HIGH-END SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Zoolatech is a custom software development company, focused on delivering high-end solutions.

Our company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California with a development office in Kyiv, Ukraine.

At Zoolatech we believe in people.

We want to build relationships based on trust with our clients. To make this possible, we focus on hiring and retaining people who are highly motivated and inspired by technology.

Together, we provide custom-built solutions that are tailored to the client’s unique needs. We help them to overcome challenges and celebrate their wins as our own.

Services we provide:

  • Custom Development
  • Mobile Development
  • Web Development
  • Product Engineering
  • BI & Big Data
  • AI, Machine Learning
  • QA Services
  • Cloud & DevOps
  • UX/UI

Our Domain Expertise include:

  • Retail
  • eCommerce
  • Fintech
  • Construction
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Travel and Hospitality
 
$25,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2017
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Palo Alto, CA
headquarters
  • 2100 Geng Road, Suite 210
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    United States
other locations

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Nordstrom, Stanford Magazine, Tailored Brands, Zeacon, Ten-X, GreenVisr, Revinate, inPowered, Vungle
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Custom Software Development for Nordstrom

Nordstrom, the Fortune 500 fashion retailer, commissioned Zoolatech to collaborate on their website and mobile application development, as well as developing their in-house team. Our work with Nordstrom focuses on creating scalable, memorable, and engaging customer experiences by identifying and meeting consumer demands.

Our engineers work on improvements for the main and mobile websites, application development for both

iOS and Android, back-end services, search engine, data engineering, content generation, and sharing our best practices with Nordstrom to help improve the quality of the product.
Complex test automation solution and a built-in QA Automation process for Ten-X Image

Complex test automation solution and a built-in QA Automation process for Ten-X

Ten-X asked Zoolatech to develop a complex test automation solution and a built-in QA Automation process into Ten-X’s CI/CD pipeline.

Zoolatech created a custom Test Automation Framework based on javax.ws.rs.client. and TestNG as a test runner.

With tough time constraints for the transition period, our team first ensured it ‘stopped the bleeding’ and covered the most critical and frequently used

endpoints. Together with the client we defined such endpoints and then created a consistent test suite to secure their coverage.

- We added a services ‘health check’ validation where it was critical.

- We ensured delivered value from test automation at a very early stage of framework creation. Automation testing was embedded into the CI pipeline since a very limited set of ‘smoke tests’ was written. This gave the client some relief and visibility at the very beginning of the implementation process. With further extending of automation test suite, we gradually provided reasonable coverage for all microservices and ensured proper visibility of ongoing status of testing for all stakeholders.

- Zoolatech provided a continuous review of test code and test results, as well as guaranteed early error and bug detection.

- We provided full integration with TestRail (Test Cases management tool) for advanced representation of test results.

- We followed modern best practices for test automation and applied them under unique conditions and limitations.

As an outcome, Ten-X received a robust and reliable test automation approach, which helps them to regularly release new features confidently—without being afraid of emergency calls in the night from the production support line!
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Zeacon application

Zeacon’s founders approached Zoolatech to create a location-based mobile service that incorporates social networking elements and marketing.

Our challenge was to understand our client’s core concerns, including business modules, objectives, ideas, and target audience, and then move forward with the application development.

Zeacon is a social network for the mobile experience, where users can interact

with each other based on their region and location in real-time. The application is all about meeting and connecting with like-minded people in local places, making it part social neighborhood guide, part mobile friend finder.

Zeacon's marketing premise ties to both local and global businesses, providing information for business solutions based on in-depth location data. Whether they want to attract new clients, send out sale announcements, or improve customer conversions, Zeacon can help. This real-time platform gives local businesses the tools they need to increase foot traffic, track sales, and gather deeper insights than ever before about what really makes their customers tick.

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Mortgage refinance and home purchase platform

Zoolatech was hired to extend client’s engineering team in October 2017. Our team was approached to work on new clients' onboarding, partnership integrations and product improvement.

Within less than one year after cooperation began, engineering team helped launching Mortgages – new vertical of business, automate engineering processes and succeed in Monolith to MicroService architecture refactoring.

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Our solution allowed borrowers to compare the actual refinance rates in 3 minutes without leaving the site.

- Our technology provided users with an option to shop and complete the entire refinance process “on the platform,” similarly to how booking is done while shopping for an airline ticket, hotel room, or buying essentials on Amazon.

- We created an automated solution to collect documents such as W2s, 1099s, bank statements and tax records, making application process easier and faster than a traditional, offline one.

- We digitalized document upload and sign off processes to decrease the time borrower will spend on the application.

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New website for Stanford Magazine

Stanfordmag.org is the result of a major transformation in digital publishing for the Stanford Alumni Association editorial team and STANFORD magazine. This transformation included increasing the frequency in publishing new content, revamping internal workflows and processes and changing the way content is organized and resurfaced over time.

Zoolatech was asked to develop the site with a specific focus on mobile

readers, including younger alumni, and to focus on ways to make content easier to consume and share. We improved full-cycle workflow automation for the editorial staff, which allows them to save team members time by using the pre-publishing mode, the "send for approval" option, and inline commenting. 

Also, we built a robust content management system that allows the team to easily update stories and repromote them on the site, in social channels and in newsletters.

Reviews

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Software Dev Staffing for Boutique Hotel Company

“They worked better than most companies out there because they’re very picky about who they recruit.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Apr. 2013 - 2017
Project summary: 

Zoolatech provided staffing solutions for a boutique hotel company. They supplemented engineers to work on a product roadmap with an in-house team. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Former CTO, Hotel Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The resources and work delivered from Zoolatech impressed the client. They seamlessly integrated with the team. Their ability to quickly get up to speed on the project’s needs made the engagement run smoothly and effectively. 

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 former CTO of a boutique hotel company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zoolatech?

It was a tough recruiting market at the time in the Bay Area, so we were looking to scale our engineering team rapidly.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They provided engineers to us. We had a product roadmap that we needed to get through and they supplied resources for us to get through it quickly. 

What is the team composition?

We dealt with one person.

How did you come to work with Zoolatech?

I had worked with Roman (CEO & Co-Founder) before. I was familiar with his skills and recruiting capabilities.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent over $1 million.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from April 2013–2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Zoolatech gave us the ability to scale our engineering team up rapidly without a huge investment in time and money spent recruiting here in the Bay Area. By using them, we were able to get a lot of our time back.  

How did Zoolatech perform from a project management standpoint?

I managed the project since they were embedded in our team. Everything was very seamless.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their developers are production-ready. We didn’t have to spend a lot of time bringing them up to speed on the technology or the way our organization works. They worked better than most companies out there because they’re very picky about who they recruit.

Are there any areas they could improve?

At the time we started with them, they didn’t have UX designers and digital designers on staff, so we had to go and recruit those from other agencies. If they had a consolidated offering where they had both engineers and UX/UI designers, that would have been even better for us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You have to treat them as full partners. It’s important that you treat their team as embedded within yours and not as an outside firm that you’re throwing things over the wall to. Spend some time at their office or have them come to yours to help you bond quicker because that in-person time helps a lot. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They weren't the cheapest but they were the highest value.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Development & Testing for Apparel Retailer

“They really go above and beyond to satisfy a deep curiosity and make sure they are proud of their work.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zoolatech provides mobile development augmentation to the app dev branch of a retail company, helping them to scale up their operations and run testing and QA on iOS and Android products.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Director of Engineering, Apparel Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The work delivered by Zoolatech is incredibly high-quality, demonstrating a deep commitment to the long-term success of their client. The entire team is communicative, organized, and knowledgeable, fully integrating themselves into the client’s team to best serve 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 am a director of mobile apps at with a major retail company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zoolatech?

In our specific area, finding high-skill engineers is really difficult. We were trying to increase our development resources and turned to Zoolatech to help us scale up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

There’s really no specific scope to our work with them because they are as much a part of our team at this point as our in-house developers. They help us with all of our operations, including iOS and Android mobile app development, testing, and QA alongside our fulltime employees.

What is the team composition?

I think we have about 30 people from their team working on our products.

How did you come to work with Zoolatech?

Someone at our company knew of their founder, and we requested a proposal from them and another company. Their technical expertise really won out, so we decided to go with them.

 What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in January 2018 and we are continuing to work together.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their throughput as a non-employee vendor is pretty much equal to our full-time employees’, which we are really pleased with. The quality of their work has been absolutely excellent.

How did Zoolatech perform from a project management standpoint?

The program management resources have been outstanding. They coordinate with our internal program management resources to make sure that stakeholders are communicated to and that we are always aware of the dates that they set for delivering on specific milestones.

We have regular video conference calls with their team and coordinate over email many times a day on top of that. Now that we’re all remote, it’s almost perfectly integrated into our communication as an internal company.

What did you find most impressive about them?

What really differentiates Zoolatech is the level of ownership they take over the work they do. They care as much about our company and product as our employees do, and they really go above and beyond to satisfy a deep curiosity and make sure they are proud of their work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, this is definitely the best relationship I have ever had with a third-party vendor.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Really trust their resources. They hire good people and do a good job of understanding your culture, so the worst thing you can do is micromanage those resources. Just give them responsibility and a chance to succeed and you will be very successful with them.

5.0
Overall Score They have been absolutely invaluable in all of our work.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They frequently stay up late to meet our meeting times or deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re definitely a premium company but the value is great for what we’re paying.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Ongoing Custom Dev for Real Estate Sales Platform

"They have a strong project management team that is flexible."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
June 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zoolatech augmented a development team to provide offshore development support. They worked on the front- and backend of the program, as well as some data science work. 

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Belmont, California
Max Matuzov
Director of Product, Ten-X
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Zoolatech hit all KPIs and delivered the project on a quick timeline. The project management was very flexible. All needs were addressed very quickly, outside of minor time zone issues. 

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 Senior Director of Product at Ten-X, a commercial real estate marketplace. We provide a platform for brokers to put their inventory to sell.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zoolatech?

We support the tools that work with real estate transaction lifecycles. There are tools on the platform that interact with the bottom of the funnel where the transaction and paperwork happens.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’ve worked with several offshore developers to provide development support, including Zoolatech. They provided frontend, backend, and data science work.

On the frontend, they designed the navigation and search results page. They redesigned the page. Their team also supplied backend design to manage different types of marketing material.

What is the team composition?

We had around 15 people, spread between the frontend team and the backend marketing tool.

How did you come to work with Zoolatech?

Their pricing was good, we knew they had engineers that could ramp up quickly.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $1 million in 2019.

What is the status of this engagement?

The work started in summer of 2019 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They had low numbers of bugs and hit all KPIs. They were very enthusiastic and got everything done that we asked. They delivered quickly and had a quick turnaround. Everything was great.

How did Zoolatech perform from a project management standpoint?

They have a strong project management team that is flexible. We have an up-to-date version of Jira.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Things got done very quickly. They were always up to speed on our methods.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are no issues outside of minor time zone issues with them in Ukraine.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Stay in touch with their engagement manager.

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

Tech Development Team for Higher Education Institution

“It was wonderful to see the investment they had in our project when challenges arose.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
May 2018 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Zoolatech provided technical development support for a college magazine. They redeveloped the front- and backend and the platform’s CMS in order to streamline publishing processes.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Stanford, California
Forrest Glick
Technical Product Manager, Stanford Magazine
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project transformed the organization’s workflow. Zoolatech managed the project effectively and communicated on a daily basis. The team was personable and great to work with. They were dedicated to the project and worked beyond normal hours to ensure everything was completed efficiently.

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 work with the Stanford Alumni Association, and I’m the technical product manager for Stanford Magazine.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zoolatech?

We realized that we needed to redevelop our CMS for the magazine. It was pretty outdated, so we brought in Zoolatech to redefine that workflow and deploy newer technologies for the publishing platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Zolatech was essentially our technical development team. They provided front- and backend development services. We had a designer on our internal staff that provided mockups and Zoolatech handled the development.

What is the team composition?

At most, we had three key members working on the project. They provided a number of different developers that we interviewed and selected each developer for our team. We assembled a team consisting of a lead developer, a frontend engineer, and a project manager.

How did you come to work with Zoolatech?

It was through a colleague who provided a contact. We were looking at other development services in our area, but Zoolatch was more affordable and provided the flexibility that we wanted. We were able to scale up and down based on the needs of the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started the engagement in May of 2018 ad it ran through April 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It has been transformational. Our workflow and publishing process is completely different. We were able to integrate a number of new interface elements that allow us to tell stories in new ways. We’ve been able to invest in the platform so it can adapt to our editor’s changing needs.  Having direct control has completely shifted how we think about the digital services offered by the magazine.

How did Zoolatech perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great from a project management standpoint. We had a project manager who was the person I could talk with if we were having any issues or just to communicate on a daily basis. We ran the project using an agile methodology, so we had daily standups and retrospective meetings to discuss sprints. Having that project manager gave me a really easy point of contact if there were any concerns or if I was thinking about where the project was going.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They became a part of our integrated team. We didn’t see them as service providers—they were core team members. Having a daily conversation with them and getting to know their personalities was a great benefit. It was wonderful to see the investment they had in our project made when challenges arose. They were willing to work outside of normal hours. They’re also ten hours ahead of us, which we were concerned about at first, but they were extremely accommodating to our schedule.

They were very flexible as well. We weren’t exactly sure what we needed going into the project, and they were willing to work with that ambiguity. And still, they delivered everything on time and on budget.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they were great partners throughout the project.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time to interview a number of different candidates that they provide. That way, you can find the right fit in terms of personality.

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

Recruiting & Staffing for Online Consumer Service Platform

“They do an excellent job of keeping tabs on both the progress and happiness of the members of their team.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$1,000,000 - $9,999,999
 
Jan 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Zoolatech provides offshore talent recruitment and management services for a software development company in California. They help strategize, bring on teammates, and conduct culture surveys.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Palo Alto, CA
Alexander Kaplunov
CTO, HDS Global
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The resources provided by Zoolatech have not only kept their client’s development work on track and maintained a high standard of quality but have also achieved an attrition rate of 0%. Their team works hard to integrate seamlessly into the work and communicates their progress daily.

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 HDS Global, and I am the CTO of the company

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Zoolatech?

Bringing in talent to the company at speed was the biggest objective. We’re based in the Bay Area, so competing with companies like Google and Facebook for developers can often be incredibly difficult, and we reached out to Zoolatech for help.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were able to access the talent market in Ukraine through their services. They provided both recruiting capabilities and strategy, helping us to understand how to best attract talent and then putting our materials in front of a big enough pool to build the team that we wanted.

What is the team composition?

They have brought about 12 people onto our team so far.

How did you come to work with Zoolatech?

Our company interviewed about five different firms for the engagement, meeting each of them and evaluating their capabilities. Our selection process was focused on making sure they were both able to meet our requirements and also a cultural fit in terms of the values we have as a company. Zoolatech was by far the strongest and made a really good impression with us, so we decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

The total project cost has been a little over $2,000,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked together for a little over a year, starting in January 2019, and the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our biggest success metric is really the ability to execute on the product. The resources we have engaged through Zoolatech work in conjunction with our team in the US, so we don’t have a way to isolate their team and just evaluate them completely independently, but we can measure their contribution through our ability to follow the roadmap that we’ve laid out, as well as the quality of the product we are ultimately able to produce. All of that has been substantially higher than we expected.

The other aspect of the work is in the rate of attrition from their side, and how well they are able to acquire developers that want to stay with us for the duration of the work. We don’t have any attrition so far, which is really spectacular for the outsourcing model.

How did Zoolatech perform from a project management standpoint?

We don’t have project management in the traditional sense since we are running an agile style development process with their team fully integrated into ours, but we do have an account manager on their side. That person has been exceptionally involved in the process, and they do an excellent job of keeping tabs on both the progress and happiness of the members of their team.

In terms of communication, we are in touch closely every single day. We make use of Microsoft teams as a communication channel and for video conferencing, we’re using Zoom.

What did you find most impressive about them?

As we mentioned, culture is a big deal for us, and we run a culture survey twice a year that includes their team as well. They run a culture survey internally as well, which provides us with a lot of valuable feedback as well and is, in my opinion, a big part of the reason we haven’t experienced any attrition.

On a more fundamental level, that culture match has been the key to attracting talent that fits our company’s style and needs. When you’re hiring and interview a bunch of candidates that don’t work out, it can become a very negative experience, so having a process in place that works well is incredibly valuable.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I really don’t think there’s anything I would suggest they improve.

5.0
Overall Score They’ve done a phenomenal job in the way they’ve built their team and run their company.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    All of our milestones and goals are completely on track.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their work is probably costing us a third of what we would pay in the US.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re very happy with the service we’re getting.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer