A development & UX partner for new products

We help startups build great products through dedicated software & design teams.  Our leadership team has over 20 years of combined experience as founders and early employees of high growth technology startups including the Rubicon Project, William Morris Endeavor, Optimal Social, RhythmOne, LYFE Mobile and Instasize.

ScrumLaunch is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR.

Our values:

 

  1. Prototyping & Customer Research. We place a heavy emphasis on design sprints, customer validation, and user analytics.
  2. Effective Communication. Our scrum approach places a heavy emphasis on daily communication, user stories and rapid feedback.
  3. Quality Software Development & QA. We believe in using the most modern technology, emphasizing QA automation and a disciplined deployment process

 

Expertise:

Web and Mobile App Development, Staff Augmentation, QA Automation, Dedicated Software Teams & HR Management, Marketing Automation.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2016
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Vancouver, WA
headquarters
  • 520 SE Columbia River Dr, Unit 233
    Vancouver, WA 98661
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

A few examples include CampusReel, GoGipper, vLoop.io, Vylla.

Reviews

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Web App Dev for Video Distribution Platform

"ScrumLaunch consolidated all of our needs into a core system that enabled us to validate our early thinking."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Feb. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

To validate user assumptions through live experiments, ScrumLaunch developed a working test version of a media-sharing platform. The team assisted with all aspects of the project, from design to extensive final testing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Zachary Poag
CEO, GOGOPIX
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The completed product delivered measurable results within one month, confirming market interest and generating critical business leverage. ScrumLaunch’s intuitive, practical approach to development and testing minimized errors and unnecessary complexity while optimizing functionality and speed.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

GOGOPIX is a place for music fans to access and design custom visuals for music they love to stream. Fans and marketers can use GOGOPIX to make compelling and contextual Instagram story posts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ScrumLaunch?

We hired ScrumLaunch to help us validate some key user assumptions before we invested too heavily into design and development. 

What were your goals for this project?

We had two main goals for this project: speed and measurement. End-to-end functionality was also key to accommodating an experiment focused on a short window of real measurement. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A colleague I admire now works at ScrumLaunch, and I took this as an opportunity to look at their offering. There are plenty of places to find developers, but it was ScrumLaunch’s focus on startups and the iterative process of feature testing that convinced me to hire them.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

ScrumLaunch developed a web-app for use in end-to-end, live consumer experiments that allowed us to distribute short videos to interested users via text. The project was executed in three distinct phases

Phase One consisted of determining the project objectives and clarifying the official product requirements. We met for a few working meetings and communicated with ScrumLaunch by providing a high-level system concept then answering their questions. From there we met to verify the end-to-end user flows and partnered with their design team on the content for their user interface.

Phase Two had some creative assets in progress; the ScrumLaunch developers built out all of the feature functionality once we gave them the specified user flow. We provided the final content, which was added before Phase Three.

Phase Three involved final adjustments with the content; ScrumLaunch performed an additional level of testing before the live experiment. They shared their documented results, and then we conducted our own additional testing, during which we found no issues.

What was the team composition?

We had a primary point of contact responsible for all of our objectives and who eventually managed the entire project execution. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In less than one month, we were collecting phone numbers and distributing back videos to hundreds of people. This helped us confirm consumer interest and direct our app roadmap. Equally important were the business partner testimonials we were able to build that leveraged the web app.

ScrumLaunch understood our product requirements for speed and guided the process by limiting complexity. They properly handled all aspects of assurance and notified us immediately about unexpected hurdles.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was neatly organized. We were assigned a clear point of contact for each phase with overall accountability assigned to our primary contact. All the communication was very timely, which gave us great confidence about the progress.

Given the nature of the project, many of our objectives needed refining. We were often afforded the opportunity to answer questions directly from ScrumLaunch team members regarding implementation and feedback. I appreciated this interface with multiple experts during the project rollout, which I found more efficient than communicating only through an account manager. It also eliminated any surprises at the end.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

ScrumLaunch consolidated everything from our business needs to product interest measurements into a core system that enabled us to validate our early thinking. I was impressed with how quickly we were able to begin our market experiments, thanks to their efficiently developed solution. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

I would like to see more internal tools for startup clients, such as an experiment tracking tool to help approach and document a sequence of iterative experiments. 

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

Web Dev Partnership for Cloud Video Application

"Our development process was very smooth."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Jan. 2017
Project summary: 

ScrumLaunch built a responsive web application with an Angular frontend for a cloud-based video analysis platform. They also built a transcoding engine to make any video format compatible with the app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Tony Lambropoulos
VP of Engineering, vLoop
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The successful launch of the platform drew thousands of new users. ScrumLaunch also optimized CPU usage to reduce transcoding costs. Expect an accessible and responsive partner who can integrate into scrum processes remotely in order to understand and meet coding requirements.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I worked as the lead developer for the vLoop video platform until it was acquired. It was a platform used by thousands of professional and college sports teams.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ScrumLaunch?

I needed development assistance for a long-term project to build a cloud-based video analysis platform and transcoding engine along with a responsive frontend.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to help sports teams of all levels use video to improve their performance.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I heard about them from a friend who had worked with them in the past.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We built a responsive web application using Angular that allowed users to interact, clip, edit, comment, and draw on moments in video. We also transcoded almost any video format, including MTS, mov, wmv, avi, to mp4, HLS and webM playback formats so that they were all web-compatible. The ScrumLaunch team assisted in co-refactoring for the frontend and optimizing AWS CPU usage to lower transcoding costs. The project scaled to hundreds of thousands of hours of uploaded video. Together with the SL team we built a scalable video transcoding engine in Go and Python and also a responsive Angular web app.

What was the team composition?

They provided a dedicated software team of seven developers which I grouped into two scrum groups.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We gained thousands of users, including professional, college, and high school sports teams. Some teams that I watched in the Olympics and on television were using the platform we built.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Even though our team was distributed, all the developers were well-trained in remote scrum processes, so our development process was very smooth. I communicated with the team directly on a daily basis. They also don’t believe in proxy product managers, so there was no one standing between me and the team I was working with. I had total access to every member of the team at all times.

We used Google Hangouts, Slack, and Trello. We followed a scrum process and used Trello to manage our user stories and tasks.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I think what makes ScrumLaunch stand out is their emphasis on communication and responsiveness along with the quality of engineers they provide.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They should add more design resources.

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

API Integrations & Media Management Platform for Publisher

"ScrumLaunch tripled my revenue by automating these processes."

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

ScrumLaunch built an automation platform with API integrations to streamline workflows and increase revenue. The team used Yahoo, Taboola, and Outbrain to optimize processes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York
CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Media Publisher
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

ScrumLaunch’s platform increased revenue significantly and made processes within the company much more efficient. Their speed and work quality spurred continued engagement. Their team works hard to understand goals. Despite time zone differences, ScrumLaunch is easy to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My company owns and operates digital publisher properties in various categories, and work with advertising exchanges and technologies to monetize our user base.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ScrumLaunch?

I hired ScrumLaunch to build an ad technology and marketing automation platform to grow my portfolio of media sites to increase revenue per year.

What were your goals for this project?

I wanted to automate workflows and increase revenue with minimal manual work.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I received a referral from a friend that worked with them in the past.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They developed API integrations using Yahoo, Taboola, RevContent, and Outbrain to automate significant elements of my workflow. Their team also provided me with the ability to create and optimize a large volume of ad creative assets automatically.

What was the team composition?

I initially started with one developer, but the team grew as my project scaled. I now manage a group of three developers, including a team lead.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

ScrumLaunch tripled my revenue by automating these processes. Their team made it efficient to optimized my media buying process.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We primarily use Slack and Trello to communicate. They operate as if they are my full-time employees.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The speed and quality of their work are relative to their cost. ScrumLaunch does an excellent job. Their team quickly figured out the context of my industry.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Due to time zone differences, there were a few issues, but otherwise, my experience working with ScrumLaunch has been outstanding.

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 Dev for Graphics Creation Company

"They’ve been able to integrate with us and become a true part of our team." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Project summary: 

ScrumLaunch built an SaaS platform that allows users to easily create their own graphic designs. They devised and implemented the system’s UX and provided daily updates on their progress.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Matthew A Glick
Founder and CEO, Gipper Media, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform greatly expanded the previous version's capabilities and is expected to drive significant future success. ScrumLaunch communicated seamlessly and instituted a well-defined management process. Customers can expect a cooperative and responsive partner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Gipper. We’re a graphics creation platform for schools. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire ScrumLaunch?

We hired ScrumLaunch to build an SaaS platform for schools that allowed them to quickly and easily make content for social media.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to build a scalable, SaaS platform that was responsive and allowed for privileged access.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

A friend and advisor recommended them highly to us.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They developed a scalable SaaS platform from scratch that allows users to create high-quality graphics for social media. We had daily video conferences with a project manager to ensure we were on the same page and staid up-to-date with development challenges and questions. ScrumLaunch implemented our UX with ease and were always available to chat through Slack. 

What was the team composition?

We worked with one full-time developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Previously, we’d built an MVP in-house that had some success, but it had limited functionality and wasn’t very scalable. This new platform is essential to our business success. It will enable us to grow at a rapid rate, which is exactly what we were looking for.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

It’s extremely impressive. We collaborate on Slack and have daily video chats via Google Hangouts. Despite their team being offshore, their communication is great. They're also highly organized.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They’ve been able to integrate with us and become a part of our team. While other DevOps shops tend to shy away from communication, ScrumLaunch ensures we always have an open channel of communication. They’re also extremely responsive, which is crucial to me.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, not that I saw. There’s very little they can improve.

5.0
Overall Score They’re terrific to work with. You won't regret it. We certainly don't.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them.