What was the scope of their involvement?
Polar Notion built a web application which allowed facilitators and teachers to log in and access our resources digitally. They could see the teacher's guide, with all of its notes, as well as watch and play videos for students and themselves. We also have an embedded PowerPoint presentation which can be used when working with larger audiences.
We can provide custom content for certain organizations, as well as 12 different Habitudes books, which is the name of our curriculum. Each book has different teaching elements, and they are all available online. Several hundred organizations are using our platform at the moment, with thousands of facilitators overall, both in the US and worldwide.
For our particular build, we worked with three different people from Polar Notion's team. They have a great cadence in entering us into the conversation through general guidelines and without drilling down too much on specifics. They can guide us through the scope of a project and make sure that our wishes for the end results are heard. Polar Notion will bring in expertise on user functions regarding color schemes, button shapes, and so on, but they also bring in technology knowledge. Polar Notion has made recommendations for specific technologies in order to account for our bandwidth, for example. It's great working with them, knowing that Polar Notion has our best interests in mind and that they will provide a functional product.
Polar Notion has helped us fix WordPress sites for other products, and I believe that Ruby on Rails was used for our main platform.
How did you come to work with Polar Notion?
Polar Notion was the sole vendor involved for the Habitudes online project, which is the platform I mentioned. They were referred to me by some friends I've known growing up.
For the new website and two phone apps being developed now, we preferred Polar Notion because of our prior experience, but we did reach out to four other vendors at the same time, in order to have more bids for the project. Polar Notion remained at the top throughout because of their expertise and capability. Beyond knowledge, they can provide useful solutions. Cost-wise, Polar Notion is also very competitive. They have a great mindset behind how the platform is to be built. They came in under budget intentionally, so that, as we built further iterations, we could stay within our scope, and not blow everything on the first swing.
How much have you invested with Polar Notion?
The cost of Polar Notion's work on our first project was between $50,000 and $60,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Polar Notion in March 2015 for the first project, and had a short turnaround, delivering the first version in April or May. We kept adding new features to the website and reformatted as we grew. We knew that we would solve a problem, but didn't know if we'd be able to capitalize on it and transform it into something as big as it eventually became.
We are about to move forward on a much larger project, building another website and two different mobile apps.