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Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the company?
Merixstudio drives digital innovation to businesses of tomorrow through end-to-end software solutions. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs embrace the power of digital transformation. As one of the best custom software development companies in the world, we shape the future of businesses by building high-quality web and cross-platform applications. Within more than 20 years in business, Merixstudio created new value for 250+ global brands such as GS1, Volkswagen, The Independent, Toshiba, and HSBC as well as accelerated growth of successfully scaled startups like Moneyfarm, Sendinblue, and Burrow, a Y Combinator-incubated company. I’m the CEO of Merixstudio.
What was the idea behind starting this organization?
Our story is built on a dedication to the future.
Back in 1999, when we were one of the first Polish interactive web agencies with a few people on board, I believed that sooner or later every business would be digital. Mixing an innovative mindset and extensive tech expertise, I strived to help entrepreneurs discover high-potential opportunities and get a headstart in a new reality.
Within our 20-years-long business journey, we founded an e-commerce B2C startup, developed 200+ award-winning web and cross-platform mobile apps, and implemented new technologies including AI, IoT, machine learning, and big data. Diverse experiences gave us a unique glimpse into different challenges entrepreneurs may have. But most importantly, we learned how to cover every step of the digital transformation journey.
Over the years, we’ve perfected a unique methodology based on a deep understanding of business goals, transparent processes, and an agile approach to each project that enables us to unlock the full digital growth potential. We are in a place we always wanted to be - delivering businesses of tomorrow better, faster, and more disruptive results.
What is your company’s business model–in house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
We are a full-stack team of 150+ experts building digital products for clients looking to outsource software development to professionals. As we are convinced that the best quality stems from working with top-tier talents, we seek, recruit, and develop the brightest engineers and designers locally creating an outstanding workplace for them. They are our permanent staff members sitting under one roof or working remotely. We do not use third-party vendors.
Based on the needs of clients, we can support them in end-to-end product development by either building cross-functional dedicated teams or extending their in-house team of engineers, acting as a part of the larger development teams.
How is your business model beneficial from a value addition perspective to the clients compared to other companies' models?
Our clients recognize us as a one-stop software development company with the ability to create a long-term design and development partnership. We not only provide them with technical expertise but also offer fully-fledged support throughout the entire duration of the project life cycle that covers project management, quality assurance, and product design services.
What other businesses perceive as Merixstudio’s great advantage is our company’s culture based on transparency, trust, and commitment. Working independently and communicating clearly, we always strive to find a more efficient method to deliver innovative solutions.
Answering the question with the words of one of our clients: “I trust their ability to deliver, and they’re reliable. That’s what separates them from the other service providers.”
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive?
Since 1999 we have been transforming businesses of clients from a wide variety of market segments. Combining broad experience with vast technology and industry expertise, we deliver excellent results to all clients with strong demand for digital products. However, most frequently, we collaborate with startups and well-established companies from financial services, IT services, education, healthcare and hospitality sectors.
Mention the objectives or the parameters critical in determining the time frame of developing software.
Innovative projects differ from each other: there are different goals, technologies to be used, and purposes that innovation is meant to serve. Our aim is to make the estimation process as short as possible; thus, we see great value in starting cooperation with comprehensive product design workshops. This way, we are able to precisely estimate the number of functionalities, the level of complexity, design needs, and, hence, the time needed to build a fully-fledged software solution.
How much effort in terms of time goes into developing the front end and back end of software?
Software development is a very complex process – and each project is a different story. To precisely estimate the amount of work needed to develop both the frontend and backend of the application, we usually organize full design workshops or conduct a scoping session. These meetings not only allow us to achieve a good understanding of the product’s specifics but also help build a common ground between the teams working together.
What are the key parameters to be considered before selecting the right framework for developing software?
The tech stack is like a tailor-made jacket – it suits the person (or business) it was made for, with all restrictions coming from their business model, hiring challenges, and, eventually, the project scope.
When choosing the stack, we keep in mind the specific requirements of the project. To fulfill all of them, the understanding of how the product is supposed to work, sorting out the dependencies among functionalities, and getting to know use cases are simply a must. Without them, it would be impossible to create a solution user-friendly and serves its role.
There are a lot of both technical and practical aspects to take into consideration. What is the size and complexity of the project? Prototypes, MVPs, working applications, enterprise-class – software complexity can vary significantly, depending on the industry, goal, and purpose. What is the expected time-to-market? Some technologies are faster to develop than others; some ensure better performance on a large scale. How soon and how fast will the client need to scale? Answering these and many other questions helps us decide on the right tech stack.
Which languages & frameworks do you prefer to use in development of software?
With so many technologies available, we pay special attention to selecting the ones that ensure high performance, smooth scalability, and a delightful user experience.
We deliver complex, secure, and well-documented backend solutions with resizable computing capacity that scale naturally within the industry’s best cloud platforms. Whether it’s a web app, custom backend system, or an API, we create architectures that best suit your digital products. Due to our strong technical competency, we are recognized as Best Python & Django Developers in the world.
When it comes to mobile development, we are convinced that using cross-platform solutions will not only speed up the app's delivery but also save money. By using a massive collection of libraries and other ready to use components, both Flutter and React Native shorten the time to go live on the market.
What are the key factors that you consider before deciding the cost of software?
Whether you are a startup with an idea of your product, a mature scale-up, or a well-established company, we will start cooperation by organizing product design workshops or scoping sessions and asking a vast array of questions. It will help us thoroughly analyze your expectations, explore your business plan, and propose solutions tailored to your needs.
We need to know all the answers to be able to estimate your project. Tech stack, time-to-market, number and complexity of designs and features, architecture, devices supported, and points of integration are only a few crucial factors that influence the cost of your software.
But no worries at all, with extensive experience in software development, we will find the right tool for the right job understanding your budget and time limitations.
What kind of payment structure do you follow to bill your clients? Is it Pay per Feature, Fixed Cost, Pay per Milestone (could be in phases, months, versions etc.)
The vast majority of our projects are realized in the Time and Materials Framework, which guarantees time and cost-effective development of high-quality software products. In rare cases, we agree to a fixed price.
Do you take in projects which meet your basic budget requirement? If yes, what is the minimum requirement? If no, on what minimum budget you have worked for?
Many factors determine if we engage in a given project or not.
Our partnership depends not only on the budget but also on a situation and our interest in developing the project: technologies, brand, purpose, and idea behind the product. We are especially eager to undertake projects that require an unconventional approach and out-of-the-box thinking.
In general, our budget requirements depend on the scope. We evaluate the problem, propose a solution, and come up with a price estimation. Usually, the most exciting projects that foster new growth and disrupt industries start from $ 50,000.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2019?
Our price range was from $10,000 to $1 million.