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Biton Client Review


Feb 27, 2017

Tony Pernice, Co-Founder of Biton LLC

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review summary

Determining the scope took longer than expected, but once the coding began, Sunflower Lab put in extra effort to accommodate the client's needs. Their communication and project management processes could be more sophisticated and efficient.

4/5

Schedule

5/5

Quality

5/5

Cost

5/5

Willing To Refer

5/5

Overall

Background


Introduce your business and what you do there.

My partner and I thought of the idea about two years ago. We came up with a chat concept of batons, originally named the business Baton and then we switched it to Bit at the front, after finding out that Baton was already taken. I’m a co-founder.

Opportunity/Challenge


What challenge were you trying to address with Sunflower Lab?

We wanted to revolutionize the way people group chat. What we found is that when people group chat right now, a lot of the content regarding media, pictures or videos, gets filtered away after you send it to your friends in a group on the iOS platform. Let’s say you, and I were in a group, and you sent me a picture or a video and then we began talking and sending text messages back and forth, that picture or video immediately is scrolled all the way to the top of the chat and then you lose it.

We wanted to create a way where you could do everything and make a group story together that’s live; a live action that’s going on now. We built an algorithm based around that whole concept and created Baton. If you’re the one carrying the baton at any moment, you get to share that media with your group; they get to view it, they grab the baton, attach it to whoever else they want in the group. That system of sharing, when passing the ownership of the baton, it creates the seamless group story that comes to life, especially with large groups of people. It’s really exciting.

Solution


What was the scope of their involvement?

We were searching through a bunch of companies. We were choosing based on price, where the company is located, we wanted English-speaking, and we wanted to be able to work with our company during our hours. Sunflower provided one of the best set ups for us. They were easy to find. They were located in New Jersey. We’re based in New York right now; that’s where I am. My partner is in Louisiana. With our time difference and us being able to meet with Yash [Patel, Founder] and his team at Sunflower Labs, everything worked out perfectly. I’d say their price, their time, the amount of effort they put into the pre-planning, puts them in a good place when we were trying to figure out who to choose.

I would pretty much label everything out on a PowerPoint for them, the design that we thought would work best as well as the user flow and the algorithm. I shared that with their team, and we reviewed it over Skype, and we walked through each page. Then they came back to me with their feedback and positive changes that they would also make to our algorithm or to how everything works to make the user experience flow better. It was almost like we were partnering together. It didn’t feel like I was hiring a company; it felt more like a partnership than anything else. Especially with regards to the pre-planning because the algorithm is such a difficult process to think about.

Right now, we’re just on iOS, but we have talked about Android. We got pricing from the Sunflower team because we’ve worked well, they know the code, they know everything behind it. We didn’t know how to go about making an app. What was helpful was that they walked us through everything from advice to getting on a server to eventually showing us what kind of code they were doing on the backend to make the app work.

We needed backend and frontend development as well as just the user flow, user interface, and design. All of those things incorporated into the app. They would give us advice on how to serve our application and website and how everything works when we submit to the app store. They were very helpful and knowledgeable about the whole process.

We just launched our first version in May, and we realized very quickly that it worked the way we wanted, but when we had our test subjects using it, we didn’t promote it. It was a little too difficult to understand because we had much more restrictions in the first algorithm, so we went back and worked with Yash’s team, and we came up with a much simplified version of what we originally rolled out. We’ve launched that one this past weekend and so far, it’s done very well with our testing.

We’re about to launch it at a tailgate this weekend as well. We both went to Penn State University, and we had about a couple of hundred people come to this tailgate, so we’re thinking about getting our feet wet and seeing how it does on a large scale.

The algorithm is restrictive to whoever is in possession of it. For example, if you’re presenting your screen on any platform, whether you use Skype for Business or whether you’re using WebEx or one of those platforms and you have the ball, or you’re the one presenting, you can share that presentership to anybody else you like in the group. Then they have control over what everybody else sees in the group at that moment in time.

The ways ours works, it’s not live, but you can share the possession with someone else for a selected period. If your group has a two-minute time limit, I can give you the baton at that moment and picture on a track you’re running with it; you’re going with it. Whatever picture you take or whatever video you take next, gets put onto the timeline and syndicated with the time stamped, so it all gets fed through and you can watch back every post that’s made in that group.

How did you come to work with Sunflower Lab?

Through an Internet search.

How much have you invested with Sunflower Lab?

About $30,000 to $40,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Sunflower Labs about two years ago; I would say, and it's an ongoing relationship.

Results & Feedback


Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

I can’t speak to it yet because we’ve only done testing with the first launch and we didn’t do a mass one because we didn’t want to deter people from using the app until it was flushed out and all the details were in there.

I would say the fact that our website has generated a lot of traffic – we’ve got about 150 unique visitors a day in the past month or so – that’s pretty good. The audience is definitely building. It’s dormant right now, but we hope it’s a dormant volcano about to explode.

How did Sunflower Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

We’ve recently been using Trello, and that’s something that the Sunflower team proposed to us since our first phase because there was a lot of back and forth. We needed a place to be simplified regarding our feedback. We were using email in the beginning and phone calls. Trello has been successful so far and expedited the process, so I thank their team for throwing that out there as an option.
I have a project manager from their side, and whenever I emailed him or sent him a note over Skype at any hour of the day, he’s got back to me in a few hours. He’s very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about Sunflower Lab?

For them, it’s getting things out the door on time, even with strict deadlines; that’s a big thing. Being upfront with us about their pricing model and what they expect things to take regarding their timelines also. Another thing is coming back to us with innovative ideas that help our platform more than we could have thought of. That’s something that has come from their side and my project manager that has helped us. Like I said before, partnering for success. You can’t do that unless they truly love the product and they’re actually using it. That’s what you get with this team.

Yash has been amazing in talking us through his business model and idea for where his company is going and that he’s only going to take on projects that he sees are going further.

Are there any areas Sunflower Lab could improve?

When you’re working with people who have English as their second language, sometimes some things in the app can get spelled wrong, or there are errors like punctuation errors. It’s a little tweak that I would make possible. Besides that, everything has been very good from the backend code and how everything works. That’s been executed extremely well.

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Awards and Recognitions


Top Mobile App Development Company of 2017

Clutch, A Top B2B Marketplace to find companies who are experts in their domain. Sunflower Lab Team have been recognized as Top Mobile Development Company in 2017 by Clutch

AWS Cloud Consulting Partner

AWS Consulting Partner

Our Expertise and Experience has been recognized by Amazon. Sunflower Lab is recognized as AWS Consulting Partner.

goodfirms

Top 5 Mobile App Development Company of 2017

With our constant effort to strive for excellence, Sunflower Lab has been recognized as top 5 Mobile and Web development company by GoodFirms.

Extract Co

Reliable Mobile  App Development Company

Sunflower Lab has been verified and ranked by Extract as most reliable Mobile and Web Development company by our technology expertise, reputation and quality standards.

Top App Creators of 2017

Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top App Creator of 2017 by TOC based on our market penetration, reputation, turnaround time, customer reviews and awards.

Applancer

Top 10 Mobile App Development companies of US in 2017

Applancer, a B2B platform to find skilled Mobile and web development companies. Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top 10 Mobile and Web Development company.

Awards and Recognitions


Top Mobile App Development Company of 2017

Clutch, A Top B2B Marketplace to find companies who are experts in their domain. Sunflower Lab Team have been recognized as Top Mobile Development Company in 2017 by Clutch

AWS Cloud Consulting Partner

AWS Consulting Partner

Our Expertise and Experience has been recognized by Amazon. Sunflower Lab is recognized as AWS Consulting Partner.

goodfirms

Top 5 Mobile App Development Company of 2017

With our constant effort to strive for excellence, Sunflower Lab has been recognized as top 5 Mobile and Web development company by GoodFirms.

Extract Co

Reliable Mobile  App Development Company

Sunflower Lab has been verified and ranked by Extract as most reliable Mobile and Web Development company by our technology expertise, reputation and quality standards.

Top App Creators of 2017

Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top App Creator of 2017 by TOC based on our market penetration, reputation, turnaround time, customer reviews and awards.

Applancer

Top 10 Mobile App Development companies of US in 2017

Applancer, a B2B platform to find skilled Mobile and web development companies. Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top 10 Mobile and Web Development company.

Awards and Recognitions


Top Mobile App Development Company of 2017

Clutch, A Top B2B Marketplace to find companies who are experts in their domain. Sunflower Lab Team have been recognized as Top Mobile Development Company in 2017 by Clutch

AWS Cloud Consulting Partner

AWS Consulting Partner

Our Expertise and Experience has been recognized by Amazon. Sunflower Lab is recognized as AWS Consulting Partner.

goodfirms

Top 5 Mobile App Development Company of 2017

With our constant effort to strive for excellence, Sunflower Lab has been recognized as top 5 Mobile and Web development company by GoodFirms.

Extract Co

Reliable Mobile  App Development Company

Sunflower Lab has been verified and ranked by Extract as most reliable Mobile and Web Development company by our technology expertise, reputation and quality standards.

Top App Creators of 2017

Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top App Creator of 2017 by TOC based on our market penetration, reputation, turnaround time, customer reviews and awards.

Applancer

Top 10 Mobile App Development companies of US in 2017

Applancer, a B2B platform to find skilled Mobile and web development companies. Sunflower Lab has been ranked as Top 10 Mobile and Web Development company.