— Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How old are you? What did you do before the Cent Browser?
— We are from Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, around 33 years old. I did software programming (C++ and Java) in a local internet company.
— How did you decide to make your browser? What prompted you?
— My default browser was Firefox before. It gets bloated and frequently stuck in those years, so it inspired me to make a browser stable/fast as Chrome and feature rich as Firefox, this is Cent Browser.
— Cent Browser differs from other Chromium-browsers in a wide range of functions and settings. Is this the main advantage of your browser?
— Maybe, but our initial goal was keeping high quality while catching up with Chromium update. We wrote the code carefully for this goal.
— Cent Browser v18.104.22.168 was released on February 12, 2015. How long had you been working on it?
— Six months.
— Did you initially work on the browser alone?
— The site says that Cent Studio is a small team. How many people are there?
— We have three members.
— How did you assemble your team? Were they your friends, former colleagues, classmates or did you just hire necessary people?
— No, they are my sister and brother.
— Do you have a headquarters or your employees work remotely?
— No, we work at home.
— Is Cent Browser the only project your work on?
— Yes for now.
— Obviously, you invest a lot of time and effort in Cent Browser. Aren’t you afraid of that at one point you may run out of resources, including finance?
— Of course I am afraid. But giving up is also not a good choice.
— Tell us how creators of browsers can monetize their product. What is the main revenue from a browser?
— Mainly from search engine promotion, the same as Firefox.
— Is Cent Browser a profitable project? Does it bring you income now?
— We have some revenue now, but not cover our expenditure yet.
— Can the creator of a Chromium-browser afford Tesla Model S?
— Do you have statistical data in which country Cent Browser has the most users?
— We have most users from China, then Russian, US, Vietnam, Taiwan.
— Do you specify any countries as particularly important? If yes, what is your top three?
— No, we value user amount more than geographic.
— Do you regard Russia as a promising market?
— Yes, Russia is a good market for third-party browsers. Russian users are friendly to software of small brand.
— What are your plans on increasing the number of users of your browser?
— Honestly speaking, we have no good idea.
— Cent Browser was created more than three years ago. Will you please highlight the key achievements and successes of your browser during this period?
— Scrollable tab bar/Multi-login tab/Customizable new tab/Super drag/Download manager. In fact, for this kind of browsers most workload is updating Chromium core.
— What are your plans for the future? Will there be a mobile version of the browser?
— There are some features need to be added or improved, such as multi-login tab/speed dial, it is far from perfect. We are undecided to make a mobile version.