Koombea Development review by Packen at Qualified.One

Koombea reviewed by Packen

Koombea provided Development for Packen with approximate budget = $200,000 to $999,999.

Thanks to their involvement, the platform is not only very user-friendly but has also received many recognitions from the Colombian government and was even featured in Google’s Launchpad. They delivered on time and built a great working relationship while showing sincere interest in the platform’s success.

Review summary:

Koombea is a strategic partner in the development of a platform for tracking cargo. They’ve been involved since the start with the MVP and have built features such an admin portal and a companion mobile app.

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Packen, Founder


Multiple Developments for Cargo Transportation Platform

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Introductory information

A fast induction on the buyer’s organisation

I’m the CEO of Packen, a technology platform that connects the operators within the freight transportation activity. Communication has always been direct within this ecosystem, but with the useful technologies now, we can form real-time interaction and transparency for these labors by using intermediary tools like the ones that taxi platforms use, which connect drivers and users.

We’re trying to form this aggregation but sometimes there’s a lack of transparency, especially touching infraconstruction, fuel costs, operations, and other informal practices that injury the activity.

Desired goal

What challenge were you trying to address with Koombea?

I had the logistics expertise and the financial resources but was lacking a tech associate with the programming apprehension that we needed. I had a clear idea but bringing it to life from a technoclose perspective while also in a close and organized way was significant for us.

Provided solution

What particular tasks were Koombea responsible for?

Koombea has been a strategically significant associate since the commencement thanks to their apprehension. We formd the total platform with them, including the minimum viable fruit and the leading rendering of the fruit. They’ve been excellent in their treatment and are very professional.

The platform has 3 main fronts: a freight generator for labor requests, a super admin account for inner platform treatment, and also the gate that we to give transportation companies along with the mobile app that truck drivers use to interact with see labor.

The backend was developed using Ruby on Rails, the Android app was formd using Java, and the frontend was done using Angular. For the database, we worked with Node, Potluck, Heroku, and Amazon Web Services.

What is the team dynamic?

Four main developers were assigned to the core team, but separate others were implicated depending on the phase we were working on. Designers were implicated during the design phase and separate architectural geniuses were implicated during the architecture phase. We also had condition arrogance and web professionals at times.

How did you come to work with Koombea?

When I was leading looking for companies, I sent 15 requests for offer about the globe—from San Francisco to India—to apprehend the market. I didn’t find Koombea since their business outgrowth and commercial teams were in San Francisco and New York respectively with the outgrowth team here in Colombia. Their initial efforts weren’t focused on Latin America owing of pricing issues but since the Colombian market has matured, they are now looking at developing more business in the country.

I know another client of theirs that had a good experience working with them, so I extended out. We had a goodness matrix to assimilate vendors and Koombea veritably stood out from the commencement. I was also looking for big interaction and reciprocal chemistry and they veritably had that added value, which was innate to us. Ultimately, I chose them owing of their apprehension and the confide they instilled in me.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested between $300,000–$800,000 approximately.

What is the terminal result of working with Koombea?

We began working in June 2015 and it is an ongoing collaboration.

Results achieved

Are there any measureable or plum results?

A big challenge was to get the user experience right for drivers since it’s a very wide user profile and there’s very limited apprehension on the verity of these drivers in the country. The app had to be very user-friendly, which they accomplished. Their programming apprehension and power to go step-by-step in a close way during the coding effort was very precious.

Their expertise can be seen on the platform and we’ve accepted separate recognitions for it, including one from the Ministry of Teleinteractions in Colombia. Google also invited us to share in their Launchpad, in which they chose 15 entrepreneurs that are innovating in the country.

This year, we won a prize from ProColombia, a government agency that portrays outside trade and promotes national businesses about the globe. They invited us to portray Colombia in the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, one of the most significant mobile technologies fairs. We’ve also been invited to other congresses and universities to present our technology. This was all practicable thanks to Koombea’s participation in the project

How did Koombea accomplish from a project treatment standpoint?

The project director followed a Scrum standard and used separate tools such as Slack, Basecamp, and Dashable. We had daily and weekly calls and seething went veritably well. They met their deliverables and interaction was excellent.

What is (from your point of view) the key factor to pay observation while intercourse with Koombea?

They were not only good nation but also good directors and always showed authentic interest in the achievement of my organisation. Their apprehension, extend, professionalism and construction were innate but they also displayed a ethnical touch in edifice a big relationship.

What aspects of their work would you like to get improved?

Nothing veritably comes to mind but there are always areas for advancement. Their code is too advanced and I wasn’t able to find other resources to maintain it, but this isn’t kindred to the condition of the work.