What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
We did a test phase and did less than $1000 in marketing, and within less than two weeks, our StayGo application in the iTunes Store was ranked in the top 100 lifestyle apps out of 140,000 apps. People reviewed the app from Australia, Ukraine, USA, etc. We got a lot of credit for the content, the user experience, and ease of use. They built a great app.
How did MobiDev perform from a project management standpoint?
Skype has been our primary communications platform. We’ve used various kinds of software for sharing information and imagery for evaluation approvals and deliberation.
MobiDev is in eastern Ukraine and I was concerned initially about the time issues. Having worked with India, I found that I was regularly sleep deprived. I either had to get up early or start work at night in order to get anything done. I was also doing a lot of micromanaging. What I noticed with MobiDev was they did some time shifting with us because we’re in Los Angeles. We were getting calls mid-morning and I never had to lose sleep or stay up late at night. I noticed MobiDev was accommodating people on the East Coast through lunchtime, and people on the West Coast almost to lunchtime. That way quite a bit could get done in real-time communications, which was great for staying in sync. There was also the added benefit of waking up in the morning to find work that had been done while you were sleeping.
What did you find most impressive about them?
What made MobiDev different from the very first conversation and exchange of written information was that they were analyzing our business. In doing that early analysis of whom we are and what we wanted to accomplish, they were really focused on what the software strategy would be.
The quality of their team is also impressive. They have a super high technological intellect and skill. Whatever is the most contemporary, state-of-the-art tech stack that you could bring to a project, MobiDev appears to have that at their fingertips. That probably is a result of the people they hire. We double-checked some of their work and it seemed like the options they suggested were the most efficient, scalable, and cutting-edge technology. We would not just have momentary progress, but the progress could be built on going forward. We’ve gotten to know a good number of their people including Oleg, the founder and CEO. We’ve noted that every person that works at MobiDev has an incredible level of passion about what they do. The two designers we worked with were very good. Even the person who runs QA has a level of animation and excitement about what his purpose is that is really different than how other people would define that position. He sees himself as the final protector of the mission of the client. He doesn’t see himself as the bug fix-it guy.
Are there any areas they could improve?
They did a great job for us. I don’t have even a minor criticism. Anyone would be stupid not to have MobiDev on his or her short list of companies to talk to. Even if they don’t hire them, you can never lose by picking the brains of the really smart people at MobiDev. For any new startup or large enterprise, I think MobiDev should be on their list.