Archive for the 'Contracting' Category

Future of Fortunate Bear and VectorBoolean

Almost two weeks ago I started my new full time position at Walmart Labs. I’ve been contracting with them for about the past seven months, working on the iOS app for ASDA. It’s been a lot of fun, and they’re a high-functioning team despite all the iOS devs, except for the manager, being remote. So I’m making the job permanent.

I’ve pulled the last Fortunate Bear app, Black Maria, from sale, and I’ve started the process of winding down the company. I’m no longer available for contracting. Since all progress on VectorBoolean has come via paid contracts, the project is now officially “done.” I was going to offer to take pull requests on it, but if I’m honest, I likely don’t have the time or energy for that. If you’re using the project you should probably fork it and maintain it yourself.

This is a big change for me. I’ve been self-employed, or indie, or whatever you want to call it for a little over nine years now. I’ll miss the freedom and flexibility that it offered, but I’m thrilled I get to focus on one product, work on a team, and not fool with the overhead of running a business. I can just be an engineer, and that in itself is pretty freeing.

Available for Contracting

I am now available for doing Mac and iOS contracting through my company, Fortunate Bear. Email me at andy at fortunatebear if you’re interested.

Contracting talk from C4[2]

In preparation for C4[3], Wolf has put up videos of the talks from C4[2], including the one I did on contracting. Hopefully someone will find it useful.