SmartBear Software

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SmartBear Software, Inc.
Computer Software
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
FounderJason Cohen
Boston, Massachusetts
Key people
Justin Teague (CEO)
Number of employees
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SmartBear Software is a privately-held information technology company that delivers tools for application performance monitoring (APM), software development, software testing and API management. The company is based in Assembly Square in Somerville in the Greater Boston Area. The current SmartBear company was founded in 2009.

History and founding[edit]

The original Smart Bear company was founded by Jason Cohen in 2003.[1] The current SmartBear Software is the result of Insight Venture Partners acquiring 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.[2]

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.[3] That same year, the company acquired APM vendor AlertSite.[4]

In 2013 SmartBear acquired Spanish APM vendor Lucierna.[5] 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.[6] In 2016, SmartBear acquired (CBT) and Ken Hamric, founder of CBT, joined the company as general manager of[7]

In 2017, Francisco Partners acquired a majority stake in SmartBear Software.[8][9][10][11]

Company organization[edit]

SmartBear is based in the Greater Boston Area and has U.S. offices in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida.[12] SmartBear also has offices and development centers in Ireland and Sweden.[13][14][15][16][17] SmartBear's current CEO is Justin Teague.[18][19]


SmartBear Software offers 16 commercial products in the following categories: API readiness, software testing, monitoring, code collaboration, and code optimization, and two open-source tools: SoapUI and Swagger.[20][21]

For API readiness, SmartBear's products include SoapUI Pro for API functional testing, Secure Pro for API security testing, LoadUI Pro for API load testing, and SwaggerHub, a Swagger-based API editor.[22][23]

SmartBear's software testing tools include TestComplete for automated testing, LoadComplete for load testing, TestLeft for functional testing, and CrossBrowserTesting, a cloud testing platform.[24][25][26][27]

For monitoring, AlertSite is SmartBear's application quality and performance monitoring tool.[28]

For code collaboration and code optimization, SmartBear offers Collaborator as a code review & document review tool, and AQtime Pro for performance profiling.[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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  31. ^ "Employee's Choice Award for 2014". Retrieved December 12, 2016.
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