Awesome Turnout!

If you didn’t get a chance to swing by @chainsawsalon last night for the first KW Start-ups Recruitment and Information Session – you missed out!

A big thanks to Ernst & Young and Communitech for sponsoring the event and supplying all the beer and all-you-can eat poutine buffet.  Another Big thanks goes out to Redwoods Media for hosting this event and making it a huge success!   There were 9 start-ups present last night and over 160 local students from the University of WaterlooWilfrid Laurier, and Conestoga College. The students were given the opportunity to meet the Founders, CEO’s and CTO’s of many great startups!

If you missed the event – take a minute and check out these startups!

Redwoods Media (

InfiniDy Corp. (

tinyHippos (

Enflick (

Kik (

Cyborg Trading Systems (

Canadian Cloud Computing (

Skillter Inc. (

Miovision Technologies Inc. (

StudyMonkey (

Love for Community involvement

A big part of why the tinyHippos team is so successful is our love for community involvement.  Whether it is contributing to open source projects, speaking at conference or just demoing our product Ripple, the team loves to give back and spread the word on multi-platform mobile development!

Please join us to listen to our CTO, Dan Silivestru speak at Communitech’s new Mobile Peer2Peer series on February 23rd at the Communitech Hub at noon.  Sign up is free!

Topic: The native app…is it dying? With all the fragmentation in the mobile marketplace, building mobile apps largely means 1 app per platform… will the native app survive?  Are HTML5 Mobile apps the answer? With frameworks such as PhoneGap, Appcelerator,  and browser/cloud based development, testing and deployment tools… They just might be.

Hope to see you there!

The dorm room approach to running a startup

I had the privilege and pleasure of speaking to the new students at UW Velocity recently. I talked about “failing fast and often” as well as how we run things here at tinyHippos.  I focused on XP programming, TDD, and the importance of failing fast.

After leaving this great group of students, I got to thinking and remembering my university days. Back then I was quite poor and budgeting was a very important part of making it through the school term. I remembered a time when I was faced with making dinner for 5 people and our budget was a very strict $5. Now you might wonder exactly what we could possibly have eaten for $5? Well, we ended up having a great spaghetti and meat sauce meal and here’s how we put it together:

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jWorkflow: A JavaScript Workflow Framework

Dude Where’s my workflow?

While working on large javascript projects at tinyHippos we would commonly end up with a rather complex bootstrapping process where we need to execute a large amount of initialization code in a specific order. Some of this code is asynchronous and some is synchronous.

We would start out with a series of events and function calls to attempt to chain together the bootup but it would quickly become hard to inject in new tasks. This prompted us to use the tinyHippos mantra “There has to be a better way”.

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Thank you Vodafone

A quick shout out to Vodafone to say thanks for recommending The Ripple Environment Emulator to your developers on your Developers Tool Page.  Check us out!

You can also spot us this month in the Vodafone  Monthly Developer Newsletter. Thanks Guys.  Also note that Vodafone has released six more countries across Europe including dates for their upcoming  Developer Dev Days Tour.  Keep your eyes out for the tinyHippo team as we will presenting at the Germany and The Netherlands events in November!

Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference

Yesterday the tinyHippos team had the pleasure to attend Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference held at Bingemans in Kitchener. You might have had the chance to stop by our booth for a demo and free hippo chocolates, or catch Dan Silivestru on the air chatting with 570 news’ Gary Doyle.

Communitech put on a great event and we had the pleasure of listening to some amazing keynote speakers such as Clayton M. Christensen, bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, William C. Taylor who is the co-founder of FastCompany and bestselling author of  Mavericks At Work. Jeff Fedor the co-founder of ParkVu gave a great presentation on the topic of “The business of mobile app development”.

Here are the links to the 570 News segments.

1PM Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference (Dan’s interview starts at 31 minutes and 25 seconds)
2PM Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference

Ripple Updates

A lot is going on at tinyHippos Inc. and excitement is in the air. We are busy with new releases, new logos, and new support. We are also starting to sign up for some great mobile conferences in the fall. Stay tuned to our blog and we will let you know when and where you will be able to spot the Hippos in action and get a free personal demo! We also had the pleasure of an invitation to pitch our product to a group of investors (keep your eyes open for a blog about “The pitch adventure” from our CTO Daniel Silivestru).  Thanks to Communitech and our EIR Mark McArdle (@markmardle) for all your support!

If you haven’t noticed our new twitter avatar for Ripple (@rippleemulator) than check it out!   TinyHippos and Ripple have new looks to them and we are excited get your feedback on them.

A BIG thanks to CuteGecko for their amazing work.  We are thrilled with the new logos that they have created for us.

If anyone out there is looking for some amazing graphic and/or branding work – you should definitely check them out.  A must!

New Releases Posted:

V0.1.158 – June 7th, 2010

  • Bug fix: Persistence race condition, causing preferences to not save properly when widget first loaded.
  • Added update and welcome popup notifications to inform user of automatic updates.
  • Updated the Ripple logo.
  • Added ripple documentation. Can be found at

V0.1.137 – May 26th, 2010

  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added simple support for Widget.Device.DeviceStateInfo.AccelerometerInfo.
  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added support for config defined preferences.
  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added support for read-only config defined preferences.
  • Preferences are now widget specific. Preferences saved in one widget will not show up in another.
  • Minor CSS fixes for Notifications.

CommunityEngine: The Play-Doh for a Rich, Functional and Decoupled Social Extension to any Rails application

Lately we have been working diligently on getting the Ripple Community website up and running. A daunting task in itself, not to mention alongside launching our flagship product The Ripple Emulator into Beta!

Our ideal goal was to find a solid and easy way to integrate a solution that could help save a lot of time researching and writing the social extensions of the site that we needed.

Eventually, we came upon CommunityEngine and promptly opted to integrate it.  A featured- packed, open source Rails plug-in that seemed to have what we needed including; forums, blogs; and much more. Currently it provides a very powerful, decoupled and extensible integration into your existing application. The end result:  we were able to deploy a full blown social media site for Ripple in about three weeks.

So far, we have been enjoying working with it. Models, views and controllers can be easily overridden or extended while keeping the plugin files unchanged and easy to update. A bonus for us was the use of Authlogic as the user authentication mechanism. Sweet, now all our previous User (model) code is just plug-and- play with the fused in User model from community engine’s implementation. Or  just override the User model to match your own needs.

A New Week

Yes another release for The Ripple Emulator has been published this morning.  Some of the new features are:

  • Updated the way widget gets encapsulated and CSS styles applied. (Should fix some widget display bugs).
  • Fixed problem with JSON to ensure that internal version did not get overridden, by loaded widget.
  • Fixed OpenURL for both JIL and Opera.
  • Other small bugs were fixed.

Other events occurring this week that you might spot the tinyHippo’s at are:

Wednesday May 19th -Mobile QA Lunch & Learn hosted by Communitech, in partnership with the  Accelerator Centre.

Thursday May 20th – Waterloo Region Web Design and Technology Group hosted by Julia.

Rainy Days and Mondays

It’s the start of another eventful week at the tinyHippos headquarters. Here are some exciting news that we want to share with you:

  • If you have already downloaded our flagship product The Ripple Emulator , you will automatically receive the new release V0.1.26.  The team published the latest release last night.  If you do not already have it: click here to download!

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