Fireside Chats

Celebrating the Apple Community

Brett Terpstra, Independent Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm an independent developer of Mac and web apps. I also write, blog, and podcast, almost well enough to make a living if I do them all at once.   I'm getting old, so how I got here might be a long...

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Justin Michael, seanwes

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm currently the sole developer at seanwes where we help people make a living while doing what they love.  I originally joined the Community there when I started doing independent freelance work out of...

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Michael Fey, AgileBits

  What is your current professional role and how did you get here?  I am currently Apple Team Lead at AgileBits, working on 1Password. As with many other developers I’ve always had a passion for tinkering with computers, something that really ignited when my parents...

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James Thomson, TLA Systems

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm a independent developer, making apps for all of Apple's different platforms. I was always interested in computers, and messed around with code on my Commodore 64 as a kid, but I only really got into...

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Russell Ivanovic, Shifty Jelly

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm currently an App Developer at Shifty Jelly. I got here by making a small Australian weather app with a friend in 2008 from home, while both working full time jobs. By 2010 it had become so popular...

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Joe Cieplinski, Independent Designer & Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I am an independent designer and developer. I make products for sale in the App Store in partnership with my friends at Bombing Brain Interactive, as well as on my own. I also do contracting work in...

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Casey Liss, iOS Developer

  What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m an iOS developer at a small-ish firm based out of Richmond, Virginia.   This is the fourth “pivot” of my career. I started off doing C++ for slot machines, then C# for client applications, then C#...

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Diane Hamilton, Binary Formations

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m currently Managing Partner and Cofounder of Binary Formations. My role involves bringing to market our own consumer desktop and mobile apps that start from an idea to help solve a challenge in our...

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Heidi Helen Pilypas, Independent App Designer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I currently work as a freelance designer with my main focus being on apps. The way I got here is interesting. I’ve always been a creative person. Art was my favourite subject at school and I went on to...

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Julia Richert, MartianCraft

You're a fan of Apple and Apple's products. Tell us about how that started. I had a PowerBook Duo 270c in college and *loved* that computer. It was so great to be able to have one machine that could be used both on-the-go and at my desk with the benefit of a...

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Ross Kimes, Weather Decision Technologies

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I am a mobile software developer at Weather Decision Technologies by day and an independent iOS developer by night.   I got to know the mobile team at WDT when I was in college at the University of...

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Arik Devens, Software Engineer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m currently taking a sabbatical, but my last role was as a Principle Software Engineer at Fitbit. I suppose I got there by a pretty winding road. I started programming in High School, entirely self...

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