Mobile IceCube is my adventure into the world of mobile app implementation, publishing, and marketing. In my day job, I've been working on multiple mobile apps for learning computer science topics. By evenings and weekends -- workaholic that I am (though I prefer to think I work because I love what I do) -- I need something else to work on. So, Mobile IceCube will work on apps that I find useful and want to use myself. I know, it's a cliché in the Indie Capitalism today :)
Another side of this is that I start a lot of projects. Hopefully, this site and making the projects public will push me to actually finish and publish the apps I work on. Often, I tend to leave things about 80% complete. Which is enough for me to benefit bur nothing special to show the world. And yes, I wouldn't mind making me some extra income, although that is entirely secondary (at the moment).
My current contract at work ends July 2012. If things don't work out in terms of new funding (which seems likely at the moment), it wouldn't be a personal disaster. I mean, I love what I do now but I've been working at the same place for 10+ years and it wouldn't be a disaster having to move on to other adventures and challenges. And working on my own stuff, while extremely challenging, would be at least an adventure. It would allow me to work from anywhere I want and get me to fulfill my plan of living outside of Finland. Still, that option scares the heck out of me. After publishing one app in the AppStore, I have no illusions on easy money with apps. Yet, I like to dream that one day this might turn into a full-time thing..
The first application I have planned is related to one of my favorite hobbies when spending time on a summer house: fishing. I want to show my friends and family the "huge" fish I've caught, and none of the existing apps let me do that the way I'd like to. But more on that in a later post...
On this site, I'll be mainly posting about my experiences and numbers with publishing iOS applications. Also, since I'm a coder at heart, I'll most probably be writing some technical PhoneGap-related posts. If you're at all interested in that, subscribe to the RSS feed or the email newsletter.