Today we start Xamarin, our
new company focused on Mono-based products.
These are some of the things that we will be doing at
- Build a new commercial .NET offering for iOS
- Build a new commercial .NET offering for Android
- Continue to contribute, maintain and develop the
open source Mono and Moonlight components.
- Explore the Moonlight opportunities in the mobile
space and the Mac appstore.
We believe strongly
the presentation layer from
the business logic in your application and supporting both
your backend needs with C# on the server, the client or mobile
devices and giving you the tools to use .NET languages in
every desktop and mobile client.
Development started early this morning, we will first
deliver the iPhone stack, followed by the Android stack, and
then the Moonlight ports to both platforms.
The new versions of .NET for the iPhone and Android will be
source compatible with MonoTouch and Mono for Android. Like
those versions, they will be commercial products, built on top
of the open core Mono.
In addition, we are going to provide support and custom
development of Mono. A company that provides International
Mono Support, if you will.
As usual, your feedback will help us determine which
platforms and features are important to you. Help us by
survey. If you give us your email address, we will also
add you to our preview/beta list for our upcoming products.
Fighting for Your Right to Party
We have been trying to spin Mono off from Novell for more
than a year now. Everyone agreed that Mono would have a
brighter future as an independent company, so a plan was
prepared last year.
To make a long story short, the plan to spin off was not
executed. Instead on Monday May 2nd, the Canadian and
American teams were laid off; Europe, Brazil and Japan
followed a few days later. These layoffs included all the
MonoTouch and MonoDroid engineers and other key Mono
developers. Although Attachmate allowed us to go home that
day, we opted to provide technical support to our users until
our last day at Novell, which was Friday last week.
We were clearly bummed out by this development, and had no
desire to quit, especially with all the great progress in this
last year. So, with a heavy dose of motivation from my
music teacher, we hatched a plan.
Now, two weeks later, we have a plan in place, which
includes both angel funding for keeping the team together, as
well as a couple of engineering contracts that will help us
stay together as a team while we ship our revenue generating
Update: although there was a plan to get Angel
funding, it turns out that we self-funded the whole thing in
Our plan is to maximize the pleasure that developers derive
from using Mono and .NET languages on their favorite
We do have some funding to get started and ship our initial
products. But we are looking to raise more capital to address
the shortcomings that we could not afford to do before, these
- Tutorials for our various developer stacks
- API documentation for the various Mono-specific APIs
- Dedicated Customer Support Software (assistly or
- Upgrade our Bug system
- Consulting and Support
- and Marketing: we have a best of breed developer
platform, and we need the world to know. Our previous
marketing budget is what the ancient Olmec culture
Stay tuned for more, meanwhile, hope to see you in July at the
Monospace conference in Boston!