Outsourced Software Development

Hire offshore software developers or partner with a domestic firm like ours? Explore your options!

Staffing an in-house software development team requires a huge investment of time and money. If you choose to outsource development instead, you’ll need to decide whether to work with offshore developers or a partner like Founders Workshop.

Language, Culture, and Time Zone.

Unlike nearshoring which leverages technical talent in Latin America, offshoring relates to outsourcing projects to overseas geographies like Eastern Europe, India, or the Philippines.

The most obvious offshoring challenges are time zone and language. Depending where in the U.S. you are and where in the world they are, your developers may be working while you sleep. And, although your primary point of contact will speak English, they may be hard to understand.

The less obvious challenge is cultural. Most U.S. businesses value creativity and critical thinking, punctuality for meetings, and direct communication when issues arise. That’s not the case in many cultures. No one culture is better or worse than ours. They’re just different.

With Founders Workshop, your point of contact will be in the U.S. and your technical team will be based in culturally-relevant parts of Latin America.

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  • Language barrier
  • Culture barrier
  • Time zone barrier

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • No
  • No
  • No

Offshore Developers

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Software Development Team Roles.

Offshore software development shops rarely have entrepreneurs in residence or product managers on staff. Without leadership, your developers will build what you tell them to build whether it’s a good idea or not.

Do you want a team of minions blindly taking your orders? Or do you want a partner who’s been on the client side of software development themselves? A partner who leverages critical thinking and creativity to make your product better?

Founders Workshop applies a breadth of talent fractionally based on your budget, schedule, and technical scope to ensure your project is staffed appropriately. That includes leadership who collaborates with you on ideation, problem solving, go-to-market strategy and more.

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  • Talent: Entrepreneur in residence
  • Talent: Product management
  • Talent: Project management
  • Talent: UX/UI design
  • Talent: Engineering
  • Talent: QA testing

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Offshore Developers

  • No
  • No
  • Maybe
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Budget, Schedule, and Process.

With software development, you get what you pay for. An internal product development team can take three to six months to recruit and up to $1 million a year plus equity to maintain.

Outsourcing development is far less expensive but adds risk to your project. Offshore developers come with language, culture, and time zone hurdles and often lack a proven product development process or post-launch support program.

Founders Workshop leverages our proven 5D Process and deep bench of talented professionals to de-risk your project.

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  • Labor cost
  • Equity dilution
  • Time to begin work
  • Proven process
  • Post-launch support

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • $80-350k for 3-6 months
  • No
  • 2 weeks
  • Yes
  • Yes

Offshore Developers

  • Cheap
  • No
  • 2 weeks … once you find a firm you can trust
  • Maybe
  • Maybe

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