Nat Friedman

Xamarin

In the past year, my wife and I have visited 20 different countries, we sat on the front lines of a conflict with members of the two opposing armies, survived dengue fever, learned to sail, and I got a pilot’s license. We’re lucky people, and it’s been pretty great. What could ever pull me away from this grand adventure?

A brand new adventure.

I’m excited to report that I’m joining Xamarin as co-founder and CEO this week. I’m honored to be joining Miguel, Joseph and an all-star engineering team. And I am very passionate about our mission: to make mobile software development incredibly fast and easy.

In the last year, one thing that I’ve learned is that mobile phones are, for many people, their first direct contact with software. We met people in the most remote areas of the world, living in straw huts without electricity or running water, who have mobile phones. And so anything we do that improves mobile software improves the lives of billions of people. I’m passionate about this, and I’m very excited about the chance we have at Xamarin.

We believe that mobile development is in its first stages and that we can deliver an incredible mobile development experience — far better than what exists today. Our objective is to build great products that people love. We want to pamper our customers.

I’m about to board a plane to Boston this morning where we’ll get things kicked off, before moving to San Francisco later in the year. There’s a lot to be done. I’ll try to keep you posted!

25 May 2011
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  1. Congratulations. All the very best :-) Now I have no doubts that Xamarin will be a PHENOMENAL success.

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  2. Good luck.

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  3. Congratulations Nat. I’m pretty sure that with this all start team you guys are destined for success. Hoping to use your products soon :-)

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  4. Awesome nat! Very happy that you’re back :-)

    Is Xamarin based in Boston? If so whereabouts? And are you moving to San Francisco?

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  5. Awesome! I’d like to echo the sentiments about wishing you the very best!

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  6. Good ?uck.

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    1. As Chialre Sheen says, this article is ?WINNING!?

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  7. Xamarin made an amazing choice for CEO… and I’m sure you will have a great time!

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  8. Congrats and good luck nat! Go on making people happy :)

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  9. Good Luck

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  10. Wish you all the very best! No doubt this will result in huge success as with all your past endeavors!

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  11. Congrats, Nat. I am sure you will do great in your new role! All the best for the future!

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  12. “We met people in the most remote areas of the world, living in straw huts without electricity or running water, who have mobile phones.”

    How do they charge their mobile phones? :p

    Congrats and good luck to all of you on this endeavor. I will keep an eye out on the work you are all doing.

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    1. They rent car batteries that a local entrepreneur charges with a diesel generator. Saw this all over the place.

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  13. How can you join a company as a co-founder? You can only join a company that’s already been founded, otherwise you’re founding it, not joining it…

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    1. The incorporation paperwork hadn’t been finished yet, so I think it counts!

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  14. There has been a void in Boston since you moved to Muenchen. You have to explain – why not the valley?

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  15. Awesome! Looking forward to seeing what the future had in store for Xamarin, Mono, and Mobile development!

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  16. Good luck with this enterprise. Ximian, Xamarin, only logical that you two would lead it together. Again, best of luck.

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  17. Hey: good to hear the both of you combine powers again … I am sure that it’ll be a company with an incredible atmosphere. All the best for the start!

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  18. Best Luck, traveler :) Welcome back to the oil, dust and sweat smelling world of work ;)

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  19. Awesome, very good choice! I really need your products! Please hurry up! ;-)

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  20. Best of luck Nat….

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  21. Let me be the first welcome you in San Francisco.

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  22. All the very best Nat with your new venture ….!!!
    You are right about the comment that Mobiles are the first interaction with software for many millions of people around the world. Hope this new venture will be successful like your previous venture… International Gnome Support alias Helix Code alias Ximian.. :)
    Looking forward to seeing a really powerful open source cross platform tool chain for the mobiles …..
    You Guys Rock …….!! :)

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  23. Congratulations Nat! I am at CP Mexico right now, but I get back to Boston at the end of July and wondered if you, Miguel and I could get together for a beer.

    I also found a stash of Ximian monkeys left over if you need a few.

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