solid engineering for ambitious projects

Cutting edge solutions – From Idea to Release

We build cutting edge web apps for clients around the world. Our team of experts delivers everything from ideation to design and engineering, guiding our clients along the way.

Top level expertise

We deliver all aspects of our clients' projects from strategy to design and engineering. Our cohesive team consists of experts in their respective fields that have worked together for years and delivered solutions for clients from startups to long-established businesses.

Valuing experience and expertise over location allows us to gather international top talent that will deliver the best possible results for our clients. Our distributed team works from locations across Europe for clients around the world.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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München, Germany
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Generali, trainline, Qonto, Cardstack, Clark, experteer, Timify

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modern online appointment scheduling

Timify is an online appointment scheduling service that connects service providers with clients.

They have helped over 17.000 businesses worldwide make their online appointment scheduling easier and more accessible, allowing them to improve their customer service and spur revenue.

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A mobile train ticket counter

Trainline is Europe's leading independent rail and coach platform. They sell tickets to customers worldwide, enabling more than 125,000 journeys every single day in and across 36 countries, covering 150 different carriers.

simplabs worked closely with Trainline’s in-house engineering team and built a mobile web app to accompany the existing desktop app. A dedicated site for mobile devices allowed Trainline to better

serve customers on the go and leverage the full market potential.

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App Development for Software Startup

“On a weekly basis, we set goals and had accountability meetings.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - Aug. 2019
Project summary: 

simplabs augmented a software startup’s staff. Working with JavaScript, TypeScript. Node.js Ember.js, PostgreSQL, and Git, they conducted R&D and worked with experimental app development technology.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Edward Faulkner
Lead Developer, Cardstack
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

simplabs built the foundation for several software systems that are scalable and still in use. Their team is experienced and have demonstrated that they’re able to think critically. They Were very organized and followed best practices for agile development.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Cardstack is a small software startup, working on ambitious technology in terms of new app developing tools. I’m the lead developer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with simplabs?

We were working with R&D and experimental technologies, so we needed more experienced and senior people. We needed to augment our team with their expertise. We already had a few people who knew what they were doing, but we needed more.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Because we were working with experimental technology, and weren’t just trying to push out an app, we needed experienced developers. They brought people of that caliber—people who could think abstractly and solve more than one thing at a time. They worked with JavaScript, TypeScript. Node.js Ember.js, PostgreSQL, and Git as our infrastructure.

What is the team composition?

We worked with 3 people.

How did you come to work with simplabs?

We met them through networking communicates. We were using the same tools, and we knew them through those groups. We talked with them at conferences and stuff like that. They had experienced technologists, so we were confident about hiring them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together for about eight months, from January–August 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because of the experimental and early nature, our feedback would come from our internal team that continues to work on top of what simplabs developed. Overall, feedback has been positive because we continue to use their work as a foundation. I’m pretty happy with them. To the extent we’ve needed to continue to evolve with our products, we’ve been able to do that. So, that’s a sign of good software. They laid a solid foundation.

How did simplabs perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very organized—they had clear priorities and followed good agile best practices. On a weekly basis, we set goals and had accountability meetings. Generally, we talked through lots of daily videos, standups with everybody on the team, and some remote pairing when needed. We used video chat, screen sharing, and Slack. We also reviewed code through GitHub.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The level of technical maturity. In web development, it can be hard to find people with enough experience and skill to do original engineering work without going through a playbook. They could think and system engineering and good architecture.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind right now.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Hire them for the project that is strategic, high value, and high leverage. I think they’re a high-quality choice, so they’re probably not going to be the cheapest option. So, use them for the projects that are a strategic fit to minimize risk. Use them for projects where you’re willing to trust their technical judgments. They don’t need to be micromanaged, so it’s a waste if you’re going to oversee everything they do. Let them take responsibility for the project and lead it.

5.0
Overall Score They’re great. I don’t have any complaints.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They made conservative estimates, so they controlled the timeline well.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’m happy with the work they delivered. They were good for the project.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The technical quality of the code was high.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I think they’re really experienced, and anyone who could afford to bring them on would be happy.

Implementation for Career Services Firm

"They quickly understood the complexity of our application..."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

simplabs implemented the Google API and Cloud products into a job search platform. They also performed A/B testing and ensured existing data was migrated to the new environment.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Thomas Nitsche
CTO, Experteer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders praise simplabs for their technical experience and knowledge sharing. Their fast ramp-up speed allowed the client to take maximum advantage of the market. Customers can expect an eager partner that asks questions and utilizes honest pricing practices.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of Experteer, a career service for high-end level positions. People come to us looking to make a change in their career and we help them with that.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with simplabs?

We required an external development for a purely implementation project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The most recent project was a proof of concept of our search engine backend. We job content, open positions we serve, a traditional job portal, and a search engine in the backend. They were involved in an A/B test for Google API and Google Cloud to benchmark this product against our own. They also synchronized our job content data pool with Google products and implemented the search API integration into our VEP product.

What is the team composition?

There were three people working with us.

How did you come to work with simplabs?

The founder of the company is a former freelancer we know.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from April 2016–January 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It is hard to give metrics because these projects don’t directly connect to investment returns. As far as our gained experience and what we have learned, it was very valuable.

How did simplabs perform from a project management standpoint?

Marco (Founder/Director, simplabs) is a very experienced developer. They were totally prepared for the workload, which was important for us. They were also very professional. It was fun to work with them because they asked the right questions, were pragmatic, and didn’t spend excessive time/resources to charge us more money.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The knowledge they possess in the areas they work (Ember.js, Ruby on Rails, code quality, architecture) is very professional. They quickly understood the complexity of our application and could leverage the marketplace in a rare way.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind. One could always know more about other technologies, but that isn’t something I would say was missing.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be prepared to onboard external or remote developers quickly, which can be challenging depending on the company. In the beginning, do quicker feedback cycles. Also, having a dedicated in-house person to take care of that in a more intensive way will lessen the burden.

5.0
Overall Score I really enjoyed working with them.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ll definitely recommend them.

App Dev for Scheduling SaaS Product

"They were able to break up a big project into many pieces and deliver step by step what we needed."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2014 - June 2016
Project summary: 

Using ember.js, simplabs built the core web application of an online scheduling platform. It was an overhaul of an existing product that incorporated new features like a newly integrated payment provider.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Head of Product Operations, Scheduling App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

simplabs effectively delivered a functional platform that's being used today by multiple clients. It served as the cornerstone of the startup. Communication, while remote, was smooth; the teams frequently communicated through GitHub. They were able to break down the project into deliverable pieces.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

TIMIFY is an online scheduling platform for SMB's as well as Enterprises. The products are fully Cloud and Web- or Mobile-based. I started as the product manager for the web application and are now heading all product operations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire simplabs?

We hired simplabs to build our core web application (basically a calendar) in ember.js. It was a time of transition from a version 2.0 product to the version 3.0 product. Simplabs was hired to build an international and localized product.

What were your goals for this project?

Version 3.0 of the product brought many new features and especially made the product internationally scalable by using Braintree as an integrated payment provider.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of the developers at this time was connected in the Munich IT scene. Simplabs offered a good fit as they were in Munich and were able to offer a quick solution to our demands.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

As the designs were mostly final, simplabs offered frontend coding and review, helped to apply guidelines for the whole project and took care of additional freelance developers.

What was the team composition?

The team consisted of 2 ember developers as the base in Munich. Another remote ember developer and a CSS developer. The size changed as we added up to 3 additional freelancers which were monitored when it came to code review and deployments by simplabs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Version 3.0 is still running today for a certain number of clients and build the base for a successful Start-Up company.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We worked with GitHub issues and milestones. Remote communication was handled via Slack. As some part of the team was German we were able to speak in our native languages most of the time. But while some members were English speaking issues tracking and later calls were all handled in English.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were able to break up a big project into many pieces and deliver step by step what we needed.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As we had a monthly contract sometimes the tracking or estimation for features could've been clearer.

4.5
Overall Score They offered what they proposed.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    As the company is based in Germany the prices were higher compared to near-shore agencies.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    When it comes to ember I would recommend as simplabs is probably one of the few instances in this field.

Ember.js Workshop for Health Electronics Firm

“They were the perfect fit for us.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May 2018
Project summary: 

simplabs workshopped an open authorization prototype with a healthcare software company. The solution was created using Ruby on Rails and Ember.js. They also created an Ember.js authenticator add-on.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Pfungstadt, Germany
Sascha Hanßen
Head of Web Development, Vepro
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After testing, the prototype functions accordingly and successfully works. Their team created the solution within the allotted timeframe. simplab’s rare specialization and expertise in Ember.js made the collaboration effortless.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of web development at Vepro, a company that develops healthcare software.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with simplabs?

We were interested in using an open authorization (OAuth) mechanism with Ruby on Rails (Rails) and Ember.js. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For the first step, I had a workshop with Marco (Founder & Director, simplabs). He taught me how to use OAuth with Rails and Ember.js. It was hands-on, and we developed the code in their office. Together, we created a prototype using a simple Rails and Ember.js project so the Ember.js client could authenticate with the Rails backend. We created an add-on for Ember.js to use as an authenticator.

What is the team composition?

I only worked with Marco.

How did you come to work with simplabs?

I met him at an Ember conference in Portland, Oregon. There aren’t many companies working with Ember.js. I talked with their team at the conference and remembered him for future reference. When I contacted him, he offered what we were interested in.

How much have you invested with them?

I invested €2,400 (approximately $2,600 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together in May 2018 for two days.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We tested the solution with several clients, and it worked. We didn’t end up implementing it later on, it’s still waiting to be used, but that’s not the fault of simplabs. The prototype worked within our set schedule. We only booked the two days and got the prototype running within this timeframe.

How did simplabs perform from a project management standpoint?

He was a nice man, and everything worked out. I received a certificate that says I attended the workshop.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s hard to find people who work with Ember.js. Their team is developing a special add-on as a standard login authentication tool for Ember.js. They were the perfect fit for us, extending our authentication offerings with OAuth. I don’t know anyone else I could’ve asked.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I was very happy with them. They’re not the cheapest service, but they’re good.

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

Software Dev for Shipping Company

“The quality of code is impressive.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
May 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

simplabs developed software for a shipping company using Elixir, Phoenix, and Ember.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Founder, Shipping Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app now functions within the Phoenix system. Because of their efficient project management skills, simplabs has helped the partner move closer to their shipping end goal.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Simplabs was very responsive and created a custom option for our needs. They went above and beyond working in the Elixir/Phoenix and Ember ecosystems. Would highly recommend!

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire simplabs?

Software development

What were your goals for this project?

Shipping product

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Highly recommended within ember community

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Built a lot of elixir and ember functionality within our app

What was the team composition?

Mostly Marco, with some other team members

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Got us much closer to shipping

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Incredible efficiently

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The quality of code is impressive

Are there any areas for improvement?

Dance - Marco needs to work on his moves. Other than that, the code was outstanding, set a bar for our employees.

5.0
Overall Score Had a wonderful experience and would recommend to anyone
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We made it work across time zones
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They made it as affordable as possible for our needs
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Very high quality code
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Best team to get things done

Code Review for Software Developer

"Their knowledge of the Ember ecosystem was impressive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. - May 2018
Project summary: 

simplelabs reviewed the code base of a software application.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Besançon, France
Sylvain MINA
Software developper, ERDIL
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The vendor's code review enabled internal stakeholders to enhance their solution's code with confidence. The workflow throughout the engagement was satisfactory.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm software developper at ERDIL. The company aims to provide automatic analyses on customers feedback, in order to bring insights to our clients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire simplabs?

We asked Simplabs to do a code review on our main application.

What were your goals for this project?

The main goal goal was to know if we were respecting code standard of an ember application

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We select Simplabs because they have a good knowlegde and are experienced on ember.js application

Describe the project in detail.

We shared our code base, they did the review, and then we had two/three restitution meetings, made remotely.

What was the team composition?

I think two or three of their engineers worked on the review.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We the review we were able to improve our code base, and it also gave us confidence on what we were doing.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was quite effective, even if it would have been better to have an on site review, with people of their team coding with us

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their knowledge of the Ember ecosystem was impressive.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ember Training for Development Team

"The experience of the senior engineer we worked with and his humility in stating where he couldn't help were great." 

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

simplabs provided training in Ember development to an existing team so they could deliver a new product and improve internal performance.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Liege, Belgium
Thierry Keutgen
CTO, Dim3
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Development efficiency increased thanks to simplabs' expertise. Their smooth communication and ability to manage expectations were notable.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the CTO of Dim3, a company developing innovative eHealth software and devices to enhance clinical nutrition from the hospital to home, facilitating medical decisions and enhancing the lives of patients.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire simplabs?

The team wanted to raise their experience in Ember to manage the web interface of our core product and solve a complex performance issue in one of the interfaces.

What were your goals for this project?

Team happy about the experience and answers brought to them. Insights into a solution for our performance issue

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Review of existing companies specializing in Ember References

Describe the project in detail.

2 discovery meetings to assess technical competence and the possibility of working remotely iterative process with Q/A every week

What was the team composition?

1 senior engineer working with our team of 5 people

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Team raised their efficiency on Ember development, allowing them to deliver the first version of the product in time. Performance issue was solved by the team

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Direct and frequent communication, no issue whatsoever

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The experience of the senior engineer we worked with and his humility in stating where he couldn't help were great. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not in the context of our experience.

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