I started coding at the age of 12 in QBasic, tinkered with embedded microcontrollers during highschool, and designed & developed websites for every local band I could support. During college I majored in Technology with a concentration on Graphic Communications at North Carolina State University. I did my senior study on Web Usability and wrote a research paper on the upcoming technologies that would make the web a better place for interactive content.
While working in corporate IT, I decided that I needed a creative outlet that fueled my desire for tinkering. I got involved in the mobile app development space when a friend of mine urged me to pick up an iPhone and start messing around with the iPhone Development Kit. My first app was a Tic Tac Ultimate, a simple spin on Tic Tac Toe that let players play against the clock for points in multi-level boards. I followed that up with Tailgate Games, which has been one of my most popular franchises on the app store. Fast forward 5 years, and nearly 2 dozen apps later, and I still love it!
My wife says I get too focused on the details at times, and she is right. I’m often too much of a perfectionist, but in mobile apps, that can be a benefit. Users expect apps to be polished, easy to use, and free of bugs. To accomplish this level of polish takes a good dose of perfectionism. Not every app we’ve launched is an instant hit, but it’s well thought out, tested and easy to use.