Microsoft engineers raise $7.75M for testing mobile apps start-up

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 Sofy, an Seattle startup that offers professional developers and quality assessors an open platform for testing the mobile apps of their customers It has secured $7.75 million in funding.

The funds is expected to enhance the capabilities of the platform to support API and web functions, in addition to the current capability to test mobile applications Co-founder and CEO Sayed Hamid said to GeekWire via email. The company is also planning to increase its marketing and sales teams and double its staff before the close in the current year.

The 35-person company was co-founded at the end of 2016 by Hamid and Hyder Ali who both had most of their time in leadership positions within engineering at Microsoft. Their team includes Usman Zubair another former Microsoft engineer who started several software businesses.

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Sofy is currently used by customers of 45 that include Microsoft and Alight and has the total number of users of 15,000. The company’s size quadrupled in the last year, and is on path to double that at the end of this year.

Sofy’s technology is patent-pending and allows diagnostics to be run in the iOS or Android apps. Quality assurance professionals and developers can evaluate the performance of their apps and create automated tests, analyze performance resultsand determine problems with network and visual quality, Hamid said. They can accomplish this without writing only one word of code.

“No-code test automation is transforming the $4 billion mobile application testing market and bringing tremendous gains to the software development and deployment process,” James Newell, the partner with Voyager Capital who is joining Sofy’s board of directors announced in an announcement.

Sofy will have to contend with an increasing number of startups targeting this particular market, which includes established and well-funded companies like Browerstack and Applause as well as newcomers like Autify as well as Waldo.

“While our competitors are focused on test automation creation, Sofy has taken a holistic view of the QA process,” Hamid explained. The company offers more than 10 different tools to ensure the quality of mobile applications, which will help improve a company’s testing effectiveness, he said.

Sofy has received a total of $9.6 million so far. The latest funding round is directed by Voyager Capital, and also included investments by PSL Ventures, GTMFund, Revolution, and other investors. Julie Sandler, director of management at PSL Ventures, will be an observer on the board of directors in the round of funding.

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