The idea for 99tests had been germinating for quite some time. It first came out in the form of a business plan contest idea at one of the contests in Bangalore. Even though the idea did not win the business plan competition, the idea has stayed with me for quite some time. In the mean time, the start-up ecosystem in my city has been a great help, starting from the often visited Startup Saturday held by HeadStart where Sanjay Swamy former CEO of mCheck, gave good insights on what entrepreneurship is all about, to the Unplugged event held by Pluggdin, where I got to hear from successful entrepreneurs from India. These events have helped keep the sprite of entrepreneurship alive, even when I was in a full time job. The next interesting turn of events was, the start-up I was working at got acquired by a larger enterprise software company. Now this opened up an opportunity to take the leap or join a big software company. This step aligned my family and put lots of things into place. In the mean time attended a few TiE Bangalore sessions, met few really great entrepreneurs and realized that solving a problem and a passionate team are one of the critical aspects of entrepreneurship. Some of the big players in the Indian start-up ecosystem are NASSCOM and TiE. Attending NASSCOM product conclave in 2009 also gave lots of insights into to building a software business out of India. So now 99tests is on the way to building a community of software testers who are passionate and a software platform that enables collaboration.