Our Story

Applause was founded in 2007 and launched in 2008 – as uTest – by Doron Reuveni and Roy Solomon. They set out to solve a problem – no matter how much testing they did in the lab, they found that software bugs were unavoidable. Their solutions? Put software applications through their paces in the wild, in the real world where users actually work, live and play.

Click through our interactive timeline for a look at key milestones in the history of Applause:

Behind the Scenes

Watch Kenji Nakayama and
Dana Woulfe create the timeline.

Kenji Nakayama

Kenji Nakayama was born in Tomokomai on the island of Hokkaido, Japan in 1979. A mechanical engineer by education, Kenji made a significant life change in 2004 with a move to Boston, Massachusetts to study traditional sign painting and to dedicate his time and energy to art-making. Kenji's diverse practice ranges from careful pinstriping and gilded lettering to hand-cut, multi-layered stencil paintings. Each intricately carved stencil painting is a unique manifestation of documenting and responding to the environment surrounding him, and often takes months to complete. His work serves as a personal diary of experience and influence, and his process can be described as a balance between meditation and highly-trained craftsmanship. Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay serve as direct sources of inspiration.

Kenji's work has been exhibited widely across the US and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He attended a mechanical institute from 1998-2002 in Tokyo, and studied traditional sign painting at Butera School of Arts 2004-2006 in Boston. He currently lives and works in Boston.

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Dana Woulfe

Dana Woulfe grew up in Rhode Island where he learned to practice and appreciate art at a young age from his grandmother Elizabeth Jehan. After graduating from high school, where he did everything from develop film in the darkroom to sculpt a self portrait, he attended Massachusetts College of Art to pursue his love of creating. While attending college he became interested in the local graffiti scene and befriended the members of Project SF with whom he went on to build a successful artist collective, showing work and creating installation pieces for a diverse group of events and clients. Now, when Woulfe isn’t painting murals outside, he works out of his shop, Studio Fresh, in South Boston, MA which he shares with his friend and collaborator Josh Falk.

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