dotMobi Buys Mowser From Guy Who Doesn’t Believe in Mobile Web
Friday, May 9th, 2008
Registry for .mobi buys big-screen-to-mobile technology.
.mobi registry dotMobi has purchased the intellectual property of Mowser, a defunct startup. Mowser essentially converts regular web pages into mobile friendly web pages.
James Pearce, dotMobi Vice President of Technology, said, “When Mowser’s founders decided to make the assets available, dotMobi was first in line to acquire them. The work Russell and Mike put into making Mowser a ‘best of breed’ product is well-known throughout the industry. Being able to add that technology into dotMobi’s product line is exciting because it will exponentially stimulate mobile content growth.”
If only Mowser’s founder was so gung ho about the mobile web. When shutting down the company, he wrote:
I don’t actually believe in the “Mobile Web” anymore, and therefore am less inclined to spend time and effort in a market I think is limited at best, and dying at worst. I’m talking specifically about sites that are geared 100% towards mobile phones and have little to no PC web presence. Two years ago I was convinced that the mobile web would continue to evolve in the West to mimic what was happening in countries like Japan and Korea, but it hasn’t happened, and now I’m sure it isn’t going to.