Web & Mobile solutions customised for enterprises

We create and maintain web/mobile applications for startups, agencies and tech teams. We specialize in top-tier development using Ruby on Rails, iOS, Android, Angular, ReactJS & React Native. 

 

We build amazing, complex and challenging web and mobile apps using Agile and Lean methodologies. We’ve collaborated with entrepreneurs, industry leaders and public bodies to turn their exciting ideas into successful, user-friendly software.

 

We are a bunch of lively tech savvys yet a perfect mix of cultures and perspectives allied by a desire to continue delivering the best quality apps ever to the pleased clients and we believe that the customer experience is the next competitive battleground.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Dublin, CA
headquarters
other locations
  • 7 Hayter Place, Page
    Canberra, ACT 2614
    Australia
  • 34-XX, DHA Phase III Main, Khayaban-e-Iqbal
    Lahore 54700
    Pakistan

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Some notable clients that we have worked with are AudioSocket.com Contenttools.co AFB Ghana Jumo.world Maestrano.com Phillipjeffries.com Streetwyze.com Kanari.co Listfixx.com One2Three.be CrowdThnk.com Codehelper.com

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AudioSocket - Ruby on Rails + React.js Development

Audiosocket is a highly popular application in the domain of music licensing that allows artists to showcase their skills by uploading their work and allows users to buy licenses for selected tracks so that they can be legally used in their creations. It also allows the managers to add tags and other metadata to tracks that help us in classifying tracks.


The scope of work that Square63 has done on Audiosocket

involves changes in the legacy application and adding subscriptions service to the platform.. The best aspect of working on this project is the diversity of the stack as it cconsists of Ruby on Rails, React.JS, GraphQL (client and server side), Backbone.js, Sinatra and CoffeeScript.


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Streetwyze - Ruby on Rails + Ember.js Development

Streetwyze is a map based platform that is used for connecting people at ground level. The platform provides the ability for users to share their views about the both minor and major things that are existing in their neighbourhood as well as report for any possible improvements required. People have the ability to provide their opions on these reviews and communicate with others to make their surroudings better and comfortable

to live in.


Square63 helped in the improvement of the overall platform by making it more secure, upgrading the frameworks and following the latest conventions of CI/CD to make development and deployment process easier. We have also provided and are in the process of implementing archiecture improvements to make the platform more sociallly interactive and friendly with more emphasis on media based data instead of pages of text.


Some of the third-party integrations in this project include Amazon S3 with Cloudfront, Geocoder, Sidekiq, Elasticsearch, Twilio and Google maps and Circle CI.

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Listfixx - Ruby on Rails + iOS Development

ListFixx is a recipe sharing social network that allows users to find new meals, build a plan, & create grocery list in minutes. It allows users to build a profile, follow categories of recipe and also generate reports and statistics with download as pdf option.


Square63 helped with the development of the first phase of the application which included the front-end and back-end of the web application and

the iOS application development from scratch. We have also been working on Phase-2 of the application which is currently underway with lots of additional features and enhancements.Some of the core features implemented inlcude customised image picker developed to replicate the behaviour of social media apps like instagram and implemented tagging functionality to tag recipes & kept the tags positioning mechanism consistent to display them on the web/mobile app, firebase dynamic deep linking for shareable links & active labels for hashtags/mentions.



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Phillip Jeffries - Ruby on Rails + Angular Development

Phillip Jeffries is the world leader In natural, textured &specialty wallcoverings and their Ecommerce website allows it's customer to browse and filter their extensive portfolio and collection. The website allows customers to order and make payment for their orders online along with viewing highly detailed product images.


Square63 rebuilt their old PHP site in Angular + Rails along with implementing a

new design and optimising it for scalability and performance.
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One2Three - Ruby on Rails + Angular Development

Online ordering & restaurant management platform built using AngularJS & Ruby on Rails along with native mobile apps for both iOS & Android. 

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Startupalerts.co - Swift/iOS Development

An application that allows you to see and get notified about the latest tech and startup events in your city

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Zaloo's Canoes - Ruby on Rails + React Development

Zaloo's offers the finest canoe, kayak, and tube trips in the area. It's provide online Booking for canoeing, kayaking and tubing river, specially for a child's or beginner's first river experience


Square63 helped with the development of the booking and inventory management module of the application which included the front-end and back-end of the web application development from scratch.


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Some of the major integrations we worked on include Google Cloud Platform for application deployment, Amazon S3, Sendgrid, and Delayed jobs. We implemented some interesting features on the project like Searching through boat type and show results based upon the dates of that inventory available, we had to manage future reservations it was quite challenging in nature yet very exciting

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CuddleClones - Laravel + Wordpress Development

It's an e-commerce platform which turns your favorite buddy into one of our most loved products in a matter of minutes. Not only this, it also provides custom products like cups, golf covers, blankets with your pet drawings.


Square63 helped in setting up the woocommerce solution for cuddleclones' e-commerce site featuring customisation for products, coupons, shipments and integration of 3rd party apis like

shipstation, mailchimp, klayvio and shipping services. Also, developed custom plugins that mainly manage abandoned cart/follow-up emails and help in syncing orders related resources on centrestack/dropbox.
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Scanshake - iOS + Android Development

ScanShake is an app that has been a game-changer in the domain of events and shows. It eliminates the need of paper-based resumes and business cards and allows the users on both sides of the counter to share details via QR Code. Moreover, it also allows to keep track of all applicants online instead of maintaining piles of paper records.


Square63 was responsible for delivering the initial MVP which included

web applications in Ruby on Rails, Android app and iOS app. The best aspect of working on the project was the delivery of an extremely stable MVP within a short span of time. As soon as it was completed it was used in an event in US which had more than 3000 attendies and everything went very smooth.


Some of the major integrations that have been a part of this project are AWS, CKEditor, ElasticSearch, Firebase Cloud Messenger, JWT, Moment.JS and Google-QR Codes. One of the most interesting features that the Square63 team accomplished on this project was the development of a custom form builder for the web applications, which were also shared with the mobile applications via API, so that the users could enjoy a uniform experience across all platforms.

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Naseej - iOS + Android Development

Naseej is an iOS and Android based application for ticketing and manage customer requests.

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Development & Support for Proprietary CMS

"The work that they've done so far has been excellent. Square63 really stepped in to fill our missing roles."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 provides ongoing supplemental staff support for a music licensing company. They handle daily maintenance of a proprietary CMS. The team also adds new features on request.

The Reviewer
 
11-50
 
Seattle, Washington
Director of Product, Media Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their work has received positive feedback from key stakeholders. Square63 keeps the project moving through constant communication, regardless of any time zone differences. Their flexibility and ability to produce high-quality deliverables at a reasonable value are hallmarks of 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 director of product at a boutique music licensing company. Our primary products are online, but we also do offline music licensing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63? 

Key staff resources on our technology team that left the company. We needed to bring on interim engineering support until we figured out what we wanted to do going forward.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 serves as the knowledge base for our proprietary content management system (CMS). Our outgoing team's CMS knowledge wasn't documented. Square63 stepped in and became the experts on our platform. They provide daily maintenance and implement best practices for documentation, testing, and development.

They also add features to the platform as requested by our team. That involves knowledge of the application, including deployment and test procedures. They’re now helping us to develop a new version of the CMS using Ruby on Rails and React.js among many other technologies. 

What is the team composition?

Our account lead is Baber (Founder and CEO, Square63). We also work with a project manager and four engineers. 

How did you come to work with Square63?

Our staff didn't give us much notice before leaving our company. We posted a scope of work on Upwork and got hundreds of responses. Square63 had a five-star rating with thousands of hours logged. Their price was in the middle of the range that we were trying to hit, and their knowledge fit our outgoing staff’s skill set.

Initially, we hired Square63 to do a test project so that we could assess their skills. They knocked it out of the park on the first try. It was clear that they not only had the abilities that we needed to replace but other skills that we didn't already have in our toolkit. We asked them to come on board, and they've been working 40 hours a week ever since.  

How much have you invested with them?

We spend about $1,200 a week with them, at least.

What is the status of this engagement? 

The project began in January 2019, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The work that they've done so far has been excellent. Square63 really stepped in to fill our missing roles. They have a really good process, in which they have a technical lead who reviews all of the code created by their developers, then have me as the project lead sign-off. This process has been really helpful.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

I was initially concerned about working with a team in Pakistan because of the time zone differences and language barrier. However, everyone that I've worked with has been fluent in English, so that hasn't been a problem. The Square63 team is exceptionally flexible in terms of working hours. Even when Ramadan presented some challenges in terms of scheduling, they were able to navigate that fluidly. They routinely work within the US East Coast hours. We have at least six hours of overlap every day to work together, which is really helpful. We have daily 15-minute standup meetings over Zoom; then, for the rest of the day, we communicate either over Slack or email. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

I wasn't expecting to find such affordable expertise, which is really important to us as a small company. Our previous employees were highly skilled but very expensive. Given time, Square63 will be as skilled or more skilled for roughly half of that price. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only downside is that there's no recourse if we have any sort of issue in the middle of their night, but that's true for anyone working in different time zones to have to wait until the following business day. We've actually never run into that problem because I've sent messages at 2 AM and they responded.

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

At first, we didn't fully utilize the project management resource assigned to every project. As we got further into the project, it was a no-brainer to start using them, since it was part of the package. We then turned a lot of the project management that we were doing internally over to them. Square63 was immediately able to handle all of the standups and the prioritization of tasks. Definitely leverage that project management resource from the start instead of trying to do it all yourself.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price is incredible.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Platform Dev for Financial Data Firm

“They provide the technology that’s the backbone of how we present and deliver data to clients.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 built a new website from scratch, integrating numerous services like Stripe for payments. They built various APIs and utilize HubSpot CRM to help manage raw financial data. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, DC
Hans Kulberg
CEO, CrowdThnk
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Square63 does great work at a competitive price, working on solutions that are critical to business success. The team is communicative and flexible, adjusting to project needs. Their UX/UI skills could improve, but the team provides high-quality service.

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 CrowdThink, an alternative financial data company that provides datasets for financial market research. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We needed a partner to help with software development, particularly with our website and its analytics.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 worked with Ruby on Rails to build our new platform from scratch. We provided them with our wireframes and mockups, and they work on bringing it all to life. They integrated numerous services into our site, including Stripe for payments and various social media platforms. They built an API that has given us an online presence and allows us to present our data along with videos, instructional blog posts, and other resources. They also implemented HubSpot CRM, which allows us to manage raw financial data.

What is the team composition? 

We work with a project manager.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We reviewed around 40 different companies and interviewed 15 of them. Square63 was professional, had relevant experience, and offered a great price, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We partnered in September 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Square63 does work critical to our company’s success. They provide the technology that’s the backbone of how we present and deliver data to clients.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

Initially, we held weekly meetings on Skype to track project progress. We follow an agile development process that’s intuitive and allows for constant integration. We utilize Asana to assign and check tasks, and Square63 is accommodating to our schedule and needs. Even though they’re overseas, they communicate well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their quality of service is as good, if not better, than other firms I’ve worked with. They offer professional insight into areas we’re not experts in, and they’re a fraction of the cost of a U.S. agency. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their UX/UI could be better.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always meet deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're one of the best prices.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web & App Dev for Meal Sharing Platform

“Square63 delivered a robust platform ahead of schedule and within budget.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 developed a web and iOS app, working off of provided wireframes and requirements. Their services are ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Co-Founder, Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Square63 delivered a high-quality platform that users have responded very well to. Highly collaborative, accessible, and communicative, working with their team has been a great experience overall. They ask good questions and take a very proactive approach to 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 co-founder of a technology company that provides meal and grocery planning services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We reached out to Square63 to help develop our web and mobile app platform from scratch. Our challenge involved taking our user research and mapping out a product that could address areas we believed would differentiate our services. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 worked from provided wireframes and requirements and mapped out a plan that included features and product scope so we could prioritize how we would create an MVP. They then designed and developed a web-based and mobile (iOS) platform, communicating with our team on a daily basis. Once we're happy with the product, we plan to build an Android version as well. 

What is the team composition? 

We work with a project lead, as well as multiple frontend and backend developers. Depending on the stage of the project, we've worked with anywhere from 5–8 people at any given time. 

How did you come to work with Square63?

They were referred to us, but we also found them on a freelancer platform. After initial conversations with their team, we liked the way they presented their specifications and estimates compared to other vendors we spoke to.

How much have you invested with them?

Our original project scope was around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in May 2018, and they delivered an MVP by November, but we continue to work with them on further development. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Square63 delivered a robust platform ahead of schedule and within budget. It successfully demonstrates the core features that we believe users will respond very favorably to. We're also starting to see a growth in the number of users, so it's been a successful relationship overall. 

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

They perform extremely well–much better than an internal development team would be able to. They provide daily updates, ask good questions, and are very punctual with deliverables. They also track progress through Asana, which has helped us stay on track and move tickets along swiftly. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality of their code, as well as their organized approach to project management, sets them apart from other vendors. They've been extremely thoughtful, strong partners. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Even though they generally asked good questions, I think they could've asked even more to make sure they weren't making any cultural assumptions about processes. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Document all requirements and instructions well, because there may be some communication barriers over the phone. Anything technical or complex should be documented on Asana or with screenshots to ensure no miscommunications occur. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their team was able to bring in the right experts capable of building the platform we needed.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've delivered an extremely high-quality platform.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We've continued to work with them as a result of their proven success.

Web Dev for Saas Solution Company

“Their reliability is a great asset.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Feb 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 built a web application from scratch using Angler, JavaScript, HTML, and Ruby on Rails with hosting by Amazon Web Services.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Head of Development, Technology Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web app is highly functional and reliable. Despite some miscommunication, Square63 are highly responsive and willing to manage fixes well after delivery.

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 head of development at a technology company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We're a startup that needed support for reliable software development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 built our web application from scratch using Angler, JavaScript, HTML, and Ruby on Rails with hosting on Amazon Web Services. We provided initial designs, functionality descriptions, and use cases. They developed the code and set up the infrastructure and servers.

Since our app launched, Square63 continues to maintain and build it out. The backend of our app manages queries while the frontend has a dashboard with graphs and statistics. We can create queries or customized displays.

What is the team composition?

We work with a head of communications as well as their supervisor who takes all requests. We’ve also worked with at least five or six developers.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We found them on Upwork. I wasn’t involved in that process but know that they met all of the criteria that we set.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with then in February 2017 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app has worked surprisingly well from the start and it's reliable but we have had some issues due to miscommunications.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

They usually prefer using Skype. I also set up a Slack channel for all the developers and head of communications. We send requests via email.

They're very reliable in the sense that they always respond. It rarely takes them a long time to respond to any queries or issues we have. If we encounter any bugs or errors, they’re willing to help us fix them within a month or two even after the delivery.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their reliability is a great asset. They respond to any queries or server issues that we have. They effectively maintain the software while continuing to develop it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would advise them to make sure that the product description and specifications are explicit and precise because there can be miscommunication. They can be helpful, though, in addressing any misunderstanding.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They're flexible if we need to push the deadlines and they’re never late for anything, either deliverables or meetings.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re much cheaper than what we could find in Norway.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It works well and we haven’t had any big issues.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ruby on Rails Development for Cloud Developer Environment

"I think their strength is that they’re willing to do it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 provides API development and provided payment integrations in an effort to restore a broken IDE cloud service environment. The team is working on a DNS manager and drag-and-drop functionalities. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Nashville, Tennessee
Owner, IT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the work could be done faster, Square63 provides quality work that is helping to overcome major hurdles. The team excels with simple tasks and completing one task at a time, but may struggle to cope with several priorities. Square63 is trustworthy, listens well, and asks questions.

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 an owner and executive at CodeHelper, which is an online IDE cloud server, development environment for developers who want to develop in the cloud without having to spin up Sublime Text and push the code to Sublime. They can build straight from their web browser.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We ran across issues integrating API information. We had a developer walk in and tear apart our system and basically shut down one of our servers. We lost everything, so we had to reset and start from square one. We had all the code, but we had to rebuild some assets and put it all back together.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 provided API development, Stripe integration, and pay portal stuff when we shifted from Authorize to Stripe. They do Ruby on Rails work, HTML, backend, and frontend. They didn’t do server deployment, but they pulled the API information. We needed some DNS stuff figured out, so when a project is issued, the DNS propagates correctly under our cloud account.

Right now, they’re building a drag-and-drop into the web browser, so they can upload files straight to the server via the web browser, versus having to log into the server backend, then upload it via FTP. That’s pretty cool. It’s been a lot of bug fixes, little issues, like the SSL integration and stuff like that.

There’s been some intentional stuff. With this kind of development, you get up and running and then realize you have to fix the way it was done. So, it’s like restructuring the format or the frameworks of the code. A lot of the code was good. We just ran into situations when we switched the system. That’s been the majority of the work with Square63.

The DNS manager, where you can point project to a unique URL within one user’s account, was built by Square63. They have done some major overhauls and additions to the platform. By the end of the day tomorrow, they should be working on the ‘add a server’ function. Users will be able to add as many servers as they want. In the future, we’re going to have them build out team code.

We use one person full-time, and I’ve been in discussions to see if we can utilize another, just regarding timelines. We have a 12-hour time zone difference, and that’s the downside of the engagement, but they’re pretty good at communicating every day. I know we have one person full-time, and there’s a project manager and a person who does quality assurance.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We’ve used freelancer sites in the past, trying to find good and trustworthy developers. That is the most difficult thing I’ve come across. I just need someone to get it done. I don’t need someone who’s going to take on a job and learn on the go. I put out a bid on Upwork and stated the skill sets I was looking for. Baber [CEO & Co-Founder, Square63] said he could do it. I talked to him, and I liked that he started doing research, digging in to figure it out. He didn’t want to take the job unless they could do it.

How much have you invested with Square63?

We spend close to $1,000 a week.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work started in January of 2017, and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re still in development, and we're trying to get the beta version of the platform up and running. We’ve been trying to get over a few major hurdles. I’m happy Suqare63 is doing the work. I’d like it to be done faster, but they are delivering good work. They speak good English, and we understand each other pretty well. I’m satisfied overall with their work. I think they deliver some good stuff, but my preference would be that it’s a little faster.

In trying to hit deadlines, you’ve got to work with them to communicate and keep them focused. They’re not doing anything wrong; they’re working hard and getting the job done.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

I assign tasks, and sometimes Suqare63's team has to understand, which takes time away from the original goal. When I give them a simple task, they’ll knock it out, but I can't give them five different things at once. If you start separating your assets or resources and keep adding stuff, then it gets to a point where they forget the priorities.

We’re using GitHub and Asana, which work well for us.

What did you find most impressive about Square63?

Right off the bat, Baber greeted me with a smile, talked to me, and he listened. He was the point man, and then he assigned a developer to me. At the end of the day, I think their strength is that they’re willing to do it. They’re willing to hear you out, and they ask questions, which is helpful. You’re trying to get the job done, but also get it done right. You need them to ask you questions, investigate, and take a little ownership in the project. Square63 has done a good job of getting invested in the project and trying to make it a reality, rather than just treating it like just another day at the office.

Are there any areas Square63 could improve?

I think Square63 is doing a great job. I’d hire them again. I like to work with people who I can build a good rapport with. They’re very professional, kind, and nice. They know their stuff. They’ll get it done.

If you’re working with a third-party development firm, you know there will be challenges. Don’t expect them to know everything right off the bat. They don’t know your system or your code. Make sure you know what you’re asking them to do or have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’re putting it on them. They’re going to do what they want to do. If you go to them with clear intentions, they’ll knock it out.

5.0
Overall Score Square63 makes sure they can do the project before they agree. They actually investigate and look at the code. They put in the time beforehand to ensure they can do the job right. That’s a value and an asset that you want in any developer.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Knowing your schedule is very important to allow them to hit your deadline. In my case, it’s hard because we’re still in that open development phase. There’s no full-on timeline.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’re paying Square63 a very fair rate. We’d only get junior level development for the same cost in the US. Sometimes it does take them longer on specific tasks, but that depends on the code and the systems you require. They’ll do other things quickly.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Square63's team was on time, has good character, and is helpful.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’re good guys. You can tell they actually want to work. It’s hard to find people who are willing to work, and these guys are willing to do the job. They’re efficient and good.

iOS and Ruby on Rails Development for Startup

"We chose Square63 based on their references, responsiveness, and ability to deliver on time."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 is transforming a community-based entrepreneurship app with UX/UI design and backend API development. Rebuilding the app from the ground up, the team provides iOS and Ruby on Rails services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
CEO & Founder, StartupAlerts.co
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app now has over 450 users and the API has handled over 10,000 events. Square63’s work is well-received by users and test markets, who appreciate its interface and calendar integrations. The team understands the project and suggests improvements to the system. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Startup Alerts is an iOS app that connects entrepreneurs to events in their community based on their set preferences.

What is your role in the organization?

I am the founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

At the time, we already had an app. However, we needed to pivot, which included a redesign of the app, UX/UI, and backend API. Our goal was to have the app built within the deadline and work well. I’m not a developer, so we needed to reach out to a partner. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of the work and Square63’s involvement in greater detail.

Square63 provided a complete overhaul of the UI/UX and new designs. They basically rebuilt the app from the ground up. Their work also included the iOS development and Ruby on Rails API build.

They helped with planning the redesign, as well as restructuring the API. An example of a major feature was the ability to send notifications with custom timing based on geolocation.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We chose Square63 based on their references, responsiveness, and ability to deliver on time.

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

We have spent $7,000 on the work so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work began in November of 2015, and it is ongoing. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What are the results of the project, and are there any statistics or metrics you can share?

The app now has 450+ users, and the API has handled over 10,000 events. We also have a few thousand notifications sent. We now have a marketing tool that attracts users to events that they are interested in. We can also send targeted notifications to users based on the events that meet their interests.

The app was received well by the users and the test markets. They appreciated the simplified interface and ability to add things your calendar, which makes the app useful and reduced barriers to user engagement.

Users loved getting notifications of events that they were interested in and having the ability to favorite events. In our app, the ability to add an item to the calendar is smoother than in other apps.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

Square63 performs really well. They seek to understand your project and what you want and need, then they work to accomplish that. They also suggest better ways of doing something if they can.

In terms of deadlines and communication, they are excellent. They communicate on a regular basis and explain that they expect to accomplish the set objectives. They discuss any problems that arise and work to meet the deadline or give a reasonable timeframe to solve the problems.

To communicate, we use Slack, Trello, and email.

What distinguishes Square63 from other providers?

Square63 is distinguished by their speed, cost, and project management abilities. I appreciate their responsiveness and ability to solve problems.

Is there anything Square63 could have improved or done differently?

The team could start user testing with Apple’s TestFlight. 

5.0
Overall Score Square63 is professional and proactive.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team always meets deadlines or reaches out before the deadline to explain any troubles that are occurring.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The project came in at or under cost; they do an excellent job managing expectations.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are always on time. When problems arise, they communicate them immediately and ask for clarification.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have and will again.

Backend Development for Fintech Company

"Square63 has a very good attitude towards work."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Aug. 2016 - Oct. 2016
Project summary: 

Square63 provided an audit of a web platform architecture and implemented their recommendations in development. The platform was built using Ruby on Rails, which the team later used to update the code.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Nairobi, Kenya
Consultant, Financial Services Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal testing of the platform had positive results. The audit, code quality, and stability of the platform were satisfactory. Square63 collaborated well and communicated actively. The team has perfected the development and project management processes. 

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 was a consultant for PesaZetu, which was established to do peer-to-peer lending for low-income borrowers in Kenya. Unfortunately, that project didn’t go forward. I’ve now moved on to a new company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

The goal was for Square63 to do an audit of a foundation that was built, and then provide recommendations for architecture and the product itself. With those recommendations, they would go ahead and build a better platform that was stable, reliable, and scalable. That’s where I saw them to be helpful, based on the past work they had done for me and the capacity of their team.

The developer previously working on that project was a one-man show, so he wasn’t able to do a very good job. I was looking for Square63 to provide capacity and then also to provide some sense of seriousness in a local project that we expected to grow.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 did the audit, provided strategy, and did the development to upgrade the web platform. The key features for the web platform were on the backend side of things; the dashboard, managing loans, repayments, the borrower’s information, and the marketplace. We had access to reporting and managing the lifecycle of the loan, from disbursement to collections. The platform was built on Ruby on Rails, so JavaScript was part of it.

We didn’t get to the mobile app stage, but Square63 were meant to focus on an Android app. The project was terminated before we got to that point.

How did you come to work with Square63?

The CTO for my first startup was trying to find the right agency for a project, and he had already worked with Square63. He recommended them to us because we needed similar services.

How much have you invested with Square63?

This information is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the project in August of 2016, and the work was finished in October of that year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The quality of the code, the project management, and the audit were all satisfactory. Also, the commitment and execution of Square63 were quite impressive. We tested internally, but we never got to launch the project, so it’s hard to evaluate. With the internal testing, everything was quite stable.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

Square63 had a very good structure. We used Pivotal Tracker and Skype for communication. They collaborated with our team and ensured that communication was as effective as possible. They did a very good job. They know how to go about the development process, ensuring that agility is maintained. I didn’t have any issues with deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about Square63?

I would put Square63 on top due to their disciplined way of working and their capacity. Also, I think communication and project management are key to any project, and they have perfected the art of ensuring that whole ecosystem of development is complete and balanced. Many agencies have good developers, but they’re not good at managing themselves and using communication tools. I think Square63 is an all-around team. You can talk to a project manager who doubles as a software developer, so they understand both sides of the project. That's quite impressive.

Square63 has a very good attitude towards work. Even when they worked on a project that didn’t progress, they kept a positive attitude, which is very attractive to me.

Are there any areas Square63 could improve?

There could have been better documentation of things on a continuous basis after the audit was complete. Also, they could work on ensuring the communication process doesn’t break off, especially when they’re handling a project in another country.

There can be more effective ways that communication be implemented as part of their process if they know they are working with a partner from another country who may not have good infrastructure. That is one of the things I struggled with a lot. The internet connectivity was really bad, but I don’t know if that was on our side or theirs. So, I believe it’s important for Square63 to make sure that communication flows when it needs to happen.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Square63 was very clear on timelines. I’ve not seen them backtracking on the schedule. Even when there are delays, they communicated with me, and that was the most important thing.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Square63 works really hard. Even when one team member is not there, you still feel you’re in the right hands. I think they handled the project in the right way.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Quality is hard to measure, as there are a lot of factors to consider. I think there is room for improvement in quality. It’s aligned with ensuring that quality assurance with a clear checklist, continues to be implemented after too.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Square63 is very good in what they do. They also have the capacity, which is one of the key challenges we face here in Kenya. I would bet a lot of my friends who are running businesses are facing the same challenge.

Ruby on Rails CMS Development for Mobile Software Company

"Square63 is a provider that we recommend to people."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2011 - Aug. 2016
Project summary: 

Square63 provided multiple infrastructures and websites that function as control panels for apps. Their work focused on Ruby on Rails development, and the team provided initial frameworks as well as updates.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Scot Robinson
Partner, The APP Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Square63 was responsive and personal. Their code was reviewed by additional developers and given high marks. The team set appropriate expectations, met deadlines, and did so at a reasonable cost. Whenever issues arose, they were immediately addressed.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The APP Company develops mobile apps. Most of our apps have an online cloud-based component where the clients can control and store data and control options in the app. I’m the co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We have web apps which are platform-based where we’ll build a platform for a certain industry, and then we have clients that use that platform to meet a certain need. We also have one-off apps where clients will approach us to build a custom app. In the case of specific assignments, we’ve had specific needs and specific technologies on the cloud. Square63 developed online infrastructures and websites for us to control these apps. The reason we hired them the first time was that we needed a Ruby on Rails application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Square63 helped us with two or three specific projects. For example, we have a platform called Gameday Platform which we sell and license to large universities. The platform helps them run a fan experience for an athletic program. We needed to develop a CMS [customer management system] to run this app platform, and Square63 supported us with that. They developed the initial framework, and we’ve re-engaged them multiple times to modify it as needs arose.

For these platforms, the app interacts with the backend through JSON APIs or the universities or our company manages the data. Customers do not interact with the website.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We were looking for someone who could develop in Ruby on Rails, and Square63 was recommended to us by a partner that had used them in the past. Whenever using an overseas developer, it’s important to make sure everything is in order. Square63 is responsible and meets deadlines. Communication is important for us regarding the English language and time zone. It’s great if they can be flexible with your work day. Making sure they write good code and do what they say they’re going to do are also things to be aware of. Square63 is a provider that we recommend to people, and we’ve used them multiple times ourselves because we enjoy working with them.

How much have you invested with Square63?

We spent around $100,000 over the course of our relationship.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Square63 in 2011 or 2012, and the most recent project was completed in August 2016. We don’t engage them actively anymore because we aren’t doing much Ruby on Rails but we continue to use them for the projects they helped us build.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been very happy with Square63, and we would use them again. They’re very responsive and personal. When Baber [Founder & CEO, Square63] was in the States on Election Day, I had lunch with him. They’re a pleasure to work with. Their code was reviewed by our internal developers, and they provided solid code for our projects.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Trello for our project management.

What did you find most impressive about Square63?

Square63's communication is good, and they’re reliable. They don’t make unreasonable promises. Some companies do bait and switch. They start with certain developers on your project, and then they put more junior people on the project once you’re working with them. Square63 meets deadlines, writes good code, and their pricing is good.

Are there any areas Square63 could improve?

Nobody is perfect, but the important thing is Square63 keeps their promises, and if there are any issues, they address them.

5.0
Overall Score I’m very happy with Square63. Any opportunity I have to use their skill set, I will use them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Square63 meets deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Square63 is very competitive. They’re not the cheapest but also not the most expensive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Square63 does a really good job, always delivers what they promised, and writes good code.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I often recommend Square63 to other people.

Ruby on Rails Development for Wall Coverings Company

"They’re extremely reliable."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 is working to complete a partially built Ruby on Rails B2B website. The team is restoring functionalities that were lost by a previous developer and streamline the site for faster performance.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Fairfield, New Jersey
Michael Popp
IT Project Manager, Phillip Jeffries
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Square63 is currently four weeks ahead of schedule, and the site is significantly faster than before. The team is extremely thorough, efficient, and knowledgeable. They understand the needs of the project and anticipate next steps without needing a detailed description. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Phillip Jeffries sells high-end, luxury wall coverings, many of which are made from all-natural materials. Our company is B2B. I’m a project manager, and I primarily deal with our website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We’re currently working on building a new version of our site. We already had something partially built, but we needed a significant amount of changes to the site. The performance wasn’t very good and the functionality wasn’t all there.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had worked with another company last year to initially build the site, and it was not a complete success. We needed a complete overhaul. It’s an e-commerce site where you can order samples, memos, tip cards, as well as our products. Users can also see product specs and installation shots. In essence, the site is used for browsing as well as e-commerce. It’s also a utility for our sales people and partners around the world, letting them look at their active orders, completed orders, orders pending payment, and things of that sort. The site also has a lot of reporting by territory or area. Sales personnel can see their sales numbers and other metrics.

When we redid the site the first time, we lost a lot of the functionality. In an effort to improve what we had, we changed things to a level that didn’t work for our users efficiently. A lot of Square63’s work was to bring back our old functionality as well as streamline the site and make its performance significantly faster. By significantly, I mean it’s ten times faster for a lot of the pages.

We had a UX [user experience] designer work on all the designs for the site, which we then sent to Square63. There were certain parts I asked them to do a certain way without the designs, and they were very flexible and capable. The frontend of the site is on Ruby on Rails, and the backend is using a PHP API.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We found them on Upwork. We reached out to one of their previous clients, who gave them excellent reviews. That solidified a decision that was pretty much already made. We discussed things with the developers, specifically what approaches they thought would be best, and they were more than knowledgeable.

What is the status of this engagement?

The development began January 16th of 2017, and the work is ongoing. It’s a six-month project, and we’ll probably have some changes in phase two after that. We will 100% continue working with Square63 as we have more additions or new features.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We scoped and planned the whole project in detail. Right now, we’re four weeks ahead of schedule, which is good. The site is significantly faster than before. Everything they do is extremely thorough, detailed, and exact. They are always prompter than we could be, and they work very fast and efficiently. They think of things to put in the requirements that I missed.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

I’ve been satisfied in terms of communications and deadlines. I meet with them twice a week, and we communicate via email or JIRA. I’ve never had an issue communicating with them.

What did you find most impressive about Square63?

They’re extremely reliable. I’ve worked with a lot of developers in the past, and I usually have to watch their work closely to make sure they’re on track to hit deadlines and deliver the quality I need. Square63 understands all my requests thoroughly. They anticipate my needs before I even have to go into a detailed description.

Are there any areas Square63 could improve?

They’re providing everything I need. I couldn’t ask for more.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’re ahead of schedule right now. If anything does fall behind, it’s not due to them. They’re never the ones holding up any tasks or phases.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s a very competitive cost. Many times, when you pay this cost, you suffer in terms of quality, but we do not whatsoever.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their service is of good quality, and it’s timely.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer them first, before anyone else.

Ruby on Rails Development for Interactive Content Platform

"They’re very collaborative and open to communication."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Square63 provides Ruby on Rails software development from scratch based on wireframes and functionality requirements. The team works in Agile, and provides has delivered multiple platforms.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Louisville, Kentucky
Co-Founder, Content Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Square63 is efficient and deliver good quality at a good cost. After some hiccups in the early stages of the engagement, the team has adapted their processes and now deliver every project on time with all features requested. Their care for their customers is obvious.

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 COO of a software and service firm. We focus on lead generation for B2B companies selling things online.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Square63?

We needed a software platform. We were starting from scratch at the time.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had wireframes and functionality requirements. Square63 architected the solution and wrote the technical requirements. We don’t define how things work technically; we define how they look functionally and what they should do. So, the first part of that has been entirely Square63’s responsibility, and the second part is what we do. The platform was built with Ruby on Rails, and then all kinds of open-source plugins were added. We used an Agile method to develop the platform. At any given time, we’re working with Square63 on multiple projects and different platforms, so there are anywhere from three to ten people assigned to our projects. All the development has involved Ruby on Rails.

How did you come to work with Square63?

We put out a request for proposal and they responded to it. The factors that made us choose Square63 were previous work, cost, and professionalism.

How much have you invested with Square63?

Our total investment with them over 10–15 projects is approaching six figures.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in 2015, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’ve worked with 20–30 freelance software vendors and they’ve been the best by far. They’re efficient, and they deliver a quality product at a good cost. In the early stages of our relationship, some hiccups occurred. However, as we developed processes, those things stopped happening. They delivered all the feature requirements we requested within the scope we had hoped for. Their work on all our projects has been better than anything else I’ve seen.

How did Square63 perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very collaborative and open to communication. We use Asana to track the work.

What did you find most impressive about Square63?

I think they care about their customers. If there’s ever a discrepancy, they’ll usually err on the side of the client.

Are there any areas Square63 could improve?

They’ve already improved over the course of the relationship. I don’t think anything needs improvement at this point.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Based on interactions with other firms, Square63 provides the best value for the money spent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I give this rating due to their quality, speed, and cost.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred them.