What was the scope of their involvement?
This was the first official piece of our company. We were hoping to get Maindeck populated with shipyard profiles and to have a database with companies.
Shipyards need to be able to register or sign up, and to be able to add data or and edit info which includes specific shipyard facility information (certificates, location, and pictures or videos).
From a user point of view, a user needs to be able to visit our website and see all the information there in a list view. The website provides different ways of seeing the world’s shipyards. The user experience has been something we have tried to focus on. There are a lot of sites in the shipping field in general, but they usually lack some sort of UX. We wanted to be the first professional shipyard database that shipyards would want to utilize.
We had some initial sketches and designs, and Startup Development House had a lot of input to upgraded the design beyond what we had hoped for. We thought our initial designs were pretty rock-solid, but Startup Development House blew us away with their designs.
The platform itself web-based, and a login is only required for the shipyards themselves. As far as technology goes, the Startup Development House used Ruby on Rails and PostgreSQL, and all the standard front-end technologies have been used for the development of the platform. They chose technology that would allow us to stay within our budget and have a robust system. We had a really tight schedule as an exhibition was coming up and we had to make the deadline for that, which we did.
I had something that was previously done in Armenia that was a slightly different module, but it didn’t work out. We are going to redo that next with Startup Development House.
What is the team dynamic?
In total, we have had 4 or 5 members of their team working on our project.
How did you come to work with Startup Development House?
I had seen their profile on Startupmatcher’s reference list. I was in touch with the person from Startupmatcher, and he only had good things to say about Startup Development House. From there, I was in touch with Marek, and was pretty impressed with their work.
How much have you invested in them?
We have invested 10,000 Euro with Startup Development House to date, and we plan to invest more.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in April 2017, and the project was completed in May 2017; however, the relationship is ongoing.