Fireside Chats

Celebrating the Apple Community

Christa Mrgan, Civil

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I’m currently Co-Founder and VP of Design at Civil Co, a company my friend Aja and I started two years ago with a mission to make internet comments less toxic. What was the first app you worked on and...

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Aleen Simms, App Launch Map + Podcaster

Aleen Simms, App Launch Map + Podcaster

You're a fan of Apple and Apple's products. Tell us about how that started. Some of my earliest memories are tied to computers, and some of my fondest elementary school memories are of playing Oregon Trail on a green-screened Apple II in my 4th grade classroom during...

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Lesley Baker, For Jack & Jill

Lesley Baker, For Jack & Jill

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? For the past three years, I’ve been an iOS developer splitting time between building apps for my own company and watching my kids.  Previously I was working as a web developer at a women’s eyewear...

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Liz Marley, The Omni Group

What is your current professional role and how did you get here? I am a Software Engineer at The Omni Group. I got a degree in Computer Science and a job offer as a software developer. But my first day on that job, they said "We also need a Software Tester, would you...

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Jay Graves, Double Encore

Jay Graves, Double Encore

What do you currently do? I am the CTO at Double Encore which means I am responsible for the engineers on both the iOS and Android teams. I speak at conferences and blog for the Double Encore Insights. How did you get started in Mac and/or iOS programming? I was...

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Jonathan Schwarz, Black Pixel

Jonathan Schwarz, Black Pixel

What do you currently do? I work at Black Pixel as an iOS and Mac developer, largely working on client projects and occasionally contributing to our internal products. How did you get started in Mac and/or iOS programming? I got my first taste of programming with Logo...

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Gwynne Raskind, Chaotic Moon Studios

What do you currently do? I'm currently employed at Chaotic Moon Studios as a Senior Software Developer. I also do freelance work on the side, and I'm working on a second edition of Amit Singh's famous, but unfortunately outdated, internals tome, "Mac OS X Internals:...

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Jaimee Newberry, Speaker + Writer + Consultant

Jaimee Newberry, Speaker + Writer + Consultant

What do you currently do? These days, I’m working for myself from my home in Las Vegas, NV. I kinda define myself as a speaker, writer, mom-in-tech -or- as an experience design + strategy consultant for web, mobile + physical environments. That's a mouthful. My focus...

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Evadne Wu

Evadne Wu

  What do you currently do? I’m a human interface specialist aspiring for world domination and running a consulting business on the side. I design human interface for mobile, web and desktop software, and do some degree of mobile and Web engineering. (Tongue in...

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Paul Kafasis, Rogue Amoeba

What do you currently do? I'm the CEO of Rogue Amoeba, a Mac audio software company I co-founded back in 2002 with my partners Quentin Carnicelli and Alex Lagutin. How did you get started in Mac and/or iOS programming? It all started with writing, actually. Back in...

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Rich Siegel, Bare Bones Software

Rich Siegel, Bare Bones Software

Rich operates Bare Bones Software, Inc., a company which develops OS X and iOS apps. What do you currently do? I run a software company: Bare Bones Software, Inc. We're the developers and publishers of BBEdit, TextWrangler, Yojimbo, and many past products. How did you...

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Michael Simmons, Flexibits

Michael Simmons, Flexibits

Michael is one half of the OS X and iOS software development company, Flexibits. What do you currently do? I'm 50% of Flexibits and our apps are Fantastical and Chatology. I love designing user interfaces, user experiences, and ultimately make apps that help make...

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