Flink (“quick” in German) started as a startup at the end of 2020 and raised $240 million in less than six months. The interest soared during the pandemic, and further funding helped them expand their operations to the Netherlands, France, and Austria.
Their offer is composed of a series of connected apps for different user types, such as customers, riders, and warehouse workers. Flink structures teams narrowly around each app or even specific features. It’s a dynamic setup where staff might be relocated often, to the benefit of efficient implementation.
Early on, they moved the app from React Native to Kotlin & Swift on the frontend but needed assistance making the backend production-ready. Speed was crucial, and outsourcing was the answer, especially considering their accelerated growth.
Flink and Monterail partnered up in March 2021, and initially, Monterail was set to provide Golang and testing expertise.
Key challenges of the project included:
- Local talent shortage
- Very dynamic team structure
- Pressure from competitive market