Nisqo Technologies (Tanzania)- Developer of The Week

Vserv-Nisquo“A kid in Africa with a cell phone has access to more intelligence than the President of United States did 15 years ago” said MIT futurist Ray Kurzweil in a recent article in the Huffington Post. Six out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa and Mobile is playing a big role in driving these economies. Africa is the second biggest mobile market in terms of subscriber base with 50% of internet connections exclusively on mobile and 50% of the region’s population below 20 years of age. So it is not surprising when you see students, fresh out of college, wanting to be pioneers in this mobile revolution.

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It’s often said why work for someone when you can work for yourself, but at times people have trouble taking the plunge. Need some inspiration? Meet Tanzania based Nisile Kaswaga. He initially thought he would work for someone and applied for several jobs, but during this entire process of applying he was convinced he was not getting enough mileage for his time working for someone else. In March 2012, Nokia conducted an 8 week training program for 30 chosen app developers in Tanzania, and Nisile was one of them. His latent passion for mobile app development had come to the fore during this training and he took the entrepreneurial leap founding Nisqo Technologies Co. Ltd. He was constantly driven by the success of students from Ugandan Markerere University who had made millions developing mobile applications and the belief that Mobile was the medium which would break barriers adding significant value to the lives of people around him.

In less than a year Nisile has taken rapid strides and become a leading player in the mobile apps space. His first app ‘Love Guru’ has enjoyed tremendous success globally. We have always been committed to partner with young dynamic talent in the mobile space & are delighted to collaborate with Nisile in his app monetization journey. Nisile adds “Vserv’s unique AppWrapper technology is the best monetization tool out there – because it is very simple, and yet helped increase our revenues multifold, saving us tremendous time in our overall coding efforts. We look forward to a fruitful and long association with Vserv for all future projects.”

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Name Nisqo Technologies
Location Tanzania
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Apps Ovi

Inspired by Steve Jobs, Nisile has ambitious plans for Nisqo. Having already made a mark on the Nokia Ovi store, Nisile plans to start developing mobile apps on other platforms like Symbian, Android, Blackberry and Windows in the coming year. Nisile terms ‘entrepreneurship’ as the best form of employment and his advice to fellow peers is to get started immediately if they have an idea.

We are confident that Nisile will very soon be a force to reckon with in mobile app development making both Tanzania and Africa proud. We wish him lots of success in all his endeavours.

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Jollybox (Czech Republic)- Developer of The Week

Jollybox-VservOld school thinkers believe that one should work their way up in a job, gain experience and then when one is completely seasoned, venture into starting a business. If every company followed this approach, Facebook & Google would not have existed. Times have definitely changed, the trend is to get started as soon as you have an idea, the earlier the better. Back in 2007, Petr Medek, a student based in Czech Republic had the same thought. He was working on an academic project, a dictionary app, and soon realized that it was more than just a student project. While building this app he was consumed by the process of creating something new and decided that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Petr took the entrepreneurial plunge and founded Jollybox in 2007 with a focus on developing software for feature phones on the J2ME platform. Continue reading

Mobile Advertising trends that will rule 2013

 

We were right on the money when we predicted the key mobile advertising trends in 2012. As consumers rapidly adopt mobile, here are the Top 5 trends that our CEO Dippak Khurana feels will drive Mobile Advertising and take centre stage in 2013: Continue reading

Born2Win Technologies (India)- Developer of The Week

Winning is a habit, once you start you just don’t want to stop.

Born2Win was founded in 2008 by Vishwas Dwivedi. His initial exposure to mobile was at Astute Systems, a Mobile VAS company . Having honed his skills at Astute, he decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Born2Win’s goal was to become a successful player in the Mobile VAS domain. Having successfully done that they decided that it was time to expand to the next frontier. The team at Born2Win identified that mobile operators were looking for breakthrough apps to be showcased on their app store! Realizing that this as a great opportunity to diversify their offerings, they plunged into mobile app development. Continue reading

Hola Android Amigos!

We love Developers! That’s why you will always see us encouraging, supporting & empowering developers at just about every meetup, hackathon & conference we can attend globally. One of our favorites to attend is the Droidcon series, which offers a great platform to engage and connect with Android developers around the world. We recently attended the last one for the 2012 calendar year – the very first Droidcon Spain, held in Mucia.

As a special for our Amigos there, we had prepared an awesome AppWrapper demo video in Spanish – check it out: Continue reading

Oral-B banks on Mobile Video

Vserv-Oral BBrand Name:  Oral-B is a brand of oral hygiene products, including toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental floss. The ‘ B ‘ in Oral-B stands for “Brush”. Oral-B was created in 1950 by Dr Robert Huston, a dentist who created the first Oral-B toothbrush with its soft, end-rounded nylon bristles.

Country: Indonesia

Campaign Theme: Oral-B Toothbrush Video Reach Campaign

Target Audience: Females 23 to 40 years of age (mothers)

Campaign Objective: Augment reach of the TV  campaign with a “Click to Video” campaign on mobile Continue reading

Dippak Khurana: Mobile Media Professional Of The Year

2012 is almost over, but we still are going full throttle! Our CEO & Co-Founder, Dippak Khurana, has bagged the Mobby’s award for ‘Mobile Media Professional Of The Year’!

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The shortlist for this prestigious award included business leaders across the mobile ecosystem. The finalists were evaluated on parameters such as key leadership achievements, innovation, quality of management and execution of strategy. Continue reading

Wawa Mobile (Vietnam)- Developer of The Week

When one talks of emerging markets we often focus on the usual suspects in the BRICS nations list. One nation which is not part of this list and is making heads turn is Vietnam. Growing at around 6 % per annum, with a young population and a high disposable income, Vietnam is fast becoming a force to reckon with for businesses across verticals. The hallmark of a growing economy is an equally vibrant and growing startup community and Vietnam is no different.

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Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, Founder, Wawa Mobile

One of the rising stars of the app ecosystem in Vietnam is an amazing startup named Wawa Mobile. Wawa was established in early 2010 and its founders are experts from the biggest ICT companies in Vietnam including the likes of FPT, VTC & Panasonic. They foresaw the trend of people increasingly consuming content on the go and decided to build mobile solutions with the goal of making the user experience more convenient. They have a portfolio of 100+ apps and more than 800,000 users. Vietnam being a highly feature phone driven market, Wawa’s present focus is on app development for feature phones. The young dynamic team of 10 mobile experts at Wawa have a motto of “Serving for Your Digital Life”, and plan to expand their portfolio to over 200 apps by the year end. Continue reading