We craft unique software experiences

Tech Alchemy specializes in Mobile and Web app development projects as our team has expert experience with various Blue-chip companies and successful Silicon Valley start-ups.

Our services cover multiple parallels including concept design, branding, software development, business analysis, and funding.

 

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2016
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
other locations
  • United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

TOAD, Copofi, Tona, Triptalk, House of Crops, Holofy, Imploy App, Lattice

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Holofy - AR App

Holofy is a digital key to autonomous spaces all over the world. They see property as hardware that can have enough intelligence to on board it's guests and take care of itself, while generating exponentially more income.


Through a combination of AR and IOT, guests are able to utilise all the services in the space to their fullest potential. Hosts never have to worry about who their guests are, if they have

access or if they are having any issues in the property. Tech Alchemy built a suite of products using cutting edge technologies to bring Holofy to market.
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House Of Crops - Agricultural Platform

House of Crops approached us to build a Trading platform for Agricultural products in Germany. We have build a state-of-the-art Serverless web application for them which conforms to German trade laws and Security standards. Their product offers three main services in field to raw material processing. The Marketplace module cleverly combines the supply and demand of market participants, resulting in a valid contract between

trading partners. Depending on the type of freight, the logistics services module allows customers to organize transport for the closed contracts directly with the support of House of Crops. The processing of the contract as well as the handling of quality deviations are depicted in the module Contract Management module which ensures fair trade agreements.
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Tona - Fitness App

Tona is a fitness app used primarily by people who go to the gym. It allows the gym community to come together and increase workout efficiency by recording workouts, tracking progress, connecting with friends and competing with the world. The Tona apple watch app automatically detects exactly what exercise you are doing. It can detect everything from a barbell curl to a pull-up. Every metric of a workout can be tracked, such

as reps, sets, calories and distance. These metrics can be shared with friends on the app who can view and compete with your scores. The phone and watch apps were built by Tech Alchemy from start to finish. The app is now used by gyms and personal trainers across the UK.
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Triptalk - Travel App

TripTalk is revolutionising travel. They combine inspiration platforms with bookings. Planning your trip is no longer something you do when you decide to travel. It’s already done.

By bringing together all aspects of the travel experience, TripTalk is your end-to-end travel companion. It simplifies the process before, during and after travelling. Tech Alchemy built both iOS and Android apps as well as the landing page

and various other business materials.
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Lattice - Financial Robo-Advisor

Lattice, an intellectual property (IP)-driven capital-markets Fintech company, focusing on developing front-office portfolio decision-support platform. Lattice Limited approached Tech Alchemy to design and build their robo-advisory platform in late 2017. Through multiple iterations of concept design, user studies and planning we finalised on a product which helped Lattice pitch in the Jumpstarter Competition by Alibaba Enterprise
Ventures.
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Imploy - Graduate Recruitment Platform

Imploy are a recruitment platform who bridge the gap between employers and their applicants. Graduates can apply for roles, schedule interviews, track their applications and get feedback for rejections. Additionally the platform enables graduates to show their work meaning employers can find candidates based on real work completed, rather than only by their CV. Candidates are tracked throughout their university career allowing
employers to get a full overview of the graduates growth. Tech Alchemy built both the candidate and employer sides of the platform, creating many different features for each aspect of the application.

TOAD.ai - Advertising Platform

TOAD came to Tech Alchemy when it was just an idea. They wanted to change the way outdoor advertising was booked, as traditionally the industry deals mostly with large spreadsheets and minimal tech. Together we developed a data driven mapping platform to showcase over ½ million outdoor advertising sites across the UK. We built a proprietary AI engine which instantly narrows down outdoor advertising sites based on a campaign brief.
This can cut planning time from days down to minutes, as well as increasing accuracy for audience targeting.

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Software Dev for Agriculture Trading Platform

They’re genuinely invested in ensuring our project’s success, and their dedication is evident.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Tech Alchemy developed a sophisticated app for agricultural trading. They offered strategic consulting, delivered prototypes and wireframes, before launching into a long development process followed by testing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Berlin, Germany
Maximilian Commandeur
COO, House of Crops
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tech Alchemy’s team outshines other developers. On top of being tech experts, they’re fast learners who are flexible under dynamic circumstances. The entire team, including the founder, has exhibited an impressive investment in the client’s project, proving themselves to be a reliable partner.

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 of House of Crops, an “agtech” (agricultural technology) company. We’re building an online trading platform that basically facilitates the trade of grains between farmers, trading companies, and producers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tech Alchemy?

Preferably adhering to an agile methodology, we wanted to create our MVP app to quickly penetrate the market. At the same time, we sought to minimize overhead and resource risk.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tech Alchemy first evaluated our standing in the agtech space before creating prototypes and wireframes to discuss. We explored different tech stack options, then launched the official development phase. We utilized AWS, with whom we have a close relationship, as our server.

The application involves the creation of offers and demands of goods, and a user can set very specific parameters—77 in total—to specify the product that you’re looking to buy or sell. The app also features a dynamic negotiation engine, where one can send and request offers. The team has implemented logics for contract conclusion and user profile management.

A back-office admin panel allows us to manage all of the activity on our app. On this interface, we can match offers, view demands and concluded contracts, and oversee user activity.

Throughout the development process, we made sure that our market partners gave us feedback, to make sure our product was in line with their interests.

What is the team composition?

For three months, we had three developers, but now we have four.

How did you come to work with Tech Alchemy?

We had released an RFP that extensively outlined our service requirements. Out of nine different companies, we found Tech Alchemy’s offering to be the best. They adeptly responded with suggestions to our unique questions during the vetting process.

I know that the founders of our respective companies were acquaintances from university, but that didn’t seem to be a factor in the selection process. They presented themselves extremely professionally.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re received great feedback from our strategic partners in the market, who say that our app is superior to other ones. We’ve been the first agtech company to go live with an app like this, so things look very promising.

How did Tech Alchemy perform from a project management standpoint?

We handled the project management ourselves, spending time to coordinate the internal and external development teams. They do have a project manager, whom I communicate regularly with. I can openly communicate requests and requirements but I don’t have to micromanage, which is nice.

I have a daily standup call with them, where I talk to the whole team. We also have a bi-weekly management call. We use Jira, Confluence, and Bitbucket. We appreciate that they re-evaluated the technologies they'd used in past projects to see if they’d be the right fit for this project. We ended up making really good decisions based on that.  

What did you find most impressive about them?

Only a couple weeks into our project, our only backend developer had to leave the company due to health issues. They offered us supplementary developers who jumped in, and I didn’t experience any loss in velocity. After one or two days of onboarding time, the new backend developer was fully up to speed. We haven’t experienced that level of service or competence with another company.

The commitment of their team is also impressive. Their company is continuously growing, but we’re one of the largest projects they’ve had so far. They’re genuinely invested in ensuring our project’s success, and their dedication is evident.

While the founder is less involved in our day-to-day tasks and operations, he’s still engaged and up-to-date on project progress. We never have to take time to explain things, because he’s already on top of it.

Lastly, the price we’re paying for their service is also remarkable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’ve had one or two hiccups in terms of resource allocation. For instance, we had a situation last week, where we didn’t stipulate the exact requirements for the kind of developer we were looking for.

There was an error in transparency on both of our sides, which resulted in the only option being a developer who wasn’t immediately available. Otherwise, the collaboration has been very smooth, so we can’t really complain.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Invite their involvement in your project. We had fruitful discussions about technology choices, and they contributed lots of great ideas and suggestions. Don’t be afraid to give their developers feedback, because they’re great at incorporating it and bettering their work.

You’d also benefit from having a lengthy evaluation process for each developer you take on because they’re endowed with very different skillsets.

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

Mobile App Dev & Web Dev for Travel Company

"Their shared interest in the project is what makes them stand out most."

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

Tech Alchemy provides ongoing development support and consulting services. Among other tasks, they’ve helped design and build a mobile app and e-commerce web version for a travel tech company. 

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Agostino Trapani
CEO, TripTalk Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

So far, the completed work has been up to expectations. Although the product has gained a significant amount of users, improved marketing efforts could increase the retention rate. Tech Alchemy continues to be fully invested in the work, making them a good partner for the multi-year engagement.

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 founder of TripTalk, a travel tech company based in London. We work on mobile and web and provide travel-focused consumer services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tech Alchemy?

Generally speaking, Tech Alchemy supported our mobile app creation, including a redesign, development, and distribution. They also worked on our website and on our tech strategy, in general—what tech stacks we should work with, how to implement them, and so on. 

We hired them to provide general consulting services, and they integrated as part of the company. They helped us with everything from strategy to implementation, from mobile to web. It was an exhaustive process.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When I met the Tech Alchemy team, we had a basic app that only allowed users to build travel journals. We started the project by converting that tool into an actual social platform for creating and sharing content. We went through the entire scope of work with them, designing the new app and building it from scratch. We converted our journal platform into an actual social community marketplace and we’re looking to merge the mobile and web functions.

They’ve also helped strategize and focus on the marketing analytics. For these efforts, they’ve conducted A/B testing and make improvements based on the results. The key features of the app include location tracking, social media following, community building, as well as content management and sharing.

They built the website to be the e-commerce version of the existing app, starting from scratch. We designed and developed it together. Now, we’re building backend APIs to connect the app and database to the frontend of the site. They’ve also created the landing page to display relevant information for users.

What is the team composition?

Their working model includes having 2–3 London-based members, who are customer-facing and manage a whole team in India. The overseas team varied between 5–15 people depending on the complexity of the task. They assigned enough people to ensure that they’d deliver on time and that the project would be properly done. 

How did you come to work with Tech Alchemy?

I used an app called Shapr to look for a CTO, but I came across one of Tech Alchemy’s former colleagues, who introduced me to the team. I was in the process of speaking with and vetting multiple other people and companies, and Tech Alchemy seemed to be a good match for us. They behaved like partners, but they offered the relationship of an agency, which was the best fit for me.

How much have you invested with them?

The total investment has been around £50,000 (approximately $60,800 USD). 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Tech Alchemy at the end of 2017, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new version of the platform is live on iOS and Android, and we’ve seen a bit of growth from our marketing efforts. We’re happy with the platform, generally speaking. Every product we’ve done with Tech Alchemy so far has pleased us. 

Currently, we have a few thousand users, but we found that the churn was pretty high, so we’re iterating before we do more marketing. We want to improve our retention and return rate.

How did Tech Alchemy perform from a project management standpoint?

The project management has been at a very high-level. They almost always deliver on all their promises and go above and beyond. Sometimes, when the scope changes during the course of the project, so do our deadlines. Aside from that, they always deliver on point and to a very high degree. 

I always interact with the team in London, they are ones who manage the whole project. We use email, phone calls, WhatsApp, and Slack for communication, and project management is done through Trello. Anytime we build something in collaboration with Tech Alchemy there is a strong back and forth. They give us mockups and presentations, and we give them feedback to incorporate, so it has been a good process. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their shared interest in the project is what makes them stand out most. Tech Alchemy is not just an agency; they’re involved on a much deeper level. Their commitment is what makes our experience so good, and they feel like a part of our team. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Tech Alchemy could’ve managed expectations a bit better on their side, and taken a bit less work. I believe their ambition pushes them to say yes to any project or task, which may not be realistic at times. I think this is almost a compliment.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Clients should have a clear idea of their own expectations so that Tech Alchemy can determine how to meet them. If we’re clear about what we want and how we want it done, they’re certainly going to deliver.

5.0
Overall Score Were I to start the project again, I’d still use Tech Alchemy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The only time they didn’t deliver on the deadline we set was when I personally changed the scope of work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’ve worked with competing London-based agencies, and their rates are sky-high compared to Tech Alchemy, making the decision a no-brainer.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have a very personal relationship, which means the quality is very good. All deliverables from Tech Alchemy have exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already spoken about them to people who needed the services, and I’ve brought them to new clients as well.

Platform Design & Dev for Advertising Company

"Their adaptability and ability to respond to technical challenges were impressive."

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

Tech Alchemy provided fullscale design and development support to create a platform. They built the screens and UI, and compiled relevant data to form the final product.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, England
George Hintzen RIBA
CEO, TOAD.ai
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform was successfully completed and stands out from others within the industry due to the expert work of Tech Alchemy. Their team was flexible and proactive, handling complex aspects of the project with skill. They were a solid partner that fulfilled expectations. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm Founder and CEO at TOAD.ai - The Outdoor Advertising Directory - which is a geospatial analytics platform and planning tool for Outdoor Advertising in the UK.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Tech Alchemy?

Tech Alchemy performed a full range of services, from initial designs and User Interface iterations to audience data sourcing and optimization, and the entire product architecture and execution.

What were your goals for this project?

To build a minimum viable product, all the way through to a credible, market-leading platform.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Initially a referral by a mutual contact. After asking a few other suppliers, we decided this was the best option, in terms of price, quality, and communication.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They did the following:

  • Initial screen designs.
  • User Interface iterations.
  • Sourcing and compiling data.
  • Design and build the web app

What was the team composition?

On our project, we had a lead developer and a supporting developer that we mainly had contact with. 3 additional supporting staff helped with the execution but were not main points of contact for us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The platform has been very effective in creating a USP over other media planning agencies, as we are backed by powerful, supplier-agnostic technology, which plans optimized campaigns without human bias.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Initially, we worked to a fixed scope, and then moved to 2-week sprints. After the initial groundwork, the latter was effective as it allowed enough time to build new features, and then test and feedback and prioritize for the next sprint.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their adaptability and ability to respond to technical challenges were impressive. Complex technical principles have been communicated in an easily digestible way, which has hugely helped the wider team to understand and be part of the product development.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Everything was to satisfaction.

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

Database Dev for Real Estate Research Company

"I'm extremely happy with the quality of the development work."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Tech Alchemy built a complex data warehouse for a real estate housing data company. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Director, Real Estate Data Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tech Alchemy provided exemplary work and consistently showed an ability for creative and innovative solutions. Their owners had an excellent grasp on business principles.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Our platform aggregates hundreds of property data sources to provide unrivalled detailed information about UK properties including overlaying advanced and time sensitive house moving data and comprehensive and business critical property attributes data. Our team of property experts and data scientists will provide you with customised and targeted data sets so you can run highly effective marketing campaigns.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Tech Alchemy?

Building a custom data warehouse to house over half a billion+ rows of data

What were your goals for this project?

  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Security
SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Recommended to us by a client

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The designed, developed, configured, and launched a custom data warehouse system for us.

What was the team composition?

2 developers

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Extremely happy with the quality of the development work and the Tech Alchemy's ability to grasp the concept and think outside the box to find solutions to technical challenges.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

  • Slack
  • Skype
  • Google Hangouts

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The technical ability of founders and their grasp on our business objectives

Are there any areas for improvement?

None

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