The New CEO Speaks!

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the moment I could push “publish” on this post.  I’ve been working with the tinyHippos team as their Communitech Executive-In-Residence for about a year, and have genuinely enjoyed every interaction.  And with great excitement, I’ve joined tinyHippos as their CEO.

When I reflect back on the best moments and opportunities in my career, it’s clear to me that 2 things are always present: smart, passionate people, and a market and technology that really excites me.  I have found both of these in large amounts at tinyHippos.

The mobile app space is a very fast moving, rapidly growing and exciting one.  It’s a space I’m very passionate about – I carry around an iPhone 4, BlackBerry Torch, and Nexus One!  Today, getting your mobile apps onto all the important platforms is a daunting, expensive and frustrating task for app developers.  But we see a transition underway – a move to more open web-based technologies as the platform to build upon.  This will also enable millions of traditional web developers to bring their expertise to the smartphone world. And that’s a good thing, because there will be over 500 million smartphones shipping in 2014, and we’re going to need lots of great developers to create all the wonderful apps those users will need. tinyHippos is going to help make this new world evolve by helping these developers get their products to market faster, cheaper and with much higher quality.

We’re a small company (today), but we’re blessed to be living here in Waterloo, in the heart of a rich support ecosystem. The resources at Communitech and the advisors and investors we have access to are helping to scale us up quickly.

Stay tuned for many upcoming exciting announcements.  It’s going to be a lot of hard work, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun!

Welcome Mark J. McArdle, CEO

Over the past year we have worked really hard and made some tremendous progress here at tinyHippos. We’ve built and launched our product into Beta, continue to improve it and add features, hired 2 developers and moved into our new space here at the Tannery.

However, to build a truly successful business, we realize that it takes more then just technology and passion. Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Mark J. McArdle, our Executive In Residence through Communitech. Mark’s passion, knowledge, and guidance while working with us made him a clear choice as a future member of the tinyHippos team. Today, we are very pleased to announce that Mark will be joining tinyHippos as our CEO.

Mark is a seasoned technology executive, with over 18 years of technical experience in some of the best brands in Technology. We look forward to Mark brining the knowledge and experience he has built over the years at companies such as MKS, OpenText, PGP and McAfee to our team.

Please join us in welcoming Mark, the newest tinyHippo to the team!

Exploring the unknown

Here at tinyHippos we get to work on some awesome stuff, building a phone emulator that runs inside a browser forces us to push the boundaries of web development, morphing the browser to our wills. Ripple has had a nagging bug for a long time, although, not a show stopping bug, however it did take away from the user experience and was preventing developers from writing code in certain ways.  None the less this bug was a thorn in our side and caused us to feel less than awesome about Ripple.  People would rave to us about how great our emulator was and how much it was helping them solve their problems, but we could only focus on its shortcomings.

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