After being in business for a few years, we have started to see the same questions from clients or potential clients. Here are few of those common questions, and our answers.
Do you make apps for iOS or Android?
We build native apps for both platforms.
What about hybrid apps? It seems better to only have to build something once for iOS and Android, right?
Until recently, we had some pretty strong opinions about the deficiencies of hybrid development. Historically, hybrid apps did not offer the same high-quality look and feel of native apps. We prefer our work to look and feel as clean and attractive as possible, and were not impressed with the hybrid apps we came across. In addition, the cost savings was not as high as one might expect - optimization for each platform could be time-intensive, and troubleshooting could get weird sometimes. (Trust me, we tried!)
We have now started using Facebook’s new React Native framework, and are optimistic about its potential. We understand the trade-off of cheaper for almost-as-good is worth it for some clients.
What is a web platform? Is that the same thing as a website?
Sort of. We use the term “web platform” to describe websites that do things. For example, this website is purely informational. We have some light functionality for people who want to get in touch with us, but the site doesn’t actually do anything. Web platforms can offer a range of functions, such as e-commerce, product builders, manage information, user accounts - pretty much anything you can imagine.
In what format do you accept RFPs for new work?
We work in a variety of formats. The more information we have before creating a proposal, the better. We also offer a discovery package that will enable us to work with you to create a detailed plan for your project, without the commitment of a development contract at the outset.
What are work contracting options? Fixed price? Hourly?
We work under both models, depending on the nature of the project and/or client preferences.
Do you sign NDAs before work begins?
We are willing to sign NDAs, but prefer to use mutual NDAs since we like to protect our side of things as well.
Who owns the code for the app when the work is finished?
The vast majority of our contracts are work-for-hire, meaning that the client owns the code once final payment is made.
How are you better than offshore firms?
For one thing, you have recourse against us if we drop the ball. Our names and professional reputations are on the line with every project we do. While there may be some great offshore firms out there, our experience has usually been “rescue” jobs where US based clients tried to use cheap offshore labor and ended up with nightmares of having spent a lot of money on an unusable app. We are available during normal US business hours (not common for offshore companies) and in-person meetings as well. Shane, the lead on every project we do, has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from a top U.S. University, and our projects are built with those standards as their foundations.
Do you have a lower limit for project budgets?
It really depends on what is needed. As set forth above, we have discovery packages that can be as little as $1000, and can work on design-only demo scopes that are in the $5,000 range. We don’t think you can build a decent, working mobile application for less than $15,000 per platform - and to create anything beyond very basic functionality will usually run at least $30,000, depending on the features, design, etc.
Do you do co-ops or profit sharing, in which you offer discounted development/sustainment/growth in return for profit from a successful app?
We’ll never say never - but it is not something we are looking for right now. We are open to the discussion, though.
How much experience do you have with social media/Facebook APIs?
We have built numerous apps that integrate with Facebook and other social media APIs.
What are your app marketing services/successes?
We are an engineering and development firm, and don’t offer marketing services. We have some top-notch contacts in that space that we would be happy to pass on to you.
Roughly how much time does it take to get to release/launch for typical low-budget (under 75k) MVPs?
2-4 months, including design and testing. (Depending on complexity, of course)
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