Transparent IT Outsourcing: Dedicated-OnDemand-BOT

TechPods is a British / Bulgarian IT Outsourcing company with offices in London, Edinburgh, and Sofia. We help companies of all sizes access an abundant pool of IT development talent, via three simple models; Dedicated Team, OnDemand, and BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer), enabling our clients to scale with ease. 

By using TechPods, businesses are able to cut costs by up to 50% compared with sourcing internally, or using local contractors.

DEDICATED TEAM: Lead times vary depending on talent category i.e. Mid-Senior level JavaScript or PHP developers are "Category 1", with lead times ranging from 1-5 weeks. Senior developers within more boutique programming languages (Scala) are "Category 3", with lead times ranging from 8-20 weeks. 

ONDEMAND TEAM: Lead times within the TechPods OnDemand Team range from 1-4 weeks. This team consists of Junior, Mid-Level, and Senior Developers, with a wide range of technology skillsets. 

BOT: Choose between 12-24 months to transfer your IT Development team to your LLC. 

 
$1,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2018
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Sofia, Bulgaria
headquarters
  • 31 Alexander Malinov Boulevard, Campus X, Building 1
    Sofia, 23 1729
    Bulgaria
other locations
  • 123 Buckingham Palace Rd
    London, LND SW1W 9SH
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

PHP7, Laravel, Symfony, Zend, MySQL, NodeJS, React, TypeScript, Kubernetes, ElasticSearch

Scala, TypeScript, Clojure, Node.js, Java, Docker, Kubernetes, Google Cloud Services, Kafka, Yarn, React, Postgresql, Cypress, Swift and React Native. We run our services in GCP, AWS and Azure.

HOW IT WORKS: 1. Calculate your carbon footprint via our Chatbot 2. Discover low impact brands in our sustainable directory 3. Connect your bank cards to earn Offset Coins (from partner brands, online & offline) 4. 1 Offset Coin = 1 tree planted + 5 trees protected 5. Grow your forest & reach Net-Zero!

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Staff Augmentation for Luxury Hotel Locator

"We have a high benchmark for quality of work and they have found us a team member who met that benchmark."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. - Apr. 2020
Project summary: 

TechPods augmented the staff of a luxury hotel locator. The team provided developers to assist the client with re-writing their rates and availability engine, a core part of their business.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Steve Beard
CTO, Smith Global Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the engagement is still in the early stages, the internal team is satisfied with the development work provided so far. TechPods provides high-quality team members that meet the needs of the client. The team is professional and quick to integrate with the client's team.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Mr & Mrs Smith began life in 2003 with two adventurous hotel lovers (our real-life Mr and Mrs: James and Tamara Lohan) and has evolved into a global travel club with a million like-minded members in more than 100 countries. Every club has a purpose. Ours is to knock your socks off, with help from the world’s best bedrooms. We don’t want this to be a one-night stand or a quick fling; we’re in it for the long-haul. I am the CTO for Mr & Mrs Smith, dedicated to providing a technological advantage to the travel club and enabling the best experience for our members

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire TechPods?

We hired TechPods to work alongside our in house development teams to re-write our Rates and Availability engine, the core of system for receiving all prices, room availability, types and offers and making them available to our members.

What were your goals for this project?

The goals were to enable us to receive more updates from our hotels and make them available sooner and more reliably to the members. In addition we were looking to work alongside an outsourced team, provided by TechPods, to provide additional expansion capability when required.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We looked at and talked to a number of near shore development partners, who had experience in our preferred technologies and agile working practices, and TechPods came out on top as the most aligned to our culture and requirements.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

TechPods provided us with a number of potential developers that we were able to interview and test to find the most suitable. For this early stage we selected a single developer who has worked alongside the team on the project

What was the team composition?

A single TechPods developer working remotely alongside an in house team of three back end developers, a PO and QA.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

At this stage it is too early to demonstrate the value provided.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The TechPods developer worked as part of the team, fully integrated into our ways of working and developing stories as any other internal team member would

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They have been committed to providing us with the right developers for our project, working alongside us to interview and test a number of candidates and have been incredibly flexible as our needs have changed in the last couple of months. We have a high benchmark for quality of work and they have found us a team member who met that benchmark.

Are there any areas for improvement?

None

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They have been excellent in providing candidates when needed
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Rates are very competitive especially given the quality of developer
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have a hogh level of quality expectation and TechPods have always met that
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They have met all of our expectations

Staff Augmentation for Software Development Agency

"TechPods is very easy to work with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Techpods provided staff augmentation services to help the client expand their mobile app development team. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Exeter, United Kingdom
Rob Locke
Managing Director, Kodal
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The resource that Techpods found is highly-skilled and fits in well with the in-house team. Communication between the client and Techpods was seamless and the client is satisfied with the outcome. 

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 managing director of Kodal, a software digital agency. We specialize in mobile app development, web-based development, platform development, and e-commerce development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with TechPods?

We needed an additional resource with experience in React Native and mobile development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They found a resource for us very quickly and efficiently. The resource works remotely.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Benjamin (Co-Founder & CEO) during the recruitment phase. They provided a dedicated React developer. 

How did you come to work with TechPods?

I worked with Benjamin previously. I liked his model of providing designated resources. It’s not about outsourcing, it’s about expanding our in-house team.  

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2019, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The candidate they found is great. She’s very proactive and easily joined project meetings. We’ve gotten amazing feedback. We’ll work with them for a long time. They’re very professional. The quality of the resource is very high. 

How did TechPods perform from a project management standpoint?

They delivered everything on time. We manage everything from our side. We include them as part of our team. We do standups with them daily. It’s a very transparent process. We use Slack or Zoom calls. It’s very easy to communicate with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our resource is very good at communicating. She’s very easygoing. Software developers aren’t always easy to communicate with. TechPods is very easy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We have a relationship directly with the developer. If we have a problem, she’s been very reactive to solve any issues. We've always been able to resolve problems. I don’t have any negative feedback.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t treat them as a separate entity or a silo. Bring them into the team and treat them as part of the in-house team where they communicate and build a relationship with the rest of the team members. It’s fundamental to the success of your project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d definitely refer them.

Web & Mobile App Dev for Ethical Rewards Platform

"Their speed in recruiting people and filling roles with high-quality candidates stands out."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Aug. 2018 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

TechPods provides web and mobile development, including a cross-platform mobile application, an IoT coding system, and a brand management system. They also developed a credit card-linked rewards application.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, UK
Oliver Bolton
CEO, Almond.org
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The reward system has developed a sizable user base and garnered positive feedback. TechPods displayed notable speed in finding suitable resources for projects. They have a history of on-time deliveries and hitting milestones.

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 of Almond.org, an ethical rewards program.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with TechPods?

We were looking for help developing out our technology and product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve done both mobile and web for us, creating our website and our cross-platform React Native application. We also have a backend system database. They also JavaScript.

We’ve built a whole IoT coding system where you can scan data matrix codes and QR codes, a brand management system where we can manage a directory of the brands we work with, and a system that links people’s credit cards to our application to reward them for spending money.

What is the team composition?

We work with Ben (CEO, TechPods).

How did you come to work with TechPods?

It was through a colleague at the time.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around £400,000 ($492,000 USD) so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since August 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve achieved a lot. We have a team of four at the moment, so I’m happy with what’s been done for the time spent and money invested. They hit our roadmap and the key milestones we’ve been working toward. We’ve got 200,000 users on Visa, and we’re in the information gathering stage right now. There’s been a lot of positive feedback from users though.

How did TechPods perform from a project management standpoint?

We took a few weeks to get into a rhythm but we’ve got a good system. We live on Slack, and it works well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their speed in recruiting people and filling roles with high-quality candidates stands out.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not that I’ve seen. I’m pretty happy.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Launch with the right processes and structures in place. With any distributed team, it’s important to have the right tools in place to work efficiently together. Have regular meetings and speak to team members on a daily basis.

5.0
Overall Score They go above and beyond to support us and our relationship.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There have been delays, but it’s partly our fault as well. I’ve been pretty happy.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were pretty competitive in our initial research.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered everything we’ve asked for to a very high level.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Marketing Website for Energy Supplier

"TechPods understood technical and business requirements and provide a top candidate in a very short period of time."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2019 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

An energy supplier hired TechPods to rebuild their marketing website. They worked closely with an internal team to redesign and re-platform the current marketing website.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Rosario G
Software Engineering Manager, UK Energy Supplier
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web developers at TechPods quickly understood the requirements and worked well alongside the internal team, allowing them to focus on other priorities. They quickly got up to speed, delivering the requested pages in a timely manner.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I work for a UK energy supplier and I'm responsible for a couple of teams dealing with client facing services.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire TechPods?

To help with the rebuild of the Pay as you go energy marketing website

What were your goals for this project?

building the major 3 sections of the marketing website while the internal team was dealing with other priorities.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

It was suggested by my manager who already worked with this company.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

A Web Developer worked closely to the internal team: UI Designer, UX and other Dev to redesign and re-platform the current marketing website.

What was the team composition?

A Web Developer working independently with small support/guidance from FTE of the company

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Web Developer was able to quickly understand the requirements and working alongside our internal UI/UX team to delivery the requested pages in a timely manner, freeing our internal developers that where able to focus on other priorities.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project was managed from our UK Product Manager

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I was looking for a developer for a short time project. TechPods have been able to quickly understand technical and business requirements and provide a top candidate in a very short period of time.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not that I can think of.

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

IT Outsourcing for Energy Supplier

"The caliber of developers was impressive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

TechPods provided outsourced IT training and development for an energy supplier. 

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Andrea Salvadore
Manager, Energy Supplier
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

TechPods delivered on time and met all requirements. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My company is a UK energy supplier. I managed the business unit responsible for pay-as-you-go products and services

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire TechPods?

TechPods helped us spin up a team in no time to work on some important regulatory compliance projects

What were your goals for this project?

To deliver a solution in time for a deadline in order to avoid hefty fines.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I previously worked with Ben and knew his strong work values aligned really well with what I needed

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They hired an entire team, provided them with offices to work from, IT required, training and development opportunities and regular trips to the UK as part of the standard agreement.

What was the team composition?

Full stack developers

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

This project was very time sensitive and the team has done an impressive work to deliver on time and meet the requirements.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project was managed from the UK with a mixed team of IT resources in Bulgaria

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The speed to hire and the caliber of developers

Are there any areas for improvement?

Nothing I can think right now

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