Fireside Chats

Celebrating the Apple Community
Hung Truong, iOS Developer at Starbucks

Hung Truong, iOS Developer at Starbucks

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm currently an iOS Developer at Starbucks. At the beginning of my career I started out as a program manager, but I found that I'd rather implement the products than manage them. I started doing...

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Rachael Worthington, The Omni Group

Rachael Worthington, The Omni Group

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? My title is kind of fuzzy (Engineer, Software Developer, Code Wrangler, Petter of Dogs), but I write software for the Omni Group for a living. I've been a developer at Omni since 2007, when I was hired...

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Greg Scown, Smile

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm the co-founder of Smile, makers of PDFpen and TextExpander. I started my own software company in 2002, partnered with Philip Goward in 2003, and we've been at it ever since. What was the first app...

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Becky Hansmeyer, Independent App Developer

Becky Hansmeyer, Independent App Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m an independent app developer and stay-at-home mom. After earning a degree in music education, I decided that teaching just wasn’t for me. I sort of floundered for a few years, unsure of what exactly...

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Ben Brooks, MartianCraft

Ben Brooks, MartianCraft

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I am the COO of MartianCraft. I started at MartianCraft a few years ago as a project manager for them. How I got to here is a little complicated, but it was a combination of my website about technology,...

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Katharine Nester, Ruby Receptionists

Katharine Nester, Ruby Receptionists

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m the Chief Product & Technology Officer for Ruby Receptionists (@callruby) a provider of technology and remote receptionist services to 7000 small businesses across North America. I came to Ruby...

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Stephen Hackett, Relay FM

Stephen Hackett, Relay FM

    You're a fan of Apple and Apple's products. Tell us about how that started. Growing up in the 1990s, my parents had a couple of Windows PCs around the house they ran their business on. My brother and I got to play Roller Coaster Tycoon on it, but that...

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Kim Ahlberg, Spotfire Analytics

Kim Ahlberg, Spotfire Analytics

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m team lead for the Spotfire Analytics mobile apps at TIBCO Software in Seattle. This role means that in addition to writing app code I handle coordination and collaboration with designers, testers,...

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Victoria Wang, Senior UX Designer for Firefox Developer Tools

Victoria Wang, Senior UX Designer for Firefox Developer Tools

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? My role is Senior UX Designer for Firefox Developer Tools. I got here after about 12 years of switching back and forth between design and development on various projects. What was the first app you...

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Justin Miller, Software Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? Until this past summer, I was head of mobile outreach at Mapbox, a startup building mapping and location tools for app and website developers. Before that, I was the mobile engineering lead, where I...

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Yasmine Evjen, Google

Yasmine Evjen, Google

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I'm a Design Advocate at Google, I help other designers create human-centered experiences on Google's platform. Prior to Google, I led user experience design efforts to build cross-platform products for...

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Shayla Sawchenko, Mobile App Developer

Shayla Sawchenko, Mobile App Developer

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? Titles can be tricky, but if I was to label myself I would say I am a "Native Mobile Applications Developer" - I focus primarily on creating native apps for Android and iOS.   Although I became...

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