Digital Solutions Workshop. Established 2009.

THINKSMART is a small and flexible software production company that moves fast and understands both technology and business.

In opposite to many outsourcing companies, we work closely with our clients just like their team extension.

 

 

  • That means you personally know the people you’re working with
  • The team is small, and everyone knows what others are doing (no more ‘who did that?’)
  • The team understands what’s the real goal of the project
  • We won’t say yes to everything unconditionally (especially if we see it moves the goal away)
  • We won’t rotate people every second month. We offer sustainable work conditions and stay true to the ethics to make sure the best people will work with us for long

 

Today you may be tempted by cheap, big software houses that promise to build anything for a penny. Well, that’s not us. We know how complex is building the innovative products and hiring a big team of random developers won’t make it any simpler. 

 

Choose us if you:

  • want a team that takes responsibility for what they do
  • value a direct and seamless communication
  • like to work with a small and flexible team that moves fast and understands both technology and business
  • have a budget to pay a little bit more for extra speed and quality
 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2009
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Gdańsk, Poland
headquarters
  • aleja Grunwaldzka 82
    Gdańsk, PM 80-244
    Poland
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Companies and startups that want build and scale innovative products.

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Full Stack Dev for Apartment Sales Product

“The team from THINKSMART provided a high level of service.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

THINKSMART provides frontend and development support for a variety of custom digital projects for the real estate space. Along with technical services, they also provided consultation to guide the process.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Terje Wollmann
Advisor, Kikkut Kommunikasjon
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

THINKSMART assigned a fully equipped team to provide both high-caliber, full stack development along with seamlessly organized project management throughout the end-to-end process. They rapidly built and delivered a final product that fulfilled every requirement.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a digital advisor at an advertising agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire THINKSMART?

We hired THINKSMART to support most of our custom digital development projects.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a tool to help sell more apartments.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We’d had a positive earlier experience working with THINKSMART, so we hired them again for this more recent engagement.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

THINKSMART assigned technical resources to our project for both frontend and backend development. Other forms of support included advisors and project management specialists. 

What was the team composition?

The team from THINKSMART included a project manager, front-end developer, and backend developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

THINKSMART delivered our project on time and in line with our expectations.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

THINKSMART managed the workflow very well.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team from THINKSMART provided a high level of service.

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

Website Development for Advertising Agency

"They were always communicative about any issues that arose or any challenges they anticipated."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2016
Project summary: 

Given pre-existing designs, THINKSMART developed the back- and frontends for multiple third parties' marketing websites- most on WordPress using CSS, PHP, and Javascript.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Digital Producer, Los & Co
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Over the course of a multiyear engagement, THINKSMART's work satisfied end users and enhanced internal productivity. Consistent communication throughout all project phases and about all facets of those projects built trust, as did learning from any mistakes that occurred. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm a digital producer at Los & Co. We are an independent, international, full-service marketing agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire THINKSMART?

We required a developer to create web campaigns for several of our clients. Our needs ranged from building a single page to much larger, much more complex projects.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted solutions that reflected the sophistication and detail-driven orientation of our Norwegian users.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We received three or four bids and met with those vendors to learn more about their process, what their language skills were, their past work, and cost. Then, we asked two of them (including THINKSMART) to get a more specific estimate. In the end, what I liked most about THINKSMART was their project process and the ability to have direct contact with developers. 

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

The provided front- and backend development for the various campaigns. While most of the sites they created were on WordPress using Javascript, PHP, and CSS, they also built some sites on a custom platform. We always gave them fully fleshed-out project descriptions and timelines, KPIs, and design sketches. We also set up various tools and platforms for us to manage projects together and share documents.

What was the team composition?

Their team included front- and backend developers and a project manager/tester.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our productivity has increased since we began working with THINKSMART.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We primarily communicated through Basecamp, Skype, and Google Hangouts. Communicating with them was quick, simple, and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their transparency about all aspects of the project was always a big benefit. They were communicative about any issues that arose or any challenges they anticipated.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

No. They learned from every challenge and experience they had throughout this process.

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

Mobile App Dev for Family Communication Startup

"They helped us make the right decisions and suggested logical next steps."

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

THINKSMART developed iOS and Android social media apps, focusing on UX/UI and incorporating status updates, photo and video sharing, and “try-before-you-buy” functionality.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Austria
Daniela Krautsack
CEO, World of KAMA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

THINKSMART’s user-friendly apps launched successfully and to much user acclaim, spurring a new round of investment. Their patient, helpful approach to customer service matches well with startup enterprises with limited time and limited resources—human or otherwise.

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 World of KAMA, a Norwegian company. We produced an app for grandparents to interact more closely with their families.

 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with THINKSMART?

We wanted to create intuitive, easy-to-use apps for iOS and Android for a target audience that has virtually no experience with digital communication or apps. It's a communication platform that facilitates easier family interactions than WhatsApp.

 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Since we’re a startup of creatives and non-technical people, they helped us understand the steps to creating an app. Their CTO sat down with us and designed the project development steps, which we fulfilled by designing the features and payment system.

We focused on a few intuitive features that people could use without being overwhelmed, including an exchange for photos and videos to let family members know what someone is up to. The app also helps you share everyday highlights and events and contact family members. THINKSMART differentiated the platform by reducing the required interaction to get in touch with other people.  Throughout the project, they explained their progress on the app’s UX/UI and its logical structure.

They also built in a system that allows people to test and subscribe to it first.

What is the team composition?

Their CTO was our main contact. We had a team of three developers, each with a specified function.

How did you come to work with THINKSMART?

They were recommended to us, and we had heard about them in the Norwegian market. We called them and had a good feeling after speaking with them.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $75,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from August 2017–March 2018.

 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since we haven’t had enough funds to push our marketing, our download numbers aren't very big. However, we’re happy it’s in the online app stores, and after amazing market feedback, we are moving to the next investment phase.

How did THINKSMART perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated by phone, email, and video conferencing, as well as in person. Their project management helped us a lot, and their methodology worked well for us. Where we were lacking, they filled in. It went so smoothly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They had a lot of patience with us, which was helpful. In a startup, there's pressure to fill many different positions. They helped us make the right decisions and suggested logical next steps. They weren’t just checking off boxes and doing what needed to be done; they proactively gave us advice. The teamwork was great, and we’ve already recommended them to others.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could have pushed us to think faster, but they were very nice. They understood that we were under amazing pressure and extreme deadlines.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a project manager on board. If I had known that the process would be so time-consuming, I would have found someone to manage the project for me. There were many nights and days that I needed to be involved to make decisions, but they did a very good job of handling that.

 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We have already recommended them.

Website Development for Design Agency

"Their developers delivered the most efficient and streamlined work I've ever seen."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2015 - Feb. 2016
Project summary: 

Thinksmart developed the frontend of a website using Javascript. They tested the features, fixed bugs, and provided IT support.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Oslo, Norway
Richard Tallaksen
Consultant and Project Manager, Halogen As
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thinksmart's developers delivered clean, high-quality code without sacrificing speed. Even as an outsourced team, they communicated clearly and maintained a thorough understanding of the tasks at hand. Their ability to consult on a wide array of technical issues was impressive.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am a project manager and consultant at Halogen AS, a design and web agency. We specialize in service design, digital UX, systems-oriented design, and design for safety-critical environments.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire THINKSMART?

We needed help redesigning the frontend of hydro.com. 

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to maintain our existing desktop design but make it mobile friendly. We needed to redesign the structure, key elements, several special pages, and rewrite the code. We needed their work to be done in an efficient and streamline manner.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We have a close cooperation with Thinksmart that spans several years and multiple projects. When we needed additional frontend developers, Thinksmart was naturally our first choice.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Thinksmart's team redesigned our frontend using Javascript. They tested the features, fixed bugs, and consulted us on any issues. The development project lasted over 5–6 weeks.

What was the team composition?

Their team consisted of 1–3 developers who acted as an extension of our design and development team. They worked closely with me and our designer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work changed both the way we organized and worked intermittently. Their developers delivered the most efficient and streamlined work I've ever seen.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project management was conducted by myself and our lead developer. The two developers started their first week at our headquarters to familiarize themselves with the project and to plan future tasks. After that, we used Skype to coordinate tasks. The project went smoothly, and we spent little time on coordinating issues; It didn't feel like they were in another country.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I am impressed by the flexibility and high level of service provided by Thinksmart. The developers were not only conscious delivering quality code but were also excellent consultants; They always helped find good solutions to issues at hand.

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

Web & Mobile App Dev for Social Tech Startup

"They have a unique mindset, the ability to finish work on time, and the ability to be agile."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

THINKSMART developed an iOS and Android mobile and web application, using React and React Native for the work, with JavaScript for the server.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Norway
CTO, Social Tech Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The product, though finished and in use by customers, continues to be developed and improved by the team, who have collaborated well throughout. They work smoothly in agile sprints, always delivering on time, and demonstrating their extensive knowledge of JavaScript and React technologies.

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 CTO of a social tech startup that created a new platform for a welfare society.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with THINKSMART?

We needed web and mobile app development services.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We began working with them during our early phase, so they have been with us from the start as part of the development team. We worked directly with key resources there.

We do agile development, working together through several iterations of the product. The core of the product is a mobile application and the key technology is React and React Native, with JavaScript on the server side. We first made a web application and then a mobile web application. After that, they developed a React Native client on iOS and Android.

A lot of the design work is done by our in-house team, then we discuss the designs and how they can be implemented technically. We also validate them with our users before doing creating the sprints and doing the development.

What is the team composition?

We work with two developers, who we have a very good relationship with, as well as the owner.

How did you come to work with THINKSMART?

We had an existing relationship through an old network and chose them because of that personal connection.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2016 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We moved from having a startup in the pilot phase to now having a real product out there with licensed customers. We're continuing to develop the product a lot and they are still with us on this journey.

In general, we're really happy with the collaboration. The people on their team are really experienced.

How did THINKSMART perform from a project management standpoint?

We have a strong partnership. We work in sprints and set out goals using the OKR (Objectives and Key Results) framework. The requirements are based on the strategic goals from the OKR, following which, they do the design and development. We use Slack, Trello, and Zeplin for design delivery and to stay connected.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a unique mindset, the ability to finish work on time, and the ability to be agile. When we validate the product with the market, we see what needs to be adjusted, so it's very important that we have a development team that understands those issues and can resolve them properly. It takes some special developers to be a part of that journey and they have just the right mindset.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could expand on their QA services. They work as consultants for now and expanding into the natural services around their work would be a positive step for them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They're a really good development partner and you can easily outsource development work to them. They're really good at the latest JavaScript framework and if you are considering building a React Native application, they're a good fit. They used over 95% of the code base across Android and iOS and have one developer who is able to maintain two mobile platforms.

5.0
Overall Score There are always things that can be better, but overall, I'm happy with the collaboration.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We're really happy with the cost.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer