The philosophy behind Corona and how we approach things is a culmination of many experiences. My experiences at Adobe were a huge part of that. Back when Adobe was at the top of its game, I remember two key things about the founders of the company.
First, they were highly engaged with the product. One time Chuck Geshke and his board member Robert Sedgewick (yes, the author of those Algorithms books) came by and joined our team for lunch. Chuck sat right next to me and the first thing he did was ask me about about some printer bug in Illustrator. His co-founder John Warnock was similarly famous for walking the halls and just sitting down with an engineer to talk shop.
Second, they always emphasized surrounding yourself with folks that are better than you. Talented folks want to work with other talented folks. One of Chuck’s favorite things to say was that the surest way to succeed is to hire your own replacement. What he meant by that is that you have to have a solid foundation before you start working towards the next level, and so you have to find the right person to continue cultivating that foundation even better than you did. Now the trick, of course, is finding someone you can trust.
Well, today, I’m happy to announce that we’ve found just the guy to run Corona engineering. Perry Clarke is joining our family as VP of Engineering. Perry has decades of engineering and management experience at both startups and large companies — from cloud to desktop software, from Yahoo to Sun.
Perry and I recently got back in touch, and the thing that really impressed me was that even before he formally started interviewing, he showed me a Corona app on his iPhone that he had been hacking together because he wanted to really understand what we were doing. Needless to say, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty with code and is passionate about product.
Now here’s the really exciting tidbit. A decade ago, Perry co-created Konfabulator, a rapid application development platform that spawned the whole desktop widgets craze and inspired Apple’s own implementation of Dashboard widgets in Mac OS X. The whole idea was to make it incredibly easy to make desktop apps. They had a whole community of indie developers building on top of their technology.
Does any of this sound familiar? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. ;-)
We couldn’t be happier that someone of Perry’s calibre has joined the team to run Corona engineering. Expect to see more of the same — constant and vigilant improvement. Deep down, we both share the same philosophy: it’s all about setting a higher standard.
And now that I have more spare cycles, the engineer in me is itching to do some more coding. I wonder, though. Is the team really ready for more code checkins coming from yours truly? :-)