31 Dec

Bye bye 2012…

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It is the end of 2012 — I wish all of you a very super happy new year, a 2013 full of great health and prosperity.

Bye bye 2012…

2012 will be remembered as a very interesting and challenging year. But in restrospect, it was a good year — it could have been much better and much worst.

Below is my yearly recap (for 2012, mainly for documentation for myself, as I look back through out the years):

* After 4 years, left Motive (ALU) and re-entered the startup world. At Motive I helped bring to market a comprehensive customer care, and device management products and solutions for global telco operators. I am grateful for the time there, the great people that I met and work with, and what I learned, which was a lot with respect to the intersection of Products-Business-Dev-Go-to-Market and the world of Telco;

* The first part of 2012 was a bit tough, but survived it (welcome to the startup world!). What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. While not for everyone, there is no other environment that keeps you on the edge, regardless of age, as working-on and/or running a (high-tech) startup business;

* Spent a number of months working on mobile apps where I helped deliver the Starbucks app for Android and the VolunteerSpot app for iPad, and other — I met and worked with great folks and customers, including my friends and partners at Appficient – thank you all;

* I spent time teaching (to around 12 students) Android Programming at the Austin Community College using as source the Android in Action 3rd edition book that I co-authored in 2011;

* With Steve Guengerich and the Austin community, continued the effort of updating the Austin Mobile Scene mind map;

* Wrote a couple of popular tech articles including Parse cloud-based services for Android apps and Introduction to jQuery Mobile;

* Created the content on Mobile Development for Socratic Art‘s XTOL (Experiential Teaching On Line) — on line masters degree programs that will be offered by well known universities.

* Co-founded with other Austinites the Austin Awesome Foundation. This is an awesome group of people with an awesome purpose. During 2012 we gave grants to 9 awesome people or group of people from educators, to engineers and artists who are all making a difference in Austin;

* It was a good year for Mobile Monday Austin. This is an all volunteer-run organization. Today we have close to 500 registered members. Many thanks to Carlo Longino and the rest of the organizers and members-participants, and many thanks to our Sponsors! We had a great App Showcase at the Texas Wireless Summit, great socials and events. As part of our evolution, in 2012 we founded the Austin Mobile Community LLC, a legal entity to help grow, protect its Directors, and run MoMo Austin and Android Dev Austin and other. The goal remains the same: bringing together mobile practitioners, academia and aficionados and help promote mobility and related research and businesses in Austin;

* Had a couple of speaking engagements including Google I/O Extended, InnoTech, SXSW Interactive, other;

* Ended the year by joining Shango. Around 4-months ago I joined Shango and its management team. I am having a blast at Shango, helping take the Austin startup to next level; I’m very excited about the opportunity, the potential and the people I work with. At Shango, with its cloud services brokerage platform, we are changing how communication service providers buy, sell and manage IP services;

* And last but not least, the world didn’t end on my birthday Dec 21 2012, as the Mayan calendar end-of-days lunatics, I mean, interpreters, predicted.

None of the above wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my lovely wife, family and friends — thank you, I owe you all, I love you all.

Hello 2013!!!

To all, best wishes — have a wonderful 2013.

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22 Oct

Startup Showcase at Texas Wireless Summit 2012

This Friday October 26, 2012 is the Texas Wireless Summit. And as part of the event we are having the annual Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase.

(Also, don’t forget that on Oct 22 we are having our regular Mobile Monday Austin event at Capital Factory — topic: Mobile & Cloud.)

This year we are having a strong presence of Startups — 13 total showcasing their mobile apps and solutions; awesome:

1* Baytan Labshttp://baytanlabs.com
2* CanWeNetworkhttp://www.canwenetwork.com
3* Divert-Xhttp://divert-x.com
4* DrawMD / Visual Healthhttp://escalation-point.com
5* EMMOCOhttp://emmoco.com
6* News Blasthttp://sxtyscnds.com
7* Noomhttp://www.noom.me
8* Ringfulhttp://ringful.com
9* Toopherhttp://toopher.com
10* Vivogighttp://vivogig.com
11* VolunteerSpot — http://volunteerspot.com
12* Wheel InnovationZhttp://wheelinnovationz.com
13* Zellohttp://zello.com

Looking back at previous App Showcases at TWS, it is great to see companies that at the time were just starting, and that today are doing quite well, for example 1) MapMyFitness, 2) Game Salad, 3) Tabbedout.

As part of the showcase, judges that include the founder of Tabbedout, the CFO of Phunware, and yours truly, will judge the companies based on
(1) Originality, (2) Impact, (3) Maturity and (4) Business Plan/Model. The judges for this year are:

* Maria Ocampo — Head of Publisher Services at Collider Media
* Rick Orr — Founder Tabbedout
* Alan Kane — CFO Phunware
* Brian Grigsby — General Partner, Corsa Ventures
* D Keith Casey Jr — Evangelist at Twilio
* C. Enrique Ortiz — Head of Products at Shango

For more information about the Texas Wireless Summit and registration, visit TWS web site http://TWSUMMIT.COM.

CEO

28 Jan

Happy 2012 – a new year, new challenges, new team, new phase

New year and new challenges.

I started helping Chaotic Moon Studios, one of the top mobile services companies in Austin today.

After 10+ years in the mobile software space I can say that while the space is still relatively young in many ways (meaning, lots of innovation ahead of us still), it has entered a new phase, as I will explain on other posts.

2012 also brings other activities/challenges for me including: a) first time I will be teaching (Android) programming at the local Austin Community College, b) a potential new upcoming book and series of articles, c) a great year for Mobile Monday Austin & Android Dev Austin, d) the Austin Mobile Scene and the Austin Awesome Foundation, e) the Austin Mobile SIG with Austin Chamber of Commerce and related activities, f) I might be helping with a conference later in the year (I will be contacting some of you for this), g) continue helping/advising local Austin Start-ups and developers, and other cool things/ideas…

2012 is going to be a very hard/busy year, with lots of risks & challenges, one that wouldn’t be possible without the support of my family.

Happy 2012…

ceo