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Alpha, Beta, Launch – whom, where, when?

It seems like the world of web site in alpha and beta phase is booming. Invites, private or public, spreads all over the web-sphere, help getting new online service a try prior to going live, .

I’m looking for a web site that shows what products are now in alpha or beta phase. A place where you can see what service opens its product for the small or large crowd. If you know about this kind of service please let me know in the comment below. In the meantime let me fantasize how it should work.

Every start-up that is working towards releasing a limited or general availability of his product and like to get people involved in testing, providing feedback and suggestions should fill up a small registration form on this web site.

The information should include:

  • The name of the service
  • The company information
  • The URL
  • A short description of the service (try to fit it to a listed category or create a new one)
  • The development cycle phase: alpha, beta, limited availability (e.g. for only English language support)
  • The method: private (#of invites) or public
  • Phase starting date
  • Estimated phase end date
  • Any other relevant information (open text section)

Some features:

The service should provide the company with login to be able to update the development status.

This site will list all the companies and their product information

This site should allow search

This site should allow ordering the products under testing by date

The site could aggregate blog posts and news relevant to the company and product (if you choose to drill down).

Now in the spirit of everything social (aka Web2.0):

  • People can rank, and comment on a specific product
  • Subscribers can offer their service as alpha and or beta testers to available products in a chosen category (they can get alerts from the web site that something in their domain of interest/expertise just listed) .
  • The company can invite its devoted testers to celebrate the launce
  • The company can rank different testers based on their feedback, bugs, creative suggestions
  • And like any good web2.0 service why don’t invite/follow your testers friends or the actual entrepreneurs to share something

The site can follow up with some success story and news (RSS feed, newsletter).

What is the value that this kind of service provide? To whom?

  • VCs –  some visibility into their current or future investments
  • The start-up – visibility and access to experienced resources that can help improve a premature service
  • The tester – finally someone can see who we are:)
  • Business development – visibility for opportunities to join forces and integration
  • Recruiters
    • positive: convincing someone to join a start-up that is making good progress
    • negative: picking fallout
  • Job seekers – knowing what company is looking for employees and some information about the place you’re may end up at.
  • TechCrunch – it may save Michael Arrington some cycles and allow him to rest a little bit:)

I did a very quick search and all I could find is this site. Again, if you know about a place tracking this kind of information in an organized way please let me know.

Even if you don’t I would like to hear your thoughts? Do you agree with me here? Do you see a need?

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  1. October 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hey great article here~!! I too think it would be a great idea to sort of containerize all of the Alpha and Beta sites/links in one place : )

    Here are a couple I know of:

    https://Mashoutable.com – Free, SSL, Web Based Social Media Tools, real easy, haven’t found bug(s) personally…

    http://social-savers.com – SocialSaver aims to build and strengthen the relationship between brands and their ambassadors online by allowing businesses to thank their ambassadors with a pre purchase discount. This one actually launched today, so I’m not able to comment on bugs/pangs, etc…

    and lastly opening November 11th, in beta: http://www.masheddeals.com/ – Mashed Deals is a comprehensive resource of the best deals on the web. The service harvests data from the Internet’s most popular deal websites, including BuyWithMe and Saveology, to provide consumers with the web’s most extensive destination for exclusive coupons and sales.

    There’s my 3¢~!!

    Potent Gratitude,

    @GratefulEnergy

    • October 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

      I apologize for I didn’t truly clarify my listed sites… those are simply Alpha or Beta sites, not sites listing alpha/beta sites/products… sorry for the confusion~!!

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