Software Development & Talent Generation

Founded in 2006, Techtonic is the premier partner for developing onshore, commercial-grade software. In 2012, we pioneered a way to close the talent gap by forming the Techtonic Academy, now a fully paid and accredited apprenticeship program registered by the United States Department of Labor. We provide our clients with high-quality software development services while also serving as their talent generation partners through our unique service-to-talent pipeline model.

Techtonic is based in Boulder, Colorado and is backed by University Ventures, Zoma Capital, and Yucatan Rock Ventures.  For more information, please visit www.techtonic.com

 
$100,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2006
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Boulder, CO
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Key clients: 

Vantage, Pivitol, Arrow, Zayo, Misy Robotics and many more!

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Mobile App Dev & Onboarding Engineers for Robotics Company

"Enabling companies to engage entry-level software developers at an affordable price, Techtonic provides an invaluable service. "

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2017 - July 2018
Project summary: 

As an onboarding task, Techtonic developed an iOS and Android app for integration with a robot. Creating a simple information interface, they built several features such as Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Boulder, Colorado
Tim Enwall
CEO, Misty Robotics
 
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The Review
Feedback summary: 

Techtonic provided diverse, qualified candidates who successfully delivered the mobile app to become valuable full-time software developers. They located meticulous, determined, and adaptable teammates who have increased company diversity, which situates them well for further collaboration.

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 Misty Robotics. We make personal robots targeted to software developers who’re easily able to program the robots using JavaScript or Python to perform jobs that may require an autonomous entity that can see, speak, and hear.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Techtonic?

We were looking to diversify our workforce with entry-level talent.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Techtonic built a mobile application compatible with our product. Since our customers are mostly software developers, the app isn’t a functional tool rather an onboarding one. Techtonic assigned us one master and two apprentices, who first helped us create a project proposal and worked with us on pricing. Their team then developed the app from scratch. They used our cross-platform tool to build the platform for iOS and Android. Their team integrated the app, creating features that allow our robot to connect to Bluetooth then transfer network credentials to function on WiFi. They developed a simple information interface with the robot’s IP address and battery level as well as a drive screen, which allows users to control the robot using a joystick-like interface. After successfully delivering the app, the two apprentices joined our team.

What is the team composition?

We collaborated with one master and two apprentices who worked on-site. Our head of engineering communicated directly with the master, but also had insight into the two apprentices’ efforts, which is how we grew comfortable enough to invite them onto our team as level-one software engineers.

How did you come to work with Techtonic?

I’ve known Heather (CEO & Founder, Techtonic) for several years. We wanted a richly diverse workforce as well as entry-level software engineers. We partnered with Techtonic because it’s the only company that brings individuals without technical degrees into the industry.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $125,000 throughout our engagement.

What is the status of this engagement?

We collaborated between October 2017–July 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The outcome wasn’t based on the app and its success in the marketplace. Although we continue to refine and improve the platform, it was just a vehicle for us to expand our labor force. Techtonic helped bring big contributors to our engineering team. We hired the two software developers who were assigned to the project; they’re fastidious, motivated, and fast learners. As teammates, they’ve both been outstanding and grown tremendously. We’ve continued to have a relationship with Techtonic.

How did Techtonic perform from a project management standpoint?

Communication was outstanding as their team worked in our offices. Techtonic performed well and delivered the app on-time. Looking at new projects, we’ll continue to collaborate with them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Enabling companies to engage entry-level software developers at an affordable price, Techtonic provides an invaluable service. The idea that really motivated, talented people without financial wherewithal can enter the technology industry is an amazing concept; in terms of earning potential, Techtonic fundamentally alters their lives.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Techtonic could diversify their masters’ toolsets. Working on middleware operating systems such as ours requires a deeper level of talent than web or mobile app development. If some teammates knew Ruby on Rails while others knew Python, JavaScript or C#, their team would be able to tackle different projects. That may not be a market they want to target, which I respect.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s vital to have some ability to evaluate apprentices independently so have a defined project. The more access to their team, the better.

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