In some ways, it is the story of the American dream: husband and wife from a small Iowa town embark on a project as a hobby; project slowly builds a following; and, before you know it, the project becomes the most popular entity in its niche, turning a side project into a profitable business.
With respect to the cloud computing technology that underpins the Mosso platform, Porter says he is only generally familiar with it, but definitely is sold on it. In its early days, transparency of the cloud is key, and letting users without master’s degrees in computer science work without having to worry about the inner workings of the platform is a surefire way to attract customers. The only issue Porter has had thus far has been having to make changes to IP addresses in the code in order to keep an application from calling the Mosso VM, but, of course, Mosso always helps him make those changes. “That’s the only problem I’ve ever had with the cloud part of it,” he says. “Otherwise, I’ve never had any issue with it being slow; it has not affected any type of configuration or anything. It all still works the same from my endpoint.”
Just ask Douglas and Brooke Porter, whose Apple iPhone School is among the Web’s most popular destinations for folks looking to get the most from their super-trendy cell phones. Just a guy who had tried to start a few gadget-oriented sites utilizing Google’s AdSense program, Douglas Porter says he never expected iPhone School to take off. In fact, he wasn’t interested in doing much with his new iPhone other than using it as packaged. But some people he knew online were changing some features — “you can call it hacking,” says Porter — so he threw together yet another site, this one mixing blog content with news, videos, demonstrations and the like.