What was the scope of their involvement?
They started the platform from scratch. We developed a scope of work and held a workshop to agree on the steps ahead. Opinov8 helped define and streamline an app that can do a lot and also has a lot of room to grow. We built it on the AWS platform, which allows us to scale accordingly against size and demand, and it is for iOS and Android. We intend to build desktop and web versions, but we’re focusing on mobile for now.
In order for the platform to function correctly, the UI/UX needed to be intuitive and make sense to the users. We wanted it to be a booking, planning, management, and payment application—which is quite extensive, especially for an MVP—but those four elements were crucial to what we needed to achieve.
The AWS platform has been key for achieving these functionalities, given the number of microservices built in. We’ve leveraged services like AWS CloudSearch, as well as the Google Maps API.
What is the team composition?
We had a team of 3–4 people in the beginning, which has grown to eight. I had conversations with Craig (Co-Founder, Chief Commercial Officer, Opinov8), who provided guidance and knowledge on the AWS platform. They also assigned me one main point of contact, who remained available throughout the process. At the same time, if I need to speak to his boss, to a colleague, or anyone else, I can write to them on Slack.
How did you come to work with Opinov8?
I approached Craig through a mutual friend who’d also created a FinTech platform. I spoke to a few other companies at the time, but Opinov8 impressed me. From the CEO to their project managers and UI designers, everyone understood what I was trying to achieve. They were also understanding of the fact that we were a startup and budgets were tight.
Both of our teams wanted to do really cool stuff and drive the agenda. They understood the scope and they could see the potential of the platform. I could sense that we had a good rapport from the first conversation.
How much have you invested with them?
The total to date is around $120,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Opinov8 in September 2018. The apps were started from nothing, and we will be launching an MVP at the end of May 2019.