Put simply, we will adapt to whatever your budget is, and we will build together the best possible product within that budget. We will never go above your budget unless mutually agreed.
Our contracts legally ensure that you keep all your IP, and we have strong procedures to prevent knowledge leaks. Also, it is not our business model to try and compete with you; your success is in our direct interest. That being said, we believe you should not worry too much about this: an idea is usually only a small part of the success equation, and the exact same idea executed by two different founding teams will produce much different results. You should believe in you more that in your idea :)
When a startup is quickly growing, it makes total sense to build an internal team to allow for easy communication and fast reactivity to customer requests. But don’t put the cart before the horse: at the early stage, it is better to focus on reaching product-market fit - which our experience will help you with - rather than add the avoidable risk of wrong hires. We believe you should focus on your business and your market first. Later on, we will help you to transfer the knowledge when you hire an internal product team, thanks to our proven process.
It’s impossible and usually a wrong idea to try and define precisely a piece of software before it is built; it’s also impossible to predict its cost with 100% certainty. Besides, your needs and the market will evolve as the software is being built. An RFP encourages to to focus on the solution you have in mind (as a list of features), whereas you should think about the problem you’re trying to solve and let the market organically help you understand what they need. This is what our process is about. More explanations in this blog post.
You will always be able to find companies or freelancers with a lower hourly fee. But is the cost per hour the best metric? A developer can be 10 times more productive than another one just because they have solved a similar problem before. You want to maximize your chances of result, which is better achieved with experience and specialization in the startup world.
No, sorry. We are software product development specialists, not venture capitalists.
We don’t give discounts for any reason, even if you are a non-profit, even if the project is particularly long, or even if you can bring us a dozen of new leads after our collaboration. We treat all our customers with the same level of attention and strive to deliver the same level of quality.
Yes, but only our own template, made by our lawyers and which respects both parties equally. We have no issues with confidentiality and it is actually something we value a lot, but we have neither the time nor the means (we are not lawyers) to analyse legal documents that each customer or prospect would send us.
Design sprints and scoping workshops are invoiced upfront and have to be paid before the beginning of the mission.
Product development work (MVP and later stages) is done using agile methodologies based on hourly rates. We don’t do fixed-price projects. Our services are billed the last day of each month based on timesheets, and must be paid net 15.