Welcome to Usable.
Usable is almost 6 months old, so it’s about time we started talking.
Usable, or more accurately Usable HQ Ltd, is a start-up based in the lovely, albeit often freezing cold, city of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England. We’ve just graduated from the amazing Ignite100 Accelerator Programme, and we’ve won funding from Northstar Ventures and IP Group PLC. Altogether, it’s been an incredible, exciting, and exhausting six months. But that’s just the beginning.
Now we’re set on the road to disrupt the way people do projects. Our first product is all about managing the requirements of a project. Why? There are a few reasons;
- We’ve got loads of experience running projects in lots of different areas, and we know there’s a huge problem with managing what a project is all about. Something like 50% of projects started every year fail – they’re either over-budget, they’re late, or they’re axed. That’s just in the software world. Outside of that it could be more (or less, obviously. But we’re confident it’s not zero)
- We know how to solve the problem. It’s not easy, far from it, but we’ve identified something that really big projects do that smaller projects don’t. The reason for this is that the software to help solve the issue is horribly expensive for the most part. We’re bring many of the features of those expensive enterprise tools to smaller projects.
- We’re incredibly passionate about fixing this problem. It sounds a bit strange to admit that we’re crazy about managing requirements, but we really are. We talk about them all day. When you realise what a well managed set of requirements can bring to your projects you will be too.
Who are we? We’re a team of two developers, Alex and Chris. We buck the start-up trend by being a little older than the usual twenty-something, we’re both experienced developers (more than 15 years each actually), and we’ve each run teams of developers. There’ll be more about us in later posts.
That’s it for now. Follow us on Twitter (@usablehq) for infrequent updates about what we’re doing, check back here regularly for more regular updates, and watch out for Usable Requirements launching in Q2 of this year. It’s going to be huge.