SmartBear Software

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SmartBear Software, Inc.
TypeComputer software
Founded2009; 13 years ago (2009)
FounderJason Cohen
Key people
Frank Roe (CEO)[1]
Number of employees

SmartBear Software is an American privately-held information technology company that delivers tools for application performance monitoring (APM), software development, software testing, API testing and API management. The company is based in Assembly Square in Somerville in the Greater Boston Area. The company was founded in 2009, out of a combination of companies, including one with a similar name.

History and founding[edit]

The original Smart Bear company was founded by Jason Cohen in 2003.[2] Insight Venture Partners acquired three companies, Smart Bear, AutomatedQA and Pragmatic Software, between 2007 and early 2009. These companies operated as AQA Holdings until being rebranded as SmartBear Software in 2010.[3]

After the rebranding, the company acquired Eviware in 2011, leading to API promoter and SoapUI's founder, Ole Lensmar, joining the company. He later served as chief technology officer (CTO) of SmartBear.[4] That same year, the company acquired APM vendor AlertSite.[5]

In 2013 SmartBear acquired Spanish APM vendor Lucierna.[6] SmartBear then acquired the Open Source Community Swagger in 2015 and its founder, Tony Tam, joined the company as head of products for Swagger and the commercial version of Swagger, SwaggerHub.[7] In 2016, SmartBear acquired (CBT) and Ken Hamric, founder of CBT, joined the company as general manager of[8]

In 2017, Francisco Partners acquired a majority stake in SmartBear Software.[9][10][11][12]


SmartBear is based in the Greater Boston Area and has U.S. offices in Tennessee, and Florida.[13] SmartBear also has offices and development centers in Ireland, India, Finland, Poland, Melbourne, and Sweden.[14][15][16][17][18] Frank Roe became chief executive in March, 2020.[19]

SmartBear Software offers products in the following categories: API lifecycle, automated testing, behaviour-driven development (BDD), test management, performance testing, mobile testing, monitoring, code review, and three open-source tools.[20][21]

The company had mentions in the trade press.

  • Named the 2020SD Times 100: 'Best in Show' in Software Development for "APIs and Integration 2020"[22]
  • Named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Boston 2020 by BuiltIn[23]
  • Named BostInno 2019 ‘50 on Fire’ Company[24]
  • Zephyr was named by SoftwareWorld as one of the Top 10 Automated Software Testing Tools in 2019[25]
  • Awarded the 2019 SDTimes 100 Best in Show in Software Development[26]
  • Won a TrustRadius 2019 Top Rated Award for SoapUI Pro in the Functional Testing category[27]
  • TestComplete won the Devies Award for Best in App Analytics/Testing[28]
  • AlertSite Received the FinTech Award from Finance Monthly[29]
  • Named in Top Places To Work 2013 by The Boston Globe[30]
  • Employee's Choice Awards – Best Medium-Sized Company to Work 2014 by Glassdoor[31]
  • Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide recognizes AlertSite as No. 2 on the list[32][33]


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  3. ^ Galen Moore. "Triple merger creates SmartBear Software in Beverly". Business Journal. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "SmartBear Software Acquires Eviware". Stockholm Innovation & Growth. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Zaroban, Stefany. "SmartBear Software buys AlertSite, a web and mobile monitoring firm". Internet Retailer. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Los líderes mundiales en tecnología se fijan en las 'start-up' catalanas". El Periodico. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "SmartBear Moves APIs Beyond Code With SwaggerHub". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Arnold, Ed. "Memphis tech firm sold to Boston company". Business Journal. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Cooper, Laura. "SmartBear Receives Investment From Francisco Partners". WSJ Pro. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Diakantonis, Demitri. "Francisco Partners backs SmartBear, a maker of tools for software developers". The Middle Market. SourceMedia. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  11. ^ Engel, Jeff. "Source: SmartBear Software Sold to Francisco Partners for $410M". xconomy. Xconomy.
  12. ^ O'Brien, Kelly. "Somerville software company sold for up to $500M". Boston Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Assembly Row signs up first tech tenant, SmartBear Software". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  14. ^ Kennedy, John. "SmartBear to create 25 jobs at new software centre in Galway this year". Silicon Republic Knowledge & Events Management Ltd. Silicon Republic. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  15. ^ O'Dowd, Barry. "IRELAND IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE LOCATION OF CHOICE BY MARKET SHARE FOR SCALING BUSINESSES BETWEEN 10-200 EMPLOYEES". Irish Tech News. 2017 Irish Tech News. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  16. ^ "Three firms to create jobs in Galway and Dublin". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "Software firm to create 100 new jobs in city". Connacht Tribune. Connacht Tribune Group.
  18. ^ Hof, Robert. "Startup Mecca Rises From Abandoned Guinness Storehouse". Forbes.
  19. ^ "SmartBear Announces CEO Transition". Press release. SmartBear Software. March 2, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  20. ^ "SoapUI". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  21. ^ "Swagger API". Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  22. ^ "APIs and Integration 2020". SD Times. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  23. ^ "100 Best Places To Work In Boston 2020 | Built In Boston". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  24. ^ "SmartBear Named BostInno 2019 '50 on Fire' Company". SmartBear Software. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  25. ^ "Best Automated Testing Software | Top Automated Testing Tools Reviews". SoftwareWorld. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  26. ^ "Development Tools 2019". SD Times. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  27. ^ "SmartBear Recognized as a 2019 Top Rated Award Winner in Functional Testing". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  28. ^ Tonevski, Nikola. "Awards - DeveloperWeek". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  29. ^ "Finance Monthly FinTech Awards 2017 Edition". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  30. ^ "Top Places To Work 2013". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  31. ^ "Employee's Choice Award for 2014". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  32. ^ "2012 Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide Recognizes SmartBear's AlertSite as No.2". CMTNet - InfoTech. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  33. ^ "2012 Top 500 Guide". Internet Retailer. Retrieved December 12, 2016.

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