What was the scope of their involvement?
It was anywhere from one to five developers at any given time that we’ll be using from them. It depends on how many projects we have and what developers we have internally. When I say developers, that also includes project managers because a lot of their project managers are pretty technical, too.
We’ve come to just trust them in giving us someone who can get the job done. I don’t review resumes. We have started to build relationships with some of the developers that they have given us. Sometimes we’ll request somebody specific if we know they’re good at something particular.
How did you come to work with SmartexLab?
It was through an online search. Before Aleksey [Chepovoi, Developer] started this agency, I had worked with him on something. Then I brainstormed with them to set up the agency, which is also nice because it grew to the needs that my company had. It was Aleksey that I found first and knowing him through the process of him setting up his agency. What stood out was that he had a good portfolio with a cool project on it.
How much have you invested with SmartexLab?
Everything has been under $10,000. That ranges from a little project where some are for a week for a few hundred bucks up to $5,000 or $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in 2013. It’s been a long time.