It’s a Wrap! The #GenMobile WWDC Party

To say the Appcelerator #GenMobile Party last Wednesday night was a success would be an understatement!  As one of Appcelerator’s newest partners, uTest was thrilled to sponsor their annual Apple WWDC  bash along with Box, InMobi and VentureBeat. Given Appcelerator’s reputation for throwing “the” party of the conference, tickets sold out far in advance.

Starting with a rush at 6:00pm, more than 500 mobile professionals starting pouring out of Moscone Convention Center and packing into Jillian’s in the Metreon for a night of celebration.  Folks from every facet of the mobile ecosystem mingled, hearing about each other’s latest projects and cool innovations in the works.

The diverse crowd included developers, project managers, and executives from companies including Groupon, SAP, Twitter, and Klout, as well as investors from firms like Google Ventures.  Plus, mixed among the familiar faces from VentureBeat were tech stalwarts like Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal, Ryan Lawler of TechCrunch, and Emily Price of Mashable.

If you couldn’t make it to the party, check out this video highlight reel and the photo gallery on Appcelerator’s Facebook page.  And of course we can’t forget about the photo booth!  Too many great photos to be able to pick favorites…

Thanks again, Appcelerator and to everyone that joined in the fun.  See you next year!

uTest Named ‘Innovator of the Year’ by SBANE

As many of you know, uTest wouldn’t be where it is today without the innovativeness (yes, I just made up that word) of our testers, partners, investors and employees.

Of course, we already know this, so it’s extra special when a third party recognizes uTest for it’s innovative qualities. Last night – when uTest was named a 2012 Innovator of the Year by the Smaller Business Association of New England – was a classic example.

uTest was one of 92 finalists for the award, given to companies “that are not merely successful, but whose success is due to innovation and thought leadership” and who show “explosive growth potential.” With that criteria, were we surprised by the win? Not really. Were we honored by the recognition? Absolutely.

The award puts uTest into good company (pardon the pun) with past winners, including Communispace, Genzyme, iRobot, KRONOS, Staples, VistaPrint, ZipCar and others. That’s quite the  list of entrepreneurial companies who were successful in disrupting their industries, and we were stoked to be included among such pioneers.

Even if we hadn’t won, it still would have been a great night. We had fun mingling with other attendees from the likes of HubSpot, Verivo Software, The Switch, LevelUp, MassHighTech, The Boston Business Journal and others. There was also a great keynote by David Friend, Chairman and CEO of Carbonite. All in all, a terrific night.

Once again, thanks to SBANE for the honor and thanks to uTest nation! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Doron Reuveni in the Boston Marathon

It’s that time of year again – a day when when our blog has almost nothing to do with software testing, crowdsourcing or startup life. Yep, it’s Marathon Monday here in Massachusetts. And like the last three years, uTest’s fearless leader, Doron Reuveni, will be competing with thousands of other runner people for first place (or something close to to it).

Longtime blog readers and uTest fans will recall that Doron has improved his time for three consecutive years. Two years ago, he finished with a pace of 7:21/mile, while last year he posted a 7:13/mile pace. Impressive stuff. This time will be much tougher, as he’s fighting some unseasonably warm weather, along with a few nagging injuries.

Doron has been known to Tweet mid-race, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on his Twitter handle for real-time updates. If you want to keep track of him yourself, so can do so at the Boston Marathon’s official site. It beats trying to keep pace with him for 26.2 miles.

Good luck Doron!

uTest Joins the Ranks of Hot Startups on VatorTV [VIDEO]

What does uTest’s Doron Reuveni have in common with Box’s Aaron Levie, Turntable.fm’s Seth Goldstein, AirBnB’s Brian Chesky, Kaggle’s Anthony Goldbloom and Gaia’s Craig Sherman?  They’ve all been interviewed over the past year by award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco Roizen for Vator.tv.

Last week, uTest joined the ranks of these hot, innovative startups by appearing on VatorTV, one of the largest business networks dedicated to entrepreneurship, and the sister site to VatorNews, which is focused on the business and trends of high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation with 400-plus contributors.

Bambi, the CEO and founder of Vator (short for ‘innovator’), caught up with Doron to learn the ins-and-outs of uTest’s business model and what our expansion plans are for 2012 following our recent $17M D round of funding.

Time to Party! Celebrating Our Brand New Office in Silicon Valley

Working at a start-up is kind of like having kids. You get excited about every new milestone like a proud parent, even though you know it’s not the first time any of it has ever happened in history. This time it’s yours. Your child. Your company.

For parents, new milestones usually mean posting a select, few pictures to Facebook (give or take 50) of an an event like your child sitting up for the first time. Perched like a top-heavy teddy bear, staring wide-eyed at the camera and being photographed with adoration from many, many…many angles.

For uTest, it usually means hitting the local pub and celebrating together with a pint or two (give or take).

But this milestone was special. Our company, headquartered outside of Boston, opened up our first office in Silicon Valley. Exciting stuff for our founding members and newcomers alike! Granted, with so many recurring clients out here in the Bay Area, uTest has had a West Coast team for over a year, incubating in the Sunnyvale Plug & Play Tech Center.

But to keep up with demand, we’ve expanded pretty fast and definitely outgrew the nest. So now we have a space of our own in bustling downtown San Mateo, one block from the Cal Train and smack dab in the middle of a ton of great restaurants and shops.

What better way to celebrate the milestone and break in our new digs than throw a party! With our CEO Doron Reuveni and the executive team in town, that’s exactly what we did.

Living by the quote of our CMO Matt Johnston– “We take our work seriously, but not ourselves”– we spent a warm summer night celebrating with about 75 of our investors, customers, partners, new neighbors (the good folks at Attributor), new and old friends in the industry, the Chamber of Commerce…and even Mayor Jack Matthews.  Sushi, drinks, and music in the company of some of the Valley’s smartest, funniest, and most fascinating people. It doesn’t get better than this.

In fact, we’re already thinking about throwing another party in a few months for the many who couldn’t make it to this one.  Who knows…we may have a whole new milestone to celebrate.  And cleared space on our camera.

Find Out What’s Next in Crowdsourcing @ 1st Crowdsortium Meetup

We’re kicking off a new, local chapter of the Crowdsortium — the most fascinating and inspiring group of crowdsourcing thought leaders and pundits that have self-organized to advance the concept of leveraging online communities to get work done.

The first Crowdsortium Meetup in Cambridge, MA will be hosted by Appswell and yours truly at the Microsoft NERD, June 21st at 6:30pm.

We have quite an exciting line up to offer you! Let’s start with the keynote: Harvard professor and leading academic expert on crowdsourcing, Karim Lakhani will open the meetup.

The feature panel — “What’s New & What’s Next in Crowdsourcing” — is up next featuring local VCs, CEOs and thought leaders of top crowdsourcing companies…

These industry leaders have had great success advancing the ever-changing and growing crowdsourcing industry and will dispel some of the most common misconceptions about crowdsourcing and reveal their secrets on how to make it work.

Last, we will close it all up with networking along with FREE PIZZA AND BEER! RSVP to reserve your spot here (free to attend).

Vote for uTest to Win the TiE50 Award!

Besides the fact that our CEO Doron Reuveni rocked it at the Boston Marathon, beating his previous year’s record by 3 minutes, we had even more great news to celebrate last week:  we found out that uTest was selected as a finalist for the 2011 TiE50 award by the Silicon Valley chapter of TiE!

The TiE50 is the premier annual awards program for thousands of technology startups worldwide.  Every year, the winners in each of five categories (ranging from software to cleantech innovations) are announced at the TiEcon event, which takes place this year in Santa Clara, CA on May 13-14th.  It’s one of the world’s largest conferences for entrepreneurs to meet and greet with venture capitalists, angels, and investors.

But we need your help!  As part of the award process, there’s a poll asking people to vote for their favorite company among the finalists (in our category, there are 43).

If you’re a fan of uTest, please vote for us by Wednesday, April 27.  It only takes 1 minute (we swear…).  Here’s how:

  1. Visit the TiE50 web site:  http://www.tie50.net/TiE50Awards/Poll.asp?AlphOrder=A
  2. Scroll down and click on uTest.
  3. On our profile page, enter your email address in the ID box and click the green THUMB’S UP button.
  4. That’s it!

You can also help us spread the word by retweeting or sharing this post.

Thanks for your support!!

uTest Signs The Declaration of Independence From Defects @ QUEST Boston

Well we certainly had a wicked good time at QAI QUEST (Quality Engineered Software & Testing Conference), this year on our very own soil, the “Hub of the Universe” — Boston! From the uTest tutorial on “Everything You Need To Know About Mobile App Testing,” to the amazing reception at the Seaport Hotel where we played human scrabble, to the eclectic expo, to Doron’s presentation on “The Top 10 Disruptive Trends Altering Testing,” to signing the hilarious Declaration of Independence from Software Defects — Beantown provided the ideal setting for this testing pahhty! See more pics above.

And of course we can’t let you go without sharing some insights from QUEST on today’s hottest topics and emerging trends in software QA and testing. As a bonus, the QUEST Magazine was distributed to all registered attendees and provided everyone with some great, original articles on testing. I’ve included it below. Check out eBay’s Jon Bach’s article on Transition and Exploration, uTest’s Doron Reuveni’s article on The Great Quality Challenge for Mobile Apps, HP’s Rafal Los’ article on Security and Requirements, and more! Complete magazine [pdf] after the bump.

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uTest Launches “QAdate.com” – World’s First Dating Site For Software Testers

After years of matching skilled software testers with high-paying projects from leading customers like Google, Microsoft, AOL and Groupon, uTest is happy announce that it will now be matching testers with….other testers! You know, for dating.

That’s right, we’ve launched “QAdate.com“, a dating site designed specifically for testers. With a community of 37,000+ QA professionals, as well as a recent round of VC funding, this represents the next big step in uTest’s (previously) secret plans to dominate all facets of the testing universe.

“uTest has extensive experience matching the best testers with our customer’s testing needs. But at what point do we think about our testers’ personal relationships? Well, for uTest, that time is now,” stated uTest CEO, Doron Reuveni. “In fact, that’s the real reason we raised $13MM in VC funding last September. We already have tester profiles and advanced matching algorithms, so we assume this dating thing will be easy. Some companies offer their employees free child care, massages or dry cleaning. Well let’s see them compete with free dating services.”

Much like the regular uTest, QAdate.com is incredibly simple, and of course, it’s FREE to join. Just complete a short profile describing your interests, turn-ons, mobile devices, OS and (of course) anti-virus tools. We’ll take that information and connect you with the tester who matches your dating needs. Like the software apps you test, you’re looking for singles who are secure, functional, and free of “showstopper” issues – and you can find them on QAdate.com.

Also, as part of our expansion into the dating space, uTest is excited to announce a related acquisition: We have recently purchased the old blue sweater from that eHarmony guy. We’ll take turns wearing it anytime we want to tap into the mystical power of the 29 dimensions of compatibility.

You’ve searched software for bugs and defects. Now search our community for love. Visit QAdate.com today. Because testers need love too (please, no product managers, designers or developers).

uTest, Amazon & LiveOps Discuss The Human Cloud [video]

Crowdsourcing has captured the imagination of many companies – from bootstrapped startups to global enterprises. The concept is that of a “Human Cloud” for labor. While it has proven itself effective, in many cases, modern managers are confused, wondering which everyday tasks can be crowdsourced, how to define the tasks, and under what conditions an elastic workforce is the right decision?

Below, three of the leading minds in crowdsourcing, including uTest CEO Doron Reuveni, LiveOps CEO Maynard Webb and Amazon VP Sharon Chiarella, discuss how an elastic workforce can be utilized, and what managers should understand when considering such solutions (GigaOM Net:Work Conference).