

They worked by first understanding our business and revenue streams and then developed the technical platform. I think this is the way to go for companies like Merixstudio.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Actually, no, which is unbelievable. I can’t think of anything they could’ve done better than they have so far in this project.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

As always, it’s important to be a good buyer. I believe Merixstudio is a good team, and they’ll give a lot of business development support, but clients need to be good buyers in order to get the results we’ve gotten from Merixstudio. Contacting them at the early stages of a project will be greatly beneficial.

4.5
Overall Score There’s always some room for improvement.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev for Online Applications Company

“Their developers are talented and possess the expertise we need.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio supplements an in-house development team on a major e-commerce system redesign. Their developers aided in the early planning stages and are currently coding the front- and backend systems.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Urk, The Netherlands
Ruben de Jong
Project Manager, Skrepr
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s work has received positive feedback from code reviewers. Throughout the development process, they’ve been well-organized and communicative. They respond well to feedback and are quick to correct any issues that come up.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a project manager at Skreper. We create custom software, websites, and web applications for businesses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We needed an extra set of hands to help us reinvent an e-commerce system for a major client.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we started out, I introduced the developers to our project and went over the pieces that had already been completed. We discussed the scope of the client’s existing web store and clarified which direction we wanted to move in for the overhaul. There were no frontend designs or wireframes to study, so Merixstudio was heavily involved in brainstorming the optimal solutions with us before development began.

Once development began, we used React on the frontend, along with things like Redux and Redux Saga. For the backend, we used Symfony, as well as Doctrine ORM as a database management system. Our company also added a proprietary framework that drives within Symfony. Additionally, we applied behavior-driven development and wrote those tests in Behat.

We’re still in a framework-heavy stage of development. In terms of what they’re working on, one of the programmers wrote a code generator from scratch, which, when given a set of data, generated the entire framework of the code necessary for the back- and frontend.

What is the team composition?

We have a project manager, plus two developers working with us full time. We occasionally bring in an additional specialist to review the completed work.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I wasn’t involved with that decision, but I believe our CEO traveled to Poland to meet them in person. I’m not sure if he visited any other contenders, but I know he was choosing between Merixstudio and another company, possibly in Africa.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in mid-October 2017 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The platform is still in an experimental stage, so our feedback right now is mostly from code reviewers and technical personnel. The response has been very positive.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

I handle most of the project management tasks. Their project manager serves as more of a scrum master, ensuring that the developers there are performing optimally and that we don’t hit any obstacles. In terms of communication, we use Slack actively throughout the day and we also have daily standups via Skype. We also use Skype to have regular sessions for sprints, refinement, and retrospectives.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve worked with two other contractors in the past and Merixstudio definitely stands out from a technical standpoint. Their developers are talented and possess the expertise we need.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They actually ask me for feedback every couple of weeks on how they can improve. Anytime I’ve mentioned something in the past, they corrected it almost immediately. They react very well to feedback. I can’t think of any issues that haven’t been resolved.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I can’t think of anything right now.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re on the expensive side.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding & Web Dev for Gaming Community

“Their business development process has been very helpful and prepared us to move forward.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio is developing a web-based networking platform for gamers. After a series of business workshops, they designed a logo and landing page. They’re now finishing the MVP for beta testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
British Columbia, Canada
David Zinnemann
CEO, Up Your eGame
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the platform is still in development, a university has responded positively and is interested in trialing the MVP. Merixstudio took a holistic approach to the project, providing crucial business knowledge and branding services. Their thoroughness and attention to detail distinguish them.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Up Your eGame. We provide a way for gamers and organizations to connect with each other. Our tool helps users build their gaming team and branding.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

After interviewing several potential customers, we got to the point where we needed to create a tangible product. We needed resources to work with us through the ideation phase and then build our web-based platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Initially, they conducted a few workshops with us to see if our companies were a good fit. They didn’t want to enter a project that we couldn’t finish, so we worked through the business development process to ensure that we had clear expectations on both sides.

They then developed the UX, wireframes, and visuals. At the time, we were using a logo that I’d created quickly as a placeholder, so it didn’t look professional. They designed a new logo to build a more polished brand identity as well as a landing page.

Currently, they’re working on developing and testing an MVP of our platform. They use React for the frontend and Django for the backend. They’ve included several details that have improved the feel of our site. Although they’re small, those additions are important to the overall functionality and user experience.

What is the team composition?

The team consists of a project manager, UI designer, UX designer, 1–2 frontend developers, 1–2 backend developers, and a QA engineer.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I researched vendors online and interviewed several agencies to see who would be a good fit. When I described the project, most companies merely provided a quote without going into much detail. However, Merixstudio stood out to us because they required us to do some business development to see if we’d set things up properly. They wanted to look through the workflow and understand what our platform’s experience would be before giving a scope and estimate.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $150,000 thus far.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’ve recently talked with a university that’s interested in beta testing what we’ve developed and have received great feedback so far. They’re currently using Facebook—which is the gold standard of social networks—but are now keen to switch over to our platform for a period. We consider this a big win for us.

How did Merixstudioperform from a project management standpoint?

The communication is excellent. We have set call times throughout the week and use Slack for any questions or concerns. I also appreciate how detail-oriented they are. If we ask for a certain feature, they’ll discuss the logistics with us, from the budget to the expectations on both sides. They aren’t just an outsourced development team; rather, it’s more of a partnership.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their business development process has been very helpful and prepared us to move forward. After we started the engagement, we joined an incubator to boost our business. During the four-day mandatory training course, we realized that Merixstudio’s workshop had already covered most of the material. They even gave us several tools that the accelerator lacked.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be transparent with your ideas and keep the communication lines open.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They ‘ve been punctual and have delivered everything that they said they would.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Not only were they a good value, they were considerate of our money as well.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’ve helped out with all aspects of our platform’s quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d definitely refer them.

Web Dev for Small Business Consultancy

“Merixstudio’s work is always well-coded, clean, and organized.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2013 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Merixstudio fills staffing gaps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming. They assisted with the relaunch of a website using Ajax API and developed an external web app. They also helped with an HTML newsletter.

The Reviewer
 
50-201 Employees
 
Eschborn, Germany
Steffen Kroggel
Head of Online-Communication, RKW Competence Center
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s high-quality work is stable and there has been no negative feedback. They deliver excellent updates and ask good clarifying questions when needed. They are customer-focused and deliver satisfaction with their strong professionalism and knowledge of current technology.

 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The RKW Competence Center is a non-profit and publicly funded research and development institution. We work with and for small and medium-sized enterprises on solutions for the challenges of the future - in securing skilled workers, innovation, and corporate development. Another focus is entrepreneurship. We develop practical recommendations and solutions for small and medium-sized companies, which we provide free of charge. The RKW Competence Center is part of the nationwide RKW network.

I’m the head of online communication, responsible for everything that can be seen online from us. My daily business is comprised of quality checks of our code base and planning of new projects concerning further development of our website features and tools.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We have an agency that provides layouts for our website. They consult us concerning usability and the user journey, but they cannot provide HTML, CSS, and JavaScript programming. We only have capacity for PHP coding in-house. We had to fill this gap.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve worked on several projects with Merixstudio. The first one was the relaunch of our main website, which involved several templates. The main challenge was the programming of a significant Ajax API. We described what we wanted in detail, and they delivered the corresponding code to us. They also provided quality checks concerning HTML and CSS, using several devices.

The second project was an external web app, also based on Ajax. It provides help to small businesses in the planning of staffing resources. The scope also involved HTML5 and CSS3 coding. They provided quality checks using several devices and browsers.

We worked on a third project for an HTML newsletter. There were several difficulties concerning email clients, which Merixstudio managed very well. They also performed testing. The final product was delivered as fully usable HTML code.

Merixstudio helped us on a recent project with a very tight deadline. We originally planned to get the code from a different agency, which also made the layout. We rescheduled deadlines for the layout again and again, and, one week before the deadline, they told us that they would not have the capacity to code for one year. Merixstudio jumped in and saved us.

We provided layouts and wireframes in most cases along with detailed documentation of what we needed and how we needed it when we had special requirements.

What is the team composition?

I’ve had contact with 2–3 project managers from their team. I saw the developers in the background, but I never had direct contact with them.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

I worked with Merixstudio in my former job. We also worked with them when we had some problems in resource planning so they were my first choice. I knew that they provided high quality at a low price so I decided to work with them on projects for RKW Competence Center.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of their work has been €25,000–€30,000 ($29,246–$35,095 USD). The relaunch of our website cost around €8,000 ($9,331 USD) and the external web app cost around €5,000 ($5,832 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio in 2013. The collaboration is ongoing on a project basis.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The only feedback I get is when things don’t work so it’s a good sign that nobody has reported problems. We have a small internal team with two people working on the code. As one of the people looking at the code and performing quality checks, Merixstudio’s work is always well-coded, clean, and organized. It’s well commented which makes it easy to find specific parts.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Most of the communication is done via email. The project managers always keep us up-to-date. They are fast in responding to emails. They are always trying to understand what the client really wants. They ask the right questions. If we deliver documentation that is not straightforward, they will email us or start a Skype chat to discuss the work. They are focused on doing everything to make the client happy.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I am very happy with them. Merixstudio is a professional company that is always up-to-date with new technologies. They deliver on time, and, if a delay occurs, they always communicate that they will have difficulties meeting the timeline. This is important if we are responsible for delivering on time. We can communicate with the other people involved, which is possible only if we have the right information.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Be open about what you want from working with them and don’t hide information because it seems unimportant. On several occasions, we provided Merixstudio with information that we thought wouldn’t be important for the coding, but it turned out that when they started working on the project, the information became important for understanding why we wanted the product to turn out in a certain way.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

React Web Dev for Transcription Start Up

"Since its launch, we haven’t faced any specific issues with the software."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Merixstudio developed a web-based software solution, working on the build based on wireframes and API documentation. The software incorporates an online editor tool to facilitate audio transcription.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dublin, Ireland
André Bastié
CEO, Happy Scribe
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software has been well received since its launch, performing properly and with no significant bugs reported. The team performed well throughout the project, working along established sprints and picking up the pace of work as the development went on.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of Happy Scribe. Our company provides automated transcription tools for journalists.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We're a startup and we were looking for a company that could be reactive. We needed a team that would be able to address our problems and issues on the go.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were developing an online editor where people could see what the machine had transcribed for them and make some changes along the way. A big part of the work was about aligning the audio file with a text file.

Merixstudio developed the solution as web-based software. We provided wireframes, API documentation, and all other information required. They worked strictly on the development side.

What is the team composition?

There were two resources on their side and two resources on our side. Initially, there was only one person on their side, but they onboarded another one.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We interviewed quite a few agencies and found Merixstudio. We decided to go with them because we found them to be flexible and the pricing was advantageous as well. We interviewed them about technology, in order to determine if they’d worked on any React projects. We found that they had produced good-quality work in the past and thought they would be a good match for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around €14,000 ($16,500 USD) in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio at the end of January 2018. The development was completed in mid-April.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Since its launch, we haven’t faced any specific issues with the software. We haven’t identified any significant bugs that would affect the end user.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

Their performance was good. Most of the sprints were set by us, then the project manager applied those sprints. We were in direct contact with the developers. It was just a matter of establishing the connections and making sure that everything was fine. We only used Slack for communication, talking to their resources directly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I don’t have anything specific to say in this regard.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The beginning of the project was a bit slow to start. We could have released the software earlier if everyone was onboarded from day one. This is something that they could improve as nothing really happened during the first two weeks.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Dev & Staff Augmentation for Software Company

“They have a wide variety of expertise and rich information, and they can do things we can’t do.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2011 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio supplements internal development efforts for third-party customers, building out games and touch-screen interfaces, and enhancing design capacity on other projects.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Brussels, Belgium
Manager, Software Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of Merixstudio’s work and knowledge of internal business processes fosters consistent, long-term engagement across diverse dev project types. Occasionally, technology hinders communication, but the amicable team always provides status updates and delivers fresh ideas when called upon.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the COO of two companies. We have recently split one company into three different parts, two of which are involved in software development and digital signage.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We didn’t have any internal software developers and needed dev help.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They have a wide variety of expertise and rich information, and they can do things we can’t do. Basically, we are not a software development house; we are people who work on projects for customers, and sometimes, those customers need development. We don’t put ourselves into the market as being software developers, but they are.

They provide additional development staffing (and perspectives) when we need it. They’ve designed and developed games for some of our customers, as well as kiosk and touch applications for in-store communication and sales.

For example, last year, we ran a bigger pilot project for a customer. The challenge was that the client needed it done quickly, but we didn’t have any free developers, so we got Merixstudio involved. In a very limited time, they developed the first designs and software. Afterward, the software was deployed fully throughout the customer’s network. After approving the pilot, the client gave us time to recreate the app from scratch as it should be: stable, secure, manageable, and client server-based. Now, we’ve started building a new version from scratch, and Merixstudio catapulted us into that.

They try to optimize the results that we are trying to achieve. They sometimes have valid input that we can inject into our code for smaller problems that we have or benchmarks we want to achieve. For example, on the last project we developed internally, we weren’t completely satisfied with our results, so we gave Merixstudio the chance to develop it for two weeks to see if they could come up with something that performed better and was more secure.

What is the team composition?

We have a range of resources. We started out with mainly C# and C++ developers, more in the Windows .NET environment. Now, we’re working with a couple of experts in web technology. Our biggest project with them featured 5–6 people. Merixstudio has become more and more involved in our day-to-day development.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We had a choice between hiring people and looking for someone to help us out. We didn’t want to hire someone for a single project and lay them off. We looked for insourcing and, because our graphics manager knew them previously, we contacted them.

How much have you invested with them?

Over the past year, the most recent project cost between $50,000–$100,000

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio around 2011. The collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our clients don’t know that Merixstudio is involved. They just give us the project, and how we handle it is up to us. I don’t have any specific inputs from the customer side, but I think they’ve performed perfectly.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They really invest the time—too much at times—for me. I have told them that they don’t have to email me about every step, but they are very keen on keeping us updated. Their English is perfect, but the  distance between us often limits our communication. Everyone has to translate, and some people are scared of this, but I haven’t had any problems with it so far.

Primarily, we keep in touch by email since it allows us to attach everything we want. We also have talk via phone and Skype, but the quality of their video feed can be horrible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We don’t often work with third parties, but I’m happy with what they do. This is the reason we haven’t looked at other companies. We like to team up, and we like to be loyal. They know us, they know who we are and what we do, and they know our hardware and software. As soon as something new comes up, we don’t have to introduce ourselves, and it saves a lot of time. I have no intention to look for other partners. I am very satisfied with their pricing and quality. Additionally, the people from Merixstudio are extremely friendly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their internet connection needs improvement so we can have better video quality during calls.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Catalog Platform Development For Brand Management Company

“So far, we’re extremely happy with the platform’s performance and scaling.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio built a complex platform from scratch using Django and Python for the backend. The platform needed the capacity to manage a lot of data and scale up easily. The work is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dubai, UAE
CEO, Brand Catalog Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio built the platform in the latest technologies, providing the scalability and reliability needed. With 300 clients using the platform already, feedback is good. The team impressed by delivering before deadline, which is especially appreciated because it resulted in a reduction in costs.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of a product experience management platform. Brands upload information about their products such as images, videos, and ingredients through a content management system for use by retailers and whoever needs access to the brand content.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We were building our platform from scratch. We’re based in Dubai, a region that doesn’t offer resources for our technology stack. The options we have are likely 2–3 times more expensive. The platform would be quite complex, and we wanted the ability to scale it up easily and to use the latest technologies. Many of the companies we approached in our region insisted on PHP, SQL, and Oracle, but this was not what we wanted. We had an older, basic version in place, and already knew the limitations of those technologies. There was a lot of big data to handle, so we needed a scalable, reliable and easy to use solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We developed the platform using Django and Python for the backend. These technologies are not available in the Middle East. The platform is currently in production, and we plan to have the website live in two weeks or less. We have another year of development left, and we will start working on integrations with Box, Dropbox, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Carrefour, and hundreds of other platforms in April 2018. APIs are a big part of our roadmap.

What is the team composition?

We’ve always had at least 1 full-time project manager and around 4 resources working on the project, 3 full-time and 1–2 part-time. We also have 1–2 quality testers working part-time.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We researched 20 different companies from Poland, Russia, and Ukraine using Clutch, and narrowed the list down to six Polish groups. I went there and met each one. Merixstudio was second or third choice on paper, but we also relied on intuition. Through talking to them, I became comfortable working with the team. We were starting a two-year project which would cost over $500,000 within the next six months. They would serve as an extension of our team in Dubai so we needed to have synergy between us. This is why our evaluation was largely based on whom we felt most comfortable with and who had the same ideas and way of thinking as us.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, the billable work cost around $340,000. We are committed to another $160,000 by the end of 2018.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Merixstudio in January 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

So far, we’re extremely happy with the platform’s performance and scaling.

We have 300 clients on board already even though we haven’t started advertising. The feedback we’re getting for the overall concept, the interface, and the performance of the platform is quite positive. Most of our clients are either major brands or Fortune 500 companies.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We are using JIRA and Slack along with email and phone calls for communication. There is a weekly call for aligning things and checking the status of bugs, and we also have a strategy call every 2 weeks. I’m not always a part of the weekly call; it’s handled by a couple of people from my team. I participate in the bimonthly strategy call, along with our CTO depending on where we are in development. We always have open communication and are always looking at the progress of the project. They have good communication skills and provide responses quickly when we need something.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We are currently in phase 4 of the project, for which we expected delivery in mid-March. Merixstudio delivered in two weeks, which equates with a reduction in cost. For every phase, we have a 2–3 hour scoping session during which they define what our requirements are and send them back for our feedback. They provide the defined scope of work along with a budget correlating with it. Based on our timelines, project management, and scheduled sprints, the delivery was scheduled to be complete in March. I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the first version will be ready by the end of January. I expect to have another 2 weeks of debugging, but the major development will be finished. Merixstudio is sometimes faster than what they promise, which is an advantage.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Because we’ve been working together for almost 14 months, we’ve come to know each other. There was some miscommunication in the beginning, and things were not as smooth as possible, but this was sorted out. They’re good at understanding customer needs and converting weaknesses to strengths.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development For Design Online Store

“Merixstudio has done well blending themselves into our work culture and understanding the scope.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Summer 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Merixstudio employed PHP development for the English version of an existing e-commerce platform. They also collaborated with two other partners for a full Magento integration, and continue to provide services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Jacob Kam
CTO, Everclassic.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Merixstudio’s communication is exceptional, and their geographical proximity is favorable. They also understand the context of projects quickly and accurately. However, creating a more flexible workforce would allow them to better accommodate shifting needs.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of an online marketplace for vintage, Scandinavian design. We’ve been in the market for about 3 ½ years. The website was previously only in Danish, but we just introduced an English version.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We had a partner for a couple of years in Ukraine, and we decided to look for a development partner closer to Scandinavia. We wanted to find a culturally different vendor and to be able to fly less than an hour to reach them. We wanted to develop an English version of the website to bring our design to foreign clients and buyers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we decided to go with Merixstudio, we didn’t have a very well-defined project scope. We just decided to change our primary partner. We started out with a few, smaller tasks and then eventually moved all the PHP development responsibility to them. We don’t specify the project before development.

We’d had a live, functional website for about 2 ½ years, but Merixstudio helped continue the development which we’ve had a continuous need for. We are in active development basically every week of the year. They helped us finish the rewrite from one framework to another, and also helped build a completely new, English version of our website.

Our site is quite complex because it has both online auctions and a marketplace. We introduced a new web shop, and also have a lot of different logistics going on. They helped us develop the website in three parts.

We did a full integration with Magento with a Danish and Polish partner, so Merixstudio had to collaborate with them as well.

What is the team composition?

We handle most of the project management ourselves. Their team consists of both a full-time and part-time PHP developer. We have a part-time person responsible for CSS styling as well. For the past two months, we’ve also had a QA person.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We researched companies working with PHP and the current framework in Poland, and found a couple of reachable vendors in cities with direct flights from Copenhagen. I spoke with these companies for a period of time, and also had them look at our code to provide their perspectives. Based on that, we decided to go with Merixstudio.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend between $10,000–$15,000 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in the summer of 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

I can’t say they changed our website’s performance. So far, we’ve only added a new part to the website, which we’ve just launched.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

We handled most of the project management. We’ve been very pleased with the person Merixstudio assigned, and most of the communication goes through him. It’s worked out fairly well. We use Jira for all tasks, which is vital for our website development. Everything has to be in a workflow. We don’t utilize Scrum methodology, but our process is similar.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The communication has been very good, and very similar to working with someone from our own nationality. They’re also similar to us culturally. In comparison to companies in Ukraine, Merixstudio has done well blending themselves into our work culture and understanding the scope and context of what we’re doing.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would have been great if they could’ve introduced a more flexible workforce. That way, if we need extra resources, we’d be able to get some help without making a greater commitment. They started a process in December adding some developers who could be assigned to shorter tasks or projects without making a monthly commitment of hours. They’re in the process of creating a more flexible workforce, but it’s definitely something they need to improve.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve been good with that.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There’s always room for improvement.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

HTML5 Game Animation For Online Casino

“I really can’t give them enough credit for their professionalism.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2016 - May 2017
Project summary: 

Merixstudio worked on the frontend of an online casino, developing the HTML5 platform to ensure the games can run on all browsers at a high speed. The team also did some creative design and development work. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Copenhagen, Denmark
Rasmus Fincke
CEO, OmniGame
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The redeveloped site has received positive feedback, with all work completed to a high standard. They were an extremely professional team, with excellent communication, work ethic, and quality of work, and were happy to revise elements of the work until it was satisfactory. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of OmniGame, which is an online casino. We develop and design our own games.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Merixstudio?

We needed help with our site’s frontend, with the HTML5 animations. At the time, it was an easier option to outsource the work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Initially, Merixstudio set up a small team for us. They were given the Photoshop files and general designs of the games. The games need to be able to run in any browser. The site is in HTML5, so the games can work on all types of tablets, phones, and desktops. Our demand was that the games need to be able to run in the most recent browsers and, hopefully, run 60 frames per second on most computers.

They also brought some creative ideas to us, did some creative design and we implemented some of their ideas. They did some software development too — they got the essence of it from us and then built around that.

What is the team dynamic?

We work with three people: a project manager, one lead programmer, and an assistant animator.

How did you come to work with Merixstudio?

We found them through a Google search.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in December 2016 and the project ended in May 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We are very happy with the feedback we have received so far.

How did Merixstudio perform from a project management standpoint?

They have performed very well from a project management perspective. Their work and their communication are very professional.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication is very good. I really can’t give them enough credit for their professionalism. Some of the development teams in Eastern Europe have a little bit of a bad reputation, but Merixstudio put that entirely to shame. Their work ethics are similar to Scandinavian work ethics, and we have been very satisfied working with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They have been very accommodating. If there was anything we were unhappy with, they changed it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Apart from a couple weeks of delay, which was partly our own fault, they were on time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It could be cheaper, but you get what you pay for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If there was something we weren’t satisfied with, they would improve on it until we were.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I highly recommend them.
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Business Entity Name
MERIXSTUDIO
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Jurisdiction of Formation
Poland
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NIP: 7772427860
Date of Formation
Dec 1, 2010
Last updated
Oct 4, 2019
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