We Build Great Products

Tooploox, founded in 2012, is a Polish software house focusing primarily on helping startups to develop great products. The team behind the company consists of passionate T-shaped people from across the country, each being an expert in their respective domain, while – at the same time – being able to wear multiple hats as needed. This allows Tooploox to build beautiful, yet sophisticated solutions that cross disciplines, all done in a fully transparent, interactive and agile way.

While originally a mobile workshop, Tooploox quickly grew as a company of over a hundred people and has since embraced and encompassed more fields of software engineering. The current lineup of competencies, apart from mobile, includes front-end and back-end development, advanced AI , as well as Blockchain and Robotics solutions. Tooploox works closely with companies and grows organically with them. 

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
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Wrocław, Poland
headquarters
other locations
  • ul. Wróbla 8A
    Warsaw 02-736
    Poland
  • Kemperplatz 1
    Berlin 10785
    Germany
  • Rybaki Górne 4/1
    Gdansk 80-861
    Poland

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Mobile App Development for Drone Camera Company

"Tooploox was very flexible and willing to make our solution work, scaling their resources up or down depending on our needs."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Tooploox worked on the development of the Android version of the client’s app from conception to design, and also developed a large part of the iOS version.​

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
CTO, Robotics Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tooploox stood out in flexibility and willingness to accommodate the customer’s needs. The development team was very open to feedback while looking for ways to improve the experience and were always ready to scale their resources up or down, depending on the needs of the project.​

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company manufactures a flying camera which automatically follows subjects around. Someone hiking or kayaking can launch the camera in the air, and have it follow a device on their wrist, automatically making videos.

I am a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tooploox?

We have a companion app for the device which allows users to access its media content, calibrate it, and perform other device setups, as well as emergency land in case the tracking device is not operational. We didn't have an internal app team, so we contracted Tooploox.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tooploox has developed the Android version of our app from scratch, and also developed a large part of the iOS version. We eventually brought on a head of mobile for the iOS side, but Tooploox is still running our Android app.

When we first started working with Tooploox, we didn't have a concrete conception of what the app should be, so they helped us through this process providing some design work. Tooploox also performed tests with our devices, most extensively on the Android platform. We require a lot of Wi-Fi communication with the main device for downloading video and control. There is a nice animation integrated into our app as well.

We initially worked with 2 developers for each platform. We only use 2 Android developers from Tooploox at the moment, since iOS has become internal. The transition process was smooth and not much of a challenge at all.

How did you come to work with Tooploox?

I had worked with a contact from Tooploox 5 years ago or more, and he got in touch with me when he heard about the new company. Tooploox was very flexible and willing to make our solution work, scaling their resources up or down depending on our needs. We weren't immediately ready to engage, but we continued the conversation over the course of 4 months. When the time did come, Tooploox was perfectly happy to spin up the resources.

How much have you invested with Tooploox?

The total cost of our project has been between $100,000 and $200,000. It has been quite a large project, with many internal pivots around what we wanted from the app.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Tooploox in November 2015, after a 4-month discussion period. Two of the developers from Tooploox will be visiting us in a couple of weeks. There is still ongoing work, but the final touches on the main product will happen at that time. Tooploox will then provide ongoing support. We're also considering contracting them for development on our website.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Tooploox has been very open to feedback. Our process occasionally didn't work as we would have wanted, with a confusing quality assurance cycle due to too many builds, but Tooploox was always open to the feedback and avidly asked us questions on what could be done to improve it. One of Tooploox's co-founders was involved in all our feedback and always wanted to make sure that they were delivering the best experience to us, without being defensive or having an ego.

How did Tooploox perform from a project management standpoint?

Tooploox uses Asana internally, while we use Jira. They've integrated into our system, which has worked very well. We have standup meetings regularly. The project management is pretty standard.

What did you find most impressive about Tooploox?

Tooploox's flexibility and willingness to accommodate the customer's needs was a strong point, and it was clear from the start. We've worked with a variety of their internal team over the course of 2015, and Tooploox never had a problem with spinning resources up or down as we saw fit. As soon as we needed something, Tooploox provided it and stopped it when there was no longer a need. Tooploox also didn't want to have huge complicated contracts, but rather had hourly rates and allowed us to figure out how much development time we would need as we went along. Tooploox immediately delivered, without the need of months of planning.

5.0
Overall Score Tooploox's co-founder always checked up on us, wanting to know how they could improve the experience.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There have been some issues, but they were largely driven by our team changing requirements.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There were no issues.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There have been bugs at times, but Tooploox worked to solve them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred Tooploox to quite a few colleagues.

Mobile App Development for Nutrition Coaching Company

"We're extremely happy with the work product, and the manner in which it was delivered... Tooploox was exceptional."

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

Tooploox developed an iOS application and a web platform primarily done with Python which offers a complete toolset for nutrition coaches. They will continue the engagement adding Android development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
San Francisco, California
Founder, Rise.us
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client was able to move twice as fast because of Tooploox’s involvement. It was easy for them to work with strong project managers with well-organized sprints. Tooploox was very invested in the product that was being developed, providing strong insights and developing good relationships.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company offers one-on-one nutrition coaching aimed at modifying behavior and helping members with problems like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. We match users with a nutrition coach through their mobile phones. We have around 50 employees.

I am the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tooploox?

As an early-stage startup, we were well-funded through Google Ventures, Greylock, and others, but hiring resources still was a problem. We wanted to find a long-term partner, instead of jumping from contractor to contractor. We wanted someone that could make decisions, as well as provide access to more senior members. Our iOS app offers a complete toolset for coaches, and it was the area where we needed most help.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tooploox stepped up to help on the iOS side, and also worked on our coaching app, bringing it to good form.

We've used between 2-4 developers from Tooploox's side, primarily working with the full suite of iOS tech. The web development was primarily done with Python.

How did you come to work with Tooploox?

I was referred to Tooploox by another Silicon-Valley-based company. We had other options, but I liked the backgrounds of the people on Tooploox's team. They had worked on good apps in the past, and shipped meaningful products.

How much have you invested with Tooploox?

The total cost of our project with Tooploox was around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have recently sold our product to a medical startup in San Francisco, and have ramped up our engagement with Tooploox adding Android development and other tasks to the workload.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have been able to move 2 times faster because of Tooploox's involvement. The quality of their work is solid and we've gotten great feedback from users and coaches. Our team liked working with Tooploox, even though we were skeptical about using an offshore company. Our co-founder was one of the initial engineers of Mozilla Firefox and has worked with distributed teams throughout his career, and so have I. We knew right from the beginning that there are trade-offs to doing this, but Tooploox proved to be professionals and had a good understanding of how things work.

How did Tooploox perform from a project management standpoint?

The people are Tooploox are strong project managers. They worked in tandem with us, so it can be hard to isolate how well they performed, compared to us, but Tooploox was easy to work with and organized sprints well.

What did you find most impressive about Tooploox?

Tooploox's team has strong product insights, which is hard to find. More than any other contracting agency I've worked with, Tooploox was very invested in our product.

Are there any areas Tooploox could improve?

Tooploox is growing as an agency. There were times when we wanted more access to their team, but couldn't have it due to the large demand for Tooploox's services. This is a good problem for them to have.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Tooploox?

Tooploox is very good at developing relationships, so having just a little more in-person time will go a long way.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Tooploox was exceptional and reliable in terms of delivery. I have no complaints, but as with any other product development organization, including ourselves, there's always room for improvement.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I found Tooploox to be very affordable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We're extremely happy with the work product and the manner in which it was delivered.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended Tooploox.

Mobile Application Development for E-commerce Fashion Firm

"Tooploox  did a great job of launching the app within our timeframe, even though the scope proved much bigger than initially thought.."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2015 - Oct. 2015
Project summary: 

Tooploox developed mobile apps for Android and iOS, was responsible for design, as well as changes and updates, ultimately offloading the work to the client’s own team.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
 
Wroclaw, Poland
Krzysztof Wierzbicki
President, Domodi.pl
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Tooploox provided a nice collaboration and proved to be a hands-on agency doing what was needed in order to launch the apps. They did a great job of launching the app within the set timeframe. Communication was cited as an area for improvement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We provide the largest fashion e-commerce aggregator platform in Poland and a few other countries. We show people products from different webshops and brands, and redirect them to those stores. Our company was founded 5 years ago.

I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Tooploox?

More and more of our users visited our site through mobile devices, which is to be expected. Right now, about 50% of the traffic is done through mobile. In order to make their experience better, we decided to build an app, not only a light version of the website. We have built an in-house mobile team in the meantime but needed external resources in the beginning.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Tooploox has built our mobile apps for Android and iOS. We also have a home and garden website which is run as a second business and is the second largest site of its kind in Poland. Tooploox developed apps for this site as well. All apps were written natively for each platform. Tooploox was responsible for design, as well as changes and updates, ultimately offloading the work to our own team.

The apps were built successively, starting with the Android and iOS versions of our fashion store and finishing with the home garden apps.

Tooploox assigned a designer, a project manager, and 4 developers to our project.

How did you come to work with Tooploox?

We ran a competition for outsourcing agencies, and invited the better-known developers on the Polish market, as well as those with which we'd had some personal connections. We've worked in the e-commerce sector for many years, and know many people connected to the mobile market. We had worked with some of the people from Tooploox in previous companies, so there was a good indication that they'd know how to build mobile apps, both on Android and iOS, which are the 2 most popular platforms in Poland. Tooploox's founder had been the head of our development team for a previous business, before moving on to found the company. We compared pricing as well as involvement level for the agencies invited to participate and came to choose Tooploox. They had slightly higher prices but were the only agency capable of doing the entire job from the beginning till offloading the project to our internal team. Tooploox had the designers, project managers, and mobile developers available to do the job.

How much have you invested with Tooploox?

The initial cost of our project with Tooploox was $150,000. There were some additional requirements which we asked for after launching the apps, and ended up spending a total of $200,000 until the work was moved to our internal teams.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Tooploox in April 2015. The whole process took 6 months from inception up till the functional apps were moved to our internal team. Our project with Tooploox has been completed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our general feeling is that we wouldn't have been able to launch the apps as fast by working with someone else. Tooploox proved to be a hands-on agency, and handled a lot of the product work on our behalf, doing what was needed in order to launch the apps. We didn't have previous mobile experience, so we weren't the best partner to build an app for, given that we weren't able to create precise, detailed scopes in the beginning. Tooploox did a great job of launching the app within our timeframe, even though the scope proved much bigger than initially thought.

The only quantifiable metrics are the feedback on Google Play or the Apple Store. We have good reviews, but it's hard to say if those comments are a result of Tooploox's work or a reflection of the product itself. We didn't have any technical glitches, and there were no bugs reported by users or through our tests, which is definitely a success.

How did Tooploox perform from a project management standpoint?

The scope of the project inflated during the production period because of us, but Tooploox still met the time criteria. They managed the project well and provided the actual project manager, even though it was our account. We lacked experience in certain aspects of mobile development, so Tooploox's team helped us understand how things worked at a project management level.

What did you find most impressive about Tooploox?

It's hard for us to compare Tooploox to others because it was the only mobile project we'd undertaken at the time, as well as the only big external project for our company. It's extremely important for us to build products in-house because we can own them in this way and build what we want. Even though Tooploox was an external team, they tried to get an understanding of the product and what we do and provide insights.

The main reason for choosing them was that Tooploox acted like more than an outsourcing agency, which would simply build our app and forget about it. Tooploox became a part of our team and visited our offices in order to gain an understanding of how things worked. Tooploox recommended many things which we wouldn't have otherwise done, which was valuable.

Are there any areas Tooploox could improve?

Communication about the status of current work could be improved on Tooploox' side. They generally did a good job, but there were times when we weren't sure where we stood about a particular app.

4.5
Overall Score We had some issues with status communication, but it was a very nice collaboration overall.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Tooploox met all our schedules.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value for money was great, but there were cheaper options on the market.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Tooploox did a great job, but they could communicate better during the work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I always refer Tooploox.