Introduce your business and what you do there.
The company is a financial marketplace founded in 2014. I’m the founder.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address with Shakuro?
I needed a team for development services.
What was the scope of their involvement?
They used Ruby on Rails and Angular. I had a team in the US start the design of the platform and then Shakuro was following that design.
“The people are focused on accomplishing the task. The consistency of their code is really good..”
How did you come to work with Shakuro?
I found them about 10 years ago on a technology platform where they were featured for of one the sites they built. I had seen some of their code and had worked with them on another project. Shakuro is a close-knit organization, and their culture is good. The people are focused on accomplishing the task. The consistency of their code is really good.
How much have you invested with Shakuro?
We’ve spent around $500,000 with them.
What is the status of this engagement?
The work is ongoing.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?
We’re establishing a disruptive marketplace that takes a long time. Financial markets are slow to adapt new technology. The adoption curve is not as it would be for a consumer application. The goal is to optimize the workflow for a specific application. Shakuro has done a great job at understanding the requirements. We have gotten positive feedback on the workflow and design. Shakuro has done great at interpreting the work from the US design team.
How did Shakuro perform from a project management standpoint?
“Asking questions is key to a project, and Shakuro does a great job with that.”
We have dedicated resources from Shakuro working on our project which is very helpful. We have a fulltime PM [project manager] to manage the team of 7. Without her, it would be difficult in terms of communication. She’s an excellent communicator. She goes above and beyond by asking questions and making sure there’s a full understanding of every feature.
What did you find most impressive about Shakuro?
Other outsourced teams have not understood the requirements, and the delivery is off target. Asking questions is key to a project, and Shakuro does a great job with that.
Are there any areas Shakuro could improve?
It would be good if Shakuro could extend their technologies beyond Rails and Angular. For most websites, it’s fine but it Shakuro wants to grow, it would benefit them to expand their technologies.
It’s been great working with Shakuro.
We’ve had scope creep, but that’s normal with any project. This was a complex project.
It would be hard to find the quality of engineers that Shakuro has in the US, and they would cost 3 times more.