Introduce your business and what you do there.
Cubebrush is an online marketplace. We’re a little bit like Etsy but for digital content for the game industry. I am the CEO.
“I needed a team to develop everything.”
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address.
I needed a team to develop everything. I had the idea but nothing else. I reached out to a couple of companies. Shakuro was the best case scenario. They had been in the business of game art for a long time. They were a really good option.
What was the scope of their involvement?
I came to them with a very vague idea of what I wanted in the end. The idea was to make an eCommerce platform where people could open their store and show their content. We went back and forth multiple times. They would suggest ideas and eventually solidify the idea. I had a lot of different images on my site that I sent them, and they improved. It was more of a collaboration with them than me telling them what to do. As far as how the platform was built, I got what I wanted. I knew that their team was using Ruby, which was something I wanted. That was one of the main things that I wanted my developers to do, and they were doing that already, so that was a plus.
How did you come to work with Shakuro?
A big part of it was them previously having a very, very successful platform that all the artists in the industry used for their portfolio. Their name was out there and known. I contacted a bunch of others, and Shakuro offered the best price really. Their quote was unbeatable compared to the other companies.
How much have you invested with Shakuro?
We spent $300,000 to $400,000 in total over two years.
What is the status of this engagement?
We’re working together now. We started towards the end of 2014. I think it was October.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
The platform launched publicly in January, 2016. We have about 80,000 users right now on the platform. It’s one of the big platforms in this industry where people can put all their content, so I guess it’s pretty successful from that standpoint.
“It’s been a very, very cool casual partnership that we’ve had.”
How did Shakuro perform from a project management standpoint?
I wouldn’t be working with them if it wasn’t great. It’s been a very, very cool casual partnership that we’ve had. I’ve had the same guys working on my team since the beginning. It’s almost like they’re my employees, but they’re not. They’re meeting the deadlines and communication is clear. I talk to them multiple times a day.
What did you find most impressive about Shakuro?
In the beginning, I wasn’t as experienced as a team leader. There was a lot of technology that I wasn’t sure that we should use. I have no serious complaints.
I’ve never been disappointed with them. The communication is always great. Whenever there is a small miscommunication, it gets fixed right away. There’s never any problems. It’s not something I have to cover for. It’s a solid firm.
I wouldn’t be with them a few years later if they weren’t really solid.
They have always delivered on time within the budget I give them.
It’s probably 1/3 of what I would pay a firm based in the US. It allows me to raise money.