What was the scope of their involvement?
One of our divisions runs a home-flipping operation. They buy houses, renovate them, and sell them here in the Bay area. It’s a very time-sensitive business. You’ve got to be able to move quickly to purchase homes, renovate them quickly, and sell them fast to be able to make the money you intend to make. The company was getting big enough where it couldn’t do the work on spreadsheets anymore. They needed a new system, so we contacted Novatore Solutions, who have been our full engineering development team.
How did you come to work with Novatore Solutions?
I found Novatore on a freelancing website called Upwork. I have sourced many engineers from that website in the past. I have engineers here in the States as well that I trust, so when I source an overseas engineering team, I will give them one project to test them and see what kind of code they do, how quickly they do it, and at what cost. I wanted to build this new product and I needed a team, so I actually sourced a couple different teams from Upwork, gave them projects, and Novatore was by far the best. They were really quick, they knew exactly what we wanted, wrote the stack, were collaborative, made suggestions on how to make it better, and did it on time and on budget. To me, it was a no-brainer to keep working with these guys.
How much have you invested with Novatore Solutions?
The project ranged from $25,000 to $50,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Novatore around November 2015, and the engagement is ongoing.