Game On! BigDoor Tests Game Mechanics API With uTest

BigDoor is truly changing the game by providing gamification services to web publishers, marketers and developers around the world. Based in Seattle, BigDoor helps companies use game mechanics (checkins, badges, levels, point systems, etc.) to increase user engagement, loyalty and monetization.

In need of blackbox and exploratory testing of their newly developed API, CTO Jeff Malek realized that uTest offered a very flexible solution for getting professional QA assistance, on-demand.

“At BigDoor testing is core to our culture and part of our DNA,” said Malek. “uTest has been incredibly valuable in helping change the way we work. When our guys are sleeping, testing is still getting done and that’s a big weight off our shoulders.”

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uTest Spring Tour – Come Rock With Us Like It’s 2099

A spring tour that would make The Rolling Stones proud, here’s where you can find us either presenting, keynoting or exhibiting over the next several months:

  • CTIA – March 22/24 in Orlando, FL (Booth 3194/Apps World)
  • STPCon – March 22/24 in Nashville, TN (Keynote!)
  • SXSW – March 11/15 in Austin, TX
  • Star Testing – March 16 in London
  • QUEST – April 4/8 in Boston, MA
  • Techonomy3 – April 5 in Tel Aviv

If you want to meet up with someone from uTest at any of these events, be sure to email us at marketing@utest.com. Hope to see you there! More in-depth information on each conference, where we’ll be, and on the uTest presentations after the bump.

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Binpress Programming Contest: Top Dollar For High-Quality Code

How much is that source code in the window? You can find out with Binpress, a new marketplace that allows software developers to buy and sell source code packages from each other. It acts as a distribution platform for web frameworks (such as CakePHP and Django), content management platforms (like WordPress and Joomla), as well as quality standalone components.

In order to keep quality high, Binpress only accepts code from professional web developers. Amateur developers cannot register. They can only be invited. More on their business model in a second, but first, some details about a cool contest they are now running.

Programming Contest

As part of their launch – and to kick-start their inventory – Binpress is running an amazing programming contest, with a prize-pool exceeding $40,000. The competition is sponsored by over 30 top companies, including Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Amazon Web Services, Conduit, O’Reilly, Tropo, Media Temple and yours truly, uTest.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the prizes:

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Lights, Camera, Testing! VisibleGains Tests Video Platform With uTest [video]

We’re so in awe of all the amazing things our terrific customers have been able to accomplish with the uTest community that we think it’s definitely time to give them some serious ink. Check out VisibleGains’ story below (or on our case studies page)!

There was a time when customized video was reserved for the big players with big marketing budgets. Today, that’s not the case. VisibleGains helps companies of all sizes, from all over the globe, produce/track custom videos with a unique online platform.

But before this web app could be released into public beta, it needed testing across all major browsers and OSs. For too long Co-founder/VP of Product Craig Daniel was the lone tester and knew a more scalable solution was in order. “I thought this would be difficult considering it involved a lot of moving parts, but uTest handled it perfectly,” said Craig.

Less than 24 hours after opening the test project, Craig was able to review bugs and feedback from 35+ professional testers, who had submitted nearly 120 unique bugs! Find out more in the 2-minute clip below about Craig’s overall experience; how uTest gave him access to rockstar testers; and a showstopper uTest found!


VisibleGains Customer Testimonial

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uTest Has Record 4th Quarter & Wins Spot On Red Herring Global 100 List

A quick update from the shiny, new halls of uTest (yes, I’m referring to our fancy new digs).

Earlier this week, we announced that uTest achieved more than 3X increase in year-over-year revenue. And as you can see, from the pictures to the left, we moved into some new office space in our Boston-area headquarters. And beyond all that growth, we found time to receive some rave reviews from the media and accept an award or two.

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s a recap of the recent goings-on at your favorite software testing company:

Customer, Community & Company Growth

  • Signed 70+ new customer deals with innovative startups like Groupon and AirBnB; as well as with established category leaders like AOL, Virgin Airlines and Aetna
  • Added 3,000+ testers to pad our lead as the world’s largest testing community — that brings us to 33,000+ professional testers from 172 countries
  • Pitted the top specialty e-tailers against one another in another epic Bug Battle. During this competition, more than 600 testers from 28 countries discovered nearly 900 bugs in the web and mobile apps of eBay, Overstock.com and Zappos; check out one of the write-ups at Internet Retailer
  • Added a bunch of new members to the uTest family, increasing our employee base by more than 20%.  And as you can see throughout this post, we also moved into some killer new office space

New Product Stuff

  • Public Tester Profiles & Badges: With our new public profiles, testers can display their memberships and exemplary uTest ratings (bronze, silver or gold badges) for all the world to see. Testers can also now add their uTest badges to their personal site, blog, resume or email signature.
  • Social Sharing: we launched a new social sharing feature that enables uTesters to share their profiles and testing accomplishments on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn directly from their uTest accounts. For example, a tester can let the Twittersphere know that he just earned a silver badge or that he published his public profile.
  • Accept/Decline a Test Project: Testers can now accept or decline a test project based upon their availability. This gives uTest much better visibility into each project so we can more precisely gauge whether or not more testers should be invited to meet each customer’s schedule and requirements.

Press Praise

It was a big quarter for us, but we’re not getting cocky… we’ve got big plans for 2011.  And as always, we know that we never could’ve done it without our customers (who care more about their users & apps than any rational person should) and our testers (who share that passion for apps that make users smile).

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