What was the scope of their involvement?
Retrocube developed our app for iOS and Android. I explained the concept of the app to them and asked them to see what they could do with a crude drawing of the logo I’d done. I worked through those details with my original contact person and Kevin (Project Manager, Retrocube), who was very good at explaining the process. They came back to me with a really sharp, vibrant, and clean logo design.
Their team developed our app for iOS and Android. Kevin outlined the scope of the work, and we had that nailed down by early April. We then talked about the eight different features of the app and how we’d start to address each one. Kevin came up with some picture files to identify each feature. He also gave me access to a photo library, from which I selected a bunch of artwork. I started to provide content to him for each section of the app. Retrocube built out all of the app’s components, fonts, artwork, music files, any kind of renderings, and the algorithm for calculations.
They also created some marketing materials, including an outstanding 2D animation. They gave me about nine narrator voices, which I put out to family and friends to pick the most appealing one. I did a storyboard and a small script, and Retrocube helped refine that. From the script, they came up with a 2D animation screen set of 9–10 static screens. We worked through that process together, and, once we signed off on that, we came up with the moving parts of the animation to tie it all together.
What is the team composition?
My main point of contact was Kevin. In the background, I’ve seen Alex (Developer, Retrocube). Stephanie (Marketing Executive, Retrocube) handles the development of our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
How did you come to work with Retrocube?
I wasn’t sure how to go about finding an app developer, although I knew I wanted to work with a company, not an individual. When I researched who could develop my idea into a mobile app, Retrocube’s name came up in a couple of different searches, generally in the top three spots.
I sent an email to them, and they got back to me within the same day. When we spoke on the phone, they wanted to hear about my idea, and they agreed to sign a non-disclosure. One of the factors for me was whether this project was going to cost a lot of money. After discussing the scope of the project with Retrocube, they came back to me with a price that was very much within the range of what I considered acceptable. I had no idea they were based out of Dallas, but I didn’t need somebody local; I just needed somebody to get the job done.
How much have you invested with them?
I spent about $30,000 CAD (approximately $22,700 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We signed the contract at the end of March 2019, and by the beginning of April, Kevin and I had signed off on the scope of work. They completed the app in November, and Stephanie’s social media work is ongoing. The app isn’t live yet, but that’s because I’ve been working with the App Store to have the app listed under my company and not myself.