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Introduce your business and what you do there.
I am the vice president of operations and information technology at a game company. We design and sell board games and puzzles.
OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE
What challenge were you trying to address with Intrepid Network?
We engaged Intrepid Network to build us a Drupal website to showcase one of our party games.
What was the scope of their involvement?
Josh (President/CEO, Intrepid Network) designed and developed a Drupal website from scratch so that we could highlight a specific game. We gave an overview of what we envisioned, and he presented us with some design options. After a series of discussions to refine the designs, Josh developed the site from the ground up. He also helped us maintain and host the website, along with our primary site, for several years.
What is the team composition?
Josh was our single point of contact.
How did you come to work with Intrepid Network?
I learned of Josh and Intrepid Network through a reference from an IT consultant we worked with at the time.
What is the status of this engagement?
Our engagement with Intrepid Network began in 2012 and ended in February 2019, when we switched our main website away from Drupal to another platform and therefore to another developer. The microsite to showcase the game went offline a few years ago.
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
Josh helped us accomplish our goal of showcasing one of our flagship products and sell the idea that it was a fun party game. I don’t recall the website ever going offline due to an error, and Josh’s creativity was evident on the site.
How did Intrepid Network perform from a project management standpoint?
It can sometimes be challenging to find a vendor that will deliver on its promises, but we never had that problem with Josh. He was quick to respond and gave accurate timelines. He took a lot of guesswork out of the equation. I always had faith that Josh would accomplish what he promised.
What did you find most impressive about them?
Josh runs a one-stop shop. He knows web design, development, web hosting, and marketing. We got lucky to work with somebody who knows how to do it all.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No, I’m thrilled we got to work with Josh.
Do you have any advice for potential customers?
Make sure everybody’s role in the project is clear, and make sure that there is a set timeline for deliverables.