We work closely with our clients to turn an idea into a product concept using proven MVP discovery processes.
Our software engineers have extensive experience in the industry and have built applications of all sizes, ranging from simple web services to marketplaces, content management systems, and social networks.
As seasoned engineers, we have a thorough understanding of how exposed a poorly thought-out system can be to attacks. We are familiar with many attack vectors, and how to detect and mitigate system vulnerabilities.
Having built all manners of systems, and recovered from all sorts of outages, we are prepared to assist you with handling operational incidents, critical production issues, downtime, etc.
Life on Mars is a software consultancy based in Germany and Portugal. We’re a collective of seasoned software engineers, all friends from university. We had been working apart in a multitude of challenging projects and came together to join forces under the same roof.
We specialize in MVP discovery, rapid prototyping, and full-stack concept-to-deployment development of web and mobile applications.
At Life on Mars, we know that creating great digital products is hard to get right. That is why we don't just focus on client satisfaction: we also strive for maximum employee happiness. We strongly believe that a happy and motivated team can do anything that’s thrown at them — and with a smile on their faces to boot.
Life on Mars handpicks all its team members prioritizing network referrals, and no one joins the team without every collaborator having voiced their enthusiastic consent.
Life on Mars is very committed to Open Source. Aside from contributing through giving back to the community, we offer a 20% discount for any work published under an OSS license.
ForecastOne™ ALS is a web application which allows clinicians to better understand the future progression of symptoms for individual patients living with ALS.
Bonnier Publications is the largest publisher of magazines in Northern Europe. They also run a large number of online publications, which makes uptime a critical concern.
Repurposing a prior open-source project to quickly deliver Learning Forward's pioneering process for school districts to measure a district's PD capabilities.
In a nutshell, Madmarkedet’s vision was an Etsy-style marketplace for food and drinks. This was a fun project to be involved in, with no shortage of interesting challenges.
An important part of any scientific process is recording the method so anyone can replicate the study, test the theories, and compare results.
We built a toolchain to automatically generate tweets from a feed of showtimes and target them accordingly to the right postcodes.
We're proud of the work we did with these fine people. It's clients and partners like these that make what we do here at Life on Mars worthwhile and rewarding.
One of the partners at Life on Mars was my CTO on a previous venture, and it was clear from the very beginning that our tech was in great hands. When he told me he had set up Life on Mars, I didn't think twice before recommending him and his team here at Bonnier. They integrated neatly with our own technical team, and have been doing great work for us ever since.
Product Owner & Technical Project Manager at Bonnier Publications
Working with Life on Mars takes away the pressure from critical campaign times. They help us stay on top of the innovation game by pushing new features and experiments out quickly, and are an invaluable partner for the work we do with Twitter. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a solid product built.
CEO at Gruvi
Life on Mars was an easy sell for us upon starting a software development project, the responsiveness and approachability of the entire team has kept us excited and engaged throughout the entire development process. Life on Mars' commitment to agile work and constant deliveries of updates and developments has allowed for a streamlined and efficient workflow that is bolstered by an incredible ease of communication when working together.
CEO and Founder at Holland Park Media
I can safely say our product would not be the success it is today if it wasn't for the extra effort put forth by Life On Mars to deliver an HIPAA compliant, responsive product ahead of schedule that was ready to scale from day one.
Along with their exceptional technical expertise, Life On Mars brings a wonderful sense of openness, collaboration, teamwork and positivity to all of our interactions. No matter the technical hurdles, last minute discovery of hidden requirements or changing stakeholder goals - Life On Mars remains a constant and consistent companion for delivering the right solutions to the right problems.
With Life On Mars assisting in new product initiatives, I felt that I could breathe a sigh of relief knowing our ideas, user needs and business goals would be in good hands with their team. It is my opinion that there is no better partner for helping to create a technically sound, delightfully designed product MVP.
Product Manager at Origent Data Sciences
We were introduced to Life on Mars by a very happy client of theirs, and we quickly understood why. Our developers were swamped, and their team promptly jumped on board to help share the load. They assisted us with a lot of critical updates to our platform, which were instrumental in helping us meet our targets on time.
Executive Director at Sevenzo
Life on Mars came highly recommended when we were looking for a partner to build the MVP for our clinician-facing ForecastOne platform. We couldn't be happier with their work, and we got a lot more than we bargained for. They worked seamlessly with our team, and provided a smooth transition of the MVP into the hands of our in-house development staff, providing additional training for new technologies wherever needed. Their diligent research, thorough documentation, and transparent processes gave us peace of mind in the quality of their work and its compliance with regulatory requirements under HIPAA.
CEO at Origent Data Sciences
We hired Life on Mars to help us create content for our developer interviews platform. Their deep technical knowledge and algorithmic skills surpassed our expectations, and they were quick to understand and integrate with our current system.
CEO at Lytmus
We've been working with Life on Mars and the founders for over 4 years. They proved themselves reliable in architecture and software development. They are now our go to for large projects with difficult technical challenges. The culture fit and communication between our teams has been great. I recommend them if you need quality software built.
CEO and Founder at Mobility Labs
I’ve known the founders of Life on Mars for quite a few years, since we studied and hung out together. So when Vizzuality needed someone to work with us they seemed like a natural choice.
I knew their skills, their culture and knew we could trust them. It was with great pleasure that I got to confirm all that. They allowed us to, in a time of shorter capacity, continue to deliver high quality work.
Product Developer at Vizzuality
My favourite thing about working with Life on Mars is the feeling that they understand me. We very quickly homed in on what to build, and course corrections were straightforward. When I presented their online platform that helps visualize my research, the audience even applauded! I couldn't be happier.
Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge
The team at Life on Mars has helped us a number of times over the past year. Their technical expertise in production systems is impressive and has been crucial. They've done a great job in working with our development team to maximize the uptime of our online properties, as well as restructuring our server infrastructure to optimize our SEO returns. LoM has proved very pragmatic in their approach to the tasks, and very adaptive to our needs. We will continue calling LoM whenever we are in trouble.
Head of Projects & Development at Bonnier Publications
Hugo thrives on developing an extensive familiarity with details most software engineers would call arcane. He strives to create software that stands the test of time and is flexible enough to incorporate change.
Previously he led a development and operations team at NDrive, a large navigation software and geographical data company.
He's a cohost on the "Conversas em Codigo" podcast, and co-organizer of the "Porto Codes" meetup.
Júlio is a software engineer who co-founded two companies as CTO before starting Life on Mars. This gave him the technical expertise and industry insight he brings into Life on Mars today.
He has developed, and managed the development of, several small- and large-scale web/mobile applications for the likes of Disney, Warner, Sony, and HBO.
He is also a great cook.
Paulo is a staunch defender of building cultures of excellence and openness. Permanently discontent with the status quo, he keeps himself sharp with designing software architectures that will always be able to cope with the next feature at the right scale.
As a software engineer at Yelp, he liked keeping teams well oiled and trail blazing their practices, and learning that quirky new tech or way of doing things.
From startups of a handful of people to big SF tech players, Paulo has seen it all, and it's never been enough.
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