So you have an idea for a website or mobile app, but you don't know what a div tag is, or how to make an element float to the right. No a div tag isn't like the price on a shirt, and making an element float to the right isn't a magic trick. Although programming might seem like magic to some people, it is just another language, like Chinese, or French. Once you learn it, you can read, write and speak it. But for those of you who aren't tech savvy, or just don't have the time, you can hire a company to do your coding work for you. I recently talked to Joshua Davidson, the CEO of Chop Dawg who says his company does just that.
Chop Dawg is basically a hybrid between a development firm and an incubator. They choose unique startup ideas across the globe and help them turn their ideas into a reality. They don't currently accept equity projects, so be prepared to pay an hourly or flat-rate fee. It's no secret that finding a freelance programmer or paying programmers in India or other countries overseas is much more affordable monetarily. But according to Joshua, "What sets Chop Dawg apart from the competition is when you hire us, you get an entire team of developers. And when you compare us to other development firms producing the quality of work we do (and with much less services than us), we are so much more affordable. We offer an actual value."
For example, they recently took on a project for $75,000 that consisted of an entire iPhone application, the entire user interface, custom web crawler build for the app, the website counterpart, the branding, marketing strategy, and video production. The next lowest quote before Chop Dawg was $200,000.00. That was only for the iPhone app and user interface.
When asking Josh how his company was so different from other development firms he replied, "Well for starters, we curate their brands. We help them build traction after launch. Leverage our amazing social network following, introduce them to potential investors. You can see why they call us an incubator now. We take their ideas. We build the product. The brand. The company. Help them find investors. Stories in the media. Investor money. Literally catapult them."
How does Chop Dawg do it? Well they have an individual on their team who used to work for the Department of Homeland Security as a developer. Another developer who spent over 20 years sending satellites into space with Lockheed Martin and then started his own company now works with them. Each member of the company has been in or has started their own startup at one point or another.
Josh also says an important factor of getting the job done is that, "We aren't yes men. We are transparent with our customers. When they give us suggestions, we listen, and then give them our feedback. Most development firms are yes men. They say yes to make the client happy. What happens? Projects lack huge user experience fundamentals. They have a product with no scalability, no way to convert. We work with our customers so they truly understand why we do what we do, though they do have the final say."
Because of this work ethic, Chop Dawg has an incredible 80% retention rate with their customers. They come back within six months to ask for additional services. They believe in the idea of long term relationships. They want their customers to be successful, no matter what it takes.
Since Chop Dawg doesn't currently take equity, they will only work with customers who can afford a range of $2,000.00 to $500,000.00 depending on their idea and how involved. If the customer is serious enough to take their idea from conception to reality, have enough realistic funding to achieve what they want, Chop Dawg can handle it. Starting with the execution strategy they delve into the development. The sketches. The wire framing. The branding. The marketing strategy. The product testing. They can be located anywhere in the world, thanks to the telephone, Google Hangouts, Skype, and email.
Aside from helping others build startups and building unique ideas that truly make a difference, Chop Dawg is in phase two of their long term plan. Building their own products. Subtle is a great example. A product whose idea completely originated in-house and now has became its own thing and is in private beta. When I asked Josh where he came up with the idea for Subtle he replied, "The idea came up after working with our own customers. We even built a prototype to validate it with our own customers before turning it into its own company. We believe that not only do we want to help make our customers dreams and products become a reality, we want to build our own from time-to-time since we are passionate about it too."
So there you have it folks, if you are in need of some development help, look no further, Chop Dawg can handle any project you throw at them. Visit them on the web and give them a shout. If you like what they are doing leave me a comment letting me know what you think overall.
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