The History of the @: From Medieval Monks to the Early Days of the Internet

The chronicle of Constantine Manasses from 1345 including an @-symbol. Source: Wikimedia Commons

In this edition of “terms from the world of IT explained “, I will not talk about a term in particular, but about the history of a sign we all use daily: the at-sign or @. We use it in e-mail-addresses or on social media platforms for our handles, but why is it one of the most important symbols on the internet? Continue reading

Top Employer 2018 – How We Live Up To Our Name

Everyone knows that feeling when you receive a lot of praise and you ask yourself ‘What did I do to deserve this?’

Testbirds is “Top Arbeitgeber Mittelstand 2018”, which means that we are one of the best medium-sized employers out of 13,000 companies according to the German business magazine FOCUS. We know exactly why we deserve this award and therefore we are very happy to have the chance to share this news not only with our employees but with you, our readers.

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Machine learning – The next big thing in QA and testing?

We at Testbirds believe that there are always new things to learn and keep your brains busy with. This is why we not only have a “Bird University” for our employees where we discuss interesting topics every month, but also keep up with the newest research and trends in the QA and testing industry. We like to stay ahead of new developments and we see it as our task to always have a look-out for the newest trends and evolve our services along with them.

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

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.

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Challenges for today’s work environment and how we as an employer can contribute to the betterment of society

From my perspective, the biggest challenges for today’s work environment are globalisation, digitalisation and automation. Employees are often unsettled and see these topics as threats: Will they affect my work? And will my job position be safe in the future? In this post I’d like to share my thoughts about how we meet these challenges at Testbirds.

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Testbirds Webinar with Deutsche Telekom: How professional Testing can improve the world of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is well under way to become a really big thing: newspapers publish articles about IoT more and more frequently, people talk about their newest IoT product and how they recognize that IoT products enter our daily lives. Testbirds also already talked about the exciting field of IoT within an article on our Testbirds Blog. Last time, we gave a short overview about IoT in general and why it is important to test IoT products properly by using crowdtesting. Today, we want to add some interesting and remarkable numbers and statistics about the Internet of Things:

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We want you! How to find good talent as a start-up

Finding the right people is one of the biggest challenges for start-ups. First, there was only us three founders, we were small and not (yet) well-known. You cannot attract people with a big name at that stage. So, how can you find, not only good talent, but the right people for your company? There are a few things I’ve learned from past years of recruiting:

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