Introduce your business and what you do there.
I’m the founder of The Social Corporations. We develop internal HR applications for corporations in order to bridge the gap between management and their employees. I’m also the co-founder of I’m in Diary, a social diary app that makes it easier to organize events with friends. Aquapps is another company that I’ve started. It is an experimentation company that allows me to make budget apps to learn the trade.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address with Shakuro?
The Social Corporations has a project called OMGene, which is the internal software for a media multinational called Omnicom. I started the project with another developer who wasn’t very good, so I had to look for a replacement.
What was the scope of their involvement?
Shakuro took our designs and modernized them, coming up with a base concept. The designs Shakuro came up with were approved very quickly by the client, so there was little back and forth. They also created the backend CMS [content management system] that powers the application. They set up our Flurry and customized it to analyze the app, using Ruby on Rails as a coding software. For the CMS, they used the existing white label CMS called Admin Panel.
“They did the development and design for the frontend for both iOS and Android.”
How did you come to work with Shakuro?
I found them when I was looking for someone to build a personal app. I used oDesk to post the ad and the founder contacted me via Skype. I liked him because he was serious and asked the right questions. You could tell they knew what they were talking about. I looked at their website and saw they had done professional work.
How much have you invested with Shakuro?
We spend between $50,000 to 200,000 per year on their services.
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?
The project had a positive outcome. The app was developed for a UAE company and they’re going to roll it out globally. Our client’s sister companies have taken an interest in the app and it has become a hot property in the Middle East.
“Their quality is outstanding in terms of functionality and the way they work.”
What did you find most impressive about Shakuro?
I’m a startup, so we fostered good relationships on a personal level. It’s not really formal. I’m happy that the quality of the apps is top-class. My clients are happy.
It’s been great. They’ve done great work and we’ve made lots of apps together that are really successful. It’s not a perfect score because of the issues I already mentioned.
The quality of the apps, website, and design are world class. It’s not a perfect score because of the missed deadlines.
Shakuro may extend a deadline, but only for the quality of the product to ensure it’s properly tested and delivers a high class solution.
Shakuro works on a per hour billing system that is fair and takes into account risk which absolves the potential for hidden costs.
I have already recommended them. They’re my trusted partner.