Sidebench

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  • Number of employees

    201-500
  • Location

    United States, Santa Monica
  • Founded

    2012

Company clients

  • RedBull
  • nOCD
  • SONY

about Sidebench

Sidebench is a reasonably well-known company providing services in the field of developing mobile and web applications, developing UI / UX design, consulting and marketing. The company was founded by Kevin Yamazaki in 2014, and its only office is located in Los Angeles. 


Sidebench’s small but solid and experienced team consists of digital strategists, technologists, developers, designers, and thinkers. Together they are able to create a solution for various enterprises and industries. From creating innovative solutions in the field of medical medicine to the first-class experience for leading consumer brands and streamlining processes for government agencies. The company considers its main mission to change the way people interact with technology by opening up unique opportunities in unexplored territories. 


Working with innovative corporate companies, Sidebench integrates modern technologies in combination with the UX-first approach, opening up a new, incredible digital experience for their customers.


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SERVICES LINES

  • Mobile App 40%
  • Web development 35%
  • Design, UI & UX 15%
  • Game 5%
  • QA 5%
  • Mobile App
    • Android 30%
    • iOS 30%
    • React native 25%
    • Mobile web 15%
  • Game
    • Mobile game 100%
  • QA
    • Mobile app testing 60%
    • Website testing 40%

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Sidebench review - a design, strategy and development company

Sidebench was founded in 2012, and its founder was Kevin Yamazaki, who remains CEO until today, actively participating in the growth and development of the company. The agency was born from the idea of creating a new type of digital agency, which will combine the range of services needed to create a comprehensive solution to problems. The ideal agency was to balance between a design (creative) agency, a technology-oriented development house, and a consulting service to help build strategies and analysis. Sidebench has become a similar jack of all trades. Thanks to what now they work with innovative startups, and the most visionary corporate companies. Their customers know the value of innovation and digital business strategies, which allows them to promote the business with "seven miles steps."

Sidebench, in turn, often give priority to customers with more exciting and difficult problems to solve. Their office is located in Los Angeles, and its reputation goes far beyond its scope. Thanks to their vast experience in many fields, they often collaborate with customers, while playing the role of CTO. Sidebench defines and creates short and long term technology strategies for them. Success is consolidated by using a user-centric approach in the solution development process. Thus, they help to achieve product success using individual methods for each project.

Established2012
Service linesProduct Validation ,Competitive Analysis, E-Commerce, User Research, Product Roadmapping, Strategic Growth Planning, Compass Image, User Experience (UX) Design, User Interface (UI) Design, Technical Architecture, Rapid Prototyping, User Testing, Visual Design, Span Icon, Web Development, Mobile App Development, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Systems Integrations, QA
Avg. hourly rate$ 150-199 / hr
LocationLos Angeles, US

During its existence, the company has firmly established itself as one of the market leaders in the development of digital business solutions. They have become true experts in the areas of: HIPAA Compliant Products, UI/UX Design, Mobile & Web Apps, User Research, Systems Integration.

The company brought under one roof more than 15+ high-class specialists who, by combined forces, are able to achieve more than their many competitors in the market. The company has the most friendly atmosphere based on caring for employees, which allows us to be sure that employees will do everything possible and impossible to help the company's customers.

The company offers services in 3 main directions, and as a rule, when evaluating the effectiveness of cooperation with Sidebench, customers use a whole chain at once. That is why these services are closely related, it also serves as a reason to evaluate them comprehensively.

  1. Strategy

Sidebench offers consulting services, which include different types of consultations, both technical and marketing. Very popular are the services for creating an action plan and business strategies based on client ideas. This is a kind of the only way to buy an experience in the market, which is so lacking for young teams and enterprises. Such service implies the provision by Sidebench of a multidisciplinary team working with you in a series of exciting events and seminars. Acting exclusively in your interests, they help you to discover strategic opportunities for your business or startup. Their services include: product verification, competitor analysis,

working with e-commerce and creating a product map. And finally, the most popular services are user research and the creation of strategic growth planning. In almost every project under development, Sidebench demonstrates the importance of experience and the right strategy for effective growth in a market environment.

  1. Discovery

Before starting development, the Sidebench team will analyze and examine your idea / existing project in detail. Only through such an approach, they can guarantee the effectiveness of the solution. Basic concepts, frameworks, and designs are created through user research. And thanks to their quick user testing, you and your team can make sure that users admire your product before at least one line of code is written. In this case, you can save a decent amount of money, and make your own adjustments with minimal cost.

The company has something to offer in the field of creativity, there are available services for the design of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI). Creating a technical architecture and the possibility of rapid prototyping, followed by repeated testing. You can be sure of the rationality of the expense since the process of research and development of the concept is as transparent and effective as possible in terms of resource consumption.

  1. Development

And the last, final stage is development. The most interesting period of work on the product, during which the Sidebench team does its “magic”. They are engaged in integrated web development, application development for mobile platforms. Developers use best practices to achieve incredible product quality with minimal resources due to quality control at all stages of development. The finished product can integrate all the tools you need, providing the opportunity to interact with huge platforms or private systems.

Sidebench develops unique solutions that allow the brand to find its own unique feature, which also provides users with an incredible experience. Probably the most striking example of this situation will be the collaboration of Sidebench and Oakley, a subsidiary of Luxottica.

The client sought to create a special section on the website in order to help customers to compare all available Oakley sun lenses and select the ones that suit them. And the choice of lenses is very large because they are not only divided by various sports and polymerization technologies, but also by filter colors. In addition, this "tool" was supposed to be available in offline stores.

As always getting down to business, first of all, Sidebench in detail examined the current situation. The initial analysis showed the onset of performance problems due to the use of the old technology stack and the lack of any optimization. The main emphasis was placed on optimizing the performance of the database, which directly influenced the efficiency of the Oakley workforce.

The result of the optimization was an 81% reduction in loading time. In addition, a special tool was developed to visually demonstrate the capabilities of proprietary PRIZMTM technology. This visualizer provides customers with the ability to digitally see the difference in vision between the naked eye and Oakley lenses. A lot of work has been done, but the main thing is that Sidebench not only solved the task assigned to it but provided the client with stability that opens up prospects for future growth. At the same time, they created an unusual experience for users, which became a hallmark for the brand.

Sidebench never stands still, constantly mastering advanced technology. For example, even before the beginning of the mass popularity of voice assistants, guys got experience working with them thanks to developing simple skills and creating various slack bots for your office.

One such development was a tool called "slackbot ++", which allowed team members to respond either positively or negatively to messages from their peers. Their reactions were taken into account by the system, thus adding or subtracting points from the total number of points of an individual.

Sidebench liked this idea so much that they decided to use this concept to create MVP voice skills. The team also viewed Alexa Skill's development as an opportunity to gain experience and skills to create a more advanced tool. This tool in the future may be used to add value to client offerings. After analyzing the industries and markets of interest to them, they gained an understanding of the existing interaction of people with voice technology. Using “Storyline” to create a custom stream and microphone, they managed to add “excitement” to the phrase. Having built a story map and user journey, they switched to Slack integration as an API that provides the ability to integrate e-commerce features. After going through a thorough certification process, the MVP skill they developed was launched at Alexa Skills.

Sidebench was able to create an incredibly promising, functional and safe tool with a voice interface. At the same time, they gained valuable, and most importantly, “full” development experience in this innovative field, which opened up new opportunities for them as developers.

As we already told, Sidebench is developing mobile applications not only to serve the needs of the business but also for the entertainment market. They have experience in developing games, and even in creating a separate platform for their distribution. A kind of PlayMarket analog developed for Gamevice.

Gamevice is a company that has set itself the goal of providing the ability to use any device as a portable gaming house. Thanks to their main product, the hardware controller supporting iPhone and Android, their users can play games with physical control, thus turning their devices into game consoles. However, the difficulty lies in the fact that not all games support such control, and their search at the moment is a rather complicated process. The solution to this problem, according to the Gamevice team, was to create a centralized platform providing access to compatible games in a single place. Such an application would potentially allow Gamevice to destroy the portable games market by expanding the scale of their products and the audience of their gaming community.

Sidebench was chosen as the developer for this platform, thanks to its diverse experience. The concept of rebuilding existing interfaces for iOS and Android has been tested in a short time. After confirming its viability, the development team from Sidebench transferred the interfaces to the new specialized Unity rendering engine, which works equally well on various platforms. The new interface has been optimized for convenient use both through the touch screen and through the controller. All existing Gamevice game data has been integrated into the platform. 

Now Gamevice Live contains more than 1000+ games that are fully compatible with the Gamevice controller. The gaming platform supports both iOS and Android. And its use turns the device into a game console providing the user with incredible gaming experience, without the need to purchase an additional, separate game device.

Sidebench  USER REVIEWS (19)

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  • Abhit Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    4.5
    • Quality
      4
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      4
    • Ability
      5
    They understand our agile environment and provides services we haven`t found with other companies
    They provide consulting services for a healthcare service provider. Sidebench contributed their expertise to a comprehensive mobile application to make sure it would pass Apple Store requirements. Thanks to Sidebench`s input, the application launched on the Apple Store after the first submission. Sidebench`s response times were quick, and they were willing to accommodate a unique working arrangement. The relationship that we had was probably unique; most companies would push to do the development themselves. We only needed Sidebench`s know-how, and they were willing to accommodate us.
  • Samson Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5
    Sidebench really understand healthcare and the design challenges within it
    Working within a highly regulated vertical, Sidebench built the new product through an iterative process. The team delivered the product within two months and ahead of schedule. Sidebench`s performance exceeded expectations and the application increased conversion rates. Sidebench came in ahead of schedule and increased our conversion rates in a portion of our funnel. The quality of Sidebench`s work went above and beyond our expectations.
    • Pros
      • High work quality
  • Clemens Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5
    Sidebench is very hands-on, reliable, and thoughtful
    They designed and developed three web apps to facilitate interactions between networks of clients. The applications are mobile responsive and integrate with Google and Bing. Exceeding all expectations, they produced a high-quality product on time and on budget. Proactive in their recommendations and creative, Sidebench has its clients` best interests in mind, while their expertise and ability to guide the process makes them a reliable partner. Sidebench`s team is smart, professional, and understand their clients. Some companies are either very creative or good at implementation, but Sidebench is a perfect combination of both. They are innovative when it comes to business models, and at the same time, they are always looking out for their clients' best interests. Sidebench`s primary focus is not on making money, which is why their clients end up with better products than they had expected.
    • Pros
      • Proactive in recommendations
      • Smart, professional and innocative team;
  • Jeff Kunzelman Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    4.75
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      4
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5
    Sidebench delivered fantastic quality and communication
    Using the iOS version as a guideline, they took the 2.0 version of an Android application rewrote, refactored, and debugged the native code to build the 3.0 Android version of this platform. They were complimented for their agile project management and ability to deliver a high-quality product under limited guidance.
    • Pros
      • Ability to deliver a high-quality product under limited guidance
      • Communication
  • William Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    Published at Oct 15, 08:01
    5
    • Quality
      5
    • Functionality
      5
    • Ease of use
      5
    • Ability
      5
    Sidebench gave us the product exactly what we were looking for and better
    They developed the UI/UX design of a new website to consolidate a larger online presence. Communication was initially inconsistent but very improved over time. Through a cooperative approach, they took the time to understand the project`s true scope. Sidebench adhered to creative direction, but proactively made suggestions when necessary to ultimately improve the final product. They had a good approach to pushing back and offering something above and beyond what we asked of them.
    • Pros
      • Communication
      • Cooperative approach
      • Creative