Stanford Alumni led mobile apps & web dev studio

Tintash is a Stanford alumni led Mobile and Web Apps Development Studio that provides dedicated remote teams to top startsups and companies including a Unicorn, an Apple partner, and a Fortune 300 company. 

The team has been growing since 2007 and loves to work on challenging and interesting projects. With a decade of experience, Team Tintash has honed the process that help us to create high-quality low cost Mobile and Web Solutions.

We’re a preferred development partner for smart entrepreneurs, promising startups, and growing companies. Our secrety sauce is our belief in developing long term relationship with our clients based on proactive communication, complete transparency, and quality teams 

Key Offerings:

  • POC and MVP development
  • Primary development teams: We set up teams for engineering, experience design, graphic design, and QA which function as primary development for our clients
  • Team extension: We provide engineers, graphic designers, experience designers and QA professionals who work with our client’s existing teams in a team extension model.

Areas of expertise:

Engineering 

  • Native iOS and Native Android development
  • App development using React Native
  • Front end development using Angular, Bootstrap, ionic and other libraries and frameworks
  • Backend development using RoR, Laravel, Node.js, and Python.

Graphic Design

Concept Art  

UI/UX Design

QA Testing Services

Project Management

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2007
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San Jose, CA
headquarters
  • Tintash San Jose, CA
    United States
    +1(408)310-3786

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Draft Kings
  • Forfit
  • DigitalPassport
  • SimplePrints
  • DigitalValiance
  • CommonSense Media
  • Sidebench
  • BitzerMobile
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • OneSchool
  • BBC Worldwide prduction
  • ForFit
  • TombFinder
  • Chronos
  • LifePrint
  • Parent Village
  • RedBird

NeonShooter VR is currently designed on a gamified concept of a weapons training facility. You're in the middle of a training practice arena. There are several weapons placed on the table in front of you (or behind your back, based on your initial orientation) and all around you there are multiple static enemy (ragdoll) targets.

 

Lifeprint

Lifeprint is  a printer’s companion app that combines all your photos from phone gallery, facebook albums, instagram and twitter. You can either take a new picture using your smartphone’s camera or load it from your instagram, facebook and twitter photos and share it to your followers. The ability to connect all your social platform accounts to your Lifeprint account gives a unique user experience where you get everything in one app. You can invite your facebook friends, instagram and twitter followers and other contacts to join Lifeprint and follow them.

 

Lifeprint lets you refresh the old school experience of sending postcards and Polaroid photos to your loved ones back home from any part of world. All you need is to connect to mobile data network or Wifi and print the picture to any of your followers’ printer that is connected to Wifi. You can also carry the printer with you and use it as a Polaroid camera by connecting it to your phone via Bluetooth.   

ForFit

ForFit is the first GPS based running and cycling app to blackmail it’s users into getting fit. If a fitness challenge is failed, an embarrassing video, photo or status gets posted to the users Facebook wall. The potential humiliation gives users the ultimate motivation to succeed.

 

Project Goals:
  • A fitness app where users can create and track running and cycling challenges.
  • The app should be synced with user’s Facebook account.
  • User should be able to send challenges to their friends as well as create personal challenges.
  • On failure of a challenge the user will have to face a penalty of challenger’s choice which include posting of embarrassing content on Facebook.

The app is available for download on the App Store 

Kids Media

iOS: Kids Media iOS is a native iOS app for iPhones and iPads. Tintash set up the client side architecture, provided support with the server side development as well, and advised on distribution strategy. Kids Media has a remote team at Tintash which continues to provide feature addition and feature enhancement. Click for App Store

 

  Android: Kids Media hired a team of remote developers at Tintash to set up their Android app, which similar to the iOS version, consists of custom views. These views render information coming from a server piece. The team at Tintash continues to provide feature addition and feature enhancement support. Click for Play Store

Digital Passport

On Digital Passport, kids will find their favorite kinds of games and activities like platform games, tools for creating digital mashups, and other fast-paced gobble 'em up games, all geared toward teaching them important lessons about digital life.

When kids complete all of the levels inside, they've earned a Digital Passport to online safety. Parents can rest assured that their kids will know how to search safely, create robust passwords, participate in online communities responsibly, and use mobile devices sensibly.

Topics include:

  • Passwords
  • Cyberbullying
  • Privacy
  • Communication
  • Creative Credit
  • Search

Named a "Top 10 Educational Technology You Should Try This Year," by eSchoolNews! Parents can check in on their kid's progress by accessing the report card inside, which tracks progress. They can also sit back and relax knowing they've provided a high-quality, educational game made by Common...

Simple Prints

Tintash provided a remote development team to the Simple Prints team. Simple Prints allows its users to create photo albums which can be shared with friends and family and even be printed out and delivered to a user's address through the app experience. Our team worked supplemented the existing iOS team for Simple Prints in Silicon Valley.

The app is available on the App Store

One School

OneSchool connects students to the places, things, and people around them; it’s the ultimate college experience in the palm of your hand. Features: Bus tracker, campus map, campus news, directory, courses, groups, chat and food

Reviews

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E-commerce Dev & UX Design for Women's Skincare Site

"They were flexible in terms of daily scrums, being willing to adjust times."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July 2014 - May 2017
Project summary: 

Using Rails for the backend and HTML for the UX, Tintash built a website for a beauty product company, which included a recommendation engine. After launch, they continued to provide support for new features.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Phoenix, Arizona
Imran Khan
CTO, HER Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site launched to positive user feedback in terms of responsiveness, performance, and UI. The team actively improved their skills as the project went on, though they always had good communication and timely deliveries.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

HER Inc. has 2 properties. One is EmpowerHer.com, which is a women’s health blogging platform. The second one is called SkinSAFE Products, with a web presence and an iOS app. This deals with beauty and health topics. We're developing the product in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. I am the CTO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tintash Apps?

We are a startup, so funding is a big thing for us. Hiring locally is expensive, so we decided to find an offshore team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started with SkinSAFE. I was using a different set of resources for EmpowerHer.com. The site is built in Ruby on Rails on the backend and the UI. I needed someone who also specialized in HTML for UI/UX.

The main feature is the algorithms in the backend. SkinSAFE is a personalized recommendation engine. The personalization happens at the ingredients level, not the product level. We can classify the ingredients, especially if someone has an allergy, and give a personalized set of recommendations.

What is the team dynamic?

We had 1 or 2 developers for Ruby on Rails and some QA resources. QA took care of all the testing. The developers would report directly to me.

How did you come to work with Tintash Apps?

My CEO knew about them through a VC group and recommended them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent between $170,000 and $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them over 2.5 years. The site was launched and they kept helping us with features.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The site is standard and responsive. They did a good job in delivering the UI/UX and the performance side of things. We’ve had good feedback from the customers. Tintash didn’t develop the iOS app, but the QA person would give helpful suggestions on improvements.

How did Tintash Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

We used a project manager on our side. They were flexible in terms of daily scrums, being willing to adjust times and not fuss about it. Being offshore, they could provide 24-hour support.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their communication stood out, particularly their English skills. My project manager and I didn’t have to repeat ourselves all the time. I gave them specifications of what to do and not do. Their abilities grew as we continued using them. They were able to take on projects and deliver on time without me doing much.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It’s more on their management side. Sometimes we had to call a few times, but they worked to take care of things. They are based in Pakistan, and there are internet issues there from time to time.

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

Mobile Game Design & Development

"[They] are realistic in what they can do, and don’t oversell themselves."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2010 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Tintash uses premade designs to develop codebases for mobile sports games. The team provides development resources along with some graphics and QA/maintenance.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Paul Collins
CEO, Stick Sports Ltd.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tintash’s contribution to the games’ success is tangible, with one of the apps receiving 25 million downloads. The team excels at general project management, particularly meeting project timelines and understanding particular business needs of their clients. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of Stick Sports Ltd., a mobile-games developer and publisher focusing on sports games across mobile platforms.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tintash?

In 2010, we needed someone to produce a mobile version of our game, since we lacked the internal skills. We wanted help with the codebase, rather than design considerations.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tintash has worked on multiple projects for us over many years, for the same core group of products. Most recently, they’ve also provided some graphics work and design concepts, as well as handling the core technology—building the games’ codebase. We’ve been limited in terms of what we’ve asked of Tintash, only asking for Cocos2d-x development at the moment, not due to a lack in their capabilities, but because of our requirements.

They’ve been integral in taking games from codebase to delivery in stores, and have also performed ongoing management. They’ve been responsible for the bug- and beta-testing programs we have in place. Tintash built the initial games based on our designs, which we then publish to a beta market. This is a rapid process that involves making changes and fixing bugs.

What is the team dynamic? 

We’ve worked on several projects, ranging from 3 to 7 person teams. They tend to be code-heavy, utilizing a project manager with a lead developer, and 1-2 junior developers. Additionally, Tintash will involve a graphics person, and overlay this with a couple of QA people.

How did you come to work with Tintash?

They approached us. We had started a project with another third-party company in the UK and it had stalled. We decided to cancel that contract and heard pitches from Tintash and one other company. We chose them based on their understanding of project requirements and ability to deliver.

More recently, we’ve retained them to do work because of their understanding of our needs going forward, which has been developed over the years. Tintash has been responsive to this, and we haven’t found anyone comparable, even though we’re approached regularly by other contractors. None have given us the confidence Tintash has.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost has been in the hundreds of thousands range. They are quite reasonable in terms of pricing, and we haven’t found Tintash to be either ridiculously cheap or overly expensive.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Tintash in 2010.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Tintash has been working on a particular piece of IT for about 2 years, which has generated around 25 million downloads in that time. It’s reached the number 1 position in various country app stores, and has dominated in the core countries it was marketed towards for a number of years. There’s no denying their team’s involvement and impact in helping us deliver this result.

How did Tintash perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re good at project timelines. We employ our own project manager (or managers) to control the outsourced relationship. Inevitably, this is a tough relationship to have, but Tintash’s people have always shown themselves to be responsive, sometimes under difficult circumstances.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a good management team, are realistic in what they can do, and don’t oversell themselves. This is quite important in an outsourced partner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could improve in terms of the types of technologies offered, and platforms used for development. Overall, Tintash has been responsive and I have little to fault them on.

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

Android Development for B2B English Learning Platform

"Tintash understood our needs, and they were easy to communicate with."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Feb. 2016
Project summary: 

As a third-party vendor, Tintash developed a B2B language-learning app for Android on the Unity framework. They collaborated on overall design, graphics, and gaming mechanics.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Singapore
Lionel Koh
Director, Askvisor Consulting
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app was a good fit for educational goals, and end users found it engaging and helpful. Their graphic design skills are internationally competitive, and their gaming experience added immense value. Their professional project management, collaboration, and attention to detail are clear strengths.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the director of Askvisor, a provider of innovation and business consulting to small and medium-sized businesses. We work with them from ideation to product launch.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tintash Apps?

One of our clients has been in the field of education for adult learners, with a focus on workplace English courses. Their instructors were still delivering content in a traditional way. We wanted to develop a solution for them to gamify delivery of part of their content via an app, allowing learners to acquire basic vocabulary in a fun and engaging environment. Students are busy, so we needed to present bite-sized content in a fun way.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tintash handled the initial game design concept, as well as the coding and implementation of the Android app and backend server. They coded on the Unity framework, but we focused on Android, because the school only uses tablets on that platform.

The design process was collaborative. I provided a brief with background information on the app’s usage, and they provided ideas through an iterative process.

Our original intention was to use the app for various languages, but so far we’ve only used it for English. It targets students who need to learn the language for their workplace, and it works similarly to the game Fruit Ninja, where players slice fruit by swiping the screen. Instead of fruit, short phrases are displayed with a word missing. Users have to choose the correct word to slice.

It’s a B2B product for language schools and isn’t targeted at consumers. We published it on our client’s account.

What is the team dynamic?

We worked with an account director, an account manager, and a senior developer who oversaw the whole project. A QA [quality assurance] person and a graphic designer also participated in the game design. These resources were involved on an as-needed basis. We had two people involved full-time: A frontend developer for Android who received weekly reviews from the senior person, and a backend system engineer.

How did you come to work with Tintash Apps?

We put out a request for proposal, shortlisted about three companies, and made reference calls. One of the candidates was from Vietnam, and our CTO was concerned about their English communication.

Tintash professionally presented their proposal and came back with a detailed hours estimate for each part of the project. Their English communication wasn’t an issue, so we selected them.

How much have you invested with them?

The cost of their work was between $30,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Tintash around October 2015. The project ended in February 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our client implemented the app for its beginner English class. We received good feedback from the users, who found it engaging and helpful for exposing them to basic vocabulary. It tied in well with the school’s learning system, where students learn some of the vocabulary before class so teachers can focus more on having conversations.

We didn’t develop the app for an audience beyond our client. This was about our business model, rather than the product. We approached other language schools with the app, and they were excited about it, but it’s difficult to compete with the many free English-learning products available. Marketing it worldwide would be a sustainability challenge because we’d have to attract more than 100,000 users.

How did Tintash Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

I would rate them as professional. They use the Agile Scrum approach, with clear reporting of their past progress and upcoming task setup every Monday. Along the way, our CTO had Skype calls and messaged with them on an as-needed basis, as issues came up or needed further input.

Overall, the project was well-managed, and we had a clear understanding of the general project status and progress.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Tintash has experience designing games, and they were able to design an actual product from our rough concepts. They were very strong in terms of incorporating input we gave and participating in the process.

Project management is one of their strengths, as is their attention to detail. They have an international approach in terms of graphics and developer mindset, compared to teams from India or Vietnam. The demands in terms of style and graphic design are different in those countries, so it takes many more conversations to get to the same vision. Tintash understood our needs, and they were easy to communicate with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

My CTO wanted to use a new technology for the backend, so Tintash had to bring in an external consultant to guide their system engineer. This added some cost to the project. However, they chose a good resource and have a solid sourcing network for expertise they lack internally.

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

Mobile App Dev for Temperature-Comfort Wearable Company

"[T]hey manage their projects very well, and identify questions and gaps very quickly."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Tintash provided back-end development and feature implementation for a mobile app that complements a wearable device. They integrated the app with data analytics, Bluetooth, and firmware downloads.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Cambridge, Massachusetts
David Cohen-Tanugi
Co-Founder, Embr Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Support from Tintash was crucial to releasing a viable beta version of the app to public testers. The team's meticulous project management style, organized approach to development, and technical skill kept the process running smoothly. They provided good quality for an affordable cost.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a co-founder of Embr Labs, a Massachusetts-based technology company that's building wearable products for thermal comfort. We came out of MIT about four years ago. As co-founder, I primarily act as a product manager. We started working with Tintash to develop a mobile app that was going to accompany our first product. At that stage, we had a rough idea of the objectives for what the app should do. We were working with a product design firm on the user experience side of the app, but we chose Tintash to do the development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tintash Apps?

We were trying to build a product that offers value on its own without being dependent on an app. We realized a lot of our users may benefit from some of the usage data that our product is generating to learn more about their thermal comfort, behavior, and so forth. We also plan on releasing upgrades to our product firmware every so often, so the app is a convenient way for users to have access to those upgrades.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started in Q1 of 2017 and we had a rough mockup of the main screen. We were scoping out a first version of the project. We agreed upon a schedule and a division of responsibilities. From there, we worked towards a kind of first viable version of the app. As of September 5th, we're sharing the app with beta testers. There's dual project management; I am the owner of the product the app, setting the pace and deciding what needs to be prioritized from the client perspective. We have a project manager on that Tintash side who does more day to day project management of the actual app development. There's iterative work back and forth, typically between the Tintash team and my team, where we clarify details of the app.

We're going to be submitting the first version again to the iTunes store for beta testing. In the next few months, we'll be submitting the app to iTunes for public demos, and I expect that further down the road will put on an Android version, and add features.

The app has most of the functionality that we wanted at this nascent stage because we challenged ourselves to keep the app as simple as possible and avoid scope creep.

Bluetooth is the main focus of the hardware, but we also wanted to have a backend that we could access to load new versions of the product firmware. We also wanted to access user data and download it on the backend. Lastly, we wanted integration with the big data analysis tools. 

What is the team dynamic?

We had a project manager who was our main point of contact. We interact with the project manager regularly, and on busy days, we speak with the engineers. We usually collaborate on Slack, and we use project management and repository tools as well. Their team is between 2 and 4 people depending on the phase of the project. 

How did you come to work with Tintash Apps?

Our product design firm collaborated with them in the past, and recommended them as a development partner.

Finding lists of vendors is not very difficult. The two difficult things were, one, finding a vendor that you could easily trust. The second, was making sense of multiple estimates. It was really hard to compare. Quotes looked completely different, timelines varied, and the process wasn't always clear. It was difficult getting to the point where we actually understood what was implied in each given estimate. We questioned everything. Tintash clarified things well, and they had a clear sense of what it takes to complete this project. 

How much have you invested with them?

10,000 U.S. dollars. 

What is the status of this engagement?

January of 2017 is when we began, and our work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are, at this stage, feeling ready to send the app to existing product beta testers. We can start learning from their usage data and learning about how they're using the product so that we can make it better, which is a huge business objective achieved.

How did Tintash Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

I think having the project manager around is extremely invaluable. Their technical team is very good, yet a project manager is critical in order to manage projects  well, and identify questions and gaps quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I think the most impressive thing is the ratio of professionalism to cost is very high. We feel like we're getting a level of delivery that's more representative of what you would have in the United States. The cost is more representative of an offshore firm, but their ability to work with us is more representative of a European or U.S. firm.

Are there any areas they could improve?

After an active sprint, we tried taking a break from the regular project management meetings and tried talking to the engineers only. We realized that this was a mistake. Regular project management meetings are really valuable to make sure that the project is staying on a  solid schedule. Project management is important because otherwise, their engineers tend to get a little bit carried away. The quality slips if they don't have somebody managing on their side.​

​​​​​​Do you have any advice for potential clients of Tintash Apps?

Spend some time articulating the specific graphic elements that you want implemented before the start of the project. The Tintash team is probably better at implementing engineering solutions than they are about designing graphic elements. Having that specified first is probably the best way to make the project optimally efficient.

5.0
Overall Score They were excellent. They solved a number of problems for our business.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It was excellent whenever we were working with project manager, and it fell behind when we did not.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were available, and provided the support and clarification need to increase the quality of the product.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software & Graphic Design for Mobile Game

"Tintash genuinely cared about and took ownership of the project."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. - Aug. 2015
Project summary: 

Tintash Apps created a puzzle-style gaming prototype, providing 2D designs and software engineering. Features included touchscreen gesture recognition, precise mechanics, and anime aesthetics. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Basar Simitci
Owner, Joyful Works
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app secured a successful outcome as a proof of concept, indicating improvement areas for refining the game style and target audience. Tintash Apps’ reliable workflow, helpful feedback, and long-term focus contributed to a rewarding partnership.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Joyful Works is a micro video games company based in London, UK. We develop our own titles and offer development services. I am the owner of the company and act as developer and producer for our projects.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tintash Apps?

Since we are a micro company, we sometimes hire additional resources for our video game projects. In this project, we needed to outsource all of the 2D art production and some of the software development. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tintash provided us with a 2D artist, a software engineer, and a project manager who oversaw the work on their side and made sure the resources delivered on time and according to our requirements.

We were developing a casual puzzle game that required drawing gestures on mobile phone touchscreens. We wanted the game to be in line with the anime visual style. We asked Tintash to develop a prototype or a demo version of the software that included gesture recognition features. For the visual assets, we provided them with a guideline regarding style and some technical requirements for asset production and delivery.

The game targets pretty much everyone; it doesn’t have a specific demographic. We never released the game, to be honest. This project was a proof of concept. We did this work with Tintash, and then my video design colleague and I tested it. We decided to come up with some new mechanics for the game. We didn’t think too much about the target audience at that time. We just had an idea and wanted to try it out. Tintash did a good job, and we’re planning to use them again after adopting some new mechanics.

How did you come to work with Tintash Apps?

I didn’t consider other agencies at the time. I met a founder of Tintash at a game convention in Paris in 2014. He told me about their services. Then, in 2015, I decided to partner with Tintash for our next game. I didn’t approach anyone else because I wanted to see how Tintash worked and determine if they’d be a viable option for future projects.

What is the status of this engagement?

I think we started the project in April of 2015, and we finished in late July or early August of that year. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

This project was a proof of concept. We received the outcome but decided the mechanics that we’d described were not fun. Tintash didn’t do anything wrong. The game just wasn’t engaging, so we discarded it.

How did Tintash Apps perform from a project management standpoint?

Tintash was a professional and reliable partner throughout the project. They continuously monitored the performance of the resources they provided and took action whenever we came face to face with a risk that would reduce the quality of the work delivered. Both the resources and the project manager acted like a permanent part of the team and put in the effort to create the best long-term outcome.

What did you find most impressive about Tintash Apps?

They don’t approach a task by simply fulfilling the requirements dictated by another person; they try to add value to the work, which I really appreciate. The project manager always monitored the work, and the developers suggested ideas for improvement. This kind of feedback is valuable, especially since I’m working with a small team. Tintash genuinely cared about and took ownership of the project.

Are there any areas Tintash Apps could improve?

It’s been 2 years since we worked together, but I think they could improve their automation tools. For monitoring and delivery of datasets, they were relying on spreadsheets in Google Drive. This wasn’t useful for tracking tasks and asset statuses. I’d rather use a project management automation tool collaboratively. At the time, I was using JIRA and Confluence. I asked their resources to use my automation system, but I’d rather they offer something on their side as well. 

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I had no complaints.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're affordable.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're very good.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'd happily recommend them.

Mobile App Development for Education Nonprofit Organization

"Tintash Labs has been very responsive. I've been really happy with that specific aspect of working with them."

Quality: 
3.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The client hired Tintash Labs for mobile app development services. The agency has worked on several projects for the client over the course of their ongoing partnership.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
VP, Education Nonprofit Organization
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client enjoys working with Tintash Labs. The agency communicates effectively and takes feedback well. Tintash Labs is slower than the client would like to solve problems at times, but are always available and responsive.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a nonprofit located in San Francisco and we employ about a hundred people. Our website is oriented toward parents. We also have another part of our work that's oriented toward teachers and students.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal in working with Tintash Labs?

The primary app that Tintash has been working on is for parents and families, which is designed to help them choose age-appropriate media to watch as families or for their kids. It takes our age ratings and reviews of media from our website, and puts it in an app format, both for Android and iOS. They've also worked to a lesser extent on a couple other apps for us, but that's the main one they've been working on.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

Their work is almost entirely mobile app development. We have a certain number of their developers and project managers assigned to us, so it's not project based. The work is ongoing, and we're always improving the app.

What was your process in selecting Tintash Labs?

They've been working with us for a couple of years now, and I wasn't the one who selected them. It was actually my boss who selected them, and I really don't know how that happened. I think that he knew one of the principals, but I'm not really sure how they met.

Can you give a sense of the cost of their work?

I believe we are spending about $130,000 a year working with Tintash Labs.

When did you start working with them?

We started working together in 2013, and we are still currently working with them. We have a certain number of developers and project managers assigned to our organization, so the work is ongoing, not project based.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of their work?

In terms of responsiveness, which is of paramount importance when you're working with an offshore developer, Tintash Labs has been very responsive. Even when I email my project manager in the middle of their night, he will often get in touch with me right away. I've been really happy with that specific aspect of working with them.

A weakness would be that it's hard to know how up to the very latest standards they are, especially in the iOS area, which is changing so quickly as new versions are released, and there are so many new technologies around iOS. Sometimes, I'm not sure whether they are always able to keep up, but when I point something out, they're very responsive.

We're a nonprofit, and it's very hard to hire internal developers because it's so very expensive. Tintash Labs is not perfect, but I feel like they're a really good solution for us, and I really personally enjoy working with them. As people, they're very easy to work with. They're great partners, but the time difference can be challenging, even though they're very responsive. If you were to work with a modern end-to-end design and development app firm. However, you might get people who are more focused on what's next with iOS and Android.

Is there anything unique or special about Tintash Labs that really makes them stand out?

I think the value is really what makes them stand out. They are very easy to communicate with. They all speak excellent English and are very good communicators. When we have to deal with the time difference, we don't want to add communication problems on top of that. So, they're all really smart, a quality group of people.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

There have been times when we had to have a talk with them, either because there was a problem that they weren't solving quickly enough for us, or they didn't understand the urgency of an issue that we were having with a live app. There have been one or two times when we needed to call some of the principals for help. They've always been super responsive and corrected those problems very quickly, and we haven't had those same problems again. Sure, they make mistakes, and they can't always read our minds, but they're very responsive and great communicators.

What advice would you give a future client of theirs?

Although their project management is very strong, I think it's really good to have a pretty clear idea of what a client is looking for in considerable detail. I think that's true with any developer. That will help things go faster. My understanding is that Tintash Labs works more on games than consumer apps, so it's possible that this has been sort of a learning experience for everybody on both sides. We have a mobile cash server, we have APIs [application programming interfaces] to our main site. There are a lot of things going on under the hood. So, I think being really clear about the product a client wants to have built is very important.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Our primary programmer is super smart, very easy to get along with, and very communicative...They'll work weekends and nights to get the work done.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 3.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS Development for Fitness Application

"The app could've been created in a lot of ways, but I think they [Tintash Labs] took the best route."

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

After creating the idea and wireframes for their iOS GPS-based app, the client hired Tintash Labs to develop the minimum viable product.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Braga, Portugal
Co-Founder, ForFit
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tintash Labs succeeded as the client’s partner by developing a well-functioning app that receives positive feedback from its users. The agency is praised for their best practices. Tintash Labs are highly recommended to others.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

ForFit is the first fitness app to introduce social and charitable forfeits to motivate users into getting fit. We are encouraging fitness beginners to get fit through gamification, charitable forfeits, and the most powerful motivation known to man: embarrassing Facebook posts.

What is your role in the company?

I'm a co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal in working with Tintash Labs?

We had the idea and the wireframes for an iOS application. We approached Tintash because people in the company I used to work for recommended them.

Please describe the scope of their work.

It was to develop the iOS MVP for our GPS based app. We're actually taking part in an accelerator program here in Portugal at the moment, so they're still doing some updates on the iOS. We have another person here working on the Web side of things.

SOLUTION

What was your process in selecting Tintash Labs?

I got a few quotes from various companies, and I went for Tintash on recommendations from a few people. I was told they were really good, efficient, and cost effective as well, so I decided to go with them.

Can you give a sense of the cost of the initiative?

We've spend approximately €12,000 [approximately $13,500] working with Tintash.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project?

We started working together in March 2014, and we're still working together. They're doing updates at the moment. We're almost finished with the iOS, but we will continue to use them when we have further updates in a few months.

Do you have any statistics or metrics on the project?

We don't have anything in the way of metrics or analytics yet. But, going forward from now, we will. The app seems to perform well on mobile phones, and it's very easy on the battery. We've got a lot of good feedback for the usability of the app. It's very smooth.

One of the reasons that we went with Tintash is because we heard that they are very efficient, and the project was very well organized. I had calls with them, and most days all of the tracking was very efficient. The turnarounds on new builds went very smoothly. I was working full time at another job at that same time, and there was a bit of a time difference, so considering that, it actually went very smoothly. I definitely recommend them. We're still working with them on the hardware, and that's going well.

Is there anything unique or special about Tintash Labs that really makes them stand out?

They excel at best practices. We went in not knowing too much about iOS development, so we trusted them to use the best practices to optimize the app. People here in this accelerator program are just looking at the techniques they used, and all the data that we have is up on Google Store.

So, whatever they did, they did it in the best-optimized way, and no one's having any problems using any of their codes or accessing any information. The app could've been created in a lot of ways, but I think they took the best route. The project was well planned, and for the updates, we can easily implement new features because they've setup the framework.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or something that you might do differently?

There were a few misunderstandings, but I think that was probably just more from my point of view. We made recommendations that we just didn't have the money to integrate. Had we known more about what we were doing, we might have integrated more analytics. We just didn't understand the full development process.

I'm not able to compare Tintash to a lot of other developers, as they are the only one I have worked with directly. 

What advice would you give a future client of theirs?

I would say narrow down the scope completely. There was one feature that we wanted to incorporate into the app, but through miscommunication somewhere down the line, we went ahead with a different approach. Then, later, we were looking at other apps and realized the feature was doable so we added it to the scope. I think if a client narrows the scope at the outset, this kind of problem could be avoided.

There was also an additional cost that we weren't expecting. We assumed that certain things were standard and would be included in the initial quote, but they ended up being extras because it was out of scope. So, the important thing is narrowing down the full scope in the early stages and getting a more detailed quote. Just find out how much everything will be and make sure you have everything covered.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I know they were cheaper than other options that we had looked into. I suppose from an outsourcing point of view, we could've found a cheaper way around things, but we didn't have that option.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered top-quality work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely. I already have. If people are looking for app developers, I'll just say to check these guys out. They'll definitely do it.

Mobile App Development for Photo Print Startup

"They [Tintash Labs] were flexible and adaptable to the problem and issues encountered, and very resourceful when dealing with issues."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The client hired Tintash Labs to provide comprehensive development services which included work on an iPhone app, a cloud service layer, and an initial Bluetooth printer interface.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Rochester, New York
Patrick Cosgrove
CTO, LifePrint
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tintash Labs succeeds as the client’s partner by helping them achieve their goals; the agency delivered quality work on time. Tintash Labs are recognized for their outstanding communication skills and are recommended to others.

BACKGROUND

Please give a brief description of your company.

LifePrint is startup company that is developing a socially connected mobile photo print experience. It is developing a small mobile connected printer that can be carried with you or left at home. Of course, you can print to your own printer locally or remotely, but it also offers a socially networked experience that allow you to send images to your friends printers, and they to yours using a classic follower/followed model. This works on the small scale, such as sending a cute picture of your kids to your extended family, or on a large scale – think of a celebrity sending a snapshot of a moment in their day to their fan base.

What is your role at the company?

I am the CTO and, as such, I drive architecture and technology decisions, intellectual property strategy, and product development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was the business challenge that you were trying to address when you approached Tintash Labs?

Having developed an architectural approach, we were looking to implement the first version of the cloud services and IOS app that would bring our socially networked printing experience to life.

What were your company's business goals for the project?

We wanted to develop the first instantiation of the supporting system; develop an app with defined set of functionality, workflows, and initial look and feel of the initial user experience; demonstrate the system to potential investors and strategic partners; identify issues with the operational flow and user experience as early in the process as possible; and hold to a initial development budget.

Can you talk about the scope of the project?

The scope covered the development of the entire system, included an iPhone app, a cloud service layer, and an initial Bluetooth printer interface. It also included a developing initial workflow and integrating GUI [graphical user interface] design assets developed by a design house we were also working with.

SOLUTION

What was your process for selecting Tintash Labs with which to work?

Tintash was selected prior to my starting in my current position. Tintash was highly recommended to the CEO of LifePrint from someone who had worked with them in the past. When I came on board, the decision was already made. In my early interaction with Tintash, I was favorably impressed with their knowledge of the problem domain and their attention to detail, so I was comfortable with the decision.

Can you give us a sense of the size of the project in dollar terms or personnel work hours?

The project was budgeted at 2,500 man-hours, and the project came in under budget.

When did you start working with Tintash Labs and is the relationship ongoing?

My first interaction with Tintash started in early of 2013. We kicked off formal development in August 2013. The relationship is ongoing. We are currently in the process of quoting the next wave of development work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What were the results of the project, and are there any metrics you can share?

We were extremely satisfied with the results achieved. As I indicated, the project came in under the estimate and the budget we established. We had created a detailed list of functionality with more than 150 features that we wanted for our initial release, and we achieved 95 percent of those goals; those not achieved were issues that were more complicated than first thought and we mutually decided to forego those items. The resulting system worked well and allowed us to demonstrate the system to investors and partners. Thus, it met both tactical and strategic goals. We were very pleased with the results that Tintash delivered.

How did Tintash Labs perform?

[They did] very well. [They have] great communications, great attention to detail, [and are] firmly committed to their delivery goals. When problems were identified, they were very creative at suggesting fixes and alternatives. [They were] very responsive and aggressive in closing out defect reports. [We had] a very positive work experience and a very positive relationship.

When working with them, was there anything unique or special about them compared to other companies with which you may have worked?

[Some examples include] extremely reasonable charge rates given the expertise they demonstrated and the quality they delivered; our point of contact was Murad [Akhter], one of the founders of the company – a very smart and reasonable person with excellent communication skills and a delight to work with; He made interactions effective, efficient, and pleasant; they are not as rigid as some companies I have worked with – they were flexible and adaptable to the problem and issues encountered, and very resourceful when dealing with issues; Extremely committed to delivering a solid product - this was backed by an very impressive work ethic.

Looking back on the project, is there any area that they could improve or you would do differently?

Not really, given the number of things we were attempting to do in a first development cycle, and the fact that a lot of this was pioneering new workflows and experiences, the effort went surprisingly smoothly. Based upon early learning, we did change some of the requirements in flight, and Tintash was very reasonable in dealing with this.

What advice would you give to a future client of theirs?

Proactive communications is the key – both written and verbal. The more Tintash understands what you want to accomplish, the better they can help you.

Be prepared to leverage their experience and expertise. When we were unsure of how to deal with an issue, Murad and Tintash always came up with good viable options and worked with us to manage the process going forward.

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