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Celerik Named by Clutch as a Top 2022 B2B Company in Colombia


Celerik is a digital product development company specializing in turning our clients’ vision into reality. We build purposeful, results-driven technology solutions that serve as a key to our partners’ transformation. Founded in 2008, our mission has been to craft exceptional products tailored to the needs of our customers.


Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve been hailed again by Clutch, a research and reviews resource, as a top company in Colombia. According to the platform, we’re among the leading app development providers in Latin America!


“For the fourth consecutive time, Celerik has been recognized for delivering world-class technology services and products to the most demanding startups and established businesses in North America.”


— CEO, Celerik


If you didn’t already know, Clutch is a B2B platform that aims to connect organizations of all sizes with the service providers that can help them succeed. Clutch’s review collection methodology is grounded in the principle that each feedback should be unbiased and untampered. Clutch achieves full transparency by interviewing clients of vendors registered on the platform directly.


Here’s what our partners have been saying about our solutions:


“From the CEO to the developers that we have worked with, it feels like they want us to win as much as we do.”


— Dominic Kingston, Founder, The Cartelle Group Ltd.


“They came up with a simple and useful model in a short time which was impressive.”


— Natalia Velasquez Sierra, Business & Strategy Director, Tienda Registrada


Thank you so much to our partners for sharing their honest feedback about our work. You can discover more about our previous and ongoing projects on our Clutch profile.


For inquiries about our solutions, be sure to contact us right away!  

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Celerik Proud to be Named by Clutch as Top App Developer in Colombia for 2020

Here at Celerik, we provide various development solutions to companies. We invest heavily in the latest technologies that shape the current trends of different industries. Whether it’s data science, AI, mobile apps, or web apps — we help our customers realize their vision!
Not only are we an international award-winning agency, but we have also been selected by Clutch as a top development firm in Colombia this year!
Located in Washington, DC, Clutch is a B2B ratings and review company committed to connecting potential buyers with reliable service providers. Clutch’s research team is at the heart of their process. They conduct in-depth client interviews and analyze industry data. Through that, they efficiently rank and rate companies around the world.


It is indeed a great honor to receive a prestigious award from Clutch! We’d like to sincerely thank them as well as our loyal clients, for taking the time to extensively review our services. Take a moment to view the fruits of our hard work and success. It is incredibly amazing to have received a 5.0-star stellar rating on our profile!


“Receiving this award for the second consecutive year is a major achievement that reflects our company’s goals in becoming a leader in digital enablement for companies in the North American market.”

  • Juan Carlos Ramirez, CEO & Co-Founder of Celerik

Here’s also some of the comments from our valued clients who trusted us with their projects:


“They came up with a simple and useful model in a short time which was impressive.”

  • Natalia Sierra, Business & Strategy Director of Tienda Registrada

“Their in-house expertise and their willingness to learn about our business model impressed us.”

  • Co-Founder & CEO of Tax Automation Platform

“They’re incredibly thorough with everything that they do.”

  • Stephen Buzella Sr., CEO of Shutter Tech

You can count on us as we have been servicing clients for over 12 years. For more information about us, contact us today!

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Clutch leader software development company in Latin America

Very proud to be named a #ClutchLeader software development company in Latin America. A testament to our commitment to becoming a relevant force of digital expertise working on the most challenging and diverse projects around the world. 
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Working From Home: Tips for a balanced and professional new normal

Remote work is not exactly a new concept. In the early 70’s, physicist Jack Nilles, realized how telecommunications could replace time-consuming commuting for staff during his work for NASA. Actually, he coined the terms “telecommuting” and “telework” as he worked on projects that would allow employees to work at home.

More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the remote work trend and experts agree that the future of work will never be the same. Growth trends of a growing remote work world were already staggering as FlexJobs notes on their article Remote Work Statistics: Shifting Norms and Expectations early 2020 (kind of before COVID-19):


Celerik has just recently become a fully remote company. Even though before the pandemic we were already flexible enough to be “remote work practitioners”, this new era has definitely pushed us to a decision that honestly, we could have taken years ago.

Technology today allows a great number of industries and jobs to be performed remotely. Lots of people that are new to working from home today dealing with stress, loneliness, and struggling to separate work from personal lives. According to Reuters, 53% of people say working from home increases the risk of family conflict because of the blurred line between private time and work.

To us as a digital company, the reality is that remote work feels just natural, but we’ve still had our challenges and have gone through most of the common hurdles, so we want to share a couple of tips that had made this whole new thing of work from home a gratifying experience:

Get in the right work mood:

Try to start your day as if you were going to your office. You can weak comfortable clothes but try not to stay on your pajamas the whole day. Oh, and yes, take a refreshing early morning shower! You need to tell your brain you are working and not on a day off.

Tidy your workspace:

Do your best to keep your desk clean and use an ergonomic chair. Ideally, your workplace is outside your bedroom, since this helps you brain disso­­­­­­ciate “sleep” from “work”. Make sure it is quiet enough to allow you to go join conference calls without disturbing background noises that will make you look unprofessional.

Let others know you have work to do:

In case you don’t have a separate room for your office, make sure you let your family know you need silence and cannot be interrupted. This is probably the biggest challenge when working from home but try to let them know you have specific times during the day to share with them and do the chores.

Stick to a schedule:

Define a time to start your day of work, and a time to shut down your computer. If helps, set up alarms on your mobile so that you know you must come to a stop. Calling an end to your workday is as important as starting it on time.

Double down on communication:

Anxiety can kick in for a myriad of reasons: Are you being explicit enough while communicating with your team? Don’t forget communication goes beyond verbal, so make sure you turn on your video during calls, and nail down important communications with quick and actionable emails using bullet points, just to be clear.

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Bringing your MVP to life – How to run a technical discovery phase and why it is important to the success of your MVP

Digital product development and software design has lots moving parts, and in the very early stages of your startup there are many more questions than answers on how to best start building your product.

When you are developing a new digital product, it can be tempting to immediately start writing code so we can get to market quickly. Why waste time planning, isn’t that old fashioned?  Well, the answer is no, and the key is to avoid planning too far ahead that you end up building a product without validating your assumptions. Instead, we believe in agile product planning.

The ultimate goal of our technical discovery phase is to reduce uncertainty surrounding the development of your product by conducting an agile product design and planning phase.


Why you need to invest in a discovery phase?

First of all, we want to be clear that there is not a single way to carry out a technical discovery. As with agile and Scrum, every company out there has its own flavor to adopt these set of best practices, however, the ultimate goal remains the same: bringing to market a successful MVP.

Our technical discovery process is not intended to replace your customer and insights research phase, most likely already covered if you followed a Google-like Design Sprint. Our technical discovery phase comes just right after, when you should already have a clear and somewhat “validated” vision of a product that we are set out to build with our team.

At Celerik, we are huge fans of agile, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to follow a systematic approach to product design and building.


How to conduct a technical discovery?

Running a Design Sprint is great to come up with a pre-MVP prototype that has allowed you and your team gather user and market insights. Now that you have a rough idea of what you want to build, it’s time to put your heads together and plan for its build.

Our typical technical discovery phase is made up of 4 stages:

Stage 1 – Business understanding:

Our goal here is to set the stage. We carry out key business context activities that help uncover business and users’ motivations. We use Business Model Canvas®, Value Proposition Canvas® and a competitive analysis, as a preliminary common ground for our team to start collaborating and sharing your same business jargon.

Stage 2 – User experience design

Your products should always usable, enjoyable, and accessible for humans. During this phase we bridge the gap between the user, the development team, and key business stakeholders. User personas and features are uncovered, and wireframes are sketched to graphically capture the result of this stage.

Stage 4 – Product plan

At this closing stage, your newly created product plan is an agile yet comprehensive representation of your vision and how you plan to prioritize your product offering and its functionalities over time. Deliverables include a product roadmap, architecture design, schedule, budget and team required to bring to life your digital product.

What’s next? Have we finished yet?

Now the fun part begins! You and your team are ready to start building your product. This is where agile principles and Scrum will come into play. Don’t forget that your product is a living piece, and the needs of today may not be the same as those of tomorrow.

At the end of the day, your MVP is made for learning and iterating, but one thing is sure at the end of this process: you have a clear plan for the next couple of months.

If you’d like to learn more and see how Celerik can help you build your MVP without breaking the bank, drop us a line!

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Freelance vs Remote Development Team: Why You Want the Team on Your Side

You surely have heard the expression that there is “no I in the word team,” and it is frequently used in sports to get everyone to think collectively, as well as act in a coordinated way that ensures success. It is unfortunate that the expression is thought of as a cliché because it is appropriate in other settings outside of sports. In fact, in the world of software development, it is far more likely that you’ll see a winning effort when it is a team at work.

In the current business world, we know that a lot of professionals operate in the “gig economy,” or as freelancing entities. Sure, they may align themselves to groups and teams, but for the most part, they operate (and think) in that “I” mindset.

The Trouble with Freelance

If you are on the lookout for a remote software development option, you’ll likely be curious about freelancers. Here’s the problem, while they might be a bit more flexible and less costly, you’ll find they are:

  • Less available because they need to keep many projects rolling at once. This means difficulties in communication, deadlines, and more. It also puts you at risk for being dumped if that freelancer is overwhelmed.
  • Less controllable because a freelancer works entirely on their own and has no accountability to other team members. Shortcuts can be taken, progress reports can be skimpy or flawed, and any last-minute issues will be far more difficult to troubleshoot.
  • Likely to pose more risks around the issue of confidentiality. While it may seem that a group is more difficult when it comes to confidentiality, it is often the case that a freelancer may not sign an NDA or may be prone to discussing other projects with potential clients, jeopardizing your confidentiality.

So, if you are going to hire a remote solution for software development, it just makes sense to lean into a team of developers to help.

Advantages of a Remote Development Team

Regardless of the complexity or simplicity of your needs, working with a remote development team comes with significant advantages, including:


Cost efficiency –

With in-house solutions, there are payroll fees, insurances, taxes, and so on. The remote team enables cost benefits to the company and the development professionals who won’t have to relocate to a high-cost area.


Talent recruitment –

Opting for remote development teams means the option to recruit the best talent. Your firm is not simply offering a work-from-home scenario but is looking all over the globe for the ideal candidates to work with! This means the world is an employer’s proverbial oyster, and it is far more likely that the team will be populated by experts already adept at remote work. When you hire a company, the remote team has most likely been part of a carefully curating process of talent selection. Also, a report in Entrepreneur noted, high performers given a remote working opportunity may find it fuels “creativity and spurs productivity by working remotely,” and this can benefit your project or goals immensely.


Happier workers –

While you may be working with a remote development team, you still want to consider their worker satisfaction because it will be reflected in their overall performance and output. Remote workers report themselves as far happier than more traditional workers, and this leads to a greater sense of well-being, which results in higher work outcomes. Additionally, productivity soars because the majority of remote teams report feeling more valued by the companies partnered with them.


It’s the way of the future –

A majority of global tech firms already use remote development teams. For many, it is “about creating a sustainable and long-term strategy through a cohesive, high-performance culture,” as Jerry Porras explained. As a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford, he found that exceptional long term business performance resulted from values-driven teams, especially remote workforces with members who understand the value of each player.


In addition to those advantages, another key benefit is that you work with an interim CTO or another leadership figure who is part of a team and belongs to a company with a culture and more resources, especially knowledge from other team members.

Companies like Celerik, for example, provide startups and transitional companies with a team of development professionals. They offer the benefits of a well-honed team and provide the same organized, effective results that come when experts work collaboratively and communicate clearly throughout the chain of command.

Not only will they bring the advantages of a development team but help address the struggle of “nearshoring”. Even in today’s economy,  the U.S. has an exceptionally low unemployment rate for domestic development teams, making it very hard to find them available. Nearshoring, however, is the recruitment of remote development teams from neighboring countries such as Mexico, Canada, and South America. Located within the same time zone, operating at a better cost per hour, and working around the lack of native development professionals, it is a huge reason to think remote development.

Whether you are a pre-existing firm or starting with a clean slate as a startup, the benefits of remote development teams cannot be ignored. They offer long-term business improvements as well as top talent and autonomy to a self-organizing team of experts.

The best remote teams also provide businesses and support services capable of overcoming any challenges together. Today’s optimal communication methods, video chat options, and customizable digital solutions that make success easier than ever before.

Though it may seem easier to hire a single developer, the long-term success of any company comes from a team of experts adept at remote work and with enough collective and team’s breadth of knowledge.

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Remote Ready: Top 5 Benefits of Hiring an Interim CTO Team During COVID-19

What does the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) do for your firm? It is likely that he or she plays an executive role and supports ongoing technological needs as well as any R&D role that is required. A CTO may review the long or short-term needs of your company, and use whatever capital is budgeted to him or her to support your business in striking goals or objectives.

The CTO emerged within the past decade as a branch of the CIO and is likely to play a strong role in strategic planning. According to Investopedia, the CTO is also the “highest technology executive position within a company. He or she develops policies and procedures and uses technology to enhance products and services that focus on external customers. The CTO also develops strategies to increase revenue and performs a cost-benefit analysis and return-on-investment analysis.”

That is quite a plate-full, and if you read through this and realize that it may be better to use the collective skill set of a team rather than heaping so many responsibilities on a single individual, you are not alone. Today, and especially during the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, many firms are leaning into a different solution – the interim CTO team.

Before you argue against this, let’s reconsider the evolution of remote working. The world has been going towards a remote work model for a while now, and technology as well as infrastructure exist to such a degree that it is easier than ever to visualize a permanent shift to this approach. Consider what an article from Forbes said of this: “Technologies like Slack, Zoom or Google Hangouts, Dropbox, etc. are making it easy to be productive as a team while remote.”

Enter the Interim CTO Team

The average salary for a CTO is $159,419 (according to, but may soar as high as $241k, or more. Add in bonuses, profit sharing, commissions, and benefits and the numbers grow substantially larger. Most startups face that significant figure along with the rest of the cost of staffing the company. 

As a hiring priority, though, finding the ideal CTO is important, and yet it is also a major struggle. The CTO happens to be one of the most competitive positions in the job market, and particularly in major urban areas and specific industries. Therefore, the choice to work with an interim CTO makes more sense now than ever before.

Sadly, the interim CTO can be just as difficult to find as the more permanent candidates. And in the current COVID-19 crisis, the ability to interview and screen candidates in the traditional way is limited, at best. The opportunity for face to face meetings has been reduced to screen to screen meetings, and even if a company is adapted to remote workers and remote hiring, the process remains daunting. Fraught with pitfalls, it can start to feel as if progress during the COVID-19 crisis is an untenable goal.

And this is where technology and an interim CTO team can save the day.

5 Benefits of Working with an Interim CTO Team

You know the costs of that single CTO, and even when recruitment is flawless, it is almost impossible to find a single person who can offer the expansive skillset of a group. The interim CTO team is going to offer many benefits, including:

  1. A collection of individuals with many skills and experiences that instantly override the tech talent gap for workers in the technology field
  2. The ability to meet all product development demands 
  3. Avoiding the usual pitfalls of unsustainability in deliverables by utilizing a team of people  
  4. Enjoying scalability to a degree impossible with a single CTO or interim CTO
  5. Management becomes nimbler and more adept at handling remote or distributed teams, i.e. remote ready (which is in line with emerging trends and sure to become a beneficial capability)

Let’s consider that final point, since it is incredibly relevant during this current COVID-19 crisis. Without the ability to enjoy traditional face time with employees at all levels, it can feel as if there is a lack of defined company culture.

However, when management (whether in a startup or existing firm) has to adapt to managing distributed teams, they begin to also build a culture oriented towards remote success. There will be an emphasis on clear, fast and concise communication. Trust is essential as teams will need the ability to act autonomously in order to hasten growth – an essential during startup.

The CTO who is a “jack of all trades,” is highly desirable but as rare as a unicorn, and as costly. A diverse talent pool is desirable, and possible with the implementation of an interim CTO team. If you are eager to join the Future of Work, today, and during the current COVID-19 crisis, Celerik can help; becoming your digital partner, and helping you build your mobile or web application, enabled by cloud and data science technologies.

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How your startup might benefit from a remote interim CTO

These days, one of the top priorities for most startup founders is finding the right CTO. Early stage startups and non-technical founders struggle to find a suitable CTO given the highly competitive job market in startup hubs such as Silicon Valley, New York and other major cities, with salaries easily going well above the USD 200k mark according to PayScale.


Under this scenario, some founders opt to go to market and look for an interim CTO who can help them deliver their very first MVP until they are able to recruit the right candidate. Even though this figure seems ideal, it’s still very hard to find.

Fortunately, the interim CTO figure doesn’t really need to be embodied by an individual or a jack of all trades technologist. More and more, early stage startups rely on what we like to call an interim CTO team, made up of individuals who can use their collective skills to move the company forward.

Given the tech talent shortage, it’s unlikely that you can meet all of your product development demands by hiring internally, at least not very efficiently. You need to put down a lot of money, time, and considerable effort to source a high-caliber individual like a CTO. This is where the remote interim CTO team comes into play.

Why hiring an interim CTO team might be your best bet

Even though outsourcing and remote work used to face a negative stigma from VC’s, that vision seems to be losing ground as the “Future of Work” highlights the trend of remote work taking over the world labor market and it becomes the new norm.

If the “Future of Work” is already increasingly remote and flexible, why not hire the best you can even if that individual or team is located remotely?

Some may argue that when you are building a startup, you need to build a culture and you require constant face time with your first hires. Although that can help – on the flipside – learning to manage a distributed team early on will make you better on several key fronts, such as making communication a priority, trusting colleagues to act autonomously, and defining a strong culture. When your startup is on growth mode, these skills and experience will help you scale faster as described on a recent article by Venture Beat.

And to name a few examples, companies like Basecamp, Github, InVision, Zapier, and Alegra in Latin America, provide successful role models of companies relying on large distributed teams.

In conclusion

The “Future of Work” is here to stay and startups should embrace the opportunity to reach a global talent pool.  The benefits of accessing world-class talent clearly outweighs locality.

Our interim CTO team service can help your company scale faster while finding an optimal balance between skills and rates and leveraging a multi-disciplinary technical team with the broad set of skills you need to bring your product to life.

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Celerik Named Top B2B Company in Latin America 2019: Clutch Leadership Award

The team at Celerik is committed to thinking creatively and executing strategies that improve client’s businesses. We are constantly looking for ways to do things better and be the first one to find a better solution than the rest. It’s why we can say we are a leader in the web development industry.

Clutch, a B2B reviews platform that connects businesses to other businesses for projects, published their list for the “Top B2B Companies in Latin America 2019.” Clutch depends on verified client reviews to categorize businesses based on how great they are at the job, not just how popular they are. We are proud to say that we have been included as a leader in Latin America for the web development industry.

Without our clients, this wouldn’t have been possible. The work we do is for you and your business. It warms our teams hear that you appreciate what we have and will continue to do with your company.

We are very happy to receive this award for the first time. We are at a very important growth phase in our company, and we are convinced this is just the beginning for us. All of our customers are our friends, and there’s no doubt we’ll to continue to make many more friends.

– CEO, Celerik

 At Celerik, we refer to our clients as our friends and we love to show the work we’ve done with them any place we can. Clutch has two sister websites – The Manifest and Visual Objects. The Manifest features top firms and the best strategies to use in the web development industry, so our clients can stay up to date with how things work and can get insight into why our strategies are what they are. Visual Objects displays our portfolio, so you can skip all the reading and let the work speak for itself (it’s that good, trust us).

We look forward to more opportunities to make friends and create work that helps people in their respective ways. To our clients, thank you. We couldn’t have gotten anywhere without your support and trust with Celerik. And to our future friends, don’t hesitate to drop us aline. We are excited to hit the ground running with your proposal.

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