This is my last posting as owner of Kwiksher. It is also the most difficult post I have ever written.
As you have heard in this week announcement, Kwiksher has been acquired by Naoya Yamamoto, a developer and long time Kwik user from Japan. However, I could not leave the company I created and spent the best days of my career in the past 3 years or so, without sharing a few words with you, who became, more than customers, good friends.
When I created Kwik, I set a mission to change the way people create and experience stories in digital media. Hundreds of non-technical people were able to share their stories, creating storybooks and games, without needing to learn code. I am really proud of that, specially considering I do not have any formal “professional coding” certification. Kwik (and the other products) is a work of sweat, love and good intentions. Fact is, what you have created is much more important than the plugin itself. Take a look at the Showcase and you will agree with that!
Although I have achieved, yet partly, my goal of changing the way content is created, I discovered that, alone, I would not be able to deliver the second part of my mission, neither cross the chasm of making Kwik the “de-facto” tool for app creation without code.
Due some changes in our family dynamics and a very good offer from Rackspace, I decided, after long days of thoughts, it was time to let Kwiksher to discover different opportunities and, hopefully, a brighter future. Sharing the news with a few people, who in the past showed their intentions of invest into Kwiksher, my good friend Yamamoto san stepped up and decided to acquire the company and its products, moving the entire operation to Japan.
As a proud “father” who wants to see his children to succeed in life, I wish Kwiksher and Yamamoto all the success they deserve. Being an user myself, I will still be around in the forums, and I am already counting days to download Kwik’s new version!
If you want to keep in touch, feel free to check my Linkedin profile (the email firstname.lastname@example.org will not work anymore).