New version of MobileNoter for iPhone released

July 27, 2011

We released a new version of MobileNoter for iPhone just two days ago. This version beats Microsoft’s OneNote for iPhone in almost any comparison, except for one or two. We still have room for improvements, so expect new updates soon. Our MobileNoter teams has over 10 people now, thus new update will REALLY come out soon. Meanwhile, here is a new tutorial video for MobileNoter for iPhone:


Evernote got rich text editing for Android

July 17, 2011

Congratulations to Evernote for adding rich text editing to their Android app. They say that iOS version will get this soon too.

MobileNoter has had rich text editing for how much time? Almost for two years by now!


New MobileNoter SE tutorial video

July 10, 2011


Web Ready 2010 update

July 4, 2011

MobileNoter was a contestant in Web Ready 2010 finals, but didn’t make it to the winners. Let’s take a look at some of the participants who made a noticeable progress in the startup game since the finals:

  • Yam (2nd place in Web Ready 2010) received investment of $500k from Foresight Ventures. YaM (Yet Another Meeting) is a cloud-based solution for effective meeting management. It covers meeting scheduling, agenda management, note-taking, and follow-ups.
  • SaeX (one of the semi-finalists) received investment of $500k from Foresight Ventures too, and then (in a second round) $300k from unnamed Canadian investment company. SaeX is a service that lets people sell and buy other people’s contact information, for example emails and phone numbers of top managers and politicians.
  • copiny (one of the semi-finalists) received angel round from a private investor. Copiny aims at simplifying communications between a company and its customers.
  • No public information is available about 1st place winner Quadra and 3rd place winner Alloka, but given their plans to expand into new geo-markets in 2011, they must be either doing really well or silently getting some investments too.

Zynga the super bubble 2

July 3, 2011

Zynga filed for IPO and totally revealed its bubbleness two days ago. The figures turned out to be even worse than what was anticipated. The average net income in 2010 turned out to be $7.5m instead of $15m, and Facebook started taking its 30% cut only during the 2nd half of 2010. This year started off even worse: $11.8m of net income for Q1 of 2011.

The most grave news however is a lack of growth in the key metrics: all of them (DAU, MAU, and MUU) are essentially the same when comparing Q1 2010 and Q1 2011. While the revenue is higher, it will stagnate without growing user base. Apparently, Zynga realizes this too, that’s why they are in a rush for IPO. The time is not working in their favor.

UPDATE: here is what Zynga says about the 30% cut: “In July 2010, we began migrating to Facebook Credits as the primary payment method for our games played through Facebook, and by April 2011, we had completed this migration.” So, it is safe to assume that Zynga wasn’t leaving 30% of their revenue to Facebook for the most of 2010. That’s why income in 2011 is down by 50%.

Google Android market vs Amazon Appstore for Android

July 2, 2011

Update: as of November 2011, our Android version of the app outsells iOS version of the app.

Since our release of MobileNoter SE into Amazon Appstore two months ago, our sales have been growing steadily, but one thing remains the same: Google Android market outsells Amazon Appstore by 10 times. In other words, an application that brings $10K of monthly sales in Google market will sell for a total of $1K in Amazon market.

The ratio is pretty accurate, because we sell exactly the same application, and we don’t have any marketing or PR targeting specifically any of the markets.

And from the Captain Obvious department: both of these markets, even combined, are still being dwarfed by the Apple AppStore sales.