Creating apps, mobile development & business mergers – Jay Graves
Jay is the CTO at Wunderman Thompson Mobile
Originally from the east coast, Jay moved to Denver to do more snowboarding. He worked various jobs building websites for companies during and after the dot com bubble burst.
When the App boom happened Jay moved into mobile development. He joined a company called Double Encore and they helped build mobile apps for social media platforms. As they were early starters in the app sector they became known for creating high-quality apps. Double Encore merged with another company called Excellent Creations to combine clients and stop competition for developers.
They were then acquired by Possible and became Possible Mobile. Since then Jay has been leading the engineering department for the past 10 years. They have recently rebranded and are now called Wunderman Thompson Mobile.
The mobile development boom
Andy: ‘Can you pinpoint the mobile app development boom?’
Jay: ‘I don’t know if there was a significant point of inflection or a really chaotic time it has really just been a slow build. It really started with iOS and Android and has slowly extended out to what we call these connected devices. First, we lost the phone handset and then we had tablets, and now there are watches, and televisions and cars and voice assistants.
A lot of them use the same technology. If you’re in the Apple ecosystem or Android ecosystem you are writing using the Apple and Google tools to build your apps for all those things.
00.41 Denver and the Silicon Mountains
01.36 Breaking the Silicon Valley mould
03.01 Jay’s career
05.29 Mergers, acquisitions, and growth
07.27 Native vs non-native apps
09.24 When did mobile development boom?
11.08 New tech influencing mobile
12.23 Balancing new tech and business goals
14.38 Xamarin, React Native & Flutter
17.46 Who’s going to change the mobile landscape
20.47 Finding talent that can adapt quickly.
22.51 How do you quantify someone who’s willing to learn?
24.16 You can’t be good at something you don’t enjoy
25.46 Setting goals for yourself