Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
We piloted the platform in three classrooms. We've also given access to the application to a special education institution. We've caught the attention of a few possible strategic partners that we hadn't thought we'd be working with. It's a testament to NotionTheory's effort.
The recurring feedback we received from our users was that the application is clean in terms of design. Often, student apps will be overloaded with features because of perceived small attention spans. With our solution, even the students commented on the level of focus they could get through it.
Because it's open-ended and has been designed so well, teachers have used it in ways that we had not even though of. When an adaptable tool is put in the hands of good teachers, great things can happen. This is what NotionTheory have created.
We didn't complete the app until September , which is a month after most schools' billing cycles. We missed this year's funding cycle. As such, we don't have a great user base. Many people have enjoyed the app when we presented it at conferences, but we're ultimately looking to branch out and get some money out of it.
We're planning to attend a conference in San Diego, for which NotionTheory have offered to be our technical leads. They will help us be prepared for it. Even though we don't have the users we wanted, we've gained traction as a company and are being invited to different events.
How did NotionTheory perform from a project management standpoint?
We've worked on a few different rounds with them, from building our minimal viable product to adding extra features, that we didn't get to implement the first time. We went through a week of debugging. Even though some of the change requests were more preferential things on our end, NotionTheory have been very receptive to any demand. They have simple and efficient solutions to all our needs.
There were some drawbacks that were outside of everyone's control, but they still hit their deadline, doing everything that they were supposed to do and then some. NotionTheory did everything that needed to be done for us to become a viable company.
What distinguishes NotionTheory from other providers?
Whenever we meet on a Google Hangout, we'll typically work for 40 out of 50 minutes, and for the rest of the time we'd just chat casually. Being from a smaller town, this is the kind of work relationship I want to have. NotionTheory is personable and nice to be around. We met them at their office and interacted with them just as with any other people we'd known for a long time. This says something about NotionTheory's level of commitment to their clients. The fact that they're experts at what they do is a given, but I'm more impressed with who they are as people.
There were moments in which we came to NotionTheory with ideas for our application, which they advised us against. We'd have been pulling it in two different ways, losing our focus on the actual product.