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iOS App & Website MVP for Social Media Startup

"They took an idea we had and they brought it to life."

Willing to refer: 
The Project
Oct. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

FLAGD Mobile Corp designed and developed Android and iOS apps, along with a web-based MVP integrated to match the mobile versions. The app supports user-uploaded images and the creation of user stories.

The Reviewer
1-10 Employees
Executive, Evolution 316
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their development has received positive internal feedback within this ongoing engagement. The deliverables have earned praise from testers focused on their features. FLAGD Mobile Corp is a communicative and transparent partner who can offer useful technical and business advice.

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


Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Evolution 316, a social media startup. 


What challenge were you trying to address with FLAGD Mobile Corp?

We needed a local mobile app development company to help us with our project. We had paid $30,000 for a developer to do our wireframing and storyboarding. However, that previous vendor misrepresented their development capabilities, and they also communicated poorly with us. We needed a new partner we could count on.


What was the scope of their involvement?

They started from scratch because there wasn’t any actual coding from the previous developer. They took on the design and development. They’re developing our iOS app right now and our web-based MVP. Then they’re going to do our Android development in the next two months. We’re not going to officially go to market until we have all three out there. We’ll be doing a soft launch with iOS. They’re using JavaScript. They’re going to do integrations for the website to match the mobile version.

Our social media app allows users to take a picture of a scenario and create a comic book of the stages that led up to that event, like a personal movie. If you’re with a friend, you can create a story and share it with the other person and they can create a one-page story. It’s basically a comic book.

What is the team composition?

There’s a project manager, an account manager, and the development team.

How did you come to work with FLAGD Mobile Corp?

A venture capitalist friend of mine recommended them, and he knew the CEO of the company. We approached them and met them in person. We also liked that they were local, and we took a leap with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2018 and the work is ongoing.


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

Our project is going to be done in the next three months. We have nothing but good things to say about them. They’re a startup company but they have a lot of developers on their staff. They don’t outsource anything. They only handle a certain number of projects throughout the year based upon their in-house capabilities. They do a lot of great work.

We’re in the beta phase right now and we have about 22 testers. Every one of our testers says it’s unbelievable. They’ve brought great value to our project; they took an idea we had and they brought it to life. They put every single element of what we wanted and more. There are some features in there that we never asked for and they to put them in. Everyone loves it.

They brought us to a couple of events in Boston and we actually gained some resourceful contacts. One contact has been helping us along the way and he might be coming on as an advisor to my company. He knows everybody in the space that we need to be in the market.

We’re bringing the beta to investors and we just locked another $175,000 investment based off the prototypes that FLAGD Mobile Corp has delivered. We’re very happy with them.

How did FLAGD Mobile Corp perform from a project management standpoint?

Their quality of service is way better than the other companies that I deal with. I love that there’s no being transferred or waiting. If we have an issue on a Saturday or Sunday, we’ll get an email back. If we have to talk to them, they’ll call or we’ll call them.

They’re very transparent. There’s a conference call every Tuesday. We’ll talk about the sprints of them creating the technology and we’ll give them the notes back on what want and don’t want or if we want to wait until version two.

On Tuesdays, we have a project manager, an accounts manager, and the development team all on a call. They’ll talk about the new updates that the developer had. Then we’ll talk to the project manager about if we want to add a feature or get rid of a feature. He’ll give it to the accounts manager who will give us a quote before we agree to go forward. They even send us an email stating how much it’s going to cost and if we don’t want to do it, he’ll give a recommendation or suggest waiting to do it when we do our soft launch. Sometimes there is a marketing guy that listens to the calls and give us some direction.

I love that they’re a startup too because they get where we are and we get where they are. Their CEO or the project manager will text me and ask how everything is going, even after hours. In the beginning, they said to call them if we had a problem at 7:00 PM. They’re always available.

What did you find most impressive about them?

When we presented our project and what we wanted, the CEO gave us both a larger estimate and a smaller estimate. He said we have all these great things going on with our project, but at the end of the day, we need an MVP out there. He was basically telling us that we want to set realistic goals. I respect that because he saved us money and time and ensured a better and simpler UX.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should be raising tons of money for their company. They have so much potential to be in a bigger space.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

If you’re a startup and you’re looking to create a mobile app, I recommend hunting down a local mobile development agency so that you’re able to sit down and talk. Getting that relationship going is a big difference. I recommend people to get quotes from different people. Be vigilant. Don’t just say yes to one company. Sit down and talk with them in person.

Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    They’re always on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them to people that I know.