Looking back at 2015 – StarterSquad highlights

This has been a great year for StarterSquad and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of our customers, partners, families and friends for helping us reach new heights. Here are some of the neat things we accomplished:

Capacitor is healthy and scalable

As you know, we launched Capacitor back in 2014. In January this year, we made a strategic decision to run all of our business through the platform. This meant that all of our customers would move to Capacitor and book our teams through the site. As we look back on this decision, we are happy to report that we’ve surpassed StarterSquad revenues with Capacitor! This proves that we can scale up and continue improving the product.

Capacitor has also seen a growth in team member sign ups this year. We have started working with an increasing number of people outside of the StarterSquad community and are thankful for the new talent on board.

On the technical side, we have automated our regression tests and moved to the Github continuous delivery model. With this optimized delivery process, we can allow separate features to flow live without bundle releases. Urgent features and fixes are going through the funnel much faster now. Check out this post to learn more.

New projects built by teams on Capacitor

We’ve had the privilege to work on great projects this year. These are some of the clients we worked with:

  • Klooker: this startup is building a platform to enable easy shipping across retail stores with free shipping. Team Swarm-it is helping them out with product development.
  • Robeco & Aimforthemoon: we performed a tech feasibility scan on an exciting new project for Robeco and Aimforthemoon.
  • Firstbird: Firstbird is a web-based employee referral program. Spotless is helping them with front-end development and design.
  • Tradecloud: Tradecloud is a B2B platform for supply chain integration and ecommerce. The Prudents are helping them automate their infrastructure using Prudentia.  

Our customer base is growing and becoming more international

We’re pleased to say that our customer base is expanding and has become more international. We are now active in 3 different continents and are talking to a lot of startups about their plans and software development. We have also been exploring the Berlin startup scene more closely and attended events like Startup Safary and Startup Camp.

3 Open Source projects sprout from the community

In case you didn’t know, we’re big fans of open source. This year, 3 open source projects emerged from the Capacitor community: Belle (an opinionated component library for React JS), Prudentia (a handy continuous deployment toolkit), and Assets (an asset manager for CSS). Prudentia, created by our colleague Tiziano, was recently accepted to the Python Package Index (PyPI) and Nik Graf, creator of Belle, recently received a grant to work on this project from the Stripe office in SF. Congrats guys!

StarterSquad in the media

The year was off to a good start when we got mentioned in a VentureBeat article on venture builders. We’re happy to be one of the frontrunners of this movement in Europe.

Ucourse released with its first launching customers

Earlier this year, we joined the Ucourse founding team and were commissioned to develop the platform based on validated learning. We recruited the first 3 launching customers and worked with them to build the frontend and backend. Our team is also supporting Ucourse with growth hacking and is a key member in the startup’s commercial development. Read more about how we build Ucourse in this post.

We attended Growth MBA in a Day at The Next Web Conference

Our Co-founder Daan Assen participated in Growth MBA in a Day at TNW Conference in Amsterdam. The workshop was presented by Growth Guru Samir Patel, mentor at 500Startups and founder of GrowthMachines.

We had an amazing team excursion in Vis (Croatia)

Although we love remote work at StarterSquad, it’s great to have a chance to meet every now and then. This September, we rented a great house in Vis, Croatia for a StarterSquad get-together. As you can see in the pictures below, we had a great week of work and leisure activities at the Dalmatian Coast.





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