What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
The company I am currently with is still in its growth phase. We are in the process of bringing on our first round of investors so growth rate is still in beta and we aren’t looking at mass growth there; however, I have no doubt that this technology we are developing would have been slowed down without his expertise.
One of the biggest factors, and something I think is probably the most important thing; when you work with a developer, you need to expand your tune as your revenue increases or your scope of work increases. It is often difficult for me to pick someone in an area that you can trust you will be able to expand your team.
As soon as we get our first round of investors, I have five to six developers already that we are ready to bring on. I have complete trust in his abilities to be able to expand without any issues. I don’t have to worry about where the money is going or worry about getting bad people. I trust him because I have done this before. Reliability of expansion is probably one of the biggest factors.
How did Reflection Infosys perform from a project management standpoint?
We are in touch every day on where we are with technology, with any integrations, where we are with core planning, and what we are working on next. Nikolay is very good at communicating. Because he knows the area, the technology, and the people, he is extremely good at bootstrapping it. I have seen him be able to do it all. We work primarily through Slack, and we also do Zoom calls.
Nikolay not only managed the team but did a majority of the actual coding itself. I have no higher respect than for that man. He is not only a good programmer, but he is also an incredible manager when it comes to the technology and he builds entire teams out there. He is very good at what he does. He is able to source developers from other areas and also be their point of contact.
He is also an incredible coder. We would ask him to do something, and he would blow our mind with what he could do. One of the reasons we have stuck with him is because we would say to do A and B, and he would do A, B, and C and do it better than we thought. He is very good at what he does.
What did you find most impressive about them?
A lot of times when you ask a programmer to create something that kind of looks specifically like something else, but certain things aren’t the best or not what you expected. Their team is able to push beyond what your expectations are.
He will bring you something that not only involves making it work, it also involves creativity and understanding what the customer needs more than just a backend that works beautifully. It is being able to deliver above expectations and provide that UI that so many developers either don’t know or don’t deliver at times.
Are there any areas they could improve?
Not really. He is great at communicating, programming, management, and great with finding good people.
When we first started, we went through several developers until we found someone that we knew would do what we wanted and who we could trust. Obviously, we wouldn’t have kept someone around for over 10 years if they didn’t meet those expectations.