Case Study
Stratifi and YouTeam
Project in numbers

Prospective project length: 6–12 months

Actual project length: June 2018 — ongoing

Engineers hired: 3

Time to start: 2 week

Client profile

Company: StratiFi

Industry: FinTech, Risk Management

Product: Consumer app & API

Technologies: React+Python (Flask/Django)

Team structure: A team lead + 2 engineers

Team location: Chile

“I’m looking to hire some remote developers with a significant time zone overlap with PST. Does your company have any good developers in Canada or Argentina or other cities with some overlap?”
Akhil Lodha

CEO & Co-founder Stratifi

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Project timeline
25 May 2018 Client brief received.
1 June 2018 Alberto (team lead) is selected.
11 June 2018 Formal contract signed with Stratifi.
18 June 2018 Work starts.
28 June 2018 StratiFi uses YouTeam to add 1 more engineer to their team.
13 August 2018 StratiFi uses YouTeam to add a 3rd engineer to their team.
February 2019 Alberto, team lead, visits StratiFi’s office in California.
26 June 2019 StratiFi finishes their Series A investment round.
13 September 2019 StratiFi wins an award for Best Compliance Technology.
Akhil
October 2019 – Present
After more than a year of working with YouTeam, StratiFi was entirely satisfied with the service and decided to make the cooperation ongoing. To this day, YouTeam operates a scalable 3-person team that services all of StratiFi’s remote development needs.
An interview with Akhil Lodha on Stratifi’s cooperation with YouTeam
Why did you decide to hire a remote dev team? We’re in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, it’s extremely expensive and competitive there, and with the startup budget, you have to be resourceful. But at the same time, you have to find people who are good. While the Valley offers really great candidates, some of them are really expensive to hire. I had to expand my search to all possible places where I could get good talent, so I decided to look remotely.
There are lots of options for hiring remote engineers. What made you choose YouTeam? One reason is that YouTeam is a Y Combinator company and that was a major factor. Second, when I looked at the YouTeam website and your suggested candidates, it jumped at me that you had candidates that had the background and the skills I was looking for. I reached out to YouTeam and you set up the interviews—once I started talking to the candidates, I was able to find people that I was looking for.
How long did it take to get the work started? Probably a couple of weeks. We interviewed a few candidates who have just wrapped up some other projects, and they were available at that time to start.
What made you decide to hire these particular developers? I interviewed them. Being an engineer myself, I was able to ask them some tough questions, and they did very well. They also had good work experience and knowledge that I was looking for. So I decided to test them out.
What’s the main value of YouTeam for you? Simplifying and helping us to find talent. As a startup you need to find the right talent at the right time. Tapping into a pool beyond The Valley is extremely valuable. At the same time, since we’re a startup, things can change pretty quickly for us and being able to have some sort of flexibility guaranteed by YouTeam was valuable. And then, on top of that, YouTeam has been very receptive and responsive, the customer success and support teams have also been exceptional. Now that we’ve worked for almost a year, I can definitely say I was very pleasantly surprised.
When should companies consider hiring a remote team? If you’re at the point where you need to move fast and make quick changes to your product, and are struggling to find good talent, and you are on a budget—I think it’s a good idea to look into hiring remote engineers.
How would you pitch YouTeam to other companies? We’re the best marketplace for remote engineers who are exceptionally talented and can help your startup grow and build an amazing product.
Is your company looking to hire remote engineers? Find them on YouTeam