What was the scope of their involvement?
We built our whole platform and our backend from scratch. They’re a full-service provider for everything we do on a technical basis.
When I first started working with them, I only had a business idea. We validated the business idea with a couple of clients but we didn’t have any technical foundation. With Smart Rockstars, we created the whole architecture for our system which starts with the whole backend system with the servers, how our platform looks like on our backend, and how we source and analyze data. They’ve integrated processes into working with publicly available data. They converted all the ideas into technical operations.
We discussed every option. They were developers as well as consultants for us. We had an idea and of where we wanted to be in a week, in a month, or in a year, and they provided us options and explained in great detail what the difference in the options was, as well as what options were feasible for the short and long-term. We made the decision together.
We started with using Python. They had proposed 3–5 different software languages. After hearing the aspects of every language, we made the decision together. They have the capacity to provide nearly every software language.
What is the team composition?
We communicated with at least three developers. They also have someone for QA.
How did you come to work with Smart Rockstars?
One of my mentors worked with a couple of developers from Smart Rockstars before the company actually existed. He connected me to them to discuss our goals and what solutions they could provide. Smart Rockstars were one of six companies that we had a detailed discussion with about our project. We chose them because they were so open and professional.
Since we don’t have many people with a highly technical background, it was very important that we didn’t have a gap between our business foundation and Smart Rockstars’ technical foundation. We required somebody who could bridge those two areas and make it clear what kind of businesses and important aspects there are.
We also looked at some of their previous work. They were very open to showing us anonymous product versions of what they’ve done previously. They’re very technically capable and we knew, since our project was not very clear from the beginning, that they’d be able to help us.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in March 2019 and the work is ongoing.