What was the scope of their involvement?
I had the idea in my head and put together a presentation of how it should look. I had some Excel files to show how the drop menu should look. I showed it to The7Bits and they shared their advice and knowledge. They advised me on what was workable and what wasn't. After making a prototype and launching it, there was another 6 months during which we made some updates that were quite important. After another year, we made another update.
They built it using Python and Django. It’s a place where you can add your company, get new customers, and promote your company and equipment. It’s also a trading platform and renting for special transport, so not just simple logistics. They did all the development and the design work from scratch. How it looks and the administration of the website is fully built by The7Bits.
They also helped me to set up all the marketing. That was mainly through emailing and talking on the phone with people. There’s SMM [social media marketing] and the server system, which is connected to the platform. It’s how we follow the users.
What is the team composition?
In the beginning, there were 4 or 5 people to build everything. To build from scratch, you have to build administration, production site, testing site, and another testing site. When everything was built, I had 2 people who were helping me set it up and keep it running. There was also a dedicated project manager.
How did you come to work with The7Bits?
I had offers from 2 other local companies. One company didn’t understand our idea and refused to work on it, while the other’s costs were too high. A friend of mine from Ukraine, introduced me to one of the guys from The7Bits. We then had a meeting with their complete team on Skype about the project. I felt they understood my idea and we started to work together.
How much have you invested with them?
More than 40,000 euros [$49,850].
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in February 2015 and the work is ongoing.