American Developers with a Latin Vibe!

We provide top-end developers in both Back-end and Front-End. We are based in Medellin Colombia and exclusively work with clients in the same timezone (North America). We build both High-End Webplatforms and Mobile Apps.

Parrolabs, in contrast to most teams focusses on High-End Web & Mobile Applications using the latest technologies. We work with highly skilled individuals and put a lot of emphasis on a team environment in which collaboration and learning are key.

Colombia has proven that it is an ideal extension for the US market. Others that are based here are SAP, HP, Accenture and others 

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Medellin, Colombia
headquarters
  • Parrolabs
    Carrera 25 #1S-125
    Medellin, ANT
    Colombia
other locations
  • Parrolabs
    TV 5 #42-81 Suite 301
    Bogota
    Colombia

Focus

Service lines
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development
Client focus
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
Industry focus
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Information technology
  • Other industries
Branding focus
Public relations
Direct marketing
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Ecommerce systems
Application platform
BI & big data focus
BI & big data solutions
CRM functions
CRM solutions
Productivity & collaboration
Managed services

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Digital Agencies

Convertloop

MakeItReal

 

Reviews

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Web Redevelopment for Physical Therapy Courses Company

"I love that they took time to get to know our company."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Parrolabs provides website redevelopment to improve usability and traffic. The solution involves combining multiple websites, incorporating user tests for data analysis, and adding online payment processes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Bethesda,
Vice President, Eureka Seminars
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Not yet complete, Parrolabs has already provided substantial improvements and beautiful designs. Unlike previous vendors, they did proactive research to understand the project's goals. Responsive to any questions, they communicate regularly and provide detailed notes.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m with Eureka Seminars. We provide seminar courses primarily for physical therapists, but also chiropractors, massage therapists, and other professionals.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Parrolabs?

We operate a number of websites, but found our SEO traffic was lagging.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve really helped develop ways to improve our websites and increase traffic. They’ve made our digital presence more user-friendly and identified ways to manage incoming queries more efficiently.

Students take our courses, in part, to help maintain their licenses. This involves pre- and post-course tests that we used to administer manually. We plan to build these tests into our website, which will make things easier for students and allow us to analyze data more readily. We’re also considering different payment processing systems.

Because we specialize in multiple areas, we had created a separate company name with its own website to avoid confusion. This strategy backfired, however, so Parrolabs is helping us combine the sites. Our goal is to drive traffic through our primary website and redirect users to course listings on our second site.

What is the team composition?

We’ve had various individuals working on both the back- and frontend.

How did you come to work with Parrolabs?

While we knew the owner in another capacity, we decided to hire them after reading their reviews on Clutch. We felt it was a good idea to hire a vendor we knew and trusted.

How much have you invested in them?

We’ll end up spending between $15,000–$25,000 by project’s end.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2017 and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The wireframes they’ve presented are beautiful. Their design team really knows what they’re doing. They’ve already made substantial improvements, so we’re really excited about the project.

How did Parrolabs perform from a project management standpoint?

I’ve been happy with their communications. We meet regularly and arrange times to speak whenever I have questions or concerns. After a call, they send me a summary so I can review the details with my partner. We also communicate via Slack.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I love that they took time to get to know our company. They interviewed our internal staff and a number of people who have gone through our registration process, which helped them identify our business’s strengths. We’ve worked with a number of web developers, but none have conducted that kind of in-depth research. This showed that Parrolabs took our project seriously.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had to work out our respective communications styles. They’re used to working with younger startup companies that prefer email, while I prefer speaking over the phone. Still, this wasn’t an issue after I expressed my needs.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve done their part to stay on task.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    This investment will make us more efficient. I’m very optimistic about the results.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re on track to meet our deadline.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would happily recommend them.

MVP Development for Email Marketing Company

"[W]e appreciated the way that Parrolabs managed the engagement."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Developers from Parrolabs joined an internal team to finish an email marketing platform MVP for launch.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Bogotá, Colombia
German Escobar
CTO, Convertloop
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While both resources were junior developers, they contributed solid work and delivered on their promises. Their engagement calls were especially helpful, and they managed the workflow well. Their collaboration left no notable room for improvement and makes them easy to recommend.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CFO of a new project here in Colombia. We are building a MailChimp-like service for the Latin American market called ConvertLoop.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Parrolab?

We were in the process of building the MVP [minimum viable product]. While I am one of the most senior developers in Colombia, I didn’t have the margin to work on this project full-time. So, we decided to outsource part of the development process.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We looked into the requirements for the MVP and reached a common understanding. We involved their resources to assist us in developing it. They helped us launch the project, and we are currently in the process of making improvements.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with 2 junior developers with less than 1 year of experience.

How did you come to work with Parrolabs?

We knew Parrolabs through a personal connection. When we were short on developers, going with them saved us the time and hassle of a selection process. We considered others within our network, including Koombea and Globant, but they gave us the impression that we were too small for them.

How much have you invested with them?

$50,000–$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

They worked with us for a total of 6 months, between October 2016–March 2017. Now that the project is launched, we’re able to handle a lot of it ourselves now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This was not a defined project, so it’s difficult to share metrics. Given that the developers who worked with us were junior, their work was good.

How did Parrolabs perform from a project management standpoint?

While there wasn’t project management in an absolute sense, we appreciated the way that Parrolabs managed the engagement.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They delivered as promised. We really appreciated the engagement calls.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Every startup can look back and find something they could’ve improved, but this isn’t a reflection on the performance of Parrolabs.

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

Web Dev and SEO for Online Knives Retailer

“They were able to offer the same services at a better rate.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Within 6 months, Parrolabs transitioned the company's site to a new domain while ensuring minimal impact. They helped restructure the pages and optimize them for SEO and also contributed to an internal CMS, using PHP and JavaScript.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Arno Nieuwenhuis
Co-Owner, MyStore.nl
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The impact of the domain change on sales was minimal. Sales numbers improved since then because of Parrolabs’ search engine optimization work. They were excellent in terms of project management. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are the largest online retailer of quality knives in the Benelux [Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg] Union. Our flagship store is called Messenshop, where we sell Victorinox Swiss Army knives, cooking knives, and accessories.

I am one of the founders and the general manager of the business. We are a lean company in the sense that we use outsourced providers for warehousing, shipping, marketing, and technology. Our internal team is based in Harderwijk.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Parrolabs?

Parrolabs was invited to take on several challenges, including SEO [search engine optimization]. At that time, we were forced by one of our suppliers to give up our original domain and transfer to a new one. Our original domain already had a 7-year history, and we feared that it would take years to be ranked by Google again.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Within 6 months, they helped us transition to the new domain while ensuring that the impact on our business was minimal. They helped us restructure the pages and optimize them for SEO. They also contributed to our internal CMS [content management system], which was built years ago by another party using PHP and JavaScript. Parrolabs worked well with this non-standard technology, and they were able to use this with our multiple URLs and domains.

How did you come to work with Parrolabs?

We had a personal connection with them, so we were sure they would deliver. As they were able to offer the same services at a better rate, the choice was easy.

How much have you invested with them?

The initial phase cost us $50,000–$100,000, but we will soon exceed that amount.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started connecting with them in early January as that is traditionally an easier season for e-commerce. The project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The impact of the domain change on our sales was minimal. For the period of April–July 2017, our sales were down by about 15% compared to last year. However, the numbers have improved since then because of Parrolabs’ optimization work. Sales were up by as much as 28% in August. September is not done yet, but things are looking good. We are expecting an excellent performance in the fall.

How did Parrolabs perform from a project management standpoint?

They are excellent. We have weekly calls with them, and we use Asana for project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We love working with Herman [Frontend Developer, Parrolabs].

Are there any areas they could improve?

We sometimes find it difficult that they are not in the same time zone. While we suggested that they get an office in Europe, it seems that they are now working exclusively with U.S. clients, making us their only client from the EU [European Union].

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

e-Commerce Solution for Business Dev Advising Firm

"They were always available."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2016 - 2017
Project summary: 

Assigning four developers, Parrolabs built an e-commerce solution for a third party client using Ruby on Rails. They also assisted with user stories and with scaling down the vision to an MVP

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Ocala, Florida
Owner/VP, Business Dev Advising Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The communication throughout the project was good. They had a competitive price for the project and all fell within budget. Their team was always available. Reporting was an area for improvement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner and VP of a full-service business development concierge with an emphasis on business development advising/coaching and associated deliverables. We created the Fulcrum Peak Performance Model and guide our clients through that process for building and growing their business so they can change their lives and ultimately impact the world.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Parrolabs?

We needed an e-commerce solution for a client project. Move from dream up to start up through a multi-phase strategic launch for https://shop.alarmtransfer.com

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had four developers from Parrolabs and they built our solution using Ruby on Rails, which they helped determine. They also assisted with user stories and with scaling down the vision to an MVP [minimum viable product] that would allow us to add additional features as desired.

How did you come to work with Parrolabs?

We interviewed several development houses and based on their competitive price and a recommendation from a business colleague, we chose them.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project began in the spring of 2016 and ended in 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a completed custom e-commerce app.

How did Parrolabs perform from a project management standpoint?

The communication was good but the scope was sacrificed near the end due to some development complications prior to launch. It was a mutual decision to reduce the scope.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were always available.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their budget reporting could’ve been better throughout the process so that we could’ve made our scope decisions sooner rather than later. Overall, though, it all fell within budget.

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