The global software testing services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 10 percent till 2020. With the growth of new technologies in the recent era, we are expecting accelerated growth in software testing in India. This growth can be attributed to the increasing popularity of crowdsourced testing as it is the only testing process that offers real-time feedback on product development.
Before rolling out IT projects, big companies traditionally seek an outsider’s view on the software to be used, as problems tend to crop up on use. Now, companies are crowd-sourcing testing engineers for the job, which costs them a third of what established services firms charge. This has spawned several independent startups which test software for clients.
Former CEO and co-founder of Infosys Kris Gopalakrishnan and Japanese investor Teruhide Sato have invested in 99Tests, a Bengaluru based crowd sourced software testing platform.
99Tests claims it has over 12,000 testers across the world on its platform and has served testing needs of various companies including consumer internet companies such as Flipkart, Practo, Cleartrip, Ibibo, Foodpanda, BlueStone and a few US-based companies including Ennovent and NetConference.
Bangalore-based crowdsourced software testing platform, 99Tests Software Pvt Ltd has raised undisclosed amount in funding led by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan and Japanese investor Teruhide Sato, reports TOI. Founded in 2010, by Praveen Singh, 99Tests provides on-demand access to freelance software testers to test their products on cloud and find and fix bugs quickly.
The explosion in the remote testing industry is linked to the changing structure of the IT industry, where crowdsourcing is becoming increasingly common. Praveen Singh is an entrepreneur on a mission to scale his rapidly growing tech startup. Praveen runs a web platform that turns finding bugs on websites into a game, a game that pays out cash to top players.
Since it launched in 2010, this crowd-sourced testing platform has become an established name in the industry .How it works is that companies such as Intuit, Flipkart, and Cleartrip (who have used their services) approach 99tests to hire 20 to 60 on-demand software testing professionals who will test their products in real world conditions over the course of a few days to catch critical bugs before customers do
An entrepreneur's stake gets reduced after 2-3 rounds of funding,' said Praveen Singh, co-founder of 99Tests, a crowd-testing platform for software bugs. "A 1-paisa (share) will help in better managing equity," he said.Singh, who runs a private limited company that lists customers such as Foodpanda, Flipkart and Cleartrip, is of the view that employees also benefit from having a greater outlay of stocks.
InTech50, a joint initiative by iSPIRT and Terrene Global Leadership Network, that recognizes most promising software products by India’s entrepreneurs, is pleased to confirm the first set of 10 selected products from over 200 nominations.
99tests was among the winning start-ups in the innovation category for the Nasscom Emerge 50 Awards 2012.