Background

Hospi Housing is a Netherlands-based tech startup that aims to solve the Dutch housing market’s major challenges of skyrocketing prices and shortages for international students and starters. Hospi Housing provides a platform to connect the owners of unused rooms with people looking for a space. In addition, the app connects people with different backgrounds enabling users to share experiences at someone’s place rather than just rent a room.

Initially, the company’s website was mainly an online advertisement with a lot of manual processing. So after interviewing 10 different companies in 3 countries, Hospi Housing chose Beetroot to help them build a custom automation solution.

  • Hospi Housing, a platform connecting students with local hosts in the Netherlands, reached out to Beetroot to help them automate their matching flow and reduce the required manual work.
  • Beetroot’s software solutions team built a full-fledged backend for the Hospi Housing matching app using ReactJS and Python and set up the AWS serverless design.
  • The custom software solution by Beetroot has helped the client to cut down the manual steps in the matching flow from 27 to 3. Their team’s overall engagement decreased from 6 hours to 1 hour per match, enabling a critical leap in the company’s growth journey.
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For us it was important that the company was not just building what we asked, but also challenged us in our ask and provide consulting along the way. Furthermore, the mission of Beetroot very much aligned with our own, especially the social impact they try to make was a deciding factor for us.

Maurits Barendregt Founder & CTO of Hospi Housing

Solution

Hospi Housing approached Beetroot with a detailed technical specification, including the list of required technologies and a front-end design. The client’s request was to use the ReactJS framework for the web app’s frontend and Python for the backend. In addition, the app should have run on AWS in a serverless design (lambda functions, dynamodb, SQS) to keep the run cost as low as possible.

To deliver upon the client’s request, Beetroot has engaged a team of 7 specialists, including a Project Manager who was also the primary point of contact with the client. In addition, the team included 1 lead developer/architect, 1-2 backend engineers, and 2-3 front-end engineers.

The scope of work was split into 4 deliveries to keep the costs under the expected budget. The client went over the design frequently and, together with the project manager, came up with a detailed backlog of user stories that the developers would then pick up.

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We deliberately did not participate in the standups, since I believe developers should be able to freely discuss what problems they encounter without the client being present. Communication mostly went via email or Slack, and slack allowed us to talk directly to the developers which was very useful, especially at the end of the project.

Maurits Barendregt Founder & CTO of Hospi Housing

Results

The Beetroot developers brought back the manual steps in the Hospi Housing app matching flow from 27 to 3. Furthermore, their overall engagement per match decreased from 6 hours to 1 hour. This significant difference is critical for the client’s growth journey and enables them to accelerate with their ambitious targets.

Our software development team has built a vast platform with a significant codebase with bug fixing acknowledged by the client as room for improvement. But, time-wise, that team has met most of the client’s expectations, involving extra web developers for time-sensitive projects to ensure deadlines were met.

Everyone was very helpful, you could approach the developers directly and ask questions. Changing something throughout the process was never a problem and they always tried to make sure that everyone we required was there. Especially in the aftercare, fixing the last bugs was very fast and they went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied.

Maurits - Hospi Housing
Maurits Barendregt
Founder & CTO of Hospi Housing