What was the scope of their involvement?
We created a new platform from scratch, utilizing PHP, LAMP stack, Apache, and MySQL. Because it was a new technology, they discussed our vision and then visited with end-users at state associations, high school athletic departments, and school districts.
They took that opportunity to learn what our users expected from the platform, so we could best present the technology to coaches, students, and parents. It was a collaborative effort between our company, Oyova, and our users.
The software was originally supposed to present schools with the opportunity to live stream video of games or significant events within their schools. For the time, that was very cutting-edge.
Since many other platforms now offer similar services, we’ve pulled away from that initial offering. But, there were aspects of the software that our users really liked, so we converted it into a fee-based SaaS model and continued with that.
What is the team composition?
It started with just David (Founder, Oyova) on the project, because they were just launching at that point. As we both continued to grow, he added more staff to support us. We were an early client for them.
How did you come to work with Oyova?
I found their service through mutual contacts. David worked with some people within my network who put me in touch with him. He had experience creating software for less technologically savvy users, and I knew that was needed to succeed in my marketplace. Oyova seemed to understand how to make interfaces intuitive, so they could benefit anyone.
How much have you invested with them?
The initial contract was about $40,000. But, over the years, it’s something well in excess of $1,000,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in 2009 and are still collaborating on projects. Soon, our company will merge with another. Even then, they’ll have an ongoing role for the foreseeable future.