Campsited is a Dublin based startup that provides an easy way for campers and holiday seekers to find and book campsites, touring parks, and holiday parks. The app was designed with passion for camping, but hindered by a lack of an experienced, scalable development team. Campsited covers campsites in Ireland and the UK, and has just started it's expansion into continental Europe.
Finán O'Donoghue, the founder and CEO of Campsited, went online to book a family camping holiday but the experience was excruciating. He spent hours going through dozens of websites. None were really easy-to-use, had a global view of campsites (all the information about a campsite needed), or a comprehensive choice of bookable campsites around the world.
"When talking to others afterwards, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who had the same difficult experience", says O'Donoghue. "So I decided to do something about it, and got to work creating Campsited - the easiest way for anyone to find and book campsites around the world".
Finán O'Donoghue started his project partnering with local Ruby on Rails developers. "After our initial implementation I realised we needed to scale our development capability. Speed of execution was a top priority. In addition all of our regression testing was manual. We needed to get to a point where this was fully automated", he recalls.
He found Netguru through Google search. The strength of Netguru clients’ references convinced him to initiate a working relationship. Netguru started planning in October 2015, development began in December, and in March 2016 a new version of the Campsited was launched. "I was very impressed with the speed and quality of execution", says Finán O'Donoghue.
Finán O'Donoghue’s idea behind Campsited was to build an easy-to-use booking engine for parks and their customers. To make this happen it required a scalable and experienced development team. In the process, Finán had to deal with several substantial challenges:
Netguru team started working on Campsited.com in October 2015. In March 2016 a new redesigned version of the application was released. Specific goals included:
Thanks to cooperation with Netguru, Finán O'Donoghue was able to build the product he envisioned.
It is often said that the best startups are born as solutions to real problems faced by the founders. In the case of Campsited, this formula worked beautifully. If you’re interested in other successful startups, check out our list of the top 10 most promising ones from London.