We develop Web & Mobile applications

Web and mobile development for b2b and b2c sectors. Cost effective MVP-development for startups.

SteelKiwi makes IT simple! Just bring us any idea and we will turn it into reality! Since 2011 year we've launched 100+ projects and we've built an impressive portfolio which is constantly growing, so take a look here.

The mix of agile methodologies and passion for creating glossy product helps us to deliver what customer expects and even more! Requirements analysis and UX design are followed by graphic design and development itself before the finish line (launch of the product) and after it (with product support).  

Our 65+ full-time employees are ready to help you: passionate designers; talented and calm engineers for all platforms; experts in wireframing and QA testing. And always-online managers, for sure! 

SteelKiwi offers a consultative, 360-degree approach: we're ready to make an analysis of idea or business problem and find the best solution. Just bring us what you have and be sure: we will find nice hands to handle. 

Visit our website to know more about SteelKiwi Inc, customers and case studies. Take a look at SteelKiwi Dribbble account to get an impression of our visual approach.

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$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2011
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Odessa, Ukraine
Headquarters
  • Steelkiwi Odessa 65033
    Ukraine
    +1 415-449-8696
other locations
  • Steelkiwi Belmont, CA
    United States
    +1 415-449-8696
  • Steelkiwi Vinnytsia 21018
    Ukraine
    +1 415-449-8696
  • Steelkiwi Kosice 04001
    Slovakia
  • Steelkiwi Tel Aviv-Yafo 61999
    Israel
    +972 3 376-04-03

Portfolio

TipCow

Site for artists and their fans. It allows fans to locate their favorite local bands and show their appreciation by donating them a selected amount funds. Both web and mobile apps have been created per TipCow's request.

Flerika

Flerika is a web-store application, which allows you to shop for items from your favorite stores, discover fabulous finds, explore exciting and wonderful items from the your stores and those recommended by Flerika members. On Flerika you will be part of a quickly growing community of online shopping trendsetters and thousands of the brands you love.

Hang app

We made an amazing app which helps people invite their best friends to have a drink in just a few taps!

Hang app is the simplest way to organize meeting up, without too much back and forth. This app is not for long conversations, it’s for quick communication. Meet up with your friends and put down your phones!

Welcome to SteelKiwi Development team

Textr.pro

Unusual and extremely useful service for writers, linguists and students. The user can easily organise working process to compose a text of any complexity level.

Automatic text formatting, convenient to work with sources, user-friendly system of links and quotations, auto formation of bibliography are distinctive features of the site.

Laconic design, great attention to typographics and regular usability testing have led to creation of the service that has become irreplaceable tool.

We keep cooperating with owners of the service and regularly add new features.

Bubble Journey

During the development of ball-shooter Bubble Pirate more than 150 different location levels (from frozzy north to boundless deserts) have been created.

The game has a wide choice of in-app products that actively improves application profitability using financial system. In addition to this system slot-machine, that adds extra excitement to the gameplay was created.

Multiple advertisement engines have been used in the game and thanks to the fine-tuning show varied advertising content at specific intervals. The result of this mix was the high conversion of in-app advertising

Polarhouse

The project has been developed for the Ukrainian individual building market. Construction of detached houses with the active use of energy-saving technologies is extremely popular at the moment of text composing.

We have developed flexible calculator for estimation of house cost that greatly improved web site conversion.

Admin panel has all necessary tools for content-management, and embedded CRM (Customer relationship management) options for order-flow from the very (lead on the website) beginning to logical ending (ready house)

Muslimkids.tv

Universal private community for English speaking children, Islam professors. Quality, safety, training, and entertainment content are offered to users.

This project we launched with the owner starting from the idea. Ideas became wireframes, which were changed a number of times before the desired result was achieved.

Colorful and fancy interface that performs its function well and doesn’t pull over attention was created.

One of the unique feature was making the online tool for studying the Koran. We are supporting this project and systematically adding new features.

CTK Center

While working on CTK project (Center of Warmth and Comfort) we have developed a whole complex that includes website, the server side (API) and a mobile app (iPad) to share the common objective: the organization of the heating system and hot water facility.

Mobile application is used by managers of the company to collect information about the project. Huge profile includes all possible technical information about the object: the object plan, materials and dimensions of the walls \ ceilings, the quantity and quality of windows, the number and characteristics of the heaters, the presence of additional facilities (pools, saunas).

As a result mobile application is a business proposal that can be approved and drawn up as an order immediately after its formation. Extensive database of equipment and sophisticated algorithms of its selection allow to project optimal technical scheme of heat engineering facility and offer the customer the latest information...

YF Passport

We have been developing the application on the basis of wirefames, we have created the design and made API checkout provided by other developers.

Mobile app is a tool that allows the user plan his sports activity. App has integration with embedded iOS calendar, that allows to keep all sport events in one planner with all the task from different spheres of life.

Large catalogue of gyms and trainers db, recommendations and payment system helps user in planning of sport events.

YFPassport has tight social integration that allows the user to make a schedule of going to the gym together with their friends, share information about events.

Editionguard

EditionGuard is a service for ebooks distribution with DRM protection. Web application is created for those users who want to sell their publications through the Internet and not to worry about illegal spreading of their works. We were doing fronted side based on provided design and reworked logics from php to Python.

Users can publish their works in .pdf and .epub formats. Besides, EditionGuard provides API, that helps to embed ebooks selling on your web site.

To secure users data we use Adobe Content Server. ACS is one of the most usable tools to manage, protect and published content, to protect and to get statistics about published content.

EditionGuard is a perfect service for talented independent authors who want transparently publish their works and to get reward.

Grand Park Auto - Android Game

Planning game development, such factors as state of car-parking genre games, competitors’ offers, perspective of mobile devices development were taken into consideration.

Working on the game a unique engine that imitates 95% of real car behaviour has been created. More than that we have developed car game models correspondent to real prototypes according to such parameters as acceleration rate, braking performance, turning radius.

Unique locations were created that are divided into the scenes for each correspondent “level”. Besides, artificial intelligence represented by other cars and different vehicles was added and makes it difficult to pass the level since all the vehicles move according to certain trajectory and algorithm.

Game is spread according to FTP model, including system of in-app purchasing of the items that can be bought either for real money or game currency. For the moment of writing this text game has more than 400 thousand downloads in...

Inkbulb

Education service for Indian High School graduates, who are getting ready for certification to enter a university.

We conducted a business analysis of the project requirements for the client. And implemented programming side according to the scheme ‘backend as API + frontend as JS app’.

Site architecture is optimised for high loads. Also we managed to implement interactive system for preparations in Chemistry, Physics and Maths. Each subject involves 6 types of tasks.

We got an interesting experience cooperating with professional methodists. Initially we are supporting the project and keep developing new features.

Boarddirector

Reliable service for business collaboration. The main advantages are speed and cross platform approach, which are very important for quick organisation of common working space in a big company.

Site has been redeveloped from scratch (front + backend) and optimised for high load. Service is stable and fits the enterprise requirements.

At the moment we are supporting the project after its successful launch. We appreciate strong partnership with our clients and always happy to cooperate again. Read about the service we did together with boarddirector owners here.

Namegear

Namegear is a friendly and progressive service to manage domain names. The main purpose of the project is to create service that is understandable for each users, that doesn’t presuppose additional knowledge, that is reliable and fast. Apart from this there are options for subtle settings for professionals. Web site has ascetic design but we would like to tell what is hidden inside.

We developed both frontend and backend. For optimal work of the service we chose flexible and light technology stack, that let to make fats and functional service. We used Django Rest Framework to make API and Flask was chosen as micro web-framework. Celery was used to organise the system that works with information content. We paid much attention to control stable work of the service, used Selenium to automatize testing and Sentry to unify all logs and to follow service state online.

We keep cooperating with service owners and happy to get this useful experience. Our company always...

Reviews

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Application Development for Students' Online Platform

"The price and the quality that SteelKiwi Development delivers, and their agility – those things would be difficult to find, especially regarding the pricing."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SteelKiwi assisted the client in building their app for both iOS and Android platforms. The client handled the backend while SteelKiwi took care of coding and content.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denmark
Andreas Overbeck
CEO, GroupRoom
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client could not be happier with their partnership with Peerbits Solution. Specifically, Peerbits is able to respond extremely quickly to the client’s requests and consistently deliver high-quality work at a reasonable price.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a smaller company, and we have developed an online collaboration platform for students primarily.

What is your position?

I am the CEO of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SteelKiwi Development?

In most startups, you have some challenges around economy. We're based in Denmark and, as you know, that's a pretty expensive country to live in and to hire people. We actually had our mobile applications developed in Denmark, and we got the foundation, but it was too expensive. When we needed to extend our mobile applications, we looked for some freelancers, and SteelKiwi popped up and it seemed like the right fit for us.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They built our mobile app for iOS and Android. We're delivering all the back-end, and they are delivering all the app's content. It was primarily coding and not so much front end.

How did you come to work with SteelKiwi Development?

We did an online search for freelancers.

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

The cost was set to $25 per hour for 50 to 60 hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them about one year ago. The project was completed, and it has been a very good process. We hired them just for a small project of about 50 to 60 hours to see what it was like to work with them. I will say they delivered more than you can expect, ahead of deadline, and on budget. They were extremely responsive. They delivered a  good job, so we decided to hire them again for some other projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We're very satisfied. We don't have any statistics or metrics. We are not looking into that. The primary thing for us is that they are very responsive and that they deliver high-quality work. Normally, they are able to start a new project within a few days.

What distinguishes SteelKiwi Development from other providers?

The price and the quality that SteelKiwi Development delivers, and their agility – those things would be difficult to find, especially regarding the pricing. We could have found somebody in Denmark, and we could get the same agility and the same quality, but the pricing would way ahead of what SteelKiwi charges.

Is there anything SteelKiwi Development could have improved or done differently?

I don't think we would have done anything differently. Generally, people think differently in various parts of the world, and being from Scandinavia, we probably often challenge our customers and come with suggestions and feedback. "What if we do this? That would be really awesome. Shouldn't we just do it?" Whereas in Ukraine, where they're based in the Eastern part of Europe, I guess they're more used to, "This is what we were asked to deliver," and they deliver it. A good feedback would be to challenge their customers and give some input to what would be some great functionality, or something that would really push the product that they are supporting.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    That would actually be above.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Definitely.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely. We've already done that, actually.

e-Commerce Development for Small Home Furnishing Retailer

"SteelKiwi Development was very responsive throughout the planning, scoping and development process. All work was completed on time and within budget."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

SteelKiwi was contracted to quickly complete development for a furniture retailer following a bad experience with a previous developer.

The Reviewer
 
2-11 Employees
 
Groningen Area, Netherlands
Project Manager, Small Home Furnishing Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Organic traffic has nearly tripled from the previous year, and the retail owner is very happy with the result. SteelKiwi rebuilt the website’s content management system and eliminated its previous bugs. The website now accurately reflects the brand and improved the customer experience.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I work for a small company that produces furniture, and sells it online through their website. Last November [2014], the company had problems with the website and they were urgently looking for a company able to help with that. I connected them with an IT [information technology] company. It was a small project, but it was very urgent. I looked for a company that could redesign the furniture company's website.

What is your position and responsibilities?

I was an intermediary between the furniture company and SteelKiwi, so something like a project manager. It's a small project, and we're still working with SteelKiwi on this particular website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SteelKiwi Development?

The owner had a website and a web developer, but there was a conflict and the web developer left. As a result, the owner was left with partially completed work and no expertise to finish it alone. I was brought onboard to help salvage the situation. I evaluated what was done previously and went out looking for a qualified developer to continue building the website.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

The website had an old CMS [content management system], and SteelKiwi effectively rebuilt it from the ground up. They made the design responsive, in compliance with mobile requirements. They first reanimated the old website and fixed all of the previously existing bugs. They then redesigned the site for mobile compatibility. SteelKiwi allocated a project manager and a couple of programmers, I think. I'm not sure how they did it, but they did it in time, which is important. They delivered the project very quickly.

How did you come to work with SteelKiwi Development?

I found them through online research.

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

It was between €2,000 [approximately $2,200] and €3,000 [$3,300] a month. It depended on how much work needed to be completed. There were about five months of intensive work.

What is the status of this engagement?

At the moment, it's mostly done, so we're just updating a few items and doing some basic maintenance work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have Google Analytics, and we see that organic traffic is growing. I can send you reports from October last year, when we started, up until now, so you can see the growth in traffic. It's probably right about double or triple what it was then.

The owner of the website is quite content, which is most important part. He started from nothing because the website he had beforehand was very bad. It had all kinds of bugs and visually it wasn't representative of the brand or customer experience. Now, he is much more happy, and he wants to stay with SteelKiwi if he has another project or if he wants to update the website in the future.

How did SteelKiwi Development perform from a project management standpoint?

Overall, I was very impressed with their performance. SteelKiwi Development was very responsive throughout the planning, scoping and development process. All work was completed on time and within budget.

What distinguishes SteelKiwi Development from other providers?

I liked the fact that they respond very quickly to any questions or concerns I had. When I send a request or a task, I see the progress and I know it will be done within the time period that I wanted. For me, this is the most important thing. Another thing, you don't have to look for them, because they are always online. Something might come up during the weekend, a problem with the server, and you can reach them via Skype or phone.

5.0
Overall Score The point is that the owner of the company was in a bad situation with the previous website, and they did what we asked, and they did it on time. I think this is what everybody wants – to have things done on time. We are very pleased.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Actually, they are not expensive, but you always want to have a cheaper option. However, if you want quality, you need to pay.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The results were great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them for sure.

Web Development for Children's Education Site

"SteelKiwi met all of the challenges we put to them. They are very responsive to what we need."

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

The client prepared for new features that would come with growth by hiring SteelKiwi to build their functionality and customization using Django/Python.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
Canada
Project Manager, Children's Education Site
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SteelKiwi’s work resulted in a great platform that functions with no downtime. The partnership has been successful on follow up projects and remains ongoing, with SteelKiwi continuing to provide ongoing support and customer service.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a specialist in the production of children's television series. Our work is produced for TV channels around the world and has been viewed in most continents. We take great care in the design and writing of TV programs ensuring both a fun and educational experience for children. We have more than 20 years of experience and offer full production services, consultation, training, and project management. We worked with SteelKiwi to custom develop an "edutainment" membership site for children and families. 

What is your position?

I'm the founder of the project and project manager of site development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with SteelKiwi Development?

Our business goals are to reach a niche children's market with our existing video, game, educational, and interactive content. We wanted a way to monetize the content through a membership service. We needed a scalable platform that provides ease of use for us to keep content always fresh. In addition, we needed an easy to use – user management system and payment system. As a small startup, we bootstrapped the entire process, but needed best in class developer.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

SteelKiwi worked with us using Django/Python as the best saleable solution to build the functionality and customization we needed. It is very important to us that we are prepared for future growth and the addition of new creative functionality as we grow.

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

The project size was $50,000 to $199,999

What is the status of this engagement?

The original site has launched. They've been involved in other projects, and we continue to work with them for ongoing support.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

How did SteelKiwi Development do from a project management standpoint?

SteelKiwi met all of the challenges we put to them. We have an amazing platform using what they have custom developed. The integration of third-party payment and other services has also been seamless. We have not experienced any downtime since launch one and a half years ago. We did a major visual redesign of the site after one year and again they were fantastic during this process. We have an ongoing support from them as required and their customer service is excellent.

What distinguishes SteelKiwi Development from other providers?

SteelKiwi is amazing to work with. They are very responsive to what we need. They are amazing listeners and work with us through perfecting the design process and giving their feedback on the best technical solutions. Even though we are in two different countries and speak two different languages, we have never had any issues. Their support people speak and interact in fluent English. We have never had any trust issues. They have never overcharged us for the work. We feel we are very fortunate to have developed a relationship with such a developer. We contract a lot of services and SteelKiwi gets top rankings from us.

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

Custom Offshore Development for Human Resources Consultancy

“I have very strict standards for code quality, and [SteelKiwi] met those standards quite handily.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

SteelKiwi was contracted to provide additional development support. The initial project involved developing a custom solution that semi-automatically distributed jobs to websites, newspapers, and social networks.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York Metro Area
Lead Software Developer, Illico Hodes
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SteelKiwi developed a dynamic reporting engine that automatically generates and stores reports. They completed the project much quicker than anticipated and were flexible with communication and project management and processes. Careful handling of sensitive source code helped instill long-term trust.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We’re an HR [human resources] consulting firm, predominantly. For the most part, our specialty is distributing job offers.

What is your position?

I’m the lead software developer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address when you first approached SteelKiwi?

The project on which we’re working with SteelKiwi is a method for semi-automatically distributing jobs to as many different sites, newspapers, and social media networks as possible. We got a little bit carried away in terms of the scope of the project, and it was something that we could no longer handle on our own. I’m the only developer in-house, which means developing a project this large was going to take up a huge amount of my time. Initially, we hired SteelKiwi in order to allow me to spend more time architecting things while they implemented the actual milestones.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the actual scope of work assigned to them?

Initially, they were just doing functional development. Recently, however, we have been giving them more leeway to choose the items that they can work on, by providing them with a much larger number of the individual tasks. We do provide them with some rough prioritization. I definitely still need to take the reins in terms of guiding the development because of the long-distance relationship. There’s a lot of user feedback that gets filtered through me.

How did you come to choose SteelKiwi Development as your partner?

Initially, we hired them through Elance. We put up a bid, and various people replied to it. They were one of the most highly recommended and their cost-efficiency ratio was the best. They were also able to provide some sample code during the process. I have very strict standards for code quality, and they met those standards quite handily. In short, they impressed us immediately.

Can you provide a ballpark estimate for the size of this engagement?

I don’t know those numbers off of the top of my head, but I can say that they are much less expensive than hiring locally. In terms of cost effectiveness, I feel that they’re worth about twice as much as we’re actually paying them.

What is the status of the project?

The project is still ongoing. It’s been in production for slightly less than a year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

Some of the tasks that we have assigned them are actually research tax-credit worthy. They single-handedly worked on the milestone to develop the dynamic reporting engine, which was a brand new reporting system where the reports are stored in the program. I was quite impressed when that actually took them half as long as expected. To finish a development task of that complexity so quickly was remarkable. Everything has been accomplished well within time and budget expectations.

I’ve always been hesitant to hire overseas developers, due to intellectual property concerns. Those types of concerns were alleviated very quickly. I found SteelKiwi to be quite trustworthy with our source code and data.

When working with them, is there anything that you would consider unique about their strategic approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

They are extremely flexible in terms of methods of communication. In terms of overall management, the flexibility is the biggest bonus I was able to come across. We often chat using Skype, for example. They are always accessible and are flexible with the means by which they send us their work.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

UI [user interface] and UX [user experience] is the one area where we had to do some touch-up work after they submitted their work back to us. That may be the one area that they might want to improve.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

As with any project, upfront planning is the biggest thing, in terms of being able to provide concrete technical specifications in addition to how you want the code architected.

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

Custom App Development for IT Consultancy

"The people at Steel Kiwi say what they do, and do what they say."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

SteelKiwi has been a partner on a variety of projects, including Android development, DSS, HTML, and Django-Python. They have also consulted on a booking engine and new VPN service.

 
The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Egypt
Founder, IT Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SteelKiwi is responsive, transparent, and makes sure that they are constantly available to answer questions. A point of improvement for SteelKiwi would be to have a more consistent skill level among their developers.

BACKGROUND

Please provide a description of your company.

Our company provides a number of IT [information technology]-related services, many are focused on Web and mobile development, but we also have VPN [virtual private network]-related services.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with SteelKiwi Development?

We run our own projects but, sometimes, we are either overloaded or take on projects that encompass tasks we do not have the ability to complete. We have approached SteelKiwi to augment our staff our staff on a number of these high-level projects.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

We’ve hired their developers to assist us on a variety of projects including Android development, DSS, HTML, and Django-Python. More recently, they’ve consulted with us on a booking engine as well as a new VPN service.

What was your process for selecting SteelKiwi Development with which to work?

I discovered them through my own online research. I requested a test job, and they did very well with it. We’ve worked with them for a couple years now, and we have active projects with them.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar or time estimate for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

At least 3,000 work hours in total.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project?

All our projects with SteelKiwi, up to this point, have reached successful conclusions. The people at Steel Kiwi say what they do, and do what they say. I wish all companies acted this way.

We have several ongoing projects with SteelKiwi, which speaks to the fact that we are satisfied with the work they’ve provided for us in the past.

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

It's hard to give you metrics since this is all project-based work.

Is there anything unique about them that really makes them stand out, compared to other companies?

I think Steel Kiwi is fantastic with Python-Django framework. I think it’s one of the best things they do, and I’ve had problems with other developers in terms of skills with Python-Django.

In addition, their response rate and availability is fantastic. Several times, we changed the goals or schedule of a project, but it was never a problem for them even if it required them to work outside normal business hours.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

I think there is some inconsistency in the skill levels of their developers. Sometimes, we’re working with a developer who is doing great, but then they switch him out and it causes us to lose some time in the project.

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

Custom Design Nonprofit Christian Conference Center

"The work they do is amazing. It’s professional, and it’s done well. They can usually do it all, which has been fantastic."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SteelKiwi was hired to implement the Mount Hermon Association’s front-end design and back-end functionalities after a failed relationship with a previous vendor.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Eugene, Oregon Area
Internet Specialist, Mount Hermon Association, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Mount Hermon Association is very happy with the working relationship. Project management was a strong suit: the client was given direct access to SteelKiwi’s task management system. The SteelKiwi team had many versatile talents, and all work was above average.

BACKGROUND

Could you briefly describe your organization?

We’re a nonprofit Christian conference center, about 108 years old. People come to our facilities and rent them for events and special programming. We also offer summer camp services here.

What is your position?

I’m an Internet specialist. I work on the website development team for advertising and marketing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were attempting to address when you first approached SteelKiwi Development?

We were developing a new website, and our relationship with our former developers fell apart. So, we decided to part ways with them and hired SteelKiwi to pick up the pieces. The initial challenge that we were facing was the design of a new template build for the site. We had most of the back-end functional, so we just needed to fix that and then build the new front-end template based off designs we were providing.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail?

It started out with most of the back-end functional. Through the years, they’ve done a lot of the back-end work for us, but initially most of it was front end. They were just implementing the front-end design, and then quickly we started hiring them to do additional add-ons. We were adding new features to our product quite frequently. After some time, they began building out new apps, and doing database and server management. They’ve done a lot of technical work for us. They also provided training to me, and then I instruct the rest of the staff. They provided everything that was needed to use the tools they built. We’ve been very impressed with their process documentation. Outside of this engagement, I’ve also hired them repeatedly for other projects, including iOS development.

How did you select SteelKiwi as your partner for this endeavor?

We found them through Elance. I posted a project there and received bids from multiple companies. I researched a few and interviewed them. SteelKiwi seemed to be the most capable for the price I was asking.

Could you provide a general cost estimate for this project?

At this point, it’s been $14,000 during the course of the relationship.

What has been the duration of this engagement?

The relationship is ongoing, but started in early 2012

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

Not really. We collect metrics but not specifically tied to their work. I really enjoy working with them, and that’s why I keep giving them more work. I especially like that have direct access to their task management system. I can add new tasks. They work on them, and we work closely together with the project management aspect, which I love. It’s a great tool. I’ve given them raises through the years since they did good enough work for me that I felt they deserved more.

When working with SteelKiwi, is there anything that you’d consider unique about their strategic approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

The work they do is amazing. It’s professional, and it’s done well. They have a team of workers that can do just about anything I’ve ever ask them to do. Whether it be iOS, database, server, coding, front-end, you name it. They have a large enough team so that they can assign more staff to my project and make it happen, and I love that. I don’t have to go and negotiate a new contract with another provider. They can usually do it all, which has been fantastic.

When working with SteelKiwi, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

There are occasional issues with timelines, and a lot of that could be attributed to us not prescheduling the tasks that needed to be done. Maybe a rush project comes up, and they’re working on other tasks. Every once in while they kind of fall of the face of the Earth. It’s very rare but, sometimes, we’ll ask for something and not hear from them for a week or two. It’s not the standard for them at all, but it’s happened.

English isn’t always their first language, but that hasn’t been an issue for the most part. It’s not beautiful English when they write back, but it’s totally understandable. It hasn’t been a hindrance for me at all. I suppose others should be aware that it isn’t flawless, so if that’s going to be a key factor it might be wise to consider other options, too. I have some experience working with other offshore providers, and I’ve found SteelKiwi to be much better than most of my previous engagements.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If we preschedule the work to be done, then they nail it on the head. Anytime it’s not pre-organized, it’s a little slower.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them many times before.

Platform Development for Food Catering Startup

"They have professional project management in terms of progress updates and presentations."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Steelkiwi prototyped a from-scratch online platform to help users compare, rate, and book local catering options. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Malaysia
Founder, Catering Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The initial platform version includes professional functionalities and a compelling UX/UI design. Both end-users and backend engineers can navigate the prototype quickly and easily, thanks to Steelkiwi’s accomplished team. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Lifelymeal is an online platform that showcases all local caterers and allows users to book from them directly on the platform. The users can use the platform to compare caterers, understand their services further based on reviews and ratings, and make the booking conveniently.

What is your position?

I’m the CEO. I’m responsible for kickstarting the business in all areas. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Steelkiwi?

We wanted to simplify the effort of searching for local caterers and comparing them to each other. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement.

The website was built from scratch by Steelkiwi, both design and development. Some core features included the ability to accept and process user generated ratings and reviews. Another key feature was the ability to process bookings using a series of graphic menus or date inputs. Integration with the Braintree payment solution was also a major component. The team of 3–4 developers built the system using Python. I didn't have a hand in assembling the team. My only involvement was coming up with and validating the specifications. 

How did you come to work with Steelkiwi?

I searched through online startup development tech firm and found Steelkiwi. Upon contact, Igor did an amazing job in communicating the requirements and expectations, which made me excited to have them work on the project. The other local suppliers that were consideration did not seem competent enough. 

What was the size of your investment with them?

We’ve spent about $19,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The prototype is completed. The official timeframe was between December of 2016 to March of 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any anecdotal feedback received from internal stakeholders or external end-users?

The features work nicely via an understandable process for both users and backend management. We are satisfied with the platform’s basic functionalities.

How did Steelkiwi perform from a project management standpoint?

Tatiana did a great job in rallying her team to accomplish what was expected, clearly defining the project requirements in the documentation. This is updated on a weekly basis for me as well. Slack was our primary tool for communication.

What distinguishes Steelkiwi from other providers?

They have professional project management in terms of progress updates and presentations to me.

In hindsight, are there areas in which they could improve or things you might do differently?

Improvement of their communication in English would be much appreciated. I’d also like to see them offering solutions when mentioning problems. 

4.0
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