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Startup life is testing, testing, and testing some more to make sure you’ve got it right before the big show. Nobody wants to launch the new version of a site only to have it crash and burn a half hour later, with angry customer emails crushing your inbox and the hot tears of frustration stinging your sensitive (and smooth) developer’s face.

You’re busy building your company from scratch and there’s simply no time for a good cry, even if you’ve needed one for the past eight months. Luckily there are people out there to do the dirty work for you, like the team at Bad Testing, a Chicago-based startup specializing in quality assurance for companies of all sizes. Bad Testing will work hard at making sure your product is working and ready for the public, freeing up valuable time for a nice afternoon massage.

We chatted with Bad Testing founder Shachar Schiff, who assured us that as a hardened man of steel he’s never once cried -- except for during that scene in Up. It gets us every time, too.

What was the inspiration for Bad Testing?

Initially, I just wanted a website about Software Quality Assurance to reference when talking to clients. Then one night, after a few drinks, I started searching for available domains. BadTesting.com was available and I knew I could do something with it. I fell in love with the name so much that it actually inspired me to start my own business.

When did you know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

I always questioned everything. I wanted to learn new things and simplify wherever I could. A really good Quality Assurance engineer by nature needs to be curious, break rules, and not follow scripts. I think there are a lot of similarities between good quality assurance engineers and good entrepreneurs. I enjoy helping people and organizations launch good products.

 

 

Why is quality assurance so important?

QA is the most underestimated phase of the software development lifecycle. Effective QA accelerates return on investment on software development projects. We deliver immediate and impactful contributions to your company or product by optimizing all processes from start to finish.

What has been your biggest challenge?

It’s challenging wearing different hats every day. Sometimes I have to be a manager, other times an engineer or designer.

 

 

What do you like to do for fun away from the office?

Dinner, drinks, and hanging out with friends. When it comes to relaxing, it’s important for me to enjoy a good meal with a glass of wine. Additionally, nothing can take your mind off work as well as spending time with a good friend.

I also enjoy advising people and contributing to the technology ecosystem in Chicago; I’m currently co-organizing a meetup for 1871 members.

If you could have one super power, which would you choose and why?

I would blast people’s egos with my “ego blaster” and give them better manners, making them more polite, honest, and approachable. When people feel good about themselves they tend to be nicer to others.

What advice would you give to any beginning entrepreneurs out there?

Don’t try so hard to find a co-founder; if you’ve been searching to no avail, just let it go and make the jump without one. Make sure what you’re doing is something you’re passionate and knowledgeable about and be sure to have fun with it. The sooner you start, the sooner things begin to happen. Don’t hesitate.

What’s next for Bad Testing?

Along with an increase in business from new and existing clients, we are expanding social media presence, primarily to educate and promote software quality assurance practices and trends. 
 
Additionally adding site content to educate, and raise awareness about 'testing' for people of all ages. 
 
We recently added a newsletter sign up, and will be expanding the blog.

Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for updates.

 

 

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