We turn your amazing ideas into incredible apps

Our team is a good, well-blended software development team - the mix of seasoned experience and innovative enthusiasm. Started in 2009 by three friends who share an unabashed love for Ruby on Rails technology and collectively bring more than eleven years of experience to the table, the Railwaymen team loves nothing more than building software and apps that will help you build your business. Ruby on Rails, Android, iOS - those have no secrets from us.

At Railwaymen we try to foster an atmosphere of friendship and family while also maintaining a professional dedication to our craft. We are a close knit group who enjoy spending time together after hours and over holidays and we have found, happily, that this camaraderie helps make us even more creative and efficient while at work.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Krakow, Poland
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Key clients: 
We deliver innovation to companies around the world. Our clients include corporations, small businesses, and start-ups, all from a broad spectrum of industries. We provide support at every stage of the project for enterprises and startups.  Check our portfolio!  Check our testimonials!  
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Shawarmer App

Shawarmer is a quick-service restaurant founded in 1999, which has grown to more than 90 restaurants across the whole Saudi Arabia region. We built for them bilingual mobile apps (iOS & Android) which enable users to conveniently order food for pick-up from all of their Shawarmer restaurants, and Admin Panel, which tracks all of the orders data and more.

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Cost Tracker

CostTracker is a cloud-based platform that helps companies save time and money through total control of costs in the organization.

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ProEst

Since 1976, ProEst has helped over 8,000 of the world’s most prominent construction companies streamline and improve their estimating processes. They continue to live up to their reputation for reliable and expert innovations with the ongoing development of ProEst estimating and on-screen takeoff software.
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The Perfect Room

The Perfect Room is a digital marketplace where the interior designed service has been turned into an online product. Founded by Kathryn M. Ireland - renowned designer based in LA, US. The main purpose of the project is to bring luxury decor and beautiful rooms to everyone’s life in a few steps and make it customized based on specific criteria included in the quiz section. On the website, there are shoppable luxury decor packages
with full-service installation available, that are delivered to the customer’s door. It’s a tailored solution to fit various styles and tastes.
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CreateCoin

CreateCoin is a revolutionary platform that allows people to get paid in cryptocurrency for their best business ideas and feedback. Main features include leaderboard gamify the experience for the most active people, token distribution, and the discovery page.

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Apple Seeds

The idea of Apple Seeds was born from a need of this kind of activities that allows kids run and play with others in a friendly scenery. Apple Seeds operates all-in-one play spaces for families with children newborn to five, located in New York City (3 locations in the city) as well as many classes of virtually any kind - from music classes to art, cooking, gym and language.

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ProTenders

ProTenders is the platform of choice for Construction Companies to build their online reputation, find the right partners for each job, get new leads and streamline all their Tendering activities.

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Safe Driving

Safety Charger  is the first charging cable that prevents drivers from texting or using social media to keep you and your family safe. The mission is to reduce the 3,500 deaths and 400,000 accidents caused by distracted driving each year.

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Rally Charge

Rally's charging cable Deep Link to any page in a mobile app or website providing customers with the most relevant content and quickly facilitating digital transactions

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HomeAhead Wishlist

HomeAhead Wishlist app allows you to create wishlists for your favorite properties. You can add homes from your preferred and top home search apps and sites like Realtor.com, Homes.com, Redfin, HAR.com and more. You can invite your friends and family to rank properties, comment and discuss them. You will not forget what you like and do not like about them!

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HomeAhead Wishlist API

HomeAhead Wishlist is a visual bookmarking tool to create wishlists for your favorite properties. You can add homes from your preferred and top home search apps and sites like Realtor.com, Homes.com, Redfin, HAR.com and more. You can invite your friends and family to rank properties, comment and discuss them. You will not forget what you like

and do not like about them!
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Akuarella

Akuarella is a selfie application targeted for parents who want to take the perfect picture of their children with a natural smile with ease, without them even knowing. The application uses videos that the parents think are the most appealing to their children as a persuader to catch

the children’s attention (can choose from different platforms: cellphone library, Vimeo or native Akuarella Video. iPad Version supports YouTube).
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MySoberRoommate

MySoberRoommate is roommate matching service for people who are in addiction recovery or have chosen to live clean for other reasons. It has implemented an advanced search engine allowing to search for sober roommate using different criteria. The members of My sober roommate are both the people who are looking for a room and who have a room to fill. The service gives them

possibility to send messages to each other and add to favorites interesting people. My Sober Roommate is one of a kind service for people committed to living a clean lifestyle that also protected their personal information.
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TeacherPort

TeacherPort is a free and easy resource for teachers and university graduates to find suitable teaching jobs abroad. TeacherPort users can browse overseas teaching jobs, learn about international education employers, and we also have some handy Country Guides to help you learn about some popular destinations. The platform is for free.

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Babysitters America

Babysitters America  is a web platform that provide advanced search engine for babysitters and parents to establish the most suitable cooperation between them. Parents can easily check the candidate’s background and compare it with the profiles of the rest of applicants. On the other hand, caregivers use the platform to share their profiles and to find

a job. They can also buy special badges, that indicate additional information like having insurance or driving licence.
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MortgageHippo

MortgageHippo is a web platform that leads users to select the most suitable loan when buying a new house or an apartment. The whole process is very accurate and based on a huge number of various questions. At the end, user gets a different mortgage options tailored precisely to their needs. In addition, there is a CRM, that enables users to go through

all the documentation totally painless. When help is needed, a licensed mortgage expert is ready to answer any questions.
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apple seeds

apple seeds - The idea of Apple Seeds was born from a need of these kind of activities that allows kids run and play with others in a friendly scenery. Apple Seeds operates all-in-one play spaces for families with children newborn to five. It is located in New York City (3 locations in the city), Mumbai, India and Dubai. The app is a big online platform

designed and implemented by Railwaymen in Ruby on Rails technology. It has two dimensions. The front-end layer made for users – parents and their kids. Allows to create a profile and pay online for playground (monthly subscription) and classes.
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THERAPYFINDR

THERAPYFINDR - This is online service with an advanced search engine designed to search for therapist by the specialty of Speech Therapy, location, ages served and office/home visit options. The project includes message board for TherapyfindR community to look for information and communicate with experts. Moreover, there is a possibility to ask for help

and contact concierge.
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RemarkHQ

RemarkHQ - iPad app which enables users to manage the videos in four easy steps: by creating an account and dropping the video links, inviting collaborators or simply sharing a private and unique link, getting timestamped feedback in a viewing room and exporting timestamped notes directly to your video editing software. Be remarkable!

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Plumli

Plumli is a social media network unlike anyother. Designed to help women meet friends who share similar interests. The application was founded on the idea that while women love to do things together, making female friendships can become harder as your life changes. Plumli is an easy and safe and safe way to make new friends online and

meet them offline.

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App Development for Genealogy Social Platform

"Without their creativity and problem-solving attitude, my project definitely wouldn't exist."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Project summary: 

Railwaymen developed a mobile app for a genealogy based social networking platform. Their team built the iOS app in both Arabic and English and developed it in Ruby on Rails.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Saudi Arabia
Abdullah AlJaberi
Co Founder & Product Manager, Famtree
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app functions as intended, is bug-free, and has received positive feedback from users. Railwaymen is open to feedback and makes the changes necessary to ensure client satisfaction. The team is open-minded, talented, and creative.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Co-Founder and Product Manager of Famtree - a Social Networking platform that helps you to find and connect with your relatives around the world.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Railwaymen?

We wanted to develop a mobile app, that will enable users to create their personal accounts, invite their friends and family, and together - build their own family trees. In that way, they can find their relatives, that they didn't know to exist!

What were your goals for this project?

The goal of the project was to build a mobile application, which will be very intuitive (users from a very different age range might use it) and technologically reliable. We wanted to create a real community around Famtree, consisting of people who found their relatives through the app.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was looking for a software development partner with years of experience and high-quality projects. As Railwaymen has got very good reviews on Clutch and talented senior developers on board, I decided to entrust them with my project.

Describe the project in detail.

Together with Railwaymen, we created a Famtree iOS mobile application. The backend of the application was developed in the Ruby on Rails framework. Other technologies/integrations used in the mobile app development were PostgreSQL, Redis, D3 and Twilio. The Famtree mobile app is available in 2 languages, English and Arabic, which means there are two completely different language scripts available: RTL and LTR.

Due to cultural differences, the main app feature of building a family tree was a pretty big challenge, for example - it is pretty common in the GCC region to have more than one wife. Nevertheless, Railwaymen easily adjusted to those requirements and built exactly what we wanted.

What was the team composition?

The Development team consisted of four people: CTO, Project Manager, iOS Developer, and Quality Assurance. Thanks to that we not only had our app built but also fully tested after only 5 months!

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The Famtree iOS mobile app works flawlessly, without any bugs and errors. The feedback from users is positive and they like how the app is helping them to find their family members, that they even didn't know about.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Despite a small time difference between our and Railwaymen office, our cooperation went smoothly. We worked in weekly sprints matter, which kept us up-to-date through the whole development process. They speak English very well and take their time, to explain even the most complex technological matters, if you ask for it.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

What distinguishes Railwaymen team from other software companies is their open-mindedness. Even if they encounter some cultural or language differences, which is completely new for them - they won't stop, before they find a solution. They use technology as a key, that'll open for you a door to a completely new dimension! Without their creativity and problem-solving attitude, my project definitely wouldn't exist.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None from my perspective - keep up the good work!

5.0
Overall Score I rate our cooperation very well and I'm happy with a product that they've built for us.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We worked in agile, which ensures a very high level of communication.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was adequate to their work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've built a fully functional product without any bugs and errors.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very much, they did a very good job.

Web & Mobile App Dev for Education Platform

“They balance my needs, but are willing to push back if they know an idea of mine won’t work properly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen took over development for an EdTech platform. Working in Ruby on Rails, they resolved major issues with the code before moving on to iOS development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kuwait
CTO, Education Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The corrections Railwaymen made to the infrastructure were essential to the platform’s survival. They have useful resources and network contacts at their disposal, and their developers are available to communicate on a daily basis.

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 CTO and former CEO of an online educational technology platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We had a unique case. The quality of our previous third-party provider was slipping, and we needed a new vendor urgently. We had very little control over our infrastructure, and I didn’t trust the previous company to handle all of it any longer.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Railwaymen went in immediately and got us sorted out before we even signed a contract. Our old platform was full of holes, and it crashed and broke all the time. The previous company provided almost no documentation, but Railwaymen worked through every issue. The platform runs on Ruby on Rails, and they did a lot of backend work to fix all the bad code. We’re currently working on web-responsive mobile development, and we’re moving more heavily into iOS development now.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with a developer at the beginning. Starting in April, we added a project manager as we moved them into iOS. We also have a designer working on the project.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

We found them through Clutch. When we first started, we considered two companies, but the company we chose underperformed, as I mentioned. Railwaymen contacted us just as we were considering a new partnership, and we decided to work with them instead.

How much have you invested with them?

Our total expense is somewhere between $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2019, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had no real uptime before they started working with us, so the improvements are on several orders of magnitude. Before, we were bleeding customers, but the infrastructure they put in place saved us. We’ve more or less doubled our userbase.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

I can message them at any time, and they’re always available to make changes. Most of our communication is through Slack, and we speak with their developers on a daily basis.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They balance my needs but are willing to push back if they know an idea of mine won’t work properly. They have a good network, and they’ve added design resources and other team members that we needed. They put deadlines first, which we value.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their receipts come in different languages, which can be confusing. It would be helpful to have them just in English, but that’s really the only pain point I can think of.

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

RoR App Dev for Digital Strategy Agency

"We've come a long way and we're continuously improving."

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

Railwaymen developed a Ruby on Rails platform for guided learning based on micro-services. Their work included a CMS, admin panel and a frontend for the learning journey.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Stuttgart, Germany
Technical PM, Digital Strategy Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Railwaymen have adapted their processes to the project's needs and communicated efficiently. Positive feedback from the customer focused on their commitment to quality. However, future clients should consider outlining expectations clearly in the face of short deadlines.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We're an agency that is involved with anything regarding digitalization, strategy, concept, design, and development of digital products. We've been founded in 2017, we're around 15 people and my role is coordinating projects development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Railwaymen?

The challenge was building a learning platform that interacts with an existing Ruby on Rails app in a very short time. In a very agile way and with requirements not fully defined.

What were your goals for this project?

The solution was a service-oriented ruby on rails app that provides a CMS, user service, messaging service and notification service all managed via an admin panel that provides the user a learning journey. At the same time interacting with an existing platform.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended to us also the online reviews help make the decision.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project's requirements were documented in a very brief manner. As the requirements were very agile and shifting often. The project needed to provide a user service that handles participants in the program and also admins and editors for the content creation and program admin. The project gathers together users that participate in a learning program.

A CMS was built to provide content maintained by editors. The Admin panel allows the creation of a guided learning journey for the end-user. On the end-user side, the user receives an account sets a password and participates in the program. Which allows guided learning and interaction with other users in the program via the chat.

The team developed all functionality from scratch also using existing standards as example: the chat via XMPP.

What was the team composition?

The team size fluctuated from over 10 developers to 3 at times. Depending on the workload. The team consists of senior and junior developers that are willing to step over their comfort zone.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The project was very important for us, the start was bumpy due to many factors. One of time: the short time to develop a new solution and integrating it with an existing solution. However, since the beginning, we've come a long way and we're continuously improving.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

As the timeline was very short and the requirements flexible we had issues with meeting quality standards that were expected. The project's requirements were setup in Confluence. We worked with Jira for ticketing and Sprints. And direct communication via Slack.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

As our relationship evolved the team got more attached and involved in the project. They do care about quality however that requires time. Which, in an agile environment, is not always an asset you can rely on. The team has even worked in shifts to deliver features that were required.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As with any project and looking in the past you can find space for improvement. Would have been great to have a more realistic time estimation in the beginning and more consulting on what can be achieved in what period of time. Managing the expectations on what can be delivered would have released some stress we had along the way.

4.5
Overall Score I think there is always room for improvement.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Managing better the expectations of what can be achieve in a timeframe would have helped with not meeting the deadlines in certain cases.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The project's initial estimation was surpassed way over the worst case scenario. However, the features and requirements also changed along the way.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Developing in full speed creates a lot of QA cycles until the features are really done as expected.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Once you get to know how to work and interact the work becomes enjoyable. The developers give all they have and don't want to let the project down.

Ruby on Rails Dev for Media Tech Business

"They provided a high level of project management, which was exceptional."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Railwaymen provided front- and backend development for a turnkey solution platform. They supplied a team of resources to add new features and integrations to the system.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Managing Director, Media Technology Business
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though there are no quantitative metrics at this point, the work was high quality and satisfied internal expectations. Railwaymen’s attentive project management approach coupled with an approachable team made them a strong partner for the engagement. 

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 founder of a media technology business. We analyze video and audio files.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We needed to add a number of new features to our platform, but the developers we were working with didn’t have the capacity. We hired Railwaymen to help with this development, particularly with Ruby on Rails, to create a type of turnkey solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Railwaymen performed quite a bit of backend development for us, using Ruby on Rails. They also did frontend work on the platform. Their team handled a lot of the integration and project management tasks for the engagement. 

What is the team composition?

Three people from their team worked with us. 

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

After looking on Clutch, we found a number of potential companies with the proper skill set. We wanted the right size vendor that wasn’t too big or small as to stay in our budget. After interviewing each and considering recommendations, we chose Railwaymen. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together between Feburary–April 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Although I don’t have specific metrics, we were very happy with their work. 

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

They provided a high level of project management, which was exceptional. We used Slack and Jira. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re a very friendly team to work with. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Although there’s always room to improve, I’m happy with the services they provided. 

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

Website Dev for Childcare Matching Service

"We instantly had families and caretakers registering and operating the matching platform."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Oct. 2012
Project summary: 

Railwaymen developed an online job-matching service to fit childcare needs and provide caretakers an area to find potential employers. The team employed specific profile options and search filters.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York
Douglas Kozinn
Owner, Babysitters America
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The accessible website garnered overwhelming praise, benefitting families and caretakers. Railwaymen couples strong work ethic and knowledge to create practical projects. Their transparent team provides helpful insights and puts their clients’ goals at the forefront of their decision-making.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the owner of Babysitters America, an online matching service that allows families to recruit and hire babysitters & nannies. It is also a job portal for babysitters and nannies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Railwaymen?

We hired Railwaymen to build a website from scratch.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted a user-friendly website that provided detailed information that would fill user needs.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A friend spoke highly of Railwaymen and their experience. When we spoke with their team, the conversations were natural, and they clearly understood our goals.

Describe the project in detail.

We developed a concept and strategy together. Then, Railwaymen created mockups and wireframes of the website. A babysitter or nanny can list their profile with specific details and can correspond with potential families. Employers can also specify criteria and caretakers that matched would appear in their search.

What was the team composition?

We worked with Lukasz (CEO & Founder, Railwaymen) and other team members.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Visitors are using the completed site and its features. We instantly had families and caretakers registering and operating the matching platform.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our engagement was seamless. Talking with Railwaymen was easy. Their team made us a priority and strived to accomplish our goals. They provided thoughtful insight into how to handle various areas of the build. All communication, through meetings and calls, went excellently throughout the project.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Railwaymen’s team displayed a tremendous amount of expertise. They explained concepts in layman’s terms, making them easy to work with.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, there are none that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was very easy to work with Railwaymen,
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Product Development for Business App Marketplace

"I was impressed with Railwaymen’s consistency, test coverage, and how well they integrated into our team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2010 - 2013
Project summary: 

Railwaymen developed an advertising platform that they pivoted twice. Initially, a platform that integrated with Facebook, the platform adapted to an API showcase, and ultimately a mobile app showcase platform.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Oakland, California
Nalin Mittal
CTO, MMTG Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Railwaymen’s development team grew as demand for them did; however, they remained consistent in their delivery of exceptional product and test casing. Their project management, communication, and team integration elevated them above many other outsourced consultancies.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

When I employed Railwaymen, I had started a company called AppBistro.com.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We secured some funding after launching our initial MVP at the first Techcrunch Disrupt in New York and were having a difficult time hiring engineers in the Bay Area. We needed an engineering team for coding, as well as architecture and backend development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We pivoted the project twice. The initial platform they built, per our initial requirements, was an app marketplace for small business on Facebook. At the time, Facebook had the concept of Pages and businesses were investing a lot in their Facebook Pages. Large companies were hiring agencies and investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to build their Facebook Page. Smaller locations and businesses couldn’t afford to do that, so we created a marketplace of small, less expensive apps for these businesses to install and configure.

For example, a coffee shop could install a Yelp and/or menu app; a band could install a YouTube app so that their videos would show on their Facebook Page. It was a two-sided marketplace where small businesses could better advertise themselves, and consumers could use our interface to quickly familiarize themselves with these businesses.

Our first pivot was toward more of an API showcase. Railwaymen built an entire platform that allowed users to submit applications as developers, enabling someone from an API site—like a developer relations manager—to approve apps to be listed in their showcase. We turned our initial, single instance platform into more of a white label SaaS product

For the second pivot, we applied the same concept to mobile apps and allowed traditional media publication to showcase apps relevant to their subject matter expertise for their consumers. We pitched this to several clients, and this platform is what ultimately led to our acquisition. The fact that Railwaymen was able to make those pivots efficiently and effectively, really speaks to the flexibility and adaptability of their design.

What is the team composition?

When we began working with Railwaymen, their team was composed of their co-founders, but as they grew, so did the development team we worked with. I think, when our project closed, they had grown to 15–20 FTEs.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

My co-founder knew a consultant from previous work with a social media website, and that consultant was our initial connection to Railwaymen. He was very comfortable with them and had previous success using them, so he recommended Railwaymen, we signed a year-long contract with them (through the consultant), and for the subsequent years, we worked more directly with them.

Instead of going through an arduous vetting process that we didn’t have the time or bandwidth for, we had an initial two-week trial with them to assess their efficiency and work quality. From the first day, they were adding value and fixing bugs, so we knew they would be a good fit.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent a little over $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from 2010­–2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I can’t recall exact numbers, but as we worked with Railwaymen we were able to secure a second round of seed financing, and we ultimately got acquired.

Our first platform had roughly 500 apps, and at the time of acquisition, it was generating $10,000–$12,000 a month in revenue. Through the second platform we sold about $150,000 worth of software licensing, and Railwaymen was certainly instrumental in building both of those products. The final platform they developed is what ultimately led to us being acquired.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

I’ve worked with outsourced engineering and IT companies for many years, and all around the globe. Railwaymen is by far the best in terms of quality and project management. They set deadlines and delivered on time. Especially Lukasz (Co-founder and CEO, Railwaymen) was very focused on the project management and excellent at estimating accurate timelines.

On occasion, things would run over, but it never presented a problem. I respected and appreciated that every day, every week, every month they delivered with the right pace. There wasn’t an ebb-and-flow in their productivity. It was consistent.

We used Skype for most of our communication, leveraging both chat and video calls. Beyond that, we used a pivotal tracker.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed with Railwaymen’s consistency, test coverage, and how well they integrated into our team. Many times, when you work with a growing consulting shop, there is a lot of turnover in the roles and it’s difficult to maintain a level of quality and consistent productivity. Over the several years we worked with their team, beginning with two people and growing to include more, they provided consistent service.

The fact that our project pivoted twice in two different platforms, and we didn’t break the platform either time, is a huge testament to their good test coverage on the product.

Lastly, Railwaymen really felt like an extension of our team. They tried to understand the problems we wanted to solve, and challenged them when necessary. They asked the right questions to help us deliver the best product, and that’s something I haven’t found in my experience with many offshore consultancies. I will take any future chance I have to work with them again.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Our engagement ended a few years ago, so they might have this available now, but the only place I could identify for them to augment their services would be through offering UI/UX design—becoming more full stack developers and designers.

It wasn’t something they offered when we worked together, so we had to work with somebody else on that front, and Railwaymen would implement their work. In regards to the services that we asked for, they did a great job; they excelled.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure to communicate with them and remain open to back-and-forth discussion. They’re an agile team—meaning they operate in incremental sprints—so you can’t give them requirements, leave them alone, and then come back in three weeks. They want your input on their progress and recommendations on where to refine their deliverables. As long as you prefer that methodology, they’re a great fit.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their price gradually increased as demand for them did, but they presented incredible value the entire engagement.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them to several people.

MVP Development for Event Website

“Railwaymen was very communicative.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. 2015 - Apr. 2015
Project summary: 

Railwaymen provided web development services to create the minimum viable product for a new type of website in the events space.

 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Director of Business Development, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Even though the product failed in a market testing endeavor, Railwaymen produced strong work that satisfied client expectations. They used an effective array of tools and technology to maintain a smooth workflow and performed well as a consultant.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

When I started this engagement with Railwaymen, I was testing an idea in the events space.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Railwaymen?

I hired Railwaymen for web development during this project.

What were your goals for this project?

The primary goal was to create a minimum viable product for my concept.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I found and selected Railwaymen after doing online research and holding interviews.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Railwaymen developed a website based on detailed specs that I provided.

What was the team composition?

I don't remember. It was several years ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

When we tested the product in the market, it failed. This outcome had more to do with business issues than the work Railwaymen did.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We used a combination of Pivotal, online communication, and some phone check-ins. This strategy seemed to work pretty well.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Railwaymen was very communicative. They did a fine job of making changes whenever something they developed was not quite right initially.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. I was happy with the work Railwaymen did. It was in line with what one would expect when working with a consulting partner.

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

SaaS MVP for Norwegian Startup

"The team’s ability to align with our goals is outstanding."

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

Railwaymen is building an MVP for the B2B market. The team continues to add functionalities to the SaaS product.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Co-Founder, Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP has received positive user feedback. Regular communication and on-time deliveries make the international partnership a seamless experience. The results meet expectations for quality and create value.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I co-founded a startup that’s developing a SaaS product for the B2B market.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Railwaymen?

We identified a niche market and came up with a product idea to cover that segment. We engaged Railwaymen to build an MVP.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted the product to meet customers’ needs. To be ready for market, the MVP had to have great UI/UX, stable functionality, and scalability.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked at review sites and subsequently interviewed 20 companies. We then narrowed our selection by considering team members, relevant case studies, and MVP development approaches. Railwaymen was the best fit according to these factors.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Railwaymen is responsible for all technical aspects of the MVP build. The team also serves as our sparring partner when we need to resolve unexpected challenges.

What was the team composition?

We work with six people in total. The team includes a project manager, UI/UX designers, and backend and frontend developers. Our organization serves as the product owner.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The product is great. We’ve already received positive feedback from early adopters.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We have weekly follow-up meetings and communicate via Slack and Jira. The collaboration is seamless; there are no language barriers. Railwaymen stays on schedule, even during the summer holiday months.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team’s ability to align with our goals is outstanding. We needed a full-stack development partner and Railwaymen has delivered up to our expectations. They understand the product and what we want to achieve for our clients.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Railwaymen as we develop additional functionalities for our product.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team is easy to contact and schedule meetings with. They respond quickly to all of our messages.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The extra functionalities made us slightly overspend compared to budget estimates. But the team provides great value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re very satisfied with the delivery. They met product requirements and expectations for phase one of development.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ruby Development for Digital Technologies Company

“They have very effective specialists that consistently meet expectations.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Railwaymen supplemented an existing development team and managed frontend processes while providing expertise in Ruby on Rails as part of expanding an existing software solution for a third party.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Poland
Operations Director, Digital Technologies Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solutions that Railwaymen provided garnered positive feedback from the end client. A flexible and agile approach to development yielded high-quality results and a seamless process. Communication was frequent and reliable.

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 operations director of a multinational company that works with clients from all around the world. We have four different branches: telecommunications, fintech, finance, and smart-home solutions aimed at hotels. I work for the telecom branch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We primarily develop in Java and C++, and we didn’t have a specialist for Ruby on Rails. One of our clients asked us to help them with a project that required that technology.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our client had an existing solution that they wanted to expand by making changes to the core of the product. Railwaymen primarily managed the frontend processes, but they made some changes to make on the backend to speed up the platform as well. The service was growing tenfold, so this was the primary challenge to address. Since the end of the project, they’ve helped manage and display telecommunications data to keep our infrastructure up to date.

What is the team composition?

We worked with four people from their team, including Lukasz (Co-Founder and CEO, Railwaymen), who was our main contact. We also worked directly with the developers.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

I know one of their founders personally, and I knew that they worked with Ruby on Rails. I needed to develop something quickly, and asked him if the team could help us with that. He told me that he was in the midst of a project, but that he would refer me to Lukasz. I got in touch with him, described the project, and he told me that it was easily doable.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked with Railwaymen between July–December 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This was not a big project for us, and it was done on behalf of a client, so we didn’t track any key performance indicators. We simply needed to make it happen before the end of 2017, in accordance with our client’s timeline. We got positive feedback on the work we provided and reached out to Railwaymen again after that. We will be working together on other projects in the future.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

It was a smooth development process. They were responsive and met with us whenever we needed to discuss an issue with the client’s application. Our developers were using Skype to communicate. Everything on our end is stored in Microsoft cloud. We can’t share that content easily with third-parties, so we’ve relied on tools like Skype.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Based on my experience in the field, I’ve found Railwaymen to be especially agile and client-oriented. This is very important, and I’ve come to rely on this kind of behavior. I’m working for a large company, and I see the kind of inertia that can come with this. Working with smaller companies is much simpler, since they can work more flexibly. They’re really good at what they do. Railwaymen has been able to deliver fixes on small projects within an hour. They have very effective specialists that consistently meet expectations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not currently. The process was slightly complicated by the fact that they were working for our client and we had to serve as a proxy, but everything went well.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

I think that clients simply have to keep their finger on the pulse of the project and stay in touch with Railwaymen. Their team knows what can be done.

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

Post-Launch Dev Support for Online Marketplace

“The work they provided for the price they charged was exceptional.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. - June 2015
Project summary: 

Railwaymen provided app development and maintenance to guarantee functionality for an existing platform. The team made quick bug fixes and worked to optimize the system, before contributing new features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
California
Co-Founder & CEO, Online Marketplace
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Railwaymen used the performance and accessibility of the app to attract buyers, then helped with selling negotiations. Though they were remotely based, the team’s approach to communication allowed for solid inter-team understanding, collaborative work, and profitable results.

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 was the co-founder and CEO of an online platform that connected students interested in music and fine arts with available teachers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We needed someone to help maintain our established app and platform after its launch.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They acted as our engineering and software development team. Directly after the launch, they helped us with bug fixes, quick adjustments, and system optimization efforts. The continued to design, develop, implement, and test new features as our platform grew.

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with a team of three. Railwaymen sent members of their broader engineering support staff for assistance on bigger tasks.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

A friend highly recommended their services because of their high-quality results and proficiency with Ruby on Rails. We had them design a small feature and we were so pleased that we moved all of our resources over to the Railwaymen team.

How much have you invested in them?

I don’t have an exact number, but we definitely spent tens of thousands of dollars throughout the engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from February—June 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The company grew and we ended up selling. The team also helped us with that process by briefing us about tech stacks and preparing us for other technical conversations.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

Though we were based in entirely different time-zones, communication was consistent and easy. A team member was always available to answer questions and meeting and discussion schedules were planned in our favor. They were extremely understanding and collaborative throughout the engagement.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Not only can Railwaymen provide results, but they can talk you through the business principles behind their strategies. It never felt like we were working with an out-sourced coder, they became part of our team and worked to develop our app in the best possible way. The work they provided for the price they charged was exceptional.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was some difficulty in learning our entire code base from scratch, but they picked it up quickly and continued to progress with the project.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It is really important that the client is clear on how the engagement model is going to work. Structure is extremely important when communicating and scheduling with a company based in a different time zone.

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