We are an enthusiastic team of talented experts

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
headquarters
  • Railwaymen
    Na Zjeździe 11
    Krakow, ML 30-527
    Poland
    +48 123450677
other locations
  • Railwaymen
    Silicon Valley Acceleration Center
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    United States
    1-415-449-4791

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We deliver innovation for 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. 

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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.

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

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!

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!

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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Mobile & Web App Dev for Law Firm

"They are good at using efficient and relevant technology to satisfy their customer’s needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen developed a law firm's landing page, primarily building the backend and working with designers on the frontend. They also built their mobile app, implementing various legal functions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Managing Partner, Law Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The collaboration has been successful over the years, and Railwaymen's project management, expertise, guidance, and loyalty are definitive advantages. Delivering timely and high-quality products at a competitive price sets them apart from other developers.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a partner and managing director of a medium-sized law firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We were looking to have a webpage built from scratch, as well as an application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our webpage is an ordinary landing page for our business, containing the information about what we do, as well as our contact information and maps. Railwaymen took care of the technical side, working with the different people involved in the project. They did most of the backend development and collaborated with the designers at the frontend.

The mobile application was a digital added-value project developed for both Android and iOS and created for clients and public use. The main goal was to put in process functionality. Within the business of law, there are different standard templates, contracts, or agreements used for trades like carpentry, as well as other typical construction projects. We wanted to make those available in digital format, so they developed the technology of producing a document onsite when working on projects, as well as making it easy to go through the different questions to be answered. We put in the important parts of ordinary paper-based documents, which can then be sent to predefined or added-in email addresses.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

We met them in Oslo at an event. I got the impression they were skilled and had capable IT engineers. When we had the idea regarding the app and webpage, we contacted them to try them out, which has worked out well for us.

How much have you invested in them?

We've spent between $10,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2013, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They do all the configuration based on Ruby on Rails, the projects are well-managed, and they are skilled people. There have been some challenges, like with any developer, but the projects have gone well. They are good with timelines, deliver in accordance with the estimates given, and are loyal and reliable when it comes to milestones and estimates.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

In general, it's been good. We usually communicate through email, phone, and Skype. We mainly use cloud services and also share information using Dropbox.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are good at using efficient and relevant technology to satisfy their customer’s needs and the project they're running. They have advised us on different technologies and how to run the project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It hasn’t really been a problem, but you could consider the coordination between the timing, communication, and so forth when using different suppliers as an issue. We've had a multi-sourcing approach to these services. This isn't something we can blame them for, however, as it's more of a general challenge in projects when using more than one supplier.

5.0
Overall Score In general, we've been very satisfied with their cooperation and will use them in forthcoming projects.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are timely in their deliveries.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost and quality are to our expectations. The price is very competitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver good quality that is cost efficient.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them.

Ongoing Product Enhancement for Construction Tech Firm

"When they commit to something, they deliver it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen expanded and redeveloped the frontend of a Ruby on Rails web application. They revamped the look and feel and focused on matching current website standards. They continue to work on the application.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
United Arab Emirates
Karim Helal
CEO, ProTenders
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The solution does not have any major bugs, and there have been few customer tickets. They deliver what they promise and adjust their team as necessary to meet requirements and deadlines. The high-quality coding and expertise of the team have led to a long-term, successful partnership.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO of ProTenders, a construction platform. We help companies from hundreds of countries connect, get more opportunities, find people to work with, and then streamline the whole bidding process.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

Based on a customer request, we needed someone to revamp a 4-year-old application by completely rewriting the whole frontend side to make it more in line with the rest of the app. We had an existing in-house solution built on Ruby on Rails. Railwaymen’s job was to work with our team to expand it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The old site's backend base used regular CSS and HTML. The first task was to revamp its look and feel and have it match the new site, on both sides and with a new foundation. The second task was to develop a survey module with various types of questions and formats of answers and points of validation.

With that finished, they've now been helping with data-driven analysis of bids and figuring out which ones are below market prices, above market prices, and other things we do.

What is the team dynamic?

They built the team around our needs, with about 10 people. We have the CTO, their project managers, and several backend and frontend developers. We've been very fortunate to have always had the same people.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

They came highly recommended by people we were already collaborating with. We gave them a small job at first, and they did very well, so we hired them for the whole project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together November of last year, and the work is ongoing. Once this project is completed, we might continue with other projects because they’ve been so good.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Overall, it’s been accepted by the customer who requested the actual feature. We will be rolling it out next month after fixing up little bugs.

There's been a low number of customer tickets. We don't have any major issues.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, we spent a week in their office making sure they understood the product, the process, the application, and the domain. Since then, communication's mostly through Jira, HipChat, and Slack. Daily calls are no longer needed.

When they commit to something, they deliver it. If they can’t do something on time, they tell us. It’s the first time in a long while that I don’t feel taken advantage of by a company. They’ve been very effective with the payment terms and the amount of work coming in. They adjust the team size according to our needs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're not like many teams I’ve worked with, where you tell them to do A and they just do it. They take the time to think about what A means and how to integrate it with the application. They do more than just code, they've become part of the team. They always try and find the best solution for us.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The coding level was spot on.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would in a heartbeat.

Web Dev for Online Award-Winning Video Platform

“They are total geniuses and they can figure out anything.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen built and continue to work on a Ruby on Rails online video platform, collaborating with a third party on design. They developed the UI/UX, built the architecture, did SEO, and split the testing.  

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Christine Boulware
Founder, itsashort.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site works extremely well and provides a seamless user experience with excellent performance. The team finds solutions to any issue that needs addressing in creative and intelligent ways. Despite geographical distances between themselves, the client, and the third party, they communicate well. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder of itsashort.com, an online platform for award-winning and award-nominated short films, videos, and web series.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We needed to have a site that worked. We had used three different technology providers, but they built sites that didn’t work. That was our consistent experience. Every time we went to a new firm, they would design the site, tell us it was ready, and it wouldn’t work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our original site was built in one language which was not Railwaymen's specialty, but they said they could help us. The technical side of our site is not complicated, but how the site works is. I used the old site as a way of gauging whether or not they could understand what we were building; what we wanted to design, how it needed to work, how the pieces needed to fit together, and the kind of customer experience we wanted our subscriber base to have. They fixed it and then I hired them to build me the second site.

I asked them to develop every single aspect of our website. Our site is built from the ground-up, so it’s a native site using Ruby on Rails. We worked through the UI/UX [user interface/user experience], which has been refined. Then they built the architecture. They selected our vendors. Amazon and AWS [Amazon Web Services] is our server. We use Telestream and they did all the coding. They didn't do the design, however. I had another woman do our design who was pretty amazing. They worked seamlessly with her, and vice versa. Despite geographical distance, it was a great collaboration.

We did split the testing because it made sense to not have them be solely responsible for the testing. You need independent, objective third party people to push the testing, to make sure all the aspects of the site work. I think that’s good practice. They were fine with it, and so we did that. Any adjustments that needed to be made, they made.

The building of the site took much longer than they had originally intended and thought. That did not deter them at all. I wanted it to be a responsive site because we don’t have a mobile platform. There were things on the responsive side that they recommended that we took advantage of. They also did our backend SEO.

What is the team dynamic? 

The project grew and involved different people depending on what’s going on. They have a marketing person, a UI/UX person, and then they have a couple of people who are more junior who do little projects. I don’t talk to them at all.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

I wanted the site to be in Rails. Marcin [co-founder and CIO, Railwaymen] had been doing some consulting work in San Francisco and came to Austin for a festival where we met. He told me who he was and who he worked for. I asked him what technology they use, and he told me they were a Rails firm but could do PHP too. I got his number and told him I wanted to set up a call.  

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $100,000 over the course of our relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2012 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

First of all, my site works. When people are logging in now, it works. When people register, it works. When people click play, they can actually watch a video. Their job is to make sure that the experience is seamless. Most of our users fall in the 18 to 45 age range and they are used to using technology all day long for everything. We have to achieve that level of performance, and we do.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

The first deadline they did not stick to because the amount of work involved was way more than anybody knew. We had integration issues with our API due to our use of PayPal - that was the most significant issue we had.

We communicate through MeisterTask which they suggested. I’m in Chicago and they’re in Krakow, so there’s a six or seven-hour difference. When you factor that in, they are very responsive. I hear from them within 24 hours, if not sooner. I principally reach out to Łukasz [co-founder and CEO] and Tomek [senior Ruby on Rails developer], because they’re both on the daily technology side.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are total geniuses and they can figure out anything. They figured out how to enable us to post our videos on Facebook, because Facebook only allowed Vimeo, YouTube, and another company. If you just wanted to post some video from your phone, you’d have to upload it to YouTube first. They figured out the workaround on that. They can figure out any kind of workaround you need for anything. They’re amazing.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’re a B2B and a B2C platform. On the B2B side, how our filmmakers interface with our site is very understandable. But in terms of how consumers interface with our site, we have to explain to them about the U.S. market. It’s not a big deal, it’s just something that you have to do if you’re in the consumer space. If you’re not doing anything that’s consumer-related, then this will never come up.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    In the case of enhancements, they get a 5. For fixes, it takes a minute to figure out what the fixes are.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I would rate them higher if I could.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them to several people and they’ve all loved them.

Cloud Platform Dev for Construction Estimating Software

“If they need to go the extra mile, they do that.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen analyzed and rebuilt a cloud-based version of a construction company's legacy SQL database, which handled pricing and proposals. They have continued to develop several subsequent updates.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
President, Construction Estimation Software Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new platform helped to land a multi-million dollar contract and generate profit in global markets. Railwaymen earned recognition for their proative project management and responsive, client-centered communication. They continually showed their dedication and investment in the project's success.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We develop cost-estimating software for the construction industry. I am the president and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We had a legacy software product that’s been on a client-server type of a framework. We needed to move to a full cloud environment and we didn’t have the expertise in-house to do so.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They started with a full evaluation of our legacy product. It utilized a Microsoft SQL database and it was developed with Visual Basic. Not only is it a database that handles costing for the construction industry, but a graphical component also allows for measurements of blueprints. They evaluated it and came back with recommendations for the best platform to build our new cloud version on and what tools they would use.

The platform is commercially sold. It’s used to put together sales proposals for construction companies for the projects they’re building or quoting on. It also allows them to measure the blueprints to come up with quantities so they can justify a cost.

We’ve had multiple releases of our product. We’re already up to version seven of the product that they developed for us. We put out updates approximately every 60 days.

What is the team dynamic?

Right now we have five developers and one project manager. Our team has gone up to eight or nine people at one point.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

Once we knew we were making a move to the cloud, we did research for a particular platform. They were one of the 30 companies that we interviewed worldwide to help us with this project. Being a relatively small business with fewer than 100 employees, we wanted to have direct contact with the ownership of their company as well. They were the most enthusiastic about the new project. They had the most experience in the platform we were looking for. The communication was easy. Within an hour or two, we were on a Skype call discussing it. That’s the hands-on approach that we are familiar with and were looking for.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested $700,000–$800,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2015 and the work is ongoing. We’ll be working with them forever.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had a large opportunity available to us if our product was a cloud-based product. With Railwaymen’s help, within four or five months, we were able to create the first generation of the product on the cloud. It helped us to win a multi-million dollar contract.

With revenue generating, we’ve gone into different market segments that we weren’t in before. Now we’re able to reach clientele in the construction world that have multiple offices in multiple cities, states, and countries. It’s opened up a whole new world for us.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

Our prior development shop that worked with our legacy product was based in India. It’s a different culture working with Railwaymen in Poland because we have certain deadlines, and if they need to be met, they’re all hands on deck to make sure they are met. We didn’t have that with our last developer. We needed that. They’re on board to make sure that deadlines are met. If they need to go the extra mile, they do that. We have daily stand-ups. We use Pivotal to manage our projects. We have daily feedback from them and send it back and forth. It’s been very easy to manage.

What did you find most impressive about them?

There’s a pride of ownership. They know that their name is on this and they are going the extra mile no matter what the situation is. That started with Lukasz [Co-Founder & CEO, Railwaymen] from the top. He was involved as our project manager for the first year. Having the CEO of the company make sure that he was involved in our project on a daily basis made us feel important as a client.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We didn’t start with the Pivotal project manager right from day one. Any new client should start with some type of a base project management system to start with. It took us a couple of months to get that set up. Once we did that, things started to go really smoothly. It just helps with ease of communication.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve had nothing but a good experience with them. They’re top of the line.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are always on time and always willing to work extra hours if necessary.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re not the least expensive shop, but you get what you pay for. We have a high quality developer.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They deliver good quality work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would certainly recommend them.

Web Development for Recipe Search Tool

"They are responsible for everything that has been good about Cookthink."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Sept. 2009 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen designed a search algorithm and interface for a recipe tool. They provided back-end development services, as well as strategic advising about user experience.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Birmingham, Alabama
Co-Founder, Cookthink
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Railwaymen quickly became a crucial element of the development process, making valuable suggestions and thoughtful improvements to its user experience. They remained involved with the site after launch to ensure it ran smoothly, and dedicated themselves to its continued success.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I co-founded a business called Cookthink, which started in 2006. We thought that a database of good recipes, ones which worked, made sense, and were well written, would create a superior way for people to find recipes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

Of our two co-founders, I was more technically-inclined, but not to the level of the search and refined algorithms we needed. We knew what we wanted, and we had models for it, so we began to look around for someone to help us do it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When we started working with Railwaymen on the search tool, they didn’t only listen to the instructions we gave them, but also read a lot of what we’d already done, saw who we were and who our audience was, and helped make a tool which would both appeal to them, as well as to a broader audience.

We knew how to talk about what we wanted from the perspective of a future user, but not in terms of how the site would operate and how we could deliver it. One of the many things I liked about Railwaymen was that they were able to articulate options for what we wanted to deliver and coach us on what they thought the best option was for running the site and what experience the user should have.

What is the team dynamic? 

Łukasz Młynek, their CEO, has remained my main point of contact over the years. From early on, we began to think about them as a third partner, and this deepened over time.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

When prototyping, we initially worked with someone else, and we left that experience feeling that we wouldn’t be able to articulate the concept in a way which would help someone make what we envisioned. In the process, we found a graphic design firm in New York, called OrangeYouGlad. We liked some of their work, and the mix of things they’d done. 

We went through the initial design phase, and it turned out that they had worked on some projects with the personnel of Railwaymen, doing everything from brochure sites to banking systems. They introduced us to Railwaymen, and we liked their approach. Our previous experience with an outside programmer was more of a for-hire relationship, but our initial impression of Railwaymen was that they were all-in, like partners.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of the work with Railwaymen, since 2009, has been between $50,000 and $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with personnel who are now a part of Railwaymen in 2007, but who were with a different company then. We decided to switch to Railwaymen when they started in 2009 because we liked working with them. They were the people who made the experience of working with the other company a good one, and they were the ones who understood the real nuts and bolts of how the site worked. They helped us envision and build it.

We continue to work together on an ad-hoc basis. We had a performance issue recently, and Railwaymen dipped in and fixed it. I’ve also been talking with them over the past one or two years about a possible next life for Cookthink.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve let the site languish in the last few years, and haven’t updated it much. It now needs a refresh and some performance upgrades, but this is on us. Railwaymen encouraged us to keep the site up when we were thinking of pulling down the site since we’d both moved on to other things. While it doesn’t look great, seeing it operate shows that some real thought and muscle went into it.

It’s hard to quantify the results as they would be zero without Railwaymen. Every bit of traffic the site has had has been because of them. We had an idea and vision, but those are useless without execution. Railwaymen was able to remarkably see what we wanted to do, and turn it into something usable. Everything which worked about Cookthink was due to their involvement with the project on a more committed level than what a contractor would have.  

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

Early on, we used Basecamp in the development phase and moved over to Google Drive, email, and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The most impressive thing about them, outside of their technical prowess (which I consider a prerequisite), was their commitment to not only seeing the project through, but continuing to be involved in the project well after its completion for improvements. They were also always thinking about ways in which the site could exist elsewhere; for example, new platforms, new ways to drive people to the site, and new features which may interest users of the site. Railwaymen remained committed to the project as if they are a partner.

Often, their proposals were not ones which would have awarded them higher fees, and this is why I began to think of Railwaymen as a third partner, instead of a firm we’d hired to help us with the buildout. This has remained true to this day. Railwaymen invested in the project from early on, not just because we were paying them, but because they wanted it to be great as much as we did. They are responsible for everything that has been good about Cookthink.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Early on, there was a bit of a language barrier, but this is not an issue anymore. Their English is much better than my Polish.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always met deadlines, coming in early in some cases. 
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were by far the best money we spent — we always felt a little guilty we didn’t pay more.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were able to listen to our vision and execute.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have done so multiple times.

Web App Dev for Digital Lending Platform

"They were patient with us and helped us along the way."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2013 - May 2014
Project summary: 

Railwaymen developed both a promotional website and a web-based application for a mortgage solution. They provided UI/UX design, implemented features, and built a dynamic interview tool.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
CEO, Digital Mortgage Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After plenty of positive user feedback and exceptional initial performance, the MVP developed by Railwaymen launched to great success. The team earned praise for their quick turnarounds, professional communication style, and eagerness to collaborate on challenging projects.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO and co-founder of a digital lending platform that white labels to mortgage lenders across the US.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

In the US, the mortgage process is painful, outdated, and paper-based. All of the documentation involved in the process is very confusing. Most people we talk to don’t really understand what the mortgage process is all about, they just respond to requests from their lenders throughout the 45-day process of getting a mortgage. We wanted to address this problem from a digital standpoint and bring simplicity, transparency, and efficiency to the mortgage process for consumers.

We wanted a web solution and needed both the marketing website and web-based application developed. We had a very basic platform, but we got rid of it and started from scratch with Railwaymen.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The process was very interactive. Railwaymen asked questions to help us refine our concept to help determine what they were going to build. They worked to understand the different features that we wanted and the UI/UX experience we wanted for the borrowers. They were very helpful guiding us through the process. We did weekly calls to refine anything that needed to be refined and to make changes.

Part of the mortgage process is going through an interview, and that was the way we structured our platform. They developed a dynamic, intelligent interview process. Railwaymen helped us lay the foundation for a smart decision tree, that sends the user down one path or another depending on how they answer a question; that interview process was the main thing that we worked with them on.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with one project manager and one lead developer. Sometimes, a second developer was involved.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

They were recommended to us by another entrepreneur who had used them and spoke very highly of them. We had worked with another company and it was a nightmare, and so we were a little bit apprehensive because we had had a really bad experience. We looked at Railwaymen’s past work, but the fact that they were recommended by someone we trust was the most important factor. We interviewed Railwaymen and they were very professional and knowledgeable, both of which were very important to us.

How much have you invested with them?

Between $10,000 and $15,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2013. Their work ended in May 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They made the MVP that we went to market with. We received a lot of traffic and the solution was able to support all of that traffic. We also received great feedback about the user experience because the interview process was very intelligently designed.

Railwaymen never had an issue delivering things on time or within budget.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

Our main project manager at Railwaymen was great. Their team was very responsive, and the time difference was never an issue. At the time, we were already using Basecamp internally. Railwaymen accommodated us and used Basecamp as well; they were very flexible with how we communicated.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

The most impressive thing was their professionalism - they were incredibly professional throughout the whole process. At the time, it was just my co-founder and me, and neither of us are technical people. Working with somebody who really took the time and the care to explain things in a way that we would understand them was very important, and Railwaymen did that. They were patient with us and helped us along the way. The experience we had with a previous technology company was horrible because it felt more like they just wanted to make a quick buck and to do low-quality work just be done with it. with Working with Railwaymen was much more of a collaborative process; it felt like they were part of our team. They gave us suggestions and ideas, which was very cool.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not really. We have referred several customers to them and we've never had anything negative to say about them.

5.0
Overall Score When you look at the whole package, everything was great.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    For the most part, everything was on time, but it was not 100%.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. We did look at cheaper providers, but we were more concerned about quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was a pleasure working with them. They were very professional and very patient. They accommodated us in many different ways.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have already recommended them to other people.

Mobile App Dev for Children's Reading App

“We consider them part of our team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2014
Project summary: 

Railwaymen helped to create a fun iPad iOS app for kids and integrated the Amazon API. They also created a teacher version of the same app and helped launch the apps in the App Store.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Andra Davidson
Founder and CEO, BookWhiz Media, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Kids, parents, and teachers enjoy the app. A true partner every step of the way, Railwaymen developed strategy all the way through to launching the apps at the end. With responsive communication and cost-effective service, their belief in the end product resulted in a successful project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and CEO of BookWhiz Media, Inc.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We worked with Railwaymen to create a fun iPad iOS app to encourage kids to read more. The app is intended for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Railwaymen was the one and only development company that we used from the very beginning. We spoke with them about our vision, and they worked with us side-by-side the entire time until it was complete. We consider them part of our team. They helped us develop our strategy. They also helped us with launching the application in the App Store.

They integrated the Amazon API so that kids could scan in books that they have on their bookshelves and easily create a virtual library of all their hard copy books. Although they can't read the book online, kids and their parents can see what books they have and track what kids are reading. The app also has a timer so that kids can keep track of how much time they've spent reading a book. It helps mark where they left off and when they finish a book. On the parents’ side, it lets parents create rewards for their kids once they've earned points for reading books.

It was originally created as a consumer app for parents and their kids, and then we got some feedback from teachers and we went ahead and worked with Lukasz [CEO and Founder, Railwaymen] to create a teacher version of the same app, so there are two versions of the app.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

They were the first and only company we reached out to. We knew this was whom we wanted to work with because my husband had previous experience with them and found out about them from a friend of his.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested close to $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them in May of 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

People love how the app is really easy for kids to use. The feedback from parents is that they love it, and their kids love it. The teachers that were using the consumer version said it was a great idea and they're very happy to have a teacher version that really translates well to a classroom. We got a really nice review on GeekWire back when it launched.

The biggest issues we ran into were external factors related to the API that we used or Apple changing things, which had nothing to do with their work.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

I'm very positive about the way that they deal with everything. I worked with Lukasz one-on-one. He was always on top of things and very responsive. If we had an issue, we would work together to resolve it. Most of our communication was via e-mail directly with Lukasz. When we were creating it, we had weekly phone calls as well.

When they were building the app, we used iOS tools so we could see what they were doing and comment. Once the app was ready to go in for submission, we reviewed everything and checked for QA using TestFlight.

What did you find most impressive about them?

He really believed in what we were doing. He put everything into creating what we wanted and what he thought was going to be successful. I really appreciated his personal approach.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are always some challenges when you're working with somebody overseas. That would be the only issue. I don't know if they can do anything about that, but sometimes time is an issue – if it’s a real emergency, there's always a little bit of a delay. Lukasz was really good about getting back to us in a timely manner.

5.0
Overall Score It's been a very positive experience working with them. We still consider them as part of our team.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We never had any conflicts or problem with them getting things to us when they said they would.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Working in the Valley and living there, I know what people are charging. They definitely give you more for what we would be paying somewhere else.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They listened to feedback and made changes as agreed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them to anybody who says that they're interested in creating an app.

Mobile & Software Dev for IoT Company

"They're great at not just executing but also contributing out-of-the-box ideas."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Railwaymen provides full-stack software, hardware, and mobile development for a smart charging cable, designing and integrating multidisciplinary elements that communicate with third-party apps in real-time.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Venice, California
Cory Azzalino
CEO, Rally Charge
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through Railwaymen’s attentive involvement from scoping to prototyping, the fully functional IoT solution launched successfully on the App Store. The team’s rapid turnaround time, clear communication, and accurate estimates continue to support an evolving business vision. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO and co-founder of Rally Charge, an IoT [Internet-of-things] company. We build a smart hardware product that’s basically a smart charging cable. When a device is plugged into our product, it communicates with our mobile app and our SDK [software development kit] within other third-party apps. This will automatically launch an app and trigger real-time SMS, email, and push notifications, which works well for brands that want to convert local foot traffic into mobile users and mobile engagement. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

Railwaymen has been our partner from the beginning for software development. Because we’ve got a hardware product as well, we needed somebody who could do both hardware and multidisciplinary development. They developed our mobile apps, APIs, SDK, and backend, as well as our administration dashboard. They were able to bring a full suite of experience to help us. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve done everything from help us develop the scope of work and specifications to doing design. They collaborate with us to determine what needs to be architected and how to do everything efficiently. We start with a strategy phase where we go through design, user testing, and prototyping using InVision and typical tools to get early stage prototypes into people’s hands before we start the actual coding. They build all of our code and maintain our code base. They're great at not just executing but also contributing out-of-the-box ideas.

How many resources were assigned to your project?

We have 2 project managers and 5–6 engineers. We have 1 person on the backend, iOS- and Android-specific native engineers, and QA support. There are 5–6 people on the project at any time.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

They were highly recommended by a friend who had used them for projects. She had a great experience with them. We started with smaller projects and eventually entrusted them with most of our development.

How much have you invested with Railwaymen?

We have spent $150,000 with them over the course of our relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in August 2015, and the relationship is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

We’ve just achieved our initial milestones. Our development cycle is longer due to our hardware product. Railwaymen got us through the launch in the App Store with a fully functioning product in April 2017. We’re going through manufacturing and our first SDK implementations now, which they’re supporting.

We’ve designed a unique experience, so from an architecture standpoint, they do a good job. They integrated a number of other services like Twilio, SendGrid, and a few other APIs. If you plug into our device in real-time, you get either an email or SMS. They’ve done a good job handling those API integrations. We’ve had feedback that the app looks great and the experience is unique. A lot of the work is happening in the background, and they’ve delivered quickly.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

They communicate well. Working with an offshore development firm, communication is probably the central thing. They’re good at doing background research, documenting their work, setting the scope, and developing sprints. They do a good job of communicating what they’re working on and what they plan to do in the future. They use MasterTask in-house as their project management and software tool. We’re using Slack, phone, and email for communication.

What did you find most impressive about Railwaymen?

They do a good job with sharing, researching, and documenting their findings. We’re trying to build new things, and they bring a good perspective of what’s possible and feasible. They offer the right processes to get us to our end goal and suggest the proper steps for development. They also communicate succinctly.

Are there any areas Railwaymen could improve?

No, we work on a monthly basis, and they keep us apprised of what kind of hours they’ve booked. They could let us know that more frequently, but they do a good job overall. 

5.0
Overall Score They’ve been able to execute everything we needed. They’re open and honest with us about what needs to be developed, and they’re not trying to make an extra buck.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They hit their deadlines and give solid estimations. We have weekly or daily calls. I’ll wake up in the morning at the end of their work day, and everything that we talked about that day has been completed.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I give them that score based on US prices. We pay them an hourly rate. They’re flexible and often will throw in QA hours at their cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They execute deliverables well, communicate clearly, and think outside the box.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to other people.

Multiple App Dev Projects for Entrepreneur

"They really care about my company, not just making money."

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

Railwaymen conducts full-stack development for different web and mobile solutions, providing on-demand support from early scoping to post-launch marketing in an outsourced engagement.

The Reviewer
 
Entrepreneur
 
Puerto Rico
Israel Berrios
Founder, Efficient Products LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A recently rebranded iOS and Android product attracted celebrity sponsorships and positive feedback from a grower user base, attesting to Railwaymen’s reliable creations. The team’s responsiveness, precise cost and schedule estimates, and friendly demeanor continue to drive results. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I’m the owner of a technology solutions firm. My clients, who are usually artists, share their ideas for new technologies or applications. I develop these ideas in conjunction with Railwaymen, who manages the bulk of each project. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

They’ve helped me with several ideas, depending on their availability and proficiency with the requirements. They help me understand what kind of costs will be involved too.

Recently, Railwaymen created the Pic a Smile app, which later was rebranded for the Latin market with celebrity involvement. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Before each project, they help me plan the scope and figure out what resources they’ll need. They also offer timing and cost estimates. Each project has cost what they’ve estimated in the beginning, with no changes. They’ve been a straightforward partner.

I’ve worked with them on 3 or 4 projects. They develop apps for iOS and Android and the web and assist with launches to app stores. They also advised marketing strategies to limit my costs.

One solution we created was a baby selfie app. It consisted of showing a video on the screen while users take a picture in order to keep the baby’s attention on a TV program or something he or she likes. We started by building the app, and I sold it myself. Then, I got the opportunity to rebrand it for 2 famous artists: an actress and a dancer who had a baby.

With the help of Railwaymen, we rebranded the app to incorporate these artists, and they relaunched it as their own product through my and Railwaymen’s involvement in the background. Railwaymen also created a backend where the artists could access fan information for future use. It was a good experience. Railwaymen continues to help me with other projects.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

I’d talked with different companies, but I never actually felt like I could trust them or justify their prices. A good friend of mine in Chicago recommended Railwaymen.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We’ve spent about $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2015 and have been partners since.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

People really like the app and find it useful. We’ve had no crashes or issues. I have messages from our celebrity sponsors thanking me for the app and explaining how well it worked with their baby. I actually used the app when taking pictures of my daughter. It’s a real problem-solver for parents.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

They did an excellent job, and I didn’t have any problems. We actually became good friends. I like the way they work with me. They are really good people. We communicate through texting and other channels. They stick to deadlines and our budget, even when I make changes.

What distinguishes Railwaymen from other providers?

They really care about my company, not just making money. They’re reliable and knowledgeable in a variety of topics beyond just programming.

Is there anything Railwaymen could have improved or done differently?

No, I’m happy with their work. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're 100% reliable for deliverables.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development for IT Services Startup

"They’re very strong in all the areas they work in and delivered a high-quality product."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2012 - June 2014
Project summary: 

A startup company had a collaboration with Railwaymen for the resources needed for their own design and development projects for iOS product along with rails and javascript coding . They were also used for other test projects.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
Christopher Levine
Former CTO, Ripple Networks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of work was fantastic and had only minor bugs that were quickly resolved. Railwaymen was recognized for their design and development expertise. They're very technically sound and were able to provide a competitive service and after service. Not only did they deliver on time but often earlier than expected.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Ripple Networks was a startup company. I was the CEO/CTO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Railwaymen?

We needed to outsource development work because of budget and speed to market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We used their design expertise, iOS developers, backend Rails developers, and JavaScript developers. The most collaborative phase was the design portion where we were using 1 or 2 resources from their team. We had an idea of what we wanted and they came back with a couple of designs based on our requirements. The next four weeks were spent on refining that design phase. We had daily calls with them during that time where they’d present their updates and we’d give them feedback. For the other development, we mapped out a lot of the technical needs of how we wanted the coding and software built. They met those specs perfectly. The only area where we didn’t specify anything was with the JavaScript frameworks that they were going to use for some of the developments, and they came back to us with the tools we needed. We worked with 4 developers.

How did you come to work with Railwaymen?

I got in touch with them through a mutual acquaintance. We were working with some other firms on oDesk to test out and find the partner we wanted to move forward with. Railwaymen showed they had the ability to scale. Lukasz [CEO & Founder, Railwaymen] and his partner were very responsive in their communication. Lukasz is a former engineer so that helps a lot with quality control. We had used them in other test projects and they were the best offshore firm we’d worked with.

How much have you invested with Railwaymen?

The project cost more than $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2012 and the project was completed June 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

The quality of work was pretty good. We didn’t have to revise anything. There were minor bugs, but over the course of time, the number of those decreased. Our ability to add our own development on top of the work they'd done or maintain by ourselves was fantastic. The documentation within the code and addendums they had were great. It made it easy for us to continue development or maintain what they’ve done. They were available for any questions we had after the project was completed.

How did Railwaymen perform from a project management standpoint?

They were able to meet or exceed deadlines. We communicated often and were able to see the work they were doing on the check-ins and the updated documents.

What did you find most impressive about Railwaymen?

The communication is great for a remote team. They’re very technically sound. They have some great junior resources. They’re very smart people and are using some of the latest frameworks. We use them as a one-stop shop. They’re very strong in all the areas they work in and delivered a high-quality product.

Are there any areas Railwaymen could improve?

They do a good job of managing expectations. They won’t promise something they can’t deliver. They were able to scale their resources to provide the team we needed. The price point for their services is very competitive for what they do.

5.0
Overall Score I continue to use them because they’re good at what they do and they’re enjoyable to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We didn’t miss any deadlines based on their end.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I continue to use them partially because of the value I receive based on what else is in the market.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were always on time, communicated any delays that came up, and they provided high-quality work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.