What was the scope of their involvement?
I first had another backend developer to assist me with the core platform, though for the last 10 months, Saypr has been building the client side. This includes a React Native mobile app through which users can discover store locations and place orders.
We also have a React.js web app that allows business owners from around the world to manage their profiles and orders. The app is multilingual—it currently supports English, Turkish, Russian, and Romanian, but we can add any number of languages—and it works with multiple currencies. Owners can sign up on the landing page using their phone numbers to verify their account and set up their business, including different locations and online ordering. They can then start adding and customizing products, in terms of price and features.
Finally, we have a Facebook Messenger chatbot that allows customers to place an order or find answers to frequently asked questions. The customer-facing functionalities support geolocations, and it’s possible to save regular orders. If someone is always ordering their coffee from a certain venue, once they’ve saved it as a favorite, they can simply tap on it to make an order and pay for it.
What is the team composition?
They’ve assigned 3 full-time developers and a project manager who serves as my main contact. I also have an internal backend developer.
How did you come to work with Saypr?
Five years ago, when I was first learning how to develop applications, I interned at Saypr. I knew their core team, so the decision was a no-brainer. Because they knew me, and because we would have a long-term partnership, they also gave me a better price.
How much have you invested with them?
The cost for their services is $20,000 per month. The total has been around $200,000 so far.
What is the status of this engagement?
I lost my co-founder around May 2017, and started talking with Saypr later that month. We started working together in June, and are still working together.