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Appcelerator’s founders, Jeff Haynie and Nolan Wright, met at Vocalocity. an Atlanta -based VoIP company which Haynie had co-founded. [ 3 ] After Haynie sold Vocalocity in 2006, the pair founded Hakano, a company focused on developing web 2.0 applications. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] By 2007, Hakano had shifted its focus to creating an open-source platform for developing rich Internet applications. and in October changed its name to Appcelerator. [ 6 ] In December, Marc Fleury. the founder of JBoss. joined the company as an advisor. [ 3 ] [ 7 ]

In mid-2008, Appcelerator relocated from Atlanta to Mountain View, California in order to benefit from Silicon Valley ‘s technology-savvy business networks and venture capitalists. which sparked debate in Atlanta about the city’s difficulty nurturing and retaining entrepreneurs. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] In December 2008, Appcelerator released a preview of its RIA platform, Titanium. which drew comment as a possible open-source competitor to Adobe AIR. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] At the same time, it closed a $4.1 million series A round of venture capital funding led by Storm Ventures and Larry Augustin. [ 10 ] [ 12 ]

Appcelerator began to shift its focus to mobile apps during 2009. In June, it released a public beta of Titanium which added support for creating Android and iOS apps to its existing support for web and desktop applications. [ 13 ] Titanium 1.0 was officially released in March 2010. [ 14 ] [ 15 ]

Appcelerator’s co-founder and CEO Jeff Haynie, giving a talk at a February 2013 conference in Valencia. Spain

In April 2010, during the Apple–Flash controversy. Apple banned applications that used any “intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool” from its App Store. raising concerns about the status of iOS apps built with Titanium. [ 16 ] [ 17 ] Apple never applied the policy to Titanium-built apps and five months later reversed it entirely. [ 18 ] In October, Appcelerator raised $9 million in series B funding from investors including Sierra Ventures and eBay. [ 19 ]

Appcelerator grew quickly during 2011. In January, it bought Aptana in order to take advantage of Aptana’s popular Eclipse -based integrated development environment. which it rereleased as Titanium Studio. [ 20 ] [ 21 ] By the time it acquired Particle Code, maker of an HTML5 mobile gaming development platform, in October, it had 100 employees, five times as many as a year before. [ 22 ] By November, it had raised $15 million in a Series C venture round led by Mayfield Fund. Red Hat. and Translink Capital and become the largest third-party app publisher in Apple’s App Store and the Android Market. [ 23 ] [ 24 ] According to Inc.. its revenues during the year totaled $3.4 million, up 374% from 2008. [ 25 ]

By early 2012, Appcelerator had shifted focus from the desktop to mobile and decided to end development of Titanium’s desktop application toolkit. [ 26 ] It spun off the toolkit into an independent project, which adopted the name TideSDK and became an affiliate of Software in the Public Interest. [ 27 ] [ 28 ] In February, Appcelerator purchased Cocoafish, a backend as a service company that provided prebuilt features like push notifications and photo uploads for mobile apps. [ 29 ] [ 30 ] Appcelerator incorporated Cocoafish’s features into Appcelerator Cloud Services, a new product released alongside Titanium 2.0 in April. [ 24 ] [ 31 ]

In November, Appcelerator bought Nodeable, a big data analytics company, seeking to strengthen its mobile application analytics offerings. [ 32 ] [ 33 ]

In early 2013, Business Insider reported that Microsoft was considering buying Appcelerator, [ 34 ] but the rumor was never confirmed. [ 35 ] In May 2013, Appcelerator announced the Appcelerator Platform, launching a foray into the mobile enterprise application platform market. [ 35 ] In July, it raised a further $12.1 million of funding in a round led by EDBI, the venture fund of the Singaporean government’s Economic Development Board. and announced that it would open an Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. [ 36 ] [ 37 ]

In August, Appcelerator acquired Singly, a company that had created a framework for integrating third-party APIs into web and mobile apps, and announced plans to merge the framework into its own products. [ 38 ] According to VentureBeat. the acquisition fit with Appcelerator’s ambition “be the next Oracle. a key component of the mobile ecosystem for every developer.” The company also begin migrating its operations off Amazon Web Services into its own data center, citing cost savings and increased flexibility. [ 2 ]

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