imo.im uses incentivized internship program to strengthen development team

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Mobile messenger app, imo.im, has shared some interesting facts about its internship program, after news of Google’s lucrative program rose earlier this month. Rather than giving its interns remedial work, the company uses its program as a three month job interview, allowing them to build tools and software that is directly beneficial to the company.

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Supercell catches Playfish co-founder Kristian Segerstrale as new board member

Supercell logoSupercell, the startup darling of the mobile gaming industry, today announced the addition of Kristian Segerstrale to its board of directors. Segrestrale is known for co-founding Playfish and Macrospace (which changed to Glu Mobile after merging with Sorrent).

Segerstrale, a limited partner at venture capital firm Initial Capital, has been associated with Supercell from the start. Initial Capital led the Finnish studio’s first round of funding in 2010. Electronics Arts acquired Playfish in 2009 for more than $300 million, and Segrestrale joined EA as executive vice president of digital until he departed in February. (more…)

New hires in mobile apps: Tapjoy, Z2Live and more

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Due to recent changes in the way Linkedin displays hiring information we have have changed the format of our weekly new hires posts. Companies who want their new hires included in the post must contact us directly at mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com.

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down this week with seven new hires overall between three companies. Z2Live reported the most activity with three new hires. The highest profile hire of the week was Jeff Drobick who joined Tapjoy as its Chief Product Officer. Drobick was President and CEO of Geeknet Media and eBay Vice President of Information Management & Delivery.

If your mobile game or social app company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please get in touch with us. Email us at: mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com, and we’ll get your news into an upcoming post.

If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

DeNA

  • David Collins, Software Test Engineering Lead – Collins previously worked as the Director of Quality Engineering at Kixeye.
  • Kat Townsend, Brand Manager – Townsend worked in Brand Marketing at Ubisoft.
  • Hemali Majithia, Data Scientist – Majithia formerly worked as Sr. Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters.

Tapjoy

  • Jeff Drobick, Chief Product Officer — Drobick was President and CEO of Geeknet Media and eBay Vice President of Information Management & Delivery.

Z2Live

  • Glen Pryer, Vice President of Operations – Pryer used to work at 38 Studios and Blizzard.
  • Adam Flanders, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing — Flanders was SVP of Sales and Marketing at Glu Mobile.
  • Shanis Windland, Senior Director of Finance – Windland used to work at Big Fish Games.

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New hires in mobile games: Wooga, NaturalMotion and more

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Due to changes in the way Linkedin displays hiring information we have have changed the format of our weekly new hires posts. Companies who want their new hires included in the post must contact us directly at mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com.

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was up this week with 21 new hires overall between four companies. NaturalMotion reported the most activity with 12 new hires. The highest profile hire of the week was John Doerr who joined Flipboard as an adviser.

If your mobile game or social app company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please get in touch with us. Email us at: mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com, and we’ll get your news into an upcoming post.

If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

DeNA

  • Mark Poeppelmeier, Game Analyst – Poeppelmeier was previously a Trader and Quantitative Analyst at Superfund.

Flipboard

  • John Doerr, Adviser – Doerr is also a venture capitalist and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner.

NaturalMotion

  • Virginia Balfour, Product Lead – Balfour was previously the Managing Producer at Club Penguin.
  • Pete Hitchin, QA Tester – Hitchin was formerly Test Lead at Epicentre.
  • Malachy O’Neill, Applications Test Manager — O’Neill joins NaturalMotion from Microsoft Games Studio.
  • Seema Vyas, Finance Assistant – Vyas joins NaturalMotion from Oxfam.
  • Peter Ford, Artist — Ford comes to NaturalMotion from 3D Outsource.
  • David Rolfe, Artist – Rolfe was previously at KNIFEDGE.
  • Tashan Bhalla, QA Tester – Bhalla is new to the industry.
  • Andrew Lightwing, QA Tester – Lightwing is also new to the indnustry.
  • Daniel Barnes, Head of User Acquisition and Monitization – Barnes formerly worked at Machine Zone.
  • Lawrence Alexander, UI Artist – Alexander was previously Lead Designer at Chromativity.
  • Nadim DeGouveia-Akhtar, UI Artist – DeGouveia-Akhtar used to work at Ideaworks.
  • Tracy Newton-Blows, head of HR — Newton-Blows was HR Operations Director at bwin.party Digital Entertainment.

Wooga

  • Daniel Friedman, Game Artist – Friedman worked as a 3D animator at Plarium LTD.
  • Viitor Gomes Rodrigues, Engineer – Rodrigues was Senior Game Developer at Glu Mobile.
  • Florian Odronitz, Engineer – Odronitz co-founded twofloats.
  • Simon Rácz, Engineer – Rácz previously was Android Core Team Lead at UStream.
  • Anke Schumacher, Controller – Schumacher was Mitarbeiterin Controlling at Air Berlin.
  • Timo Voß, Financial Accountant – Voß was formerly Mitarbeiter Kreditorenbuchhaltung at Deutsche Telekom Accounting GmbH.
  • Nadia Zryanina, Engineer — Zryanina used to be a Java Developer at Home24.

New hires in mobile: DeNA, Plumbee and Game Insight

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Due to recent changes in the way Linkedin displays hiring information we have have changed the format of our weekly new hires posts. Companies who want their new hires included in the post must contact us directly at mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com.

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down this week with only three new hires overall between three companies. If your mobile game or social app company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please get in touch with us. Email us at: mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com, and we’ll get your news into an upcoming post.

If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

DeNA

  • Alex Wenten, Desktop Support Administrator – Wenten previously worked as a Genius at Apple Retail.

Plumbee

  • Jingkei Ly joined, Java Server Engineer — Ly used to work at EA and Detica (BAE).

Game Insight

  • Jason Santillano, Events Manager — Santillano formerly worked at GREE.

Mobile apps news roundup

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StackMob announces Enterprise Marketplace – Mobile backend-as-a-service platform StackMob announced the launch if its new Enterprise Marketplace. It will offer modules and APIs From companies like AT&T, Rackspace and Box for enterprise-level companies looking to develop mobile apps.

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NARR8 launches on Android – NARR8 announced the launch of its interactive reading app for Android. You can read our full review of the iOS version of the app here.

DeNA

DeNA launches Flutter — Japanese mobile game publisher DeNA and developer Runaway announced the launch of a new iOS game, Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary. In the game players take care of a rainforest and raise and collect butterflies. You can download the game here.

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Execution Labs announces indie cross-promotion program “Lab Partners” – Mobile game incubator Execution Labs announces its new Lab Partners program. The program will allow mobile indie game developers to connect with similar developers and establish cross-promotional deals. Developers who take advantage of the program can then utilize Chatboost’s Direct Deals feature to acquire users. developers who are interested can get started here.

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PlayHaven Hires former Rovio SVP of Marketing – As we’ve reported in our weekly roundup of hires in the mobile apps sector, lifetime value maximization platform for mobile games PlayHaven announced that it has hired Ville Heijari as its General Manager of Europe. Heijari will focus of expanding PlayHaven’s presence internationally and serving.

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Ludei launches iBasket on seven app stores from a single codebase — HTML5 gaming technology company Ludei announced that it has launched iBasket on seven major app stores from a single codebase. Ludei claims that the game’s performance and features equal those of native apps. iBasket was published on the Apple, Google Play, Amazon, NOOK, Facebook, Firefox and Chrome app stores and will also come to the Windows Store, Intel AppUp and Pokki later this month.

HTC

HTC reveals One – Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC revealed its new flagship phone, One.  The smartphone features a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and a 2.1 megapixel camera. The One will run Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. You can watch an introductory video for One here.

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Intel Capital, Greycroft Partners invest in Fortumo — Mobile payments company Fortumo announced that Intel Capital and Greycroft partners have invested in the company. The company did not disclose the amount of the investment. The funding will be used to “strengthen Fortumo’s position as the go-to provider for mobile payments in emerging markets.”

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Glu launches Gun Bros 2 – Mobile game developer and publisher Glu Mobile announced the launch of Gun Bros 2, available now for iOS. The sequel the the wildly popular shooter will feature the same top-down style gameplay with new environments, boss fights, weapons and more. You can download the game for free, here.

New hires in mobile apps: PlayHaven, Wooga and more

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Due to recent changes in the way Linkedin displays hiring information we have have changed the format of our weekly new hires posts. Companies who want their new hires included in the post must contact us directly at mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com.

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was up slightly this week with only nine new hires overall between three companies. Wooga reported the most activity with five new hires. the highest profile hire of the week was Ville Heijari who joined PlayHaven as General Manager of Europe. Heijari was formerly SVP of Marketing at Rovio.

If your mobile game or social app company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please get in touch with us. Email us at: mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com, and we’ll get your news into an upcoming post.

If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

PlayHaven

  • Ville Heijari, General Manager of Europe – Heijari was Rovio Entertainment’s SVP of Marketing.

gloops

  • Fatima Alves, Office Manager – Alves was formerly Project Manager/Office Manager at ABC Contractors Inc.
  • Jesse Helton, Senior Engineer — Helton was previously Senior Engineer at Backbone Entertainment.
  • Benjamin Taylor, Game Engineer – Taylor worked as a Game Play Programmer at EA Maxis.

Wooga

  • Thomas James Hollnack, Graphic Designer – Hollnack was a Junior Art Director at Argonauten G2.
  • Stephan Krohn, Engineer – Krohn worked as a Senior Developer at Kunststoff.
  • Arnold Flöck, Mobile Game Artist – Flöck was employed at GameDuell as an Interface Designer.
  • Maija Marincenko, Game Analyst – Marincenko was a Business Intelligence Analyst at airBaltic Corporation.
  • Melanie Klein, Engineer – Klein was a Systems Developer at Projectplace International AB.

New hires in mobile apps: Tapjoy, Flipboard and more

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Due to recent changes in the way Linkedin displays hiring information we have have changed the format of our weekly new hires posts. Companies who want their new hires included in the post must contact us directly at mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com.

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down this week with only five new hires overall between five companies.

There were a number of high profile hires to report this week. Warren C. Jenson was elected Director by Tapjoy’s board of directors. Jenson is currently CFO and Executive Vice President at Acxiom Corporation. Jenson was also CFO of Electronic Arts, Amazon.com and NBC in the past. CocoaChina also announced a new VP Engineering, expanding the company’s presence in the U.S. Finally, Eric Feng, previously of Hulu and Airtime, joined Flipboard as its CTO.

If your mobile game or social app company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please get in touch with us. Email us at: mail (at) insidemobileapps (dot) com, and we’ll get your news into an upcoming post.

If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

DeNA

  • Scott Baumann, Marketing Creative Director – Scott was previously a creative leader at Sony PlayStation.

CocoaChina

  • Kai Zhao, VP Engineering — Zhao is a 15-year tech veteran from AOL, Netscape and Motorola.

Plumbee

  • Samer Ragheb, Marketing Director – Ragheb joins Plumbee from Facebook where he was a main driver of the EMEA platform partnerships gaming team.

Tapjoy

  • Warren C. Jenson, Director — Jenson is currently CFO and Executive Vice President at Acxiom Corporation. Jenson was also CFO of Electronic Arts, Amazon.com and NBC in the past.

Flipboard

  • Eric Feng, CTO — Feng previously worked at companies such as Hulu, Airtime and Erly.

CocoaChina hires Kai Zhao as its U.S. VP of Engineering, plans to launch social gaming platform in 2013

Chinese mobile game company CocoaChina today announced it hired of Kai Zhao as vice president of engineering as well as revealing some of the company’s plans in 2013.CocoaChina logo

Zhao is tasked with leading the technical direction for infrastructure supporting mobile games published in the U.S. Before joining CocoaChina, he was most recently the co-founder and chief technology officer for photo sharing startup Keepsy. He also co-founded Chinese translation website Yeeyan and worked for more than 15 years with major tech companies including AOL, Netscape and Motorola.

In 2013, CocoaChina has big plans for the U.S. and for the rest of the world. The company’s most important plan for this year will be the launch of its own social game platform around Q2 2013, which will be similar to GREE’s platform, DeNA’s Mobage platform as well as communication platforms with gaming platform elements like KakaoTalk and Line. It’s other plans include publishing third-party games in the U.S. from top Chinese developers, as well as its own titles, and launch a beta version of its development toolset for cocos2d-x, an open-source, cross-platform 2D game engine, by the end of Q2 2013.

Zhao’s experience building and maintaing large scale infrastructures for AOL products such as AOL web mail and AOL photo will translate to doing the same for CocoaChina’s upcoming social gaming platform, says Lei Zhang, CocoaChina’s U.S. general manager.

“We are looking to build an infrastructure that supports that scale, so Kai’s experience both hands-on and management experience in that scale, for the U.S., is tremendously valuable,” he says.

In late November 2012, we reported that CocoaChina’s FIshing Joy 2 was raking in $1.6 million in gross revenue a month on Android in China, with a conversion rate of more than 30 percent and saw average revenue per daily active user (ARPDAU) of $0.40. Fishing Joy 2′s gross revenue figure has since increased, according to Zhang, by more than doubling to $4 million in gross revenue as of February 2013. Zhang notes that seasonality from the Chinese New Year may have attributed to the recent increase in monthly gross revenue.

CocoaChina as a company, which was founded in 2008, started as a developer community for iOS developers, sort of like a Facebook or MySpace but for mobile developers only. The company also develops and publishes first-party and third-party mobile games mainly in Greater China as well as for the rest of the world. CocoaChina has partnerships with companies such as Disney Mobile, U.S. mobile developer Z2Live, South Korean gaming giant Nexon, and more, where CocoaChina publishes its partners’ games in the Chinese market. Lastly, the company is the sole financial backer of cocos2d-x.

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