Mike Swanson:

I created a “novelty” app primarily because I didn’t have time to maintain servers or other back-end infrastructure, and I wanted a fun app that nobody would depend on. I also needed an app that the press wouldn’t find very interesting. After all, my day job was still as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, and nobody needed that article.

From Microsoft Evangelist to iOS app developer. I’m not implying he hated his job at Microsoft, but I find it pretty interesting that a Microsoft employee of 11 plus years with the title he had left to just work on iOS apps full time.

That’s a testament to both the iOS app ecosystem and how healthy it is and to Microsoft’s ability to keep people how have been with them for quite a while.