Coinciding with the release of an upgrade to their mobile crowd-source testing platform, Calgary's Mob4Hire announced yesterday that its online community has exceeded 50,000 mobile testers (a.k.a. “mobsters”) from 152 countries with handsets on 389 different network operators.
Interesting numbers since their crowd-sourcing competitor uTest just raised $13 Million in a series C Round bringing their total investment to $20 Million. Utest has just 26,000 mobile testers from 160 countries.
So, where is Mob4Hire in their financing journey North of the Border? Here's what Mob4Hire CEO Stephen King had to say:
"We've raised a relatively small amount of private capital to establish Mob4Hire as one of the global leaders in mobile crowd-source testing. We're very happy with our progress as we have customers and brand recognition from around the world. This has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of projects on our platform over the last few months since our V4.0 release in April, especially with usability testing of mobile apps. Regarding our next level of financing, we're actively engaged in conversations right now ... we've created great value in Mob4Hire and suffice it to say, there's a great deal of interest in this space!"
Over the last year, Mob4Hire has been recognized by industry as an important part of the mobile ecosystem through its relationships with Motorola Motodev, Nokia.Forum, Blackberry Developer Zone, NAVTEQ, Samsung, and Flurry Analytics.
Mob4Hire has garnered a slew of awards including a Red Herring 100 Award, Mobile Monday Peer Award, GSMA Barcelona Finalist, Branham 300 top 25 list of Canadian ICT startups, and most recently in London at the MEF Conference in June, when they won a Meffys Award for Most Innovative Business Model.
Look out for Mob4Hire in the Silicon Valley Telecom Council Innovation Showcase at CTIA Wireless in San Francisco on October 6th through 8th.