A Tried-and-True Development Company

Zco Corporation is a tried-and-true software development company that has been living and breathing technology for over 25 years.  A proven and reliable vendor choice, Zco is passionate in its mission to create attractive, resilient products for its clients. Its powerhouse team, one of the largest in the world, was handpicked for specialties in mobile app development, enterprise software, and animation services. To learn more, call 603.881.9200.

  • Custom Mobile App Development: 
    • Smartphone & Tablet Apps
    • Wearable App Development
    • Hybrid App Development
    • Mobile Game Development
  • Enterprise Software Solutions:
    • Front & Back End
    • Web & Desktop
  • Animation Services: 
    • 3D Animation
    • 2D Animation
    • Character Rigging
    • Augmented Reality

Technical Proficiencies:

iOS • Android • BlackBerry • Windows • Kindle • Symbian • PHP • .NET • ColdFusion • jQuery • AJAX • SQL • LAMP • Objective-C • Java • C# • HTML5 • JavaScript • C++ • Unity 3D • Xamarin • PhoneGap • MoSync • Appcelerator • Titanium • Marmalade • Corona

 
$10,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
250 - 999
 Founded
1989
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Nashua, NH
headquaters
  • Zco
    58 Technology Way, Suite 2w10
    Nashua, NH 03060
    United States
    603.881.9200
other locations
  • Zco
    745 Atlantic Ave
    Boston, MA 02111
    United States
    855.926.2777

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Verizon • Microsoft • John Hancock • Liberty Mutual • Coolmax Socks • BBC America • Chatsworth Products • Align Communications • Flint Group • City of Lowell, Massachusetts • Management Sciences for Health • APR Energy • The Morning Star Company • Utz Quality Foods • American Hotel & Lodging

Sales Tax Tracker

Sales Tax Tracker

Through cloud storage and seamless camera integration, Sales Tax Tracker allows its users to easily keep records of their receipts in order to help claim deductions come tax time.

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Kriddik

Kriddik 

Kriddik offers a commercial-grade solution for businesses to receive direct and constructive feedback from their customers about their products and services.

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Pick Pink

Pick Pink 

Pick Pink harnesses the power of the gig economy to fund cancer research while providing users an easy-to-use trash collection service.

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Dugout Dice

Dugout Dice

Challenge your friends and lead your customized team to victory with Dugout Dice’s unique mobile take on America’s favorite pastime.

Bubblelingo

Bubblelingo

Bubblelingo is an all-in-one messaging app that offers users a new and colorful way to socialize with friends and family.

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Safe Ride

Safe Ride

Safe Ride takes advantage of the power of social media and geo-locational services to keep ride sharing users safe while they travel.

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Shasta Produce

Shasta Produce is a wholesale produce company based in San Francisco, California. The Shasta Produce app is a management tool designed to aid produce professionals in the wholesale and retail marketplace. It provides real-time grower and market information on every produce item currently traded in the industry.

Protecting your family's food is the concept behind Hungry Bunnies 3D. It involves whacking woodland creatures on the head.

Progressively more fierce animals try to steal the bunny family's carrots, but the player has a hammer to fend them off, along with power-ups like Black Holes. The game recreates classic arcade whack-a-mole style action using mobile device touchscreens.

Meeting Mapper is an app that visually lays out meetings and tracks the stance, roles, and level of participation of individuals in the meeting. The app has a PDF export option integrated with Dropbox, Evernote, Box, and Salesforce where you can save notes, assign action items and capture meeting images. 

This app was created by Travis Davis who needed a better way to organize and manage his sales meeting. Since this app has been created it has received lots of recognition including being featured in Forbes Top Apps lists and the featured app at the DreamForce Conference.  

Feed Your Fish

World Renew is a nonprofit organization that joins communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation.

Feed Your Fish is app built by World Renew that teaches the user how to tweak  personal expenses and donate the savings to fight world hunger.

Track My Health

See how your medicines, supplements and lifestyle changes are affecting your health.

** Enter your test results, medications, supplements and lifestyle changes
** Track the trend on their graphs
** See the effect of your medications, supplements and lifestyle changes at any point on the graph
** Learn how to improve your results
** Learn how to help prevent disease of your brain (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory), heart and circulation (heart failure, sudden death, stroke), lungs, kidneys and cancer.

Track My Health allows you to see how your medications, lifestyle changes and supplements are affecting 42 test results which are risks for mortality.

CPI Mobile App Suite

CPI Mobile App Suite is a free suite of four unique tools developed by Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) to help IT and telecommunications professionals determine cable fill, select server cabinets, identify the best power distribution unit (PDU), and create bills of material (BOM) for cable pathway while you are on the go.

Cooking Planit

Welcome to Cooking Planit, the ONLY utility that takes the guesswork out of cooking, so you can have fun in the kitchen. Cooking Planit gives you exclusive access to over 800 lovingly chef-tested recipes and thousands of meal combinations. Dinner is always more than a just a single recipe – it’s a combo of 2-3 recipes to make a complete meal. Our Meal Maestro will guide you step-by-step through the cooking process so that your entire meal is ready to serve at the same time.

Flint Group Flexo Toolbox

Tools for prepress, plate making and process control, all at your fingertips:
* Flexo calculators
* Product selectors
* Convenient conversions
* Helpful hints and tips
* Plate optimization, process control and data recording

Barton Tiles

The Barton Tiles app was developed for tutors using the Barton Reading & Spelling System. This system aims at improving spelling, writing, and reading skills of individuals with learning disabilities including dyslexia. The app is pre-loaded with lessons and has the ability to manage student contact information, notes, student's progress level. Along with these funtionalities the app is designed to save tutors at least 10 minutes per session as there is no cumbersome tile cleanup.

GiGi

GiGi is a mobile application that allows for secure communication via email, text, picture, or video messaging. The application has pre-set time periods where messages and history is deleted and also generates random PINs to protect from coding that is easy to guess. This single secure app ensures that all your messages are safely devlivered and received without hacking threats. 

GiGi was created because there has been a trend of hackers, data miners, and network sniffers intercepting valuable information. This app trys to eliminate the threat of oustiders pilfering your messages so you can have a safe and secure mobile experience. 

My Resource Search

My Resource Search is a mobile directory of resources including housing, utlities, trasportation, insurance information, and medication help for the underinsured and uninsured. An individual is able to answer a short questionnaire in the application regarding their history to help narrow the results to their lifestyle and location. 

My Resource Search was created by the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) which has been helping individuals with challenging media diagnosis since 1996. PAF wanted a mobile application that was able to connect patients with insurance information and healthcare assitance to compliments its online services. 

AgRacer

AgRacer is a 3D game where you are able to race farm equipment. As you progress through the game you are able to download upgrades, like faster vehicles, and you have ability to win real-world prizes. 

AgRacer was created by Fastline, which is a company that connects buyers and sellers of construction, trucking, and farming equipment. They wanted a way to interact with a younger audience and promote their brand. A mobile game seemed to be the perfect solution. 

Dino Fight 3D

Dino Fight is a game that combines cutting-edge 3D technology with two-player combat. The game includes multiple dinosaurs that have the ability to bite, jump, and slash their competitor. As players become experienced in the game there are ways they can earn special powers and upgrades. The app is currently available for iPhone and iPad devices. 

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Mobile App Dev for 3-D Model Technology

"The team was communicative; they were upfront about challenges, escalations, and obtaining detailed requirements."

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

Zco helped integrate a cross-platform solution using Unity with an existing iOS app. They assisted with systems analysis, design, creation of the 3D visualization solution, and then integration.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Software Engineering Manger, IoT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zco is a proactive team. They are upfront about changes, and although they could provide more long-term context, they gave clear incremental deadlines. There was more back-and-forth than necessary due to time zone challenges and minor integration issues, but Zco is overall collaborative and helpful.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are an IoT [Internet of things] company developing a motion sensor which measures the athletic performance of baseball players and golfers, namely swing speed and style. I am a software engineer and manager of the company, in charge of our mobile application and web services teams.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We were looking to develop a 3D model which visualized a player’s swing. Our staff lacked the expertise for building a cross-platform solution using Unity.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zco has worked with us on getting our model integrated with the existing iOS app. The project was broken up into a few milestones, with the first phase consisting of systems analysis and design. They sat with us, looked at our requirements document and decomposed it into technical items. I and some of our engineers worked with Zco in a review process for hashing out what the integrations would look like, and how we would build them.

We created a proof-of-concept in order to make sure that Unity would work within iOS. After we approved it, we went through various milestone-based agreements by which Zco implemented certain features, had us approve them, and repeated the process.

One example would be getting the 3D model of a baseball player visualized in the app. Following this, we would be displaying sensor data, and drawing a 3D tracer of the player’s swing. We scrubbed through that tracer, and retrieved the data for any point in time. We went through an iterative process in order to build out the final feature set.

Our main interfaces were Zco’s project manager and the technical lead. They did have 1-2 developers in charge of the actual implementation, but we didn’t interface too much.

How did you come to work with Zco?

We made a Google search for Unity developers who also had experience with iOS and Android. Zco had an impressive portfolio, and we had a light technical interview in order to determine if they knew iOS to the level we wanted. From there, we got a request for quote, and came back with a favorable bid. We decided to proceed with Zco.

How much have you invested with Zco?

[Confidential]

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Zco in January or February 2017. The proof-of-concept took 2 weeks to build, after which we went through another 2 weeks of system analysis and design. This was followed by 6-8 weeks of actual development. The project has wrapped up, but we are planning a phase 2 of the feature set, and we plan to use Zco.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have just launched the new feature set, so there is no customer data for its adoption. From a competitive standpoint, it has allowed users to visualize their swing without shooting video or having a reference point. This is quite important, since, looking at all analyzers in this space, our feature is something which every customer wants to have.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

I would give them a 7/10 in this area. The team was communicative, they were upfront about challenges, escalations, and obtaining detailed requirements. I would like to see Zco do more long-term project planning. We were given milestone dates, but we didn’t know when the project itself would end, until we got closer to the finish.

The development team is in India, but we did have overlap times early in the morning and late at night. Interfacing more frequently would be good. The project manager was based in New Hampshire, which made it easy to get in touch, but we also needed to talk directly with technical leads, who were based in India. We had to wait for a day or at least a couple of hours for this purpose.

We used Basecamp for communication, which was Zco’s tool of choice. We entered commentary, screenshots, and builds into it. Towards the end of the project, when our own QA team became involved, we reported bugs in our JIRA project, and invited Zco to it. They used that as a reference.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

Skillset-wise, Unity development isn’t exactly known or adopted by most developers, which gives Zco a unique advantage. Their rates were good, based on the bids we looked at and compared to hiring a full-time resource or a U.S. contractor for the same type of development. The quality was very good for the price, so it worked out from a business perspective.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

Towards the end, when we were doing bug fixes, having Zco be more involved when sending builds would have been good. They were integrating their code into our own, so sometimes things would break. Although they weren’t as familiar with it as us, taking more time to understand what broke and fixing it on their end, versus sending it over to us and having our team fix it, would have saved us a bit of time, and would have sped things up a bit.

4.0
Overall Score Interfacing with Zco’s project manager was pretty good. We were able to scope things out while they managed the development team. We didn’t have to get too involved, for the most part.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were fairly accurate with estimates.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The value for the money is very good, but the scheduling and back-and-forth could be improved.
  • 3.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    While Zco was able to deliver to our expectations, there was a bit more back-and-forth towards the end. Improving on that would have gotten them to a 4 or 5 rating. As we engage more, we will get there.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would highly recommend Zco. The quality was good for the cost, and the overall communication was also good.

App Development for Executive Coaching and Workshops

"They’re great at figuring out why something isn’t working and coming up with a solution."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Zco stepped in for this client to deliver a cloud-based application and payment system after her prior 4 developers could not successfully complete the project.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachussetts
Claudyne Wilder
Owner, Wilder Presentations
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

This client applauds Zco's ability to translate problems into solutions and taking a half-baked project to fruition.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Wilder Presentations offers workshops and executive coaching focused on getting to the message, sooner rather than later. Participants learn to categorize information from the highest level to the finest data point, and then to choose just the right amount of detail for their audience.

I’m the owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

I have courses on presenting that I do in companies but I wanted to make a special online coaching survey.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The product is an app that sits in the cloud. They helped me finish it because the developer I had before didn’t finish it. They set the payment system up and fixed things that weren’t done correctly.

How did you come to work with Zco?

I had four different developers I worked with but none of them finished the project. I was looking for a company that had a reputation that I could count on.

How much have you invested with Zco?

The project cost is between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the project summer 2016 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

They listen and get back to me. They’re very good about explaining why things are working and why they’re not working.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

It’s a hard project to take on when things weren’t done correctly in the beginning. They didn’t have a good chance to stay on schedule because there was so much that didn’t work right. They’re great at figuring out why something isn’t working and coming up with a solution.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A schedule doesn’t work because it’s not a simple project.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re reasonable. They get work done without charging me too much.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    What they’ve done so far is great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development for Automotive Company

"When we indicated there was a problem, they jumped into trying to understand what the problem was and then take care of it."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Zco delivered on the development side of this iOS and Android mobile platform, following the specifications and design provided by the client.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Software Manager, Auto Parts Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The quality of work delivered by Zco compared to the cost of their competitors' offerings sticks out in this client's mind as one of the key measures of success.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company is a manufacturing company of aftermarket auto parts. I am the software manager for the development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We wanted a mobile application with various functionalities, and therefore we partnered with Zco to achieve that objective.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did the development of the mobile platform. We did the APIs and the backend. A lot of the functionality was graphical. We have an art department which comped the layout, and they followed it. We did incorporate search algorithms to be used. They took care of that for us.

We are expecting to roll the app out in January, and it will be for iOS and Android.

How did you come to work with Zco?

I did some searching and came across their website. I also read a couple of reviews about them. I called in and talked to them and a few other companies. Based on the conversation and what they have already achieved, they looked like a good candidate.

How much have you invested with Zco?

We have invested between $10,000 and 50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

A little over six months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The cost, quality, and look/feel of the app were big successes to me. I assume most other mobile app developers would have been able to incorporate the functionality. We did not do anything revolutionary with the design or functionality. But to me, it’s more about the cost associated with the deliverables that Zco delivered as promised.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very responsive. When we indicated there was a problem, they jumped into trying to understand what the problem was and then take care of it. That’s a big thing on my part. The project manager and the manager, Kevin, were professional and independent.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

I do not have any complaints. They did what I needed them to do. The problem we ran into was more on us as far as being more organized and giving them the information they needed.

5.0
Overall Score Everyone is very professional.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were able to deliver in a timely fashion.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Compared to the competitors and since it was a flat rate, a 5.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered on exactly what we had comped out.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development for Tax Aggregator App Startup

"Zco  stood out through their ability to listen and understand what we were trying to achieve at a conceptual level."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Zco built a cross-platform app that tracks and stores sales tax information. They took the client's storyboard and successfully delivered on the design and concept.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Stratham, New Hampshire
Mike Moreau
President, SalesTaxTracker.com
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

This client looks forward to expanding their partnership with Zco highlighting their project management and deliverance of a product meant to scale to 83 million users.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We're an app development firm which has developed a product called SalesTaxTracker.com. It's our first app, but we have a plan to take it globally, not just in its current form.

Our product was derived from personal experience. I live in New Hampshire and sold a company 2 years ago in that area. The US government allows people to either deduct their income or sales taxes. There is no sales tax in my area, except for restaurants and hotels. In these situations, because I was meeting with clients, I was able to write everything off. I started keeping records of this and soon realized what a pain it was. I did a little research, coming up with our solution, which basically keeps track of the sales tax users pay through an app on their phone.

For the 8 other states that do not have an income tax, there are sales taxes on everything. The 83 million people living in those states can use our product. Our catchphrase is "Snap, track, and save".

I am the president of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We are not developers, so we did some research, looked for resources, and found Zco as a partner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were given the option to develop the apps as native versions, or through cross-platform technology. We chose the latter option, which has allowed us to make changes quickly during operating system updates. Zco is also designing our website.

In order to track sales taxes for the user, our app takes a picture which is associated with the expense and tax information. The data is backed-up in the cloud account associated with the user's operating system. As a wildcard, Dropbox can also be used. The backend creates a database in this way, but we came to the realization that a new database would be created each time a new description was created. We needed to create a solution around this, given that by having a number of databases at the end of the year, the purpose of the app would be defeated. We got together with Zco's engineer and project manager, coming up with a good solution. Things like this have made it easier for a company like mine.

Another situation we ran into was a technical issue with Apple. I gave Zco administrative access to my domain service. They got together with the engineers from Whois (the company which I use for hosting) and found a working solution for our Linux database issue. Zco's approach is to call in whoever is needed in order to get the work done. I am sure that the 3-4 hours needed to get my issue fixed wasn't in the quote, but Zco was willing to put in a few extra hours. I've worked with other companies that charged extra for any unforeseen problems. I can understand this, but when working with new technologies, they need to account for something going wrong. 

How did you come to work with Zco?

We came up with a concept and created a storybook on how the app should work, and met with 4-5 companies in the Boston and New Hampshire areas.

I chose Zco based on reviews, personal recommendations, and based on our meeting with their team. Zco's people were very good, so we felt confident in them. They had worked on similar projects in the past and had an understanding of what we're trying to do. I feel we've made a very good choice in partnering with them.

How much have you invested with Zco?

The cost of Zco's work has been between $10,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with Zco since July 2016. Our app is currently up on the Apple and Android app stores. We made a mistake with our Microsoft account, but we're also working on having the app published there as well. After that point, we will be launching our product.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application we've created with Zco is intended for 83 million US citizens. We are also working on an international version of the app, for value-added tax, so our relationship with Zco will extend beyond our current project.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

I especially want to mention Zco's project manager, who has been spot-on. Many other companies I've worked with don't offer good customer skills, but our contact from Zco has been great.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

I've had some experience with software development in the past. Zco stood out through their ability to listen and understand what we were trying to achieve at a conceptual level.

Zco put together user interfaces with us, working through the process from A to Z, based on our storybook. Zco's project manager fully understood what we were trying to do. Some of the other companies we interviewed were completely clueless. In one case, after spending an hour and a half talking to a rep, she told us she wasn't the technical person, so there were parts she didn't understand. By bringing the technical project manager into what was a sales meeting, Zco made us feel comfortable. As we went forward, Zco came back with proposals on how to make our vision better. They're a true partner.

Zco gave us 2 different options for many of the creative aspects of our app, like its interface design and logo. Their designs have been crisp and clear, and Zco has also allowed us to make tweaks to the work, and combine elements of each proposal.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

Like with all projects, we encountered a couple of glitches due to items which I may not have communicated properly. Zco was willing to address the issues, and resolving them only took a few hours of extra work. Zco didn't try to nickel and dime us, even though our project was quoted on an hourly basis. It was very easy to work with them.

5.0
Overall Score The collaboration will be ongoing for the future.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The only delays were due to some things that I did wrong. Zco gave me an estimate of how many days it would take to complete the project, and stuck to it.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Zco was spot-on in terms of budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I was given more than what was initially proposed. Zco made sure we were happy at every step of the way.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Zco was also referred to me by a friend and colleague.

Digital e-Book Development for Educational Publisher

"Zco developed the interactive version of our method book in an engaging and student-friendly fashion."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Aug. 2016
Project summary: 

Zco Corporation was engaged by an educational music publisher to develop an interactive method that has previously only been available in a printed version for educational purposes.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
Greater New York City Area
Vice President, Music Publisher
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zco Corporation was commended by the customer for consistently providing practical, creative solutions for the different functionalities we required. Zco Corporation is highly recommended.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company publishes and distributes elementary music materials. I am the vice president.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco Corporation?

We needed to develop an interactive version of our printed method book that would be both teacher-friendly and child-friendly. We needed to ensure that it would be easily accessible for both teachers and students. It was also important that it would be able to be used on a variety of devices. Making the version attractive without distracting from the music was a big challenge. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zco developed the interactive version of our method book in an engaging and student-friendly fashion. They turned the illustrations into animations and embedded audio into the digital version. They also developed a website for accessibility as well as an easy-to-use administration module.

How did you come to work with Zco Corporation?

We found them through a web search. After we had spoken with one of their sales reps, we decided to go visit their facility in New Hampshire. We also met with a number of other developers but felt that Zco was a better match for our project.

How much have you invested with Zco Corporation?

It has been more than $60,000.

What is the status of the engagement:

The project has been completed and is available for purchase to the education industry.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our test market was very receptive, and we have recently launched but do not have any matrix information at this time.

How did Zco Corporation perform from a project management standpoint?

The project was very complex, and we were pleased with the updates provided on each part of the project as well as the meetings, which were very helpful. Being out of state was never an issue because they were on it.

What did you find most impressive about Zco Corporation?

The final product.

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

App Development for Golf Startup

"We ended up with millions of downloads, a high star rating and good rankings in the app store."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

Zco delivered a mobile application available on iOS and Android with GPS capabilities. They have remained a partner as the app's user base has grown.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Phoenix, Arizona
President, Golf App Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

With millions of downloads during the 7- to 8-year flexible partnership, the client is extremely satisfied.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a golf GPS app. It's not just me we have a team of people. I'm the president.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

Zco has been with us for 7 or 8 years. They helped us create the original app. It gives you golf GPS distances out on the course and keeps track of your scores and stats among many other types of things.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

It's on both iOS and Android. It has changed tremendously during the course of our launch.

How did you come to work with Zco?

We were considering other companies, narrowed it down to a few and chose them. We liked that they had a United States presence.

How much have you invested with Zco?

Our partnership in total has been $200,000-plus.

What is the status of this engagement?

It's ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We ended up with millions of downloads, a high star rating and good rankings in the app store.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

They've been great and very flexible and easy to work with.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

No.

5.0
Overall Score We wouldn't have been with them this long.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They've done a good job with that.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile Development for Dyslexia Specialists

"Our work with Zco was very successful, and I'm tremendously satisfied. I would use them again without reservation."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Zco was hired by a dyslexia specialist to develop a mobile application to help sufferers cope with the condition and have more fulfilling lives.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
San Francisco Bay Area
Founder, Dyslexia Specialist
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zco provided fantastic quality for the mobile application which allows for over 100,000 satisfied users. Zco is highly recommended for any mobile app that will have many users and tough requirements.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are specialists in the field of dyslexia, and are recognized worldwide as experts. We create dyslexia professionals by teaching graduate courses around the country. We also train professional tutors and teachers on how to handle dyslexic students, teaching them how to read, write and spell using our system. We act as a free information and resource center for people researching dyslexia.

I am the founder of the company, as well as the developer of our reading and spelling system.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

Our reading and spelling system uses physical manipulative, color-coded wooden letter tiles. Because there are so many of them, it can become cumbersome and time-consuming to manage. We hired Zco in order to turn those into electronic tiles, and program all of the words which a tutor would normally have to build. We also needed to create a student tracking system for our teachers and tutors.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zco created the whole interface of our solution, with an emphasis on functionality and user friendliness. Zco did a fabulous job, and people have loved the software. We first built an iPad version, because that's the most prominent device within education settings. We also hired Zco for a conversion to the Android platform.

We have a restricted app which can only be downloaded after a request process. We then needed to make sure that those users truly owned our system, while also providing various in-app purchases.

How did you come to work with Zco?

I performed detailed Google searches, and had a back-and-forth email discussion with Zco and other competitors. I also flew to New Hampshire to visit Zco's team, in order to make sure that they understood the full scope and depth of our project. Ours wasn't an easy app to build, as it had to take students from a non-reader state, up to a 10th-grade-level in reading, writing, and spelling, with over 10 levels and 150 lessons.

How much have you invested with Zco?

This is confidential. The price of our project would not be indicative in the case of a simpler, more straight-forward app.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our app was launched almost 3 years ago. I have hired Zco to update the app as-needed, with every iOS change.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our work with Zco was very successful, and I'm tremendously satisfied. I would use them again without reservation. Our apps have over 100,000 users. Through our in-app purchases, people can buy any of our 10 levels of lessons. Zco was a bit skeptical that users would pay $30 per level, but I wasn't, given that I know our user base. On the launch day, we became flooded with error messages from Apple, saying that we had exceeded the dollar amount allowed per day, in terms of purchases. People were trying to buy 5-10 levels at a time, which came in conflict with a security feature from Apple.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

We were quoted on a project basis, and Zco finished on time and on budget. I only had to meet Zco's team one time, in the beginning, in order to make sure that they understood the scope of our project. That was a worthwhile trip, and Zco has remained tremendously responsive by both email and phone. Zco did everything I requested, and explained items which I didn't understand.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

We tried a different app developer initially, and had a bad experience. Zco let me know that we'd be contacted once the initial layout had been created, showing me screenshots of how things worked and why, and allowing me to request any changes. After that, we'd also be included in the beta testing process. This was very different to the other company we'd used, which wanted us to constantly spend time proofing their work. Zco let me run my company, while they did all the leg work. This made our collaboration a pleasure. I wasn't bothered every week for various tasks.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

No.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Zco?

I would recommend that any client meet with Zco's team and show them as much as possible about the requirements. The more Zco can understand about what the app is supposed to do, and who the customer base is, the better they'll perform.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Zco gave us a schedule and kept it to the day.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Zco gave me a fixed cost estimate, which was maintained. Zco isn't inexpensive, but the value was tremendous. There were no bugs to fix.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality has been outstanding.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development for Trash Collection Startup

"Zco hit deadlines every time."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Zco worked with a mobile startup to develop an iOS application. They also launched the core service and provided marketing, orientation, and design assistance.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Kansas
CEO, Trash Collection Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zco was able to create an app that fulfilled every specification. They also revised the app according to the company's needs and were highly responsive to any other requests. Although their services lacked U.S.-based business perspective, they still provided excellent customer service.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company has developed a mobile-based trash hauling app, similar to the Uber service. Independent haulers can be contracted to pick up people's trash using our mobile app. I am the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We needed development resources for our app.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zco developed my application and also produced an orientation video aimed at both haulers and clients. Since we didn't have a marketing department, we used Zco for a logo design as well.

We've taken part in the marketing for the app, but Zco provided suggestions for what the functionalities of the app should be, like Google Maps integration.

How did you come to work with Zco?

We received 3-4 offers from different app developers. Zco offered a more turn-key solution, and they were priced competitively.

How much have you invested with Zco?

The total cost of Zco's services has been around $125,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The app is finished, and we're planning to roll it out soon.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven't launched the app yet, so I have no metrics.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

We envisioned most of the app’s functionalities, and Zco accommodated us well. Revisions were made when necessary, so I was happy with Zco's service.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

Zco was always very responsive when we had an issue. We sent our requests to the team in India and received results the next morning. Zco was a professional company.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

Zco should employ someone on the US side who would have more business understanding of the app development field. This way, they wouldn't have to rely so heavily on the client for the general development vision.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    This is a secondary business for me, so I was usually the one to delay the project. Zco hit deadlines every time.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    There were some questionable tasks, in terms of whether or not they were included in the original scope. After a few talks, we met in the middle with Zco and compromised on the cost.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There were some bugs in our app which took some time to work through, but this will occur in any development project.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Development for Human Trafficking Prevention App

"Zco provided ground-up guidance with respect to app development, use, and operation."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Zco developed an app designed to encourage the reporting of information and intelligence regarding human trafficking.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Miami, FL
David Tinsley
CEO, 5 Stones intelligence
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client chose Zco over competitors because of their depth of knowledge, subject matter expertise, and availability to respond to needs and concerns. One of the apps developed so far by Zco is widely accepted and in use throughout the world.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

5 Stones intelligence [5Si] is a global intelligence and investigations company based in the United States with offices throughout the world. I'm the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We went to Zco develop an app designed to encourage the reporting of information and intelligence regarding human trafficking.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zco provided ground-up guidance with respect to app development, use, and operation.  

How did you come to work with Zco?

We chose Zco over several competitors due to their depth of knowledge, subject matter expertise, and availability on nights and weekends to respond to our needs.

How much have you invested with Zco?

The total project cost just around $75,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project took approximately one year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

One of the apps Zco built for us, the STOP APP, has been widely accepted and is in use throughout the world.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

Zco's personal service and commitment to us as a client ultimately led to the development of trust and friendship.

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

App Development for B2B Startup

"They’re very capable and hard-working, and they’re a joy to work with."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
Project summary: 

Zco was selected to develop a mobile app system and provide database development services, enabling a B2B startup to sell their business and concept.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
Co-founder, B2B Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zco earned high praise for their ability to scale, their international presence, and their affordability. Solid project management was also a highlight. Despite some issues with typos, the agency impressed with their hard work, initiative, and willingness to work through the night if needed.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

It’s a B2B app. What we do is very specialized and very niche for wireless retailers. Historically, if you go to a wireless store, the pricing information is put on a little paper price card in front of the device, and what we did is then made it where the screen itself shows the pricing, promotions, specifications, etc.. It’s a series of screens that provide as much information as a customer may want. They rotate in a very visually pleasing way, so if a customer walks into the store, the phones are all lit up, animated, showing pricing, showing promotions, and showing specifications.

I don’t know if you buy your cell phone in a store or online, but in a store, it’s a pretty lengthy process. What this does is it helps also show customers a lot of the other promotions the sales reps may not. By the time the customer finally buys their phone, they’re already ready to go; they don’t want to hear other stuff, so it helps with the promotions part.

More importantly, what it does is it instantly updates prices across the system. Let’s say you’re a carrier or retailer and you have dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of stores, prices change relatively frequently on devices. The current method that most retailers have is that they centrally print the prices out and mail them to the stores to update on a specific date, or they tell the stores, “Here’s a template. Go print it out, go cut it out, and go slide it in the little paper slot.” This allows one admin to go in and change the price and hit submit, and because it’s a mobile app, it’s updated then across their entire system. If I’m just changing the price of Device A, let’s say, an iPhone 6, instead of all the stores having to manually do it, one person can change the price in the background, hit submit, and then it’s instantly updated across the whole system.

I’m one of the co-founders. There are two of us. I’ve been responsible for designing the functionality and the UI [user interface] of the app, and then had Zco make it real.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zco?

We hired Zco to implement and code the design of the application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They did mobile app development. Then, in the back end they did a lot of dashboard PHP coding. The way it works is as follows: the admin at a store signs in on an online portal and changes the price. Zco created that part and then hooked it up to the app that they created. If the app is downloaded on each device in that store’s system in all the stores, there will be pricing updates.

They offered a lot of UI suggestions and tweaked some of our designs, but we were pretty specific about what we wanted. They were not our first developer. We had developed the app with another developer, probably spent about a year with them, and were just unhappy with the result and a variety of other elements. The other company was 100% US-based. Outsourcing has its pros and cons, but Zco was able to deliver much more functionality much more rapidly for much less money than what we were able to find with 100% domestic app development companies. Zco has its US base, and we would either work over the phone or go in person to meet. It was predominantly online through Basecamp or emails, but they were always very accessible via phone or to meet in person. There are some things that are just too nuanced that a personal meeting is more conductive than necessarily something just emailed. They were incredibly responsive.

I’ve worked with app development companies and mobile development companies, and I’ve been in marketing. I’ve had my own companies, and there’s always that challenge of scope creep. Someone says this and then, as they think about it, they keep doing more and more. We were very cognizant of that and specified everything because we had already built the app once. We knew everything that we wanted and what we didn’t, and we were very detailed about it.

Unlike any other developer I had worked with, they would bring in great ideas. Because it was their ideas, they didn’t keep charging us. If they had an idea to improve something or add functionality, they took pride of ownership and did it. They approached the work as much more of a partnership than a lot of my experience has been, where it was purely a work-for-hire gig and the developer’s goal was to extract as much money as possible and made sure they billed for every second.

How did you come to work with Zco?

We had used a development company in the past out of Portland, Maine. They were very capable; it’s just that things took a long time and always cost a lot more than what was specified. They were very capable people, but it felt like they spent a lot of time with on-the-job training, learning as they went.

When we became discouraged with them, I took a look at most of the top lists, companies like clutch, and looked at people that were regional, that we could go visit. We’re in the Northeast, so I looked at companies in metro Boston predominantly. There were very capable companies there. The process was a combination of taking a look at quality, scale, and cost. Looking at some of the clients that Zco had, they had some apps that scaled very high, so we knew that they could support the back end and that their infrastructure was sound. That was criteria one because with the app that we have, we plan to scale worldwide. It’s applicable to our clientele around the world.

The other criteria was that the company had to be familiar with other cultures, other carriers, and things around the world. By having somebody who is outsourced, and someone who has a more global footprint, they fit the bill there. Another realistic criteria was cost. Taking a look at what some of the other premium app development companies were, they were dramatically more affordable. Those were the three major criteria that we used: the ability to scale, the ability to scale worldwide, and then overall affordability.

How much have you invested with Zco?

With them, I’m going to guess about $125,000 for this first round, and I’m going to guess we’ll spend another $25,000 to $50,000 in our next iteration. To date, I think we’ve spent $120,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work is ongoing and will not stop in the near future. This is a long project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It is very early to give metrics so I can just talk about project management and quality of code so far.

How did Zco perform from a project management standpoint?

The overall project management was very well done by Zco. I think the terminology today is agile style, where there would be a lot of small sprints, and they were clearly defined, clearly executed, and well done. The project management was done in their main office in Nashua, New Hampshire, and the people that oversaw that were very capable. As they would uncover something and thought there may be a better way, they were always very forthcoming in offering options. When they offered them, it wasn’t a green light to charge more; it was just to help more.

What did you find most impressive about Zco?

Since we’re a B2B app, with each client there are always going to be some unique scenarios and potential issues that could happen. They have offered a variety of ways to accommodate that. We had one scenario where it was an error that I had done. We had a ton of data, and it’s designed to be able to upload and create a lot of data very easily, but this one client didn’t necessarily have things that followed our rules.

In the database, I had put something that they weren’t expecting. I had put letters. I put NA as in not available for something that the database was expecting to be numbers. Inadvertently, towards the end of their day there, on my side here I broke it. We were planning on showing it to the client the next day, so I was preparing for it.

I called out with the emergency and the team worked, I think, throughout the entire night just to make sure that the deliverable was delivered, even though the error was completely my fault. It didn’t rattle them, didn’t upset them, and they just stayed and worked throughout their night until it was resolved. As big as it is – there are hundreds of rows and columns, and it was one little piece of all the data that I inadvertently broke – they went through line by line solving it and built safeguards so I couldn’t break it again.

Are there any areas Zco could improve?

This is not a knock, but if there is anything I would say that I wouldn’t rate them an A+ on, it would be some of the little quality assurance pieces. Mostly just typos. They would build in a lot of warnings if you uploaded some data that didn’t work. There would be clear communication of what didn’t work, but sometimes there would be a misspelling. Some of those, I found before they did.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If I could do it, I would go 5+.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    There are two reasons they didn’t get a five, and it’s all really just aesthetic and the few misspellings. In the scheme of things, it was very small, but that’s the only reason. Five I think is perfection, so that’s why they’re not getting perfect.
  • 4.5 NPS
    Willing to refer
    As I told them, if there’s any customer they ever have or potential customer, I would be on any sort of reference list and talk through it. I’m highly satisfied. They’re very capable and hard-working, and they’re a joy to work with.