tinyHippos is now part of Research In Motion (RIM)

Today, we are thrilled to announce that tinyHippos Inc. has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM).

We are extremely excited about our future at RIM and continuing to grow and support Ripple. This is a great step towards our goal of providing a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool to developers worldwide.  Specifically, we will be working to bring BlackBerry support to the Ripple product.

We also want to reassure all new and existing users that we expect that the Ripple product will continue to be offered for download and the team will continue to develop features, provide support, and help grow the mobile application developer community.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of you that have supported and believed in us.

More information here: http://devblog.blackberry.com/2011/03/rim-welcomes-tinyhippos/

Stay tuned for more details.

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 (http://www.redwoodsmedia.com/)

InfiniDy Corp. (http://www.infinidycorp.com/v1/)

tinyHippos (http://tinyhippos.com/)

Enflick (http://www.enflick.com/)

Kik (http://kik.com/)

Cyborg Trading Systems (http://www.cyborgtrading.com)

Canadian Cloud Computing (http://www.canadiancloud.com/)

Skillter Inc. (http://www.skillter.com)

Miovision Technologies Inc. (http://www.miovision.com)

StudyMonkey (http://www.studymonkey.ca)

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 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!

Ripple 0.4.0 :: Sencha, JQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, WAC … Oh My!

As usual, when things go silent on this blog it means that great things are brewing here at tinyHippos. We have been working really hard to make Ripple much more stable, usable, and we added some really cool features. This release, in our humble opinion, brings Ripple into the mainstream. We now have full support for some great mobile web JavaScript / UI frameworks.

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The tinyHippos team is moving!

The tinyHippos headquarters will be moving November 1st, 2010.  We will now be located at The Tannery. No you won’t find us tinyHippos in the lush Tannery side along with the Big Wigs — YET!  But you can find us on the 4th floor of the cool side – the Artisan Wing.  We are currently finishing up the painting, trim and the electrical.  We are just waiting for the windows to be installed and we’ll be ready to roll!

Check out some pictures of the progress.

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Ripple V0.3.0 Released

It’s been a month and a half since our last release but we’ve made it worth the wait. We have been working hard on implementing a number of new features, bug fixes and best of all new platform support!

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Ripple V0.2.4 – Released

We’ve been pretty quiet on this blog for the past couple of weeks but that’s because we’ve been really busy getting the latest release of Ripple ready. Today, we are happy to announce that we’ve released Version 0.2.4. You can see the full release log here!

We’ve added support for more JIL APIs and have also prettied up a few thing and did some work on increasing performance as well. We are happy to say that you can now load your widget in under a second :-) Here’s a little screen shot to show it of:

If you don’t already have Ripple and are looking for a better and easier way to test your mobile widgets, we invite you to take it for a test drive. It is 100% FREE while we are in Beta!

Happy coding… and testing… and debugging!

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!


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