Five years ago I became frustrated with the shortcomings of traditional QA and crowdsourced testing. So I came up with the idea of building a platform that would appreciate the work of testers and elevate the importance of QA within organizations.
My passion to create a change in the field I love led me to start Testlio – an end-to-end QA management platform and community of highly vetted testers that help businesses deliver amazing customer experiences. Clients include Salesforce, Lyft, Microsoft, CBS Interactive, Flipboard and Strava.
Since launching, Testlio has raised $8M in funding led by Altos Ventures and Vertex Ventures, hired over 60 employees, and established offices in Tallinn, Tartu and San Francisco.
WITH GROUPS CREATING PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE FEMALES TO CONSIDER STEM, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BARRIER TO ENTRY THAT IS STILL PREVALENT TODAY?
I think the biggest barrier is still the cultural belief that mathematics, science, and technology are male occupational domain. So girls are generally not exposed to these disciplines from an early age, which may put them at a bigger disadvantage going forward.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU?
My team at Testlio and our community of testers – their passion and dedication, combined with my desire to see them succeed, inspires me on a daily basis to be the best I can be. Another source of inspiration, is my grandmother who has always faced adversity (be it war or any other life’s tribulations) with remarkable aplomb!
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT/ACCOMPLISHMENT?
I am proud of my life journey and of what we’ve been able to accomplish with Testlio so far.