Outsourcing software development is a common practice which doesn’t have to limit your company. If managed right it can be a competitive advantage that springs your business forward. Learn about four companies that leveraged outsourcing to make a fortune.

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Unsure about whether your company should outsource?

Are you hesitant to put your company’s future in someone else’s hands?

It can feel like a leap of faith to hand off a project to another company. It can be scary to have your business rely on someone else’s expertise. Maybe it feels like you’re hostage to your outsourced vendor. But it doesn’t have to be.

Outsourcing software development is a common practice which doesn’t have to limit your company. If managed right it can be a competitive advantage that springs your business forward. Below are four companies that were able to do just that!

Skype

Skype’s road to success wasn’t always easy. The founding partners ran into legal trouble with their peer-to-peer file sharing startup. Following that, they looked to disrupt the telecom company so they created Skype. An outsourced team from Estonia built the original software.

GitHub

GitHub is a web-based code hosting service for developers to collaborate on software projects. During the early stages, the founders of Github hired a Git consultant to work on an outsourced basis. The company may not be what it is today without him.

Groove

Groove is a simple help desk software. The founder wanted a technical co-founder to supplement his product background. As luck would have it, he couldn't find one. So he made the decision to outsource the technical aspects of his business to a firm. Soon he realized he’d be able to keep full ownership of his company and save on the costs of carrying a full time team.

Slack

Slack is a fun messaging app for teams. When they approached their outsourcing partner, Slack was a rough, unstyled prototype. They worked together to design the app from the ground up. The firm help them refine and deliver the product you see today.