Not your traditional developer, I graduated with a double-major in Economics and Chinese in 2013 from the University of Virginia. The following year, I graduated with a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. After graduation, with my Chinese language needs spurring me on, I began studying iOS development with the goal of building a Chinese language study application. After nearly 7 months of self-study, I officially began my development career by publishing my Chinese language app Earlyworm on the App Store. Shortly thereafter I began working full time as an iOS developer in Shanghai, China.
Two years ago I joined DayDayCook and was quickly promoted to iOS team lead. For one and a half years I have led iOS development and seen our app featured on the front page of the Chinese, Hong Kong, and Taiwanese App Stores over seven times each. I have worked closely with the App Stores to develop applications for new platforms like Apple TV, Apple Watch, and iMessage. Our iPhone and iPad applications were named to the Hong Kong App Store's "Top Ten Apps of 2016" list, and this year DayDayCook was named one of the top 100 startups in China by the Chinese tech magazine 创业邦. Over the past two years our applications have been downloaded millions of times by users in over 30 different countries. Along the way, our company has raised a combined $30 million in funding from investors like Alibaba, 500 Startups, K11, and MFund.
However, I am more excited by the prospects of the future. We are in a period of rapid technological advancement and there are several new technologies which I hope to continue to study and leverage to change how users interact with technology. I am currently independently studying some elements of machine learning and neural networks, primarily focused on convolutional neural networks and computer vision related research areas. I am also working to gain a better understanding of the use-cases for augmented reality as I continue to develop a 3-dimensional augmented reality graphing concept inspired by ThreeBlueOneBrown's great Youtube linear algebra series. I am also passionate about making the web a more interactive learning environment and am working on a series of interactive and animated webpages that teach complex concepts like how neural networks work but in a fun and engaging way. If any of that excites you too, please hit the button below and send me an email, I love meeting new people.