Dec 26, 2016

Features

  • We’ve retired the form used by founders to create new timeline events in favor of a brand new version. This will be launched along with the Founder Dashboard page for the upcoming batch.

  • We’ve improved the handling of invalid email addresses being used to sign into the website - we now store information on whether attempts to send an email to an address has bounced - so as to supply an appropriate error message instead of silently failing.

Dec 19, 2016

UI and UX

  • Updated SV.CO’s physical address, given on the application page.

Dec 12, 2016

Bugfixes

  • A signed-in user, registering for our MOOC is now taken directly to start of MOOC after registration, instead of being emailed another sign-in link.

  • The OAuth-based login process now correctly redirects users to the restricted page they were attempting to access (if any) after successful sign-in.

  • The startup team member add / edit form was non-functional. We’d introduced HTML5 client-side validations a while back, and this was blocking the form from being submitted - this has been fixed.

Dec 05, 2016

Features

  • Founders can now freely change their stored phone number without SMS-based validation.

  • This isn’t a feature addition, but as part of one - OAuth-based login, the password change form has been removed since it is no longer needed.

Nov 29, 2016

Features

  • The on-boarding process of new founders has been rebuilt to require no extra action from founders, given that we’ve accepted most of the information we need during the application process.

Bugfixes

  • The live chat feature’s image upload function was broken. This has been fixed.

Nov 21, 2016

Features

  • We’ve updated final stages of the application process to accept more information and generate ready-to-sign documents. This is expected ot speed up on-boarding considerably.

Nov 14, 2016

Features

  • We’re phasing out password-based login in favor of OAuth-based login (with Google, Facebook and Github). We’ll keep manual login using e-mail address as a backup option for those who don’t have an account at these sites.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a crash on the library page when navigating to different pages.

Nov 07, 2016

Bugfixes

  • Fixed a minor bug related to the Filter by Tag feature on the Library page.

Oct 31, 2016

UI and UX

  • Minor changes to styling of library inner pages.

Bugfixes

  • The styling of radio buttons in SixWays MOOC quizzes were broken by a recent change. They have been restored to their original state.

Oct 24, 2016

Bugfixes

  • The datepicker used for certain forms on the site were non-functional. These have been replaced with an updated component.

Oct 17, 2016

Features

  • We’ve opened up the applications process to international applicants!

  • Applicants are now shown their percentile scores after coding and video submission results are released.

Oct 10, 2016

UI and UX

  • We’ve released a new design for the library index page!

  • Notifications now have bolder styling with greater visibility.

Miscellaneous

  • SV.CO now runs on Rails 5, and uses Turbolinks 5 - the latest and greatest.

Oct 03, 2016

Bugfixes

  • playbook.sv.co was serving an incorrect SSL certificate - this has been fixed. Let’s Encrypt FTW!

  • Improved handling of URL-s submitted by applicants during the second stage of application process.

Sep 19, 2016

Features

  • Instead of asking University and College information separately, the application form now asks applicant to search for, and pick just the college from a list.

UI and UX

  • Deadlines for applications to Batch 4 were updated.

  • Updated footer on all pages using the latest design language.

Bugfixes

  • The form accepting submissions for coding and video task was rejecting URLs with .online, and other newer TLD-s. This has been fixed.

  • Fixed a visual bug with page header on older versions of Microsoft’s Edge web browser.

Sep 05, 2016

Features

  • Vocalist now pings the #saas Slack channel at 9 AM, every day, with a Term of the Day.

UI and UX

  • Improved styling of the MOOC course when accessing from a mobile device.

  • Returning students can now access the course from the homepage with a helpful link.

  • More illustrations were added to the MOOC course.

  • Applications to Batch 4 were opened, and dates were published.

Bugfixes

  • Some icons on application pages were invisible on Mozilla Firefox. This has been fixed.

Aug 29, 2016

Features

  • Our SixWays MOOC can now be previewed without supplying an email address - signing up is required to be eligible for the certificate.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed some bugs that could have popped up when updating or deleting timeline events.

  • Fixed a bug which allowed cofounders to login and see application state as though they were the team lead.

  • Improved handling of cases where supplied email address cannot be reached.

Aug 22, 2016

Features

  • Our free MOOC, SixWays is live. Check it out!

  • Picking a university from our select boxes should now be easier since it returns out-of-order results.

UI and UX

  • Clarify dates related to the application process on the apply page.

Bugfixes

  • Applicants are now informed if their email address could not be reached, when attempting to send sign-in email (instead of crashing and showing a failure message).

Aug 15, 2016

Features

  • On demand, we’ve modified the registration process for our SixWays MOOC to allow students from outside India to participate.

UI and UX

  • Stage 2 (coding and video challenge) of the application process for batch #3 is now live!

  • Added lots of new content to the home page.

Bugfixes

  • Reference dropdown options on the application form weren’t visible on Chrome (Windows). This has been fixed.

Aug 08, 2016

UI and UX

  • Our homepage is undergoing updates - new content has been added, and more is coming this week.

  • The Startups page is now ordered by most recent activity.

Bugfixes

  • The Record Feedback option for signed-in founders went kaput. It’s up and running again.

  • Founders are now asked to sign-in if they try to join a connect request. Earlier, they were met with a 404 if they weren’t signed-in already.

  • Changes to the application process meant that all of the earlier sign-in mails sent to applicants contained links which 404-ed. All of those have been redirected to the new apply page.

Miscellaneous

  • When picking university when signing up for our MOOC, or for the latest batch, we used to preload all of the universities. Now the select box searches for, and returns only a subset of matching universities. This speeds up operation on mobiles significantly.

Aug 01, 2016

Features

  • The widget to contact us via Facebook, Twitter or Email has been replaced! We now have a live chat function instead, active all over the site (including this page), where you can have a chat with us without any interruption. It’s pretty slick, check it out!

Miscellaneous

  • Application process to batch 3 has been given a bit of an overhaul. We’ve altered and improved the way information is delivered to applicants, and reduced the amount of data we require for them to get started. Brand new apply page design included!

  • The latest posts from our Instagram account are now featured on the homepage!

Jul 25, 2016

Features

  • We introduced a widget for traffic landing on the website to contact us easily. Folks can now reach us directly through Facebook’s Messenger, tweet to us, or mail us for a quick response.

Bugfixes

  • We’d messed up when we redirected sv.co to www.sv.co (new canonical URL), which was failing on Apple’s Safari browser. This has been fixed.

Miscellaneous

  • Sign in page for existing founders has been updated to new design language.

  • Fixed broken styling of announcement headers when using new design.

  • Popup videos on apply page were not being centered correctly, and were overflowing on low-res mobiles. They now fit correctly within the viewport.

Jul 18, 2016

Features

  • Login e-mails are now sent immediately instead of being deferred, resulting in improved delivery times.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed some bugs related to addition of co-founders on batch 3’s application form.

  • Apply page videos were being hidden by the floating header element on mobile view. They’re now on top!

Jul 12, 2016

Features

  • New applicants can now redo their application form as long as they haven’t completed the payment step.

UI and UX

  • Added a tour of SV.CO’s programme.

Jul 04, 2016

Features

  • Applications for batch 3 are open! We’ve been working towards this for the last four weeks. We’ve released a brand new home page featuring graduates from our first batch, new videos and content on the apply page, and a four-stage application process.

Jun 20, 2016

UI and UX

  • There’s been a slight modification in the faculty connect request process. Due to a recent change in Google Hangouts, the Hangouts URL can only be generated a little while before the meeting takes place. Emails sent to founders and faculty will now have a link to a new page, which will reveal the Hangouts URL when it is available.

  • When founder is logged in, an Activity link is added to the navbar, pointing to the page listing latest activity from startups.

  • Added information about host institute change to the transparency page.

Jun 13, 2016

UI and UX

  • Check out our new changelog page! B-) We’ve applied our styleguide here, and we’ll slowly roll out this design language across the entire website.

Bugfixes

  • Signed-in sessions were not being shared between sv.co and www.sv.co. We were serving bad cookies, so we’ve baked a new batch. Everyone has been signed out as a result; sorry about that.

  • Vocalist is now able to define terms that have a hyphen in them.

Jun 06, 2016

Features

  • Vocalist responds to changelog, and fetches the latest entry from this changelog.

  • Vocalist includes a summary of latest deployed targets in the response to state of SV commands.

UI and UX

  • Minor tweaks to navigation links.

  • Removed the option to pause and resume flash notifications.

Bugfixes

  • Fixed an issue with displaying feedback on timeline events when the feedback body lacked line-breaks.

Jun 01, 2016

Features

  • A form has been added to gather feedback from signed-in founders, on all aspects of the program. It’s accessible from the profile dropdown menu (top-right).

UI and UX

  • The first version of our unified design guideline is ready. We’ve been working on it for the last few weeks, and we’ll slowly roll out updated design elements over the next couple of weeks - starting with the changelog!

Bugfixes

  • There was a report of a rendering error (via the new platform feedback feature!) related to the display of founder targets. That’s been taken care of.

May 24, 2016

Features

  • Tracking improved timeline events for those that were marked as needing improvement.

UI and UX

  • Vocalist now ignores case when responding to commands.

  • Removed play and pause buttons on notifications.

  • Updated SV.CO’s address; we’ve got new digs in Bengaluru!

May 17, 2016

Features

  • Vocalist now supplies definitions to common industry terms using the define TERM command.

Bugfixes

  • The button to download Rubric for targets was broken during an unrelated change. This has been fixed, and tests have been added.

May 09, 2016

Features

  • Review tests have been added to targets. This allows founders to take part in small survey-type questionnaires after going through slides and / or completing targets.

UI and UX

  • Added more information related to SV.CO’s mission in the About section.

  • Ola and GOQii have been listed as partners in the Talent section.

Bugfixes

  • URLs that point to /resources/... now redirect to the new /library/... path. This preserves old links.

  • Improved reliability of reminder notifications sent via vocalist to faculty and founders about imminent connect sessions. They had a tendency to get lost in transit.

May 02, 2016

Features

  • A Graduation page has been created to showcase our graduation efforts & results.

  • Vocalist includes questions asked by founders in the reminder for faculty members about imminent connect session.

Bugfixes

  • Vocalist no longer includes an empty Links attached postfix when links aren’t available on a timeline event notification.

  • After editing a timeline event and submitting changes, the form now clears instead of remaining in edit mode.

Miscellaneous

  • We’ve switched our CDN from Cloudfront to Cloudflare to take advantage of CNAME flattening. This lets us bypass the CDN on dynamic page requests for considerable speed-up. Also, Cloudflare is way cooler. B-)

  • Minor changes to site’s header and footer, re-organizing links, and such.

Apr 25, 2016

Features

  • Vocalist now responds to a bunch of commands that makes her fetch basic information about a batch, for use as intro during weekly town hall meetings.

  • Founder registration flow has been reworked. On-boarding a team of founders is much more straight-forward; the team lead is asked to enter startup information right after user registration, and co-founders being automatically linked once that’s done.

Apr 18, 2016

Features

  • Vocalist now responds to targets? command, responding with list of targets. She can also supply more information with targets info [NUMBER]

Bugfixes

  • Blank entries were being shown on Startups page’s filter (Google Chrome, on Windows).

  • Vocalist will correctly notify everyone of multiple targets being deployed together to a batch.

  • Founders can no longer register with phone numbers already linked to others.

Miscellaneous

  • Sped up first load of the website by tweaking a setting on the visit logging library.