These days, we have to acknowledge that being a programmer is kind of cool, but the days when coding is the crucial skill-set in developing a good mobile app have long gone. Even for experienced programmers who can work with code, wouldn’t you prefer something easier, like a tool that allows you to build prototypes quickly?

That’s exactly what Zhang Yuanyi, the founder of MockingBot, thinks when he first started the project in 2012. Like many entrepreneurs in early 2010s, Zhang was inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s story and sought to build his own social network service for Chinese users. But he finds it’s darn hard to explain his ideas to friends and there are no products available on the market to facilitate the process.

As a full stack developer, he built MockingBot single-handedly and the product received lots of positive feedbacks after it hit the overseas market in 2012. Zhang explained that he choose to tap overseas market first mostly because the users have better payment habits for software.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.