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How We Became a FOCUS Revenue Growth Champion: A Brief Company History

by | Nov 2, 2017 | News & Infos, Testing Reality, Career@Testbirds | 0 comments

Testbirds is “FOCUS Wachstumschampion 2018”, which means we are one of 500 companies with the highest revenue growth in Germany!
The German news magazine FOCUS and the statistics and market research portal Statista analysed German companies and their revenue growth in the years 2013 to 2016. With a yearly growth of 93%, we made it to number 9 in the category “IT, Software and Services”.

This is something we are very proud of and now is a good opportunity to look back at what we’ve achieved in the past 5+ years.

“Crowdtesting” was born: Philipp Benkler and Georg Hansbauer had the idea of combining classical software testing with the flexibility of crowdsourcing.
In December of the same year, the two brought in Philipp’s schoolmate Markus Steinhauser and then quickly moved into an office in the East of Munich, where they handled their very first client order.

While working hard on their client base and on the first test platform, they got support in form of the EXIST entrepreneurship scholarship by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. This also led to the founding of the Testbirds GmbH in June 2012.
Further backing came from the finance network “BayStartup” which supported us securing a seven-figure injection by the “Walther Beteiligungen und Immobilien AG”.
Meanwhile, more and more people joined the Testbirds team and the company moved to a bigger office in beautiful Munich-Schwabing in August 2012. Shortly after, the website was relaunched as well as the test platform, which got its current name: Nest.

The efforts paid off: Testbirds established itself as a market leader for crowdtesting in the D-A-CH region and won the European Software Testing Award 2013 for the “Best Crowd Project”.
Other companies got interested in Testbirds’ business model, which led to the launch of a franchise in Budapest, Hungary.

The Testbirds team outgrew its office once again with now more than 20 employees and had to move to its current office near the Theresienwiese.
What followed was a year full of technological developments: Testbirds launched two new services for its clients, Birdflight and TestChameleon™ – a big step for the young company.
When Testbirds secured a new investment round of 2.1 million Euro, led by the French venture capital firm Seventure Partners, it was time to think even bigger.

After focusing on the German speaking markets in the first couple of years, Testbirds started to expand into further European markets by opening offices in Amsterdam and London, and entering the Italian market through a partner company, CS InIT.
With a growing community of testers, it was about time to promote the concept of crowdworking on a broader basis: In July, Testbirds initiated the Code of Conduct, a guideline for a fair cooperation between companies, clients and crowdworkers.
Only one month later, in August 2015, Testbirds reached the milestone of 100.000 testers.

The third round of investment of two million Euro was led by the venture capital companies EXTOREL, b-to-v, and Seventure Partners in February.
At the same time, the new strategy “Testing 4.0 – The Next Generation of Quality” was introduced. This was not just a new slogan, but an extension of the portfolio to 20+ united under a single platform. Clients could get access to all services and benefit from the diverse synergy between crowd and cloud technologies.
According to Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet, this strategy paid off: They ranked Testbirds among the Top 10 B2B scale-ups in the framework of the Digital Top 50 Awards.
In the same year, Testbirds launched its second franchise in Moscow with a Russian IT company.

This year, the Testbirds family got a new member: The Swedish office was opened in February – hej Stockholm!
Furthermore, Testbirds we launched a newly developed testing solution, the Global Real Device Network (GRDN). This service allows companies and organisations to test their applications and software on real Android smartphones and tablets around the world.
Because Testbirds always works on providing innovative testing solutions, the company has been awarded with the “Deutsche Innovationspreis” in the category “Start-ups” in April, a price for trend-setting companies by Accenture, EnBW and the German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

With more than 250,000 testers in 193 countries and clients like Deutsche Telekom, Audi, Allianz or Deutsche Bahn, Testbirds gets closer to its aim becoming the world’s leading company for innovative software testing solutions.

And now Testbirds is the proud winners of the “FOCUS Wachstumschampion 2018”. We are looking forward to what the future will bring!

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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.

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