What was the scope of their involvement?
My co-founder and I described the initial idea, and Techugo built the app from scratch. With versions for iPhone and Android, it's available on the App Store and Google Play. They created a marketing site with our address and a brief summary of the product. Based on their thoughtful questions, they understood our goals very well. As we got organized, they prepared the milestones and plan for our process. Throughout development, they contributed useful recommendations to improve our app and website. They also helped with content writing and gave us legal and marketing advice.
The app has five main features. A cookbook includes well designed and professional looking healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Along with cooking instructions, it lists the ingredients, nutritional value, and ratings. A calorie counter calculates a meal’s nutritional information when users encode the ingredients they use. The exercise section has a BMI calculator to show how many calories users should consume and burn each day. It also has detailed instructions about how to perform exercises. The only paid premium feature connects users with coaches, trainers, nutritionists, dieticians, therapists, and consultants for health and fitness. The last module includes settings, educational materials, and contact information for our available careers. Notifications send reminders to cook a specific dish or try a new exercise.
What is the team composition?
An account manager represents me at Techugo. I tell him what I want to accomplish, and he finds the right person to delegate the task to. The team includes designers, I.T. engineers, backend developers, the operations manager, or finance and accounts. I know the company has 50–100 employees, but I've only spoken to about five of them personally.
How did you come to work with Techugo?
When we came up with the seed idea, we were in a less technologically advanced region than our current location in Toronto. I wasn't comfortable going forward with any of the first companies I talked to. Once in Canada, I spoke to 3–4 companies who gave quotes that were much too expensive for a starting estimate.
I used Clutch to research other options online. Based on the insights and rankings, I spoke to 10 companies in India, a region known for its IT sector. I'm familiar with the culture, which made our interactions easy. After I interviewed them one by one, I chose Techugo.
How much have you invested with them?
I spent about $15,000–$20,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We've been working together since January 2018. The app is not live yet. We're adjusting a few features and hope to go live next month.