About Us

History

ScientiaMobile is the company behind the popular WURFL (Wireless Universal Resource FiLe) Open-Source project. WURFL is a recognized de-facto standard in the area of DDR (Device Description Repositories).

The WURFL project was started in 2002 with the objective of gathering mobile developers around a common effort of sharing device information and tackling the issues of device fragmentation together.

In 2011, ScientiaMobile was formed to bring WURFL to the next level by establishing relationships with device manufacturers, building better APIs and providing commercial support. To increase the reliability and accuracy of the mobile device data, ScientiaMobile has aligned itself with some of the highest-traffic sites on the web to crowdsource data directly from the consumers.

Currently, WURFL contains 9000+ unique devices and thousands of firmware variations, representing nearly every mobile device on the market worldwide. With its revolutionary device detection heuristics, the ScientiaMobile WURFL API is the most accurate, best maintained mobile device detection system on the market.

WURFL collects information that is relevant to the developer community for its day-to-day implementation of real projects. WURFL has been adopted (either "as is" or customized in ways which are not possible with commercial "black-box" software) by creators of mobile portals around the globe, as well as Internet heavyweights, such as FaceBook, Google and AdMob. Everyone, ranging from Mobile Network Operators to small companies, is enthusiastic with the power and the flexibility of the WURFL project and its supporting APIs.


Team

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Krishna Guda / Co-Founder, CEO

Krishna brings over 18 years of experience in business development, sales, product strategy and service delivery in mobile, telecom and software industries. Most recently he was the Director of Sales and Channels Development at FusionOne (acquired by Synchronoss) responsible for strategic account sales and channel partnerships. As part of a turn around strategy being hired by the CEO, he successfully won a multi-million dollar contract that was later instrumental in FusionOne's acquisition.

Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Business Development & Sales at BridgePort Networks (acquired by Counterpath) where he won the first commercial deal for the company with a reseller and a mobile operator in Europe. Prior to that he was the Services Principal of the Global Services Division at Openwave responsible for sales & delivery of mobile solutions to carriers. In addition, he helped successfully build a systems integration business unit and incubated the idea of a business intelligence platform that resulted in a new business and a solutions practice. Prior to that, he held enterprise architecture and product development roles at Oracle and Unisys.

Krishna earned his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from India.

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Luca Passani / Co-Founder, CTO

Luca Passani is the inventor, creator and maintainer of world-famous WURFL, the Wireless Universal Resource FiLe, and popular tools such as WALL and WNG.

Luca is an Italian software engineer with many years experience in Web and Mobile Internet development. Prior to founding ScientiaMobile, Luca had spent seven years with Openwave Systems and two years with AdMob (now part of Google). In his career, Luca has taken part in projects for Telecoms throughout the US and Europe. Luca is known to the community of developers for creating WURFL in 2001. In addition, Luca has authored articles and co-authored books on Mobile Web Development, an area in which he is a recognized expert.

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Steve Kamerman / Co-Founder, COO

Steve Kamerman is an IT innovator, specializing in Linux systems administration and high-performance web applications and is best known as the author of the popular Tera-WURFL mobile device detection library. In 2007, Steve designed a system of transcoding and delivering rich media to mobile devices, earning him the title of inventor on its patent. He is an expert in several diverse fields including programming, systems administration, network engineering, scalable web architecture and database administration. In addition, having been a part of the mobile web industry for 10 years, Steve is an integral member of ScientiaMobile core team.