Engineering outsourcing has become more common in recent years, so we’re launching a new initiative to profile the software consultants that startups like to work with the most. Founders and other startup executives, just fill out this quick survey with a few more details to help us find the right ones.
For our first profile, we interviewed Joshua Davidson, CEO of Chop Dawg earlier this week. “We’ve been around since the early days and we’ve maintained relevance,” he explains. “If you ask any of our partners… I think what they’re going to tell you is that longevity allows us to tell people not only what to do, but that we know why to do it this way. and how to be more pragmatic. – save time, save energy, but also know what not to do. For so long, we’ve probably made every mistake you can think of. Which is an advantage. The software development agency has worked on more than 350 digital products since its inception in 2009, for startups of all sizes.
More details in the link below. But first, here are some of the criticisms we’re already getting from the new survey.
Consultant: Appetizer applications
Recommended by: André Eikmeier, founder of Good Empire
Testimony: “They had a good reputation around the world and had made good products. We also liked their flexible model – we were able to use our CTO to lead a team of six developers from the Appetizer team, with the occasional UX / UI, product management and project management as needed, it was properly collaborative, not a blackbox agency arrangement. So we were able to build capacity internally at the same time, rather than dependency. [Working with them] allowed us to get a first product iteration to market from scratch in three months. We were able to create iOS and Android versions simultaneously.
Recommended by: Samir Mirza, Fifth Star Fund
Testimony: “Fifth Star Funds (our fund) is a philanthropic venture capital fund focused on reducing the funding gap for black founders, in the round of family and friends. We’re an evergreen fund, so as the startups we invest in grow, all the returns go back into the fund so we can invest in more founders (hence the philanthropic part). Aloa is our development partner because they have integrity. First, they are aligned with our mission and provide services at cost to everyone we invest in. Second, they helped with some work for some of our team and built our website for free. Aloa understands the pain points of outsourcing. They’re not just going to tell you what to do, they’re going to figure out what your business problems are and find the best way to solve them with technology. In some cases, they turned potential customers away by encouraging them to use codeless tools because Aloa was not yet worth their money.
Consultant: Ajmera InfoTech
Recommended by: Chintan Bakshi, Skyku
Testimony: “As a start-up CTO, I was looking to work with a team that can be supported over many years of product development and launch. Our small team and our small company, which were started, tried to invest and train new hires, but ended up losing junior developers through attrition due to a competitive landscape. At Ajmera Infotech, we found experienced architects and developers with whom we were able to work across multiple versions. We have established trust and can really take advantage of offshore time zones to gain 16-18 hours of productivity. For our company, this has allowed us to stay on budget and continue to add value to our products and services.
Consultant: Goncalo (Gonka) Moraes, Rishabh Jaipuria (RJ) from DevGrid
Recommended by: Leo Malave, co-founder and CTO of Orbix360 Inc
Testimony: “We have gone from managing a ‘hobby’ SaaS offering to running a real business with goals, versions and a growing customer base. With DevGrid, we have an achievable product roadmap, revenue model, and plans for soliciting investments. “
Recommended by: Deji Ariyo, Laudah
Testimony: “[We chose them for their] expertise, transparency, profitability and the willingness to help. [They] helped, and still helps, translate our idea into a market-ready solution that customers love.
Recommended by: Garland Kan, consultant
Testimony: “[They have] a deep understanding of cloud technology and how to use it in combination with open source software to provide us with a scalable yet easy to understand and maintain infrastructure. They were literally trying to make themselves obsolete!
Consultant: Appetizer applications
Recommended by: Matt Brennan, Let’s trade now
Testimony: “The Appetizer team has developed great, cutting-edge applications and also believed in TradeNow’s vision from the start. We were able to develop a great working relationship from the start and continue it throughout the trip. “
Recommended by: David Pawlan, Bracketology
Testimony: “Aloa approaches this space differently. They are not in love with their solution; they are in love with the problem of outsourcing. Before determining how best to handle our experience, they first understand us as a company. Then, rather than serving as a development store, they basically provide the infrastructure to have a seamless experience. They’ve reviewed over 10,000 businesses and matched you with the one that’s right for you. They have a project management tool focused on project management in contact with the client. They have an invoicing tool so we don’t have to worry about international fees, exchange rates, or international tax compliance. They have an audit process based on custom development strategies that they have developed for us. They also have a strategist, someone in the United States, who serves as an account manager in case I need anything. The crazy thing is that they are doing all of this at a price that is always outsourced. They not only helped us develop our technology, but they also helped us understand how we were developing our technology. One of the greatest values is their focus on education. I’m not a technical leader so the ability to understand the process of what’s going on, allowing me to speak smarter about the product, has been amazing.
(TechCrunch +) Investors explain how infrastructure as code is taking over DevOps: “Infrastructure as code (IaC) has been adopted more and more by DevOps teams in recent years, but the complexities of the configuration and management of data centers continue to create problems and opportunities. Karan spoke to some of the top investors in IaC startups. He asked them questions like, “In which areas do you think the ability of IaC to configure any cloud resource will be used the most?” And “How can a startup trying to establish itself as an IaC provider stand out from the competition?”
Driving AI innovation in tandem with regulation: Will Uppington, TechCrunch guest contributor, CEO and co-founder of TruEra, discusses how AI regulation could slow its growth in Europe. Uppington says: “The main purpose of EC regulation is to impose new requirements on ‘high risk’ AI systems. These include AI systems used for remote biometric identification, public infrastructure management, hiring and employment, credit rating and education, as well as various cases of use of the public sector, such as dispatching first responders.
Apps agency Chop Dawg helps startups build for the long term: Miranda Halpern spoke with Davidson about trends in the app development industry, how the popularity of outsourcing has evolved technology since the pandemic and more. One thing you need to know about Chop Dawg is that Davidson says, “As a business we are constantly trying to be better and better at what we do. Even today, with my CEO hat on, I constantly ask myself, “How can our process improve?” What new technologies can we adapt? What can we take advantage of new design trends and technological trends? I think that’s probably one of the things I’m most proud of.
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