We Design & Develop Digital Products

SingleMind is an awarded Portland-based digital product design and development agency who serves Fortune 500 companies, innovative startups, and non-profit organizations around the globe. With over 13 years of success in digital product creation and optimization, we help businesses thrive in today’s ever-evolving, omnichannel world of technology.

Our services include:

mobile app development, web app development, chatbot development, IoT software development, user experience design, visual design, enterprise systems engineering, software integration, web hosting, and support

Research

Based on your project goals, we examine relevant user data to clarify user-needs and address potential challenges. We then pair this knowledge with human-centered design to define project objectives and opportunities for innovation.

Strategy

We tailor our strategic solutions to each unique project. Once we understand your goals, audience, competition, and challenges, we then create a customized road map with project specifications on user journey, technology, platform, compliance, timelines, and more.

Design

Our designers immerse themselves as your users to identify user interactions, requirements, and barriers. Transforming roadblocks into innovative solutions, our designers leverage their deep research and experience to optimize each action of the user journey and outline effortless user flow.

Development

With extensive experience across a range of programming languages and platforms, our award winning full-stack developers possess the expertise to exceed your technological needs. From auditing to budget control to testing, our developers follow a strict deployment workflow to deliver exceptional products on time and on budget.

Support

Our engineers provide comprehensive support services and maintenance to keep your products performing at their best.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Lake Oswego, OR
headquarters
  • 340 Oswego Pointe Drive
    Lake Oswego, OR 97034
    United States
other locations
  • 1001 SW Emkay Drive
    Bend, OR 97702
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Kaiser Permanente, The Juilliard Store, Clark Public Utilities, Portland State University, Cengage Learning, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, City of Portland, Vitamin Angels, DWFritz, OTTO Design Works, DomainTools, OHSU, Capsenta, Tangor Guild, PartyWirks, Dogs For The Deaf, Apollo Global, Agilearn, Springbrook, Arria Live Media, Demand Equities, Element Wellness, NW Elite Cycling, Hosmer, Greenwood Resources, Turning Technologies, Career Step, Epic Online, ADI, K12

Grafo

The great folks at Capsenta enlisted SingleMind’s research, branding, design, and development expertise to create a product that would simplify the creation of ontologies; an expression of data and data relationships laid out in a visual format that makes large amounts of data easier to understand and navigate. Grafo is a unique platform for intuitively creating Enterprise Knowledge Graphs (EKG) in a collaborative environment. The Grafo application does not only allow users to visually build, share, and navigate ontologies but also to collaborate with other users in real-time. Grafo is a way to expose data and make it relatable.

From product concept to design through to implementation, SingleMind took less than a year to produce Grafo. Not only did we build this next generation of EKG, but we also spearheaded the product branding in addition to designing and developing the Grafo website. Catch a glimpse of our work now at gra.fo...

i-ROP ASSIST

Envision a platform for ophthalmology students that helps them learn about retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) plus disease and better prepares them to diagnose it when their career approaches. That is what the i-ROP ASSIST app helps clinicians do. The goal of i-ROP ASSIST is to reduce the subjectivity of a plus disease diagnosis and increase a doctor’s ability to accurately diagnose it. It was uniquely created as a device to help ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, professors, and students interested in finding a better way to diagnose ROP plus disease. Today, experts frequently differ in both their reasoning process and interpretations of the same features of plus disease; with the i-ROP assist app, the subjective aspect of the diagnosis is conquered by a normalized process that all doctors can follow.

Download the i-ROP ASSIST app for free in the iOS App Store.

Caller Dashboard

Caller Dashboard is a productivity app from Tangor Guild that seamlessly connects your phone and PC. The mobile and web apps bring together caller data from phone, email, chat, and social networks into a central access point, so users can work smarter. Throughout the implementation of this product, we worked with Tangor Guild to discover opportunities to create a truly revolutionary solution to a very real problem.

We formed a close partnership with Tangor Guild who began with the research of the consumer needs, creating the concept, and designing the experience. Once this was completed, our development team sprinted forth, and in less than six months, built the apps using Agile (Scrum).

The Juilliard Store E-commerce Website

The Juilliard School, a long-time client of SingleMind, asked us to help them add a web counterpart to their brick and mortar store — The Juilliard Store — located on the grounds of the prestigious university. Juilliard staff wanted to provide their students (and the world at large) with the convenience of shopping for sheet music and the like, from the comfort of home.

The Juilliard Store is powered by Drupal 7, leverages a powerful and extensively customized commerce system, and boasts over 100,000 products (wow!).

KPScholar

The Kaiser School of Allied Health Sciences (KPSAHS) is a long-time client of SingleMind, and is focused on enriching its employees work experiences by providing education and training that helps them to be more effective. They were tired of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on licensing for some of the more restrictive enterprise LMS (learning management system) providers, so a plan was hatched to build something better, using nothing but Open Source platforms. The KPScholar.com site leverages Drupal 7 for its front-end, allowing its users to purchase online courses. Once purchased, the (logged in) user can hop into the protected LMS site, which is built on Moodle 2. A simple — but effective — integration ensures that purchased courses result in the user's automatic enrollment into the course, and the sites take advantage of SSO (single sign on).

Give Childhood Website

Vitamin Angels is an organization born of a desire to make sure that no mother or child goes without the vitamins they need, to allow them to survive, fight, and hopefully thrive (their mission statement: “We provide lifesaving vitamins to mothers and children under five at risk of malnutrition — reducing preventable illness, blindness, and death — to create a healthier world.”). SingleMind is honored to work with Vitamin Angels on this noble cause, and hope we can continue to increase awareness to these efforts in the coming years.

The Give Childhood website represents a fund-raising effort on the part of Vitamin Angels, to secure the money necessary to bring vitamins to even more mothers and children in need (and also to help bring awareness through social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter). Thanks to everyone’s support, it was a wild success! Here’s to a healthier world!

Hosmer Chiropractic Website

Dr. Seth Hosmer (founder of Hosmer Chiropractic) had a vision for his website, much like he did his business. And if there’s one thing Dr. Hosmer knows how to do, it’s execute on a plan. He came to us with a very good idea of what he was looking for, and laid out all of the building blocks we needed to architect a beautiful and elegant site that is as much a reflection of his company as his office in Northwest Portland.

Given his requirements and the elements he wanted to use for the site, WordPress leapt out as the obvious CMS (content management system) of choice due to its flexibility and easy-to-use administrative back-end. A few weeks of development and theming, and “BAM!”, Dr. Hosmer had his new site online, ready to start bringing him more business!

OTTO Tuning System

When OTTO approached us to help them develop and launch the OTTO Tuning System, we were excited, but a little skeptical. Could the iPhone really help a user tune their bike in as little as 5 minutes? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding YES! Using a custom gauge set, photogrammetry, and a number of other new and exciting technologies, the OTTO Tuning System is the first app of its kind, and can help even the most casual bicyclist achieve a perfect tune in just a few minutes.

Check OTTO out in the Apple App store – if you ride a multi-speed bicycle we bet you’ll become a believer!

Reviews

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iOS App MVP for Music Technology Startup

"SingleMind continues to exceed any measurable metric we give them."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Working from flowcharts and algorithms, SingleMind is developing an MVP of an iOS music app. The app is designed to demonstrate the platform's technologies to partners and clients. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Philip Sheppard
CEO, LifeScore
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The MVP surpasses every expectation and deeply impresses demo testers. Through their meticulous planning, SingleMind transforms abstract concepts into tangible, innovative results. Their creative ideas, clear explanations, and enthuastic commitment have enlived and enhanced the process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of a music technology startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

We needed someone to transform my conceptual drawings and algorithmic sketches into something that was practical and functional.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a very specific task: iterating my idea. The best way to showcase the platform and its purpose was to develop an app. It isn't designed to be customer-facing; it's a proof of concept for potential partners, team recruits, and fundraising.

They've been crucial to developing an minimum viable product (MVP) of the mobile application. We work very closely to achieve what I want it to do and how I want it to make people feel. They've created it from the ground up, bridging the gap between our challenge and the results we were looking for. I supply detailed schematics and flowcharts of inputs and outputs. They aren't in a programming language, but their inputs, process, and outputs are extremely clear. That's what they need. 

The product will eventually be platform agnostic, since it's a hybrid between a language, an operating system, and an application. We knew that the best way to explain it to a potential partner would be through an iOS app. Although this isn’t the technology's final result, it will likely be one of its offshoots. It will eventually be part of the company's development plan. 

What is the team composition?

I was in contact with up to five team members, but primarily talked to three people. The team was small enough that everyone understood everything they had to do. I was glad that the crew was compact.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

They were recommended to me by a design firm in London who initially consulted on the demo's look and feel. They knew that SingleMind had the right combination of technological capabilities, a team with a musical background, and an understanding of musical concepts. That was important because our project is stretched tight between those worlds. It would have taken more time to explain the concept to programmers who didn’t understand musical concepts.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We wanted a working demo with some functionality by the new year, and the product successfully made sound by Christmas. Within two and a half months, we could hear it was going to work. The initial set of work was set out in an extremely concentrated way which was great.

The first phase is being used as a demo, but we're refining and extending the technology. Currently, it's on hold as we wait for funding to come in. I intend to continue working with SingleMind for a significant amount of time.

During the first three demos, the person turned around and said they had goosebumps. Anyone using the demo should have goosebumps. SingleMind continues to exceed any measurable metric we give them.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

Their performance is exemplary. The lines of communication are always clear, and they are extremely responsive. No one has ever turned around and said they couldn't do something. They always come back with a solution, cost, schedule, and clear breakdown of the work involved. All I need is transparency and clarity about information and deadlines, and they've hit everything.

Their project management is personal, and I don't feel like they're working on anything else. I have their full attention when I need it. I have all the information I need about what they do, where they are, and what it costs.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They've gone far beyond the brief, and put in more energy and imagination than the budget would normally command. They've assured us that our project is great. In a way, they've become partners rather than contractors. I wasn’t expecting that, but it has been one of the best things.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

To get the most from them, take them information about what you want to achieve rather than how you expect they'll do it. The reason we work so well together is because I told them which results I was looking for and what I was going to put into it. They're great at envisioning the complex connection between those two things. They were hungry for the diagrams and technical information, and they understand the effect that we want this to have.

The other thing that helps it work is the fact that I'm prepared to spend face-to-face time with them mapping it out. That helps everyone understand what we want and how we're going to achieve it. We don't get frustrated because we know exactly who they are. We've seen them work, which is important for us. It was great to spend time hacking out ideas and ensuring they would work.

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

Web App Dev for Smart Data Company

“The reliability of their development process is remarkable.”

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

SingleMind helped refine an idea for an industry-specific software and developed the web application. They compartmentalized each phase of the process and approached it independently.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austin, Texas
CEO, Smart Data Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They implement a well-defined development process to reliably deliver projects on-time and within budget. SingleMind’s talented executive effectively scopes out projects and keeps development moving forward. Their team is experienced, proactive, and works hard to deliver the best products possible.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of smart data company. We make enterprise software that people put in their data centers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

The enterprise software industry is a big and slow-moving marketplace. I saw the opportunity to create a new product that would complement that space, yet have a different trajectory in terms of people buying and using it. We understood what it needed to do because we’re subject matter experts, but we still needed help building it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first went through a collaborative process where SingleMind listened to our pitch and asked questions. We created the architectural specifications and further refined it with their help. Then, we broke that down into a multi-phase development process. We helped some, but they were the key drivers of the project.

They developed our web app and there’s nothing else like it on the market. The tools currently in the enterprise software space revolve around research and computer science. It’s all very textual and the traditional approach relies heavily on menus. Our product is the exact opposite of that. It’s very light on menus and emphasizes graphical displays instead. The app consists of two distinct pieces that fit together seamlessly. One section enables users to draw things, while the other section facilitates administrative tasks like saving, sharing, renaming, and organizing documents.

What is the team composition?

The team construction varied throughout the process, but we worked with six people in total. Richie (CTO, SingleMind) was heavily involved in the prototyping phase but eventually rotated out of the project as the process continued. Chris (Chief Creative Officer, SingleMind) is the coordinator and our primary point of contact. A couple of software people joined the project, along with a few others. Cort (Founder/President, SingleMind) is always involved when he needs to be.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

The first project I did with them was in 2008 with a different company and they were recommended to me. I’ve come back to them a few times because they know what it takes to build a web app and the infrastructure behind it. For this project, they listened carefully to what we knew we needed to build.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $200,000 and $1 million thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2016 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

What we did was new, so it’s not like SingleMind could copy what someone else had done. As simple as the app is, it has a lot of complex interactions underneath it that we hid from people. The quality of their code is high and has limited bugs.

I can count on them to deliver within the number of hours we agreed on. Our success is the result of the process they’ve set up and their persistence to understand what needs to get done. They don’t go into development ill-prepared. They’ll take the time to sufficiently define a project scope and execute on it. The reliability of their development process is remarkable.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

SingleMind utilizes a development process that works well for them. They break a project down into tickets and allocate time for each one. Then, they give me an estimate of what they think it’s going to take to deliver each phase.

They’re a big fan of Redmine and Slack, which works really well. Chris helps architect and coordinate things. His leadership is a significant factor in the success of our projects with them. He’s an experienced, driven, and actively involved team member. We have regular short meetings several times a week to make sure everything is on track.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I’ve worked with other firms in the past who say they can do good work, but don’t think about the big picture. SingleMind has a good understanding of the whole process from ideation to implementation and beyond. They’re able to take our ideas and turn them into functioning code. Most vendors don’t have it together as much as they do.

5.0
Overall Score I like working with them. They’re good people.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They break things down into individual pieces to estimate time frames.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price is reasonable and they honor agreements.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There are a few bugs, but they do a good job understanding our goals.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn’t have come back to them three times in 10 years if they weren’t great.

Web Development for Specialty Retail Store

“The first year after we opened the new website, our online sales increased 45%.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Single Mind developed a new e-commerce website for a speciality bookstore. The Drupal 7 site build involved backend and frontend work to incorporate order management for staff and a search feature.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City, New York
Director of Merchandising, Specialty Retail Store
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site is easy to use and customer-friendly, reflected in the 45% increase in sales after its launch. Single Mind continues to provide general support and maintain a good, professional relationship. The team is honest, open, and responds to issues very fast, despite the time difference involved.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am part of a large cultural institution. We have a bookstore that is largely for students, but also open to the public. We sell sheet music to the general public and all around the world, and have an e-commerce site that we started in 2010. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Single Mind?

The goal when we built our new site was to accurately display as many items as possible, while having the site be searchable and browsable for our customers. We sell up to about 30,000 items online and in-store, we carry more than 80,000. The big problem with the website was that there was no real way to categorize thousands of SKUs and to display them well. There was no search or browse function that met our needs. We were only able to get about 7,000 or 8,000 items online and they were a mess to navigate or to find. 

The other part was to develop a workflow in the backend where our buyers, our sales associates, and our shipping manager could all use and understand the statuses of orders. We needed to categorize orders, when to ship them, and how to mark them wherever they were in various stages of the order. It was a big frontend need and then the backend was like developing a whole new workflow and processing orders. We imagined our order volume was going to go up significantly, which it did. We needed to be able to manage that on the backend.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We completely threw away the old website because it was so bad. Single Mind built it from the ground up after we submitted basic wireframes to them. It’s built on Drupal 7. They did the nuts and bolts of starting a website from scratch: advising on security and integrating our payment processor. They couldn’t really initiate a new payment process on our behalf, but they walked me through the steps of how to do it and made sure everything was up and running and secure. 

They handed all of the technical work with the shipping integrations. When someone orders something, we go through and we can create a custom shipping label for them. They built those features into the website, as well as the entire order management interface. They didn’t really do design work except to smooth out the theme a little.  They did offer design services, but we decided to do that in-house to save some money and to match the institutional theme. 

What is the team dynamic? 

We had a project manager who is my main point of contact. We had one lead developer who we dealt with a lot and then we had one or two other developers who did some initial work. We had a couple of other guys along the way who did some smaller projects.

How did you come to work with Single Mind?

We put an RFP [request for proposal] for the project and Single Mind responded to it. They were on a budget and very realistic with what they could do with that budget. We received such a range of budgets in the proposals that I questioned whether some of the companies even read the RFP. Single Mind came with a very professional response that addressed what we had asked for. After speaking with them on the phone, we liked their approach the best.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in April 2012 and the work is ongoing.

The bulk of the work was completed in December 2012. We now have an annual contract with them for hosting and general support and updates on the site. If we need little things done here and there, we are billed at an hourly rate, though if I ask them a question or send them an email, they don’t just start billing me. They maintain a spirit of a contract, which is why we’ve continued our relationship with them. It’s been very easy to deal with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The first year after we opened the new website, our online sales increased 45%. People can find what they’re looking for. I’m always surprised at what people actually end up buying — the search and browse function is clearly working properly if people are able to find the more esoteric pieces they order. The website was very well received compared to our previous site that completely lacked a search function. We’re really happy with it.

How did Single Mind perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed exceptionally well, especially with them being on the West Coast. Their response time is very quick. I’m always amazed. We do things at lots of different times. Sometimes when we have to do scheduled maintenance, we’ll do it around midnight on the East Coast, which means they’re still starting it at 9:00 pm their time. I know they’re not actually a 24-hour shop, but I feel covered 24 hours a day.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They don’t nickel and dime us. They give me very honest answers. I don’t feel like they’re constantly trying to upsell me on doing certain things. Since it has been about five years, in the next year or so we’re going to have to make the investment again to build a new site. They’re going to be on the list of people who I want to submit a proposal. I’ve talked to them a lot about it and they have offered to do research for me regarding a new site’s path. 

I value their honesty most. They give realistic answers. I’ve been talking about moving off of Drupal onto another platform and they’ve been honest that it’s not their expertise but they’re willing to take a look and see what we’re doing. 

It’s been a very good, open, honest relationship. At times where they do have to bill for certain things, it’s very upfront. I understand what’s happening. Overall, there is good communication and honesty. I’ve really been satisfied with our relationship with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only issue is because they are based in Portland, sometimes if I’m at work early in the morning and I see something is wrong, it might take them a couple of hours to get back to me. They’re actually really good at being on our time. I can usually get a response by 6:00 or 7:00 am on the West Coast.

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

Ruby on Rails Development for Video Platform

"They treated me just as well as their bigger clients​ and never made me feel any less important."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2012 - 2013
Project summary: 

Using Ruby on Rails, Single Mind built an MVP of a platform for crowdsourced video marketing materials. They provided back-end development, keyword tagging, and API integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Justyn Baker
President, Vonsor.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform's engaging layout and intuitive functionality earned it a funding boost and a spot in an accelerator. Single Mind earned praise for their friendly attitude, communicative management, and sensible planning. Their open, client-focused approach made them the perfect startup partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder and CEO of a video platform that allows brands to collect, curate, edit, and use consumer-generated content for marketing purposes.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Single Mind Consulting?

We needed the whole platform built from start to finish.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

We started completely from scratch. Initially, we needed a minimally viable product (MVP) and started on a Ruby on Rails platform. Single Mind helped with the design to some extent as we needed the MVP to be developed on a budget. They did a good job of ensuring it still looked good but wasn’t too expensive on a platform level.

We had a couple versions of the Rails platform and database. We used a lean startup method: build, test, and iterate in a cycle. It was a content management system, which had a database, and it involved three different user roles; admin, sponsor, and what we called, shooters. The work also included a lot of keyword tagging and database material, some video processing, and we built an API into the system.

What is the team dynamic?

We had three members of their team working on the project. One person was working on the frontend, one person on the database admin, and one on things in between such as the API specification.

How did you come to work with Single Mind Consulting?

I had worked with Cort, the founder, previously when I was with another company, so for this new venture I decided to work with who I knew. There were other considerations at the time as well, but I liked Single Mind. There was some ideation, as well as the overall consultation, and scaling the project in the right way. I felt I fit really well with them, and that they could make stuff happen.

How much have you invested in them?

$10,000–50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2012, and the work was completed in mid-2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I was able to get funding because of their work, which was the main goal with the MVP. I got into an accelerator here in Portland, run by Jaguar and Land Rover, which was what we wrote the API for.

People that came across the platform thought it was great. They commented on its applications, such as the video collection, and also how easy it was to tap into it via API. The automotive industry liked it and was interested in pulling video footage from cars and putting it on our platform to be instantly shared.

How did Single Mind Consulting perform from a project management standpoint?

They did really well—they are personable people. In terms of communication, they were really transparent and were always available if I had questions. They kept me up to date on how much time and budget had been used. 

I saved some money by doing parts of the project management myself. They helped with scope, and set up a project management ticketing management system using Redmine that was easy to use. They stepped in and did what they had to do to get the project completed within budget and without expanding the scope too much.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciated that they were willing to embrace a startup that didn’t have a lot of money. They treated me just as well as their bigger clients and never made me feel any less important.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Perhaps on the architecture side, but I can’t attribute that to them; it was more on my end. I can’t recall anything I was frustrated about. Development is development and has its frustrating parts. However, as they communicated so well, we didn’t reach a point where there was a lot of frustration.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Anytime we did go over deadlines, I knew about it.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They worked within my budget.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    No development shop out there is perfect, but their communication was really good.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    There is no reason not to recommend them.

Software Development for UX Design Firm

"The reliability and stability​ of the solutions they provide are solid."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Single Mind Consulting is a long-term software development partner. The team has delivered web and mobile projects, but their expertise lies in Drupal builds. They provide development and QA on all projects.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
CEO, Design Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Over ten years, the partnership has continued to grow. Single Mind Consulting consistently provides reliable and stable solutions in conjunction with an honest working relationship. The team is flexible and adjusts their project management to meet the needs of the project. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We’re a UX-focused software design firm. We specialize in application design, including enterprise and consumer software. We primarily focus on enterprise software

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Single Mind Consulting?

Initially, we had a customer who was in more of a consumer space, rather than enterprise. They needed a large scale learning platform that was social based. Based on the capabilities required, Drupal was the best option, and Single Mind Consulting's team are experts.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

We’ve actually worked with Single Mind Consulting several times. Some of the projects have been software engineering: PHP, Flex, JavaScript, Android. However, most of the work has been Drupal projects.

The first project, a large scale learning platform with social capabilities, was written in Drupal. Another Drupal application was built for sales teams. It offered the ability to for someone working in in-person sales to use a handheld catalog for things like industrial products that were not necessarily purchasable through E-commerce. It was for use onsite with the customer and was a Drupal-based hybrid web and mobile application.

We also worked with Single Mind on another product for a really large farming and GPS company. They developed an E-commerce platform using a large Java E-commerce framework and content management framework. The end-product was highly configurable, meant for purchasing of GPS chips.

Another project was around the real-time delivery of food, where orders could be placed and either picked up or delivered. This project was in the mobile and consumer space.

Currently, we're working with Single Mind on a fund management tool. The project is using PHP, and it allows for funds to create a mechanism for taking on investment.

Throughout all of these projects, our company does the design. Single Mind Consulting provides development and QA.

How did you come to work with Single Mind Consulting?

We had an RFP out on a project site and Single Mind Consulting answered it. Their qualifications around Drupal were a good fit. We decided to work with Single Mind based upon their expertise.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

We've probably spent between $600,000 and $700,000 with Single Mind.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them 2007 and have been working together since.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

One of the products we worked with them on was a three-year development product. That project was really great for us because we have a long term engagement with the client.

The fact that we keep going back to them also says something. We typically don’t work with vendors that don’t deliver and have success with, and we’ve continued to have success with Single Mind Consulting. The reliability and stability of the solutions they provide are solid. Every development project has hiccups and hitches, but they are usually related to either shifts and requirements from the customer or just unclear things that we may have missed for educations and designs. Everything has been great with Single Mind.

How did Single Mind Consulting perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re great. Sometimes we were running them from our Scrum; our project management and Agile framework, and sometimes they’re doing it on their end. The way we work with them is flexible. They’re amenable to utilizing either our or their project management styles, and we typically use Jira and Pivotal.

What distinguishes Single Mind Consulting from other providers?

Their CEO has a lot of candor, and we work really well together as executives. I really appreciate his honesty and just his ability to adapt and work with us as projects change. It’s hard to be a subcontractor of a contractor, so we really appreciate their flexibility in working with us. When we bring them onto projects, we do great work and can be flexible with one another to get the right solution done.

Is there anything Single Mind Consulting could have improved or done differently?

Nothing that’s relevant now. We’ve been working with them so long that every issue in the past has been addressed.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Ultimately, they’ve met the mark on delivering against what we prescribe as our deadline or development projects.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They understand and how they can fit in with their value to match and make sure that there is enough room for markup.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re consistent. When we get work back from them, they deliver exactly what we need from them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve done it already.

Cross Platform Development for Software Company

"What’s most impressive is their flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile​ to work with us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2014 - Mar. 2016
Project summary: 

SingleMind Consulting provided development and consulting for a cross-platform app that enables communication between PCs and computers, handling all technical aspects required by the OEM’s license.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
COO, Computer Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SingleMind Consulting’s high quality work passed a rigorous technical and security evaluation enforced by the OEM. They provided implementable suggestions for improvement and showed flexibility when working without an initial contract, knowing that with effort, more work would come their way.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm one of the co-founders and COO of a computer software company. We come up with product concepts to license to major OEMs [original equipment manufacturers]. Based off of the consulting work that we do, we're trying to understand human needs, behaviors, and pain points around technology. Sometimes, we identify what might be a great product idea through that research; we make a pitch and license it to OEMs that will pay us to develop the product and distribute it on their systems.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind Consulting?

Primarily, our company has resources on the frontend dealing with human-factors engineers — they have a scientific focus on the physical and psychological factors that affect the design of devices and systems for human use. However, we don’t have a development team.

We partnered with SingleMind as we were trying to get our product license. They acted as our technical lead (essentially filling in the CTO role) and helped us answer some of the more technical questions and requirements that the OEMs asked of us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first worked together on a couple of smaller consulting projects, such as building a B2B website, creating a prototype, and that kind of stuff.

Then, for our larger and more complex project, they developed an actual cross-platform product that was licensed by an OEM. This product was a cross-platform app for PCs and smartphones. The trick was getting the two to connect and stay connected, and to exchange information and interact with one another seamlessly for the user.

The product was to help facilitate communication through a smartphone or PC. It aggregated all of your contact information and communications on both devices, whether it's email or texting. Essentially, I could reach out to any of my contacts through text or email or find out what my last communication was with that person on my phone or PC with it all being synced with the latest information.

As to the technologies used for the product, there was a proprietary middle-layer connectivity that we licensed from a major manufacturer. Some profiles were licensed from other major manufacturers. We also had the standard C++ and, depending on the format, Java for Android.

One of the things that my company does really well is not just researching, but also design, so a lot of the experience was designed internally. SingleMind only assisted and made suggestions or recommendations on where to change to adapt to some of the technical requirements. About 15–20 workers were assigned from SingleMind to the project.

How did you come to work with SingleMind Consulting?

We met Cort [Founder & President, SingleMind Consulting] through a professional organization and learned more about what his company did. Over the course of a few meetings and test riding a couple of smaller projects, we decided that they would be a good partner for our larger project.

How much have you invested with SingleMind Consulting?

It was just under $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

It might have been towards the end of 2014 when we first started working with them. The project was completed in March 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I don't have any hard numbers, but in order for this product to get released, we had to pass a very stringent technical and security evaluation. The OEM sent one of their top security guys who spent 3 or 4 days on site, working with the team and going through all the code and all the aspects; we ultimately passed and I guess that's a compliment in itself to the work that SingleMind did.

The quality of their work was great. They met all our expectations and exceeded them in some cases. Whenever we encountered a problem with a functionality that wasn't performing right, they made recommendations on not only how to fix it but to help improve the experience quite a bit. I'm very happy with their overall effort.

How did SingleMind Consulting perform from a project management standpoint?

Very good. Cort started as the primary point of contact with the goal of us getting ramped up, getting the license signed, and working with us and the OEM on some of the initial technical requirements. We would bring in different resources when required, knowing that he would scale back his hands-on effort. At some point in the project, he helped us find a very qualified product manager to step in and facilitate the effort. He hit the ground running and did a great job in keeping the team in sync, performing, and delivering.

In regards to tools used, they introduced us to Slack. We also used some of the standard tools to check in and out of software development.

What did you find most impressive about SingleMind Consulting?

What’s most impressive is their flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile to work with us. We pulled SingleMind in initially; there wasn't a signed contract. They worked with us knowing that with their efforts, a big deal could come to fruition and it could mean a lot of good work for them. Then, when things started to become a reality, they were quick to respond. Throughout the whole project, there were a lot of challenges and changes, and they just rolled with them.

Are there any areas SingleMind Consulting could improve?

Quite honestly, I can't think of anything. Given the challenges and constraints, I think they did a great job.

5.0
Overall Score They're a great company to work with. I’ve used them afterwards and will continue to do so.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re on time all the time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They weren't getting paid initially and there were also a couple of times where our customer was late in paying, and they continued their work even though we weren’t able to pay them. They showed great flexibility in this.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality was top notch, whether it was bringing in the right resources, quick coding, or their customer service to us and our customer.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have no problem recommending them to anybody.

Website Maintenance for Online Booking Platform

"They were responsive, attentive, and just nice people to deal with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2008 - Feb. 2015
Project summary: 

Single Mind took over a Ruby on Rails web platform and provided IT support and development. They managed the platform, performed maintenance and troubleshooting, and integrated some additional features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Larry McLean
Founder, Partywirks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Single Mind kept the previously engineered platform running far beyond the expected capacity. They excel in bridging the gap between complex technology and the end-user, and can deliver based off of little more than thought and vision. They’re a personable team that genuinely cares about their work.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president and founder of Partywirks. We’re a web-based reservation system for party and event venues.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Single Mind Consulting?

I needed to find a good vendor to take over our product. We had bounced around between different IT shops, and eventually we were introduced to Cort [Buchholz, founder and president]. The owner of the previous agency we worked with was a tyrant, and it was hard to deal with him. Before that, we had been working with an engineer we had hired on our own for a one-year contract. After his contract ran out, he found another position. He built us a great product, but we needed another IT company to support it after he left.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They took over our product for about five years, managed it for us, kept it running, and made some additions to the product. They basically kept the product functioning and healthy. They did troubleshooting, maintenance, and added new features.

They added an online invitation feature for us, and they did some integration with different credit card processors. The product is built on Ruby on Rails, which takes a lot of maintenance. They kept that up and did some upgrades for us. They took the core product built by the original engineer and extended some of the feature sets, added integrations, and just kept the thing running. We had some memory leaks in the system some time ago. Our system was bogging down frequently and something was consuming all the memory in the system. They were able to fix that. We had different issues around the database, things that had to be cleaned up.

The original engineer told me that he estimated the software could handle up to about a hundred businesses before it might be maxed out. We’re about triple that now, and Single Mind has kept it going with their diligence in applying fixes and patches. It wasn’t like they built the product from scratch. They took over a product someone else had built, which can be more difficult because they had to figure out what someone else did. They were able to do that quite successfully. They got us through a period of about five years where we needed some outside help.

How did you come to work with Single Mind Consulting?

I think it was just word-of-mouth. Somebody told me about them, we met, and that was it. I’m not a technology guy, so what I’m looking for is a trusted partner who has my back, who I can call and talk to, who has a nice personality. Some of these technology people can be a little rough around the edges, they’re not sales people. The leaders of some companies we’ve had in the past weren’t necessarily the best on the human side of the equation. I think Cort does a very good job of bridging the gap between the technology and the humans, the people who have to use and understand the product. I needed someone who could take the ideas out of my brain and put them into code, and that takes some skill.

How much have you invested with Single Mind Consulting?

We spent about $200,000 over the course of the engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement ran from November of 2008 to February of 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I like the way Single Mind handles the business. They know what they’re doing, they’re very intelligent, they have a lot of experience and they cared about us. We would have conversations, write up statements of work, make sure we understood what the issue was. They were always there to handle problems on a weekend or at night. They were responsive, attentive, and just nice people to deal with.

I don’t have specific metrics. Being a salesperson, I’m concerned with whether it works, if my customers have complaints, and whether there are problems. That’s how I gauge if it works. A lot of people use our invitations; they’re very popular. The fact is, our product is running today faster and better than it has in years. Single Mind kept it going for many years, and that’s a sign of success to me.

We haven’t had any problems in quite some time, but there were periods of time when we did, such as the memory leakage issue. The system would run so slowly, it would take minutes to change a page. Those problems have been addressed by Cort and our hosting partners.

How did Single Mind Consulting perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed very well. They really don’t do anything until they have a defined statement of work. We sit down and talk about our goals, timelines, and what we expect this thing to do when it’s done. Once they go through that analysis, they assign somebody to the team who works on it. We have regular meetings to check in on the progress. I thought that was a good skill. I had no problems with the timeliness of their work. We used Basecamp, and that was very handy. We could get on there with the engineers and Cort when we had a problem or an update. We had good tools for team collaboration.

What did you find most impressive about Single Mind Consulting?

In a world where there are lots of engineers, it’s really the personalities of the people you work with, who understand what you’re trying to do and share interest in helping you achieve your goals. I’ve been through countless difficulties with a variety of engineering companies. If you don’t find the right one, and you have conflict about some basic stuff, it really gets in the way of achieving your objectives. I never had any problems with Cort and his team. Calls were always made and emails returned. I was never chasing them for information. They were on top of things and always gave me information, or at least they had updates when I called.

Are there any areas Single Mind Consulting could improve?

No. It’s very complex stuff. It’s like creating a painting; you don’t know how it’s going to turn out until you see it. Not being a technology guy myself, I had to have confidence that the team I worked with picked the right tools, all the things that go into the mix. I left that up to them, and I thought they gave good advice.

5.0
Overall Score Very good. Excellent.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I never had problems with that.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They worked with me on the cost. The price is not as important as most people say. You could pay a lot more and not get anything, or pay less and not get anything. They’re like Goldilocks—right in the sweet spot.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Things were done on time and well-documented, and I had access to their team.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have several times.

Java Development for E-Learning Company

"SingleMind provides more advanced troubleshooting and investigation of reported issues."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2006 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Single Mind Consulting began with one-off integrations between specific systems. Their role now includes general services infrastructure, connecting learning management systems to various company platforms.

The Reviewer
 
5001-10000 Employees
 
Boston Metro Area
Technology Program Manager, Educational Content Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Single Mind Consulting’s work on the integrated platform has generated a significant amount of growth in recent years. The flagship product alone earns 62% of activations through integration. The team is consistent and reliable and provides valuable advanced troubleshooting support.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a leading educational content technology and services company for the K-12 market, as well as higher education, professional, and worldwide library markets. We provide print, digital, and library products within various fields. We're headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, operate in 40 different countries, and have around 5,000 employees.

What is your position?

I am the technology programs manager within the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

My role within the company involves the integration of external systems (primarily for learning management in the education and professional space) and our own platform. We have a number of different platforms which we make available to customers with different areas of specialization. They could be focused on chemistry, accounting, economics, and so on.

The market demands a seamless experience. Clients don't want their students or employees to have to register or log in again when connecting to external learning resources. The instructors or the company offers our resources within a learning management system and, as users utilize those resources, they want to offer a unified experience. We also provide features like grade synchronization.

We engaged SingleMind Consulting to provide the infrastructure for some of these integrations.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

Originally, we worked on one-off integrations between specific systems. Over time, their involvement grew into a more general-services type of infrastructure, where we connect a lot of different learning management systems to a number of different company platforms using a common infrastructure. Their work is done in Java.

We're currently working with SingleMind on an ongoing basis, leveraging, at least, two of their employees in order to maintain our current system, as well as to help develop new features and functionalities. We interact mostly with our project lead.

For the most part, SingleMind controls who is assigned to our project, but we do have influence over these decisions. We've been involved in the hiring process for individuals when our team was expanded. It's a collaboration, but we don't exercise too much oversight. These positions have seen little turnover.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

We initially worked with another company which collaborated with SingleMind’s president. He left that company in order to start his own. As such, he retained contacts with the old company’s clients and eventually came to work with us.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with SingleMind for over ten years. Our initial engagements had turnover times of about six months. Currently, we work with them on a full-time, ongoing basis. We don't engage them for individual projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

It's hard to attribute metrics to their specific work. I can say that our integrated platform has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years. This is because more and more customers are demanding an integrated and seamless experience.

Our flagship platform can be used either directly from our portal or can be accessed from customers' management systems, for which we've seen an increase. About 62% of our activations (or purchases) for our flagship product are done through integration. To me, this is a testament that we are providing a solid service which meets customer demand.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

They're a consistent and reliable vendor in terms of sticking to the agreed-upon budget and timeline.

We use Jira for managing development tasks. We use it to assign work and monitor its process as it goes from specifications to development and quality assurance.

What distinguishes SingleMind from other providers?

We've engaged at least one of their developers in a way that goes well beyond their normal role. Any software will develop issues that are reported by customers. We call them escalations. Initially, when a client reports such an issue, it will go to our customer support group. If it cannot be resolved there, it becomes escalated to our team for more advanced troubleshooting and investigation. SingleMind provides more advanced troubleshooting and investigation of reported issues. In addition to that, they are always able and willing to meet with customers and talk about particular issues in-depth. This is a very valuable and helpful service to us.

Do you have any tips for potential clients?

SingleMind has provided project leadership services for our company in the past. A company with less experience in developing software might want to take advantage of this capability. We stopped using this service when it became redundant due to the additional positions which we added internally.

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

iOS Prototype Development for Outdoor Enthusiast Startup

"They're very good at project management and maintaining their budget."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

SingleMind developed an e-commerce website using Drupal which integrates to a payment gateway and a comprehensive iOS application using C and Python. They also provided user training to the staff.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Jake VanderZanden
President, OTTO DesignWorks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In order to get the iOS app to perfection, Singlemind has resolved 155 bugs from the 270 beta builds released. The creative aspect is an area for improvement, however, the team demonstrated an excellent project management and a meticulous approach to agile development.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

OTTO DesignWorks is a new brand within the outdoor and cycling marketplace. We design and manufacture clever new products for outdoor applications.

What is your position?

I am the president of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

We needed help for website and iOS development for one of our products.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

SingleMind has developed our website. They were involved in the platform selection process and have chosen what templates and technologies will be employed within it. They weren't involved in its cosmetic design.

Our e-commerce site was created using Drupal, which integrates to a payment gateway. The rationale for choosing it was that SingleMind had a greater expertise within this platform. We followed their lead.

We're now in the process of updating the site and making the customer management system more user-friendly in terms of adding products to the site and managing distribution variables. Given our structure, the current system has limitations that have become apparent. We built our first site with reduced features on a small budget. We're now working to improve it.

We've developed a sophisticated product that uses the front-facing camera of an iPhone to three-dimensionally visualize little targets that are placed onto hardware mounted on a bicycle. The app sees these targets and instructs users visually and verbally, via Siri, on how to adjust a bicycle's rear derailleur. It's a comprehensive app with software built using C, Python and native iOS layers. SingleMind has been a partner to us from the start for developing this product, designing its UX [user experience] and implementing all three levels of programming. They've run multiple iterations, fixed bugs, and made feature enhancements. We pivoted the product significantly last fall. It currently offers in-app purchasing. We've both learned much about the Apple release process throughout this project.

They've provided training and instructions to our staff in the past and have done a fine job with it.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

I race bicycles in my spare time. I ran into their president and founder [Cort Buchholz] via a bicycle race many years ago. At the time, I needed to build a website and asked if he could do it. We extended a personal relationship to a business one. He is very good at technical understanding and problem solving. One of the things that make SingleMind stand out is the ability to distinguish between what is and isn't within their realm of possibilities.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

In 2015, our budget was $350,000. In 2014, it was $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our application has been launched in July 2015. It has since had 12 release updates.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Our app is a new product within its marketplace and, therefore, has significant sales and distribution challenges. Technically speaking, all of our problems have been solved. We've released 270 beta builds in order to get the product to perfection. They came during the course of nine months, during which we resolved 155 bugs.

We primarily sell the hardware with which the app is meant to work. We've seeded the market with 2,000 units and have used our early users as testers for the product. Right now, things are going well. Users are making in-app purchases and the main challenge is for us to market it successfully. We have a roadmap of new features and other integrations.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very good at project management and maintaining their budget. We use Pivotal Tracker for iOS development. It was recommended by SingleMind.

What distinguishes SingleMind from other providers?

Their vice president of operations is seasoned in terms of technical solutions. While he's not a sales and marketing person specifically, he can add value in terms of options. They have a good team overall, and their capabilities are broader today than what they were several years ago.

Is there anything SingleMind could have improved or done differently?

They could develop some more creative resources.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Recommending them is project dependent.