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!