We Design & Develop Digital Products

SingleMind is an awarded digital product design and development agency that serves enterprises, innovative startups, and non-profit organizations around the globe. With over 14 years of success in digital product development and transformation, we help businesses thrive in today’s ever-evolving, omnichannel world of technology.

Research: Efficient research requires a certain skill set to produce ROI against time investments. Our researchers combine years of experience with a toolkit of resources to produce an extensive analysis that guides product creation at minimal expense.

Strategy: We approach strategy from a 10,000-foot view. We map out the entirety of your product and consider every avenue, implementing solutions that maximize product engagement and retention. We define and invoke strategies that test product and market assumptions so that your product is optimized for your vertical.

UX Design: Whether your users are consumers, businesses or employees, our User Experience (UX) Design team places themselves in your user's shoes and allows design thinking to guide their way. By identifying the critical characteristics of your users, our team crafts user flows that are intuitive to your product.

Development: With extensive experience across a range of programming languages and platforms, the expertise of our award-winning full-stack developers will 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: Constant updates to operating systems and new laws around privacy have become commonplace in today's digital landscape. Updating software to operate consistently and within compliance is a challenge for digital businesses. Our team of engineers provides comprehensive support & maintenance to keep your products performing as intended.

 
$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
  • 548 Market St #74465
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    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

GiftDrop

GiftDrop is a geo-targeted, promotional tool for both merchants and bargain hunters alike. Singlemind’s Research, UX Design, and Strategy teams joined forces from the project’s inception to determine how best to optimize the product for users interested in gathering limited or free offers and merchants interested in advertising their services or products. To successfully produce an MVP (minimum viable product), our teams

leveraged a variety of services including Strategy, Research, Branding, UX Design, Mobile Application Development, Website Development, and Support. The GiftDrop project includes both Android and iOS mobile apps, a cloud-based mobile app services instance, a cloud-based administrative, and a marketing website.

Permit Book

Glostone Trucking Solutions reached out to the SingleMind team with the goal of transforming their paper heavy documentation hand-off processes into a streamlined digital process. Glostone’s previous processes involved their account managers gathering respective compliance documentation per long-haul truck driver and per trip then compiling the documents into a physical binder that would then be handed off to the driver before

beginning their trip. In partnership with the Glostone team, SingleMind determined a new process in which Glostone’s account managers would be able to upload these compliance documents to a documentation management website that would then automatically send paperwork to a selected driver. Leveraging our Research, Strategy, UX Design, Website Development, and Mobile App Development expertise, our team built the Permit Book mobile apps and PermitBook.com in just under seven months. Although PermitBook.com is managed solely by the Glostone Trucking Solutions team, the Permit Book mobile app is now available in the iOS and Google Play app stores!

Smart Doorbell

With the mission to produce an open-source platform that could be leveraged by the programming community, SingleMind set out to build a new facial recognition programming kit for application across a range of security technologies.

Landing on a mobile application accompanied by a video doorbell prototype (which would be paired with the Intel Joule board and RealSense R200 Camera), we created the Smart Doorbell

kit to deliver autonomous real-time notifications upon detection of facial features and packages. In essence, the “Smart Doorbell” kit serves as an adjustable platform for expanding facial recognition photo telemetry software.

Grafo

Capsenta’s team approached Singlemind with an innovative idea to build an application that would not only allow users to visually build, share, and navigate ontologies (data expressed in a visual format) but also to collaborate with other users in real-time. Capsenta sought out Singlemind’s expertise in Research, Branding, UX Design, Website Development, and Web App Development to build Grafo; a one-of-a-kind cloud-based data

visualization platform for Enterprise Knowledge Graph (EKG) creation. From interaction design and branding to implementation and launch, our team completed the Grafo project in just under one year. Check out our work now at gra.fo.  

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 kpsahs.edu site leverages Drupal 7 for its front-end, allowing its users to purchase online courses. Once purchased, users can hop into the protected LMS site, 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) for simple user authentication. 

The Juilliard Store

When The Juilliard School approached SingleMind to help optimize The Juilliard Store eCommerce website, we were thrilled to jump on board! After providing our UX Design, Systems Integrations, and eCommerce Development services, The Juilliard Store eCommerce site achieved overwhelming success with an increase of sales by 45% in its first year. The Juilliard Store boasts a powerful search engine able to query their database of

over 100,000 products. It is powered by Drupal 7 and leverages a widely customized commerce system.  

OTTO Tuning System

When OTTO Design Works 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.

After wrapping up the OTTO Tuning System app, we then went on to design and develop OTTO Design Works eCommerce website as well. See our work now at OttoDesignWorks.com!

Reviews

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App Dev for Maternal Care Nonprofit/For-profit

"They’ve been very easy to deal with. They’re incredibly smart people."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2017 - Present
Project summary: 

SingleMind provides development services on an ongoing basis. Their most current project is compiling multiple software solutions into a cloud-based mobile health platform for pregnant women and their families.

The Reviewer
 
1-10
 
Portland, Oregon
Richard Sass
Chairman & CEO, Origins FTD
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SingleMind manages the platform’s development with tact and professionalism. They’re truly empathetic towards the goals of this undertaking, as shown by their diligent work ethic. Flexibility, competence, and intelligence are core attributes that make this vendor a treat to collaborate with.

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 chairman & CEO of Origins FTD Inc., a for-profit company, and a sister organization is Origins FTD Foundation, a non-profit public charity. We’re focused on maternal and child health and we’re developing a mobile health educational platform to address the four million live births every year in the United States to men and women that are conceiving.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

The educational platform that we are developing is focused on fetal origins of disease and the epigenetics behind fetal origins and how they are biologically programmed between the mother and the fetus during gestation and postnatally between the mother, father and support group, up to baby’s age 2. We have a huge medical library that includes outcome studies, articles on gestational, gestational diabetes, various complications the family might encounter during the nine months of pregnancy and also postnatally the problems that they might encounter or questions they might like answers to as it regards parenting.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We contracted with them to integrate our various partners’ software into a mobile health platform that will exist in the cloud and be available to pregnant women and their husbands or partners and families on a smartphone. It would also be available on a laptop or a tablet.

They’re developing a downloadable application. It’s an interactive, educational platform that we’re building. We’ve developed an Avatar who does weigh management, yoga, and is our primary interface between our medical library and the pregnant woman and her support group.

SingleMind’s job is to make sure that the gamification that is exhibited is integrated into other software languages that are available from our marketing group. They deal in Java, JavaScript, Drupal, and a variety of languages.

Once we launch the product, SingleMind will then move into an operating mode where they move from software development into digital marketing along with one of our other digital marketing partners.

What is the team composition?

They have a wonderful group of professionals that deal in the world of digitization and digital media. The main person I interact with is Cort (President/Founder, SingleMind). We’ve had as many as eight people working on the project. A core group of four has worked on the initial prototype of the Avatar. Peripherally, there were another 3-4 people who would be called in to do various bits and pieces of the contract.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

I did an extensive analysis of people that SingleMind competes with. I found them to have the broadest base of talent. They were better able to handle the complexity of the software project all under one good manager, Cort. He has a number of directors in his group that have also been around the block and have done some serious work for very large companies.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2017 and the work is ongoing.

We contracted with them to integrate our various partners’ software into a mobile health platform that will exist in the cloud and be available to pregnant women and their husbands or partners and families on a smartphone.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s a huge project. Cort has made the comment that this is like trying to boil the ocean. I have an app with an Avatar on my phone that I have been able to show to OBGYNs, to the National Institute of Health, to the National Institute of Child Health and Development, to a variety of other people in the maternal and child health area. Then, I can weave my own narrative around showing somebody the icon on my phone.

 We’ve got four pieces of content. When I or somebody else pokes on the app on my phone, they could see a little video on gestational diabetes. They could see a little video on breast feeding. That is a measurable piece of content that gets somebody’s attention immediately.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

There’s a lot of flexibility that exists within their group. They’ve been very easy to deal with. They’re incredibly smart people. From my standpoint and the due diligence I did on over a dozen different software integrators, their competence is extraordinary. They’re very professional.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The biggest thing I’d give them credit for is their heart. This is a project all about doing good in the world and their team get it. If you were a fly on the wall in one of our meetings, your mouth would drop open with awe over the level of compassion and empathy and heart that this team has shared with me. They’ve been extraordinary listeners.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing they can improve on.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re very open. Cort and the team have integrity. They have goodwill in how they’re dealing with me.

5.0
Overall Score We’ve gotten our return on investment 20 times over.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design for Video Game Company

"They were transparent with us throughout the whole process."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. - May 2019
Project summary: 

SingleMind delivered a new website for a gaming company. The team built the site from scratch in six weeks. They created links to another website and implemented an HR integration.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Bellevue, Washington
Krissy Patterson
Associate Producer, Final Strikes Games
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site meets every requirement, and the new HR integration has increased the efficiency of several business processes. Dedicated and flexible, SingleMind adjusted their workflow to meet incoming requests while adhering to the set timeline. Their positive and amiable approach sets them apart.

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 work for Final Strike Games. We’re an independent game studio located in Bellevue, Washington, and our primary focus is multiplayer titles. We just spent three years developing our first title, which we’ve only recently announced.

I ran operations at First Strike for about two years and just recently moved into a production role. I’m now overseeing all of our outsourced art.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SingleMind?

In 2016, when the company was first founded, we had a very basic website up. Our team hadn’t thought too much about it because we were quite small and laser-focused on development. We’ve grown substantially over the years, and, with our game announcement coming up, we realized that we wanted a more professional-looking site.

Our goal was to have a site that reflected our company’s culture and brand while highlighting our amazing team and our new game. We also wanted to make sure that we had links on our site to our publisher’s website, because that’s where the game was going to be hosted.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We told them what we were looking for, but didn’t give them much to go off of as far as the design of the site. We showed them a colleague’s website that we liked and went from there.

At the beginning of the project, we hadn’t announced the game yet and couldn’t send any initial images or assets. SingleMind took the reins on that and presented us with a bunch of different template options. We were working on a six-week timeline, so they showed us a variety of different styles and designs, rather than designing from scratch.

The team built two versions of the site; one that they launched before the game announcement, and another that could be launched afterward. Chris (Chief Creative Officer, SingleMind) was able to program the link for our game to take users from our website to a beta sign-up page on our publisher’s website. He also wrote code that linked their site to their company logo on our site. In addition to creating links, the team implemented a widget from our external HR platform.

What is the team composition?

I spoke primarily with Damon (Director of Operations, SingleMind), and he took care of scheduling and email communication. Chris was the engineer who handled coding and would jump on calls with Damon to answer technical questions. I occasionally communicated with Cort (CEO, SingleMind) and the CTO at SingleMind.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

We found out about SingleMind through a referral from one of our partners. We called a couple of different firms and eventually reached out to Cort. 

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement lasted from March–May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have a functional, fast, and nice-looking website that accurately reflects our team and company culture. We were really happy to have our team showcased on the site. Also, the new HR integration has worked wonderfully. We now have a much easier time processing applications and collecting revenues.

How did SingleMind perform from a project management standpoint?

We couldn’t be happier with their approach. We had a lot of internal changes happening while we were trying to build this site, and SingleMind was transparent in letting us know how long tasks would take. They were more than happy to take on extra work and still delivered within our deadlines.

We made a lot of requests, and there was a very strict final deadline, so their adaptability went a long way. Everybody, especially Damon, was so responsive. We communicated primarily via email and delivered some assets to them via Google Drive. We also had several calls on Google Hangouts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were extremely personable and friendly. We had a great relationship throughout, and I am so glad that they were a small team. They genuinely care about what they do and even reached out to us after a gaming conference to see if we were still liking the site.

Also, at one point, towards the end of the project, we were having trouble with our link requests, and their CTO somehow managed to find a solution for us. He made it work without us having to use another option that would’ve taken more time.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Honestly, no, there isn’t. We threw a lot of stuff at them, and they were never fazed by it. They were transparent with us throughout the whole process. I would definitely work with them again.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The best way to go about working with them is to be as transparent with them as they are with you. They’ll give you details about executions and dates, so make sure to let them know about changes that are coming. They can handle changes and will work with you to meet your deadlines.

5.0
Overall Score I couldn’t speak more highly of them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline and were open with us when they had to reschedule meetings. Damon was an excellent partner.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They delivered exactly what we asked. There were some fluctuations with the budget to accommodate us adding items to the scope.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

UX/UI Consulting for EdTech Company

"They were easy to work with and had a deep knowledge of technology and user behavior." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - May 2019
Project summary: 

SingleMind analyzed existing cloud platform prototypes and recommended UX/UI improvements.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Vancouver, Canada
Mohit Bhargava
President and Chief Strategy Officer, LearningMate Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Working as a comprehensive optimization partner, SingleMind delivered significant efficiency growth. Their technical expertise and insights into users’ mindsets were also particularly noteworthy.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the president and chief strategy officer at LearningMate Solutions. We’re an EdTech and media solutions company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SingleMind?

We needed to perform a UX/UI audit on a new cloud platform designed for state and local education agency officers.

What were your goals for this project?

We set out to evaluate the design of our initial prototype and obtain guidance for incorporating best practices and design principles into our MVP build.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We spoke with a handful of consulting firms around the world. Our decision to work with SingleMind was guided by their team's experience, understanding of the design process, willingness to be flexible, and availability to complete the work within our schedule.

Describe the project in detail.

They evaluated our existing prototypes several times and discussed the nuances of their feedback.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a couple of UX resources and a project manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were able to make specific improvements to our platform design that will improve its ease of use and efficiency.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

My internal team found it easy to work with SingleMind’s team.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They were easy to work with and had a deep knowledge of technology and user behavior. Their consultant-like approach was quite helpful.

Are there any areas for improvement?

It doesn’t get better than being on schedule and within budget.

5.0
Overall Score These folks are our first choice for outside help.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was uneventful.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The SingleMind bid was globally competitive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    This team delivered what we needed on schedule and within budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    SingleMind is a great team to work with.

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.

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 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.

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 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: 

SingleMind 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. SingleMind 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.

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 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 SingleMind?

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. SingleMind 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 SingleMind?

We put an RFP [request for proposal] for the project and SingleMind 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. SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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, SingleMind 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. SingleMind earned praise for their friendly attitude, communicative management, and sensible planning. Their open, client-focused approach made them the perfect startup partner.

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 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 SingleMind 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. SingleMind 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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind. 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 SingleMind 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: 

SingleMind 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. SingleMind 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. 

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

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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind's team are experts.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

We’ve actually worked with SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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. SingleMind provides development and QA.

How did you come to work with SingleMind?

We had an RFP out on a project site and SingleMind answered it. Their qualifications around Drupal were a good fit. We decided to work with SingleMind 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 SingleMind.

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 SingleMind. 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 SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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.

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 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: 

SingleMind 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: 

SingleMind 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.

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 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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind 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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind 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. SingleMind 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 SingleMind 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 SingleMind?

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 SingleMind 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.