Mobile app teams create amazing mobile experiences that influence our daily lives. But the way we test the quality of these apps is nowhere near the standards we set for ourselves or that our users have come to expect.
I started Waldo in 2018 after experiencing this first-hand for too long. I’d been an iOS engineer, designer, and product manager for 10 years, and I dreaded the feeling I got every time my team was about to ship a new version of an app. Sure, I was always excited about the new release, but deep down there was the worry of missing something — of letting a bad bug out into the wild. Testing was the bane of my existence. It created bottlenecks in the product development process, stress on the team, and delays in shipping our product.
The existing solutions were quite archaic. On the one hand, manual testing was tedious and prone to human error. On the other, scripted automation was flaky, hard to maintain, and couldn’t evolve with your app. Scripting took engineers away from working on cool features or required a fully dedicated eng team to fix and manage. This is quite expensive, especially for a lean team trying to do great things with limited resources.
Laurent, my friend and co-founder, and I knew there had to be a better way. So we embarked on a crazy journey to build the world’s first no-code testing platform. We designed Waldo to make it easy for anyone to create automated mobile tests, no coding skills required. Literally, anyone can do it!
Here’s how it works:
With Waldo, we want to help mobile teams build better apps and ship faster with fewer bugs. By catching any bugs early (before your users do), you also avoid turning a loyal user into a social media gremlin.
We’ve quietly been working with some of the top-rated iOS apps for a while now, helping their teams validate builds before they ship. We’re saving our customers thousands of hours in testing time every week and have detected tens of thousands of bugs.
Here are just a few examples of the things we like to hear from our customers:
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve raised a $6.5 million seed round led by Josh Kopelman and his fantastic team at First Round Capital. Our early investors at Matrix Partners also participated, as well as supportive angels who have all been founders of notable mobile apps themselves.
We’re even more excited to share that Waldo is now open for sign-ups. Want to give it a go? Sign up for a free version and we’re pretty sure you won’t look back. Not a single person has yet to tell us that they miss their old scripting days
Not quite ready to jump right in? Contact us and we’ll walk you through everything.
When it comes to building better apps, testing is just the tip of the iceberg. Right now, we’re focused on fixing what’s broken about mobile testing. But that’s just the cornerstone for a bigger plan to completely rethink how mobile experiences are created. We believe moving forward we can leverage data to impact product creation early in the process and help teams implement flows that convert and satisfy more. If you’re intrigued by what we’re up to and interested in joining the team, drop me a line.