I practically live by a quote I read once by Mark Caine: “The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Any one of them could change the course of his like overnight.” Granted, I don’t think 14-year old Robert Nay had this in mind at the time, but it goes to show you the potential of ‘makin’ moves’. It’s what being an entrepreneur is all about.
One junior high schooler and his mobile game totally changed the fate of this app development platform.
The circumstances may differ, but for successful startups there’s always a tipping point. Sometimes this happens incrementally, and other times there’s one big rocket-ship-kind-of-event that makes a company take off.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ansca Mobile is one that rapidly erupted and landed in a very sweet spot, thanks to a 14-year-old kid.
It all started with an app
Robert Nay, a junior high schooler from Spanish Fork, Utah, used Ansca’s mobile app development platform, Corona SDK, to make a wildly successful mobile game called Bubble Ball that back in January became the No. 1 free app in Apple’s iTunes store.
It was downloaded more than 10 million times so, naturally, it raised some eyebrows.
Soon Nay was in the national spotlight, with appearances on Good Morning America and ABC News.
This fortuitous milestone pushed Ansca Mobile onto center stage as well. Less than a year later the company says Corona is the world’s number one mobile app development platform used by everyone from teenagers like Nay, who works out of a public library, all the way up to huge brands such as Warner Brothers, Doritos, and Dannon Yogurt. In fact, this year the number of developers using Corona skyrocketed from 15,000 to more than 100,000.