Hi-level rock-solid and well managed team

Whitescape is a well-staffed development team with 150 accomplished projects and counting. We have also rolled out two successful in-house startups — Riders (500K users) and Uploadcare (200M files).

No matter the size or the current stage of your project, we offer unique solutions, strict terms of execution, and the best expertise.

We are proud of our management process, tracking implementation of your ideas from prototype to launch.

Since Whitescape's inception in 2008, our team has grown to 17 experts but has remained stable over the past six years — we prioritize quality over quantity, so we hire only those who bring fresh and innovative experiences to the table.

That's how we deliver.

 
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$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2008
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St.-Petersburg, Russia
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

ABBYY, Auriga, Grundfos, Intel, Kaspersky Lab, Lambada Market, Leo Burnett, McDonald's, MegaFon, MTS, NIVEA, Open Russia, Pulkovo, Reksoft, Selectel, Strelka Institute, SUP Media, Uponor

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Lambada Market

Lambada Market is the #1 offline fair in Moscow which is now moved online. Tens of thousands hand-made things from thousands of sellers and shops are avaliable now from any device.

See more at https://www.behance.net/gallery/52248855/Lambada-Market.

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E-Components

E-components is one of the leading suppliers of microelectronics components in Russia. First conceived as a brick-and-mortar warehouse, it has now been revitalized and reimagined as a digital storefront, boasting all the solutions a modern service should.The service relies on Microsoft Axapta as its ERP and CRM solution. The data display has been streamlined and is now updated automatically.

See more at 

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Open University

The client is the political movement that is striving to improve democracy and civil society in modern Russia. There was a need to find a web development agency to code the core education platform that contains videos and online learning materials. Whitescape was selected to provide off-site web development. The project is ongoing and has lasted for about two years.

Open University is a set of courses revealing major

cultural, economical, political events and their interrelations in modern history of Russia.

 

The aim was to implement flexible design that would help students focus on material. And at the same time provide engine to editors that allows 'light up' lessons with decor.

https://openuni.io

https://www.behance.net/gallery/45837831/Open-University
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RIDERS

Featured on the App Store in 192 countries, RIDERS connects athletes from all over the planet.

RIDERS today is 500k users, 15+ sport disciplines and counting.

RIDERS website: http://riders.co

Get more about at http://whitescape.com/cases/riders

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Uploadcare

Uploadcare is an IAAS providing file handling mechanisms for websites and mobile applications.

Project website: http://uploadcare.com

See more in our case study at http://whitescape.com/cases/uploadcare

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Vector — Strelka Institute

Vector is the online school for urban entrepreneurs — it provides courses for those who want to explore their cities, find ideas for new projects, and make them come true.

Project web-site: http://vector.education

Case study: http://whitescape.com/cases/vector

Reviews

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Web and App Dev for Specialized Booking Platform

"The Whitescape team was both proficient in IT and passionate about design—a rare combination."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

Whitescape developed an app for Android and iOS devices as well as a website for an extracurricular activity booking platform. They also created analytics and customer service tools.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
St. Petersburg, Russia
CEO, Specialized Booking Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app achieved a top listing in its store category and positive reception from users. Whitescape delivered high-quality web and app development work on time and at great value. Professional, knowledgeable, and attentive, the team led a smooth collaboration from start to finish.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the co-founder and CEO of a booking platform for kids’ extracurricular offline activities in Russia. We partnered with over 6,000 providers and listed around 25,000 activities in two cities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Whitescape?

Whitescape built mobile apps for iOS and Android, as well as our website. They also integrated quick and helpful solutions to help us run analytics and improve customer service.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to launch the app as well as redesign the website in about 12 weeks without compromising on the quality of the architecture or design.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

None of our founders has any technical background, and we were lucky to find Whitescape team. We searched for someone based in St. Petersburg because of the tech talent there and because of our company’s nearby headquarters. After asking a few people in the local IT network, someone mentioned Whitescape. Their website’s promise to “help companies avoid common early-stage mistakes" further convinced us that they were the right partner for our project.

Describe the project in detail.

Once we connected with Whitescape, we had a few in-depth discussions where we identified the first key functionalities for the app. Together, we nailed a user journey and user stories document on just one page. Vitaly (Director, Whitescape) took the user journey back to this team and began development. They provided regular yet efficient communication on their progress.

What was the team composition?

We worked with a team of 8–10 players: a project manager, three frontend and two backend developers, two UX specialists, and a quality assurance specialist. Vitaly took careful and thorough responsibility to head the technical and product strategy of our company.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app gained significant traction at AppStore and Google Play and reached the top of the Lifestyle category within the first six weeks since its launch. The product is well-received by its intended audience.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The communication and processes established by Whitescape were flawless. Vitaly is a talented and disciplined leader who knows how to prioritize his team's time.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The Whitescape team was both proficient in IT and passionate about design—a rare combination. Vitaly was a technical person and therefore a true leader to his team members. The team was attentive to details and easy to communicate with. They were really world-class professionals.

Are there any areas for improvement?

It would be great to have Whitescape expand their headcount to deliver more high-quality products even faster.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always on time in both product delivery or communication.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The team’s work was worth every cent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Whitescape had a stellar team with true leadership in place.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already referred Whitescape to others.

Development for Political Movement Education Campaign

"From the very first meeting, Whitescape showed that they had a good understanding of what we needed. "

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Whitescape developed an online platform with video capabilities for civic education courses and tests. The team worked with in-house designers from project conception to completion.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Russia
Project Manager, Political Movement
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final project is modern, fast and rarely has any problems. Whitescape took initiative and suggested improvements for the site, which has created a seamless experience for the platform’s 20,000+ users. The team has a fast response time and great customer service.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a political organization in Russia trying to make change, promote democratic values, and educate people about civic rights, helping them develop a stance.

What is your position?

I am a project manager for the organization. I am the coordinator of a political project, namely a series of online university courses.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Whitescape?

We provide an online platform for civic education in Russia. We needed help in developing it. We want people to know more about democracy and civil society so they can enjoy more democratic and free lives.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

We created our platform from scratch, with the help of Whitescape. They were there from the get-go. Our platform consists of a series of courses on modern Russian history, featuring videos, tests, and various additional materials.

Whitescape acted as our web developers. We have a complex platform with multiple parts. Our designers work together with Whitescape to ensure that whatever we create will make the user journey as seamless as possible. Whitescape has made inputs into our designs. They have enough experience to know what is likely to work and what isn't. This has been very helpful.

How did you come to work with Whitescape?

We looked at developers who had been involved in similar projects in Russia. Whitescape had worked on another platform which, although different, was also an online education project. We met with their team and found them to be keen and professional. From the very first meeting, Whitescape showed that they had a good understanding of what we needed. The communication process has always been easy. We receive answers straight away, which is great for managing deadlines. It's crucial that the developers give good customer service, which is very much what Whitescape has done. They were by far the most experienced, professional, and enthusiastic Russian team that we found. For a project like ours, it's important that the people who participate in the work share our values. This was very much the case with Whitescape.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It was over $10,000 but less than $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with Whitescape for a year and a half. Our platform was launched in January 2016. We are working with Whitescape on an ongoing basis. They are helping us make the platform better and improve the user journey. Since we launched it and received our feedback, we've tried to make it as user-friendly as possible, working with Whitescape on a daily basis. Any new designers that we bring on board will work alongside Whitescape.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Our platform looks good. It's very modern and fast. Any issues are rare and are dealt with quickly by Whitescape. They suggested several improvements which we hadn't thought of. They worked out really well.

Users need to register in order to access the content on our platform. We currently have 20,000 accounts. The site has had more than 200,000 views, which is great, especially considering that we don't promote it actively. Civic education is a tricky subject in today's Russia. For what we're doing, the platform has performed great.

How did Whitescape perform from a project management standpoint?

Whitescape has a very hands-on approach. We can expect the person managing our project to be on-call pretty much 24/7.

What distinguishes Whitescape from other providers?

They really become part of the project, trying to reach the nitty-gritty of the work. Whitescape has considered our project's future as well, which we appreciated. They wanted to make it better and have had a very creative approach. I could not recommend Whitescape highly enough.

Is there anything Whitescape could have improved or done differently?

I don't think so. Even though it may sound unrealistic, Whitescape has been spot-on so far.

5.0
Overall Score I've had a great experience with Whitescape.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Most of the time, when Whitescape hasn't been on schedule, it was because of a tricky situation which was our fault as well, as a client.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Whitescape has stuck to estimates. They are rather expensive, but I was willing to pay more for the quality offered by Whitescape.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything accomplished by Whitescape has been what we asked for and it has worked very well.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended Whitescape to anyone in search for good programmers.

Mobile Development for Online Education Platform

"Their team is innovative. Rather than looking around for things that they can copy, they strive to create new products."

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

Whitescape developed a customizable online education platform for higher studies. This included all project aspects, from strategic planning, design, and CRM to platform support, marketing, and user retention.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Moscow, Russia
COO, Vector (Education Platform)
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Whitescape provides the entire development team in an ongoing relationship to improve the online platform. There are 80,000 people who use the platform each year. The team has a great project leader, who helps prioritize tasks, although the company itself is still learning to put teams together.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

Vector is an online education platform officially made and sponsored by the Russian Institute of Media, Architecture and Design.

What is your position?

I am the chief operations officer of the institute.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Whitescape?

We've built an educational online platform using their services.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

Whitescape was our developer from the beginning, taking part in the strategic planning for the product. They continue to develop the platform in order to help us provide the best educational product possible. Whitescape works together with our design department in creating the most sustainable results for our platform.

How did you come to work with Whitescape?

I knew their company from my previous job. I became friends with their CEO and came to witness the growth of Whitescape from scratch. Before our current project, we worked on developing a crowdsourcing platform called moscowidea.ru. It was built in three weeks and proved to be a success. This made me believe that they could work professionally and fast, taking into account the client's input.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Last year, we spent $5,400 [350,000 Russian rubles] for their services. This year, we've spent around $80,000 [5 million rubles].

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work is ongoing. We have a long-term agreement through which the entire development team for Vector is provided.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

Our aim was to create an alternative to what was available in terms of online education. Users would have the ability to implement widgets and customize their interface, getting a better involvement in the process. Whitescape helped us develop a first course from scratch, after which we started to build a system. Each course has a number of elements, so we're currently working on having a structured library that will include those. Developing and designing the solution took around one year. We then decided that our aim should be to build a modular version of the platform, through which users could make their own course variations without the involvement of the developers. Whitescape built the CRM [customer relationship management] for the platform, as well as its front end and back-end.

We're now in the process of rethinking the platform. Last year, we were trying to figure out what approach we should take in the education space. We chose a different path in terms of actual content, but not so much in terms of how the content was presented.

We currently have around 800 paying students and another 80,000 people who utilize our platform each year. We're focusing on marketing and on how we can make retention better. Whitescape are working with us in this area as well.

How did Whitescape perform from a project management standpoint?

They have a good project leader as well. My experience with product development has varied. Even with a good front-end or back-end programmer, results can vary because the management is not prioritizing efficiently.

What distinguishes Whitescape from other providers?

They are an energetic and selective team. I know that their efforts aren't simply made for money. Whitescape is good at building systems. The work is never done cheaply, and it requires patience and trust. Their team is innovative. Rather than looking around for things that they can copy, they strive to create new products. This is rare to see in a development company.

Is there anything Whitescape could have improved or done differently?

They could improve their staff selection. We had a team of front-end and back-end developers, and there were periods of one to two months in which someone who was not as skilled or as attentive as necessary continued to work with the team. This caused some problems with the development, but Whitescape found the mistake and fixed it. It's an organic process, and they're still learning as a company. Overall, I'm happy as a client.

5.0
Overall Score They've done more than I asked for.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommended them for at least three projects on which they're working at the moment, one of which is another educational platform, which was launched half a year ago. I would recommend them to anyone else looking to build a complex system.