Integrations: Scala/SPARK, Python, Docker, SLOR, Postgres, Cassandra
The Hippo Social team was already comprised of experienced web developers, having built 30+ websites for everything from social shopping networks to sentiment analysis. A network of crawlers, web servers, and REST APIs underpinned their powerful deep data offerings.
But when the idea for Hippo Social was hatched, they knew that a web app wouldn’t cut it. The only problem was, they didn’t have mobile expertise in-house and had never launched a mobile product before.
But finding the right mobile app platform was just the beginning. Over the next 4 months, Derek would assemble a global team of front-end designers and developers and publish their v1 to app stores.
Draftbit allowed Derek to onboard talented, junior developers with no prior social or commerce experience. Said Derek, “It is really rewarding to get new people up to speed who like learning and doing new things.”
The key to ramping up so quickly? Collaboration.
“We can see the changes that others are making in real-time. We can test in real-time. And we can iterate in real-time,” said Derek, “That’s unheard-of in traditional app development.”
Now that their V1 is in app stores, Derek says the plan is to shift resources to Growth, while continuing to iterate on their app. “Our goal is to list products from 1 million stores and brands in our app. Draftbit is a critical pillar of our future success.”
“We literally wouldn’t exist without Draftbit.”