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Share Client Review


Jan 19, 2018

Jared Young, Co-Founder, Share

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review summary

A deep understanding of the latest technology and a deliberate but timely approach to development make Sunflower Lab a reliable partner. They provide valuable advice on scalability, and work collaboratively to build a product that aligned with the client’s business goals.

5/5

Schedule

5/5

Quality

5/5

Cost

5/5

Willing To Refer

5/5

Overall

Background


Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a co-founder and the head of product at a company called SHARE, which provides ride sharing solutions to communities.

Opportunity/Challenge


What challenge were you trying to address with Sunflower Lab?

We were looking to a group to assist in developing our MVP and market product for our rider application, driver application, and web portal.

Solution


What was the scope of their involvement?

Since the start of our engagement, we’ve completed an MVP for our web admin application, our rider application, and most recently an MVP for our driver application, which has an “attendance” feature that allows the driver to track who is going in and out of the vehicle. The web app was built using an Angular framework, and the mobile apps were built in Swift for iOS and Java for Android. I’ve served as a product manager for the project, and have worked closely with their developers while outlining our requirements for design, UX/UI, etc. Ronak [CEO & Co-Founder] provided substantive advice on the technologies we implemented, and offered insight on business decisions regarding the scaling process and which contracts to pursue in moving forward.

As far as feature requirements, the rider app had to enable users to make a profile, schedule rides, and provide data on the trip, e.g., driver location, estimated time, and any information on additional pick-ups. The driver app was very similar. We’re using Google API mapping tools for our live tracking component. The admin app allows us to create organizations/customers and oversee user roles and login credentials. We can also manually input route information to create specific rides or trips that riders can schedule. In moving forward, we’re looking to expand this piece of the project and include more complex mapping algorithms to create a more intelligent routing process.

What is the team composition?

I interact primarily with Ronak and Dhaval [COO, Sunflower Lab], who has served as our project lead. We also worked with Yash [CTO, Sunflower Lab] and several other designers/developers over the course of the project. There were usually about six developers working on the project at any given time, in addition to Ronak and Dhaval.

How did you come to work with Sunflower Lab?

They were referred to us by one of our VC investors.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested $100,000-$120,000 in the engagement so far, and the entire project will cost $200,000-$250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in September of 2017 and we’re still currently working together.

Results & Feedback


What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We just finished building out the attendance feature, which will allow us to move forward with one of our larger clients. We’re planning on about 1,000 rides per week with this single client, so this is a huge win for us. We’ve just deployed it to the production environment, and will be submitting the mobile apps to the App Store and Google Play Store shortly.

How did Sunflower Lab perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Asana for task management, and I typically make scrum boards on Trello. They use Asana internally as well. We primarily use Slack for day-to-day communication, and I am in constant contact with Ronak and Dhaval.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They offer a hybrid development model between onshore and offshore developers, which is great for startups. It gives you the option to meet with developers that are local while saving on costs like you would with an offshore firm. Their communication has been great, including with the offshore developers that we’ve worked with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would love to see a bit more transparency around the work being done. I know that they’re working hard, and it’s never been an issue of delivery. I would just like to have more insight into the progression of development. We communicate well and plan together, and then all the sudden we’ve hit our project timeline, met our budget, and completed our scope of work. This has been great, but the details in between are sometimes lost.

Advice for potential customers?

Know that you’ll be getting into business with a very honest and talented agency. Ronak is very passionate about the products he builds, and is always willing to work with the client to make sure that their business objectives will be accomplished. As a business owner, Ronak understands many different industries, but he is also a technologist. He knows how to implement the latest technologies and make the best product possible. Just be firm on your vision, and communicate it as clearly as possible. They’ll get it done.

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