Neveo outsources development after an unsuccessful attempt in-house
Neveo’s idea is anchored in an effort to reconnect generations by means of a photo collage newspaper. Our seniors can now receive news from their family and relive the most memorable highlights of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
The concept is intended to be simple and easy to facilitate the newspaper reading by the elderly and the design of the newspaper by the family. In fact, it’s easy for us to share happy moments with a few clicks using the on-line application and voilà!
Neveo then gathers these photos monthly, lays them out in a newspaper that will be printed on paper -a format familiar to the elderly-, and then sent out by mail.
Like many other startups striving to get a software application to the market, the matter of the technical choice arises: who is going to be tasked with developing the application?
Time (and money) were against Neveo, and it was vital to find a solution or else the startup might have to declare bankruptcy. They ultimately decided to outsource the development of their product to a contractor.
- Create a new business model (pivoting to a less technical solution)
- Reaching Product-Market fit
Don't just take our word for it
“We chose Belighted mainly for their expertise because according to your reputation, you are extremely skilled. If I work with Belighted, I get a quality product and they take charge of everything, whether architecture or design. They do everything that’s needed. But above all, it’s the proximity: the ability to contact them quickly, hold face-to-face discussions, etc.”
Did we meet Neveo’s expectations?
“Being able to deliver an attractive product was awesome. While it’s true that the big bill that has to be paid all at once may seem frightening at first glance, it’s also true that it ultimately costs far less than an in-house person (Editor’s note: The founders are not developers, which complicates choosing the right person to hire). What you are able to do in 1 month thanks to your array of talents and skills is equivalent to what an in-house developer would accomplish working alone in a few months, wearing different hats. And I find that an outsourcer’s greatest strength is that it focuses on the essentials.” - Vincent Leroy, CEO of Neveo
What are the key take-aways from our collaboration?
The speed of execution, the technical expertise, the technical reliability and the user experience.
How did we help Neveo reach their business objectives?
A startup like us is not able to have a two- or three-person team assigned to the back end, the front end and design. It’s too costly. It's impossible to justify to investors that you need an in-house team unless you have a complex product to be developed, especially when you have a burn rate of €25,000 when you’ve still gone nowhere with the business or the product. That’s the strength of working with a team that is not made up of just freelancers because if someone gets sick, some things will fall into complete disarray. If someone at Belighted is out sick, there is always someone else to take their place, a solution is always found because our team is sufficiently big.”