6/24/2014

Wix.com Surpasses 50 Million Users Worldwide!

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Wix.com Ltd. (Nasdaq:WIX), a leading global web development platform, announced today that its worldwide user base had surpassed 50 million registered users. The milestone followed a record first quarter of 2014, a factor largely driven by the company’s continued focus on product development, which resulted in the release of over 150 new features, advanced design capabilities and apps since the beginning of the year.

“Back in 2006, my co-founders and I tried to build a website for another business venture. There wasn’t a solution out there that could meet our needs, so we founded Wix. Today 50 million users have proven that our need was also theirs,” said Avishai Abrahami, Wix Co-Founder and CEO. “From the get go everything we did was shaped and guided by our users’ needs. Providing the best product in the market and listening to our users has brought us this far. Continuing to do so will take us to new heights.”

Wix’s mission is to bring technologically advanced and function rich solutions to all users, regardless of their technical ability or budget. With a powerful drag-and-drop website editor at its platform’s core, the company has continued to expand its offering by introducing cutting edge mobile solutions, a vibrant App Market enabling 3rd party app integration, eCommerce capabilities, a host of business management tools and more.

Wix users are rapidly adopting products as fast they’re being rolled out, as demonstrated by the 12 million apps installed on users’ websites since the Wix App Market’s launch and the over 3 million mobile websites built with Wix to date. In line with users’ needs and in keeping with the company’s mission to provide comprehensive solutions to its users, Wix recently launched two platform advancements, the WixHive API and Mobile Sonic Technology.

The WixHive API will allow formerly standalone applications to share gathered data giving site owners powerful new capabilities. The Mobile Sonic Technology will ensure that mobile sites created with Wix load quickly, catering to the growing market demand for on-the-go accessibility.

“The key to reaching 50 million users is developing innovative tools, that would typically require having expert coders or designers on deck,” said Nir Zohar, Wix President and COO. “We’re bringing enterprise level capabilities to every business no matter how small, which makes Wix the go-to destination to build, manage and grow a business online.”

Full disclosure: Aviran Mordo is the head of back-end engineering at Wix

6/6/2014

When Bad Product Makes Good Business

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Being the head of a large engineering group I get to interview a lot of people. As part of the interview I ask people about their current or previous jobs and some of the stories I hear horror stories about these work places and how making a bad product is actually good business for them. Here are some examples:

Example 1 – Insurance Company:
A guy that worked in an insurance company was building a system to process claim forms for elderly people. The system would validate that all the forms were submitted and that they are all filled correctly. When the developer found a validation error, for instance a missing form, missing field or a validation error he would print that there is a missing form and what exactly is missing. He was told by the company not to specify what exactly is missing but just to say some forms are missing.
By being as vague the insurance company makes the life of the elderly people who are trying to submit claims very difficult, thus having to pay less claims.

Example 2 – Outsource:
Developers that worked at an outsource company was assigned to a project. In this project he was trying to develop his code using Test Driven Development. He was told by the company not to write automated tests because the quality of code would be better and since they get paid by the hour they will loose money on debugging and manual QA, which takes much longer.

Example 3 – Banks
Some banks make the system to delay deposits and prioritize withdrawals so if a customer does not have sufficient credit they will first go into overdraft because the withdrawals are entered into the system before the deposits.
This way bank customers need to pay more interests and commissions to the bank.

Making bad products or making low quality software on purpose is a good business for some companies. However they make their customers frustrated and their employees that develop these systems unhappy and feel bad about themselves.

You would not find me working for these kinds of companies nor many good developers who have many options to find a good place to work. This actually hurt these companies in a way that they have many low quality people working for them. Good developers want to work at a place that makes them happy and they feel good about the product they develop.

What do you think, would you work for such a company?
Do you have other examples for bad companies that are benefiting from bad products?

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