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Ansca Mobile receives USD1m from Merus Capital

Ansca Mobile has received USD1m in backing from Merus Capital, the venture capital fund founded by ex-Google and ex-Microsoft executives.

Ansca Mobile creates products that allow people to create and share applications designed for the Apple iPhone.

It plans to use the funding to expand company operations in both the development and dissemination of its mobile app building products.

"We will bring in more world-class engineers to help us deliver on our vision," says Carlos Icaza, Ansca Mobile co-founder and chief executive. "Our mission is to lower the barrier for developing mobile apps and making it accessible to a much wider range of developers, not just traditional programmers."

"We think it’s a radically inventive approach to building smartphone apps," says Salman Ullah, Merus co-founder. "Right now, you have to be a very knowledgeable engineer to build a compelling app – especially for the iPhone. And, before Ansca came along, the other end of development dealt mostly with web design and rarely crossed paths with mobile app development. Now, even if you’re strictly a Flash designer, you can build great native iPhone apps. We think Ansca’s solutions will become the standard way of writing apps for the iPhone and, eventually, other smartphones."

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