Mobile development agency with a Product mindset

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Zipper Studios is a software product company that has a culture of working with a passion for quality and reliability.

 

We understand how important it is for you to work with people that you can always count on. That's why we consider that transparent and honest communication is a must, in our collaborations. Our company is composed of a strong team with great management and technical skills and a passion for software products. 

 

The ability to think outside the box and deliver great user experiences are some other key aptitudes we are focusing on. If you have an idea or a plan for a new application, don’t hesitate to reach out. We will analyze your needs in a short period of time and provide you multiple options so you can choose the best one for you.

 
$5,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2017
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
headquarters
  • Septimiu Albini, 81
    Cluj-Napoca, CJ 400000
    Romania
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Fitness, Health, Finance, Medical, Social Media, Automotive and Artificial Intelligence
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AskData

With AskData users ask questions in natural language and find answers across all their data. Teams all over the world use Askdata to access their data, their way through natural language requests.

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Codex

The Codex app is designed like an adventure to give museums interactive tours that are made to teach and created to be remembered. 

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RunLive

With Runlive we built the world’s largest running group. Being that we are taking advantage of cutting edge technologies for enabling competitions between runners across continents, we wanted the runners to feel like they are running in the future, we achieved this through an amazing custom made user interface which is fast to react to the user’s inputs with micro interactions.

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FoodCourt

With Foodcourt we invisioned a new way of ordering food. Our client identified this need because at certain times of the day, the foodcourts in malls have long queues with people waiting in line for 10 to 30 minutes. Everybody browses their phones while waiting, so why not order directly from the phone and get notified when your order is ready?

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Heria PRO

With Heria PRO you can learn, track and analyse your calisthenics training. Get access to exclusive workouts and programs directly from Chris Heria. Create your custom workouts, track them and learn the right way to do them from Chris. View training history and powerful analytics.

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SmartPark

With SmartPark we reimagined the parking experience, helping you to find available parking spots. Navigate directly to the nearest parking spot based on your destination instead of circling around trying to find a free lone by chance. SmartPark works with both public and private car parks. • View all free / occupied public and private parking spots in the city • Search for parkings (with filters) • See parking hours and

fees • Navigate to a parking / parking spot • Pay with credit card or by SMS • Get an alert when your parking is about to expire and renew it with one tap
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King of the spot

Post videos or photos of your best tricks to be voted by the community as the king of the spot. Many extreme sports are practiced in certain spots like skate/dirt/snow parks or street spots. This competition has been going on between riders for a long time, offline or through video edits. We just made it more widely available and moved it to the digital world.

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SNP Network

A smart billboard ad network that uses Cryptocurrency and Blockchain.

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App Design for AR Adventures Company

"Zipper Studios is always incredibly reactive and responsive, so our collaboration has been a positive experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios worked in collaboration with the internal team to design an AR scene for an iOS and Android mobile app. Using Java, Kotlin, and Swift, the team integrated complex functionalities.

The Reviewer
 
1 - 10 Employees
 
Lausanne, Switzerland
Stefan Rotarus & Paul Renauld
CMO &. CTO, Codex
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zipper Studios' execution of the new design and features for the mobile app was excellent. Although some minor issues arose, the team was quick to address them thanks to their strong project management skills. A passionate partner, they go above and beyond the project requirements.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are the CMO and CTO of Codex, an AR adventures company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We were looking for designers who could provide a new scene for an application. The main goal of hiring Zipper Studios was to get their experts and professional developers to do all the technical work we weren’t able to do by ourselves.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios implemented a design scene into our mobile app that allows users to play an adventure where they have questions and puzzles to help them learn. The team also helped with more complicated features that we wanted to integrate within our app. They worked on our application on their site using Java and Kotlin for Android and Swift for iOS.

Simultaneously, I worked on other parts of the application that they didn’t have to touch. We worked in parallel on those aspects. We had a backend implementation using Firebase for our monitoring systems to follow the users when they get through the adventures. We also used it to implement Crashlytics.

The main functionality they worked on was the account system, which they did entirely. In addition to implementing the new design, the team created the monitoring system that was already present on our Android version in the iOS version.

What is the team composition?

Initially, we worked with a manager, a commercial partner for the realization of the contract, one main Android developer, and one main iOS developer. When we had tight deadlines, Zipper Studios was able to provide another Android developer in order to meet the deadlines.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

We found them on Clutch, and we chose them because their previous work aligned with our vision. On top of being one of the most affordable vendors in East Europe, Zipper Studios also had good quality reviews. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $21,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2019 and the engagement is ongoing. Due to the Coronavirus crisis, our iOS developer was free because he didn’t have any more projects. They decided to let him continue working on our project for free, which was really nice of them. This is the only developer that we’re still in collaboration with now, but we’re aiming to continue working with Zipper Studios.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They executed the new design and features very well, so we’re satisfied with their work. The only smaller issue we had was during the mid-to-end phase of the project. We still had quite a lot of bugs, but they managed to help us fix them.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management skills are really good. We mainly communicate via Slack where every member of the team is present, and they are all quite easy to talk to. Zipper Studios is always incredibly reactive and responsive, so our collaboration has been a positive experience. 

Throughout the project, I had discussions with them so that we could implement flexible management and review the system with them. Also, I was born in the same city as they are which created a bond between us.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The work they do for us is tailor-made in the sense that they’re really interested in our project, getting fully involved with it. The team tries to get the global picture and put themselves in the project directly instead of just delivering development requirements.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there aren’t any downsides. All the bugs were solved before we ended our latest contract.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be communicative and reactive. If you start with a positive relationship, their work will follow without a problem.

5.0
Overall Score We really appreciate working with them and we plan to continue doing so.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve really made the effort to meet our deadlines, even if it means assigning another developer to the project.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Dev for Social Recommendations Platform

“They were able to speedily transform our wireframes into a fully-functional app.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Aug. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios took the wireframes for a social networking platform to create a fully-functional app. The team utilized GitHub, Trello, and Slack to communicate while developing the mobile app on Flutter.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Alin Tomoiaga
CEO, Truly Elementary
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zipper Studios effective executed an app that’s received great feedback from family and friends. They excelled at project management, which they navigated by skillfully leveraging various project management tools. They’re a team that will accomplish whatever their client sets out to do.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of Truly Elementary, a social networking platform that gives you recommendations for various services. The app allows users to tag and endorse their friends for the skills they're able to provide.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We engaged Zipper Studios to support us with mobile app development. We’re a small company of three and lacked the necessary development resources.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios developed our cross-platform iOS and Android app. We provided them with wireframes, which they materialized into a click-through prototype on Adobe XD. After we approved their final designs, they launched into development using Flutter.

What is the team composition?

A team lead managed two programmers. One was in charge of the app’s interface, and the other was in charge of the functionality and backend.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

We struggled to find a vendor who could provide cross-platform apps. We spoke with 4­–5 companies, and Zipper Studios seemed competent and organized. They came to the meeting with a solid plan and deadlines, which we appreciated.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent somewhere around $4,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from August 2019­–January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re very pleased with the app that Zipper Studios created. They were able to speedily transform our wireframes into a fully-functional app. While the app hasn’t been officially released yet, it’s gotten great feedback from friends and family, who say that it’s very intuitive. We’re thinking of reaching out to them again to further enhance the app with new functionalities.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Zipper Studios was excellent at managing the project, which they executed well within the ten-day deadline that they’d originally set out. They were in constant communication with us, and we collaborated on GitHub, Slack, and Trello. They leveraged these tools very well, which really made our cooperation a breeze.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re extremely organized, and they deliver what they set out to do.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We experienced some issues with Flutter, which is a new technology. Having said that, Zipper Studios did a great job of handling these challenges.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure that you know what you want before you start. In any case, they’ll be able to accomplish the goals that you agree upon.

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

Mobile Dev Staff Augmentation for Software Services Company

“They’re a good choice for anyone.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios provides staff augmentation services to a software company, helping to support a client’s mobile development needs. They augment the internal team with an iOS and an Android developer.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Dragos Rus
Unit Manager, Fortech
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zipper Studios has proven capable of integrating seamlessly with the internal team while communicating well with the end client and satisfying their requirements. Despite the complexity of the project, they came up to speed quickly. The team has unique SDK experience and strong technical expertise.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the unit manager at Fortech, a software services, outsourcing, and software development company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

One of our clients is focused on mobile advertising, so we needed to augment our mobile development team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

With Zipper Studios' help, we were able to augment our team really quickly.

What is the team composition?

There’s one iOS developer and one Android developer.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

It was challenging to find the appropriate talent for this project. Someone from our HR department recommended Zipper Studios. We had some interviews with the proposed people from their team. We also had interviews with the customer that we’re working for. We decided to start the collaboration with Zipper Studios.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2019, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don’t have too much visibility into the results and quality metrics; I only have the customer feedback, and they’re quite satisfied. The integration with the developers from Zipper Studios was quite seamless. They became productive in a short period of time. The product Zipper Studios is developing is quite complex. It’s really hard to find a good mobile developer with experience in SDK development.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They don’t have any responsibility on the project management side; they’re only responsible for keeping us informed about their progress and the interactions that they have with the customer. They manage their responsibilities well. We communicate via Skype and phone calls, and sometimes through email and face-to-face interactions.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The way they interact with the customer impresses us, as did the way they were able to convince the customer that they were a good fit for the work. They’re very strong on the technology side. The integration with the team and communication are key aspects of the project.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there’s nothing I’d have them improve.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We’ve been satisfied. They’re a good choice for anyone.

5.0
Overall Score We want to extend the collaboration with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They end customer is satisfied with the quality of the work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve recommended them to some colleagues for mobile development services.

Mobile App Dev Support for Software Company

“We’ve been able to fully rely on them for deliverables.”

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

Zipper Studios provides mobile app development support to a software company, providing resources to work with internal teams as necessary. They’ve helped develop new functionalities for existing apps.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Bucharest, Romania
Service Delivery Manager, Software Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Both internal stakeholders and end-clients praise Zipper Studios’ work. They’re capable of collaborating in a team setting or taking ownership and working independently. The responsive team is very strategic about placing resources that will drive the most success for projects.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a service delivery manager for a consulting company. One of our service offerings is mobile app development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We had a lack of resources in the mobile app development domain and needed to fill the gap.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios helps us with mobile app development. Their resources fill the gaps for our different teams. We’ve worked with them on a variety of mobile applications. They have implemented new functionalities to existing apps. They don’t develop the apps from scratch, but the functionalities are new.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with 2–3 people so far.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

They were already onboarded when I joined my company. After they assessed our needs, they provided us with the right individuals. As a result of this good interaction, we expanded and added more people from their side.

How much have you invested with them?

My company has spent $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in August 2019, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The results have been great. They do well, both as a part of our team and at delivering individual results. We’ve been able to fully rely on them for deliverables.

I’m not part of the engineering management department to know their KPIs. However, I’m very connected to the customer experience and the acceptance rate, and all of the projects we’ve involved them in have passed with flying colors. The end customers have enjoyed working with them and seeing the results of their work. Internally, team members are very appreciative of their work, and people want to have them on their team.  

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

I played the role of project manager for one of the projects with Zipper Studios, and having them involved was a relief because, if needed, they could be quite independent and proactive. We don’t have to micromanage and ensure things get done; we just set the objectives and communication channels, and they take ownership. Other than asking questions, they’re very independent. When we have issues, we talk via phone or email. They’re very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Every contact is strategic for them. They give 150% if it’s necessary. They want to make sure they’re putting the right person in the right place so that it’s successful, and I see the results of that. I enjoy working with them. Other people could benefit from this experience. They’ve been successful.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could perhaps have better reporting on exactly what they’re doing. We could have created a visualization or a dashboard for everything that was done. We do have the necessary infrastructure to measure what everybody is doing, and they keep up with that. They always have their time up-to-date, and we know what they’re doing. They’re good at entering details. Maybe on our side, we could better enjoy the benefits more of working with them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take your time getting the project details to them before starting the engagement. The more specific you are about what you need, the better Zipper Studios can place the right personnel to reach the objective.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never had any issues.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We haven’t had the same level of satisfaction with companies in other locations that have lower costs.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Given the location and the cost versus quality, we have continued with the engagement.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dev Team Augmentation for Software Company

“They have good technical expertise and understand business needs.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
June 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios provides development team augmentation to a software company. They ported an iOS app to Android for a US-based client.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Delivery Manager, Software Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app’s early feedback has been positive. Internal stakeholders are pleased with Zipper Studios’s work and the level of engagement and collaboration that they facilitate. Their delivery of a thorough product guideline fosters seamless communication. The team adheres to the deadline and budget.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the delivery manager for a software development company. For more than 25 years, we’ve been developing and selling software products to certain niches. Our customers are all over the globe.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We generally work with large companies that have big products. Occasionally, these projects require work that falls outside of our core business services; in these cases, the client works with an external company. 

A customer in the US needed an add-on product that was separate from what we were doing, and they needed it to be delivered quickly. They already had an iOS app, and we needed somebody that could do a one-on-one port and build the app almost exactly the same way for Android. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios helped us develop an Android app. They only did the development part, but they provided helpful commentary about the design.

They worked in collaboration with our team. It was a small app, and they covered everything in terms of features. The app can show certain information, get data, manipulate and view documents, and more. I can’t disclose more because the app hasn’t launched yet. 

What is the team composition?

There’s one developer that I directly interact with. He’s one of the co-founders.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

I think I met them at a conference, or somebody introduced us to them. I’d had their contact information for a while and reached out. Zipper Studios had the capacity to help with our development needs. 

We had a few other options, but during the selection process discussions, we discovered that Zipper Studios had the proper level of knowledge, and their combination of involvement and skills was the best. Their pricing was good, too; they weren’t more expensive than the average.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2019, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The first version of the app will launch at the end of this month. I’m definitely pleased with their work. The preliminary feedback from beta users is really good. 

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Their level of engagement and the way they collaborate is quite well received. They’ve provided some sort of a guideline or reference plan for executing the product. We have constant communication over that. They want to make sure that they’re on the right track. I’m pleased with project management. We use Jira and Confluence.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have good technical expertise and understand business needs.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I’m pleased. We’re doing the things that we agreed to, and things are on time and budget.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

As long as you agree on scope and make the deadlines clear, they’ll definitely come up with the technical solutions and sustain the collaboration. You won’t have problems with Zipper Studios. They’re a good, independent source for providing help.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They deliver on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They offer a good combination of cost and benefit.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re pleased with the deliverables.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them.

Mobile App Dev Partner for Development Company

"When they begin a project, they know they can deliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios designed developed mobile apps within a long-term partnership. They’ve built apps for third-party customers.

The Reviewer
 
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Tiberiu Dascal
Chief Business Officer, Prodigy IT Solutions
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’ve consistently delivered solutions aligned with requirements, which have received positive feedback from end customers. Zipper Studios is a responsive and punctual development team that works within budget.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the chief business officer at Prodigy IT Solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We needed help with mobile app development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve worked on multiple projects with them in which they developed app solutions for our clients. They’re our go-to partner for projects that require mobile knowledge. We have even discussed moving into an open partnership where we will present them as a separate brand and trusted partner so our clients will know that we work with an external company.

We start by building the requirement stack, followed by wireframing, design, and development. During that process, depending on who is more available and who has better business knowledge, we may complement each other or leave certain things on one side only.

What is the team composition?

I know of four people who work on our projects. Filip (Co-Founder, Zipper Studios) has been my main point of contact from the beginning, and he always responds to technical issues. I have another contact there as well.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

I was introduced to Filip through an employee from my previous company. We held a couple of meetings to get to know each other and to figure out which technology options they offered. It’s common practice here that whenever a new company emerges, we get to know them to see how we can complement each other’s services.

We had a team of four people from our side who were looking at different companies and discussed our options when it came to pricing and the competency and seniority of potential partners. However, none of the other companies we considered were specialized in mobile-only.

Zipper Studios showed me their portfolio and what they did or did not do for different projects. We tried a couple of calls for tenders, and I saw how Zipper Studios responded. They were always prompt and on time and always highlighted what the issues were. They seemed to ask the right questions from the technical and business side, as well as business logic.

We put those things head to head and agreed that they seemed like a good fit. I was quite happy with them and didn’t feel the need to have to look for anyone else.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent less than $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in 2018 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have constant communication with the customers that we serve, and we always check if they are happy with the results. Because we look into their business needs effectively, we check if there is a way that we can measure the success of our solutions. Every client has been quite happy. Apart from normal small change requests, we haven’t had any major complaints. I have always trusted Filip and Zipper Studios has always delivered on their promises.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They have done well—they hit our deadlines and we never had to debate on the price. In my experience, whenever a company is able to take a project budget and make it work for them, it means that they can well estimate the overall scope of the work, the timeline, and the financial costs.

We were in touch with each other multiple times a day based on need. There were times where we didn’t have projects for a while, but we still met for a coffee to discuss how things were going.

When we worked together, their response time was more than satisfying. For example, if I needed to contact them late in the evening because of an urgent request from a client, Filip always answered me on WhatsApp.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was impressed by the quality and speed of their delivery as well as their business knowledge. They look at a request and can foresee any future problems or issues. When they begin a project, they know they can deliver.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I haven’t had any bad experiences with them so far. There were times I knew they were busy, and if I went to them with new requests, it took some time to get the results. I understand they are a separate company and they need to do their other signed contracts before helping me with estimations or brainstorming on possible solutions.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Know what you want and get your idea validated first to make life easier. With superficial requirements, the process can last forever until everyone is settled on the idea from a technical point of view and a business point of view. Other than that, when it comes to working with Zipper, I wouldn’t give any specific advice. Try them out.

5.0
Overall Score I am pretty happy with how things have evolved in the past and in working together.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never had a problem.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I am really happy with the price. I think it is calibrated based on the quality of work.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend them to anyone I know who needs a solution.

Project Management Tool Dev for International Nonprofit

“They always tried to present solutions that were simple, effective, and cost-efficient.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jul. - Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios developed a project management tool that allowed the internal team to coordinate remote work with ease. It’s a centralized system that facilitates file exchange, logistics, and more.

The Reviewer
 
1 - 10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Mihai Barloiu
Co-Founder, Intel4Patriam
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Efficient and high-performing, the new tool earned praise for its convenient functionalities. Zipper Studio took the time to fully understand the scope of the tool, ensuring that the final product would meet the right business needs. An affordable price point makes them attractive developers.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of Intel4Patriam. Our company does political risk, geopolitical analysis, cybersecurity, risk assessment, and anything related to this area.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We needed help developing an internal project management tool.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios developed our project management tool. Our agencies operate internationally across several people spread around the world. This can cause difficulties if without a well-established system. 

To rectify this, their team built a centralized system where we could exchange files, store contact names and addresses, and monitor anything that has to do with logistical support and management. The tool also served as a mode of communication between agencies.

What is the team composition?

We worked with the general manager from Zipper Studios, and they also allocated between 3–5 people.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

I had an ex-business partner who was involved with Zipper Studios, and he connected me to the general manager. At the time, I was also in touch with a German company, but they were positioned in the Western European market, so their price was significantly higher than Zipper Studios’. 

In the end, I chose Zipper Studios because I liked the conversation I had with them as well as the way we interacted.

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from July–November 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

My team and I are very satisfied with the project management tool that they’d developed. Before, it was challenging to communicate across agencies for certain projects, but now it’s much easier to coordinate between teams.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great. We mostly communicated through Skype and email.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I really appreciated how flexible they were in terms of my needs. They were very careful about asking me exactly what I needed and identifying the purpose of the tool. They always tried to present solutions that were simple, effective, and cost-efficient.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t have anything in mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’d highly recommend them to companies that are looking for quality service, flexibility, and a well-performing product. They deliver strong output, but their price is lower than other companies.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all timelines, and everything was fine.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered the exact product I asked for when I needed it.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Social Game App

“They were great communicators with helpful advice.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios built a native iOS and Android app for a software development company, guiding the client through the mobile app creation process. They're handling maintenance, fixing any found bugs.

The Reviewer
 
1 - 10 Employees
 
Bucharest, Romania
CEO, App Development Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

So far, the app has been received positively both with users and the internal team. The team was able to provide strong recommendations specific to the industry that helped the client make critical decisions. They were particularly attentive and transparent over the course of the collaboration.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a software development company. We’re also starting to develop mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

They helped us build one of our mobile apps since we were just starting out at the time.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zipper Studios helped us create native iOS and Android apps from scratch. Our team came up with the idea, but they offered all the development and maintenance services. They guided us through the process as they completed the build.

Once it’s launched, the app will allow users to accept and complete challenges to received rewards. They can monetize activities they do in real life. It’ll have a news feed, a map, a page where users can join challenges, and a camera that allows for photo sharing and editing. Users will also have the chance to set up their own profile where they can manage their challenges. We’ll be launching the app soon. At this point, we’re reviewing it for bugs.

What is the team composition?

There were between 8–12 people constantly working on the app. Sometimes, we would work with the whole team, but we usually were in direct contact with 2–3 of them.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

I was referred to them by a friend of mine after I came up with the idea for the app. They had good reviews, so we set up a call. After a successful meeting with them, I decided to hire them for the project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about €40,000 (approximately $44,000 USD). I expect that investment to grow with our engagement with them in 2020.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the project in August 2018, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As of now, we have about 40 people using the app and providing us with feedback. So far, all the feedback has been positive—they’re all satisfied with the app. Additionally, they’ve been able to make some suggestions to help us optimize the frontend. Even the developers at my office were very happy with the product. 

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They offered great advice to us, which was important for us as we were just starting out. No matter the communication platform—phone, Skype, or Slack— they were very easy to reach.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were great communicators with helpful advice. I appreciate their fairness in all of their business processes from the start.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They were late for a delivery once, but it never happened again after we spoke about it.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be conscious and open about your goals for the direction of the project. They’ll be able to achieve more in less time that way.

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

Development of New Features for Streaming Platform

“For the price they charge, Zipper Studios offers a superior service.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - Jun. 2018
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios spearheaded the implementation and development of UI/UX improvements to a live video streaming platform. They worked on the frontend of the site, making it mobile compatible.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Cluj - Napoca, Romania
CEO, Live Streaming Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform continues to grow and become more visible online as a result of the improvements Zipper Studios made. Dedicated and attentive, the team handled communication with ease, making use of Jira. Their expertise led to the launch of many functionality upgrades that boosted the client’s ROI.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO and co-founder of a white label live video streaming platform. With our partners, our startup has developed 3,000,000 lines of code for the platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zipper Studios?

We needed a development partner to help us further develop some of the app’s features.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They worked largely on the frontend of the web app, focusing on UX. Although, their team also made our web-based platform mobile responsive in their development work. 

What is the team composition?

They allocated 1–5 developers for the project, depending on the functionality we were building. We organized that with them on our end.

How did you come to work with Zipper Studios?

I’ve known Radu (Partner & Strategy Manager, Zipper Studios) for five years now. Like ours, their team is located in Romania and has worked collaboratively with my team before.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested just above $30,000 for their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

This project lasted from March–June 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our partnership was a success, and they had a big impact on our business. All of our clients now use the delivered features they constructed. With them, we’ve seen greater visibility and growth. Compared to what we’ve spent developing the platform in the past, we’ve seen a great ROI with Zipper Studios.

How did Zipper Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

My partner described them as an excellent collaborator and communicator. They were on top of providing updates and fixing bugs. Additionally, they used Jira to make sure everything went smoothly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

For the price they charge, Zipper Studios offers a superior service. We’re happy about having a local partner that’s very experienced. They know how to make a great, successful product.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re great partners who have the capability to take on large projects.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Give them a chance to work broadly to address your challenge. Their technical specialists, but also have experience in product development, business strategy, sales, and marketing. Tap into their knowledge to get the best solution possible.

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

App Development for Blockchain Platform

"... they understood our product’s needs, got involved and delivered the MVP very efficiently."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
June 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zipper Studios completed a full redesign of the UX/UI for a blockchain-based mobile application that allows users to receive passive income in exchange for personal data.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Bucharest, Romania
Founder, Blockchain Network Company
 
Not verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app's improved design and usability have increased confidence in the product as a whole. Workflow between teams was very effective, both simplified by having only one point of contact and expedited by prioritizing availability.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the founder of a multi-service platform based on blockchain technology. The platform will try to bring people together and offer them an passive income for their human data as property.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Zipper Studios?

Zipper Studios is doing the redesign for our mobile client. They've created the UI/UX design in Sketch and implemented it in our Android app.

What were your goals for this project?

The problem on our app was the design and we decided to change it, this app is part of an blockchain platform that will connect users to our services. This new design make us more confident in our project.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I came in contact with one of their business managers after someone from my network recommended them. They were professionals and their portfolio and previous clients definitely reflected that.

Describe the project in detail.

We have a native Android app that need redesign of UI/UX. Zipper Studios is doing the redesign and implemented it in our Android app, this app is part of an blockchain platform that will connect users to our services.

What was the team composition?

We worked with 1 project manager, 1 developer and 1 designer from Zipper Studios. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Before working with Zipper Studios, I hired another remote team in the past but that experience was a complete disappointment. I needed an MVP delivered fast because I was looking to get a round of investment. Zipper Studios not only helped us cross the finish line but they understood our product’s needs, got involved and delivered the MVP very efficiently.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The workflow between us was very effective. We had only one point of contact (Vlad, Co-Founder) who managed the whole team by creating and assigning tasks.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The communication was excellent, they were always available and they truly understood the product. It really felt like they were part of the team.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I can’t see any ways they could improve. The communication and development process went so smooth, I couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

5.0
Overall Score I am sure we will work again, best experience with a dev team ever.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was perfect, we kept in touch on skype.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Was more cheap than i thought.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are very creative and have experience in working from a product point of view. Max quality !
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Give them the chance to get involved in your project as much as possible, not just in the development phase.
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Gold
VERIFIED
Business Entity
Business Entity Name
Zipper Studios SRL
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Romania
ID
37227364
Date of Formation
Mar 17, 2017
Payment & Legal Filings
International Credit Risk Assessment

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Very Low Risk
Last Updated
Sep 27, 2019
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
15
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
April 1, 2020