The past few months have been incredibly active and energizing here at uTest. When we announced our expanded vision and now, our impending re-brand several months ago, we knew it’d be a lot of work. What we didn’t quite expect, was that there would be a lot of additional momentum along the way.
First there was that whole getting $43 million thing, which was certainly a lot of fun. Then, we were so heads-down getting the switch to Applause up and running, that we completely missed the fact that our tester community blew past the 1 million app quality reports (bugs, vulnerabilities, performance issues & pieces of usability feedback) milestone. But while that certainly made us sit up take notice, it didn’t quite prepare us for what we saw next – that the pace of activity growth of our global testing community has increased exponentially.
Looking back over the past months, we deduced what we felt were some fairly impressive numbers:
- Our global community is now growing at 5,000 new testers per month, on pace to add 60,000+ new testers in 2014 alone
- We’re now paying out several million dollars to our testers each quarter for an ever-increasing amount of testing work
- At the current pace, we will pay the members of our testing community tens of millions of dollars in the next four quarters
Why the sharp increase in pace? It may have to do with the attention we’ve gotten lately.
But it may have something to do with the fact that, every day, more companies understand the importance of delighting their web & mobile users. Today’s users expect apps to do more than just work – they expect them to be flawless, the first time and every time. Which is actually why uTest is becoming Applause. It’s these changes in the market that have grown our opportunity, and caused us to expand our vision & offering. Which reminds me…
…Very soon, we’ll formally make the aforementioned name change. What does that mean for you? Well, it means for all the app-centric news, latest trends and company happenings you’ve come to love from this blog, you’ll need to follow us over to the Applause blog, as this new name becomes our company home.
After the switch, uTest will become all about the testers and testing. So here on these pages, we’ll blog about everything testers need in order to survive & thrive: news from around the test & QA universe, test tool launches, interesting presentations, interviews with smart people, and whatever else happens to amuse us.
We, of course, hope you follow both blogs. There are big things ahead for both Applause (customer-facing) and uTest (community-facing). And with the momentum we’ve built of late, we can’t wait to get started.