Making a startup or really any web app is a massive undertaking. Even harder than actually building it is finding people to try it. This not only helps you find testers to work out some initial kinks, but it gets you known to a couple people and helps you get some feedback. To help with your quest to get some beta testers is BetaBait.
The idea is actually really simple. Anyone who wants to test new apps can sign up using their email address. Startups that want their web apps to be tested can sign up as well at no charge. This will put them in an email that is sent to the testers every day. These emails contain a featured startup as well as others. Testers will get URLs and brief descriptions as to what the startup entails. BetaBait then keeps all feedback
Since launch over 3000 testers have signed up for the service. The benefit of this for any startups wanting to access them is that they really don’t have to offer an incentive. These testers want access to these betas for the sole reason that they want “first dibs”. They want to be the first ones to get their hands on great apps. However, not everyone has that same mentality. As more and more startups want to use BetaBait, more testers are going to be needed. This creates a situation as to how BetaBait plans on recruit more beta testers in the future. Some type of incentive is almost imminent, but what the incentive will be isn’t too obvious.
The other thing is the quality of the apps that BetaBait sends its users. While some are great, others make you feel like BetaBait sets the bar pretty low when it accepts startups to put on its daily lists. It isn’t a perfect system but it is one that solves a frequent gap between startups and beta testers.