Railwaymen

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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. 

Certifications

CMMI Level 4
$50 - $99/hr
50 - 249
2009
Locations
Poland
Na Zjeździe 11, Krakow, Malopolskie 30527
+48 12 345 06 77
United States
180 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California 94104
1-415-449-4791

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  • Software Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Designing (UI/UX)
  • App Designing (UI/UX)

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  • Large Business
  • Small Business

Industry Focus

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  • Enterprise
  • Food & Beverages
  • Education

Railwaymen Executive Interview

Łukasz Młynek
Łukasz Młynek
CEO and Co-founder
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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.

Railwaymen Clients & Portfolios

LaunchMatic - Marketing Automation App
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LaunchMatic - Marketing Automation App
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$10001 to $50000
40 weeks
Advertising & Marketing

LaunchMatic is a project started by Tim Jones that empowers mobile app developers and marketers to generate app screenshots - for iOS & Android, instantly and without a designer.

We responsible for backend and QA. When it comes to our team structure - we’ve been very flexible throughout the whole time. The core team was 3 people: 1 x Backend Developer & Team Leader, 1 x Project Manager, and 1 x Quality Assurance Specialist. When there was a need, additional developers were added to the team and it was discussed prior with Tim each time.

Our plans to develop Launchmatic are ambitious. From the very beginning, we’ve built this app to make it easily expandable in the future. What at the beginning looked like a simple screenshots generator, grows bigger with each sprint to an advanced graphic design & marketing tool.

Our 5 stars on Clutch that we’ve received from Tim shows clearly that we’re a good long-term partner.

Link to case study 👉 https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/launchmatic

James Marketing Amplifier - Marketing Automation App
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James Marketing Amplifier - Marketing Automation App
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$50001 to $100000
65 weeks
Advertising & Marketing

James Marketing Amplifier is a marketing automation web app dedicated to small law firms. The purpose is to help them improve their marketing to obtain more and better clients.

We were responsible for:

  • frontend,
  • backend,
  • QA,
  • UX/UI design.

This project involved 7 people: Project Manager, UX/UI Designer, Quality Assurance Specialist, two Front-end Developers and two RoR Developers. We handled 100% of the design and development. Although the pandemic of COVID-19 appeared during the process of implementation, our cooperation went perfectly.

Jim Pawell, Co-Founder of James Publishing gave us an excellent review with 5 stars on Clutch. The new software appeared as a lifesaver for the company during the COVID lockdown. It has provided work for the team that they can do from home. The number of new customers rapidly grows. The company has transformed from being a stodgy old book publisher to an innovative software publisher with a product unlike any other.

The client is extremely happy with the relationship, and we are going to develop the next versions of the software that will significantly extend the final product.

Link to case study: 👉 https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/jma

Shawarmer - Mobile & Web Food Tech App
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Shawarmer - Mobile & Web Food Tech App
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$50001 to $100000
40 weeks
Food & Beverages

Shawarmer is a quick-service restaurant founded in 1999, which has grown to more than 90 restaurants across the whole Saudi Arabia region. The company wanted to have mobile apps which will enable users to conveniently order food for pick-up from all of their Shawarmer restaurants.

We were responsible for:

  • Android & iOS development,
  • backend,
  • QA,
  • UX/UI design.

While working on the project, we suggested some additional features and improvements, which met our client's acceptance. So after some time, we’ve expanded our team to 11 software development experts - CTO, Project Manager, UX&UI Designer, 2 x Quality Assurance, 2 x Android, 2 x iOS and 2 x Ruby on Rails developers.

Currently, we are still cooperating with the Shawarmer, working on additional features, that will be implemented soon. Among them, we can distinguish an option to order your food with the delivery.
See the whole case study 👉 https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/shawarmer

Frindow -  Social Networking App
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Frindow - Social Networking App
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$100001 to $500000
60 weeks
Social

Frindow is a UK startup social networking platform that is dedicated to alleviating 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.

We were responsible for:

  • frontend,
  • backend,
  • QA.

Our development team consisted of 5 people: Project Manager, 2x Ruby on Rails Developers, QA Specialist and Front-end developer. We communicated daily with the client through Slack, Jira, and Zoom and as in the case of each client we had internal meetings - daily stand-ups during the Sprint for tracking the progress.

It requires constant development in response to user needs. The website has received many positive feedback users and we are still developing and extending features.

Link to case study 👉 https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/frindow

ProTenders - Construction Software
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ProTenders - Construction Software
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Not Disclosed
100 weeks
Other Industries

ProTenders is the platform of choice for Construction Companies to build their online reputation, find the right partners for each job, get new leads and streamline all their Tendering activities.

Read the whole case study here: https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/protenders

ProEst - Construction Software
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ProEst - Construction Software
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Not Disclosed
100 weeks
Other Industries

Since 1976, ProEst has helped over 8,000 of the world’s most prominent construction companies streamline and improve their estimating processes. They continue to live up to their reputation for reliable and expert innovations with the ongoing development of ProEst estimating and on-screen takeoff software.

You can read the whole case study here: https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/proest

Cost Tracker - Cost Management Web App
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Cost Tracker - Cost Management Web App
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$100001 to $500000
84 weeks
Financial & Payments

CostTracker is a cloud-based platform that helps companies save time and money through total control of costs in the organization.
You can check the whole case study here: https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/costtracker

Safe Driving - Mobile App
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Safe Driving - Mobile App
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$10001 to $50000
35 weeks
Consumer Products

Safety Charger (link is external) is the first charging cable that prevents drivers from texting or using social media to keep you and your family safe. The mission is to reduce the 3,500 deaths and 400,000 accidents caused by distracted driving each year.

Read the whole case study here: https://railwaymen.org/case-studies/safedriving

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Abdulaziz AlMusaireae

Very happy to work with them..

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What was the project name that you have worked with Railwaymen?

Shawarmer App & Shawarmer KIOSK

What service was provided as part of the project?

Mobile App Development, Software Development, App Designing (UI/UX)

Craig Schlanger

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

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What was the project name that you have worked with Railwaymen?

apple seeds

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Software Development, App Designing (UI/UX), Web Designing (UI/UX)

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