|Enterprise Software, Web Development|
|Founder||Ritesh Arora, Nakul Aggarwal|
BrowserStack is a cloud web and mobile testing platform that enables developers to test their websites and mobile applications across on-demand browsers, operating systems and real mobile devices, without requiring users to install or maintain an internal lab of virtual machines, devices or emulators. They have four primary products- Live, App Live, Automate and App Automate.
Users can choose from more than 1,200 on-demand real mobile devices, browsers and operating systems and rely on a secure, stable and scalable infrastructure to support thousands of concurrent manual and automated tests. By reducing the time, cost and maintenance overhead associated with testing, BrowserStack helps software teams keep focus on what matters most - building better products and services with amazing experiences.[promotional language]
The subscription-based service was founded by Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal in 2011 in Mumbai, India and since then it has gained widespread acceptance in the web development community worldwide to test the layout and performance of a website from their desktop browsers. BrowserStack has over 25,000 paid customers and 2,000,000 registered developers in more than 135 countries. Global companies rely on BrowserStack for their web and mobile testing, including industry-leaders like Microsoft, ING, Mastercard, Dow Jones, Garmin, National Geographic, Volvo, NRK, HubSpot, Walt Disney and AngularJS.[promotional language]
In November 2014, a grey hat hacker gained access to about 5,000 email addresses belonging to BrowserStack developers - approximately 1% of their 500,000 customers - apparently through an exploit of the ShellShock vulnerability. The hacker then emailed those users a message supposedly from the BrowserStack team, announcing that the company "will be shutting down", and apologizing for not meeting users' expectations for various security measures. A later statement, this time genuinely from the BrowserStack team, explained "BrowserStack application servers run using Amazon Web Services. The configuration is vast, consisting of thousands of servers. One of these was an old prototype machine, which was the target of the breach". The statement went on to counter many of the claims made by the hacker's message, and further noted that the hacker was blocked before obtaining a complete list of addresses, or any data stored on the patched machines used for normal operation.
In October 2015, BrowserStack was recognised as Bootstrap Champ by Economic Times Startup Awards. In May 2019, Ritesh Arora was interviewed by Anand Daniel from Accel Partners in #InsightsPodcast series.
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