Hey folks! For those of you who may not have noticed, the past several months we’ve been doing a bi-weekly series featuring teenaged developers who create all the awesome software for your phone! The interviews are pretty short, but a fun and inspiring way to see the thought process behind some awesome devs! If you yourself would like to be interviewed, don’t hesitate to contact myself, and we can progress from there! For now, though, we talk to Virindh Borra (who is probably the only person named Virindh you’ll ever know – at least according to his Twitter bio).
Could you start by telling me a little about yourself?
My name is Virindh Borra…and I seriously think I’m the only person on earth with that name. I’m 17 and a senior in high school in Tampa, FL.
So far you’ve created 12 apps! That’s truly incredible! Which was your favourite to build? Which was the hardest?
My favorite has to be my most recent, Quick Post. Quick Post allows you to post to your favorite social networks quickly and allows you to add back the social plugin from iOS 6 that Apple removed in iOS 7.
I do not have a hardest app. I believe each of my apps to be hard. I say this because I truly try to refine the experience in each of my apps. On top of that each and every one of them takes a lot of effort to consider, research, execute, and maintain.
In addition of phones, you also develop for the ever-expanding wearable market! How is developing for wearable technology different from developing for a smartphone?
Developing for wearables is very different from developing for phones. When developing for wearables, the focus needs to be on quick and short interactions. This means that an app must be designed such that the user should be able to fulfill its purpose in one interaction, whether it be a swipe, tap, or wink.
You also enjoy designing. Which was first, developing or design? How did it draw you in?
Development. What drew me into the field was the idea that I can modify a few lines of text (HTML) and I can create webpages. This snowballed into most of the things I do today, such a mobile development. If I recall right, one of the first things I made was a web browser for windows using Visual Studio.
What is it that keeps you coming back everyday to continue developing? Could you see yourself doing anything else?
The idea that I can help make people’s lives easier keeps me coming back to develop new products. As of right now, I do not see myself doing anything else. That being said, I am always open to new career options.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Follow me on Twitter @virindh for updates(My next project is an awesome wearable app).
As always, feel free to contact Kaleb if you’d like to be featured. Posts come out Thursday mornings every two weeks.