Full Service Digital Development. It's In The Tech

OAK’S LAB DIGITAL is a full-service digital development agency specializing in the design, engineering and management of large-scale software applications. We are part of the OAK'S LAB ecosystem alongside OAK'S LAB VENTURES (pre-seed Fund) and OAK'S LAB ACADEMY. 

Partnering with top-tier venture capital firms from LA, SF, NY and London to maximize their chances of success when investing in early-stage tech startups.

We expedite concept-to-product development and eliminate technology as a risk for entrepreneurs. 

Our development process works with the entrepreneur, giving them full transparency and allowing them to focus on the core business without worrying about product development. 

We haven't reinvented the wheel, we've reinvented how you make the wheel: 

  • Market and user research

  • Kick off bootcamp

  • Branding

  • Specifications

  • Wireframe prototypes + user testing

  • Full design prototypes + user testing

  • MVP design

  • MVP development

 

 
$75,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2016
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • 75 West Fifth
    San Francisco, CA 94002
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Dot Residential - Buy a house at the click of a button Image

Dot Residential - Buy a house at the click of a button

Dot Residential, as you may have seen all over the news, is the platform allowing investors to purchase high yielding houses in under 5 minutes, removing all the pains of property investing.

For Dot, we designed, managed and developed a large scale platform that would allow property investors to purchase a property at the click of a button. Behind this seamless checkout flow, we also built a loan trading system that

could allow debt funds to analyse potential purchases or mortgages. 

Written in full Javascript, Dot is prepared to scale globally, handling large transactions in large volumes. 

https://dotresidential.com/

West Tenth - A modern main street for female entrepreneurs  Image

West Tenth - A modern main street for female entrepreneurs

Our team worked closely with the wonderful founders of W10th to design, manage and develop an extraordinary application that encourages women to turn their talents into a business, through an online main street.

With a simple UI/UX, we developed an app that is not just good looking and easy to use but can help shift the tide in bringing talented female entrepreneurs into business. Written in full Javascript, this app

will be able to take on the growing female-led business, unlocking the untapped potential across the United States.

Check them out here: 

https://www.wtenth.com/

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Global Real Estate Exchange

Plotify is transforming property investing, making it easy to invest in properties with cash-generating potential from wherever you are in the world. 


They approached us with a 'simple' brief, create an online real estate exchange where investors can purchase and trade properties in minutes, as well as a full management system that can run the trading platform.. Simple right.


The

application was released to private users summer 2019. We built and designed:
  • Mobile Application iOS & Android
  • Admin Portal
  • Marketing Website


Reviews

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Platform Development for Property Investment Tech Company

"They’ve been there from start to finish and feel like they’re part of your in-house team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

OAK’S LAB handled the entire development of a property investment platform from scratch, choosing the latest technologies to work with while also providing hosting solutions and building our new features.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Manchester, United Kingdom
Shameel Khan
CCO & Head of Product, Dot Residential
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform has over 1,500 investors signed up and has transacted about 15 properties to date despite being relatively recently launched. OAK’S LAB produced high-quality work and their team is willing to work out of office hours in order to reach deadlines. They’re also very receptive and helpful.

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 chief commercial officer and head of product at Dot Residential, a full-service real estate agent for property investors.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with OAK’S LAB?

Our main challenge was that we didn’t have any technical expertise in-house, so we hired OAK’S LAB for development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’re a tech-enabled, full-service, real estate agency for property investors. We give them a platform where they can find companies that they want to invest in and own.

OAK’S LAB built the whole technology platform for us from scratch as well as all our other technology products. They’re our development experts and provide hosting for our platform. They develop all our new features and ensure that things are closely controlled and secure. They use React frameworks, Google Cloud, AWS, and all the other modern technologies.

We ended up having a longer-term relationship with OAK’S LAB. We’ve used them for the MVP and now we’re up to the first version. We’ve started recruiting our own in-house tech team, but OAK’S LAB has done a great job for us and we continue to work with them.

What is the team composition?

There’s one frontend developer, two full-stack developers, and a project manager assigned to our project. There have been times where we had a QA specialist on board full-time as well as a product designer.

How did you come to work with OAK’S LAB?

They were recommended to us by our original venture capital investor, who OAK’S LAB had an existing relationship with. We did look at a couple of other vendors at the time, but given OAK’S LAB’s relationship with our main investor, we chose them. They’re friendly and extremely professional. They made us feel confident that they’d be able to get us to this initial product build.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $25,000–$30,000 per month for the past 12 months so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2018, and the collaboration is ongoing. There have been periods where we’ve backed off and didn’t need their help. The actual work has lasted about 12 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re approaching 1,500 investor members on our platform who are looking at our property investment opportunities. We’ve listed over £5 million (approximately $6,576,025 USD) worth of properties with the average price of around £200,000 (approximately $263,041 USD). We’ve also transacted on about 10–15 properties, though it’s still relatively early in terms of the evolution of the whole business. The platform that OAK’S LAB built has allowed us to do all of this despite being only being launched since May.

The experience we provide to investors is very tailored and customized. Customers can choose how much mortgage they want to take on and select from various furniture and design options. OAK’S LAB built our whole customized experience, which has been key for transacting properties. They’ve been there from start to finish and feel like they’re part of your in-house team.

The quality of the overall build has been great, without any major bugs or glitches. OAK’S LAB has addressed any minor issues right away. I can’t speak highly enough of them and we continue to rely on them.

How did OAK’S LAB perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team has always been very receptive and helpful to any issues or challenges. OAK’S LAB is available on the weekend and late at night, and they go the extra mile. We use Slack to communicate on a daily basis, and clients can be as involved or uninvolved as they want. We tend to be very involved and we work very closely with them. We have set processes in place and we always know where everything is in the process.

We also have a GitHub board for all the tickets and for tracking work. We use Google Hangouts for a couple of weekly calls we have together. Together with OAK’S LAB, we do a sprint plan every two weeks and have a monthly call for going over the previous month’s work and catching up on our business goals. We’ve pushed them quite hard on several occasions and deadlines are always met. Several members of their team have had to work late nights to meet particular deadlines for new feature launches.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their professionalism is pretty awesome and the work they’ve delivered is amazing. The manner in which OAK’S LAB goes about their work really stands out. They feel like an in-house team, which is really good when you’re at a very early stage and you’re going through a lot of changes.

When I’ve spoken about the technology stacks we used with other developers, they’ve been impressed with OAK’S LAB and have said that they’re using the latest technologies that most large organizations would be adopting.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes when projects are in the testing environment, some things can get a little bit lost in translation. This could be improved but it has nothing to do with the actual technical build. For instance, it could be a label that’s spelled incorrectly. It’s just small details that are missed but that’s mainly because they’re focused on development.

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

Custom Software Dev for Real Estate Platform

“They were very focused and successfully hit deadlines.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

OAK’S LAB worked as an outsourced software development team for a real estate tech company. They provided development support on a data interface portal and a data analysis tool.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Andrew Jewett
CEO, Aperture Real Estate
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The vendor hit benchmarks throughout the process and successfully delivered the project. Their project management was excellent, and they made a special effort to overcome any time zone differences. OAK’S LAB had a large amount of expertise and was very professional.

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 co-founder and co-CEO at Aperture Real Estate. We are a data and technology company focused on the residential real estate market. Our company is located in Los Angeles.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with OAK’S LAB?

We had a two-part software development project. First, wanted a customer and data interface portal. Second, we needed a tool for aggregating and analyzing big data. We needed help laying the groundwork for this effort.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They work as an outsourced software development team that helped us write code and develop the project. I assisted with creating wireframes, but they ultimately produced them. They were building the wireframes with InVision, but we switched to Figma. They used HTML, CSS, TypeScript, React, and Java during the course of development.

What is the team composition?

We had a project manager, but we also worked directly with the developers. At its peak, there were 20 developers working on the project, but we worked primarily with a team of six.

How did you come to work with OAK’S LAB?

I got a recommendation from someone we trusted. Through an extensive interview process, we determined OAK’S LAB was very process-focused, and we liked that.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement ran from March 2017 to March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were very focused and successfully with hit deadlines. Aside from one deadline where we made a last-second change, they were very good at reaching benchmarks.

How did OAK’S LAB perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re excellent. Even in the one case where we missed the deadline, they were very upfront about what that meant and building a reasonable project timeline after that. We used Slack and Google Chat to communicate. The CEO and CFO are great and always very helpful. They’re willing to work with us on West Coast time. It’s very helpful to have a team based in Europe that can work on our hours.

What did you find most impressive about them?

OAK’S LAB has done many projects in the FinTech and real estate mortgage space. They’re very adept in that field. Anyone looking for a project in that area would be wise to reach out to them. They have a great team and they’re true professionals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was a bit of a steep learning curve getting them up to speed on the intricacies of the US real estate market.

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

Dev Partnership With Venture Fund's Companies

“They build exactly what is asked of them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

OAK’S LAB functions as a development partner for a network of companies. Their services include website development and UI/UX design. They also create intricate backend infrastructures.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
General Partner, Venture Fund
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

OAK’S LAB consistently delivers high-quality products that support complex platforms. While they’re capable of developing stable websites, their approach to UI/UX design sets them apart from similar vendors. They produce intuitive frontend interfaces that streamline elaborate processes.

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 general partner of an early stage venture fund.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with OAK’S LAB?

We needed a development partner to build out our web platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

OAK’S LAB developed our website for the fund. Based on the early success that we had with them, many of the companies associated with us chose to work with them as well. The nature of each project varies depending on the individual company’s needs. They’re capable of providing website development, designing backend architecture, and implementing frontend interfaces. Specifically, they built the entire tech stack for our global real estate exchange company.

The work they perform is fairly robust from a front– and backend perspective. The platform’s UI/UX had to be extremely customer friendly and maneuverable so that users can purchase a rental property with the click of a button. While the system is complex, the actual process must be simple to operate. Luckily, they allocated a massive team to ensure everything functions smoothly. From a regulatory perspective, there’s a lot of challenges regarding what features can be available on each platform. OAK’S LAB was involved from day one and completed development. The platform will be launching in the near future.

What is the team composition?

We usually work with a project manager and several developers. Each development cycle is customized toward the client’s needs. Jakub (CEO & Co-Founder, OAK’S LAB) and Theo (Executive Director & Co-Founder, OAK’S LAB) stay involved as consistent contacts.

How did you come to work with OAK’S LAB?

My partner had worked with them on a particular project before we started the fund. He liked the work they did, so we gave them the opportunity to win some business in our portfolio.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ve spent over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2017, and it’s an ongoing relationship. They’re currently working on projects for our portfolio companies.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

OAK’S LAB helped each of our companies launch their websites. Frontend design is one of their greatest strengths. As a result, they’ve done UI/UX work for a company that supports 80 of the world’s top financial institutions. Also, we haven’t received any negative feedback regarding their deliverables. Clients rave about the work OAK’S LAB provides. We’re incredibly happy with their performance.

How did OAK’S LAB perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re well-organized when it comes to project management. Their communication skills are another of their greatest strengths. Also, their work ethic is second to none. Jakub and Theo are committed to creating quality products. We’ve visited their office multiple times and have developed a cordial relationship with them. They’ve created a great company culture that influences their deliverables. Their systems are built with passion and vigor. Additionally, they do an excellent job of evaluating new projects and assigning the proper resources. All of that is run through the project manager.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Jakub and Theo grew up in the United States, so we don’t feel like we’re using an outsourced team. Instead, it’s like they’re working in the office right down the hall from us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Simultaneously managing multiple projects takes some experience. Considering how close we are to them, I’d say that is something they could work on.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The more you communicate with them, the better they can perform. They build exactly what is asked of them.

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