Southborough’s uTest, which does software testing “in the wild” for the likes of Google and Microsoft, says it’s raised its largest venture round yet, with a $17 million Series D led by Baltimore’s QuestMark Partners.

uTest offers crowdsourced testing of software applications in real-life settings, outside the lab — such as making sure the right ads display on a mobile app at a coffee shop.

The company reports having nearly 48,000 professional testers in 181 countries around the world; the testers can earn up to $7,000 per month from uTest for their work, said uTest CMO Matt Johnston.

According to an e-mail from the company, uTest is “on track to be the 1st crowdsourcing company to file an IPO.”

via uTest takes step toward IPO with $17M fundraise – Boston Business Journal.