A tech creative partner that delivers.

We are a custom software company that entitle disruptors, startups, and Fortune 500s to realize their vision through mobile app development, design, and strategic solutions.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2011
Squareball Studios
4101 McEwen Rd #645
Dallas, TX 75244
United States
Squareball Studios
Colombia

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Key clients: 

Disruptors, Startups and Fortune 500 companies

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iOS App Dev for Home Modeling and Design Company

“They transformed my vision into a practical tool that surpassed my original concept.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2017
Project summary: 

Squareball Studios developed an iOS app with image storage and tagging capabilities. They plan to release an Android-compatible app in the future.  

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Midland, Texas
Kristina Leigh Wiggins
CEO, Simply Kristina Leigh
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although there hasn’t been any widespread promotion, users are organically discovering the app and using it to manage their home-building projects. Squareball transformed the unique concept into a beautifully designed resource. Despite a few delays, they were always responsive and willing to help.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of Simply Kristina Leigh, an architectural design firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

Disorganization was a burden to my communication efforts. Clients would waste billable hours scrolling through their phones to find pictures of design styles that they wanted to mimic. Meanwhile, our builders would misplace crucial documents and delay the construction process. Developing an app was the best solution to keep everyone on track.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I sent Squareball digital sketches of design concepts I wanted to implement on the app, and they transformed my vision into a practical tool that surpassed my original idea. They developed the app for iOS, and plan to build an Android app if results are positive.

We’re able to manage remodeling projects and new construction jobs within the app. Every room and building fixture has its own tab and users can upload design styles and link the images to the desired items. Users can also generate spec sheets instantly and share them with our builders via email or cloud-sharing platforms.

What is the team composition?

Their owners assumed the role of project managers, but we also had direct access to the developers that were working on the app.

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

I was looking for a local company that does good work, and Squareball fit my criteria.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $70,000--$80,000 developing the app, and maintenance and hosting fees are $12,000--$13,000 each month. Altogether, we’ve paid between $85,000--$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

They started building the app in January 2016, and we launched the app in January 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven’t done any SEO or advertising campaigns to promote the app yet, so there hasn’t been a large volume of people purchasing the app for their construction projects. However, I have been actively using the app for months, and I don’t know how I survived so long without it. There are a few standard bugs, such as cameras not responding, but they’re always able to resolve issues after I submit a problem ticket.

How did Squareball Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They were available to meet in-person if necessary, but they mainly used digital platforms to correspond with us. During development, we were able to test the app in a limited environment and submit work tickets if we had questions or concerns. There were a few delays when they got overwhelmed with work, but they always sent follow-up emails to confirm that they received our requests.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I have a limited understanding of technical information, but they were excellent at simplifying complex information to accommodate me. Squareball is very prompt when responding to us and they go above and beyond to satisfy our demands.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It would have been nice for the project to move along faster, but I’ve never worked with an app developer to know if my scheduling expectations are realistic.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We went to them with specific functionalities that we wanted to see in the app, which prevented back-and-forth because they knew what we needed. Go in with clear expectations and they will develop accordingly.

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

Custom Web App Development for Makeup Company

"Their team was brilliant at converting our ideas into a functional website."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

After a thorough discovery phase, Squareball developed a website including its customer portal, backend database, frontend, UX/UI, and reservation system. They also connected the site to social media. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dallas, Texas
Rebekah Miller
Founder, MYX Blend Bar
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The database Squareball developed is easy to use, user-friendly, and eases customer order processing. Communicating clearly, Squareball met all deadlines and created efficient solutions. Their expertise and personable approach contributed to a smooth engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are MYX Blend Bar, a custom lipstick and lip gloss provider. We also provide shade replication of lipstick shades.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

I needed a custom website with a database to archive our client’s custom lipstick designs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their president and VP first met with us to develop our ideas. They interviewed us for the requirements and features we needed and created a plan for the site.

Using that plan, Squareball developed a client portal which allows clients to create accounts to blend and save their custom colors. They integrated a custom backend database into our point of sale (POS) system to enable archiving of clients' custom color blends. They also created the website’s frontend, including all its UX/UI.

Then, their team developed a reservation system which allows our clients to pick our service packages, pick a mixologist, and a date for their appointment. Finally, they connected our site to our Instagram account and created a blog which drives traffic back to our site.

What is the team composition?

We worked primarily with the president and VP of Squareball.

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

We were recommended to them by a friend.

What is the status of this engagement?

We engaged with them February 2017 through April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our employees really appreciate the database. It’s user-friendly and easy to service our clients. Squareball configured it to a tee and it’s almost impossible to make an error on an order.

We have not launched the reservation system or the client portal yet, but expect both features to further optimize our services once they are released.

How did Squareball Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Squareball conducted regular meetings through Skype. They responded to emails and phone calls extremely quickly. Their team was very knowledgeable and delivered various beta versions throughout the project. They made sure we understood why certain parts needed to be more user-friendly. Working efficiently, they made sure to solve issues as quickly as possible. They were very upfront with timeframes and always met our deadlines.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The first website I created was very shallow and didn’t have any advanced features. In comparison, the website Squareball developed is amazing. Working very hard, they always communicated to tailor solutions to our needs. Their team was brilliant at converting our ideas into a functional website, and they were very personable. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’ve been really pleased.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you’re not sure of your idea, take it to Squareball Studios and let them create it for you. They're really a creative team and have a lot of great ideas. Squareball will be invested in your project and always deliver within the timeframe that you need.

5.0
Overall Score I was very pleased and look forward to working with them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were flexible and always met the deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I felt like the price was right for the work they’ve done.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The platform they created for us is great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

App Development for Social Media Tool Startup

“They provide a personalized service and are punctual, friendly, and professional.”

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

Squareball Studios helped develop algorithms and other functionality for a social media tool that aggregates global analytics. It assigns figurative scores and monetary values to posts and other content.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dallas, Texas
Co-Founder, Social Media Tool
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is still ahead of its launch, but impressions are already positive. Squareball is responsive, prompt, and communicative. Everything is delivered on time and their team is nurturing and cohesive.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We have an app that takes worldwide analytics and assigns figurative scores and monetary values to that data.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

We wanted help with the algorithms that collect data and the API that links to social media.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The product is a mobile app for iOS and Android. We’re currently finishing the last phase. Once the skins, colors, and functionality are complete, we will launch it on the app stores and they will continue to host it for us.

They came up with the algorithm that culls posts, comments, and retweets from our fanbase on Twitter. They broke down the scoring mechanics we use to assign monetary values. In today’s market, who you know matters. They found ways to weight brand ambassadors and important Instagram accounts that sell merchant services while ignoring fake likes, profile sharing, and accounts. We can now determine users’ real social media reach.

What is the team composition?

We mostly interface with a project manager and Andrew (Co-Founder/Senior Creative Director, Squareball Studios). There is also a younger staff member who helps us. Together, they coordinate meetings and set deadlines.

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

My business partner found them. We were shopping for a company to help with this app and liked their work history, price index, and quality of service.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested about $100,000 in the app itself.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started at the end of December 2017 and hope to launch mid-July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven’t launched yet, but we hope to have some clear metrics later this year. Our experience with them is wonderful. They’re very prompt and always respond quickly.

How did Squareball Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

We generally communicate through phone, text message, or email. They deliver everything on time and are very communicative. They always respond quickly to my questions.

What did you find most impressive about them?

This is our first endeavor in app development. They provide a personalized service and are punctual, friendly, and professional. It’s a small studio of individuals and they’re very good at what they do and they get the job done.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t have any criticisms for them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They are very particular about their accounting. They have very short grace periods and want to be paid within a few days of billing. Make sure your budgets are in place before you approach them.

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
    We will develop two more apps with them.

App Development for Golf Technology Company

"There weren't a lot of bugs or functionality gaps, and they're very attentive to customers’ needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2011 - Sept. 2014
Project summary: 

Squareball Studios developed an iOS and Android smartphone app and corresponding backends. Key features included GPS location functionality and customizable frontend. They also provided UX/UI design.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dallas, Texas
Adam Emerson
Founder, SmatCart App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app that Squareball Studios built was well-received, with 265 participating golf courses and 100,000 active users at its peak. The team corrected bugs quickly. Communication was sometimes slow around deadlines, but the high-quality of their work made them a valuable partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I founded a smartphone app called SmartCart. My role was on the product side. I met with customers in order to understand the pain points, then relayed those needs back to Squareball.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

We originally hired another company to build the app, but they didn't deliver what we were looking for. They essentially gave us a clickable prototype. We were in a bind because we had customers waiting to sign up. We needed to find a new partner that could quickly get a working app to market.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SmartCart is an app to order food and beverages from anywhere on a golf course. GPS functionality allows the course to track your phone and deliver the order out to you. Squareball came in and built everything for us. They created a web-based backend with a map to show where the golfer is on the course at all times. Each course could customize the app with menu offerings, hours of operations, and photos.

Squareball started by building an iOS app and a backend because iPhone had by far the biggest market share. As Android gained traction, they scaled up quickly and got an Android app out as well. The app eventually evolved into a cloud-based point of sale system for the golf industry. They did all of the UX/UI design, as well hosting the app.

What is the team composition?

We worked with both co-founders of the company.

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

I was referred to them by a friend.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $600,000–$700,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with Squareball from July 2011–September 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The functionality they created was good. There were some bugs here and there, but nothing significant. At the app’s peak, we had around 265 participating golf courses with 100,000 active users.

How did Squareball Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

One of the co-founders was our main project manager while we were doing updates and bug fixes. The other co-founder took over later in the life cycle of the product. We kept track of the whole roadmap in Jira. They were always reliable during high-stress times.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They may not be the fastest, but they deliver excellent quality work. There weren't a lot of bugs or functionality gaps, and they're very attentive to customers’ needs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Speed of delivery was sometimes an issue. The lines of communication could have been better, especially around deadlines. Their response times could improve, in general.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They do the research to understand the market because they want you to do well and be successful. They want your brand to evolve and gain traction as much as you do.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They garner a very solid Net Promoter Score from me.

App Development for Transportation Technology Company

“They are a smaller company so they’re more invested in what they’re doing and what their team is putting out.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Dec. 2017
Project summary: 

Squareball Studios designed a smartphone app for smoother communication between valet companies and clients via push notifications, geolocation, and payment system.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kaufman, Texas
Tracy McWhorter
President, ValetNow
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the completion date was missed, Squareball Studios had face-to-face meetings and email communication with the client to ensure design and aesthetics were representative of the client’s vision.  

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

It is a service that allows valet companies and clients easier communication and transactions when it comes to the valet system. I’m the president and creator.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

I wanted to bring the idea of my app to reality. I went to them with a full layout and they took it from there.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I came to them with a page by page screen layout and they created everything else, including the wireframe. The app is operable on both iPhone and Android platforms with a Web interface for companies to use. The functions include parking spot reservations, push notifications to valet companies with information about their client’s arrival time, client identifiers, push notifications to the client about their car’s whereabouts, timecards for employees, and payments transactions for clients.

What is the team composition?

There were only a few guys, one of them being a project manager, that I communicated with. I had meetings with them to go over the design and aesthetics, then they would take the work to their other team members. 

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

I searched “app creation design” via Google and they popped up. They were a company close enough for me to have face-to-face personable and interactive meetings with.

How much have you invested with them?

I invested $70,000 with Squareball Studios.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started December 2016 and finished December 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I’m still in the marketing stage of the app but the hope is to eventually get more companies onboard.  

How did Squareball Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They had a cloud I could access if I wanted to check the progress of the project. But on the personal aspect side, I would shoot them emails and they were able to respond.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are a smaller company so they’re more invested in what they’re doing and what their team is putting out. Even though the projected completion date was missed, the quality of the project was representative of what I wanted.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Sit down with them and lay out your expectations in the beginning. Set up those guidelines of how often you want to have recurring phone calls or meetings, instead of just having an expectation that wasn’t vocalized.

4.5
Overall Score They did a phenomenal job. Communication at times could have been a little bit better, but again, I don't believe the expectations were fully vocalized.
  • 3.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Our original completion date was obviously bypassed by about five months.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Obviously return of income is hard to tell at this point in time. If I can get it rolling, I think it will be phenomenal.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did a great job with my intent and putting it into something that was very workable and looked well presented.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They were great. Again, just walk in with your expectations but be sure to verbalize them.

Web Development for Coupon Platform

"They made the project stress-free and had high energy throughout. I’ve never worked with a more solid company."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Apr. 2017 - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Provided with a initial concepts, Squareball Studios blueprinted an alpha and beta model website and developed the UX/UI, user account features, and third-party hosting architecture. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Dallas, Texas
Scott Hunter
Founder, Koobel Networks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team gave instant feedback and was ready to meet in person immediately to resolve issues. They continuously communicated throughout the project and provided real-time web page development updates through Basecamp. Squareball made the project stress-free and listened closely to specific needs. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder of Koobel Networks, a company that partners with local companies to digitize value-added content such as coupons and advertisements.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Squareball Studios?

We wanted to develop a website with third partying hosting. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We first scheduled meetings to discuss our ideas and we blueprinted the initial designs and functionalities of the site. They developed an alpha model and they provided support for our issues and feedback. Their team integrated administrative and individual user account portals and features such as uploading, organizing, distributing, and deleting content. Their developers designed UX/UI and architecture for third-party hosting.

What is the team composition?

I worked with the owner and logistics manager.

How did you come to work with Squareball Studios?

I used to work with an India-based developer, but they didn’t deliver what I wanted. I wanted to find someone local and found Squareball.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in April 2017 through September 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project launched two weeks ago, and we have not had enough time to gather qualitative or quantitative metrics.  

How did perform from a project management standpoint?

We used Basecamp which allowed us to review the web pages being generated throughout the project. The technology also allowed us to see the developer’s comments and suggestions. They scheduled several emails, phone calls, meetings as needed. They were always available for any requests or issues and communicated any questions they might have on specific details.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They gave instant feedback and were ready to meet in-person 20 minutes after I called them. They made the project stress-free and had high energy throughout. I’ve never worked with a more solid company.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I see no areas they can improve as everything was perfect.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would say to be very straightforward with your needs and to contact them for their work.

5.0
Overall Score They are easy to work with, very flexible, and very thoughtful.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The project lasted a little longer than anticipated, but it wasn't a big concern.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price was perfect.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their services and deliverables were above expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them for any project.