Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Year 2008 has been very interesting from Mobispine side. Somehow we can say we have become a real company with real customers and real revenue as well! Some positive takeways from this year is:
- increased the number of customers, currently +25 mobile operators as customers
- Three companies have been acquired and merged into Mobispine
- No of employees is now around 25 (a year ago we might have been 15..)
- Revenue goes up and shall go up even more for 2009 of course
In my opinion this is great progress from a company such as Mobispine with growth anbitions.
We don't know exactly what is waiting for us in 2009 when people talk about financial crisis, economic downturn etc. The only thing I know personally is that everything is possible. If you want something really bad you will most probably get it. The sky is the limit and with good products and good team you can always reach customers and do deals. It is just a question of number of calls, meetings, proposals etc.. So my guts feeling is that we will do even much better next year if we continue to work as hard as we are doing now (or even harder of course!)
I want to thanks all the fantastic employees we have in Sweden, Romania and Ukraine! We are very delighted that you want to work with us and build this company. We also want to thank all our fantastic customers. Without You we would not be here, we would not even be alive as a company. I also want to say thanks to all our shareholders who believe in us and have had the patience so far.
PS Thanks Andrei for the picture!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
to market demands. We noticed there was a lack of an MMS on iPhone and
spotted an opportunity to test our wits. I'm happy to say that once
again, the Mobispine team came up trumps!
We're currently the only company ready to sell MMS on iPhone to global operators -- who will then offer the service to end-users. The service is integrated into operators environment with MMSC, provisioning and is to be approved by the App store guys of course.
Right now, we're offering the MMS on iPhone service to its many global operators who have the rights to sell iPhones in their markets. We're excited about the chance to enable MMS for iPhone users.
We're confident that operators will find the service easy to use and
profitable with an opportunity to expand messaging usage, improve subscriber retention and hopefully increase revenue. The service will also increase customer loyalty and recognition as the brand is displayed on the user's phone. The application is white-labelled and will be branded for each operator and distributed via the App store.
We're sure that iPhone users are awaiting this service with bated
breath! We look forward to delivering innovative technologies that
differentiate operators and ultimately satisfy iPhone user's demands
for expanded features.
As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In order to summarize what we have done the last months in regards to creating a stronger company I summarize below:
We have done 3 company acquisitions:
- NewsAlloy - very exciting technology for web-based RSS-readers
- General Wireless, leading provider of software/applications for desktop messaging, More than 20 mobile operators use this technology today
- MyScoop, exciting company with services for creating communitys around photos/videos and storage of media
These acquisitions and our product development has created an exciting portfolio of Value Added Services for mobile players such as:
- Desktop messaging product suite - Outlook, standalone desktop clients, Vista gadgets, soon Mac etc...
- Mobile RSS news reader, Iphone, java, wap
- Photo/video communitys for sharing & storing of media from mobile and PC's
I personally love this portfolio of services and we see proof points from our customers that we are on the right track as the feedback gets more and more positive and also more and more orders coming in :). Thanks!
Currently we employ some 25 people in three countries, Most of us are techies dealing with development, testing or some other engineering tasks within the company. Next step for us is to find some top-notch business peple so we better could cover growth areas such as: APAC, Americas. We always look for dedicated Sales people who is able to to do business and make the customers happy.
Thanks to our employees, all our customers and all other hang-arounds for supporting us in this journey. My personal belief is that we have not even reached 10% of the company potential so please keep on working hard!
Friday, October 17, 2008
In the first version we don't support MMS, that will come in version 2.0 but lets take it a step at a time.
Other cool stuff is the gadgets and widgets. We did a small change when we prioritized and instead of Google widgets we focus on Vista and Mac gadgets.
Basically these have the same soure code base and easy to work with. Our client developers are working hard on those and soon they can be taken in use.
I hope you guys allready tested the current clients. If not, go here
Here at Mobispine we get some emails, calls, IM's from users around the world telling us what they think about what we do and what could be done in other ways.
We love the feedback (good or bad) and want you to continue doing so but what’s more important, we want everybody else to hear your voice as well. If you believe that we have solved a problem for you and made your life a bit easier we want to make that publicly available for everyone to see.
With that said, we invite you to log on to www.getsatisfaction.com/mobispine and write something, good or bad, about Mobispine and our products. To start we have this forum open for our RSS-based news reader product but I am sure we will see the other products there soon as well. It doesn’t have to be something long with some in-depth analysis, a few sentences is perfect and in return we will be eternally grateful :)
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Finally our News reader is available on the Apple Appstore. The last couple of weeks we have been developing and working on publishing our app and now you can test it yourselves, here is the iTunes link:
Mobispine News Reader
You can also search for "Mobispine" in the App store.
We really want your feedback on the app, what is missing, what do you want, what could be done? write a comment or send feedback to email@example.com.
Here is a photo of Per Lundberg, the developer of our iPhone app together with Andrew Boddy, CTO of Mobispine, great work guys!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
New orders are coming in and new installations to be completed and new releases to be made.
Internally we are working hard with the roadmap to provide you new clients and new possibilities to send messages. Antoher project we are working on is something we call Amorella (Yes, that name comes from a big ferry). This project has as target to rewrite parts of eSMS solution with newer technologies. Things get old and needs to be taken care of even though they work well, we can't just leave them as they are. It's like rearranging furniture even thought that old couch feels extremly comfortable.
Two big technological desicision has been made in this project and the first one is about what web server we use.
We started to use Glassfish in our installations instead of Tomcat and we are extremly happy about that! Glassfish provides us stability, security, modularity, everything you might want or we want!
Another big desicion is to use the Spring framework when rewriting the code. Spring is like magic! It's easy and extremly powerful and i enjoy every day i get to implement something in it.
These technologies and motivated developers will give us even more stable and stronger product!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Just want to thank everyone inside the company and outside the company who is supporting us in our continuos journey of creating user-friendly mobile Internet & mobile messaging products. Thanks to the feedback we get from you we succeed to create something good most of the times.
We have now been nominated as one of Nordics most promising high-growth companies which is very stimulating of course. Our CEO, Dusyant Patel will go to Copenhaguen in October 20 to present our offering and pitch at the Nordic Venture Forum.
Good job all involved!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday and we are back. As a result of last weeks troubles some of our service icons (logos for your favourites) have gone missing. If you find that your favourites are missing icons please post a comment with the name and url and I will fix it, hope you all had a great weekend.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
At about 13:00 our free Mobile News Reader was available again.
Joacim and Svante identified the disk to be excluded but needed non-the-less to rebuild the database server from reformatting disks to loading the backups and configuring other sundry systems.
We have lost some blog images and news articles may appear old until our data refreshes itself.
During the rebuild we've switched to RAID10 (RAID 1+0) for our database. We were also building an alternate database on a virtual machine which proved much slower. What we do with that has to be decided.
Some people will have seen the new website in the last couple of days but
We'll be running the 'classic' website until we straighten out all the functionality.
We gained experience and I have a list of action points. Silvian has a bunch of ideas on hot-backups that will reduce recovery time in the future. It is a genuine coincidence that we'll use a backup system called Bacula ("It comes by night and sucks the vital essence from your computers") and that Silvian lives in Transalvania.
I think that its not just our colleagues who are hugely grateful to the guys who fixed this, but also our enthusiastic users.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This affects the Mobile News Reader, not the eSMS products
We were a small company and now we are medium sized business. Fortunately we have the redundant hardware in place but regrettably our recovery process has not been established.
In non-technical terms we can say 'growing pains'; we can be very thankful for our recently acquired General Wireless hardware and the guys we recently hired here in Romania.
This embarrassing situation is forcing us to build a replication database, something I'd much rather be doing while the system is on-line. In addition, we are trying to recover the broken server: which of these options is completed first is not known at the moment.
We installed new hardware 3 weeks ago; that infrastructure has proved very valuable.
Dell are asking us to run a lot of diagnostics before starting the warranty process... either way its their hardware that is broken!
Next job for me is to schedule the tasks and people for the weekend :-(
In other Mobispine news... "duplicate SMS sending bug" and "impressions count bug" were fixed yesterday... so the software teams are pleased... but some of us will be working the weekend.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
- Recommendations, meaning users get recommended news and news sources according to previous behavious
- See No of new/unread articles in the bookmark list. This will save time for users who only open the bookmark with content if updated recently
- After reading an article and you go back you should not come to the top of that list, but rather to that specific position in the article list (IPHONE)
- Always have more recommendations to see in Explore/"Category"
- Make it possible to do "feed imports" from Google Reader, Bloglines from Iphone/wap as well
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We are so happy to announce the first customer, one leading European operator who signed a deal with us for buying the new exciting product, Microsoft Vista gadget. The Vista gadget is used for sending SMS's directly from the PC to mobile phones. The product is part of the existing eSMS (executive SMS product suite) that is currently in use with +20 European mobile operators today.
“We are extremely glad to have this Windows Vista product in place and the response so far from operators has been tremendous,” says Dusyant Patel, CEO, Mobispine. “Our philosophy is to work tightly with operators and really develop new features that are requested”
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Vista gadget is first planned to come as extra client with current eSMS clients. In the case of Desktop version of client, you would acctually have three possibilities to send SMS/MMS:
- From the desktop client
- From the internet explorer plugin
- From the vista gadget
Next step is to provide the possibility to have only one vista gadget.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If you are a customer to some of these operators you can send SMS from you computer, and in some cases even MMS.
Currently you can download a standalone client or outlook client, all running in windows.
In the future we plan to implement some new clients for windows and other plattforms.
- Vista gadget
- A Gmail plugin
- Mac and Linux clients.
Dont worry if your operator is not in the list, you will be able to use the web service as well.
Planned release is in October and we are discussing its requirements.
If you where to develop a client using this web service, what functionality would you like to have in it?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The physical move has been done, we're now configuring and rationalizing. Exchange (email server) will be created next week. Next week to move CVS and Mingle and Virgo Test to a virtual machine.
PS Can you see Kent in one of these three photos?
Friday, August 22, 2008
Good news for you guys who already use a web-based RSS-reader on PC. We now support Google Reader which is the most popular RSS-reader around for PC's.
How does it work?
Simply upgrade to latest version of our java software in your phone by checking for upgrade under "options". When you have downloaded latest version you will find the settings for import of bookmarks under "options" and "Mashups". Try it and let us know if you like it. Maybe some changes are needed in the language in the java client. Magnus?
Friday, August 8, 2008
Mobispine expands thanks to the feedback we get from users and partners and we therefore would like to strengthen our team and presence in Eastern Europe with some brilliant business people!
If you know someone who loves mobile technology and have these skills let us know:
- Passion – We love people who love what they do and love their customers.
- Strong drive – We expect you to create opportunities yourself.
- Mobile technology skills - Knowledge of mobile value added services, mobile operator technologies.
Extensive personal networks – We love people with extensive networks into mobile operators in Eastern Europe.
- Speaking 2 or more major languages from the region such as Russian, Turkish, Polish, Romanian etc is always an advantage. Good English is a great start.
More info can be found on this link or send us an e-mail at jobs AT mobispine.com
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I like this photo, full of Mobispine developers, all standing still in one single photo. When not doing photo modelling they deal with different kind of problem soving and software engineering in our office.
The people in this photo are from left to right.. Andrei, Ioan, Dorin, Marko, Alex, Bogdan, Marius, Silvian, Calin. It would be cool to see if any of thee people is a real Ninja in any subject!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We just finalized the acquisition of NewsAlloy, a web-based feed-reader which was one of the pioneers in the early days of RSS some years ago and we are excited about that. Our goal is to offer a more seamless product offering to users so you can access the content also from the web in case you are nearby a computer.
Users no longer have to settle for the difficult-to-use RSS feeds that other vendors offer for PCs and mobile phones. By joining forces with NewsAlloy, we can offer speedy and simple access to RSS feeds on both the PC and mobile phone. We believe all RSS users will find this technology a welcome change from current offerings.
We recommend you users try out the NewsAlloy service and as always all feedback is more than welcome!
All the best,
Dusyant Patel, Mobispine AB
PS If you want to read the full press-release about the acquisition please check this link or this great article from RCR News. Thanks Colin Gibbs!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This friday we released a new version of mobispine which is available for download and upgrade. Existing users simply click Options and SW upgrade in the mobile J2ME client and you will have the chance to download latest version of mobispine.
What is new?
- Some UI improvements (especially on the wap service)
- More content, now more than 300,000 RSS-feeds accessible
- Youtube videos can be watched if they are embedded into blogs and RSS-feeds
- More languages and better languages support
The java client is now available on: English (of course), Spanish, Portugese, Russian, indonesian, Swedish, Romanian and CHINESE as well.
It's gonna be interesting to see what people in China is doing, what they are reading etc.
Let us know if you have any idea of other languages we should cover or if you have ideas of good content, or RSS-feeds
/ Joakim Hilj from Mobispine
Monday, July 7, 2008
As we enter our integration with General Wireless there is a critical need to focus attention on key areas of our core business. For this reason the company has decided to announce a new VP Engineering.
In order to further enhance research and development for the new integrated company, Andrew Boddy will assume responsibility as Vice President, Head of Engineering and Technology. This is vital to make the Mobispine team fully integrated into General Wireless Team. Johan Mårdfelt will be supporting Andrew Boddy in this vital integration process.
Please join us in welcoming Andrew Boddy. We wish him good luck in his new position and look forward to working together in the future.
/ Dusyant Patel, CEO Mobispine
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
You can now watch Youtube videos that are embedded into blogs and different RSS-feeds in Mobispine. This is one example of a fun Youtube video that we embed into our blog.
If you blog yourself, try embed some video in your blog and watch it from the mobile as well.
Have fun and let us know how it works!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
First the best: the top news sources since the launch of thumbs up/down are:
2. SkySports - Premiership
5. CNNMoney - World business news
6. MSNBC - Technology & science
7. The Times.co.za - Sport News
8. The Times.co.za - Breaking News
9. Xbox 360 Fanboy
Swedish entertainment site Tjuvlyssnat made the top spot for other language sources with an amazing 100% of thumbs up.
On the thumbs down side we weren't surprised to find sources that deliver feeds with very little content. Yet we weren't expecting the Perez Hilton blog to have only 72% of thumbs down. What is wrong with Perez Hilton?
At the bottom end of this ranking we find another Swedish news source: Dagens Industri. We can only hope they increase the amount of information in their RSS feed soon to give higher satisfaction to mobile readers.
Keep your thumbs warm and we'll be able to give you more info!
Monday, June 2, 2008
We are very pleased that Apple likes our work and hope that more people now will start experiencing Mobispine.
Head on over to Apple to check out what we are talking about and if you have a iPhone try it yourself, type in: iphone.mobispine.com on your iPhone.
If you don't have a iPhone go to m.mobispine.com in your mobile browser to try out Mobispine.
Description of Mobispine for iPhone:
A news reader for your iPhone. Find, bookmark and read news that matter to you.
- With Mobispine you can Find, Bookmark and Read news that matters to you
- Over 200,000 local and international sources
- Search and explore categories
- Fast iPhone environment & experience
- Collect your favorite news in one place and read more
It is free to use, No account needed, get started right away!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
We are big fans of the iPhone at Mobispine. Although it isn't available in Sweden yet (apple has just signed a deal to bring the iPhone to the Nordic countries) we have one at the office we keep fighting over. The experience is really different and in a country where it isn't released it's great to show of!
For the past weeks our iPhone has been grounded at the office because we have been adapting our WAP page to it. You can now read your favorite news on your iPhone, and doesn't it look great!
The first version will be available later today as will all the new features mentioned in the two previous posts. Expect some improvements to be made so take part in them by sending us your feedback and ideas.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
More to come later this week, stay tuned in!
Monday, May 26, 2008
A big improvement has been made on the search. We have to admit our search results weren't really good... Thanks for your feedback on this, it helped us go through all our bugs and fix them. The search should make it much easier to find the sources of news you are looking for and bookmark them.
Another bug that some users have reported is that they had articles in double (or more) in the categories. This is happens with big news sources like the BBC which has the same articles in different feeds. For example BBC World and BBC UK can both have an article about the terrible events in Burma. Fortunately this will be fixed by Thursday.
That's not all... but I have to get back to work ;-). I'll tell you more later this week.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
We are all very excited about this deal at Mobispine. I can already imagine how we can integrate these services in Mobispine to offer new features but I'd like to know what you would like. Do you have any suggestions?
Monday, April 28, 2008
I need your help :)
This last thursday we released a new version of our WAP site (m.mobispine.com) and now we really need some good feedback on it.
Send me a comment about anything: design, content, usability.. what is good, what is bad, what is missing etc.
Looking forward to reading your comments, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Search is now easier to find! You'll be able to search faster for your latest news.
You can also add manually an URL from your bookmark view.
Other changes have been made, I'll let it up to you to discover them. Don't forget to let us know what you think and want (options -> feedback).
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Still we have a great challenge coming up: translating the application to all these language. This blog is meant to announce to all none English speakers, and particularly Indonesians, Russians and Spanish speakers, that the application will soon be available in a language they speak. But as they don't speak English they won't understand this post...
So for all people who are not native English speakers and understand this post: we are looking for help to translate Mobispine! Send me a mail at email@example.com! Translation goes pretty fast if you are fluent.
From tomorrow the application will be available in Swedish already!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Sorry for stopping feeding you with your news during that time but we hope the new features will make it up to you.
For most changes you won't need to download the application again to see them. If you are of the really curious type and need the latest features first do check it out.
Don't forget to keep sending us feedback and letting us know what you want!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
We have been working on many small features. You will notice your news will be updated more frequently which should make it more interesting. If you really like a feed and would like to get the new articles more frequently bookmark it. Are you already a Facebook user? The status updates of your friends will look better. For those sending us feedback without a message you will also notice it isn't possible anymore as we would rather have you expressing something :).
The main change is you will be able to read news from the Mobispine WAP portal. You can see a preview bellow.
It doesn't have as many features as the application itself but don't hesitate to check it out and send us some comments.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
You can't add feeds from your mobile yet unfortunately. If you can't find one of your favorite news sources go to the Mobispine homepage (here) and paste the link to the feed you want in your mobile in the box on the bottom of the page. If you sign into your account from our homepage you can directly add your feed to your bookmarks. Otherwise use the search function on your mobile.
You probably saw that the buttons that were at the bottom of each article have moved. They haven't disappeared thou! When you open an article an "Actions" button appears at the bottom left of your mobile's screen. Click on it and a menu with all the previous buttons appear.
Thanks a lot for your feedback. Keeping posting it, it keeps us busy!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
These quotes are extracted from the interesting news and media industry report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism (pdf ). Giving you readers these interaction tools is very important but it is also a blurry area especially when we come to mobile news readers. What interaction should we integrate in Mobispine?
The report states 39% of Americans chose friends and neighbors as an important informational source. I find this statistic low!
The news I get from my friends is often great. With guys from Mobispine we share a lot of interesting stuff on mobile phones. With other friends I get different news, youtube movies, etc. They are filtering news from all there is on the internet for me and send me only the best. Then we can discuss the news and exchange. News is a great social enabler so I'd say friends are my top and favorite source of news.
"Lies, damn lies and statistics". All Americans don't use Mobispine (yet!) and you readers come from all over the world. I would like to know how you Mobispine news readers consider the information you get from friends. How do you want to interact with it in your mobile? Let's make this a little less blurry!
We have been struggling with the facebook API. We would like to enable you to get the news from your friends and know what they are doing from your mobile but facebook makes it difficult to get information out of their system.
Still, today we did it! You can get your friends status updates in your Mobispine bookmarks! Uninstall and reinstall the Mobispine application from your facebook account to get this new feature. You can't do this from your mobile... facebook limitations again.
Many of you are not using facebook. We have had comments about integrating with Orkut and are looking into it. What would you like to do with Orkut? If you are reading this on your mobile send us suggestions through the feedback function.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Mobispine is going down too... but just for an hour so we can release our new features. You will be out of news for an hour later today. Once we are back up, download the latest update and tell us what your mobile news looks like.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The rush before the Thursday's release has just started! Here is a taste of what will be improved:
As promised you will get more photos (see previous post).
The information presented to you in the Explore categories should also be improved (longer articles, more photos and videos). We have been testing this a bit this week and it looks much better!
Yet, we can't test it for all countries. If there is anything you like or dislike you will be able to use our new feedback function in the option menu. Anything you send or any comments on this blog I can guarantee we read and take very seriously. With the feedback function we give you the power to change Mobispine!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Per is a developer here at Mobispine. He has 12 SIM cards and 5 mobiles on his desk. Is he an undercover agent responsible for the communication of a Swedish terrorist organisation? The latest media campaign from the UK metropolitan police suggests he could be.
Monday, March 3, 2008
We have just released our new website. You might have noticed the new home page. But for the best changes check out your account pages. You will find your login information on your mobile in Option -> Settings -> My Account. Did you know you can import your bookmarks from other feed readers there as well.
Friday, February 29, 2008
We are working on getting more videos and photos into your news. In 1-2 weeks time you will see photo previews on the left of the screen. Would you like to get more articles with photos? We are planning on rating articles with pictures higher so let us know!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Please contact us if you happen to be around and we would be happy to meet up"
Send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org for announcing your interest and we will get back to you instantly!
Joakim Hilj & Dusyant Patel from Mobispine
Sunday, January 27, 2008
As the World Wide Web evolves, its huge bank of information grows as well. That could potentially confound people, but thanks to technology developing further, the accessibility of content to us as readers or users is becoming more and more easier. Thanks to newer technologies like XML syndication and applications like RSS, ATOM amongst others we can get the information we seek, from the sites we want, at our convenience on our computers as well as our cellphones.
In other words, suppose you are a gizmo freak but you don’t really have time to browse ten different Internet sites a day, all you need to do is subscribe to the XML feeds which can be in the form of RSS or ATOM and have updated content delivered to your computer or cellphone without you having to visit any site. Saves precious time and is very convenient too.
RSS feeds on your cellphone
Your cell can be literally a bank of information on your chosen topic. High end phones like Sony Ericsson K790i, the Sony W Series and some Nokia models already have a built-in RSS reader which lets you decide the content fetch frequency besides other features. For those phones that do not have RSS capability, you could simply download small applications like Mobispine, DeliciousMona or News-lite and turn your tiny phone into an encyclopedia. Happy reading!
Monday, January 21, 2008
Found this guy at our local lunch restaurant at Söder, in Stockholm. He asked to be taken to a new place so I left him at Viking Pizzeria in Karlskoga.
The teddy was from a kindergarten in
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Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Sorry for the delayed greetings. We hope 2008 will be a fantastic year for all of us who care for Mobispine. Our mission is to continue work hard with the following tasks
- Content - Present better and better content available to users worldwide. The goal is to always have local content available for people
- Personalization - we try to implement intelligence in the system that can present interesting content to the users according to user profiles.
- Performance - last month we have got lots of new users downloading the app and our systems have a hard time to keep up with the requirements.
If you have any feedback you'd like to tell us about just e-mail to us: email@example.com
the mobispine team