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MindSpark

August 29, 2016 13:59 ET

MindSpark Launches Enterprise-level Software Testing Platform Staffed by Untapped Workforce of Highly Skilled Analysts on Autism Spectrum

Innovative Solution to Product QA Delivers Superior Service to Major Corporations While Helping Clients Meet Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Relations Goals

SANTA MONICA, CA --(Marketwired - August 29, 2016) - MindSpark, Inc. (www.mindsparktech.com) announced today it is significantly expanding its unique software-testing consultancy into an enterprise-level solution. Staffed by analysts on the autism spectrum identified with specialized, requisite skills, the platform has achieved a 50 percent increase in year-over-year revenue. The company has also significantly grown its client base and plans to add locations across the Greater Los Angeles region to service large-scale projects on a national level.

A superior domestic solution to offshore software QA providers, MindSpark offers a top quality software testing alternative with time zone and cultural advantages -- one that also helps companies meet their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community relations goals.

As a California Benefit Corporation, the MindSpark platform has been operating successfully since 2013 and currently employs over 30 skilled analysts that serve major organizations including Liberty Mutual, Fox Networks Group, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cast & Crew. MindSpark's staff has exceptionally low turnover, which translates into unrivaled client retention, highly efficient client onboarding and deeper expertise in specific categories of quality analysis.

"Our mission is to use free market forces to drive social change by creating careers in high-tech for people with specialized abilities," said Gray Benoist, President of MindSpark. "Our model has been proven to work exceptionally well, and we are clearly exceeding the overall performance of other QA platforms. That's why our clients stay, and now all are expanding their business with us. Because of their skills, our employees are receiving positive customer feedback of their personal successes, enhancing their self-esteem and supporting their goal of independent lives."

MindSpark's platform, which includes independently operated, not-for-profit MindSpark Training Academy, provides a high-impact curriculum that in only a few short months prepares qualified candidates to work on complex technical projects. The analysts deliver superior service at competitive rates, and leverage their talents for detail orientation, pattern recognition and sustained focus toward evaluation and testing of advanced software, applications and enterprise technology products.

The firm's satisfied customer base enjoys added value in MindSpark's ability to help meet their corporate citizenship goals, as well as impressive performance results from MindSpark's analyst team. Several examples include:

  • Fox Networks Group - Two major projects completed, two active evaluations which are mission-critical to FNG's sustained digital platform.

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium - Over 500 test cases created covering all aspects of the facility's research site; More than 146 technical defects discovered and fixed to dramatically improve researcher user experience.

  • Liberty Mutual - Increasingly complex tasks assigned to team, yielding product insights that improved overall quality and compliance of insurance documents produced by Liberty Mutual's personal line of business.
  • Built to scale, MindSpark partners with Los Angeles-based developmental disabilities support organizations that provide a steady flow of qualified analyst candidates, leveraging an untapped resource for specialized and skilled technology work. In turn, MindSpark employees receive professional compensation, a nurturing work environment and powerful opportunities for self-sufficiency and personal pride.

    "MindSpark has been a great find for the Fox Networks Group. As we reached a point in our product lifecycle where we needed to add more resources, MindSpark has met our growing needs, providing us with a group of well-trained professionals that consistently deliver," said Ben Hope, SVP CIO for Fox Networks Group. "Their team has exceeded our initial expectations. In addition to a very beneficial value proposition -- providing us with reasonably priced resources in the same time zone as our development teams -- our internal team has thoroughly enjoyed the win-win feeling of this particular business model."

    MindSpark's technical services include software testing, mobile application QA, enterprise software evaluation, internal technology review and more. For more information, please visit www.mindsparktech.com for client testimonials, case studies, facilities overview and employee application details.

    About MindSpark, Inc.
    MindSpark Inc. leverages demand for outsourced IT consultancy to drive social change and create careers in high-tech for people with specialized abilities, improving self-sufficiency and quality of life. Based in Santa Monica, CA, MindSpark is led by owners Chad Hahn, Gray Benoist, Wendy Benoist, and owner-managers Isha Dash and Erik Aleman. MindSpark's owners have diverse backgrounds including IT and QA testing, C-level leadership in business and finance, strategic planning and autism employment support. Serving major clients and brands including Fox Networks Group and Liberty Mutual, the firm seeks to outperform domestic and international third-party IT services with a competitive, high-quality tech consultancy. Clients help to improve the lives of MindSpark analysts and extend their corporate citizenship profiles through collaboration with MindSpark's unique platform.

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