I wanted to share my thoughts and approach on the beta roll out, so that all of you understand why we are taking this route.
Scrybe has not launched its first public version yet. As promised, Scrybe has launched a beta for the purpose of beta testing and collecting feedback. The limited beta has started with a few thousand users. We will keep adding more people to it aggressively, but not everyone is going to get an account immediately. There are thousands of people who have been queuing up since September and are gradually being added to the beta users.
Why not give accounts to everyone right away?
If you give accounts to everyone right now they will give you all the feedback and then you can do a cycle of improvements and move on?
We think that both the product and its users will be best served if we exercise a little self discipline right now and stick to our original plan. At this critical stage, a solid approach to engineering the product has to take precedence over gathering users. The important point is to get feedback, analyze it, incorporate some of it, test it and roll it out AND add a few thousand new people to get their fresh perspective. The product will benefit greatly from a few such iterations.
The word “Beta” has lost its meaning because of it’s now common abuse. As announced earlier, we do hope to take off the beta tag within the next 6-12 weeks, as soon as we think we have done adequate beta testing. The functionality has also been broken into phases to make sure the feedback from a cycle is focused on a particular set of use cases.
The Risks of Hype: The intent of putting the video online was to gather a few thousand users who felt passionately about the problems we are trying to solve. Who would help beta test the product and move it from beta to launch. The response to the video has been overwhelming and we really appreciate it but I fear that the hype has taken on a life of its own. This results in us being swamped by thousands of people who saw the video somewhere else, and now believe the product has been around for a while or that the product has launched it‘s final version. Instead of paying attention to our launch details more people end up paying attention to speculation on other people’s blogs.
We stand committed to delivering a solid product and not staying in beta for ages and ages. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this roll out.