Anideo, the Singapore-based company backed by famously ousted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, will add two new partners on March 1. Arun Thampi and Andy Croll, who run Deep Calm, a web design and iOS app devleoper, wrote on their blog that they would join Andrew “AJ” Solimine as partners at Anideo.
Thampi, who published the post, said Deep Calm’s products, which includes an app that pulls news feeds from British newspaper The Guardian, would become part of Anideo’s portfolio. Thampi also wrote that Anideo was interested in developing a “conversation engine”, but that it was a “preliminary idea” for now.
According to Thampi’s post, Kent Nguyen, a developer who recently graduated from the National University of Singapore, will also do work for Anideo, although it is unclear what title he will take at the company.
Thampi wrote that he and Croll met Solimine for beer at a Duxton Hill pub named The Toucan in November. The meeting ended up lasting six hours and the first seeds of a partnership among the three were planted.
Anideo has been in Singapore for months, but has maintained a low profile. The news that the Thampi and Croll are joining as partners is the most significant information about the company’s activities since it appeared on the scene in Singapore. Until now, Solimine and Saverin, who both live in Singapore, have been the individuals associated with the firm. An email I sent to Solimine about three weeks ago seeking comment, when rumours of the partnership began circulating, remains unanswered.