It’s good to hear about CEE startups making it on the global scene. With offices in Bucharest, New York City and Chile and a positive cash flow, Romanian startup Appscend have been doing rather well since their establishment in early 2011. Yesterday Appscend launched its PHP framework for cloud based mobile apps – a first on the mobile app market. Thanks to Appscend, developers can now use the popular PHP to write native apps for Android or iPhone (see Appscend’s blog for more detailed information).
Founded by three friends, Sebastian Vaduva, Andrei Marinescu and Gabriel Dobocan, Appscend is the trio’s second entrepreneurial venture – with a remarkable evolution. Within two years, the bootstrapped startup has become a profitable company numbering 2.500 Referrals, Resellers and White Label partners and more than 250 applications listed in Apple iTunes and Google Play.
Appscend’s CEO Sebastian VaduvaAsked about the challenges of starting their business in Romania, CEO Vaduva regards it as an advantage: ”In Romania, we found extremely talented and creative people to assist us with our goals for Appscend. Another plus for the first few months is that we have managed to test and refine the Appscend business concept, making sure that it answers the needs of a local and international market.”
At the same time, he recognises drawbacks “not just for Romania, but for Eastern Europe in general. There is still a rather poor understanding of the mobile ecosystem and necessary tools to build a performative mobile app. Moreover, some companies are still susceptible to a business niche for which they still might have a limited understanding.” With their US- and Latin American presence, Appscend seem to have found a solution to this problem and hope to grow their business and customer base even more this year.