Fortune 500s and Startups Trust Us with Their Custom Software Solutions

FullStack Labs is a leading software consultancy with offices in California, Washington DC, and Colombia. We design and develop custom software solutions for top startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Completed Projects

94

Current Clients

12

5 Star Reviews

34

Founded In

2013

Developers

45

Designers

4

Hero Image - Office Workers Hero Image - Office Workers
Trusted By:

ParagonCET

Using React.js for the frontend and Node.js for the backend, FullStack Labs is modernizing the software design and coding and building applications for an existing learning management system.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Web Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

Jan. 2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

8,620 Hours

Technologies

“They are spectacular in efficiently crafting the agile development plan.“

Double Quotation Marks

Feb 21, 2018

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

4.0

Cost

4.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack’s knowledgeable team is skillfully and effectively developing the needed technology updates. They’re helpful in guiding decision-making, and their strong interpretation and communication abilities help them to deliver the desired results. Their quality work is inspiring future projects.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Brent Meinyer, Director of Research and Development

ParagonCET Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner-operator of a continuing education and training provider for healthcare and cosmetology professionals.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We’ve been seeking improvements for a long time. There are a lot of costs associated with any type of upgrade, whether it be vendor-provided or an internally-based service. We decided to look for outside help with our web app development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We developed a learning management system that has a customer retention management system attached to the backend. We’ve held the intellectual property for over 30 years for this custom software and app. They helped us bring it out of the stone age in design and coding. We have one of the first dynamic databases which reigns in our market space. It was designed for specific use cases by our executive director. FullStack Labs is tasked with assisting us in steering into the best practices of that design with today’s best practices and coding.

We chose React.js as a frontend. The backend uses Angular.js and JavaScript. We use Postgres like any dynamic database system would. We’re also stringing up a few development stacks that they’re heading using Beanstalks. We’re using a series of proprietary deployment stacks for cloud-based service providers.

We’ve tasked them with building three major apps that support one avenue of business. With how we’ve built it, they’ve had to enable some internal behaviors that I doubt they’d choose.

What is the team composition?

We have two developers, one designer, and two frontend web developers.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

When I started to uncover the world of the new marketing and SEO techniques, FullStack Labs had a very prominent ad placement in our area. Over the course of a year, David (CEO, FullStack Labs) and I had an email conversation regarding our company’s direction. We decided to move forward, and David positioned a team to assist us to meet some of those goals.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $200,000–$999,999.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They are spectacular in efficiently crafting the agile development plan. When it comes to our project, they have done very well. We’ve been very fortunate to come across their services. It’s been great. We’re remaining agile and producing very swiftly.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack. They’ve got an elegant safety net for how they develop technology. They do a good job of interpretation as well as communication, which is a rare quality in developers. When our lead developer came onto it, the use and the build case weren’t explained well. That could be in part my fault, but it had to do with the prototype build too. We spent a lengthy amount of time on the bulk of what the app was going to do for the end user, but there were important ends on it. I tried to emphasize those components to that designer, and that translated into some hiccups over the course of the build, which we ironed out very easily. Essentially, those hiccups could have saved us 3–7 weeks of build. It’s harder to go backward than it is to start over in some cases.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a set standard for their developers. Their developers make sure they’re up-to-date with their knowledge base. It’s a very symbiotic relationship because we know that we’re getting value for our money when we task a certain project or sprint. We have comfort in knowing they have standards. They’ve been very helpful in assisting in navigating uncharted waters. They’ve presented use case options that assist us in making decisions and present software that will help us reach our goals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. It would be hard to find an area where improvement is needed.

RizKnows

FullStack developed iOS and Android apps for an e-commerce site, using React Native and OneSignal. They also built a complementary API to gather content directly from the website.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Mobile App Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

Jan. 2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

506 Hours

Technologies

“They’re extremely professional and definitely experts.“

Double Quotation Marks

Jan 30, 2018

4.5

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

4.5

Schedule

4.0

Cost

4.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

In just eight months, the app has garnered over 60,000 downloads with a near full 5-star rating on both app stores. Besides a vast knowledge base, FullStack's comprehensive communication is the foundation for their success, as they ensure that every developer can be contacted about any queries.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Jeff Rizzo, CEO

RizKnows Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of an internet consumer review website for technology sporting goods, as well as home and hardware products.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We needed a mobile app developed, something that would be relatively affordable, have good usability, and be for both iOS and Android.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They built both app versions from scratch. They also built an API to reach into the backend of our website to pull data from there. This way, we only needed to produce the content once, and it would show up in both our website and the apps.

They used React Native and OneSignal for push notifications. They also worked with Google Analytics. Though the apps were done in March 2017, they still help with maintenance and support. We’re also working with them to beef up the app and add more features.

What is the team composition?

I was in touch with a project manager, though I don’t know how many were on the team.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

They were a referral from someone who worked with them before.

How much have you invested with them?

$30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Both apps have five-star ratings. We got 50,000 downloads in eight months with no marketing.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re good with communication. They set up a Slack messaging service that allows us to message any of the developers. They send us an estimate every day for how many hours they’re billing us, so we’re able to stay on top of how much money we’re spending.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re extremely professional and definitely experts.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They have multiple projects and get busy. Sometimes they can’t start on things right away because they have so much going on. That's not necessarily a negative, though it's not great for us because when I get an idea, I want to execute it immediately.

American Portfolio Holdings

FullStack provided short-term team augmentation to help American Portfolio Holdings hit some mission critical development deadlines, in time for a national industry conference.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

July 2018 - March 2019

Project Size Icon

Project Size

2,130 Hours

Technologies

“The FullStack team was brought in at a very crucial time. They ramped up quickly on our project and were able to deliver under tight deadlines.“

Double Quotation Marks

Feb. 22, 2019

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

3.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack delivered before our national conference deadline, which was a huge win for our company and for my internal team.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Ravi Meka, Senior Software Engineering Manager

American Portfolio Holdings Verified Icon

New York City, New York

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

We are a privately held, independent broker / dealer within the financial services industry. I am a Senior Software Engineer in the Platform Development department of American Portfolio Holdings. I’m responsible for the development of various products which are used across the organization. I worked closely with the FullStack team on development. The FullStack team was brought in at a very crucial time. They ramped up quickly on our project and were able to deliver under tight deadlines.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We needed to augment our existing team in order to hit some critical development deadlines.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

FullStack joined our team midway when the design was essentially in place, but we needed to build some additional functionality there. FullStack’s Design Team was a crucial value-add to the project. Brian and Analdo brought in creative / innovative ideas and processes which greatly aided the project’s success. These processes ensured understanding of the design, clarity behind expectations, and helped avoid confusion or any last minute surprises once the development was done.

Though FullStack greatly impacted our project through design, their primary engagement was to augment our development team.

What is the team composition?

Primarily composed of one lead developer, David Watts and two developers based in South America, all Angular developers. It was just me interacting with them on our side.

How did you come to work with us?

I think my manager, Andrew, picked FullStack because it was a smaller organization with a human touch. When we evaluated a few other companies for this short-term engagement, other companies said that they would send us things to review but David and Mike, in the first conversation, just had that face-to-face meeting with us over the video call. I think Mike and his team, before we’d even engaged them, did a free evaluation of the codebase to see if it was in decent shape. They came back with their feedback and we felt like they knew what they were doing. That human interaction, it helped.

How much time has been invested?

The team required very little management on my part.

What is the status of the engagement?

The project is wrapping up so it should be coming to an end in the next few weeks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It had a very big impact. The specific timeframe when we reached out was about two to three months before our national conference, which is the biggest event for us in a calendar year. We needed somebody who could quickly get started and also deliver at a very rapid pace. FullStack delivered before our national conference deadline, which was a huge win for our company and for my internal team.

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

Perfect. David Watts was my primary point of contact, and he was available any time I needed him. We would talk on a weekly basis, and would discuss the priorities for the upcoming weeks. He would ensure that the team had the correct amount of work, not overloaded or underloaded. He was a good project manager.

What did you find most impressive about FullStack?

FullStack has very strong technical people, I can’t say anything more. I never complained that a specific resource was lacking. The team had all of the needed technical skill-sets and very good quality developers.

Management - Dave, Mike, everybody - was available at anytime in Slack. We didn’t see that huge corporate delay that you get from big companies.

I was introduced to Slack and Zoom because of FullStack and grew to appreciate them as tools / resources.

Are there any areas of improvement?

FullStack performs in an optimal way, I can’t think of any recommendations. The team is very agile and very technically-qualified. Management is available whenever needed. There were times during the months of August and September when we needed the team to stretch to meet goals, so the team worked after hours and on weekends to hit these milestones.

WOTC Planet

FullStack Labs developed a web application with a Heroku-hosted database on the backend to replace a paper-based service with a web-based solution. The application is live, with further iterations in development.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Web Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

458 Hours

Technologies

“By partnering with FullStack, we’ve been able to bring larger companies on as clients.“

Double Quotation Marks

Jan 23, 2018

4.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

4.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

As well as playing an integral role in its function, the web-based service permits the firm to take on new, bigger clients and grow as a company. The team used a range of tools to communicate and manage the project well, though they could include the client more with ongoing updates about the work.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Vaughn Hromiko, CEO

WOTC Planet Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of WOTC Planet.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

I needed someone to build my web application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a web application with a relatively simple database in the backend. The database is hosted with Roku. It’s designed to allow new employees, who are being hired by our clients, to provide some very specific information about eligibility for a federal tax benefit. There’s an iteration that’s finished, but the work is ongoing. It’s live and in production. We have clients, but we’re still making changes.

What is the team composition?

There were 5–6 developers. I didn’t have direct communication with all of them. I was in touch with a project manager.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

I found them through an online search. I was looking for someone that was local enough that I could meet them face-to-face before I started working with them on the technology. They had an office in downtown Sacramento. They were highly rated and the reviews were very positive. It gave me the initial confidence to reach out to them.

How much have you invested with them?

$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Prior to this, our services were paper-based. Now that we have a web-based, paperless way to accomplish the service, we’ve been able to bring larger companies on as clients. After developing the application, they developed an API. We now have an integration with a partnering company that provides supreme resource-type services that our system functions with. It’s not a resale. We’re not going to sell the software; it’s mission-critical for our own business process.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate using Slack, Jira, and GitHub for the development process. I like the tools that they use. I was able to go in and look at code from time to time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very personable. I can’t contrast them with other vendors because it’s not something we do a lot of. Their project manager, who is one of their primary people that’s dealing with code, has degrees in computer science and he’s taught computer science at universities. His technical credentials are outstanding. That gives me confidence in what he’s doing for us because very frequently I don’t understand the technical side of what he does.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would like to be more involved in the project communication. As a domain expert in terms of the business process, sometimes I didn’t know where they were going at any particular moment. Some people probably wouldn’t want that, but for me to feel comfortable, I need to be in the loop all the time.

Skyway Language

FullStack Labs was hired to create a mobile application on both iOS and Android platforms for an early stage company to help travelers learn foreign languages.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

UI / UX Design

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

8 weeks

Project Size Icon

Project Size

252 Hours

Technologies

Invision
Sketch

“We really liked that they were smaller and local. The larger companies didn’t feel personal.“

Double Quotation Marks

Aug 25, 2016

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

The client felt that FullStack Labs performed well in all categories, noting that their communication was excellent as well as the value they provided for their cost.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Lisa Sickman, Founder

Skyway Language Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are starting up a mobile app for learning foreign languages for travelers, we’re in the early stages. I'm the Cofounder, it’s just two of us.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We don’t have a developer. We needed someone who could create the app and the design aspect. They were able to create the design for us as well. Another reason we went with them was because of the native program they use that allows them to create the app both with iOS and Android easily.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We started out by meeting with them figuring out what our needs and goals were. After two meetings of just talking, we showed them our wireframe of what we wanted. They offered input on design, asked questions about the look and functionality. Not only were we creating the look but they gave us feedback about how customers might respond to it. We met in person and web conference. They were making those updates until what we envisioned was actually created.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

I found them through an online search. I was looking for someone that was local enough that I could meet them face-to-face before I started working with them on the technology. They had an office in downtown Sacramento. They were highly rated and the reviews were very positive. It gave me the initial confidence to reach out to them.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

About 250 hours

What is the status of this engagement?

The design prototype has been completed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re happy with the way it looks. We’ve shown it to a few of our potential users. In terms of design they’re very satisfied. There’s one challenge in terms of having speech recognition.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

Very organized, they were always telling us what our current and future steps are. They’re meeting deadlines. They keep us up to date.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We really liked that they were smaller and local. The larger companies didn’t feel personal. David, the owner, has a lot of experience in the tech industry. He was able to offer us some advice that was outside of creating the app. Talking to us about our plans for growing the business. He gave us some tips. That was nice to have.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I might have some thoughts after working on the app. We’re really satisfied right now.

Bunk1

FullStack Labs revamped an existing web application by redesigning its main pages, making it more intuitive and creating a better user experience. They also provided mobile app development.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

10,800 Hours

Technologies

“They added a lot of value in terms of ideas...you feel like they care about the work.“

Double Quotation Marks

Jan 23, 2018

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

The success of the project attracted 7,000 new active users for the app. FullStack Labs provided high-quality work, consistently met project deadlines, and provided a good value for the money spent. The team behaved more like ideation partners, impressing with their their personable approach.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Rob Burns, President

Bunk1 Verified Icon

New York City, New York

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I work with Bunk1. We provide software for children's summer camps. I am the president of Bunk1.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

When I first hired them, I was exploring a way to refurbish our existing application. They did some discovery work for us on a new business idea. We ended up working with them on a number of different projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We have a big application that has existed for a long time that had some legacy code. They've been helping to refactor some of that and create a better user experience. They helped redesign many pages and helped make it more intuitive for our users. The biggest project they did was creating a mobile app for our users.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

They reached out to me because they were aware that we were building in Ruby. I was initially against the idea of outsourcing, but when I talked to their team – David Jackson [CEO at FullStack Labs] in particular was very convincing and took the time to understand our business, and I felt like he really got it and had a ton of value to add. He brought his own ideas before we'd even committed to any relationship. We tested them out on a small scale, which went well. The developers they have are incredible.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

10,819 hours

What is the status of this engagement?

It's ongoing. We plan to be with them for a long time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have about 7,000 people using the app at the moment.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

It was awesome. We had a tight timeframe. They initially underestimated the size of our web application and what was involved in the legacy codes. It didn't faze them. They adjusted and worked overtime when necessary to stay on schedule. They met the timeframe and delivered on time. We're a seasonal business so that's important for us.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The experience I've had with other firms is in direct contrast to what FullStack did. I'm comparing them with two other firms I worked with in the past. They care a lot about what their clients are doing. They bring their ideas and concepts to the table. I felt like they were on my team. They added a lot of value in terms of ideas and continue to do so. No matter who's working on the project you feel like they care about the work that's being produced.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I've been really happy. At the beginning, I didn't have a goal to outsource long term. The fact that I'm continuing to send work their way is a testament to what they're about. There were some minor details that didn't meet my expectations, but they always addressed my concerns in a timely manner. I think they're amazing, and I feel fortunate to have found them.

LiquidGoldConcept

FullStack Labs is collaborating with an in-house UX designer on the development of an app. They completed the prototype, conducted user testing, and built mockups to show potential investors.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

UI / UX Design

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

2016 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

Around 100 Hours

Technologies

Invision
Sketch

“They understand the struggles that startup companies are going through because they went through the same thing.“

Double Quotation Marks

Aug 5, 2016

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack Labs’ work is reaching potential clients in 3 states. The team has genuine interest and investment in the success of the project and an excellent understanding of the industry and business challenges. They have facilitated a smooth process with constant communication.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Anna Sadovnikova, CEO

LiquidGoldConcept Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

LiquidGoldConcept is a maternal and child's health technology company. Our goal is to improve the health of mothers and newborns by training health providers in breastfeeding management and empowering parents with a mobile health application called MomKit. I am the CEO and cofounder.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We have a UX [user experience] designer on the team, but we needed FullStack to come in and help us with the design and development of our prototype. We worked with them for a week with our UX designer to work collaboratively with them on the first pass on our mobile health application. Then, we continued to work during the next month to make modifications. They would put together mockups of our application to show to potential investors. Our UX designer had done wireframing, and she had planned out much of the look and feel of the application. We brought her here so she could learn from FullStack and collaborate with them to make sure the prototype that's developed meets our expectations, but it's also done swiftly and efficiently with FullStack.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Up until this point [as of August 2016], we’ve worked with two members of Fullstack – David [Jackson], the CEO, and Brian, who is a designer. We met in person a couple of times with them. We did a brainstorming session where they learned a lot about our company and our mission. Then, we planned out the main views of the prototype. The first week, we did a lot of back and forth where Brian would create the mockups, and we would give feedback on it. David facilitated these conversations and helped us understand the big picture of what is modern and what people are looking for. Brian did the design. We provided input on that. We did much of the user testing during that time period to implement changes.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

They were recommended to us by another company that worked with them. We were talking with a couple other firms that were out of our price range. Fullstack had a unique approach and was local, which we liked.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Around 100 hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

It's ongoing. We signed a letter of intent with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We have many potential clients in three states. The goal was that instead of me describing what it would look like we can send people links to show what it looks like. That's been incredibly helpful.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

This is our first time working with another business, so we don‘t have anything to compare it to. We were very happy with the way the whole process was facilitated. We started talking to them three months before we signed any contract with them. We met with them in person several times. We wanted to find out what their philosophy is. Both Brian and David are fathers with young children, so they understand the importance of the work we are doing. That shows through in their work. It was obvious they cared deeply. David even put in $25 into our crowdfunding campaign. It‘s a business relationship, but he cares about our success, which is rare. It‘s not just about the product, but the bigger mission, too.

What distinguishes FullStack Labs from other providers?

We liked that they're local. They understand the ecosystem in Sacramento and the need for the involvement of a robust entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the Sacramento region. They understand the struggles that startup companies are going through because they went through the same thing. They understand all the players in the field. It's a well-managed company. They got everything done in a timely manner. They worked diligently to make sure we were in constant communication.

Is there anything FullStack Labs could have improved or done differently?

It would have been nice to have done a little more brainstorming in the beginning. We provided them with wireframes and I think I would have liked them to say let's just do everything from scratch. At the same time, we have limited funding, so the fact that we were able to save time and money by coming up with our own ideas – that's fine. We had a year's worth of work in it. I don't know what their process is with other people.

Valley CAN

FullStack Labs is currently adapting hardware and implementing OCR and barcode scanning as part of a Salesforce data automation project. The team also developed an app in the first phase of this project.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

2016 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

1,201 Hours

Technologies

“Their attitude toward our needs is their greatest value in making all this work.“

Double Quotation Marks

Aug 5, 2016

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack Labs has an excellent grasp on the technological, financial, and customization needs of the project. The team is upgrading 1997 technology to develop affordable solutions to expand data collection and automation. Their work has been integral to the entire business strategy.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Tom Knox, Executive Director

Valley CAN Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We do air quality and carbon reduction programs in California. We serve about 12,000 customers a year, and we're doing about 4,000 smog repairs. We'll do more than 1,000 down payments for vehicle replacements. Our budget is somewhere between $10 million and $15 million per year.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We have a huge need for what we call data automation – to take a process that was totally paper-based and start to automate that. Our low income customer base does not use technology. We've never used technology as there's never been a real appreciation on a technology side for the challenges with dealing with low income, often undocumented farm workers mainly.

We started working with Salesforce getting our data back-end in shape. We talked to FullStack. They really showed a good understanding of what we were doing and have been adapting our needs throughout, and have come up with some great cheap solutions.

I think just above all, they are working within our limitations and are customizing to our needs, which is how all this has worked. Their attitude toward our needs is their greatest value in making all this work.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

They're doing hardware work, adapting hardware for our needs. They've been able to open our printer, copier and scanner equipment and started using that to do barcode scanning and OCR [optical character recognition] stuff that is customized to our needs. They are starting the process of adapting tablets to our needs, adding the ability to store and scan driver's licenses to pull the information that we need digitally very easily from the paperwork that our customers have. They're packing this hardware in a way that makes it usable for some unpredictable circumstances.

They have developed an app and are continuing to expand that as our custom intake app. All the back-end programming to decode barcodes and to decode vehicle identification numbers – it's a 14 or 15-digit number where each digit means something. They've been able to break that open and populate a lot of our stuff. Based on the VIN, they can do an automatic query to some online database and get more data back. Building in the logic to continually make qualification judgments for customers based on the responses that are populated into the app. They're growing that farther and farther out so that we can qualify customers for more benefits.

It's significant what they're up to. I think it ought to get a lot of recognition once we're fully done and launched. It's already delivering many benefits. The cheap integration they've done has been huge.

How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?

We found them through Hacker Lab, a nonprofit in Sacramento. They recommended the guys to help with our data analysis.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

About 1200 hours.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've gotten through the first phase. They have excelled in automating our data acquisition at events for vehicles. It works well. They've solved all our wireless and a bunch of other stuff. We're just at the point where we're pivoting into stage two, which is going to be moving from cars to households, and getting the app up on tablets; getting a lot more fields ready with everything.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

In our little world of vehicle emissions, carbon reduction, there's never been any tech associated with it for 10 years. The most advanced technology we use at our events was developed in 1997. This is a significant thing within our world of environmental improvement, field work to do environmental programs. This is the goal we've had for 10 years. The California Air Resources Board has seen the app working. They've seen the VINs being decoded, and the barcoding we're doing at events off vehicle registration paperwork.

If FullStack hadn't performed as well, we would not be in the position to expand our program. This is instrumental to our entire strategy, and we are totally on track. I couldn't say enough about how they've enabled us to pursue our goals.

How did FullStack Labs perform from a project management standpoint?

It's great. Their managers have been engaged throughout. The whole project management staffing, matching team to task has been fantastic. All their staff is very committed. I'm very aware of how much bureaucracy there is in the tech world, and we've gotten nothing but solutions. I am totally happy with their approach to everything, their integrity, honesty, the whole thing. It's great.

What distinguishes FullStack Labs from other providers?

We were never told that what we were doing was going to be too difficult. I think part of the reason they were willing to engage was because of where they were located in Sacramento. I'm extremely happy with how they've approached this as a problem to solve. They've delivered solutions. It's been a very straightforward process, very understandable. I've never had a concern about them. This has been the rare time where I'm actually 100 percent satisfied with the performance of a contractor.

Is there anything FullStack Labs could have improved or done differently?

Within the limitations that we put on them – no.

Bestest

Bestest is an Instagram-style social polling application that allows live voting, public opinion gathering, and group decision-making. Bestest came to FullStack with an Alpha version of their application that they’d built with another consultancy, and enlisted our help to finish the beta version of the application, and provide ongoing development support post-launch. The app is currently live on iOS and Android, and we’re excited to currently be working on additional features and enhancements.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

Apr. 2018 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

2,872 Hours

Technologies

“FullStack delivers the perfect combination of USA-based technical managers with cost-effective nearshore developers. Our React Native app has already amassed 16,000 users.“

Double Quotation Marks

Feb. 18, 2019

4.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

4.0

Schedule

4.0

Cost

4.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack has done an excellent job taking the project over from a different consultancy and quickly improving the speed and efficiency of the development lifecycle. FullStack has primarily focused on new feature development, performance optimization, and quality improvements which has resulted in Bestest amassing over 16,000 users (casting over 1.2M votes) in only five months.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Kelly Helmuth, Chief Growth Officer

Bestest Verified Icon

New York City, New York

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

We are a start-up mobile social polling technology, available on the App Store and Google Play.

In short, Bestest is an Instagram-style feed where every post is a poll. The app exists for live audience voting, public opinion-gathering, and group decision-making.

The buzzword most commonly associated with Bestest is “addictive.”

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We developed the beta version of Bestest in India — it proved the app concept and functionality, and helped us raise capital from investors. After loads of marketing testing and an intensive work session involving various tech experts, we decided to completely retool our app for the alpha version. The technology stack we decided upon required a very specific skill set, which we found stateside. Unfortunately, our stateside developers took three times longer and cost three times more than we expected. Deadlines passed and the app still wasn’t ready. Time kept going and we continued to burn through precious capital.

It was at this point that we found FullStack Labs, bringing them an application that was 90 percent done but stalled at the one yard-line. I’m pleased to report that FullStack was able to bring Bestest into the end-zone, scoring massive points with users, investors and the rest of our team.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

Our Company’s mantra is Bestest Technology, Bestest People (users, team and partners), Bestest Brand and Bestest Self. Until we found FullStack, though, we were missing a pretty foundational part: the technology.

What is the team composition?

One project manager and three developers. Team size would flex as we needed.

Although we brought the UI / UX design to FullStack, we still sought insight from their Design Director, Brian. Brian is extremely technical, design-oriented, and a huge asset to the team. We would go to him with our most egregious challenges that couldn’t be resolved internally and Brian would provide insight and perspective that would resolve the issue and allow us to keep moving forward.

How did you come to work with us?

Internet search. FullStack was the only prospective partner that didn’t come to us by referral.

We chose to have a relationship with them because of their project management framework (which was flexible to our needs), their business perspective, their itemized, automated reports which provided complete billing transparency, their raw talent and ability, and their experience in facing problems and knowing how to overcome them.

How much time has been invested?

2,872 hours.

What is the status of the engagement?

Started in April of 2018 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The fact that we have an app that is available to the public and have amassed over 16,000 users (who have cast more than 1.2 million votes in the app) in only five months. I should mention that 50 percent of those users joined in just the last 60 days.

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

Mike was an outstanding project manager with great technical skills, recommendations, and immediate command of the app; Miguel brought a lot of value in team management and driving output.

What did you find most impressive about FullStack?

We interviewed a lot of companies. FullStack's skills matched our technology stack perfectly: React.js, React Native, and Node.js. Plus, they deliver the perfect combination of USA-based technical project managers with cost-effective nearshore software developers.
The FullStack team is extremely professional and requires little management.

Are there any areas of improvement?

No. Just keep hiring more devs so Bestest and other clients can have access to them!

chill-n-go

chill-n-go, founded in 1977, is the leading manufacturer of high-quality wine bags, and other custom textile products. chill-n-go needed to improve the efficiency of their operations and make it easier for their customers to place orders. So we collaborated with them to design and develop an online portal for their customers to place orders and manage their accounts, and a fully integrated order management system to improve the speed and efficiency of their internal operations.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

Aug. 2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

Around 2,700 Hours

Technologies

“Working with FullStack Labs (Gisselle and Charly) has been one of, if not THE, best work experiences I’ve had in my life - and I’ve built a lot of stuff in my 70+ years.“

Double Quotation Marks

Feb. 12, 2019

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

5.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack has successfully collaborated with chill-n-go’s team to gain a deep understanding of their business and design a software solution that solves their most pressing problems. After a few false starts with other consultancies, chill-n-go is ecstatic to finally have a live client facing app for their customers to use. They are especially pleased with the quality of work performed by the designers and developers in Colombia (Charly and Gisselle).

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Bill Estberg, President

chill-n-go Verified Icon

Sacramento, California

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

Originally founded in 1977, chill-n-go, Inc. is a textile manufacturing company with a general focus on manufacturing custom textile solutions. Specifically, CNG is the world’s leader in designing and manufacturing insulated portage products for the wine and spirits industries (chill-n-go®), as well as providing on-demand OEM manufacturing for a host of companies across a range of industries. As President and owner, my role is to provide resources, remove obstacles and set direction. An amazing group of committed individuals takes it from there.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenge were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

We needed to improve and expand the level and technological means to serve customers who place large manufacturing orders and request that we manage the distribution of those items over time. We envisioned an application that allows a user to ‘drop ship on demand’ and ‘re-order’. In short, command distribution of their inventory and/or re-order their custom product.

We had attempted this development twice prior - both attempts failed; the level of complexity was grossly underestimated resulting in large losses of time, money and ultimately the failure of development to deliver a viable product.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

We knew generally what we wanted and what the solution would provide - but after failures and losses we weren’t sure of the ‘how’. At the time, we knew to a small degree that ‘business logic’ needed to be forefront - but we had no idea of the extent. FullStack’s scope had to encompass a much larger understanding of our business logic as well as the ability to ‘develop’ and ‘code’ that understanding into the desired solution.

Of course, as the project developed we fell prey to ‘feature creep’. This is logical - one simply can’t stop thinking. The deeper the business logic is understood and development progresses the more one realizes the possibilities. It then becomes discipline - ‘possible’ doesn’t mean ‘necessity’ - or does it? The scope of FullStack’s involvement expanded to encompass the possibilities as well as the necessary discipline.

As we near completion, looking back, we will end up with far more than we set out to accomplish. One might categorize this fact as ‘feature creep’ - but we think it’s the logical extension of what needed to be done. It was clearly NOT a ‘sales drive’ by FullStack Labs - it was in fact their very ‘scope’ of our company and this project that allowed us to leverage this effort into something far greater than envisioned.

What is the team composition?

Charly (Development), Mike (Project Management), Gisselle (Design), and myself.

How did you come to work with us?

After our failures our reactions became guarded to say the least. I felt that a ‘local’ component was necessary - there was just too much complexity - it become important that we had a physical relationship - you come to our plant to see and feel - we go to your office to see and feel. Eye contact, handshakes, physical environments - old fashioned in today’s world - but we had to find something to cling to. Coincidentally, FullStack Labs office is very close to our plant.

I will say now that we put too much emphasis on the ‘local’ requirement. As much as FullStack has learned about chill-n-go, we’ve learned about the development process - and current technologies/tools. While I would not have wanted to start the project absent a close physical proximity, I have become extremely comfortable - better yet, extremely confident, in our mutual ability to communicate and work regardless of location. FullStack taught me to think differently - and that’s a very positive yet unintended consequence.

How much time has been invested?

To date, approximately 2,700 hours of design/development time, and about a third of my 10 to 12 hour daily routine.

What is the status of the engagement?

Started August 2017 and ongoing. Expect major objective completion around 4/1/19. However, this is a fact I have come to believe - ‘development never stops’ (nor should it). As we can afford it, we will continue with development.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Fairly, because the app is not yet fully deployed, the immediate evidence is our elation at having achieved our original objective, but then having gone so much further. Pointedly, the QUALITY of the work. As we’ve begun using and operating in the app alone (not using our existing systems) we’re seeing first how much easier it will be for us to function; second and more importantly, how this app will enhance our customer service capabilities. This will change our lives, it will change our business, and it will enrich our customer interactions.

Yesterday (1/31/19), one of the 10 largest wine companies in the US emailed asking if we could develop ‘better’ ordering and distribution methods that would relieve their office from a significant, and a sometimes nuisance-to-them, work-flow. Their field personnel need the tools we make for them but they wanted out of the ordering process. Voila! Why yes, it just so happens we’ve been working on almost exactly that solution!! In reality, the app as it is is not exactly what they wished, but very close. With our customer we’ve already agreed to a ‘system’ that will accomplish their goal using the app - and we long ago planned for the enhancements they desire to make it exactly what they want. Back to ‘this will change our business‘ and ‘development never stops’.

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

The direct and end answer to this question is ‘extremely well’. However, at times I wasn’t convinced about this. I recognize the extremely competitive environment of the technology development or consultancy business, but I wasn’t prepared for the fear, disappointment and feeling of loss when our lead developer ‘had to move on’. To boot, this happened twice.

But here is truly where the rubber meets the road. From our view, the project is in jeopardy - if not from completely stopping and failing, surely from a quality viewpoint - something, lots of things, are about to get lost in the process. Everything we know is in this app, and frankly, we’re terrified. So, how these obstacles are overcome is going to make or break the project (and the relationship). It’s going to define the grit and commitment of management. I can’t attest to their inner workings - I can attest to two things: first, their PM software and implementation doesn’t lose things; and second, more importantly, their management reaction and actions ultimately insured no jeopardy to the project; and re-instilled our confidence that the project would meet our expectations. In fact, their actions ultimately led us to a far better working arrangement and a far superior product than would have resulted otherwise.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Managing a project is much about the obvious resources, time, cost and objective - but it’s also about managing the client to some degree. David, Mike and Brian knew of my sensitivity to locale; they knew to some degree what we were thinking, our history and our fears. They also knew that the real solution was the opposite - it was three time zones away in South America, and if Bill could just get past himself and embrace some technology, there is the solution.

Enter Charly Palencia. Not knowing any better, I am just going to go on thinking it was Mike’s or David’s, or Brian’s genius that deduced Bill and Charly would fit - maybe it was their last alternative, I don’t know. Yes, Charly is the lead developer, and like the previous two he’s got the same tools and the methods and the same work processes and company practices and all the ‘stuff’ - good and bad. But it turned out that Charly had two other things - urgency and a kind of wisdom.

Urgency, not flightiness, rushing, hyperness - urgency about life, about purpose. The desire, or the fire in your gut, the pressure within to accomplish - to get better, to learn more, to do more, to fix, to make right, to create.

Wisdom - Charly’s not old enough for ‘wisdom’ that only age can bring - his wisdom stems from an uncanny and remarkable ability to listen to a single piece of business logic, assimilate the facts, and then contextually apply the thought to the OVERALL picture and objective. He’s grasped the whole business - he worries about the same things I worry about. “Business logic” is just the collection of what I call logic paths. This business and my management require the articulation, transparency and execution of logic paths. Charly ‘gets it’ and he fits.

And it’s not just Charly - it’s Gisselle with whom I’m also fortunate to work directly with and who seems to share the urgency and wisdom; and it’s Edgar, Oleksandra and people I’ve never spoken with or seen. It’s David and Mike and Brian who I know constantly are doing, saying, suggesting, changing - all to bring the product we desired to a level of quality and functionality that exceeds our expectations.

While I will remember this project as being much about Charly’s communication skills, his ability to understand the business logic (the logic paths we’ve created and operate under), his unending patience, and his ‘coding brightness’ - all pushed by his personal life urgency, in reality, it’s Team FullStack.

What did you find most impressive about us?

I’m most impressed that we are where we are - that is, the application we will end up with is far more than we expected or frankly, set out to accomplish - and it was your management of both the project and the client that made this possible.

The little things - see above. But there’s a little more you should know. I found it a bit disconcerting that there would be ‘quality improvements’ that I couldn’t see or identify first. This whole process is a wake-up call - you realize how much you don’t know - how much you took for granted and just how ‘stupid’ you are for not understanding that.

I cannot express enough what a learning curve this has been for me. While it might be an entirely unintended consequence, I know far more now than when we started - I know more about what you do and how to be a ‘better customer’ - but more importantly, I know more about my business. “You don’t know anything until you have to teach it” - until you have to get all that stuff that you know and are so good at into somebody else’s head. It’s a whole different ballgame being a Journeyman, than being a Journeyman with an Apprentice. This experience has been wonderful in this regard.

(I’ve learned that it actually just might, maybe, be possible, maybe I said, to live in a world without Microsoft - shhh - don’t tell anyone I said that. How do you guys do that again?).

Are there any areas of improvement?

I did find areas of improvement, and as each one of them arose they were addressed immediately. When our tech guru first suggested I look at your site (before we met) I was really put off by the immediate focus on ‘budget’ - or, my money. It really almost stopped me from making the call. But I did make the call, and I think in our first meeting brought it up. To my utter amazement, it was gone the next day (not gone - but much more conservatively placed elsewhere). Along the way I had other ‘issues’ - mostly with seeing what I wanted to see in terms of details, bugs, status, finance - probably just normal things that occur when two different ‘operations’ come together. First, I always felt that I could comfortably bring up something I thought was amiss, and second, every time I did it was fixed or addressed immediately.

In fairness, many of the ‘areas of improvement’ were mine to fix. I simply needed to learn more, listen more and see if maybe my area of concern was of my own making. Many of them were. I needed to get out of my own way and learn some new stuff - which is a good thing. We are always our own worst enemies.

Certainly I wanted to really scream - ‘never lose a developer’. Not realistic, and in the long run, maybe not an improvement at all. I could not ask you to improve how you handled a negative situation - in fact, as mentioned, you turned a negative situation into a better solution than originally existed. That is the epitome of ‘improvement’. Good job!!

Friends & Strangers

FullStack performed a code review and technical audit for an up-and-coming startup that was considering adding additional developers to their project.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Software Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

March 2019

Technologies

“The team is extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to help us.“

Double Quotation Marks

Mar. 11, 2019

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star
Feedback Summary

FullStack Labs did a review of our application's code in anticipation of them building out the Android version of our app. The team is extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to help us before even knowing if we would work together or not. Because of this and their track record of success, we plan on working with FullStack Labs in the very near future.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Ori Barnik, Chief Executive Officer

Friends & Strangers Verified Icon

Brooklyn, New York

SwiftMile

FullStack redesigned and rebuilt SwiftMile's existing web app under a tight deadline, then provided ongoing support and maintenance post launch.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Web Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

6 months

Technologies

javascript
HTML5
CSS3

“They came through big time and the team was a pleasure to work with.“

Double Quotation Marks

Jan. 4, 2016

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star
Feedback Summary

These guys are great. I was in need to get my site up and running to catch some major PR our company was about to receive. They came through big time and David and Thomas were a pleasure to work with.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Colin Roche

SwiftMile Verified Icon

San Francisco, California

Clik2Flip

FullStack designed and developed an iOS & Android mobile application for Clik2Flip. The app allows real estate investors to quickly search for and identify potential investment properties, then perform an instant investment analysis (for rentals, flips and vacation rentals) with the click of a button and no data entry required.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Design and Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

1,077 Hours

Technologies

“I got a fantastic app that looks clean and has a great design, and is stable with no crashes. I had a fantastic developer - I really enjoyed working with Armaiz, a fantastic young man. I consider my app to be a valuable asset that was brought to life by the team at FullStack.“

Double Quotation Marks

Mar 13, 2019

4.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

4.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

The partnership with FullStack Labs was very successful. The design was brought to life with an effective, truly collaborative process. The team at FullStack understood, then improved upon the initial vision, providing a valuable product at a price that made business sense.

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Jon Crosby, CEO

Clik2Flip Verified Icon

Rocklin, CA

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

My business is Clik2Flip, Inc., I’m the Founder and CEO. FullStack built a mobile application for me that allows real estate investors to perform instant calculations on investment properties.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenges were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

I had a design for an app but I lacked the coding expertise to build it myself. I wanted the quickest path to a mobile app that could run on both iOS and Android devices. That led me down the path to looking for React Native developers and I came across FullStack.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

We began with a design sprint in which the FullStack team used my wireframes as a starting point, then went through their standard design process, which produced high-fidelity designs of each view of the app, and a clickable prototype built with InVision. Once that was complete, we moved onto development, and built iOS and Android apps using React Native.

What is the team composition?

Brian Smith was the primary designer and Armaiz Adenwala was the primary developer with some oversight and project management from Mike Piccolo.

How did you come to work with us?

I found FullStack through a Google search.

How much time has been invested?

1077 hours so far.

What is the status of the engagement?

The apps are currently live in both the iOS and Android stores. We’re now in maintenance mode, which is ongoing.

How much longer do you see the engagement going?

At least the rest of this year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I got a fantastic app that looks clean and has a great design, and is stable with no crashes. I had a fantastic developer - I really enjoyed working with Armaiz, a fantastic young man. I consider my app to be a valuable asset that was brought to life by the team at FullStack.

It’s been live for over a year. We launched a paid subscription model last fall which has been doing well. I average a couple hundred active users per month, with 75-100 paid subscribers.

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

I work at a software consultancy and have experience with project management and oversight throughout the project life-cycle. This experience allowed me to feel comfortable acting as the project manager for most of the project. This approach went really well.

What did you find most impressive about us?

Other than those really cool Altwork chairs?! I met with a few software shops prior to FullStack, but I had a great meeting with David and I thought Brian was wonderful to work with. I liked the dynamic, the calmness of the environment. I liked that the team understood what my goals were. I felt that it was the right fit from a technology perspective as well as a pricing perspective.

Are there any areas of improvement?

Not that I can think of.

Other comments

I appreciate the partnership with FullStack over the past few years and hope that FullStack will continue to see value in what they’ve built for me as we continue to work together. I would ask that FullStack provide options or feedback on new technologies that they come across that could improve my app. For example, if a new library appears that would be an easy swap to improve the app, let the client know.

The Coding Network

Repair pre-existing system, upgrade software and integrate into new accounting system.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

System Upgrade and Integration

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

November 2017 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

1,112 Hours

Technologies

“It’s not easy to get 5 stars from me but you guys have been great! You show up on time, you finish within the schedule. We’re doing accounting and financial systems which means that you have to learn the business side of it. It’s not only software, you have to understand the workflow. Our experience has been amazing.“

Double Quotation Marks

Mar 15, 2019

5.0

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5.0

Schedule

5.0

Cost

4.0

Willing To Refer

5.0
Feedback Summary

FullStack Labs took a pre-existing system that was unstable and full of bugs, repaired it, upgraded it and integrated it into a new accounting system with perfect reconciliation. They understood our business model and have performed in an efficient manner. An amazing experience!

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

George Grant, Director of IT

The Coding Network Verified Icon

Los Angeles, CA

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

Director of IT for The Coding Network. We do medical coding and auditing for the healthcare industry in the US.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenges were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

Three things. We had a system that was built by another developer that was fragile and out-of-control. Our month-end process would break every month. It was difficult to support and maintain on an operational basis.

Another challenge was that we needed a knowledgeable resource to upgrade the system, to make it supportable and maintainable. We had some known bugs in the system.

Thirdly, we’re a growing company. We’ve outgrown Quickbooks and we wanted to migrate to Accounting Seed which is a SalesForce application. We needed a complete systems integration.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

FullStack Labs was integral in dealing with all of our challenges, repair of the pre-existing system, upgrading, and integration. The team initially stabilized the system. Then Michael Godshall came in and made some significant improvements and upgrades, fixing all of the known bugs.

The first phase of the system integration has been completed.

What is the team composition?

Rodrigo Morales
Michael Godshall
Mike Piccolo
David Jackson

How did you come to work with us?

I did a Google search for people with the expertise we needed in Python / software development, and I found FullStack Labs. We had some discussions and it seemed like a perfect fit so we moved forward.

What is the status of the engagement?

The integration will be completed by the end of March so we’ll have it all tested and ready to go into production. Then there will be some training. After that we’ll utilize FullStack Labs on an ongoing basis for support and maintenance.

How much longer do you see the engagement on-going?

Probably forever!

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We just finished testing the Salesforce integration and did a cross-compare of all the results with our live production system and it balanced to the penny. We’re very pleased that it reconciled. It’s a big accomplishment and we’re happy it was completed on schedule!

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

I’m very pleased with the way you guys manage projects and get work done, very professional and efficient. Excellent.

What have you found most impressive about us?

The existing application was maintained on our previous vendor’s in-house servers and you migrated the entire application to AWS. That was a big deal. FullStack Labs moved it to the cloud and got it under control and fixed the bugs, and made it operational. That’s not easy to do with another company’s code. Both the guys and the management have been top-notch and professional.

It’s not easy to get 5 stars from me but you guys have been great! You show up on time, you finish within the schedule. We’re doing accounting and financial systems which means that you have to learn the business side of it. It’s not only software, you have to understand the workflow. Our experience has been amazing.

Are there any areas of improvement?

No, I can’t think of anything.

Gemini

FullStack helped us transform our Accounts Receivable operations by developing a modern, user-friendly interface using React.js. This allowed us to process hundreds of invoices simultaneously, instead of individually, and helped integrate the AR system into our enterprise resource planning process.

Project Category Icon

Project Category

Development

Porject Duration Icon

Project Duration

Apr. 2018 - Ongoing

Project Size Icon

Project Size

3,789 Hours

Technologies

“FullStack is highly skilled with React.js, and has the ability to solve complex React problems...they really are working at the bleeding edge of the technology.“

Double Quotation Marks

Apr. 3, 2019

5

Star Star Star Star Star

Quality

5

Schedule

5

Cost

5

Willing To Refer

5
Feedback Summary

We really appreciate FullStack’s expertise, and understanding of best practices, for React.js. Their team really is working at the bleeding edge of the technology. After implementing their recommendations we’ve been able to increase automation and decrease labor by 50% in our AR department, freeing up our people for more productive uses

The Reviewer
User Profile Image

Kenny Johnston, Director of Technology

Gemini Verified Icon

Rocklin, CA

The Review

BACKGROUND

Tell me about your business and your role within the organization?

Gemini is a legal copy service that subpoenas medical records for workers compensation claims, copies and scans them, then provides them to attorneys. I’m the Director of Technology and oversee our IT operations and software engineering team.

OPPORTUNITY

What challenges were you trying to address with FullStack Labs?

Due to changes in the law, our billing operations were going to become much more complicated, and the volume of forms, invoices and documents we would be processing was going to skyrocket. More of our people had to complete more steps. So we decided to invest in software automation and make the process more streamlined. We wanted a more interactive system that would allow our staff to perform multiple tasks in a single transaction.

SOLUTION

What is the scope of our involvement?

We started by targeting the front-end user interface of our Accounts Receivable application, which was used by a team of 40 people.

It’s a very large Ruby on Rails application with a vanilla Rails front-end, and no JS framework. After discussions with Mike Piccolo (CTO of FullStack Labs) we found a way to take this large monolithic application and develop a more modern, user-friendly front-end using React.js.

The initial team included Arthur Tyukayev (he’s a champion of React code, and an amazing developer!). We were able to collaborate with Arthur and FullStack and build an interface that really changed our business operations paradigm. We went from processing one invoice at a time to processing batches of invoices intelligently, grouping them, categorizing them, automating communications around them, and resubmitting them electronically.

Given the size of our company it didn’t make sense to do invoices individually. We were processing 8 to 10 thousand invoices per month. We were throwing bodies at the problem which is how we got up to 40 people in Accounts Receivable. Working with FullStack allowed us to streamline our operations, and reduce our invoicing staff from 40 to 20 professionals, which has translated into significant, ongoing savings for our company.

Now our core system includes all the features and functionality of a modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, including customer-relationship management (CRM), paper billing, electronic billing, order management, court filings management, and records management. It runs the core of the business and integrates with case management software and a number of other systems in a seamless manner, which enables us to focus on our primary mission, increasing our ability to obtain and process records for clients.

The first project went so well that we decided to continue working with FullStack on four additional projects, and we’ve added an additional developer to the team to work on our Ruby on Rails app.

What is the team composition?

Arthur Tyukayev is working on our React app, Gina Filippov is working on our Ruby on Rails app, and Mike Piccolo is helping out from time to time on architecture and other complex technical matters.

How did you come to work with us?

I was working at a consultancy called New Leaders, where I met and worked with Mike for 18 months. I eventually left and started my own consultancy and Mike left and started FullStack Labs. I hired FullStack for a different project, where I got to work with Dave, Ben, Edgar and Gina and was really impressed. I eventually shut down my consultancy and went in-house with Gemini and convinced Gemini to hire FSL.

What is the status of the engagement?

We’re continuing to work with FullStack, focusing on ongoing maintenance and feature development for our React and Ruby on Rails apps. There are many traditional Rails interfaces that need to be moved to React, so the engagement will continue on for some time.

How much longer do you see the engagement on-going?

Indefinitely.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Reduction of the AR department from 40 to 20 employees. Automated and simplified procedures. Improvement in quality of life due to better performing software.

How did we perform from a project management standpoint?

Gemini has project management responsibilities for this engagement.

What did you find most impressive about FullStack?

FullStack is highly skilled with React, and has the ability to solve complex React problems, working at the bleeding edge of the technology. Gemini has a great team of talented in-house engineers, but we still struggled with making technical choices within React, like deciding on which toolset to use. We needed guidance. Mike and FSL were able to provide this guidance and help us make the right technical choices, which allowed us to get the right architecture in place and start leveraging it without wasting time.

Are there any areas of improvement?

Matching expectations with deliverables is always challenging, and I think FSL can do a better job on this, but they are still better than most consultancies I’ve dealt with. It would also be nice to be able to track estimates to actuals more easily, which would allow us to better predict and manage budgets and schedules. But FSL is already leaps and bounds ahead of most other consultancies on this. I appreciate the “buy-in” throughout the team. We haven’t gotten that from other big consultancies we’ve worked with in the past.

Let’s Talk!

We’d love to learn more about your project. Contact us below for a free consultation with our CEO.
Projects Start at $25,000.

FullStack Labs
This field is required
This field is required
Type of project
Reason for contact:
How did you hear about us? This field is required