Finally the bird has landed in Sweden! In Hornstull, Stockholm to be exact. My name is Jonna Knibestöl and I joined Testbirds as a part of the Swedish team at the beginning of 2017. After spending two fantastic (but freezing) months in Munich, my full focus is now to spread the gospel about Testbirds in the Nordics as Marketing & PR Manager.
First thing first. Why Sweden? I might be biased when I say that Sweden was the perfect next step after successful expansions to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, but even Forbes agree. They previously ranked Sweden as the best country for business in 2017.
Christopher Mülhausen, International Business Development Intern, has been working with the Swedish expansion since he started at Testbirds in October 2016:
“Sweden is the entrance to all Scandinavian countries. An important market for us as some of the biggest tech companies in the world are located there. Scandinavian people are also forerunners when it comes to adopting new digital trends.”
But even though Sweden is supposedly the number one place for business, we would lie if we said that everything has run silky smooth. We have definitely met some obstacles.
When it comes to innovations in technology, there are few industries as progressive and defining as the automotive industry. Attributed to a number of revolutionary societal developments such as the assembly line, the automotive sector is still creating groundbreaking technology that continues to astound the world and find application in all walks of life. This year, Testbirds had the pleasure to discover some of these new advancements in the automotive sector at Connected Cars ’16.
Connected Cars ’16
For our first tester interview of the year we decided to interview Michele, one of our top testers in Italy who recently participated in a test that was a little more unconventional.
For over forty years in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been hosting businesses that thrive in the consumer electronics industry. The popularity of the show has substantially grown and has now, with over 3,600 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees, turned into the leading global stage for new innovations and technologies that are introduced to an ever expanding marketplace. The event features a variety of industries that are shaping the current landscape of technology, such as Automotive, Computer Hardware/Software, Fitness and Health, among many, many more.
This month we interviewed one of our most experienced testers in a new market for Testbirds – China. We are happy to introduce you to Jason, from Shanghai.
As a tester, you may have noticed some changes on your Dashboard this week. The biggest addition is a new point-system in our Nest: Community Points. Along with Experience Points, Community Points are a way to reward our testers. The difference is that Community Points (CPs) are used as a reward for a variety of non-testing related tasks. Experience Points (EPs) reflect experience as a tester and the amount of points received depends only on the quality of the work submitted in tests. We thought test-related experience points weren’t enough to reward our testers for everything they do, so we created CPs. Testers can earn CPs by contributing positively to the Testbirds community, and there are many ways to earn CPs! Continue reading
Working at Testbirds for several months now, I have to admit: you really become sensitive towards certain topics. The misuse of terms and buzzwords, for example, which fly around the web, in external meetings and in news magazines. If you would have asked me a year ago, what User Experience, Usability and User Interface truly are….I would have thrown my hands in the air and have asked with a thin, high-pitched voice: “It’s all the same?” Continue reading
What is it like to start as a new bird in our nest?
Testbirds recently crossed the 100,000 testers milestone and we invite everybody to celebrate with us! Our latest tester Joao, for example, has already joined the festivities. Learn all about the young Creative Media student’s affection towards rainy days, what the obstacles you might encounter at airports are and why testing with Testbirds is an exciting opportunity! Continue reading
The first month of 2015 is almost over. Looking back on the past year, we can say that a lot of positive things have happened for Testbirds. As you may, or may not know, our company is growing at a steady pace. Not only are the teams in Munich getting some reinforcement, since a few months we also have a complete team for the Benelux. Read more on what they’ve been up to.
Testbirds love Christmas. Especially here in Munich, with all those beautiful christmas markets in the city and winter festival Tollwood just around the corner. And the season fun continues in the office, where we have a lovely advent calendar, made by two very special secret santas. So everyday at noon, the hall is decked with Testbirds eagerly waiting to open their presents. Only a few more left. But even though it is the season to be jolly, it does impact some things concerning community support.