What our $4m seed round means for the QA Community

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Paul Burt, Tuesday February 10, 2015

Rainforest has received more funding, and everyone here is pretty excited about the news. But, what does that mean for us, the community? As the resident QA Evangelist at Rainforest, I want to share some of my thoughts.

In brief it means much more engagement with all the amazing QAs, QEs and SDETs that make up our community. It means I have a bigger budget to put on events, and it means that we have the resources to engage with many more of you. We want to help you kick ass at work! This is going to be the first year that we make significant progress towards that.

More MeetUps

Our devilishly handsome (and troll-worthy) CTO Russ already hosts the Move Fast and Break Things MeetUp and contributes to the rethinkDB MeetUp. We're planning to extend that community goodness to a minty-fresh New School QA Meetup.

Rainforest works best in the hands of talented QA. We want to help new folks level up, and old pros share their wisdom.

The Podcast

Russ, myself, and a few other pioneering folks will embark into the aural wilds of podcasting. Our show will be titled Tech in Plain English. The aim is to take the jargon heavy business of Tech and QA, and make terms like "Relational Database" and "Seperation of Concerns" less panic-inducing.

Our first episode (perhaps poetically?) will be about Semantic Versioning. We'll conduct it interview style, with a new non-technical guest every episode.

More Experimentation

We see a lot of cool places for Rainforest to grow. It's no secret, we want to do it all.

More money means more freedom to develop those cool new ideas. You might be asking, what's next? We just launched mobile web for Android, and we're keen to follow up with something equally big I mean, mobile.

More Open

In addition to MeetUps, our Engineers seem quite fond of Open Source, too. I keep telling them it's a fad, but they won't listen.

Russ contributes to Queue Classic and maintains Queue Classic Plus. Worth a good look for any Rubyist with an elephant on their DB.

While Jean-Philippe maintains the excellent Fourchette. A nice tool in any Heroku user's kit.

Expect more Open Tools and Tutorials in the future!

More More More!

More money means more Rainforest.

We're interested to hear what YOU want more of. So, give us a holler on the Twitters or write to us on the Facebooks.

We'd love to hear from you.

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