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"Our objective for our mobile program is to be ubiquitous for our customers," says Laginestra. "We want to be with them in the kitchen, in the grocery store and in restaurants. ... Mobiquity has helped us a lot with checking out different versions of our apps before they go up on app markets."

Mobiquity lists work it has done for clients running on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Web platforms.

MoboTap

Founded: 2010 CEO: Yongzhi Yang, previously with Microsoft Headquarters: Pasadena, Calif.Funding: $10 million in Series A funding, led by Sequoia Capital, with Matrix Partners participating

Once you use MoboTap's Dolphin browser for Android and the iPhone, you likely won't go back to the default browser.

Dolphin is making a name for itself as one of the top free browsers that's been designed exclusively for mobile devices. How is Dolphin better than Android's default browser, you ask? Let us count the ways.

First, it comes up with a great way of implementing tabs, which don't even exist within the Android browser. The tabs on Dolphin only appear at the top of the Web page you're looking at, but you can still access them if you've scrolled down the page by hitting the left-hand side "options" button on your Android device. You can also easily view your recent history, bookmarks and quick search on the browser simply by making a left-to-right swipe on the screen. A right-to-left swipe on the device, meanwhile, gives you quick access to assorted browser add-ons.

And this is where Dolphin gets really cool, because the add-ons let you transform your mobile browsing experience into something as in-depth as that provided by Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. Among other things, you can get free add-ons to convert websites to PDF files, to translate whole Web pages, to sync your passwords across all your browsers, to do a quick search on Wikipedia on a given topic, and even to kill all other applications running at a given time to speed up your browsing experience.

Edith Yeung, MoboTap's head of marketing, says that the browser currently has around 10 million users just under two years after its launch in March 2010. But she says the company isn't sitting still (it rolled out iPad support in September 2011) and is constantly looking for ways to expand its user base.

"It's great that we have 10 million installs, but we can't wait until we get 20 million installs and then 30 million," she says.

The Version 7.3 beta of Dolphin rolled out as 2011 was ending.

OpDemand

Founded: 2011 CEO: Joshua Schnell, has an economics background and was an associate in the investment banking division at Nomura Securities Headquarters: Boulder, Colo. Funding: $1 million from private investors announced in November 2011

 

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