At WWDC last week, TMO interviewed six developers, some newbies and some old-timers, each with a unique story to tell. Here are some highlights of what each developer told TMO’s Dave Hamilton plus links to each interview.
Like many popular apps, Instapaper started its life as a personal solution for Marco Arment. Then it took off as customers realized how great it is. Now, Instapaper faces the challenge of Lion’s Reading List. Mr. Arment sizes up the new competition with our Dave Hamilton during WWDC week.
Ben Satterfield founded 23Divide in Los Angeles and started providing high level technical consulting to major media brands. Along the way, his company found the need to deliver apps to customers on the move, and the the legendary TestFlight was born. Here’s Mr. Satterfield’s story about how it all happened and his Robin Hood business model.
Andrew Stone started developing software for the NeXT computers back in the 1990s, moved on to the Mac and has had the Apple fever ever since. Perhaps no one has more experience working as an independent developer in the Apple world, and he has terrific perspective to offer. These days, he’s still writing great iOS software, like Twittelator, but he’s also mentoring younger developers. Andrew Stone has been a good friend for many years, so the interview at WWDC gets off to a fast start.
James Wilson tells a fascinating story of how he started with a small band of übergeeks and networking services, founded LithiumCorp, developed client apps on Macs, created an experimental iOS app, Stickybeaks, and then finally created Tweed, a Twitter client that curates tweets that have URLs. It’s a tale of serendipity and synergy in the Apple world.
At WWDC, TMO’s Dave Hamilton caught up with Stefan Reitshamer, founder of Haystack Software. His company makes Arq, online backup software as well as photo utilities software. They chatted about Mr. Reisthamer’s history as a Mac developer, what happend when he put his phone number on the website and his extraordinary business model.
At WWDC this week, TMO’s Dave Hamilton arranged to interview Dan Bricklin. Mr. Bricklin was the co-creator of VisiCalc, the killer app, the first spreadsheet program, that put the Apple II on the personal computing map back in 1979. In Part II, Mr. Bricklin talks about apps he wrote in the early days for the Mac and now the iPhone and the iPad.
At WWDC this week, TMO’s Dave Hamilton arranged to interview Dan Bricklin. Mr. Bricklin was the co-creator of VisiCalc, the killer app, the first spreadsheet program, that put the Apple II on the personal computing map back in 1979. In Part I, Mr. Bricklin talks about the magic of the iPad, gestures, the power and control it gives users, and the kinds of changes it brings.
At WWDC, TMO sat down for lunch with Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group, to chat about software development, working with Apple, the perspective on premium applications, things Apple is doing right and things it could do better for developers and the prospects of iOS merging with Mac OS X.
In Part I, Jim Teece spoke to a point in Steve Jobs’s WWDC keynote where he detected some real emotion. He continues in Part II with the second instance of that visible emotion by Mr. Jobs. It’s that passion for great products that keeps customers standing in line and also percolates into the developer community.
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