Apps for bold ideas ✌️ Mobile & Web

Uptech is a Ukrainian outsourcing Design and Development company. We help innovative companies bring bold ideas to life and launch mobile and web apps.

What services we provide:

  1. Discovery Stage (Business analysis)
  2. UX/UI design
  3. Mobile App Development
  4. Website Development
  5. Design Sprint (generate and validate solution to the idea/problem)

What apps we create:

  • iOS apps (using Swift)
  • Android apps (using Java, Kotlin)
  • Cross-platform mobile apps (using React Native)
  • Web apps (using JavaScript, ReactJS, NodeJS, Java, Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS)

By working with us, you not only get a 5-star product. You get smooth communication, full support, and openness. Why? Uptech is fully transparent and honest. This lets our teamwork like one organism and delivers service beyond expectation.

Our expertise:

  • On-demand delivery (like Uber)
  • Fintech
  • Healthcare
  • Social App
  • Marketplace
  • Streaming apps (like HQ Trivia)
  • Health & Fitness

Why work with Uptech:

  • Clients recommend us
  • Expertise with startups
  • Focus on native mobile products
  • Engaged team
  • User-focused design
  • Data protection
  • Socially Responsible Organization 
  • Contribution to the community

To know the price and duration of development, contact us at [email protected]. We’ll specify the features of your app and provide you a full time&cost estimate.

Let’s bring your idea to life! 

https://uptech.team/

 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2016
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Kyiv, Ukraine
headquarters
other locations
  • 3415 South Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90034
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Unilever(DSC), Drone Base, Aspiration, Ripkord.tv (HQ Trivia-like),  Freebird Rides(Uber-like), Sprent, Supporter.no, Free2Move, ArtKive, Rivals, Audiojoy, Butter(Instagram-like)

Yaza, a video mapping startup

Uptech is developing an MVP for a video mapping iOS app. We work as an offshore team to help build UX/UI and solve problems with GPS, video functionality, and performance optimization. 

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Dollar Shave Club (Unilever)

Dollar Shave Club makes and delivers everything you need to look, feel, and shave like a million bucks!

Results of the app: 

☝️ 2017 Webby Award Winner for Best Shopping App

⭐ 4.8 rating on Play Store 

❤️ 98,6% crash-free users

App in Play Store: http://bit.ly/dsc-android

More about the project: 

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Aspiration

Aspiration is a financial firm you can fall in love with.

Results of the app:

4.9+ App rating on App Store

99% Crash-free users

❤️ 40k monthly active users

✍️ 2.24k reviews on App Store

Aspiration on app stores:  

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Sprent

Results of the app:

☘️ 10k monthly active users

⚙️ 99.6% crash-free sessions

⭐ 4.4 rating on Play Store

Apps on app stores: 

http://bit.ly/sprent-android

http://bit.ly/sprent-ios

More about the project: 

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Ripkord.tv

Ripkord.tv is the next HQ Trivia! The users can play games and win real money

Results of the app:

⚙️ 98.3% crash-free sessions

⛹️ 8000+ monthly active users

⭐ 4.3+ rating on App Store

Ripkord.tv on App Store: http://bit.ly/ripkord-tv-app

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DroneBase

DroneBase offers professional drone services for every business.

Results:

⛳Featured in TechCrunch, Hilton, Zillow

✔️More than 10 drone models supported

⛰️DroneBase flies in all 50 states and over 30 countries

DroneBase app in App Store http://bit.ly/dronebase-iOS

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ArtKive

Results:

☝️ ArtKive app was nominated App of the Day by Apple

⚙️ Stability increased from 88% to 99%

❤️ 33 000 monthly active users

ArtKive on App Store: http://bit.ly/artkive-iOS

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Freebird Rides

Freebird Rides app brings you to the best bars and restaurants in town.

Results of the app:

✅ 98+% crash free users

⭐ 4.5+ App rating on App Store

⚡ 200+ successful rides/week

Freebird in App Store: http://bit.ly/freebird-app

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Rivals

Every night is a game night: choose your rivals to play a game with ⚽⚡⚾

More about the project: https://uptech.team/work/rivalz

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Advaice

Advaice is a marketing automation platform which uses AI algorithms to grow your business ✅

https://advaice.com/

Reviews

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Android App Development for Shaving Brand

"I have nothing but positive things to say about working with Uptech."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Uptech provided Android app development services to Dollar Shave Club, a monthly subscription grooming product supplier, effectively integrating with their in-house team to create the end product.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Marina del Rey, California
Melissa Williams
Product Manager, Dollar Shave Club
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although their work elicited positive responses both in-house and within the user base, what stood out the most about Uptech’s work was their consistency and collaborative skills. They willingly shared expertise and were able to keep track of the many moving parts within a complex operation.

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 am the mobile app product manager for a Dollar Shave Club.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We have very active members and we wanted to give them a great, seamless way to maintain their subscription with us and keep them engaged beyond just the subscription itself. The best way for us to achieve those goals was through a mobile app, which would provide them with account management tools as well as additional content to encourage engagement.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Recruiting and maintaining talent in the mobile development space is hard. Our company initially was just a website, so moving into the mobile space was new territory for us. Uptech began work with us about a year before I came on board, so I can only speak to the time that we have overlapped. Uptech does our Android development, since we have an in-house team that takes care of the iOS app.

In terms of actual features that we develop and implement within the app, Uptech is part of the planning stage. We do not just give them running orders. They are highly collaborative, and we all meet frequently as a group—the engineers from Uptech, our design and UX team, and myself—to brainstorm and discuss features. Our UX team will then provide Uptech with designs and wireframes. As a group, we all estimate the level of effort required to implement those features and then break everything down into smaller tasks.

What is the status of this engagement?

They began working with us back in October 2016, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The last I checked, our Android app rating in the Google Play store was around a 4.8 out of 5 stars, which is very high. We have a ton of great user reviews, and we get consistently excellent feedback from our customers.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

For a while we used Trello for project management, but we recently moved over to Jira. The transition from one to the other with Uptech has been more or less seamless, and they caught on to the new system quickly. Our whole mobile app team has regular meetings, to which they regularly attend. We have a stand-up once a week and a morning check-in the other four days of the week. They have been good at giving advance notice when they have vacations or paid time off coming up. Because we have these regular meetings, our whole team—including Uptech—has become fairly adept at being able to estimate how much work we can get done in a two-week sprint.

Even though their scope is specifically Android, we have a lot of interaction between all of our teams; mobile apps, site, backend services, and infrastructure. A lot of our work and updates require significant coordination with these different teams, and Uptech has been great about communicating consistently with everyone involved.

What did you find most impressive about them?

One thing I have really appreciated is that we have mostly been able to work with the same developers. I have worked with other contractors where you are constantly onboarding somebody new as developers move between projects. The consistency with Uptech has been really nice. They have integrated seamlessly with our in-house team, to the extent that we no longer see them as contracted resources, but as our Android developers. Although a time difference is often an issue in such types of partnerships, it has never been a problem for us. They adjusted their schedules to meet at times that were convenient for our office in Los Angeles. I have nothing but positive things to say about working with Uptech, and have genuinely enjoyed our collaboration, particularly in regards to seeking their advice. They have responded very well to us sharing our ideas and general goals with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing that would speak to Uptech specifically. Any challenges that we have faced are the kind that you face with any team, whether it be a contractor or in-house. They have been a vital and vocal part of the process as we continue to improve our overall approach to mobile development.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Lean on their expertise in Android, seek out their thoughts and advice to ensure that you are designing and building the end product in a way that makes sense. Including them within the overall process is essential for an effective workflow and positive final result.

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

Augmented Mobile Development for Drone Piloting Apps

"They’re good, solid engineers who’ve helped us create a challenging, one-of-a-kind product."

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

Uptech provided staff augmentation to assist with the development of a drone piloting app. Available for both iOS and Android, the complex app connects phones to drones and transmits data to host servers.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Santa Monica, California
Co-Founder, Drone Services Co.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Uptech’s technical expertise introduced new solutions to the in-house team, ultimately creating a better product. Highly transparent, they communicate on a daily basis and monitor progress through project management tools. Solid engineers, they’ve helped craft a one-of-a-kind product.

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 company that sells aerial photographs to a variety of customers, including real estate, construction, and insurance firms.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We needed to augment our in-house engineering team to build our mobile apps.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

While I realize it’s common for companies to outsource entire projects, we preferred to maintain the product’s specs and design in-house. We hired Uptech to support our senior engineer and integrated them as members of our team.

Together, they’ve designed a complex mobile app for iOS and Android. Intended for drone pilots, it allows users to see which drone missions are available and then connects the cellphone to the drone’s SDK for easy piloting.

The app also connects to our servers so we can receive data.

What is the team composition?

We hired four team members, two for iOS and two for Android.

Any team member went through a two-part process. I conducted an initial interview and passed their information to our senior engineer if I thought the individual was suitable. If the engineer approved, then they were added to the project.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

We have an in-house recruiter who stays in contact with other companies. One of his contacts recommended Uptech, so we reached out them and they began sending us résumés and setting up interviews.

How much have you invested with them?

Around $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2017 and our relationship is ongoing. The iOS version has launched, with the Android version set to follow in the coming weeks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their Android engineers recommended moving to clean architecture when they first came on board, a proposal our in-house engineers hadn’t considered. Uptech’s engineers introduced the concept, explaining how it utilized different layers to create an organized, logical grouping, and this ended up being an effective way to structure the app.

How did UpTech Team perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very transparent. We stay organized through daily sendups wherein they communicate their status. We also rely on project management tools like Trello and Jira. In this way, each task is represented as a work item we can monitor.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I interviewed them myself, so I can speak to the technical depth of their team members. They’re good, solid engineers who’ve helped us create a challenging, one-of-a-kind product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would recommend using our two-part interview process, which worked well for us. Keeping the product specs and design in-house also ensured we had ultimate control over the product’s quality.

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

Augmented Frontend Dev for Nutrition Startup

“We have high standards for code communication, so we felt lucky to have found them.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

Uptech augmented frontend development for white-labeled applications, including bug fixing, refactoring, features implementation, and process management.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hamburg, Germany
Head of Products, Nutrition Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They offer prompt delivery, effective communication, skilled developers, and the ability to make suggestions regarding overall processes. Although development has been temporarily paused, the relationship will likely continue in the future due to their reliability and efficiency.

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 am the head of products for a startup in the e-health sector. We generate automated nutrition plans.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We needed more manpower in different areas to provide white-label technology solutions to companies. This included bug fixing, refactoring, new white-label and features development, as well as process management. We were looking for a vendor who was qualified and experienced with React Native.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Uptech worked on many different tasks involved with frontend development. They implemented features and styling, fixed bugs, and refactored poor code that was a result of hurried development.

Our mobile application has a feature that allows our company’s customers to input things which they want to have in the app. Our assigned developer, Max, worked a lot on the actual screen and also implemented style and design changes to white-label solutions at the request of a customer.

The shopping list that is specific to our app was fixed as well.

What is the team dynamic?

We mainly worked with Max, who is one of their developers. We also briefly worked with another developer, Andrei, for two days. We had to freeze the project and reallocate our focus for now due to our business situation.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

We’d searched for developers for 1–2 months, and had interviewed several companies. A friend in our network recommended Uptech, so we interviewed them. They seemed promising, made us a good offer, and also did well in the trial phase. We have high standards for code communication, so we felt lucky to have found them.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent approximately €3,000 Euro [U.S. $3,553] per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June or July 2017, and the relationship ended in September 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've been able to work through projects that we wouldn't have been able to without their help. We've had to put a pause on development temporarily, but we're looking forward to picking the relationship back up as soon as we have the next need.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

The team is communicative, on time, and reliable. They even gave us suggestions on how to improve our own processes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very organized and on top of their tasks. We didn't run into any trouble at all throughout the relationship. We really enjoyed working with them and hope to again in the future.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The Uptech also asked me this question during the project, and I struggled to find anything they needed to improve. I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential clients of Uptech?

I definitely recommend them to anyone in need of development services. Don't let the fact that they're young deter you, because they are very capable and skilled.

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

iOS & Android Dev for Socially Conscious FinTech Co.

"They provide high-quality work very responsibly—we’ve built a strong relationship and get along well."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Engineers initially augmented an internal team to complete an iOS prototype, and have since started work on an Android version. Feature enhancements and performance monitoring remain ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Matt Lee
Head of Product, Aspiration
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is performing well with 70% user adoption, an average Google Play Store rating of 4.4, positive reviews, and minimum bugs. Uptech’s sense of ownership, exceptional collaboration, high-quality deliverables, and tight turnarounds make them a trusted partner for high-stakes projects.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Aspiration is a FinTech company that’s trying to bring the best financial investments to everyone. We have a large focus on socially responsible investing. In general, we want to democratize access to high-quality investment products. 

Another thing that makes our company unique and is a core part of our mission is that all of our products follow a pay-what-is-fair model. People can pay from $0 up to $2 a month for the use of our products. We believe that increases the accessibility of these products and helps us avoid the fee gouging we see in the news.

We have another important program, Fines Worth a Difference. We have a commitment to give 10% of our top-line revenue to charity every year. Currently the charity we partner with is called Accion, which is the largest provider of small business microloans in America. 

We are a modern-day, socially conscious financial institution who really wants to help people save and spend money better. We do this by bringing them the best financial products and technology to help them improve their investments and spending. I’m the head of product and data.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

As a startup, it doesn’t matter where you are—everyone is always looking and competing for the best engineers out there. Knowing that we want to build a lot of great technology and build out our platform to help our customers, we were looking for ways to augment our mobile teams for both iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our development lead had already started to develop the iOS app and we had completed portions of it when Uptech started working with us. Since we were so pleased with Uptech’s level of service, we recently added an Android engineer from their team to work with our full-time Android lead. The Uptech engineer just joined in the last 3–4 months.

When the Uptech team joined our mobile efforts, we hadn’t launched the iOS app yet, but we did have a prototype that a previous in-house engineer worked on. They really did an amazing job of picking up that code base and understanding it.

We launched the iOS app 2–3 months after they started working on it. We’ve been working closely with them since then to improve and release new versions for our iOS app.

One feature is called AIM: Aspiration Impact Measurement. As a FinTech company that’s focused on socially responsible investing and benefitting the world, we thought it would be really cool to help users understand how their spending influences the people and the planet. We built a proprietary database that rates companies where people use their debit cards. Categories include environmental, social, and governance (ESG). We have a lot of ESG data on these companies and assign each one a people and planet score. If you made a purchase at Walmart, its scores would show you how they treat the people and planet. We give users a score based on where and how they spend their money. This was a feature that we did mobile-first, and despite very tight deadlines, they did a fantastic job on it. They’ve been helping us with iterations on this feature since then.

What is the team dynamic?

Uptech provided the lead engineers on this project. We had project managers, data scientists, mobile engineers, and backend engineers working to launch this novel feature. We currently work with one Android engineer and two iOS engineers. There’s also a project and sales manager and a technical lead.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

We have an onsite Android engineer and were in the midst of finding some iOS developers when he recommended the Uptech. He had past experience working with them. Through initial phone calls and working with them, we saw that they have a good product sense and care about the product and our customers, despite being a remote team. We discussed the features and shared a spec on how it should work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in July or August of 2016, and the relationship is ongoing. There’s still a lot of work to do. They launch new features and improve the existing app. They fix bugs, help with UI designs and UX enhancements, do code refactoring, and improve analytics within the app.

They are responsible not only for product features but also for engineering quality, performance, etc. They make sure the product is functional, reliable, and scalable.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They were part of the app development even before it launched. They get a lot of credit for the success of our iOS app. We’ve had good reviews indicating that it’s a high-quality release with a minimum number of bugs. We have a high level of user engagement and adoption. Over 70% of our customers have downloaded our iOS or Android checking account app. There’s a high degree of daily user engagement. We didn’t have the app when a lot of those customers joined, so the fact that they bought into it is great.

In Google Play Store, our average rating is 4.4 out of 5.0, and we’ve had 500,000 downloads. 

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

We do biweekly standup meetings where we do sprint planning. We communicate through Slack and email. They’re very easy to reach despite being in different time zones.

Both our team and theirs have been flexible to make ourselves available. We’ve been able to create a clean workflow to hand off assets using Sketch and Zeplin. They’re very responsive when we send a request to them. Despite the challenges of working with backend developers, they did a good job of learning the APIs, asking questions, and understanding how to use them. They check their quality of work before they ask us to do a full task test review. They’ve been doing well with deadlines, communication, and understanding the purpose of the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They provide a high quality of work very responsibly. We’ve built a strong relationship and get along well. I appreciate the level of interest they have expressed in Aspiration.

Rather than just coding without providing feedback, they’ve always been thoughtful about the product and the customer. They work like a true team. They’ve treated all the work that they’ve done like their own, even though both our team and their team did it together. As soon as we started working with them, we realized that they were able to deliver the quality of work we were looking for in our mobile development.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

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

App Dev for Ridesharing Startup

“Uptech’s code quality and unit testing are excellent, and they’re really on top of business.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. - June 2016
Project summary: 

Uptech developed and conducted unit testing on a startup app with an intuitive UI for iOS and Android, and also managed MAC of the API.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CTO, Freebird Rides
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Uptech’s team of developers are not only eager to learn, but passionate about creating an elegant UI. Their accommodation, availability, and project management all made for a proactive and beneficial relationship.

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 CTO of Freebird Rides, and we’re making Uber rides free in Los Angeles. Basically, we’re convincing bars and restaurants to contribute or pay for Ubers to bring customers in. We have about 20 people working with us, and we’re located in Venice.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We had landed a couple of big gigs, including an NFL/Superbowl premier party in LA, which we were trying to spread the word about. We needed more hands-on development for both the iOS and Android app, as well as the MAC end of the API. We’re a startup and only had two people working at the time.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us prepare quickly by adding 6-7 developers to our team who helped build many cool features. They created an AirBar that pops up when you log into the app, which is basically a search bar at the top with a subpanel of Smart categories. If we’re doing an event, NFL can pop in below it, and it’s very optimized and sophisticated. As you scroll down the list, the main navigation at the top shrinks into a pinned header. Uptech even asked if they could open source this on their GitHub as an example of their work.

They really helped us get the app out the door and into the market. We launched the iOS version in LA in June, but won’t be launching the Android version for a couple months because we’re still iterating the marketing and messaging on the iOS version. We operate with over 400 bars and restaurants in LA alone where you can get discounted Uber rides. Uptech was very supportive and they made a beautiful UI. They integrated our branding guidelines and theme elegantly throughout the app.

Although we’ve recently been hiring internally, if we ever get another big project, we will definitely reach out to Uptech again.

What is the team dynamic?

We had 5-6 developers staffed at any given moment who we would rotate depending on their skill sets. Once the backend was built, we moved on to the frontend, which required different developers. They were very supportive and worked well with us on a weekly, day to day spread schedule.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

A friend of mine who had worked with Uptech strongly recommended them. At the time, availability was the decision making factor. After I sent Uptech a small test, I went with them because they knocked it out of the park and seemed excited about the project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $150,000-$200,000 over 7 months.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2016, and recently paused the engagement in June 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re receiving good reviews, and have had a lot of customer support. The only issue has been with some of our messaging, which isn’t bad, but we’ve had to explain to people how to use the app. There’s also been some confusion regarding marketing terms and appeal. Other than that, everyone has been really honest about how happy they are with it. Uptech’s code quality and unit testing are excellent, and they’re really on top of business.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

Their communication was good, and they were very professional and easy to work with. The burn down charts and invoices they sent us were great, also. We had a couple of hard deadlines but they nailed it. We were in the exploratory phase, so it was more about producing the quality rather than hitting the mark. The few times we had a deadline crunch and wanted to get a build out, they helped us get the job done.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’ve been using a new technology called RX, and they picked it up well and were very eager to learn about it. The unit testing they conducted outside of coding was awesome, because being test driven during development of a big product is extremely important. Many developers will just code and build it, but the moment you try to add or change a feature, you don’t have the unit test support or coverage and this leads to quality drops. They brought the unit and UI tests, and they were knowledgeable about devops as well as project development. I’d give them a gold star on that one.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s room for improvement with time management, including boarding and figuring out what the payment structure is going to be like. Overall, they were great, and when I instructed them to log their hours and tasks worked on, they had no problem with that. Every agency probably uses different tools, but we just plugged them in and started running, then it took about 3-4 weeks to figure out management. They jumped right in on the project with us, but looking back, it may have been wise to frame it better instead of just getting to work.

5.0
Overall Score For sure.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were a little bit higher but it came with the quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Definitely.

Augmented iOS Dev for Children's Art App

"Uptech solved all the needs we had."

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

Uptech augmented the creation of a native iOS app, providing flexible problem-solving for the existing code base in a dual design/development approach. They now support updates and hotfixes. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sherman Oaks, California
Adam Flaxman
Lead Developer, Art Kive
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The launched product has received only positive feedback, thanks to Uptech’s bug-free deliverables. Their fluid workflow and responsiveness allowed the unorthodox system to succeed and continues to strengthen the partnership.   

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Art Kive has an app that serves parents by storing their children’s art. I’m the lead developer and full-stack engineer. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We were looking for a solid Swift iOS developer to augment our team in working on a native iOS app. We also wanted to make sure the team we found was able to solve problems with an existing code base. Part of the issue with working with overseas teams is availability and time differences. UPTech was very flexible, even staying up late and getting up early to work on the project. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We are transitioning the app to a subscription module. This project was not a conventional sprint system where the UX and UI team identifies, designs, and resolves issues and then implements them. I was still building the subscription module and the Rails server, so we were designing and developing at the same time. We added some capabilities to detect if a user has a subscription, needs a subscription, etc. There’s a feature that presents and gives discounts in the UI when users go to checkout. The problem the app solves is storage, but the point of sale is converting items into high-quality coffee-table keepsake books and other items. We’re aggregating some hotfixes and feature additions that we’ll have Uptech tackle in the future.

Uptech dealt with the presentation of price changes, member plans, and also some core logic around whether a user needs a plan and what to do in that situation. They were very understanding and flexible and dealt with the process really well. I was directly managing the team from Uptech. Andre, the project manager; Oleg, the iOS developer; and their company were awesome. They both speak really good English and are funny. I know Uptech also does Android work, but we’re not using them for that right now.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

One of our owners reached out to our circle and got a recommendation for a gentleman named Shervin, who is the team leader in the US for Uptech. He finds the work and funnels it to the developers overseas. Usually, that’s a scary business model and something I wouldn’t contract, but they did a great job and beat the odds. They were good.

How much have you invested with Uptech?

We’ve spent between $7,000 and $10,000 over the last quarter.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2017, and we continue to contract them for version releases, hotfixes, etc.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Uptech solved all the needs we had. I haven’t received any complaints about bugs, which is rare. There had been existing bugs, but Uptech’s work has yielded no new bugs. That’s the best part of their work. They solved the need and were able to be extremely Agile with us as we were being fluid in our process, which isn’t normal development.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

They dedicated as much time as we needed to our project. When the project began to taper and we were working on other things, they did other projects. Oleg and Andre were both available on the weekends and nights for us. They did a 3-week focused sprint with us; after that, they made the time to finish what we needed. They did a good job. We didn’t have moments where they weren’t focused on us. They would communicate that it might take them a couple of days to start a new task, but they always got to it in a reasonable amount of time.

What did you find most impressive about Uptech?

They were fluid and available. They produced good code that has shown no new bugs. They did their job and did it well while being cost-effective.

Are there any areas Uptech could improve?

I don’t have any complaints right now. They did what they needed to do. 

5.0
Overall Score They were solid.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all their deadlines—even ones we didn’t know we needed to set because we hadn’t scoped the work.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were cost-effective and produced great work. That’s hard to find in the US.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They provided a functional product with no new bugs in an unorthodox and extremely Agile system, didn’t complain, and got it done.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

App Dev for Photo Game App

"They’re extremely communicative. They're everything I could ask for."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Uptech developed a complex photo-sharing app that integrated scavenger hunt mechanics, GPS, photo sharing and brand visibility into an engaging consumer experience.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Michael Dela Cruz
Founder, Photoops
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Uptech’s design and development expertise was extraordinary and the deliverable proved to be much more advanced than a previous build. Their project management and communications skills distinguish them from other teams and facilitate a smooth partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The name of my company is Photo Ops, and it’s a photo-sharing platform utilizing scavenger hunt game mechanics, photo sharing and mobile devices to create a fun and engaging experience for users to interact with brands. I’m the founder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We were trying to obtain a quality development team that was also cost-effective. We needed them to do ongoing development work on both iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Uptech stepped in to provide both front-end and back-end development for the iOS and Android platforms for our mobile app. In terms of CMS, they provided all the user experience and visual design work. I provided them with the initial layout and design, and they’ve made recommendations and changes that we’ve agreed to. I had full visibility into the composition of the team, which was one project manager, one front-end iOS developer, one back-end developer and two Android developers.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

I was referred to them via a contact of mine at another company. They recommended Uptech because of their great rates and the great work that they do. I had a couple conversations with Uptech’s senior management and really liked what they had to offer.

How much have you invested with Uptech?

$10,000-$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in November 2016 and the development is ongoing. Interestingly, we launched the first version of the app this morning. We’ve reached a very important milestone and we’re going to continue iterating on that until we’re satisfied.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We just launched today so we don’t have any real feedback yet. But to give you a little more information, the app was previously built by another developer, and we came to a point where we were outgrowing that developer’s skills and the app needed to be rebuilt to be more effective. In contrast to the original build, the current build is incredible. It’s amazing.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management has been great. They’re extremely communicative. They’re everything I could ask for. I have full visibility and communication channels with everyone on the team.

What did you find most impressive about Uptech?

The guys at Uptech are extremely good at what they do. I know that’s broad, but it’s hard to find developers who are both responsive and accountable to their work.

Are there any areas Uptech could improve?

In the interest of always getting better, they could improve on the testing of the app. I come from an interactive background and I know what’s it’s like, but just making sure the app is 100% before presenting to the client would be the only thing I could suggest.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve been perfect.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There have been a couple instances where they could have tested more before presenting to me.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Android Stabilization for Social Discovery App

"If I could bring them on full time, I would definitely consider it."

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

Uptech optimized an existing Android app to increase the download rate and user engagement. Uptech is also implementing native ads and developing the iOS app.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Founder, Butter
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Following Uptech’s improvements, download rate increased by 200% and revenue increased by 150%. Their proactive customer service and confident project management ensured successful collaboration.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company is Butter, and we’re a social discovery app. I’m the cofounder and CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We had our app in the market for a number of years, and we were looking for a team that could help us update our existing apps and also provide both design and development with the real goal being user downloads and user engagement.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have both an iOS and an Android app, and based on their team’s expertise, we decided to focus in on the Android app. There are a number of strategic reasons for that, among them being that it would give us a better international footing. We were starting to see use and downloads across some different markets where we felt that a really solid Android version would be a very good thing. Unfortunately, our previous Android team wasn’t very skilled, and so there were some issues related to crashing and bugs and so forth. UpTech brought in their Android team and really stabilized the application. In doing so, they also did some teaching and QA. The next thing was to improve the usability and functionality of the app so that we would make it more attractive to end users and also reduce the number of taps it would take to do any given thing, whether it was looking at a photo or viewing comments or looking at someone’s profile or just browsing through content. That involved the development team and a design component as well. We had them work on a new design that leveraged our old feel and approach, but with the goal of making usability that much easier, reducing the amount of actions that users would have to take to be engaged with the content. They developed and implemented that design in the app itself. When that was completed, we did see an increase in downloads and engagement in Android, along with an increase in in-app purchases and revenue as well.

The next phase of the project was to implement native ad units in the app. The design team determined the best places in the app to add native advertising and then the development team went ahead and integrated that into the app. Right now we’re in the process of doing a similar approach for our iOS app as well.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

Our company had gone through an accelerator in Los Angeles, and we had built a relationship with a developer/consultant there. He had worked with a number of different teams, so we reached out to him asking for a recommendation for a skilled team that could take on the project. He referred us to Uptech.

How much have you invested with Uptech?

We have built an interesting relationship with them where part of the cost is based on revenue share; we wanted to incentivize the team to meet the metrics we had established for in-app purchases and ad revenue. So they were very flexible in working with us in a way that would incentivize them and work well for us. But I would say over the course of that year, I would think we spent around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

To the best of my memory, we began working together in February 2015. We accelerated the pace of that work through the second half of 2015. The work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

One of the big problems with our previous Android app is that we would experience a lot of crashes. That was a source of consistent complaints. We’ve been able to absolutely minimize that if not eradicate it. That was the biggest metric, just getting an incredibly solid application out of this. What that has done, along with the user interface improvement, is that it has helped increase our downloads by about 200%. After the launch of that version of the app, our revenue has gone up by 150%. We’ve had some really good numbers that can be attributed to the fact that the app is incredibly solid. People have a good experience. And from a design perspective, it’s a more enjoyable app too. That’s resulted in fewer user complaints, more downloads, and more revenue.

 

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve had a great experience. We use Slack and Trello to manage our projects. There will be a lead for any given area of the project. There’s an overall project lead that we can always talk to, then an Android development lead, an iOS development lead and a design lead. We can communicate with whoever we want via those channels, and then we have Google Hangouts where we can discuss things face to face. But that’s how we’ve been working and it’s been great. They’re always responsive; someone’s available. They’re very proactive: there may be things that we’re not asking for and they will reach out to us and say, “We need you to check this,” or “Here’s a recommendation we have; let’s try this.” Or “Here are the three ad networks we want to use. Can you take a look and let us know if it’s okay.” I see them as being helpful, available and proactive, which is something that I like. I like to know that I’m working with someone who is not just following the spec of the project or doing the bare minimum, but they’re very active in looking for the best solution or coming to the table with their own suggestions. I always want someone who’s going to step up and improve things with their own skills and knowledge.

 

What did you find most impressive about Uptech?

Based on my past experiences with other outsourced software developers, the communication is always great. There has never been a challenge on the communication side. Again, they are very on-the-ball. If anything, we’ve been the ones who have dropped the ball or haven’t gotten back to them. The communication has been very impressive. I was also very pleased and surprised by their design acumen. They have some very thoughtful designers working on their team that helped push the project forward. I really do prefer designers and developers to be on the same team and working closely together, so that was something that was very pleasant. They’re a team that’s willing to work collaboratively and take feedback.

 

Are there any areas Uptech could improve?

Off the top of my head, I don’t think so. Their available skill set matched really well with what we needed. I would say that there might be certain areas when it comes to back-end development that there were some skill sets that weren’t immediately available, but that has never held anything up. In those cases, we’d just need to be more proactive in scheduling things. We might have to work that resource into the schedule down the line. But that didn’t hold us back or impact us in any way. That’s the only thing that came up. I love working with them and I want to do more, so it’s always a challenge to map your need to the availability of the team.

5.0
Overall Score If I could bring them on full time, I would definitely consider it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There has never been a missed deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’ve been very pleased, and the rate has been the most competitive we’ve worked with.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Communication has been great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve done that already.

iOS and Android Dev for Mobile Company

"I have referred them. It’s very difficult to find guys you can count on."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Uptech has taken over the development to improve the stability of two mobile apps that were poorly constructed by previous companies. They also work on a third Android app to develop features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 employees
Partner, Geeking App
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They have reduced crashes on one app by over 20% and have improved performance overall. Uptech is the only outsourcing company that the client feels is on par with US resources. They provide useful suggestions and high quality solutions.

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 have 2 companies that they do work for; both are mobile software companies. The name of the app they do the most work on is Geeking App. The app is pretty large.

We’re 2 people right now. I’m one of the partners.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

We had previously done all our development in-house. I’ve been doing software for a long time so we did it domestically over the years. We didn’t have enough work nor did we want to spend as much as was necessary to have a full-time US-based person. Our part-time US-based guys were not readily available. That’s the main reason we tried to find a company to help us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Uptech is doing mobile Android and iOS development for me. They’re doing the same thing for both companies. They’re only doing Android for 1 company, while they’re doing Android and iOS for the other one. They didn’t start anything from scratch. They took over existing stuff. For 1 company, they took over a fairly complex iOS app that we had been developing for 3 or 4 years. The app was complicated because it was very deep and very messy. The Android app was also pretty poor. It had been developed initially by a different overseas firm that did not do a good job, and then it had been hacked together by various other developers. They jumped in on that, which is always stressful and challenging.

We’ve done 2 projects with them and they continue to work on the same apps. We don’t develop new stuff but we do develop new features. The biggest thing they did on one of the apps was revamping the Android app. Now, it uses the latest Android user interface guidelines and Android methods. It was very out of date, so that was a substantial project. It was behind the scenes stuff, although the UX did get updated so users saw that. But most of their work was on improving the stability and performance of the app.

We tend to have 1 person who leads the project. There’s 1 person that oversees. We have had times where the person we used got busy on another project because we don’t have anyone dedicated to this full-time. We’re not guaranteed a certain person indefinitely. Sometimes we do 40 hours a week, sometimes we do 80 hours a week, and sometimes 20 hours a week. If that person gets allocated to another project, then they’ll put someone else in. That’s happened once or twice.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

I didn’t go seek them out. There’s a guy in LA who is a broker for them. He introduced us to them and he takes a fee from that deal. So, they met us through him. I don’t really have to deal with him now as I work directly with Uptech.

How much have you invested with Uptech?

We paid $60,000 for their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working for about 9 months with them. It started in February or March of this year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They reduced the crashing on the Android app massively. It was just a very poor app. They’ve reduced it down to 98.7% non-fatal crash on a daily basis. We were probably 75% prior to that.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

We mostly speak through Slack and we use Pivotal Tracker to assign them tasks. Occasionally, we have Skype calls to go through larger scope things. I’ve been developing software for 20 plus years and I’ve outsourced big projects to other countries maybe 10 to 12 times. They’ve been total disasters 11 out of 12 times, or at best they barely skate by. Uptech is the only company I’ve ever used in my entire career that was as good as someone I’ve used here in the US. My only concern is as they start taking on more clients, they won’t have time for me. They know we’re one of their earliest clients and I think they want to take care of me because we’ve been a good client. It’s very difficult to find international developing firms that actually know what they’re doing.

What did you find most impressive about Uptech?

They’re good at understanding what the spirit of the action item is and then recommending an alternative solution if that’s not the best way. At best, most developers will do exactly what you ask for. A lot of developers will do way worse than that, meaning it won’t even be what you asked for. But the best developers will develop the best solution for what you ask for. That means they’re not going to do exactly what you said; they’ll suggest a better way of doing it. That’s what really good developers do and that’s what Uptech does. It’s a rare find.

Are there any areas Uptech could improve?

They’re not on US hours so it sucks. I have to wait. It takes longer to get things done than having someone in my office. But that’s not them specifically, it’s just the nature of outsourcing internationally. We have 1 person, so we’re subject to that person’s availability. They work full- time. But based on the speed they get things done, I suspect they’re probably not working every single hour on our project. The speed is acceptable for what we’re attempting to do, so I’m OK with that.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I don’t normally give them hard deadlines. In cases where there’s an emergency, they come through pretty often.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have referred them. It’s very difficult to find guys you can count on.

Web Development for IT Freelancer

"They go above and beyond for me and for whatever I need for my clients."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Sept. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Uptech has developed two custom, responsive websites for customers of their client, a freelancer. They are currently working on a third site together.

The Reviewer
 
Freelancer
 
Los Angeles, California
Alyssa Matthews
Owner, Two Scoops Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both sites have increased traffic for their respective businesses, and no bugs have been reported. Uptech is transparent, organized, and extremely dedicated to the client. They have been referred multiple times.

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 am the Senior Designer at Dollar Shave Club for their iOS and Android apps, and I am the Partner and Creative Director at TwoScoops Studio.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Uptech?

I had clients who needed different websites developed. One was a custom WordPress site for a law firm. The other was a tech company that needed their own site built from scratch. Uptech handled both of these.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The Law Firm required a responsive site that they could update themselves when needed. Dima suggested a custom WordPress site to make this possible. I worked with Dima and Andriy to set a roadmap for them to let my clients know when their site would be completed.From there, we set mile markers and a QA schedule to get us to launch on time. Uptech handled all of the development for a custom, responsive site build that we for a start-up that sells mobile advertising.

I worked closely with Dima, the team lead. He made sure that I had one dedicated full-time staff person working on each project.

How did you come to work with Uptech?

Uptech developed the Android app for Dollar Shave Club; that’s how I got in touch with them. When they separated from the company that they were with before, we decided to continue working together on TwoScoops projects.

How much have you invested with Uptech?

In total, they charged $5,000 to $10,000 for their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

It’s been about a year. Uptech started working together last September. We launched the Android app at Dollar Shave Club in March. Since then, we've continued to keep creating work. We’re getting ready to build a new site this week for an outdoor 5-on-5 soccer tournament and have a few other projects coming down the line.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don’t have exact numbers, but I do know that all of my clients have relayed to me that they’ve had an increase in traffic. All of my clients love the sites. We haven’t had any issues with bugs that pop up or any issues with the sites crashing or being hacked. They’re really quick with their response time in case anything does come up. I know everyone that has had their site built through me and Uptech is over the moon.

How did Uptech perform from a project management standpoint?

I think they’re great. When we first started working together, we were still trying to find the right process. We were running like a fly-by-night business for a bit, but I think we’ve got it down to a science now. They’re extremely quick to respond in case anything comes up or if I have clients who need changes. For example, I had one of my clients move to a Chicago office, so I had to update the website. They sent that to me yesterday and it was fixed this morning.

What did you find most impressive about Uptech?

One of the reasons I love working with them so much is that they go above and beyond for me and for whatever I need for my clients. They’re always super clear and transparent about what they’re working on. They tell me when and what they need from me to get things done. We’ve had times where we had to swap a developer out in the middle of a project, but they told me a week in advance. Everybody onboarded properly and work was done on time. It was a really seamless transition from one developer to another. I always know what’s going on because they’re constantly checking in. I always have the ability to hop on Skype or send them an email. For all of those reasons, I trust them with all of my projects. The work is great, the development is awesome, and you can’t beat transparency like that.

Are there any areas Uptech could improve?

I would have said that we could be better about VQA in the beginning, but I just heard that they've added a few dedicated QA people to the team. We also just started using Trello for VQA and bug-tracking which has been very helpful so, I think we're already improving.

5.0
Overall Score They’re a fun group and they’re super flexible. They’ve never told me, “We can’t do that.” The value is there so I can’t say high enough praises for them.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never missed any deadlines and they’re really flexible with their timeline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I live in the US and they’re not in the US. I find their rates cheaper than what I would get here, but the work is outstanding. Great bang for my buck.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Every project we’ve finished has been finished to the pixel. If I ever have any issues, they’re really quick to fix it.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time. Or if I have a client that needs a website built, I would say that I already have the developer.