Arunoda Susiripala is a great geek. Here is on the MTV Sports morning show, which I happened to host. I am not great at TV but I think this is still an interesting interview. If you’re a developer or user or in the online scene, you must know Arunoda. He’s developed Yalu, which is the most popular (SMS) app on AppZone, and he’s made money doing it. Then, like any good entrepreneur, rather than leaving a ladder behind him he left an elevator. His online service kodeincloud lets anyone create similar apps through a drag-and-drop interface. It’s now responsible for around 60% of the new apps on AppZone.
I really admire what Arunoda’s done, mainly cause he showed what’s possible and made it more possible for other people to follow. I’ve heard about him for a while, met him at Hackathon, struggled with his name for ever (I kept thinking Anurodha for some reason) and occasionally call him for references and advice. Being a geek is one thing, but making money and being a geek is the holy grail. Arunoda’s doing that, so respect.
The interview covers what Yalu is, what kodeincloud is, some of his open-source work, and the scene in general. See if you can spot where we run out of questions, because it happens. I didn’t invite him btw, I just showed up, they’ve been booking some good guests.