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STRV is a software design and engineering company. Launching 70+ digital solutions every year, we stand out not with a wordy promise, but with a bulletproof track record.

We’ve had 25+ apps featured in app stores and have won over 20 design awards. Since 2004, we’ve built digital products for pioneers such as Boosted Boards, The Athletic and ClassDojo. Our first-class talent has been plugged into companies like Microsoft and Rich Uncles. And both Deloitte and the Financial Times have placed us on their fastest-growing companies list - twice.

We currently work out of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Prague - providing our clients with an international team of 200+ experts that always deliver.

Our experienced product managers, designers, engineers and QA testers -

- create digital products that consistently wow users, such as:

  • Mobile applications
  • Websites
  • Backend infrastructure
  • Internet of Things
  • Augmented & virtual reality
  • Machine learning
  • Blockchain

- solve complex problems by offering services that:

  • Bring your vision to life (Strategy)
  • Fill gaps and enable rapid growth (Scale)
  • Provide digital expertise (Skill)

- possess expert skills in modern technologies, including:

  • Swift
  • Kotlin
  • React
  • Node.js
  • Go
  • Cloud infrastructure
  • DevOps
 
$50,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2004
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Venice, CA
headquarters
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Boosted, ClassDojo, Opkix, Rich Uncles, LegalZoom, Hallmark, Songclip

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Rich Uncles webdesign

Rich Uncles is a crowdfunded real estate investment platform that gives more people the opportunity to take advantage of commercial real estate investments.

We delivered a streamlined interactive investment platform, an admin panel for managing the business processes along with a reporting system and an online payment system with ACH.

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Boosted iOS App

Enhancing the original electric skateboard experience. Boosted makes fun, fast, simple transportation, but it needed an app experience equal to the joy of a ride on one of its boards.


STRV got to tackling the Android and iOS needs all at once. Our design team reimagined the iOS and Android UI. But we didn’t stop there. With the apps fully functional, we began expanding the user experience, adding new smart

features like ride recording and ride modes.
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ClassDojo iOS App

ClassDojo connects millions of users around the world in support of better classroom communication and experiences. So their apps had to be top of the class to make the grade.

The code our iOS and Android engineers designed side-by-side with the ClassDojo team formed a rock-solid foundation for the platform’s mobile experience; a foundation that continues to drive—and support—ClassDojo’s tremendous growth.

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LegalZoom iOS App

LegalZoom is an on-demand, web-based platform that provides families and small businesses with easy, low-cost professional solutions for most legal needs.


STRV’s team of skilled iOS and Android engineers joined the in-house group at LegalZoom’s headquarters and created a bulletproof mobile solution that serves as a solid foundation for future iterations to address the constantly evolving needs of LegalZoom’s

users.
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Feeln by Hallmark iOS App

Feeln is one of the largest video streaming-services in the US. It offers family-friendly content, including original TV series as well as Hollywood blockbusters and classic movies, on almost any device for a low monthly subscription.

The results of our collaboration were apps for Amazon Fire, Android TV, Kindle, Chromecast and new versions of iOS and Android apps. Thanks to the sleek new designs and improved

functionality, the mobile and TV apps were featured several times on the iTunes App Store and Google Play shortly after release as well as on the Amazon Store and on all Sony Android TVs in the US.

The results of our collaboration were apps for Amazon Fire, Android TV, Kindle, Chromecast and new versions of iOS and Android apps. Thanks to the sleek new designs and improved functionality, the mobile and TV apps were featured several times on the iTunes App Store and Google Play shortly after release as well as on the Amazon Store and on all Sony Android TVs in the US.

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OPKIX iOS App

OPKIX cameras give users the freedom to both live in the moment and capture it, thanks to a compact, thoughtfully designed hardware solution. To complete the package, it needed an app that would enable seamless video transfer, editing and sharing.

In just a few months, our team delivered the results OPKIX’s previous partners had tried to achieve for two years. After fulfilling our initial assignment of building

middleware that connected the OPKIX device to the iOS and Android apps, our designers got to work on revamping the design, while our developers revised two years of sporadically defective code and at times built from scratch.
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Songclip iOS App

A byte-sized musical addition to modern communication. As the world's only patented messaging API platform, Songclip offers a vast database of fully-licensed music clips.

Having previously worked with the Songclip team, STRV was able to begin designing and developing the app after just a few meetings. Once we understood the potential user base and what business purpose it would serve, we set up the tech stack. This

involved the development of production-ready backend APIs that covered the consumer iOS app and the admin interface. And to deal with the Sony agreement, we implemented a DDEX standard.

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iOS & Android Dev for Sports Media Company

"Our iOS developer cares deeply about our app, as much as any of our full-time employees."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV developed both an iOS and an Android version of a sports publication's mobile app. The product lets users personalize their experience based on their favorite teams.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Alex Mather
CEO, The Athletic
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The initial versions of the app drove remarkable increases in revenue for the client. Knowledgable and professional, the engineers from STRV routinely deliver on requirements. Customers can expect a dedicated and flexible team.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The Athletic is a subscription-based sports media company, and my position is CEO. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

I was the only engineer at the time when we hired STRV, and we needed some engineering support for our mobile offering. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STRV built our initial iOS app and our initial Android app. They developed both from scratch while I created the API.

We were primarily responsible for the design, although STRV did come up with some great ideas. We had a separate design team at that point. They delivered an app that lets users subscribe to our service, read articles, favorite articles, and personalize their experience based on whoever teams they follow.

Now STRV is integrated into much larger teams. We still have them on board, but they work with our full-time developers who are based in San Francisco. We treat them as additional engineers.

What is the team composition?

In the beginning, it was two iOS developers and two Android developers. At one point, we reached three of each. For the majority of the engagement, though, we’ve had one iOS develop and two Android developers. We also have a project manager, but they are very hands-off with our project.

How did you come to work with STRV?

I have a friend who worked for SRTV doing sales in North America for them. He’d talked them up to me before, and I eventually got to know them and liked some of the work they’d done.

How much have you invested with them?

At this point, we’ve spent about $1.2 million. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2015. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The initial apps that they created were successful and enabled us to raise $100 million.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We haven’t experienced any problems. All of their engineers are experienced, and we have project managers on our side.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The personal ownership of the product stands out. Our iOS developer cares deeply about our app, as much as any of our full-time employees. That level of commitment makes a huge difference.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There was a short period back in 2017, where we had a few issues with an Android developer. STRV had a few folks leave their company, and, although it wasn’t their fault, we did feel the impact in terms of a lack of continuity. For the last two years, though, we’ve had the same person, and it’s been wonderful.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you’re looking for a premium partner who’s focused on creating an app or a website that lasts, STRV is an excellent choice. I can’t comment on their ability to deliver MVPs or rapid prototypes, but I would put them in the highest end of partners who work in the capacity that we’ve hired them for.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not cheap.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Platform Development for Real Estate Investment Company

“They’re there to help us and make our products as successful as possible.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
May 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV redeveloped a real estate investing platform, adding more robust and sophisticated features. They integrated third-party web applications and transitioned the platform from a LAMP to a JavaScript stack.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Costa Mesa, California
Lamont Dumas
Product Finance Controller, Rich Uncles
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They deploy the most cutting-edge technology and complete projects according to the specifications, fostering a positive customer experience. STRV facilitates thorough project management by communicating seamlessly, remaining realistic about deadlines, and taking scope changes in stride.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a product finance controller at Rich Uncles, a company that sponsors multiple real estate investment trusts (REITs). Rich Uncles has developed an investment platform where investors can purchase REIT shares. The share proceeds are then used to purchase commercial real estate that have creditworthy tenants. Our REITs receive rent from the tenants and distribute that rent to shareholders in the form of monthly dividends.

The platform is quite complex and has multiple backend integrations with web application services to facilitate the capture of funds and the issuance of shares. Investors have a dashboard on the platform where they can manage their accounts, purchase additional shares, access their investment history, set their dividend selection, redeem shares, process transfers, update banking information, manage user security settings, etc. The platform not only gives users a point of reference to their investments but also to the REITs that the investments are in, the status of those REITs, and the assets that they’re purchasing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

When I came on board in 2015, Rich Uncles was working with a local vendor that had developed the first version of our website. However, we needed something a bit more sophisticated and robust. We were looking to integrate more web applications.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STRV redeveloped our platform and built new features. As we implemented more third-party applications, they took what had been previously developed and evolved it to what it is now. They helped us transition from a LAMP stack environment to a full JavaScript stack.

What is the team composition?

We have a pretty extensive team over there. It varies depending on the project, but we consistently interact with 4–5 individuals. If we need to add more developers, we’ll ramp up to 8–10 team members.

How did you come to work with STRV?

A business associate suggested that we reach out to STRV. We liked their products, and they had a robust team of front and backend developers who were well-versed in current technology. They seemed innovative and capable of catapulting us to the next level. 

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent somewhere in the range of $1–$10 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work with STRV began in May 2015, and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our projects are very event-oriented, so as long as they’re completed to our specifications, it’s been a success. STRV’s work has been well received by our internal team. 

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

They’ve been great. Our current project manager is very thorough and looks at the past, present, and future. One of the things we appreciate is that they communicate very well. They’re also very realistic, and they’ll push back on timelines if our go-live dates are too aggressive. 

STRV’s team is forthcoming and honest in the work that they provide for us. They’re there to help us and make our products as successful as possible.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team is pliable, innovative, and creative, and they deliver on-edge technology. When it comes to development, they’re willing to ride the wave with us and make constant changes. For instance, if there’s a new regulation and we need to switch gears, they’re right there with us. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

In everything, there is always room for improvement. Throughout my time working with them, I’ve seen STRV take strides to better not only elements of the platform but also our business relationship. As a young company, we’ve gone through lots of change that pushed and challenged us to hone the quality of our product. I can’t say I’ve experienced a period of time where we’ve seen any degradation in their work as a result of our fast-paced growth. STRV has been consistent every step of the way. Even anticipating certain changes and making adjustments resulting in favorable outcomes for us and our investors.

Any advice for potential customers?

Our experience is that STRV is the engine that will catapult you. Know what you want before you go to them, because they’re an open canvas and can create whatever you want. If what you want isn’t pretty, the picture they sketch won’t be either.

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

Frontend Software Dev for a Financial Services Company

"They do great work and set your products and technology on the right path."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV developed a consumer-friendly frontend with React and TypeScript for a financial services company. They helped work out the design for the site and transfer knowledge to the client's team for future use. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
CTO, Financial Services Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The frontend design was completed in a short timeframe and has been highly functional for customers. The STRV team worked seamlessly with the client's internal team and delivered significant value for the product. Their team has been responsive and proactive throughout the project. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO and co-founder of a business that helps other companies access capital and fundraise more efficiently.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

The core of our business and product is building easy-to-use tools for companies to understand their financial health. We had to build a consumer-grade frontend that would be a good foundation to release these features to our users. They were instrumental in building this foundation.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped me and the CTO pick which frontend technologies we should be using, delivered the first version of the technology, and help us iterate on top of the platform. The program was built in React, specifically React Hook because it’s more functional. We also used TypeScript and single-page rendering with Next.js. GraphQL was used for our data-layered backend.

We started with an initial build-out, doing a lot of foundation-laying work for us. They’re staying on to help us spread that knowledge internally as we add more engineers to the project. An STRV designer also helped us think through our design language and strategy.

What is the team composition?

We worked with two frontend engineers and one designer.

How did you come to work with STRV?

I had worked with STRV at a previous company. I had experience with how they work and the quality of developers that they bring to the table.  

What is the status of this engagement?

The work began in March 2019 and is still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Across the board, we’re seeing that our frontend design hold up as our customers use the platform. The STRV engineering team has helped deliver value to our customers. We were able to get that ready in a short amount of time.

The work has also been well-received in our internal team. Their engineers have worked well with our internal team and transferred a significant amount of knowledge for long-term success.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We handled all project management internally. However, they were self-starters and able to manage themselves. They came up with requirements and were proactive in giving feedback in regard to the different features we were building and how long the product would take to build.

What did you find most impressive about them?

When you choose to work with STRV, you know you’re getting great developers. You won’t need to rewrite their code. They really help lay a strong foundation.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, none that I can think of.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re great. They do great work and set your products and technology on the right path.

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

Web Design for Growing Startup

"I was blown away by their abilities to complete my visualization and concepts."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After several discovery sessions, STRV created mockups for a website, revamping them after alpha and beta testing. They continue to reiterate parts of the layout.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Rocklin, California
Mark Wood
CEO, iOOi, Inc
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Initial feedback has been positive, as users commend the usability and aesthetic quality of the site. The team impressed with their timeliness and organizational skills. Their patience and collaborative spirit promise a lasting relationship.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

iOOi™ brings a unique value proposition in that its Socialpedia™ platform is designed in a manner that encourages users to stay immersed on the site and in the content. I'm CEO of iOOi using my advanced strategic & organizational abilities to lead the development of iOOi ™ with STRV engineerings.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire STRV?

Since I visualized a user-generated-content-focused platform that effectively combines learning, search, multimedia, and shopping all contained within a single site, I have no software engineering experience and found that STRV is best fit to develop iOOi's platform from scratch to finished development.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goals for this project is that iOOi™ is easily distinguishable from other websites that have:

  • singular focus (ex. social networking vs online publishing)
  • suboptimal layout and design
  • low ability to captivate users
  • high bounce rates

Also, one of our goals is to have users who can view all user generated content in an elegant way with no clicking-through to other websites, therefore keeping them on iOOi™ longer. Another goal is that our platform strengthens the searching and knowledge-sharing experience by encouraging high quality user-generated content for users to explore. In other words, as the length of time that a user remains immersed on the site increases, so, too, do the opportunities for monetization.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

After contacting several potential vendors, we met up and received their initial pitches. We narrowed it down to 2 vendors and then we shared our visualization/concepts with them. It was very excited to select one because we foresee that they will help us to see our product become live!

With being said, we selected STRV based on their quality of their final proposal, their willingness to work with us on how to interact with the website.

Describe the project in detail.

After we selected STRV, we had a series of discovery/brainstorming meetings to discuss our visualization of iOOi platform. Within first 12 months, we received mockups and initial designs for the main page on the site.

After alpha and beta testings, we re-vamped & provided our improved design layout and flow on how we wanted the rest of the site to feel and look. The vendor came back to us with final iOOi platform - we were blown away!

What was the team composition?

Initially, we were assigned a project manager to support iOOi's visualization & platform and serve as the main point of contact throughout the project. My team and STRV's project manager and two frontend and 2 backend developers met up weekly via appear.in. After first 12 months, especially with wireframes & concepts being completed, it was down to 1 each of frontend and backend developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

After first round of iOOi platform is completed, Alpha testing was launched with around 50 users. In May 2018, we saw & collected many feedbacks. After revamping all designs, the new design of iOOi looked much more visible and friendly on the site.

Last May 2019, we launched Beta testing at one of university with around 150 people. Their feedback was very positive on the usability, flow, and look of the site. However, I saw few opportunities to improve and impact much more so currently we are working on it. Hopefully we will do a final test - Gamma before hard launch will be in early 2020.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Although the project manager was replaced twice, currently project manager was much easy to communicate with and provided us frequent updates. The project manager, 1 frontend developers and we connected via appear.in at least once a week and use Slack & Trello for all communication. Overall, I'm impressed by the timeliness of the team.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was blown away by their abilities to complete my visualization and concepts. Frankly, with my no background software experience, I've learned so much more than I thought possible. I appreciated that they were patient and thoughtful while we came up to speed. They are particularly collaborative and positive experience for us. I will certainly engage with STRV again for next project such as App, Admin System, etc...

Are there any areas for improvement?

Naturally everything can always be done faster, but overtime we realized that patience and persistence are very important. In the end, quality is more important than speed and we ended up with a powerful & beautiful product. We will be next new platform what will shake the world!

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

Mobile App Dev Support for Media Content Company

“They are communicative on both Slack and Trello, so the integration between our teams is smooth and transparent.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV turned an app concept and mockups into an MVP of an iOS-based social network platform. Their teams worked together on designs before developing the front- and backend of the final product.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Head of Engineering, Media Tech Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The engineers provided by STRV deliver excellent code in a timely manner. Their communication skills effectively manage the time difference between teams, and their flexibility allows them to adapt their efforts to the needs of their client so that they can deliver the best results.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of engineering for a media-tech company that automates the generation of local news. We currently produce more than 8,000 local news stories a month.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

Our initial idea was to build a local social network in which to distribute our content, so we hired STRV to help us create the MVP of an iOS app to get in front of our users.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had the idea and a few specific functional requirements, but they collaborated with our designer to finalize the wireframes and then took over and developed the actual app.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked in different configurations over the years, but the most common one is a project manager on our end who communicates with an account manager on theirs, and that person is in charge of assigning personnel from their team of front- and backend engineers. Occasionally we will work with a few designers from them directly as well.

How did you come to work with STRV?

They were recommended by my co-founder based on previous work with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in February 2015 and our work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We were very pleased with the product we received, as well as with the fact that it only took about 3–4 months of work before we launched in the app store. If we need something delivered fast, STRV can onboard more engineers to get it done.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management is pretty good. They’re really good engineers, and the quality of the code they deliver is high. If you have a good process for code reviews and practices, the STRV engineers will follow your process and the final product will be good.

The only caveat is the time difference, but their engineers are always willing to join in our morning standup sessions which pretty much mitigates the problem. They are communicative on both Slack and Trello, so the integration between our teams is smooth and transparent.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are able to perfectly tailor their team to our needs—onboarding or relocating engineers depending on whether we have more or less work to do. Additionally, they are good at incorporating your feedback and will even switch engineers around if you have any problems.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There have been times where they hired more junior engineers, and we realized pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be a good fit, but they have always been good about correcting those issues when they arise.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Even if you only have a basic idea of the requirements, they will be able to work with you end-to-end to get to a product; the important thing is that you have good processes in place. STRV can recommend a process, but if you’re not on top of the relationship and directing the work I could see things getting off course or going more slowly.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are more on the expensive side, but based on their work quality, it’s pretty good.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them to friends and have in the past.

Strategy for a Catering Application

“Their process helped ensure that we didn’t diverge too far from our plans, which saved us time and money.”

 

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

STRV provided a process improvement audit for a consumer platform. The team worked on the need-finding and problem validation phases. Additionally, they helped organize preliminary designs.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
CEO, Catering Application
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV’s efforts were instrumental in assessing the platform's major needs. They seamlessly managed the project and provided detailed outlines at each new phase. Their ability to provide excellent service while staying within budgetary restrictions sets them apart from other vendors.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder and CEO of a catering company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We wanted additional validation on our product’s direction and design.

Additionally, we aimed to ensure we weren’t in an echo chamber, in terms of what we believed about the market and our customers. We aspired to translate only the best elements into our product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?            

STRV helped us get an early MVP of our product established. Specifically, they helped us with our need-finding and problem validation phases. They made sure we were approaching our issues correctly.

Once we were comfortable with the feedback data we received on our product challenges, they were able were able to help us get some early designs organized.

What is the team composition?

We worked with four people from STRV. Our team consisted of two designers, one project manager, and one product manager.

How did you come to work with STRV?

We were referred to them on two separate occasions. The first time was by a well-known design firm in the Bay Area, and the second time was by a colleague of mine from business school. Both of these recommendations lent ample support to our decision.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in August 2018, and we wrapped up in April 2019.

We brought more of their assigned responsibilities in-house, as our company grew. We’re still in contact with STRV as it relates with needs that may come up in the future and we would certainly work with them again.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s difficult to assess the accuracy of need finding and problem validation in their early stages. However, six months removed from the project we found that many of their hypotheses were correct. Their process helped ensure that we didn’t diverge too far from our plans, which saved us time and money.  

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

Our teams worked well together. Our product manager even came from the Czech Republic to visit for a week, and we had a chance to work together in person.

Our project manager took a lot of responsibility and leadership in running the project. Because they were in Europe, we’d go to sleep with discussion notes, and wake up with an outline of what was worked on, with next steps. It was impressive that they managed the process so efficiently; it allowed us to focus on other aspects of our operations, such as technology development and fundraising.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We felt we were getting great value for what we were paying, which is important to us as a small business where every dollar is so precious. The team understood our financial constraints and helped us to craft a plan and realistic milestones. Outsourced teams usually charge as much as they can, but it felt very different with STRV. They reflected the same level of efficiency with our resources that we would expect from ourselves, internally. They made sure we had a successful outcome, even though it didn’t necessarily translate into more income for them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It took us a little longer to familiarize their team with our industry. It would have been better if we could’ve gotten them up to speed quicker, but I don’t know what we could have done to help that process.

There was also a period where we needed to change designers, which was actually a great shift for us. Unfortunately, there was some time wasted with the first iteration of designers. We would certainly work with them again, even with some of those challenges.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

In general, it’s best to be clear about desired milestones and to have check-ins to remain on track. It’s definitely easy to have someone else come in and manage the process, but it’s important to keep a close watch on how much work should be outsourced and how much should be internal. I would suggest assessing what stage of competence your company is in; sometimes it’s crucial to the learning curve of your business and your team to keep certain responsibilities and jobs inhouse. Finding that balance with STRV was key, even though they were providing high-quality services for us.

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

Development & Web Design for Banking App

"They are well-equipped to give recommendations within the design or development parameters."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV redesigned a website and an application for a financial company, prioritizing modern visuals and clear delivery of information. They also assisted with the development of customized web templates.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
United States
CMO, Banking App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV deftly navigated strict timelines to deliver superior products. They offer practical suggestions to improve design quality, and they execute on those visions. The team is transparent and communicative, evidenced by a seamless workflow with the remote creative team.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CMO of a company that is about to launch what we see as a groundbreaking financial application aimed at everyday banking. It also includes significant rewards programs that nobody else is offering at the moment.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We initially hired them for web design, but our engagement has since grown to include a redesign of the financial app we are introducing to the marketplace.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Taking a mobile-first approach, STRV designed our primary customer website by refreshing our existing content and presenting it in a new way. We wanted our site to be much more contemporary and clearer in terms of getting key information across to users. We have an in-house development team, but when we’ve needed extra help, their dev team has been very willing to step in.

They have also assisted with dev elements of secondary sites, including aspects of our corporate member program, which requires customized templates. More recently for our mobile app, STRV has orchestrated a complete redesign and representation of the material in the app, which takes up well over 250 pages.

What is the team composition?

Our primary contacts are our project manager and a designer, but we also communicate with their business and financial representatives at times.

How did you come to work with STRV?

We looked at competitive sites that we admired, and we researched who designed and built them. STRV was frequently the common denominator, so we contacted them and picked them.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in January 2019 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We anticipate a full launch of these redesigned products in about a month. STRV’s work to this point has been a significant upgrade from where we were previously.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve had no issues from working with their design team in the Czech Republic. We have regular check-ins, and they run those meetings well. STRV always offers rationale and justification for their design decisions. I only have high praise for how they’ve handled the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are well-equipped to give recommendations within the design or development parameters. Also, they worked well with our expedited timelines, first for our website and now for our mobile app. Working under those time constraints has been a definite point in their favor.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not yet. I think we could have improved by having only one source of feedback, as opposed to multiple sources. And we could have done a better job of alleviating the time pressures we placed on them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would recommend that future clients review STRV’s capabilities and the success they’ve had with other clients. That was our process, and it worked well.

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

Development for Cloud Storage Provider

“They work with us to figure out the best approach and provide a lot of suggestions when tackling engineering problems.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After inheriting a set of outdated mobile SDKs, STRV worked with the in-house team on new iterations. They’ve made the Android version Android X and 64-bit compatible while rewriting the iOS version in Swift.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Santa Clara, California
Software Engineering Manager, Cloud Storage Provider
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV has addressed most of the bugs across both the iOS and Android SDKs, and the iOS version is now in private beta. Although time differences can be difficult, the team has integrated well into the internal staff, working collaboratively to find technical solutions.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m one of the engineering managers at a cloud storage and content management services provider. My team is responsible for providing third-party APIs and software development kits (SKDs) for our platform’s features.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

My team had inherited a set of iOS and Android SDKs that another in-house department had developed. However, we didn’t have any mobile experience in our group, so we needed a contracting partner to help us ramp up while also solving pressing customer issues with our previous SDKs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

STRV is working closely with my team to develop new mobile SDKs for both iOS and Android. Most of the work has focused on the iOS side. The previous iteration was written in Objective C, so we wanted to rewrite it in Swift. We’ve just released a private beta to our customers this past week. 

As for the Android side, customers requested the SDK to be Android X and 64-bit compatible, so we’ve updated the kit accordingly.

What is the team composition? 

We work with about four resources at any given time, split between the iOS and Android teams.

How did you come to work with STRV?

One of our customers who works with our SDKs actually recommended STRV to us, so I contacted them. Their engineers did well in our interviews, so we decided to hire them. 

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve spent about $300,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started talking to them in February 2019, and they still work with us today.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our primary goal has been to deliver the beta iOS SDK and to fix bugs across both versions, and they’ve been successful there.

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

We mostly manage the project from our side, working with their engineers in daily stand-ups in a large team format.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The quality of the engineering is excellent, and their staff is very engaged with our project. Rather than telling them what to do and expecting a final product, we share a real collaboration. They work with us to figure out the best approach and provide a lot of suggestions when tackling engineering problems.

In terms of business logistics, I appreciate that they’re willing to work within our budget and timelines. That sort of participation has been very proactive from their side.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The toughest part of working with them is navigating the time zone differences because they’re based in the Czech Republic. Occasionally, their engineers have visited for a few weeks so that we could work on projects side by side, and the team is pretty flexible about our schedules. But having more in-person meetings would be great.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?
 
There’s a huge number of engineering companies out there, but STRV has high-quality engineers. If you’re looking for good work, they’re the ones to go to.

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

Development for Digital Collectibles Application

"They have a strong team of highly qualified resources."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. - July 2019
Project summary: 

STRV provided frontend, backend, and analytics tracking resources to help the company develop a native app from scratch.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Taipei, Taiwan
Dan Crothers
COO and Co Founder, Ecomi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

STRV provided high-quality development support in a timely manner. Their high standards for hiring qualified staff set them apart. Their work has also been well-received overall and their team was quick to fix any shortcomings in terms of project management.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the COO and co-founder of Ecomi, an app that helps users manage digital collectibles.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We needed additional qualified resources to help us quickly complete the frontend and some of the backend of our mobile app. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STRV provided mostly frontend development resources to help our team build our app from scratch, using React Native. They also provided some short-term backend support and tracked user analytics. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked with about five people, including one backend developer, three frontend developers, and a user analytics resource. 

How did you come to work with STRV?

I believe they were introduced to us by a mutual contact who had worked with them before on a similar project. After speaking with their team, we felt they'd be an ideal partner for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $225,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from January–July 2019. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

STRV has done a great job of providing high-quality development resources that have successfully helped us develop our app quickly. Their work has been received well both internally and externally. 

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

They had a fairly limited role when it came to managing the project. Initially, our main point of contact was somewhat lackluster but, after a few conversations, they improved their involvement to a satisfactory level. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were very impressed by their robust recruitment process, which is one of the main reasons we chose to work with them: They have a strong team of highly qualified resources.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not in particular. They met our standards of quality and timeliness.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Different resources on their team are located in different countries, so just be aware of potential time zone differences or try to request resources available during ideal hours. 

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

Strategy and Development for a Networking Platform

“It doesn’t feel like they’re outsourced, it feels like they’re part of our team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
July 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

STRV conducted strategy sessions for a growing networking project. Their team continues to work on the development phase of the project, creating the front- and backend of the iOS and Android apps.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
United States
Scott Swanson
CEO, Bonder.me
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the development is ongoing, everything created thus far has been positively received by the internal team. The code written by STRV is high-quality and they continue to consistently deliver products with a personal touch. Despite the time difference, they are incredibly responsive.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of Bonder.me, a next-generation platform for people to connect with each other.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with STRV?

We needed to create the product and make sure the code is done right. Our company received a patent within two years, which validates our idea, but we needed to find a team to help us build it. Because we’re on the innovation side, we didn’t have the necessary technical experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

STRV did all of the strategy and development for our platform. We went through an R&D process with them, conducting focus groups and going through redesign phases. Their team made the necessary tweaks as we went through this process together.

After this strategic and research phase, STRV developed the product. This process is ongoing, so they’re building both the front- and backend of iOS and Android apps, along with performing QA testing. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with 10–15 people from STRV, including a product development director. The amount of people fluctuates based on the intensity of the project at that time.

How did you come to work with STRV?

I have a friend who is a lead at a popular ridesharing service who told me about STRV. He said that when a company gets stuck and needs something done quickly, they call STRV. After completing some research, I decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested between $200,000-$1,000,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with STRV began in July 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Everything STRV has created has been really well received by our team. The quality of the code is excellent, and they’re involved in the process from start to finish. Their team is always able to execute on time and really understands the task at hand. 

How did STRV perform from a project management standpoint?

STRV is fantastic at project management, bringing my team into the fold. They have high standards for how the process works. Our product development director was very assertive. She has a very extensive background and it made our collaboration successful.

Our teams communicate through Slack and email. Despite the distance, they’re exceedingly responsive. The speed of their response time is unwavering. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

STRV is all about the relationship and the partnership. They’re good at achieving because our product matters to them too. It doesn’t feel like they’re outsourced, it feels like they’re part of our team. That isn’t something that’s easy to achieve in this space.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything they could improve on. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The instinct, especially if you’re in the startup business, might be to find a team who can get it done for the least amount. I’d advise against that. If you’re spending a little bit more, you’ll actually save in the long run. That has been my experience with STRV.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Active
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California
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201221610132
Date of Formation
Jul 27, 2012
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0
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Last Updated
Jul 23, 2019
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