The Fastest Way To Build Software

 

STRV has been in operation for over 12 years, with wide-ranging experience having developed more than 200 iOS, Android, and responsive web applications (front and back end). We are proud to have worked with companies such as Lufthansa, Hallmark, Tinder, LegalZoom and Caviar, as well as other Y-combinator and 500 Startup companies.

We understand the need to move quickly and confidently - which is why we are dedicated to being the most flexible and transparent design & development agency in the world.

 

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2004
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San Francisco, CA
headquarters
  • STRV
    1 Hallidie Plaza NextSpace, 2nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    United States
other locations
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    1600 Main St, NextSpace
    Venice, CA 90291
    United States
  • STRV
    Rohanske nabrezi 678/23, River Garden II/III, 3rd Floor
    Prague 18600
    Czech Republic

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Hallmark, Lufthansa, Tinder, ClassDojo, Caviar, LegalZoom, Christian Mingle, Rich Uncles, Pura Scents

Reviews

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Custom Developed Product for Consumer App Startup

“STRV isn’t just concerned about making money; they want to see your product succeed.”

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

STRV used existing designs to develop native iOS/Android apps, creating a cohesive UX across platforms. Maintenance and feature enhancement are now the top priority.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Claude Shires
Founder, Laugh Lounge
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Flexibility and honesty make STRV a partner that’s easy to work with. They care about building the best product possible and become invested in their customers’ success. The language barrier caused some problems, but nothing too difficult to overcome.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Laugh Lounge, a live-streaming standup comedy network.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We needed to build a frontend on iOS, Android, and Apple TV and unify the user experience across all the platforms so that multiple consumers watching a piece of comedy could interact simultaneously around that content.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We worked with a different firm to design the entire app because we wanted STRV to focus solely on coding. We had the 3rd party company create the designs, and then we hired STRV to see if anything was missing and start the programming.

STRV took about five months to develop the entire app, and they built natively on iOS and Android. Our product was just a concept before they stepped in, and they replicated what we had created in the design phase in a way that made sense for both Android and iOS.

One main feature they implemented is a new form of social metric called laughter. Instead of likes, our app has laughs, so users can tap anywhere on the screen and send a “haha” to the top of the content they’re viewing. Right now, the app is prelaunch and we haven’t taken it to market yet. STRV’s focus is on feature enhancement, bug fixes, and maintenance, and when we get ready to launch, we’ll ramp up the team to work out the rest of the kinks.

Overall, STRV built a product that’s usable across platforms and has a cohesive and engaging user experience that matched the design elements we had created initially.

What is the team composition?

They have about six developer who interact with our CTO. I usually work with the CEO, account executive project lead, and lead programmer.

How did you come to work with STRV?

They were referred to us by a former colleague. Initially, we were using Toptal to recruit individuals, but it became too much work. We started looking at programming companies, a few who were less expensive than STRV, but I really enjoyed STRV’s team. Some of the other top contenders wouldn’t let us do the design through a different firm, but STRV didn’t have a problem with that. They were a one stop shop, and after meeting with Dave [CEO, STRV] and some other team members, I loved their work ethic and leadership. Plus, they have a great portfolio, like Tinder, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Development lasted from April to July of this year. Now, STRV is just providing maintenance and small fixes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

All of our test users love the app. We still need to fix a few problems like synchronization issues, but overall, the feedback is that there’s no better-looking app on the market for this kind of service. A lot of that is the design, but STRV did a phenomenal job of matching our design to the actual code. We were planning on hiring local developers for maintenance, but we’re staying with STRV because they did such a good job.  

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We held weekly meetings with the entire STRV team, and they provided a complete set of documents around the code. They used Harvest to log hours and expenditures, which made me feel comfortable and increased trust and transparency. They understand the financial ecosystem of a startup, so they were flexible about payment deadlines, which was refreshing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were truly concerned about our success. Dave made that clear. He told us he was committed to our product making it to market, and then he backed that up by actually executing on the plans we made. STRV isn’t just concerned about making money; they want to see your product succeed.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We had some language barrier issues, especially when it was us, STRV, and the design firm communicating. Everything was easily rectified, though, and it didn’t create too many headaches.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Write down all the questions you have and ask them when you first meet together. STRV brings a lot of technical expertise across numerous platforms, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and have them prove themselves to you. It’s the vendor’s job to convince you, and even though STRV wasn’t the cheapest, they were the right choice for us.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're a little pricey but worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Prototype Dev for Tech Startup

"They delivered the best demo and still consistently deliver some of the highest quality code."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV augmented an internal dev team and together they retrofitted an existing MVP for iOS. The modernized product features key upgrades to its data processing and UX. Incremental enhancements remain the focus. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Ramsey Chapin
Founder, Key Technologies
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After a brief promotion, the app has over 1,000 beta sign ups. STRV excels at project management, which makes timelines, payment, and collaboration both easy and efficient. Reliable communications coupled with an unwavering work ethic make STRV an ideal partner. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the sole founder of a small startup, which I started about a year ago after previously working at a venture capital firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We were looking to develop a personal CRM [customer relationship management] mobile app for iOS. Not everyone can pay for Salesforce, and everyone wants an app for that. We wanted to build a smaller CRM for both individuals and small businesses to be able to use.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We used STRV as half of our main development, as well as 1 other developer here in San Francisco. The CRM was a working prototype from a design perspective with a little backend working, but STRV built the entire iOS app from scratch.

We had a pretty advanced clickable prototype and handed this off to STRV. They were then able to evaluate and find the right person within their team to help us. We were assigned an account manager, and then 1 iOS developer, based on our needs. The iOS developer, with the help of the account manager, who was able to vet this for us, was one of the only ones that could build a lot of the advanced animation that we wanted. We had a custom table view and animations on emojis that we are using for different use cases. Jan, the developer, was the only one who was able to build the animations according to specifications. They were able to do a lot of fine UI tweaking and custom stuff.

On top of the UI side, STRV was able to handle an immense amount of data related specifically to the user contacts, client side. As we are expanding now to Microsoft 365 and other platforms, they are doing a great job managing all of that. STRV are our primary consideration for any other work that we have.

How did you come to work with­ STRV?

Initially, I was looking at other firms to complete these projects. A lot of the companies were 1-3-person developer shops based out of San Francisco, and a couple others were international. A good friend of mine, through another venture capital firm, had personally used STRV for a side project and knew them really well.

Experience, especially in animation, was a deciding factor for us based on a demo performance. We had such a well-defined end design spec of the interactive screens that we handed off to all the developer shops as a small, confined project, and then we decided who had the best result.

How much have you invested in them?

Approximately $80,000-$120,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We first contacted them 6 months ago, and we have been working with them for about 4 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are still in a beta phase; however, we have just compiled a list of over 1,000 beta sign ups after a really brief promotion.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

STRV does a great job stepping in on the administrative side when needed with the account management. The kicker for us is being able to interface primarily and daily with Jan, the developer himself, through Slack. This was one of our primary needs, and one of the reasons we picked STRV. The ability to control our timeline from that end has been huge. Also, in the first demo at the beginning, STRV was the best and most responsive in hitting the timeline.

What did you find the most impressive about them?

A subtle but helpful thing is that they built their own payment portal, which is potentially something that ends up being a huge problem, especially with international firms. By STRV building their own portal, they’ve made it really seamless.

The distribution of them having their administrative offices in the U.S., and their main developer offices and their ability to maintain a Silicon Valley culture in both places, was huge for us. We didn’t have to deal with a lot of context switching or a lot of different people. It was helpful to maintain the consistency throughout anyone we interacted with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Recently, they have started scaling and getting bigger, and we can tell they have been working with a lot more clients recently. We have been talking with more people and they have still been consistent in their communication. As they are getting bigger, they are working hard on maintaining their level of quality. This is more something to watch, rather than something to improve upon.

4.5
Overall Score They have been consistently great, even beyond the demo, in the 4.5-5 months we have worked together. The fact that we are still working with them, and that we have introduced many other people to them as well, speaks to how well they have done.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Their strength is their efficiency. While they are on a contract basis, they voluntarily worked on the weekends when the deadline slipped on their end. Their payment structure in having an upfront cost for the month is also one of their strengths. 
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered the best demo and still consistently deliver some of the highest quality code, even compared our interactions with engineers in and outside of the Silicon Valley.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them, and I think they have signed up with 3 clients from my recommendations.

iOS Dev for Consumer Products Startup

“They’re very reliable, excellent communicators, and a great team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Dec. 2015 - Apr. 2016
Project summary: 

STRV developed the front and backend for a well reviewed RT, P2P role playing app designed for iOS.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Founder, iOS Application
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV showed professionalism and expertise throughout the project, and never faltered when it came to communication. The project team remained dedicated to success throughout the whole process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the founder of an iOS chat story app that allows people to role play over text message.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We had a sound, concrete concept for our app that we needed to be developed.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The iOS app that STRV developed is a real time, peer-to-peer chat platform. It has a very robust statistics and analytics system in the backend. They also added gamification to the platform. We worked on specs together, but our side managed most of the specs. They still help manage the code base, but for the most part it’s done. We’re in maintenance mode.

What is the team dynamic?

It was a four person team depending if people came in and out of the project. We had one designer, one frontend, and two backend. There was a very part time project manager split amongst many other projects. I did have one turnover from the team, but it was because he wasn’t good enough for us. We requested that he be replaced with someone more seasoned, which STRV did quickly.

How did you come to work with STRV?

We had a choice to build in-house or outsource. We looked at two other companies, but I had heard from other people that STRV was great to work with. I interviewed them, and then started working with them. STRV provided full suite services, from project management to development, which was what we needed. They are a highly qualified development shop.

How much have you invested with them?

About 30K a month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2015 until April 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The product is very well received by end users. You can read the app reviews in the app store if you want.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated via Slack and Skype. They’re very professional and top notch. It was a dedicated team working 40 hours a week producing product. They’re very reliable, excellent communicators, and a great team.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were pretty par for the course.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they were really great.

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

iOS Dev for Consumer Electronics Startup

"With other companies, we were waiting on them, [whereas], with STRV, they’re waiting on us."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2015 - July 2017
Project summary: 

STRV built the original MVP to support a Kickstarter campaign. The project team then focused on developing the final product, a smart fragrance device controllable via iOS/Android apps. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Orem, Utah
Richie Stapler
Co-Founder & CMO, Pura
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV has a team of capable developers whose expertise is rivaled only by their drive to succeed. Flexibility under pressure and proactive communication separate them from competitors.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a Co-Founder at Pura, which is a subscription service for home fragrances. Everything is controlled from a smart dispenser and a mobile app. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

Rather than hire in-house people, train them and pay a ton for their salaries, we had STRV assign a team to us, one which already had incredible skill sets, at a fraction of the price of senior-level in-house developers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STRV took part in the process a bit earlier than we should have engaged them. We were still validating things and developing hardware, which put a bottleneck on what they needed to do on the software end. This was no fault of theirs.

They initially developed a quick minimum viable product for a Kickstarter campaign. We needed quick turnaround in terms of an app UI and UX, and STRV spun up things very fast. We paused the work after that, and re-engaged them in the most recent session, transitioning from an MVP to a fully-fledged product, which could be launched in the app stores.

They are currently working on our iOS and Android apps, the backend cloud infrastructure, and the e-commerce website, which amounts to a lot of development.  

We were assigned a team of developers, rather than working with a couple of developers taking moonlighting projects. We also had a full team that could take care of all UI/UX aspects.

There’ve been around 10 people working on the project throughout, mostly engineers, as well as a couple of designers. Some people are used on an as-needed basis, while others have been full time throughout the length of the process. There has always been an account manager for the project.

How did you come to work with STRV?

We attended an entrepreneurship event in San Francisco, and also did a ton of research on different companies. We ended up choosing STRV 6 months or so later, for the initial kick-off.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together continuously for the last 8 months. We did work with STRV prior to this, for about 2 months, developing a minimum viable product. We plan to launch the company in the fall of 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven’t launched the company yet, so we’re still pre-revenue. Everything we’ve been doing represents the future of home fragrance. It’s been impressive for us to work with STRV, because they’ve been able to problem-solve different aspects that had never been touched or done before in this industry. It’s rewarding to work with an incredible team of smart people who can solve problems that don’t exist yet.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack for communication. Weekly meetings are held through Google Hangouts, but we can also jump on a quick phone call with STRV, even though we’re in the U.S., and they’re in the Czech Republic.

A more straightforward project could have been done quicker and could have reached deadlines more accurately. In our situation, everything is brand-new, and we’ve had to pivot. Overall, we’ve been impressed with what STRV has been able to do, considering the limitations.

Things have ended up being more expensive than what we originally bid for because of the pivoting and reiterating. STRV has been incredible to work with, given that much of our money comes in through milestones, and we may not see the next chunk until certain aspects of the hardware or software have been built. We still have to develop, and the clock keeps ticking. STRV has still been cheaper than hiring full-time internal engineers, but they were more expensive than what we anticipated, as a startup.

What did you find most impressive about STRV?

During some of my previous ventures, I’ve worked with 2 different engineering firms. They were smaller scale, but they still treated us like back burner projects and didn’t have the right bandwidth. Working with STRV has actually been the opposite. They have a ton of people who can join the project at any time and are ready to get cracking, once we send them a task to work on. With other companies, we were waiting on them, while, with STRV, they’re waiting on us.

For someone trying to build an MVP, STRV can work incredibly fast. They can push out incredible UI and UX in a very short amount of time. We were very impressed with those aspects, and any startup, especially a software one which doesn’t have to deal with hardware logistics and headaches, will find them to be an incredible way to spin up an MVP and get it out to investors and users in a short amount of time.

Are there any areas STRV could improve?

I love working with them and will continue to do so, even after this startup. In terms of areas of improvement, it would have been good for us to be given a portfolio of engineers. Some might have fit aspects of what we were trying to do a bit better than others. Being able to pick engineers based on skill sets, and have them be more cohesive with our project specifically, would be good.

Most of their resources have been great with spoken English, and there were no real language barriers.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with STRV?

I and my co-founder aren’t technical at all, in the sense of engineering; we’ve had to basically get our education drinking through a fire hose. It’s been helpful for us to work with the account manager at different times. They’ve been able to be the middleman, and translate certain aspects into more technical jargon. If there can also be an in-house person brought to the team (a technical co-founder or similar) will help leaps and bounds for making sure things are accurately understood the first time, rather than having to have back-and-forths.

4.5
Overall Score Some things have had to be learned on-the-fly, and have taken longer than with a developer who has a specific isolated skill set.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The only caveat is that much of what we’ve had to build was pivoted and reiterated.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Even though the project was more expensive than anticipated, STRV has been conscientious of us being a startup.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’ve been impressed.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer