Sofi, which develops a testing platform for mobile app devices used by Microsoft, closed a $7.75 million seed round today, bringing its total capital to $9.5 million. Voyager Capital led the round with participation from PSL Ventures, GTM Fund and Revolution, which CEO Syed Hamid said will be used to fund Sof’s overall growth and R&D.
Sophie was launched in 2016 by Hamid, Haider Ali and Usman Zubair. Before that, Syed was an engineering leader at Microsoft for nearly two decades. Ali spent most of his career at Microsoft, while Zubair — another Microsoft veteran — has a number of startups besides Sophie, including Infounder, a technology consultant for entrepreneurs.
“Software testing has not changed in the last 40 years. It’s still done manually with high creation and maintenance costs,” Hamid told TechCrush in an email interview. “Now is the time to evolve with machine learning and AI into a modern code testing process and intelligent automation.”
Sophie verifies changes to application code directly from existing dev environments. By providing interesting insights into the code, Sophie attempts to document the various devices and operating systems the code can run on, including metrics such as speed and responsiveness, as well as vulnerability to cyberattacks.
“We have a dataset of over 17,000 publicly available mobile apps. We’ve been able to automate across thousands of different device matrices,” Hamid said.
Developers can take a look at Sophie’s analytics capabilities, which attempt to gauge a dev’s “performance and productivity.” But Hamid keeps them as good as a net because they lead to quick release cycles in his eyes.
“they said [major] Benefits for the C-suite… By releasing applications faster, it has a bottom-line impact on the organization, significantly reducing engineering costs,” Hamid said. “Sophie helps organizations deliver high-quality, highly innovative applications that deliver a better experience for their customers.”
Sophie goes head-to-head with companies like BrowserStack, which offers a similar testing platform for apps. Outie and Waldo also compete for space. But Sophie wants to stay ahead of the competition with new features, Hamid said, including the ability to test apps for augmented and virtual reality.
Sofi’s current customer base is at 45 companies, although Hamid said roughly 2,500 corporate groups use the service. The startup plans to expand its headcount from 35 employees to 75 by the end of the year.