Mono founder Miguel de Icaza Launches Xamarin

Barely a fortnight after being laid off by Novell post the Attachment acquisition, Mono founder Miguel de Icaza and his team of Mono engineers are back on their feet with a new startup, Xamarin. Announcing in his blog post today, Miguel mentions that his new startup, named Xamarin will  focus on Mono-based products.

He mentions that development has already started, and Xamarin is looking at delivering the iPhone stack first, followed by Android and Moonlight ports will follow. The new .net for iPhone and Android will be source compatible with MonoTouch and MonoDroid.

Talking about the situation at hand, Miguel writes,

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.


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 products.

Our plan is to maximize the pleasure that developers derive from using Mono and .NET languages on their favorite platforms.

We do have some funding to get started and ship our initial products. But we are looking to raise more capital […]

Here’s wishing Miguel de Icaza & his team the very best!




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