This morning we announced more funding! When I think about how much we did with our original funding 3 years ago, I’m extremely excited about what we’re going to be doing in the upcoming year.
With that in mind, I just wanted to share some quick thoughts about where Corona is headed.
I’m extremely pleased to welcome Roberto Ierusalimschy to the Corona Labs family. As many of you know, Roberto is the principal architect of Lua. It powers all the great Corona apps out there and is the industry-standard for gaming.
I first met Roberto at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC SF) in 2010. For all his contributions, it’s amazing how humble he is. Earlier this year, he was invited as a visiting professor at Stanford University. I remember he mentioned how impressed he was with the research he was seeing at Stanford, almost implying that his own work paled in comparison. That’s the point at which I jokingly reminded him that he and his colleagues are the reason GDC exists — if there’s one way to embarrass Roberto, it’s giving over-the-top praise!
It’s hard to overstate how many lives have been touched by the work of Roberto and his colleagues. Lua is used in a vast range of applications from embedded devices to smartphones to desktop computers. If you think about how many people have played Rovio’s Angry Birds, how many hours have been spent on World of Warcraft, how many photos that have been processed by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the total number is mind boggling — I’d wager more than the number of users on Facebook!
Roberto has certainly made his dent in the universe. As we journey to make our mark, we couldn’t ask for better counsel!