It’s always a good idea to kill your startup in public. Russell Beattie did that last month with Mowser, a service that converts regular Web addresses into mobile-friendly ones, because he said didn’t “believe in the ‘Mobile Web’ anymore.” Luckily for him, some people disagreed with him (and not just Mike).
Mowser’s intellectual property and the site itself was acquired today by dotMobi, the mobile domain-name consortium based in Ireland. The technology will be integrated into dotMobi’s own http://find.mobi/ service, as well as some of its mobile domain creation tools. Needless to say, Russell Beattie is now a happy man.