Web and Mobile Development. Brooklyn.

We are a software development and design company formed by experienced designers, software and data engineers who love building web and mobile applications.

At the beginning of each project, we run a product inception workshop depending on how clear the requirements are. Then we use 2 weeks iteration cycles to plan, develop and review incremental versions of the product. After launch we provide support according to customer needs.

We also provide staff augmentation If you just need more development bandwitdh.

We are located in NYC and Uruguay.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Brooklyn, NY
headquarters
  • 147 Front St. #27
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

We've been working with over 30 startups and multinational companies from across the US and Europe for over 7 years building top quality software that engages users and gives businesses the flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing business landscape. A brief list includes: Amgen, OxfordEconocmics, Auth0, SAP and Influenster. 

HealthiNation - Django Refactor

Healthination produces award-winning videos on topics ranging from nutrition to fitness to living with a health condition in order to inspire people to live healthier lifestyles. We support their mission by refactoring, expanding and maintaining their platform on a daily basis, making sure that both new and existing content is available at all times.

CareerVillage - Django Web Development

Students are the future. We’re helping them to get in the right path.

CareerVillage uses crowdsourcing to provide personal career guidance to students on a massive scale. We’ve been working diligently on their Django-based platform for the past 5 years in order to expand their functionality and to engage and maintain the active user community that is crucial to the platform's success.

+10k Students / +3k Professional Volunteers / 20k Pieces of Advice Given

Reviews

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Web Platform UX/UI & Dev for Drayage Optimization Company

“They’re very progressive, and they always bring fresh ideas. I wish more teams attacked the market the way they do.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sophilabs helped build our platform for transportation management systems.  They made UI/UX suggestions, supported sprints, and added features and functionality.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Boston Metro Area, New Hampshire
Larry Cuddy
Chief Commercial Officer, Envio, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sophilabs supports the brand’s commitment to excellence, and the product outpaces anything like it in the market. They are responsive partners, and they send regular updates. Their methodology is straightforward and transparent, and their deliverables are intuitive and easy to use.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We offer a visibility platform for transportation management systems, specifically in the intermodal drayage space. We optimize everything in the daily interactions between drivers and the digital life of shipping containers, including pickup and drop-off. I’m the chief commercial officer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sophilabs?

We wanted a fresh perspective from a team outside the transportation space. We needed to rethink our UI/UX and wanted a team to act as an extension to our company in this project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They are our UX/UI point team. We established a contract model with them, but consider them a part of our team. They are a part of all our internal communication channels, and they assisted us with building the platform up from scratch.

We gave them guardrails, but offered them some autonomy to be free thinkers. We had to build an open platform that allowed us to utilize other APIs to pull in data and have a bi-directional relationship with whoever we chose to work with.

We’re about to go live with one of our products. They’re instrumental in pulling in additional features and functionality, and they make helpful suggestions for changes to our original builds. We have two-week sprints with them, and they always hit the mark.

What is the team composition?

We have a dedicated team of four, and we can flex up or down as needed for various projects or sprints.

How did you come to work with Sophilabs?

We wanted to outsource a company that was familiar with the technologies we use, including Slack and Trello. We also wanted to contract a company that was in or near our time zone to improve communication and collaboration. Sophilabs is only an hour different from us, and everyone on their team speaks fluent English. We decided they were a good fit, and we’ve worked together for years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started about three years ago and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’re excellent partners, and they help us stay lean and mean. We aggressively pursue quality, and are leapfrogging over anything else available in the market today. From a UI perspective, the product is intuitive and easy to use.

How did Sophilabs perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very responsive, and we have different layers of connectivity. I either speak directly with the CEO or another team member at regular intervals, and we have quarterly calls to review our teams. We also meet quarterly to plan out the next quarter or two and find new ways to push the envelope. Our teams communicate daily through Slack or email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very progressive, and they always bring fresh ideas. I wish more teams attacked the market the way they do. We never have any surprises, and get alerts immediately whenever there is a change in personnel. We know how every team member is doing, and know that our companies mesh well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had a bit of a slow start, but that’s to be expected. We didn’t have a purely defined plan, so it took seven or eight months to gain traction and communicate properly. Once we figured out what we were doing, the product started to evolve and develop. It’s a brand-new product in the market, and the speed was mostly on us. As soon as we had a clear direction, they picked it up immediately.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be prepared and have a clear roadmap of what you want. The more you can give them, the better they will do.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value is excellent, though we work with a more senior team now and pay more than we used to for the output.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already recommend them.

Internal iOS Chatbot App for Fortune 500 Company

"Sophilabs is mindful of doing things well the first time."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Working from a previous vendor’s prototype, Sophilabs further designed, developed, and contributed conceptually to an internal iOS chatbot application for a large biotech company.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
California
Data Science Lead, Biotech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sophilabs succeeds in making thoughtful and practical suggestions to improve product quality, ultimately resulting in error-free products. They have proven to be a reliable and talented vendor with an appreciation for transparent communication and high-quality agile workflows.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the data science lead for a multinational biotech company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sophilabs?

We hired Sophilabs to develop our internal iOS chatbot application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve relied on Sophilabs for all design and development aspects of the iOS chatbot. We presented them with our idea of what we were looking for conceptually. A previous vendor developed a rough prototype, so we tasked Sophilabs with building it out.

What is the team composition?

Our core team started off with a product manager supported by two developers and now consists of 3 developers, a data engineer, and other part-time members as necessary.

How did you come to work with Sophilabs?

Initially, I looked for Python developers for an internal application, and a previous firm I have worked with recommended Sophilabs. They presented their thoughts for that project, and, even though I thought they could have done a good job, other internal stakeholders were not ready to give them the chance. However, based on that meeting, I thought they were better suited for our internal iOS application project.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in October 2018 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We reached our first milestone—introducing a pilot phase to a few users—in January 2019. Using their feedback and some other ideas, we’re further developing the application and preparing to scale it for use by hundreds of users.

How did Sophilabs perform from a project management standpoint?

Based on agile methods used by other companies, I expected to be in daily scrum meetings, but Sophilabs proved early on that they work well with little supervision. It was evident that I didn’t have to be that involved, which allowed me to tend to other tasks. If Sophilabs ran into any issues, they communicated those to us. We still meet weekly and provide feedback. I’d say we have an appropriate amount of touchpoints.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Halfway through our engagement with the vendor that made our prototype, I was convinced that the firm was not going to be able to deliver what we needed. That’s when I engaged with Sophilabs, and within 6–8 weeks, they delivered a version that was already superior to the first vendor’s. Sophilabs presented us with a product that we were proud to show people.

Sophilabs showcases increased attention to user experience and usability. They’ve identified elements that we hadn’t thought about. They think through features end-to-end. They’re also unafraid to push back when they feel they need to. Our team entered with preconceived notions of how the app should function, but they made a strong case for why it wouldn’t work that way. They’ve challenged us to think about problems in a different way.

Further, I appreciate how well Sophilabs handles their business. I’m impressed by how they manage internal processes, onboard staff, and gather information. Other firms talk about their success in those areas, but it’s just lip service. Sophilabs delivers on what they say.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Most software developers will have an inception workshop, and I believe the best ones are held over multiple sessions with different stakeholders. Sophilabs’ workshop was two sessions and didn’t allow us to be as in-depth as we would have liked.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I think there’s definite value in selecting the right developer. Future clients should evaluate the maturity of an offshore developer—the amount of rework necessary and the gaps in communication will end up making offshore resources costlier unless the partner has good internal processes and a mature software development lifecycle. Sophilabs is mindful of doing things well the first time.

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