Never outsourced. Unmatched execution and design.

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Swenson He develops high value, high impact mobile app solutions that are never outsourced, with unmatched execution and design.

Our firm was founded in 2014 by two MIT alumni, Nick Swenson and Chao He, seeking to fulfill the increasing need companies and organizations have to build sophisticated, robust mobile apps. As a full-service firm, Swenson He brings ideas from conception to completion – projects that are otherwise impossible internally or with 3rd party developers accustomed to routine designs.

Our key to success is based in our engineering team, which fields some of the most talented young developers in the world, with experience and degrees from top technology companies and academies. Every project we undertake is staffed by a dedicated, vertically integrated, in-house team that is specialized to meet the unique demands of each endeavor. 

Swenson He engineers tackle every step in the build as an individual problem, with a sheer focus on intelligent design, precision & efficiency. As a firm, we have institutionalized a ‘final 1%’ method – with every step, our engineers ask themselves what more they can do to ensure a superior result, contributing to our commitment to a best-in-class level of quality and sophistication.

Ultimately, we are driven by the philosophy that strong mobile technology changes lives in meaningful ways, and it is our goal that each one of our projects advances this cause. We are dedicated to constantly pushing the cutting edge forward, always questioning the limits of what an app can achieve.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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Marina del Rey, CA
headquarters
  • 13274 Fiji Way, Suite 140
    Marina del Rey, CA 90292
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • simplehuman
  • Stanford Medicine
  • SharkNinja
  • Rest Devices
  • Hitch Radio

 

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Web/Cloud Development for Broadcast Radio Startup

"There were some technologies that we didn't understand well, so Swenson He supplied the right expertise for these cases."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2015
Project summary: 

Swenson He provided web and cloud development services to help the client migrate from Parse to Google Cloud, since the old platform was experiencing difficult issues with the backend.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area, California
Mohamed Kamal
CTO of Broadcast Radio Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Based on Swenson He's skilled analysis and planning, there was actually no need to migrate the entire infrastructure. Instead, Swenson He built a smaller and more targeted component that significantly increased user retention. The client was particularly impressed by Swenson He's technical and project management skills.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

The company that I was a part of when we worked with Swenson He was a tech startup offering live broadcast radio sharing.

What is your position?

I was the chief technology officer. I was in charge of managing all technological aspects within the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Swenson He?

We'd had a huge issue with the backend part of our platform and wanted to migrate to Google Cloud from Parse. The main issues were performance, reliability, and scalability.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

We hired Swenson He in order to get help migrating from Parse to Google Cloud. They helped us build a scheme for our database in order to understand how our app could function within its new location. They did an analysis of our current infrastructure, getting an image of exactly what we needed and picking out the right technology for us. We had a choice between using MongoDB and other technologies which would have worked for our current situation.

There were some limitations for our app, given that we're a radio streaming service. There were some technologies that we didn't understand well, so Swenson He supplied the right expertise for these cases, from streaming to encoding and so forth. They gave us a detailed plan on a weekly basis. We were assigned a project manager and two engineers for the work. I felt that their team became part of ours, integrating well.

How did you come to work with Swenson He?

We used to work in the same building as their company in a shared office space. I didn't know exactly what they did at the time, but we happened to talk to some of their team about our problems, and they gave us free information. To me, doing this means that the person I'm talking to knows their stuff. They eventually suggested starting a deep-dive relationship to find out what the ideal situation for us would be. We had a couple of meetings but also shopped around, looking at two other development shops. We decided to go with Swenson He.

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

The total project cost was between $30,000-35,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in October of 2014. The work completed in January of 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Based on the resources we were able to shift, we decided not to move the entire infrastructure. Swenson He built a small component for our project, which took 4 months to develop. It allowed to us gain significantly more user retention.

How did Swenson He perform from a project management standpoint?

I look for two things in hiring a team: project management and technical skills. Swenson He receives a 10/10 in terms of technical skills. Our project manager was always available for us, even though they were probably swamped with other projects at the time because they were smaller back then. Their project management and technical skills have been great.

What distinguishes Swenson He from other providers?

Their technical ability is off the charts.

Is there anything Swenson He could have improved or done differently?

When we worked together, their company had only been active for about a year. I've met with them recently, and it seems that they're expanding, so they've already solved their own problems.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were expensive, but worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already done it.

iOS App Development for Nursery Products Company

"Swenson He is extremely smart and adept at what they're doing."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - 2014
Project summary: 

Swenson He served as the lead iOS developer for testing and launching the client's product. They developed the UI/UX, integrated the app with backend servers, performed user testing, and drafted the documentation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Co-Founder/CEO, Nursery Products Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client remains very pleased with the robust product, its backend, and UI, even two years after project completion. Swenson He excelled at meeting deadlines and deliverables and provided very detailed, high-level work.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We specialize in making connective baby and nursery products consisting of software and hardware working as Internet of Things solutions.

What is your position?

I am the co-founder and chief executive officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Swenson He?

We needed development resources for our app.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Swenson He is our lead iOS developer. They've worked with us in getting our product alpha- and beta-tested and launched on the market. They mainly collaborate with my co-founder, who is in charge of software development. Swenson He developed the UI/UX and also integrated the iOS app with our backend servers. They handled user testing and drafted the documentation for it.

The main goal was getting the app launched and off the ground. We had to make sure that the UI would be robust and intuitive for parents. We had a live streaming server infrastructure that was being built from the ground up. It required a lot of deep understanding and documentation in terms of how to plug it in and operate it.

How did you come to work with Swenson He?

I had worked with their owner at a different firm, and had also collaborated with their company when they first launched a few years ago. The two biggest things that I can say about Swenson He and their work are that they're extraordinarily detail-oriented, making sure that everything going into an app is given the same amount of attention. The other advantage is that they keep all aspects of the work in-house, instead of rolling them out to other firms.

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

The total development cost was between $50,000-200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2012. The work completed in 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

They performed extraordinarily well. Swenson He is extremely smart and adept at what they're doing. There is a high level of communication involved in handling our complex server backend. We're very pleased with how the UI looks even two years later. They engaged in a lot of dynamic work interacting with users and had an overall high level of detail.

What distinguishes Swenson He from other providers?

There is a high level of punctuality in their work. Swenson He is committed to deadlines and to following through on executions. They're very good at scoping the right talents for their company. I imagine that their UI capabilities have grown since working with them as well.

Is there anything Swenson He could have improved or done differently?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were very good at estimating costs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Cloud & Mobile App Development for Consumer Goods Manufacturer

"They provided high quality solutions at a great pace."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Swenson He developed the client's custom cloud-based servers and an iOS app. They are currently working on the Android version of the app.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
California
Director of Electronics Engineering, Consumer Goods Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both the cloud platform and iOS app perform very well, and the client is happy with the results. Swenson He is very responsive, knowledgeable, and professional.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a consumer goods manufacturer in the housewares and beauty industry.

What is your position?

I am the director of electronics engineering. I am in charge of research and development through the production of our items.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Swenson He?

We used their team to develop our cloud-based servers. We didn't use existing platforms for cloud services. Our solution had been put together according to our specs and needs.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

We worked side by side with Swenson He in order to create the right protocols and the best cloud service that we could use for our current products as well as our next-generation ones. They also developed our iOS app and are currently working on the Android version.

Much of the work is being done on an ongoing basis. We have constant discussions about what needs to be done and the best way to do it. We have many goals and tasks, but most are short term. We want to experience the results directly and make multiple iterations until the output is right. I enjoyed working with Swenson He. They are a professional and capable company.

How did you come to work with Swenson He?

I interviewed a variety of different developers, both for app and cloud services. Swenson He was impressive in terms of resume and capabilities. They're young, smart people.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together a year and a half ago. The work is ongoing for the Android app, but our cloud solution and iOS app have been completed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

The results were very good in terms of Swenson He's responsivity and the performance of their product. The cloud platform works very well and so does the iOS app.

What distinguishes Swenson He from other providers?

Swenson He is very knowledgeable and capable, very responsive and fast to react. Whenever we had modifications to make or take on a new project, they provided high quality solutions at a great pace. Working with them has been great.

Is there anything Swenson He could have improved or done differently?

I've had an excellent experience. There's always room for improvement, but nothing specific comes to mind.

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
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Gold
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Business Entity
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Virginia
ID
201513310459
Date of Formation
May 8, 2015
Source
California Secretary of State
Last Updated
Jan 19, 2019
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last Updated
Jul 22, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
13
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
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LAST UPDATED
May 29, 2018