Full-stack software experts. Fast and Experienced

Netguru is a team of over 190 people including Ruby on Rails, Node.js, frontend & mobile (iOS/Android) developers along with project managers, QA, UX/graphic design talents and support staff. Since our founding in 2008 we've work with a broad range of clients and partners including major corporations and early stage startups from Western Europe, Asia, North America and across the Middle East.

In 2015 and 2016 we've been ranked number 5 in the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe Awards, that recognizes the 50 most dynamic technology companies in the region. We are 188th fastest growing European company according to Financial Times report.

Netguru is also a certified Spree solution provider. Our experts will help you create a well-devised & customer-friendly online store tailored to your specific needs.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2008
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Poznan, Poland
headquarters
  • Netguru
    ul. Wojskowa 6
    Poznan 60-792
    Poland
    48.884.382.983
other locations
  • Netguru
    One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
    London E14 5AB
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Skrill, Transterra Media, PolicyGenius, CitySocializer, RateMyArea, InnStyle, Ledbury, Lemonfrog, Campsited, My Dobot, Chorus, Santander (BZ WBK), Campsited, Mumslink, Suggest It, Property Detective, Benchify, ProFinda, CD Projekt & more 

Connexio

Connexio Talk is a product of the US-based team, Connexio Labs. This outbound calling platform easily integrates with existing CRMs and automated marketing tools so your team can do what it does best -sell -by connecting with their most promising opportunities in just one click.

Lemonfrog

 

Lemonfrog AG has been successfully disrupting the sharing economy since 2007. The company is self-funded grew to a point that needed building up its development team. Netguru team have been working with Lemonfrog since September 2014. During this time Lemonfrog web applications have gone through a major upgrade both on backend and frontend.

Booked'em

A better way to hire crew which saves money, time and energy. Booked’Em lets a producer find a crew quickly, communicate easily and arrange getting them on-site or otherwise involved, hassle-free. The app also allows freelance film workers to keep track of job details when they are on a different gig every day. 

Benchify

Benchify launched in July 2013 to give working professionals and business owners feedback and insight into their perceived performance by continuously benchmarking them against their business contacts. With anonymous ratings, private feedback and social features, Benchify is a great platform for finding out which areas you’re doing well in and which you need work on, helping you to improve the performance of yourself, your company and your products.Building the platform from scratch through our agile, quality-driven process, we're responsible for leading the development including front & back-end work, testing and platform maintenance. We've also standing behind integrations with SaaSy & Gmail.

ProFinda

ProFinda is an internal talent and knowledge matching (SaaS) system which digitizes any workforce. By offering unique matching technology, ProFinda makes it far easier to find your best talent and connect them to the right projects, win pitches, help on tasks and support client needs. Netguru work included both ProFinda’s front & back-end development, building new features and testing. We’re also the guys behind platform’s integration with Heroku, Google Analytics, UserVoice, CloudMailin & Engine Yard.

CD Projekt

CD Projekt S.A., one of the biggest polish game developers and retailers decided to introduce a local digital distribution platform. Netguru offered the engeering skills to deliver the project, expertise in planning and project management and know-how about solutions that sped up development. Integrating the store with third-party participants like Microsoft Dynamics AX and developing a custom payment gateway (PayU)

PolicyGenius

PolicyGenius is a Brooklyn-based FinTech startup providing a World Class Development Team Expansion for a FinTech Rising Star. 

Campsited

Campsited.com, a Dublin based startup that provides  an easy way for campers and holiday seekers to find and book campsites, touring parks and holiday parks. Netguru team started working on Campsited.com in October 2015. In March 2016 a new redesigned version of the application was released.

Suggest It

What’s going on in my area? Suggest It gives those using the app the best and most up-to-date answers to this question. The app is a digital announcement board for local events: users can add events, browse by place and time and view other users’ agendas to find exciting events. Netguru proposed the most cost-effective solution in the shortest possible timeframe and came up with a 1st-phase roadmap for a minimum viable product (MVP) with fewer features than previously planned.

Mumslink

A Global Community for Mums, Groups & Businesses. Mumslink is a professional and social networking platform which connects women with each other from all types of businesses, organizations, and charities who want to reach out with ideas and opportunities for professional careers.

Transterra

Transterra Media is an on-demand, digital media platform providing high-quality custom videos and photos  to marketers and publishers. Netguru became the Transterra Media’s technical expert along, providing the company with the UX design for two new products: a web portal and an application.

My Dobot

 

My Dobot is a mobile personal finance advisor. The San Francisco and Denver based startup CTO carefully chose Netguru for  world class Ruby on Rails development  of their data-intensive application. From day one Netguru is involved in every aspect of My Dobot development. Additionally, when necessary, the developers working with My Dotbot team can consult any problem with senior colleagues not necessarily involved in the project.

Inn Style

InnStyle is a blissfully simple online booking system for hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering accommodation. This SaaS product is three services in one – a bookings diary for accommodation owners, an online booking interface (that works beautifully on mobile, too) for guests, and a payments system that is built on Stripe Connect. We app is also integrated with Intercom.io and MixPanel analytics.

Ledbury

Ledbury, an innovative retailer specializing in luxury men's shirts and accessories, wanted to merge their online and offline sales processes. Netguru helped Ledbury by adding a unique feature for Ledbury clients and opening new sales channels, increasing the overall revenue and helping Ledbury expand the number of stores, gaining access to a pool of developers for future development. 

Skrill

Skrill has been moving money digitally since 2001, offering online payment solutions for businesses and consumers that allow them to pay and get paid globally. Customers can choose from 100 payment options to send and receive money worldwide in 200 countries and 40 currencies, securely and at low cost, without revealing their personal financial details. Whoever you are, however you like to pay or get paid, trust Skrill to make your online payments simpler, faster and safer. Netguru joined forces with Skrill's team based in Berlin & Sofia to create account.skrill.com - an application for online payment account management - an integral part of the new Skrill website. We took care of implementing and presenting the user workflows using the pre-existing API services.

Inbbbox

The App Changing Mobile Dribbble Experience. Netguru's Product Design team engaged in the design community which allowed them to gather constant feedback about the app.

Rate My Area

RateMyArea.com is a unique place to find, review, share and discuss all that’s good (and not so good!) in your area. Additionally, the portal works with a wide range of businesses and sells vouchers offering great discounts on local goods and services. Being a product of Locate Online Ltd., it’s one the largest online platforms of this type in Ireland.

City Socializer

Citysocializer is a subscription-based social discovery network that enables people to meet new groups of friends locally and enjoy their city's social scene. Featured at The Next Web. Netguru supported the re-launch of CitiSocializer. We set up the development processes, including code reviews and continuous integration. The project became a successful social network, providing users with a place to connect with new people through shared interests and events.

 

Chorus

Academics at The University of California (UCLA) came up with an idea for a universal tool that enables patients, doctors, researchers, and community leaders to create personalized mobile health interventions. Netguru came up with a user-friendly solution for creating a wide range of automated text messaging and interactive voice applications. Our team brought a revolutionary academic idea to life. Doctors can now easily build their own apps, making the treatment much more efficient. 

Property Detective

Slowly, but surely, Property Detective is changing the way that people move home. It's the first website in the UK that helps people make more informed, smarter decisions about where they want to live, by giving them the complete picture as to what a property, street or neighbourhood can offer them and their lifestyle, from schools, crime rates, demographics, flightpaths, noise and smell nuisances, retail and leisure opportunities, broadband speeds and much more.

Reviews

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Outsourced Dev for Hospitality Startup

"I can’t imagine wanting to go back to using in-house solutions."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru augments a remote team, acting as the tech lead for Ruby development. They identified concerns, began site supervision, and continue now also produce new platform features. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, England
Co-Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Revenue has nearly doubled in part due to Netguru's efforts. The team is always readily available despite the time difference. Commitment to customer satisfaction and outstanding quality make them ideal partners. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We operate networking dinners for the technology community and people in business so that they can expand their networks. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

I was looking for a Ruby developer. Our team operated remotely, so I was quite interested in a remote solution because it would fit in with how we were already working.

We hadn’t done any development for a year or so. I’d always had a developer in-house, and now we had that gap. I had someone who could accomplish things here and there, but we didn’t have someone working on the technology full-time.

Our company’s team is small, and they don’t all work from the same place. It made sense for us to find a remote solution that could scale up and down as needed. We could do that with Netguru.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They took over the management of the site. We hadn’t done any development work for about a year, so they gave a lot of advice about things we should be updating, like new versions of Ruby. They did that initial review to pinpoint main concerns. At the same time, they allowed me to make comments and request some of the things I was more interested in, like the features and everything we ultimately wanted. It was a balance between the two processes. They took on everything and we started from the beginning in terms of objectives.

We totally changed the flow of our signup process, including all the data fields that we collected and had structured into profiles. We did lots of work on reporting so that I could actually extract the information I needed in order to run the business well. It was a whole different way of looking at the data.

We also added various payment methods. We added description options, bundles, and did an overhaul of some of our regular scheduled emails, optimizing and speeding them up. Netguru did lots of refactoring.

There was tons of old code that they audited, picking and choosing what was worth keeping. They made the software a lot simpler. Prior to working with Netguru, we didn’t have automatic tests or scripts. So after each feature, they put in place automatic testing. Now, instead of us having to manually test, those key features are automatically tested to see if anything is broken. They focused on the user, especially making sure nothing broke during the payment process. We are now having a bit of a break from development and they are helping with maintenance.

What is the team dynamic?

We had two senior developers, one junior developer, a designer, a project manager, and a tester. That was the maximum that we had at any given time.

They have a rotation policy at Netguru. After a certain period of time, the lead developer will be changed so that everything is seen by more than one developer. This method ensures there’s more than one person working on the code, giving a different perspective. We had a project manager that I couldn’t stand, but she left the company, so we ended up with a new one. There was also always a backup project manager that knew the project to a certain level, which was useful. If someone was on a day’s leave, the backup person would always be available.

If we wanted to add or remove anyone on the team on short notice, that was always very easy for Netguru. An in-house team would’ve been a different commitment. I like the flexibility, the availability, and the cost savings of office space.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

I spoke to various freelance developers and contractors; I was looking at all the options. There was one other remote company I was considering, but they didn’t compare when I spoke to them about how they operated. Wiktor [Schmidt, Co-Founder & CEO, Netguru] reached out to me via email just in time, told me a bit about what they do, and we began the engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2016 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We introduced the new payment options in January, and our revenues doubled overnight. That was the most significant thing that we did. The other thing that was really useful was getting the deeper insights into data, how people are using the site, and the customer behavior. It allows us to adapt our marketing and our commercial strategy.

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

Netguru is extremely thorough and quite strict. Strict is good, though, because all I want to do is work on the stuff that I can see—I don’t care about the tests running in the background. I know they’re important, but I want to move onto the next thing. They tell me the things that we need to do and they make me stick to it. They got me to be much more structured in running this technology project. It was strict in a good way.

They make me stick to the rules and processes that they’ve developed over time, with a lot of projects and a robust development team. We use JIRA or Atlassian as a project management tool, and Slack to keep track of things. We talk on Google Hangouts every week.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re based in Poland and I’m in London, but it doesn’t feel that way—they’re always present. Almost every week, I’ll get an email from someone saying, “Do you want to grab coffee? I’m in London.” That's not what you expect from a remote firm. They’re very hot on customer care.

There’s always someone available to talk to me, or someone checking in. That was way above what I was expecting. They’ve done a really good job with communication. Having a QA tester was also amazing. When features were shown to me, they had been tested thoroughly, and truly worked. My experience in the past was getting a feature that was 97% there. With Netguru, when we did find a bug or a problem, they would get right on it, which I know is very time-consuming.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing that comes to mind; their development was good and I loved how the team was put together. I liked their availability and their customer care as well. I can’t imagine wanting to go back to using in-house solutions. I’ll be comfortable using Netguru for future projects. I would use them without hesitation.

What tips would you share with less experienced buyers that come to Clutch and hope to use our platform to find a vendor?

The thing I didn’t know a long time ago was the difference between programming languages and the availability of developers. There are certain programming languages that have a lot of developers available, and you’d have more of a choice in the market.

Some programming languages, though, don’t have as many developers. Supply and demand dictate the price and availability. I’d get a handle on the actual options and what that means for your project, especially if it’s ongoing.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value is great.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything has been working better than ever.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I do all the time. Easy 5.

Integrated Platform Dev for Healthcare Tech Firm

“They are head and shoulders above other companies we’ve used.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru developed Android and iOS mobile applications for a tech healthcare organization. The small team built the MVP within six months, which included features such as GPS and scheduling options.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Steve Dailey
Co-Founder, Helpr
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The apps are intuitive, with the users already onboard finding the system impressive. Netguru’s team were responsive to all requests and easily available for communication, including in-person. Their transparent project management using Envision and Jira ensured all issues were handled swiftly.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Helpr Technologies builds platforms for the gig economy, while Helpr is the company that we use to implement the platforms and provide the services. The first platform we built was for domiciliary care in the UK, which is where people can be cared for in their own homes. I’m the founder and director of both companies. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

We needed an Android and iOS app that integrates with our platform. I had sketched some things out as to how I thought it would look in terms of user experience and design.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The MVP took six months. Netguru built an Android and iOS version of the app. It’s reasonably complicated in that we have a web app for our clients to use. Some of our clients are big local authorities so they won’t sit behind PCs and laptops to do their work. 

Netguru used wireframes and went to work. Within three weeks, we started to see their early screen designs. The user can input details of someone needing care and set up visits they want for the person. We also introduced GPS tracking so that we know when a carer uses the app how close they are to where they say they are. That helped us streamline our billing system as we knew what services had been delivered.

What is the team dynamic? 

It was a small team that was pretty stable throughout the whole project. There were a couple of designers, a project manager, four developers, and a QA tester. I was really impressed with all the people they’ve brought on board.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

We searched online and talked to our contacts. We pulled together a list of 20 companies then did a bit more research into each of them. We got some references and whittled the list down to four companies.

I gave each company a weeks’ worth of work to see how they performed based on the quality they produced and how easily it was to communicate with them. We ended up with Netguru because another company we considered seemed to work great in London, but were not very keen for us to go visit them in Romania, which made me wonder if I was just seeing their sales frontend. 

Netguru was completely open and transparent. We went to their place in Poznan and met everybody. Everyone was really friendly. They called in people who had knowledge in places where people in the workshop didn’t. We had a very good feeling about them. They have a nice culture and are great people to do business with. The hiring process took us four weeks.

What is the status of this engagement?

The relationship is ongoing. Our clients have changed somewhat due to monetary cutbacks. The way we thought it would work has changed slightly. For that reason, we’ve spent more time to take those changes on board and change the workflow slightly. We’ll be ready with those changes in a couple of weeks. We’ve also been waiting on getting clearance from the QA agency serving the UK health service. It takes three months to get that feedback.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve got 30–40 carers that I’ve been training in the Android and iOS apps. People are really impressed by the system. I was thinking about developing how-to videos, but the carers have picked up the system very well. In terms of ease of use, it’s a dream.

In the early days, we agreed that we would probably develop the Android app and then do the iOS version. We’ve not had any problems with the iOS version and if I had to choose, I would say the iOS version is better than the Android version. Both are very good, but iOS has the edge over Android. 

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

They are head and shoulders above other companies we’ve used. My wife is in project management, and she’s been really impressed by Netguru’s culture and responsiveness. I rate them very highly. 

They gave us access to their whole toolset so I can look at the design through Envision. That also includes free access to Jira so I can see everything that’s happening in the scrum. I can see all the backlogs and issues and can load my own tickets in Jira. They’re completely transparent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We get to meet with them every couple of months and have coffee with their CEO, Wiktor Schmidt. That’s really nice. I know they have a large customer base, but he still seeks us out when he's in London. We know the door is always open and that if we’re not happy, Wiktor will step in. I’ve never needed that, though.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There must be because nobody’s perfect, but I can’t think of anything.

5.0
Overall Score They’re brilliant. I can usually find fault somewhere, but these guys have proved me wrong so far.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Product Dev & Advisory for Financial Tech Startup

"They showed us what the problems were, how to fix them, and they did it all the proper way."

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

Netguru took over an iOS/Android app development project, using only the designs created by a previous vendor. They focus on efficiency and security while also supporting project management and QA.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Frankfurt, Germany
Co-Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the iOS version remains unfinished; it's Android counterpart has been very well received. Netguru excels at creative problem-solving, especially with end users in mind. The team was reliable, proactive, and quick retroactive bug fixes.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company is on its way to being the first fair and transparent payday loan provider in Germany. These are small, short-term loans to help people with unexpected expenses (to hold them over until payday). 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

We wanted to create a new system to manage payday loans that doesn’t involve traditional credit scoring. However, there are some restrictions to the app we were trying to build.

Our previous agency did not deliver a solution, so we stopped the project. We decided to start over and only use the design they had created. Our approach is fully mobile and fully app-based, so we wanted a partner that had experience in developing good, efficient apps.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The specifications already existed, and most of our goals were already outlined, but they helped improve some things. Regarding security, they helped us a lot. The previous system could easily be hijacked by a third party, so Netguru had to improve the entire thing. They even found some security issues we hadn’t seen and didn’t understand. They showed us what the problems were, how to fix them, and they did it all the proper way.

Netguru first developed the Android version of the app, and it’s been on the Google Play store for about two weeks. We’re still adding some features, and we have plans to make an iOS version.

For the next financial round, we don’t plan on hiring our own developers. We’re going to use Netguru for that phase.

What is the team dynamic?

There are four developers, one project manager, and one QA. Our CTO talks with them every day.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

Our previous partner wasn’t working out well. The programmers were located in Peru, and we needed something closer to improve communication. Some of the code was even written in Spanish, which none of our team or clients spoke.

We wanted to get to know the developers and meet with them from time to time. We requested proposals and interviewed four different coding agencies. We’d had a past project with Netguru, and I knew they were good, so we decided to hire them.

What is the status of this engagement?

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

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Right now, only family and friends are reviewing the app, but the feedback from investors and stakeholders is very positive. We have some bugs we need to resolve, but most of the time it’s not related to what Netguru did.

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

Our CTO communicates daily with them through Slack for all of the IT and ticketing. For user stories, we use JIRA. The communication is 90% via Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have really smart people, and they think of solutions both from a developer’s point of view as well as the user’s.

They’re also fast. We’ll ask them to change something, and they’ll change it on the fly. We had the second version in the Android store soon after the first launch.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I could have cheaper, but that would be unfair. They are far cheaper than any German company. To be honest, we’re really satisfied with them. It’s great working with them.

5.0
Overall Score We’re really happy with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Nothing to improve.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It's very good for us.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Of course.

Ruby Development for Mom Networking Platform

"My project manager was absolutely fantastic from day one."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru established the client's online presence, from the wireframes and platform of the site to the UI/UX. They continue to provide the maintenance for the site.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Founder, Mumslink
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site has received very good UX feedback, and has attracted partnerships with various businesses and organizations. Netguru conducted thorough testing and implemented the most up-to-date technology and coding.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

My organization is a professional and social networking platform called Mumslink.com. We connect women with each other from all types of businesses, organizations, and charities who want to reach out with ideas and opportunities for professional careers.

What is your position?

I am the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with netguru?

I was introduced to netguru through a parent at the school. They filled a gap for me because I am not a programmer. They brought in their technical expertise and handled everything from UI/UX [user interface/user experience] to building the platform.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

From the outset, I went to them with my whole business plan. I had done my own framework for the site, regarding how I wanted it to work and how I wanted it to operate. I was a basic startup with an idea on paper. We built wireframes from that and discussed the site mechanism.

We started focusing on the main features that they felt would work well and would be achievable in our timeframe, and they built the site on Ruby on Rails. I was very involved, but they have an awful lot of expertise and guidance, and they know their stuff. It was a great process.

How did you come to work with netguru?

I was introduced to netguru through a parent at the school, who is very techie and very well known in Poland. He recommended netguru to me.

What is the timeline of this engagement?

We began working at the end of March 2015 and soft-launched the site in October [2015]. They still do maintenance for me. It took from March to October to get a site from being on paper to up and running.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Obviously, they built the site, and they're responsible for the fact that it's up and running and working well. netguru just sits quietly there in the background, making sure everything works well. We get very good UX feedback from our users. We're still working with our earlier adopters and site testing and so forth. We've got some great businesses and organizations working through our site, like the U.K. Department for Education and various returner's programs, aimed at female lawyers who took a break and now want to get back to work.

How did netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

As a client, you are appointed a project manager, and my project manager was absolutely fantastic from day one. You also get a quality assurance manager and in my case, she puts the site through its paces during every iteration. She tested the site to death and looked for all the bugs, glitches, and things that could be improved. I can't fault them as an organization. They've been brilliant to work with.

What distinguishes netguru from other providers?

netguru's work ethic and professionalism are the key points. Everything is built in iterations and the process is all about feedback and collaboration. For me, as a nontechnical founder of a startup, they have been a fantastic source of support and information. I feel like they have built the site with the best technology out there, using the best code.

They couldn't have done more than they have already done. The project manager is integral to that. You feel like you're supported throughout the process and that you are part of the team. You're in constant communication with your team. For somebody who came from a legal background, it's been quite an enlightening process.

Is there anything netguru could have improved or done differently?

Any mistakes that were made in the early days really were attributable in part to my naivete. Really, I should have had a UX designer sort out wireframes in addition to the work that I'd done myself. That caused a couple of delays, but I wouldn't attribute that to them.

5.0
Overall Score They've been fantastic.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're so efficient, it's scary.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For the maintenance contract, I would say potentially a 3, but the actual development work is a 4.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what they'd been asked to deliver, on time, with enthusiasm, and I feel assured in the product that they have delivered for me.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have done so.

Rails-developed Platform for Financial Services Startup

"We've really enjoyed being able to take advantage of their different skill sets."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Netguru helped the client with Ruby on Rails development for a variety of projects involving SMS and MMS solutions.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Sr. Vice President of Technology
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client describes their Netguru resource as one of the best developers they’ve ever worked with. While no metrics on solutions are available, the client has benefited from a talented team of developers that consistently delivers ahead of estimates.

BACKGROUND

Please introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company is trying to make financial advising easier for the masses. We are developing an application that makes the process easy for anyone, helping him or her save money and invest it. The goal is to help people at every financial step of their lives. Today, good, solid financial consultation is in the domain of a more privileged class, which is already doing well financially. Our hope is to spread that out. Our company was founded in 2015. I'm the senior vice president of technology in the company. I manage our database and all day-to-day technology use. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

I needed expertise in Ruby on Rails development. I have been a career Java developer myself but, when I came to my current company, I found that the things that we wanted to build could best be done in Rails. I put the stakes in the ground for this technology, so I started looking for an outsourced developer. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Netguru's expertise and development resources have been key in building a number of SMS [short message service] and MMS [multimedia messaging service] solutions for us as well as seriously fleshing out the infrastructure of the systems we're building right now. Essentially, Netguru is involved in every aspect of our development.

Our solutions are data-intensive applications. Right now, we're within the proof-of-concept phase, developing our prototype and testing it through beta users. We plan to do a lot of work on scaling the application and better handling potential load increases.

Right now, we have a team of three people from Netguru, including one developer, one quality assurance resource, and one project manager. Netguru has an interesting approach, allowing the client to work with them in any way they like. Netguru would have preferred to have a small team with a project manager, allowing me to interface with that manager. I know that this approach has been successful, but I wanted our development resources to report directly to me, skipping the project manager. I wasn't terribly interested in allowing the quality assurance tester into the codebase, given that we're developing a financial application. Netguru was perfectly happy to accommodate this.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

I had been the vice president of technology at another startup. My predecessor there was a Polish person who ran a small team. I had the task of evaluating everyone in it in order to see how we could work together. I came to find that our Polish team was made up of solid developers who were doing good work, so I increased the size of their involvement. When I moved to my current company, I needed a back-end team, and started looking for another Polish company. I took into consideration both cost mitigation and the overall superior skills of Polish developers, compared to Indian or Chinese ones. I also found it significantly easier to work with Polish developers in terms of accent, which makes a large difference when doing remote work, relying almost exclusively on voice communication.

I found Netguru out of my search. I looked at seven or eight companies in total, which were offering Ruby on Rails consultation work remotely. I interviewed them, spoke with their developers and eventually settled on Netguru. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with Netguru in March 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Any software development work will be subjective, based on the client's opinion. We are working with front-end and mobile developers, but my resource from Netguru is one of the best developers I've ever worked with. I have been a development manager since the early 2000s as well as having been a developer since the 1990s, but Netguru's developer has stood out as exceptional. Netguru has a large group of senior developers to which he can go and consult whenever he runs into a problem. We've enjoyed the benefit of this as well.

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

Netguru generally delivers work ahead of my estimates. We use Pivotal Tracker, Slack, and GitHub for project tracking.

What distinguishes Netguru from other providers?

Netguru is a full-service shop, delivering a test group for the work as part of the package. We've really enjoyed being able to take advantage of their different skill sets. This is an advantage for any group trying to cut costs, like small startups. Having a test user and project manager has been a nice feature for us.

Is there anything Netguru could have improved or done differently?

I've been thrilled with our developer from Netguru. If I had been working with a larger group, I could perhaps better speak about any improvements.

When I came into the engagement with Netguru, I didn't have my head completely wrapped around how Netguru likes to work with people. They offer a tester and a project manager whose activity is tied with the developer's. If I had better understood this, it would have made things less bumpy in the beginning. After the first week, I came to be completely thrilled with Netguru. My lack of research on this part was to blame.

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

Rails-developed Human Resources Solution for Startup

“Their code review processes are extremely strong and thorough.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru provided additional development resources due to limited in-house capabilities. They developed a platform solution using Ruby on Rails and MongoDB.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Netguru developed the platform within six months, and the client attributes this to their strong code review methodology and processes. Overall, the client is happy with the Netguru development team and their personal and professional work ethic.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I have developed a survey platform aimed at assessing employee engagements, making client surveys, and so on. One innovative feature of the platform is the ability to predict business goals for companies. My company is based in London, United Kingdom.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

I needed development resources for my platform because I did not have the skills necessary. I wanted to outsource because of the cost savings.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Netguru has built my solution from scratch using Ruby on Rails and MongoDB. The platform is hosted in Germany. They were responsible for helping me refine my requirements before developing the site. I worked in close collaboration with them.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

I met their principal [CEO Wiktor Schmidt] at a conference in London called ProductTank. I had worked with other offshore companies in Europe and had a preference for Polish developers as we are basically part of the same business culture.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total cost of the development was around $70,000 [£50,000].

What is the status of this engagement?

The platform was completed within six months, around two and a half years ago. As it stands, the project is dormant at the moment. Additional work is done as needed. I've used their resources part time in an ad-hoc manner during the course of two years.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

There is good positivity and camaraderie between their development team. No one can be completely familiar with a code base, but Netguru employs a good code review methodology that keeps them on track.

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

A project manager was included a part of the cost, but I've used their resources in an ad-hoc manner and, as a matter of course, I have been very hands-on with the work. I could see the inclusion of a project manager as extra value for someone else using their services. We used Pivotal Tracker for project management at their recommendation. We also used HipChat in the beginning and moved to Slack later on.

What distinguishes Netguru from other providers?

Their code review processes are extremely strong and thorough. I don't embrace old-fashioned approaches to software development, and I expect partners to have the same mindset. They offer code review services, back-end support, and a project manager to clients as part of their standard package.

Is there anything Netguru could have improved or done differently?

I give full credit to Netguru for being understanding with me in terms of cash flow. In general, they work through a point system, which is managed using Pivotal Tracker. There is a minimum budget that is needed for a client to contract their services, and I think they should be more flexible in this regard.

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

Resourcing Engagement for Financial Services Firm

“...for a company, such as ours, which requires dependability in delivering the product, there is no one else better.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru assisted Premla Capital with Ruby on Rails-based development projects due to limited in-house capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Tom Brammar
Managing Partner, Premia Capital
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Premla Capital has been consistently impressed with Netguru’s performance. Netguru was able to quickly provide additional resources when projects that ramped up and managed resources well. The client also praises them for their flexibility, ability to stay on schedule and within budget, and consistent reliability.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an investment company and venture capital business. We develop ideas and solutions for the financial services industry and invest in early-stage businesses.

What is your position?

I am a managing partner in the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with netguru?

Some of our business ventures require technical execution, which is the reason we've partnered with netguru. Since only a fraction of our own engagements necessitate technical expertise, it made more sense for us to leverage an external partner rather than develop the capabilities internally. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

We use netguru as an external development resource. Many of our projects are confidential due to the fact that we work with large financial institutions. We often spin up business ideas, which remain in the research and development phase.

The first project we worked on with them was a consumer finance product targeted at the European market. We worked with one of the senior developers at netguru and assigned some development resources on our side, too. The person assigned by netguru was very impressive in terms of the code produced. Working with external talent can come with some uncertainty in terms of what their contribution will be – beyond extra manpower. The senior person had a good, in-depth understanding of the programming language. He was able to take our existing code and ideas and interpret them into very high-quality results. He unbundled and rewired some of the underlying classes in order to make things work properly.

We worked on a subsequent project that revolved around a more agile media space. They performed very on that project, too.

We work together on an engine, rather than simply doing web development. There are many algorithmic processes involved in this.

We've employed three developers from netguru at peak capacity. We're a technologically adept company so, even though there were project managers assigned for both of our projects, I preferred to work directly with the development team and the senior person, especially. It was easier to use a more technical language in this way. We may be an atypical customer in this regard.

How did you come to work with netguru?

We looked at a number of Ruby on Rails development companies in Europe, considering both United Kingdom-based companies, which can be extremely expensive, and ones in Eastern Europe. We narrowed our search down to Poland due to their proximity to Berlin, where we had an office. We considered three companies in total. netguru won the first impression. They proved to have a very reasonable, systematic way of producing quality code and seemed to be more switched on than the other companies.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

There aren't any figures that I can share with you, but we have been impressed by their performance. They are very reliable and have almost always been able to deliver assigned work on time and within budget. They're also very flexible with their resources. If things ramp up quickly, we can always count on being able to increase our resources to compensate. That isn't always the case during resource engagements like these. 

How did netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack for communication, but we tend to rely on the project management tools suggested by netguru. They currently use JIRA, which has worked well so far. We do weekly sprints and have a call every Tuesday in order to make sure that everything is going as planned.

What distinguishes netguru from other providers?

They are very reliable. Having worked with other developers, we've noticed that a lot of younger firms tend to overpromise on what they can deliver. This has never happened with netguru. They've always been clear in what they are and aren't capable of doing. They've always given us an idea of how things would be expected to progress. They're not the cheapest firm possible, and they could deliver the work faster if they actually killed themselves over it but, for a company, such as ours, which requires dependability in delivering the product, there is no one else better.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They deliver when promised.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not the cheapest solution.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Carnival E-Commerce Platform

"Netguru impressed me with the speed with which they were able to pick up existing code and expand it."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Netguru improved and upgraded the client's existing platform and database quickly and without disrupting user accessibility.

The Reviewer
 
Trinidad & Tobago
Angel Stewart
CEO/Founder, Carnival E-Commerce Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Netguru streamlined the existing code and created new features designed to benefit the customer base. They provided comprehensive project management support, extensive project review, and excellent customer service.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an e-commerce company which has created a digital platform allowing users to access information about products for the niche Carnival market in the Caribbean. Customers can easily order costumes for sale on our platform and use our comprehensive backend content management system for managing orders. We also provide other e-commerce services related to the Carnival industry, such as fashion, make-up, bookings, and so on. We are a one-stop-shop for this business.

What is your position?

I am the chief executive officer and founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Netguru?

We had difficulty in finding qualified developers with the necessary experience and available time for developing our platform.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

This was a challenging project to take up because it was already in progress. The site had been launched, and it had an existing user base. Since there is a management component to the platform, our clients viewed the site as a mission-critical component to their organizations. We couldn't afford to take our time on individual features or take down the site for maintenance. Netguru had to read the existing code, understand it, and add to it quickly. It would have been challenging for any development shop. Netguru impressed me with the speed with which they were able to pick up existing code and expand it.

How did you come to work with Netguru?

We considered a couple of other developers, eventually settling on Netguru. We needed someone who would be capable, fast, and who had good quality control over their development methodologies. We gave test work to different companies. The results were everywhere from OK to poor. I did a search across Europe. I knew of another startup company who was building its systems on Ruby on Rails. Netguru was the developer for that company, so based on that information, I opened discussions with them. They described their process for managing a project, which made me think they'd be a good fit for us.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total cost of the development has been around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project with Netguru in September of 2015. The work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Netguru helped streamline the existing application code and developed some of the key features needed to improve value for our customer base. They worked very quickly throughout.

How did Netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management has been good. Our team was issued one project manager as well as several developers and quality assurance people. We use an Agile methodology by creating stories for each feature. Quality assurance members make sure that all the pieces of the work are present before we see it. Netguru is different from other organizations we've worked with. Usually, we would work directly with a developer and the inclusion of a project manager would entail additional costs. Quality assurance was a completely different cost structure as well. The package we received from them included the entire project management lifecycle, which was extremely beneficial from our standpoint, as a fast-moving startup. As a founder, I don't have the necessary time to double-check user stories.

What distinguishes Netguru from other providers?

Their project cycle includes different specializations, including project management and quality assurance. Netguru also provides us with more senior specialists who review code in order to make sure that everything is done as efficiently as possible. Their entire team takes the time to review the work from the standpoint of the end-user. This wasn't an option with the other companies I spoke to. Their customer care aspects are also good. The team is very friendly, and the English communication was excellent.

Is there anything Netguru could have improved or done differently?

The project management could have been better in other respects, like reporting the time and cost spent working on certain cases.

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

Redeveloped Rails Platform for Online Booking Service

"The quality of the product is very good … We've received a stable and scalable solution."

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

netguru joined a development team to implement a new design during a transition away from another development partner. Using Ruby on Rails, they provided backend and front end work, plus quality assurance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ireland
Founder & CEO, Online Booking Service
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

netguru’s website has received positive feedback from end users. Key strengths of their team were transparency, accountability, and accuracy. When the project increased unexpectedly, netguru stepped up and delivered. Their work was high quality, stable, and scalable.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a campsite aggregator and booking engine.

What is your position?

I am the founder of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with netguru?

I needed to scale the development side of the business, and I needed to do it quickly. Hiring full-time resources was out of the question due to timing and cost. This meant that I had to find an outsourced partner to supply the technical talent I needed.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Our platform was already built. I approached netguru to have them implement a new design, transitioning away from my development partner at the time.

The team assigned to us consisted of two back-end and three front-end developers. We interact with them through a project manager, but we also interact with the team directly, as needed. There's also a quality assurance tester involved in the process.

How did you come to work with netguru?

I did a general search for Ruby on Rails development companies. I looked at a couple of other companies besides netguru, speaking with past clients in order to understand their previously completed work. I was determined to work with an outsourced company due to cost issues. Working with a local company would have been prohibitively expensive.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The total cost is expected to be $170,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the work in December 2015 but the project is still ongoing. The biggest phase of the implementation is expected to finish within the next two weeks [May 2015].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The first phase of the project, directed at campsite owners, has gone live. The quality of the product is very good. Stability and performance were big factors for us. We've received a stable and scalable solution.

How did netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

We didn't know what the full extent of the work would be in the beginning. It turned out to be more extensive than expected, but netguru has done a very good job in getting to where we needed to get.

What distinguishes netguru from other providers?

They're very transparent in everything that they do. This isn't something that I've encountered with previous providers. It's been great to see and has helped build confidence. I've been working within the development world for long enough to know what an accurate estimate is. I believe netguru in their estimations.

Is there anything netguru could have improved or done differently?

Planning, within the context of where we need to get to and evaluating our milestones, could be improved. This could just as well be an area of improvement for myself.

Any limitations on the client's end will result in a limitation of the project itself. netguru has told us that many people came to them with sketchy requirements, whereas our company drafted complete wireframes and visual designs. This made our lives much easier in terms of implementation. If we didn't have that material, their team would have been happy to work with whatever we had anyway, but my advice is for clients to go to them as prepared as possible.

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

Platform Development for Online Book Dealer

"Everything is transparent and we know what their progress is at any point in time."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Netguru works on Ruby on Rails and database development projects for the client.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Co-Founder
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is very happy with Netguru’s consistent good performance, particularly when it comes to their methodology. High quality output is due to the iterative process Netguru has implemented throughout their organization. Other core strengths include transparency and reliability.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are an online book dealer combining traditional knowledge of the market with technology systems which identify discrepancies and availability of our inventory across international locations. We know where certain titles are available and source books to different locations accordingly.

What is your position?

I am one of three partners in the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with netguru?

We ran a few projects a few years ago which were not critical to the company. My business partner used to serve as the lead in-house developer, but eventually, we decided it would be best to contact an external company for our work. We started on small projects with netguru and they eventually ended up taking over our entire development.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Netguru has a very good talent pool of stack developers which they offer to us. We specifically needed experience with Ruby on Rails and database development.

They assign us a senior developer as well as other programmers, depending on our project. We've worked with up to three people at the same time. We work with a project manager from netguru's side and also have our own.

How did you come to work with netguru?

We're based in London. Local talent can be very expensive, so we started looking for external companies. I read about Eastern European developers on Ruby on Rails forums. They were seen as being both professional and affordable. We found this combination in netguru. They were better than any company we could have hired locally. In total, we looked at four or five companies before hiring them.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Pricing ranges by developer, depending on their seniority. Our monthly cost is between $5,000-10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have an ongoing relationship.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We don't keep track of metrics as such, but I can say that netguru has a very good methodology in terms of clean development. The code they produce rarely has to be refactored later on. They have an iterative process implemented throughout their organization which leads to high quality output. We've always tried to provide as much information as possible to them as well, in order to make their lives easier.

How did netguru perform from a project management standpoint?

We keep in touch using Slack, on which they're always available. There is a lot of interaction between our teams and we're experienced in working with remote companies, so we're comfortable with the process.

What distinguishes netguru from other providers?

From my experience with other development companies, I've found netguru to be very systematic in their approach. Everything is transparent and we know what their progress is at any point in time. This extends to all their processes, including billing.

Could you share any tips with future clients?

The experience of working with a remote company as opposed to an in-house team relies on how comfortable the client is with remote communication. The fact that the developer is not in the same town as the client means that they have to rely on collaboration tools for any kind of interaction. Tools are readily available, but it's really a matter of the cultural adaptation of the company requesting services.

5.0
Overall Score It's been a very positive experience.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.