Overview
$50 - $99/hr
50 - 249
2009
We are a mobile and web development company with 13 years of experience and over 120 finished projects. We turn your amazing ideas into incredible apps! At Railwaymen, our well-blended software development team creates mobile and web applications. The company started to exist in 2009 and was founded by three friends who share a passion for Ruby on Rails technology. Since that day, our company has grown continuously. We successfully develop mobile &am

We are a mobile and web development company with 13 years of experience and over 120 finished projects. We turn your amazing ideas into incredible apps!

At Railwaymen, our well-blended software development team creates mobile and web applications. The company started to exist in 2009 and was founded by three friends who share a passion for Ruby on Rails technology. Since that day, our company has grown continuously.

We successfully develop mobile & web apps based on Ruby on Rails, Android, and iOS. We're hiring over 50 talented people: Front-end, Back-end and Mobile Developers, UX/UI Designers, Project Managers, Quality Assurances, Marketers. That's why we can develop our projects constantly. 

Key Clients

We specialize in web and mobile (iOS & Android) custom software solutions for small businesses and enterprises. When it comes to industries, our areas of expertise are construction (ProEst, ProTenders), food tech (Shawarmer, POSbistro), fintech (CostTracker), healthcare (My Sober Roommate), education (appleseeds) and real estate (HomeAhead). With more than 10 years of experience, WE KNOW, how to turn your amazing idea into an incredible app. Check our portfolio & testimonials!

Certifications
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Poland
Railwaymen
Na Zjeździe 11, Krakow, Malopolskie 30527
+48 12 345 06 77
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United States
Railwaymen
180 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94104
1-415-449-4791
Focus Area
Service Focus
  • Software Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Designing (UI/UX)
  • App Designing (UI/UX)
40%
30%
20%
10%
Client Focus
  • Medium Business($10M - $1B)
  • Large Business(> $1B)
  • Small Business(< $10M)
60%
20%
20%
Industries Focus
  • Enterprise
  • Food & Beverages
  • Education
  • Financial & Payments
  • Healthcare & Medical
  • Real Estate
  • Social
  • Telecommunication
20%
20%
10%
10%
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10%
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Customer Reviews
5.0 (2 Reviews)

Very happy to work with them..

A
posted on 15/8/20
Project Details
Shawarmer App & Shawarmer KIOSK
App Designing (UI/UX)
$200000+
In progress
posted on 15/8/20
  • Quality of deliverable
  • Value for money
  • Customer support
  • Overall ratings

Will continue to work with them for years! Great team...!!!

C
posted on 15/8/20
Project Details
apple seeds
App Designing (UI/UX)
$200000+
In progress
posted on 15/8/20
  • Quality of deliverable
  • Value for money
  • Customer support
  • Overall ratings
Executive Interview
Łukasz Młynek
Łukasz Młynek
CEO and Co-founder, Railwaymen
Please introduce your company and give a brief about your role within the organization.
My name is Łukasz and I’m a CEO and Co-Founder of a Cracow, Poland-based software house Railwaymen. During 11 years of our existence, we’ve developed +125 web & mobile applications, for clients mostly from the USA, Western Europe, and GCC region. Our areas of expertise are construction, social, marketing, education, food tech, and fintech industries.

What’s special about us, is that we do everything in-house - we can develop your app from A to Z, starting on the idea only and ending with fully functional software within just a few months. Our most important value is quality - having mostly Senior Developers on board, you can be sure that if you choose us - your app idea will land in very experienced hands!
What is the story behind starting this company?
Our whole founding team (which includes me and two of my colleagues, Grzegorz and Marcin) has got a strong programming background. We all worked together for a while in a software development company, and as we gained enough experience and knowledge we decided, we want to start something on our own. This is how Railwaymen came to life.

The idea behind the company name is pretty unusual - disclaimer: we have nothing in common with trains or tracks ;) As our core programming language is Ruby on Rails, we called ourselves Railwaymen - as people, who are real experts, when it comes to that Ruby framework. Back then, it wasn’t such a popular technology language so we decided that this will be our path to distinguish ourselves among other software houses.
What is your company’s business model–in-house team or third party vendors/ outsourcing?
Almost 100% in-house. We do not cooperate with any third-party vendors or software outsourcing teams. The risk of failure is too high. Although sometimes we do receive that kind of offer, we do not plan to do that, ever. I am afraid that it would downsize the code quality and negatively impact our company image. When working with clients, who are hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away (and most of our projects come from the USA), smooth communication is a very important thing - outsourcing our work further could damage that, and I don’t want to take that risk.

The only occasions when we cooperate with external providers is when the project requires very specialistic knowledge. For example: from the fields like blockchain or AI. We know that someone who is 100 % focused on one topic will find the best possible solution, so we are open to those kinds of cooperation. But it’s more like consulting, than third-party outsourcing - we never do that.

At Railwaymen, during the recruitment process, we precisely check candidates' skills. I take an active part in recruitment interviews. We build the right teams around projects. Each developed app has at least one Senior Developer in the team. It gives me confidence that the software will be produced in line with the budget and timeline.
How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?
I think that our culture and agile approach to app development attracts people to us. In 2020 we launched a new free service called Design Thinking Workshops. The goal of that meeting is to understand the digital product and everyone’s perspective. After the workshops, collaboration goes smoothly. Our clients appreciate this method of work very much.

For the last 2 years, we pay strong attention to content marketing by sharing our knowledge and experience through articles regularly published on our company blog. Right now, we have over 50 talented people on board. Many of them willingly write texts so that you can find topics written by Developers, Projects and Business Managers, QA Specialists, Designers on our blog. It allows us to build an image of an expert in the industry efficiently. We also constantly explore new technologies (for example last year, we investigated React Native and Vue.js more) and share our knowledge within company structures, and on our YouTube channel.

Another factor is the experience - we have people on board, who are working on our clients' projects non-stop for over 10 years, constantly developing and supporting them. Most of our projects are long-term partnerships, where we constantly adapt to the clients' business needs. So if you need a reliable partner, who will guide you through the whole process and stays with you to collect the results - we are the one.
What industries do you generally cater to? Are your customers repetitive? If yes, what ratio of clients has been repetitive to you?
When it comes to industries we find ourselves the most confident at, these are:
  • Construction - we’ve already built two, highly successful construction industry applications. The first one, ProEst is a cloud-based construction estimation software, that we have built from scratch and developed for over 5 years already. Last year, they landed a spot among INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in the USA! Another worth mentioning app from this industry is ProTenders - a tendering construction platform, for the GCC region. They raised $6.3 million in funding and are constantly developing in Dubai, with Damac supporting their actions. So when it comes to proofs, that our software works - we have them, plain and square.
  • Foodtech - we built two successful restaurant management systems, one for the client from Saudi Arabia (Shawarmer) and one SaaS available, and widely used in Poland (POSbistro). POSbistro is the product that we’ve built from scratch and successfully develop and sell among restaurant owners. Both of these apps are used for thousands of people monthly, and significantly help to raise food businesses' revenue.
  • Social - when the pandemic starts, we’ve launched an exceptional social networking platform called Frindow. The app aims to alleviate loneliness and isolation by encouraging new friendships based on common interests and circumstances. The goal is all about getting you connected and engaged with new people in the same situation as you. The app owner Marcus has been invited to give an interview for BBC and the product overall is gettig very positive feedback from the market. We’ve also built MySoberRoomate, which aims to connect people who are looking for sober people to live with, and soon - our new dating mobile app is gonna be released, so stay tuned!
  • Marketing Automation - we believe that technology is indispensable now if you want to reach out to your business marketing goals. The market of specific tools that aim to make marketers' lives easier is booming. In our portfolio, we have apps like Launchmatic, which helps with automated screenshots generating, and James Marketing Amplifier - created to support the marketing efforts of one of the biggest US companies from the law industry.
  • Fintech - we built CostTracker, TripleTiedOut, and another web application, which is waiting for its release. So we know the fintech industry pretty well, and can be your trusted partner in this area.
  • Education - unfortunately, I can’t share the names of the app that we’ve built in this industry due to NDAs but we’ve successfully developed 3 of them already. One online education platform for the GCC region, and one training platform for a very big Telecomm from Germany.
Speaking about customer repetitiveness - a very big part of them comes back to us. Whether it is with another project (like Tim from Launchmatic) or with the app that we made some years ago and the client wants to add new functionalities to it (like Christine from It’s short). Overall - we never shut down for picking up the cooperation again, even after years of break. And lots of our clients recommend us further which has to be a good sign, that we do our work well.
Please share some of the services that you offer for which clients approach you the most?
Railwaymen is the most known for Ruby on Rails development. It is our leading technology. I am proud to say that we're excellent at it. Our portfolio is full of advanced RoR apps. So yes, most queries refer to RoR web development. Of course, as we have talented iOS and Android developers in the team, mobile development is no problem for us. We are 100% ready to create mobile and web applications from scratch by ensuring UX/UI design, development, Quality Assurance, maintenance, and support. We also explore hybrid mobile app development with React Native.

As I mentioned above, free Design Thinking Workshops generate quite nice interest, and potential customers are excited to participate in them. We also offer a more extended service called Discovery Phase. In short, it's written documentation, a complete guide about the application. It includes the scope of the project, features, technologies, competitors, target audience definition, user personas, monetization strategy, pricing, timeline, and more. Everything you need to know about your projects. More and more people are asking about this service.
What is your customer satisfaction rate according to you? What steps do you take to cater to your customer’s needs and requirements?
If you look at our Clutch. co profile, you will notice that our rating is 5.0 from 32 reviews. And those numbers do not lie. The recent opinion says: Railwaymen goes above and beyond to provide high-quality results at reasonable rates. The team is hard-working and organized, establishing a smooth workflow. We do our best to meet the clients' satisfaction.

How do we do that? First of all, we listen to our clients carefully. Product owners know their vision best. Secondly, we respect their money. We recommend building MVP at first, instead of the whole app. Thanks to that, the budget is not wasted on not-necessary features. So we implement modules that are needed, test the users' reaction and develop software in the right direction.
What kind of support system do you offer to your clients for catering to their queries and issues?
We are constantly in touch with our clients using tools as follow:
  • Jira - it is our choice for an agile project management tool. It combines task tracking and Quality Assurance tools. Using Jira enables us to work smoothly despite any time differences between us and the client.
  • Xray - it is a complete Test Management tool for Jira, supporting the entire testing life cycle: test planning, test design, test execution, and test reporting. This helps to improve the quality of our systems through effective and efficient testing.
  • Slack - for day-to-day communication between the development team and client/customer. Built-in integrations (eg. with Jira or Google Docs) allow us to easily focus on what's important.

Each project gets a dedicated Project Manager who is the main point of contact for our clients. So if you have any questions at all - feel free to approach your PM without hesitations! On special occasions, we also allow our clients to contact our developers directly, if the person is technical enough, to explain the issue to a programmer.
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.)
Depending on the project methodology (SCRUM or Kanban), we recommend payments by sprint or milestone. This gives our customers the possibility to have better control over the budget and pay for already done features. We are always open and flexible when it comes to adapting the best solution for our customers, that’s why in some specific cases we can do fixed bids.
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?
Yes, we accept projects within our basic budget requirements. And how high it is - it depends on the project. When it comes to our Discovery Phase service - you can have it for around 6k$.

In case of building an application from scratch - we can make an MVP for you starting from 20$k in total if you don’t have anything but the app idea. Of course, the prize can change up to or down, depending on what functionalities or integrations you want or you, for example, have your wireframes already done.
What is the price range (min and max) of the projects that you catered to in 2020?
In 2020 (but bear in mind, that it was not a typical year because of the COVID-19 pandemic) our price range was from 20k$ (min) to 400k$ (max).
Where do you see your company in the next 10 years?
It’s hard to predict what the future will look like, last year, and COVID-19 has shown that things can change significantly. Although, our mission is unchanged: to digitize businesses as well as optimize and automate their processes. As long as we are efficient and helpful in these areas, we are satisfied with a job done well. Even though the tools and approach might change (big role of ML/AI), our goals stay the same.
Clients & Portfolios
Portfolios
LaunchMatic - Marketing Automation App
James Marketing Amplifier - Marketing Automation App
Shawarmer - Mobile & Web Food Tech App
Frindow - Social Networking App
ProTenders - Construction Software
ProEst - Construction Software
Cost Tracker - Cost Management Web App
Safe Driving - Mobile App
Resources
14 Examples of Industry-Dedicated Apps that Make Running Business Much Easier in Crisis
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Why A Discovery Phase Is A Must-Have For Your Project
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