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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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