Startup Canada Podcast: How startups can do better beta testing

Alec Levin wants to create a world in which startups can test and research their products in a way that’s not only accessible and comprehensible, but builds community while doing so. “We’re trying to make talking to users and learning about what they want easier,” Levin said.

Levin is co-founder of Steadfast, a user research startup helping tech companies get feedback from their target market during product development. Before the Steadfast lightbulb turned on, Levin worked at Sciencescape (now Meta), an AI platform aimed at making scientific knowledge computable, inside the field of user research and testing. Over the past few years, he also acted as a peer mentor at the University of Toronto and gives back to the startup community as a Startup Canada partner, helping the organization to learn more about entrepreneurs within its community so that it can serve them better.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Levin about how he got to where he is today, user research, and beta testing for startups.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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