At the July 21st SFNewTech event, we interviewed Kedar Shah of MotherApp - a unique cross-platform app development engine. MotherApp enables web developers to create native mobile apps on iPhone, Android and Blackberry using HTML instead of the mobile SDKs. You can even create mobile app versions of your blog or website very quickly and easily using the MotherApp engine. Best of all, MotherApp is free to use for individual developers.
The interview with Kedar covered a lot of areas and answered a lot of questions that I thought web developers and app developers would have, so I have broken it up into 3 parts. In this 1st part, Kedar talks about the people that created MotherApp and his role in the company.
Kedar: The original founders of MotherApp - Ken Law and Leo Chan – got together in 2006. They were originally classmates in Hong Kong. One of them had been a Masters student at Stanford and worked in Google – then left before the IPO and he actually quit his PhD program to do this mobile startup with his friend.
These two friends got together. They created a small team and they built some applications in mobile in 2006, 2007, learned about the market adoption and then created this new product in 2008, which is the MotherApp engine, from which they do these mobile development projects.
The company is profitable based on this consulting business for mobile development and outsourcing. They recently entered the US market in the beginning of 2010 and created a stable, cash flow positive business in the US with custom development and partnerships.
They also have an office in Japan as well, in addition to Hong Kong and the US.
Kedar: My role is the evangelist and I do sales and consulting to MotherApp - bringing projects and brokering partnerships between MotherApp and clients in all different industries, like media and PR, retail — even medicine and medical applications.
I also actively evangelize at events like SF New Tech and spread the word about MotherApp.