Browser firm expands design in Cambridge

Browser firm expands design in Cambridge
Alex Mayhew-Smith Mobile microbrowser firm STNC has begun the expansion of its design team with the acquisition of Persimmon IT’s software development arm. The deal, which is self-funded, will bring Bury St Edmunds-based STNC nine staff, who are mainly software engineers. “They will work on a range of design projects and are part of our plans to grow in the next year,” said Ran Mokady, STNC’s CEO. “It is the basis of further growth and we expect to double our Cambridge staff in the next 12 months. We are certainly not short of work.” The software team, which had been doing similar work but on the server side, will be located at the firm’s new second office, in Cambridge. According to Mokady, the six-year old firm will be making a “significant” announcement about the use of its Internet browser for smartphones technology soon. STNC’s HitchHiker smartphone platform, enabling e-mail and data access for mobile phones, is likely to be available before the year end, he added. The company’s strategy, based on forming partnerships with its customers, is paying off, said Mokady. “We like to become involved in the very early stages of a product design with our customers. It is a successful strategy, placing us at the centre of the market,” he said. STNC – which had a turnover of ?3m in the last financial year – is also considering a float on the stock exchange next year. The firm’s customers include Ericsson, Psion, Amstrad, Tegic and TTPCom.


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