Odaptos is an AI platform that helps companies better understand user experience through custom user journeys, natural language analysis and facial recognition. As an early-stage startup, Odaptos needed developers to help turn the founders’ vision into an MVP that could be tested and launched. Their goal was to build a high-quality MVP that would help secure investment and also garner attention from media.
Here’s how Odaptos worked with Scalable Path to find, evaluate, and hire the right developers to build a successful MVP in just four months.
Odaptos: Helping Companies Design Better Products through Qualitative User Interviews
Odaptos simplifies the process of usability testing, making it more efficient and accessible for businesses. “Many digital products are created without considering users’ opinions, often due to cost and time constraints,” said Felipe Restrepo, Co-founder and CEO of Odaptos. Qualitative interviews, however, provide valuable big data that can inform the creation of products that resonate with people.
As a product designer, Felipe knows the importance of a user’s emotional response to a product and aims to provide companies with the tools they need to understand these emotions and experiences. Through Odaptos, Felipe and his co-founder Maximilien Joannides aim to help businesses design products that meet user needs and wants.
Odaptos analyzes a user’s emotions using video interviews in real time, providing businesses with valuable insights into customer experiences. These insights can help companies address pain points early on, improve product design, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction.
The Challenge: Sourcing High-Quality Developers to Build an MVP
Odaptos faced a common challenge for growing startups: scaling their team. To address this, they sought support from Scalable Path in finding a small team of talented engineers to help them validate their designs, build and test an MVP, and determine product requirements.
The Project: Building the MVP for Odaptos’ Usability Browser
Odaptos aimed to bring their vision of AI usability testing to life by developing a web application – a usability browser.
The usability browser would be a platform for customers to conduct video interviews, access their personal dashboards, tasks and project details, and review comprehensive analytics reports in real time.
Partnering with Scalable Path to Streamline Hiring
Odaptos reached out to Scalable Path to address their hiring challenges, recognizing that a company experienced in defining technical roles and sourcing flexible, qualified talent would help them bring on capable developers and ramp up quickly. Scalable Path’s in-depth and personalized hiring service provided the solution they required.
Defining Project Scope and Talent Requirements
A meeting with a Scalable Path Software Architect helped Odaptos define the project scope and the technology stack. This collaborative process allowed Odaptos to clearly determine their next steps and hire accordingly. “When you hire, you’re taking a risk, so you want to find the right fit. But with Scalable Path, you can leave it to the experts,” said Felipe.
Access to Skilled and Flexible Software Developers
Odaptos gained access to a network of over 26,000 developer profiles and was able to review and interview pre-vetted candidates matched to their specific project needs. This streamlined the hiring process for the startup.
Scalable Path introduced Odaptos to highly skilled professionals who were open to working on a temporary, project-based, or contract basis. Remote freelance developers provided Odaptos with the flexibility to scale the team according to the project, allowing for incremental hiring and responding to specific challenges as needed, rather than cementing new staff onto the team as traditional hiring would.
Evaluating, Hiring, and Onboarding Skilled Software Developers
Scalable Path’s recruiting experts spent 10-20 hours sourcing and interviewing qualified candidates for the project, presenting only the top candidates with the required expertise to the Odaptos team. This support allowed Odaptos to make more objective and well-informed decisions and provided an extra level of confidence in scaling their team.
Hiring Qualified Full-Stack and Front-End Software Developers
Scalable Path successfully assisted Odaptos in finding highly qualified software developers with a proven track record in building web-based MVPs.
Another valuable addition to Odaptos’ team is Timon, a front-end Node.js and React developer from Eastern Europe. His specialized skills in Electron were instrumental in developing the front-end of the project’s usability browser and data visualization. Timon worked on the project for approximately eight months and made significant contributions to its success.
Odaptos was able to define roles with Scalable Path, onboard and quickly begin productive work with their newly hired developers in less than three weeks. Quickly scaling the team with specialized, flexible talent provided added support for Odaptos to build a successful MVP in just four months. Since then, the company has achieved various milestones such as winning international awards like the CES Innovation Award, participating in accelerated programs worldwide and raising 1.2 million dollars. They credit their success to a variety of factors, including the technical support from Scalable Path, the efficient hiring process and the quality and expertise of developers who worked on the project.