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What was the problem to be solved?
Circle St. allows retail brands to drive store-level sales while maintaining brand control and consistency.
Example: Big rain storm expected to hit Los Angeles later this week.
Circle Street notifies Bloomindales' local field marketing manager of the upcoming event/opportunity.
They immediately sign on to Circle Street to launch a local "Marc Jacobs Umbrella" campaign targeted around all stores throughout Los Angeles.
Circle Street syndicates the campaign across targeted local ad networks.
Circle Street was founded by two people in Los Angeles. The CTO and co-founder was an engineer who began building the vision of the other co-founder and CEO.
Unfortunately, the CTO became seriously ill and had to step away from the company for personal reasons.
This left the CEO dead in the water in terms of getting the product launched.
What was the proposed solution?
What challenges arose during the project?
This was our first major Staff Augmentation project and we were the entire product development team.
We were also under pressure to come up with creative solutions that wouldn't "run the clock" but still deliver on a tight schedule for investor meetings and product demonstrations.
What was the technical approach to the project?
We really made use of the "Wizard of Oz" approach to product development.
As we were trying to Secure funding and later acquisition, we were under pressure to develop features that investors, clients and other companies wanted to see, but we didn't have time to build.
So we became very nimble at coding in half-working code that would demonstrate these features but wouldn't work in Production.
If a particular client, investor or company came on board, based on that feature, we would then have to scramble and implement the feature for Production.
What did you learn from working on this project?
As this was one of our first big-time projects, we learned so much about product development and project management, there's too much to list here.
But I think the most important lesson was that investors, clients and companies will say a lot of things and swear up and down they'll commit if the product has feature x, y and z.
However, you can't run off and build out those features because they may not commit, so you have to find a way to show them what they want to see and then quickly build it out if they do commit.
How did this project benefit the client?
Circle Street was acquired by Valassis in 2013 for an undisclosed amount of money and stock.
Why was Gunner selected for this project?
Alex Nocifera was CEO and we promised him two weeks of free development just to see what it would be like working with Gunner Technology.
After those two weeks, he hired us on retainer.
What tools, techniques and methodologies were used on this project?