BrowserStack - Success Story of The World’s Best Cloud Based Testing Platform

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Every aspect of human life, in one way or the other, is affected by Apps and Websites. They’ve become an integral part of our day-to-day life. As a result, the growth of the App and Website industry is reaching new heights every year. With the creation of the first website in August 1991, the industry has gone through massive growth. There are approximately 1.88 Billion Websites and 5.2 Million Apps on Google Play and the Apple store, as of September 2021. Around 2,50,000 websites and 3500 apps are born daily.

Apart from developing apps and websites, the developers have another crucial role to play. To reach a wider audience, they have to ensure that their software functions effectively on various platforms, browsers and devices. Assuring the quality requires the software to be tested on each and every platform, which is a time-consuming and unachievable process for developers. This is where BrowserStack comes into play.

BrowserStack helps the developers to test their apps and websites on multiple devices, browsers, and OS to ensure their functionality. It is an Indian Company established in 2011. BrowserStack’s customers include Microsoft, Twitter, Expedia and many more. It has turned out to be the leading software testing platform in the world.

BrowserStack - Highlights

  • Company Name-BrowserStack
  • Headquarters-Mumbai, India
  • Sector-Enterprise Software, Web Development
  • Founder-Ritesh Arora, Nakul Aggarwal
  • Founded-2011
  • Valuation-$4 Billion
  • Total Funding Raised-$250 Million

BrowserStack - About

BrowserStack is a SaaS platform that provides cloud-based mobile and web testing services. It helps the developers to deliver a quality service by testing their software on numerous devices, operating systems, and browsers. The company holds five primary products to test software for Quality Assurance (QA) namely, Live, Automate, and Percy for testing websites, App Live and App Automate for testing mobile apps.

BrowserStack is a Mumbai-based company founded by Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal in 2011. The company has its global offices in Mumbai, Dublin, San Francisco, and New York. With more than 25,000 paid customers and 750 employees across the world, BrowserStack became a Unicorn valued at $4 billion in 2021. The company swanks itself as the world’s leading software testing platform.

BrowserStack - Latest News

September 28, 2021 - $50 Million worth of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) was bought back from its employees by BrowserStack for the second time. This Buy-back exercise was carried out to help employees financially and more than 100 employees participated in it.

August 10, 2021 - Forbes 2021 Cloud 100 named BrowserStack to its list of top 100 private cloud companies in the world. The judging panel for this ranking consisted of 34 CEOs from public cloud companies.

BrowserStack - Founders

Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal 

Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal are the co-founders of BrowserStack. Ritesh Arora also serves as the CEO and Nakul Aggarwal as the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of the company. They are ‘Serial Entrepreneurs’ who co-founded QuarkRank, QuarkBase, and Downcase (all were tech companies) before BrowserStack. Arora and Aggarwal, both were good friends and graduates in Computer Science from IIT Bombay.

BrowserStack - Startup Story

BrowserStack was created as a result of difficulties faced by the founders while creating Downcase, a cloud computing and consulting company. The founders faced an inability to run the test for their newly built website across various browsers and devices. The lack of resources got them frustrated. This forced Arora and Aggarwal to build a testing platform on their own, which resulted in BrowserStack.

Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal founded BrowserStack in 2011 at a coffee shop in Mumbai. Today, 10 years later, the company is valued at $4 Billion and provides its service in more than 135 countries.

BrowserStack - Mission and Vision

“To empower developers to build amazing experiences” is the mission with which BrowserStack is functioning. The company wanted to build easy, quick and quality software testing tools. This in turn ensures Developers and Quality Assurance teams offer a flawless experience to billions of users. BrowserStack is also sticking towards its vision of “Becoming the testing Infrastructure of the Internet”. With the growing customers and services, the company has already started leading the software testing industry.

BrowserStack - Business Model

BrowserStack provides a cloud platform that offers cross-browser testing services to its users. Web/App designers and developers can use the platform to assess the quality and functionality of their software.

BrowserStack runs the software through multiple combinations of devices and browsers to test for bugs if any, that cause malfunctions or glitches. They have 5 products for the users to choose from to perform the testing. BrowserStack ensures that the developers deliver a web/app, which gives a seamless experience to the end-users.

BrowserStack - Revenue Model

BrowserStack generates revenue through its subscription plans. The company also additionally made ₹44 Lakhs through interests and ₹77 lakhs through foreign exchange fluctuations in the financial year 2020.

The five products offered by BrowserStack have a separate pricing plan for each of them. But all the products come at a discount of 25% if purchased annually. There’s also a free trial available for users with limited features. Here are its plans and prices:

  • Live
  • Desktop - $39/month
  • Desktop & Mobile - $49/month
  • Team - $150/month (5 users)
  • Enterprise Team - Custom
  • Automate
  • Desktop - $169/month
  • Desktop & Mobile - $249/month
  • Enterprise - Custom
  • App Live
  • Individual - $39/month
  • Team - $30/month
  • Enterprise Team - Custom
  • App Automate
  • App Automate - $249/month
  • Enterprise - Custom
  • Percy
  • Free - $0/month
  • Professional - $129/month
  • Enterprise - Custom

BrowserStack - Products and Services

BrowserStack performs testing of apps and websites through five primary tools. Here are their brief descriptions:

Live - It helps test cross browsers on mobiles and desktops. Any bugs detected can be eradicated in real-time using their pre-installed developer tools. 'Live' helps you to test in more than 3000 desktop browsers.

Automate - Automate helps to run tests quickly and parallelly in both cloud devices and real browsers. Scaling can be done using a Selenium grid which gives flexibility, and at the same time, maintains the stability of your tests.

Percy - Percy looks for visual bugs and performs tests that give a pixel-perfect user interface (UI). The Visual Testing can be automated and the running of tests is done real-quick in Percy.

App Live - This is an exclusive cloud tool for Android and iOS devices. Similar to ‘Live’, App Live also comes with real-time debugging and running tests on development environments. You can also scroll, swipe and interact using many hand gestures while testing, just like you would do in any mobile.

App Automate - App Automate allows you to run tests simultaneously on thousands of devices. This reduces the time for testing and helps to identify and fix the bugs swiftly. It also makes the integration with BrowserStack easy.

BrowserStack - Funding and Investors

Three Investors invested a sum of $250 Million in BrowserStack through 2 rounds. The 2nd round of funding made BrowserStack a Unicorn Company valued at $4 Billion. It was the 15th company in India to become a Unicorn in 2021.

BrowserStack - Acquisitions

BrowserStack acquired Percy, a visual review and testing platform based in San Francisco, on 9th July 2020 for an undisclosed price. This was the only acquisition made by BrowserStack so far.

BrowserStack - Growth

Born out of a coffee shop in Mumbai in 2011, BrowserStack has achieved a humongous growth in a decade. Profits started flowing in right from day 1 and the founders managed to run BrowserStack without any fundings. It took nearly 7 years for the company to reach a revenue of $20 Million whereas, it surpassed $100 Million in the next couple of years.

The first milestone for 1000 paid customers was achieved within 6 months of commencing business. They slowly started enhancing their service by adding tools like 'Automate' and partnering with Microsoft. The mobile testing service for Android and iOS was launched in 2015. By 2016, BrowserStack started expanding its business by establishing offices in San Francisco and Dublin. The company also had constructed 15 Global Data Centres so far, widening its operational reach around the world.

BrowserStack - Awards and Achievements

BrowserStack was named twice as one of the top 100 private cloud companies by Forbes. Here are some of the BrowserStack achhievements:

  • Forbes 2018 Cloud 100 and Forbes 2021 Cloud 100 included BrowserStack in their definitive list.
  • Economic Times Startup Awards recognized BrowserStack as the Bootstrap Champ in the year 2015.
  • G2 has recognized BrowserStack as the Leader in the Test Automation Software category for the year 2021.
  • LinkedIn has awarded BrowserStack as one of the 25 most attractive startups in India in 2018.

BrowserStack - Competitors

BrowserStack has few competitors who are better in terms of stability, support, and meeting the needs of customers. Here are some of the top competitors of BrowserStack.

  • Sauce Labs
  • TestComplete
  • LambdaTest
  • Browserling
  • RobusTest

BrowserStack - Future Plans

BrowserStack is expected to double its employee count in the upcoming years. The company is also planning to increase its onboard global talent pool in the future. As the first step to it, BrowserStack transformed itself into a Remote-First company on September 14, 2021. This eliminates geographical limits and enables employees to work from any part of the world.

BrowserStack - FAQs

What is BrowserStack?

BrowserStack is a SaaS platform that provides cloud-based mobile and web testing services for developers.

Is BrowserStack an Indian Company?

It is an Indian company with 4 global offices located in Mumbai, San Francisco, Dublin, and New York.

Who are the founders of BrowserStack?

Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal are the BrowserStack's founders.

In how many other countries does BrowserStack provides their service?

BrowserStack is offering services in more than 135 countries with 15 global data centres.

Who are the top Competitors of BrowserStack?

Some of the top competitors of BrowserStack are:

  • Sauce Labs
  • TestComplete
  • LambdaTest
  • Browserling
  • RobusTest

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