Software, Hardware, AI, Machine Learning, AR / VR

We are a Berlin-based Digital Product Studio.
At YND we focus on AI, FinTech, Mobility and Retail.
Our mission is to help our partners grow using emerging technology.

Use YND experience in your:

  • Strategy. We deliver the right strategy to build transformative digital products through careful planning, user research and lots of prototyping.
  • Design. From user experience on mobile or wearables to interaction design, we make sure it resonates with the user.
  • Software. Creating scalable architectures and stable code requires thorough knowledge of many platforms, which we happen to have plenty of.
  • Hardware. Hardware prototypes that are beautiful from the inside, and built in close cooperation with the client and our interdisciplinary design team.
  • Artificial Intelligence. Using all our human brainpower to get AI infused in your company and products.
  • Computer Vision. To detect and track objects, faces and gestures in images. We use Machine Learning and video analysis algorithms to gain a high-level understanding from digital images, similar to that of a human.
  • Natural Language Processing. To interpretate and classify human generated content. NLP allows our algorithms to understand and infer meaning from human language.
  • Deep Learning. To automate recognition of features and patterns.
  • Data Science. To combine scientific methods and algorithms in order to retrieve knowledge from disorderly, raw data.
  • AR / VR. In close collaboration with our clients, we create immersive VR environments that bring experiences to life.
 
$25,000+
 
Undisclosed
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Berlin, Germany
headquarters
  • Monbijouplatz 5
    Berlin 10178
    Germany
other locations
  • Mokotowska 1
    Warszawa 00-640
    Poland
  • Hallera 3/8
    Wrocław 53-139
    Poland

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Web App Dev for Stochastic Optimization Software

"The team enabled us to deliver optimal source code to our client."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

As a third-party partner, YND developed and designed a web application’s frontend. They coded in Python and tested the prototype before final delivery.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Vienna, Austria
Nils Löhndorf
Head of R&D, Quantego
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The web app exceeded expectations for its code quality. YND’s organization and responsive communication maximized results for the project’s shorter timeline. They were highly professional and delivered the solution promptly. Customers should not hesitate to communicate with the team.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the head of R&D for Quantego. We develop software for the energy industry and work on algorithm modeling.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with YND?

We did not have in-house frontend developers and needed to deliver a web application for a client. We hired YND to develop the app’s frontend.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided the initial plans and YND designed the UI in an iterative process. They then developed the backend functionality on Python using the application layer we had supplied. Next, YND delivered a prototype. The team did testing and revisions before delivering the final version.

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager, one UX designer, and two developers.

How did you come to work with YND?

I received a referral and reached out to YND. The team responded quickly to schedule a phone call. During that conversation, we explained the project requirements and goals. Their mature approach and organized pipelines impressed us. We hired them because they would guide us through the whole process.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October–November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app satisfied our specifications for functionality and design. Without YND, we couldn’t have completed the build. Their team enabled us to deploy a frontend for optimization code to our client.

How did YND perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated via Slack, Basecamp, and video conferences. YND switched between the tools smoothly, depending on which platform was more appropriate for the issues and resources at hand. The team’s professionalism, organization, and communication skills were particularly impressive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Although I haven’t worked with many frontend development vendors, YND was better than the others partners I had previously engaged.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. YND exceeded our expectations for quality. The team was responsive and delivered on time.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t hesitate to send them a message. Their quick replies benefited our project’s short timeline.

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
    I've already recommended them.

iOS & Android App Dev Updates for Performance Auto Chiptuning

"YND has taken full responsibility for the app and our metrics are now much better."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

YND replaced an overwhelmed vendor to restore a malfunctioning mobile app, improving all of its functionalities. They’re in charge of version updates for both iOS and Android platforms, integrations, and more.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Munich, Germany
Kai Döhler
CTO, RaceChip Chiptuning GmbH & Co. KG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

YND fixed all the issues that the app had when they came on board, and have anticipated several problems, going beyond regular maintenance contracts. Their experienced and reliable developers guarantee solid and well-planned results thanks to their smooth process and efficient project management.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO at RaceChip Chiptuning. We produce small systems that increase the power output of any car and truck. I’m responsible for all the software development, which includes our mobile apps that help people to fine tune the product to their car.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with YND?

We previously had a partner that handled several modifications and changes to the system during the lifecycle of our products. Over time, the app, as well as the API to our product, became very unstable and hard to maintain.

The agency wasn’t able to keep up with the development, which caused the software to malfunction. The mobile app had been in the market for several years, and every new version of our hardware and every additional change to the app made it worse and worse until there were too many problems with it. We needed another vendor’s help.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

YND identified the problems in our app and made it usable. The product is still in the market, with multiple releases on both iOS and Android. They wanted to develop a new product from scratch, so that’s currently in plans, but as of now, we’re discussing the details for the newest version of the app.

On the current version, both applications are native, written in C and Java. They’ve handled changes and continuous integration very nicely. According to our wishes, everything is running on our premises; it was remotely set up and they’ve included testing frameworks. They also incorporated New Relic as a warning system, so whenever apps are crashing or not installing properly, we get statistics. We can also see if any new versions of iOS or Android are causing problems somewhere in the world.

We have one standard piece of hardware that plugs into a car’s computer. The hardware gets fine-tuned to each specific car, motor, and year. The application contacts our server and the server then sends the specifics to the device through the mobile app, which is all very well encrypted. Once the initial setup is done, the app turns into a feature that allows people to update our tuning chip over the internet. It connects through Bluetooth and can change the drive settings. If it’s set to race mode, the car will have 30% more horsepower, or if the car owner is a bit short on cash, then it can be switched to eco-mode for saving fuel while cruising.

YND has incorporated all these configurations. They’ve managed the connections on all sides to the servers and to the Bluetooth. The challenge is mostly for it to be compatible with all Android and iOS devices that we support.

 What is the team composition?

They have a project manager assigned to us and several developers, including lead developers on Android and iOS.

How did you come to work with YND?

We have a common acquaintance who recommended YND. We challenged them to take over from our previous partner to resolve the issues we faced and to improve the codebase so that it’s maintainable. After our preliminary conversations with them, we realized how good they were. We had a test run and everything went great.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2016 and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app is free and supplementary to our products. It wasn’t working when they started, but they fixed it. They also solved the many problems that came along when Android devices updated, such as the security on the Bluetooth stack which came from Android 6 updating to Android 7. This pretty much broke our app on all mobile devices. They warned us beforehand when changes were coming and said that they were willing to look into it and go beyond the normal maintenance contract, which has been very helpful.

Overall, YND has taken full responsibility for the app and our metrics are now much better. Whenever something’s not working, I don’t have to explain it to them; they’ll actually apologize for not noticing it on their own. They’ve done a really good job.

How did YND perform from a project management standpoint?

They manage their own sprints and software lifecycle, but they include me in the whole process, keeping me up-to-date on things. Project management, planning, and internal structuring are all done by YND.

All project management is done in Germany, and it’s all very accurate and well planned ahead. There’s a bit of a communication gap between the office in Berlin and the office in Poland, which handles the development, but it doesn’t affect us. Deadlines aren’t always completed as planned, but they’re always transparent and deliver great quality. I know ahead of time if they aren’t going to make it thanks to their quick feedback.

Phone calls are their preferred way of communication, but since I like email, they’ve adjusted to my preferences.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do everything from project management to hardware development, which makes them completely reliable. Out of the many mobile development companies I’ve worked with, they are certainly the most experienced developers. There’s so much internal knowledge at their disposal. Their staff includes specialists and architects, and their senior staff is as sharp as they come.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The communication issue can be slightly frustrating when things get lost in the forwarding process. We now have a communication triangle where I can contact the developers in Poland directly just to make sure this doesn’t happen. It would be nicer to get everything physically from one person that keeps you updated all the time, though.

Furthermore, if it was my company, I’d try to advertise myself a bit more. I know they’re great, but none of my fellow CTOs here in Munich have heard of them. They’re actually surprised when I tell them they’re really good and that they have big clients.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

My advice is to trust them. I came to them with burnt fingers from the last agency, so I tried to micromanage, control them way too much, and be restrictive on what they can and should do. YND knows their stuff, probably better than anyone does when it comes to mobile development.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The quality comes at a steep price. They’re expensive, but worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer