We make great software for great people.

Untold was created to help the companies we love make the amazing apps and websites they deserve. Experienced professionals, we believe in the relentless pursuit of excellence. For us, this means:

 

Exceptional products. We never settle for good enough and we never ship until a product meets our standards. We take immense pride in our work.

 

Engineering with purpose. Every member of the Untold team, no matter their role, has client goals foremost in mind. We are all advocates for project success and exceptional technology.

 

Stepping boldly into the unknown. Uncharted waters and difficult problems are all fair game. Because we intend to build exceptional, inspirational products, we welcome and encourage brand-new – and potentially risky – ideas.

 

 
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$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2016
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Portland, OR
headquarters
  • 308 SW 1st Ave, Suite 182
    Portland, OR 97204
    United States

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App & Web Dev for Large Network Company

“They're very flexible and easily adapted to the dynamic circumstances.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
2016 - 2019
Project summary: 

Using the prototype created by an in-house team, Untold Studio developed apps for iOS, Android and web. They worked with a variety of technologies, including Realm, Kotlin, RxJava, and ReactJS.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Sunnyvale, California
Sander van Valkenburg
Software Engineering Manager, Nokia Bell Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is impressed with the quality of the product and Untold Studio’s ability to work with loose requirements. Untold Studio went above and beyond to meet all needs, while their expertise and flexibility made them a reliable partner.

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 a software engineering manager at Nokia Bell Labs. We're the research arm of Nokia, which is a multinational network equipment manufacturer of more than a hundred thousand employees.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Untold Studio?

We were looking to bridge the gap between our research and products. We needed a vendor to help us further develop our product concept.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our in-house team had developed a prototype of a software system, and Untold Studio helped us turn it into an actual product. The software includes a client side, which is a mobile application, and a web app. Untold Studio was helping us with the applications for iOS and Android as well as the web app. They used Swift for the iOS app, Kotlin and RxJava on the Android side, and React JS for the web app. In addition, they helped us with QA and testing.

What is the team composition?

We started with one and ended with six members of their team over the course of the relationship. They provided technical project managers, iOS, Android and web developers, all of which were integrated into our in-house team.

How did you come to work with Untold Studio?

One of our subcontractors was working with Untold Studio and introduced us. As time went by, we started doing more and more work with Untold Studio. We extended our contract with them several times and we were always happy with their work.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $1–5 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in 2016 and we just recently wrapped up the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're very happy with Untold Studio's work. They have a lot of expertise with our platforms, so they could work with the requirements that were not very well defined. They were able to prototype different versions of our ideas, take into account our additional requirements, and then deliver a high-quality product.  

How did Untold Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They managed four different development projects and they did a great job. We had daily phone calls and we also used a messaging app to stay in touch.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very flexible and easily adapted to the dynamic circumstances. Also, they're knowledgeable and experienced, so we could rely on them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Integrate them into your team and rely on their technical expertise. Let them showcase their strengths.

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

Angular Interface for Organic Food Distributor

"They were very responsive and melded well with both with our internal Agile process and our legacy team." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Working in Angular, Untold Studio developed a frontend interface that connected legacy systems with a supplier portal. They adapted to an existing LAMP environment and established a CI/CD pipeline.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
Providence, Rhode Island
Robert Burson
Digital Solutions Architect, United Natural Foods
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Clear and communicative, Untold Studio fostered smooth cooperation that fulfilled timeline and budget goals. Their ability to work with existing teams and solutions is particularly notable, as is their extensive technical knowledge. Frictionless deployment was a highlight of the partnership.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I was a digital solutions architect for United Natural Foods, a natural and organic food distributer in North America.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Untold Studio?

Untold was hired to add an enhancement to our Supplier Portal that would, in essence, rebuild a legacy system, allowing suppliers to schedule their fleets for delivery at our distribution centers.

What were your goals for this project?

We set out to build a frontend layer that could interface seamlessly with legacy systems and integrate into our existing cloud-based supplier portal. The new system had to preserve supplier credentials and permissions without requiring a large budget or deep changes to the underlying legacy systems.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Untold was part of an RFP that went out to vendors and partners. They were selected for their expertise and a demonstrated understanding of the concepts and the technology necessary to get the job done. They could also speak fluently to the needs of the project in advance.

Describe the project in detail.

The project relied on building out micro-services, Angular2 code, and an enhanced CI/CD pipeline for smooth delivery. They worked in our existing LAMP environment, using the latest tools (Composure).

We used our standard agile iterative software delivery model. Cooperating with the legacy team, Untold was able to deliver on time and adapt to necessary changes as they were revealed during iterative testing.  

What was the team composition?

We worked with a small team of 2–3 developers and a project lead from Untold.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The project launched on time and budget, with all bugs resolved by launch.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was extremely effective. They were very responsive and melded well with both our internal agile process and our legacy team.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

They had a deep understanding of the technology and delivered very clear instructions during deployment. They were smooth and hand-offs regarding management.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They were a small team, so I would take that into consideration for future projects. Otherwise, I had zero complaints.

5.0
Overall Score They're a really awesome company.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always worked around our schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was very reasonable, and better than or comparable to that of other agencies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We've seen very high user acceptance and only a few bugs.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely recommend them.

App Dev for Design Company

“Compared to many other firms, they were much more knowledgeable and capable of accomplishing our project goals.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Mar. 2016 - May 2019
Project summary: 

Untold Studio collaborated with internal and third-party teams to develop an iOS, Android, and web app. They managed the entire technical workflow and integrated the product with APIs and other services.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Erica Dillon
Partner, Upswell
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Untold Studio was vital to the project, doing work the internal team couldn’t. They were organized and communicated well. They had skilled and experienced developers, and the end client was happy with their work.

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 partner, executive producer, and creative director at Upswell, a digital storyteller that works primarily with media and software development for interactive experiences.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Untold Studio?

We were building an app for prototyping and demonstration that would help our end client (a fortune 500 telecommunications company) test research ideas. We’d reached the limits of our internal dev team’s capabilities, so we needed a partner to help with the rest. We eventually shifted the work and project management completely to Untold Studio.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Untold Studio managed and did dev for an iOS, Android, and web platform that integrated with numerous APIs and interacted with data from various sources. They also integrated the app with other third-party services and implemented message services like email and chat. Beyond those features, the team also added an intelligent search function.

Our internal team managed the project from a high level, overseeing the overall resourcing and administration of the contract. Untold Studio handled the technical management and implementation of the app. They also trained new developers that the end client brought on in order to manage the app internally.

What is the team composition?

The provided a technical project manager, lead iOS developer, and lead web developer. There was also a team of developers under them.

How did you come to work with Untold Studio?

One of our employees had worked with them before and referred them. We interviewed them and saw that they had good credentials and the technical capabilities that we needed, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $1.75 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from January 2017–May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We couldn’t have done this project without them. They managed the entire technical workflow that we didn’t have the resources to accomplish. The end client was happy with the product.

How did Untold Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They managed the work using standard agile dev tools, like Jira, Scrum, and burn reports. They met daily with the end client’s product owners and maintained open communication. We used Confluence to share documents across all the teams and Slack to facilitate communication. They excelled at project management.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They provided experienced iOS and Android developers who were well-versed in agile development practices. The team was flexible and collaborative, working with numerous external teams to complete the project. They were organized and had critical thinking skills that let them manage their time and resources extremely well. Compared to many other firms, they were much more knowledgeable and capable of accomplishing our project goals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t know how they could’ve improved. They had a talented dev team.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Allow them to be a full consultation service. They can provide impressive strategic solutions and technical know-how if you let them. Be open and transparent about what you need because they’ll do their best to meet expectations and will let you know if they can’t do something.

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

Web Development for a Travel Insurance Company

"The team emphasized building a relationship based on a foundation of trust."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
March 2016 - Aug. 2018
Project summary: 

Untold Studios provided maintenance and development for an e-commerce platform. Functionalities included a Facebook Pixel integration and a transactional email API service.

The Reviewer
 
Portland, Oregon
Erin Fish
Co-Founder, Wanderwell
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team’s work mitigated unsuccessful customer transactions on the site. During the project lifecycle, they were well organized and held themselves accountable for their work. They were notably invested in the project’s success.

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 a co-founder of Wanderwell, an independent travel insurance company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Untold Studio?

We hired Untold Studio to take over the development and maintenance of our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The team worked to solve any bugs on the backend, working in Angular and Django frameworks.  They integrated our site with a transactional email API service and a Facebook Pixel code. The team also updated our site with new insurance plans and rates, as well as a privacy policy. Throughout the partnership, they identified and solved any errors encountered by customers or internal stakeholders.

What is the team composition?

My main points of contact were Steve Winters (Co-Founder, Untold Studio) and Kevin McConnaughay (Co-Founder, Untold Studio).

How did you come to work with Untold Studio?

We found them because we were located in the same coworking space in Portland.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested around $15,000 – $20,000 in their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in March 2016. Our partnership ended in August 2018 when their largest client asked them to work almost full time for 6–8 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Successful purchases on our site increased, and unsuccessful transactions decreased. The backend also ran more smoothly, supporting a better UX for both internal stakeholders and customers.

How did Untold Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They always provided an estimate of the required resources for each project stage, and they never missed a deadline. In fact, they usually had resources left over and were able to perform additional work. We collaborated on the phone, email, and quite often in person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team emphasized building a relationship based on a foundation of trust. We appreciated how they always claimed responsibility for any errors and solved them free of cost.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We gave them feedback on their SEO work, and I’ve already noticed that they’ve made these improvements for other clients. I would love to work with them on future projects.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It’s important to be responsive to their questions and open to possibilities. They are industry experts who will provide a wealth of suggestions after they’ve built a relationship based on mutual understanding.

5.0
Overall Score I would hire them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I would rate them higher if I could.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It was an appropriate cost for an agency.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely refer the team.