Dan Borthwick

Using technology in novel ways to improve people's lives has always been what gets me out of bed in the morning. Many years in the games industry confirmed the thrill of seeing my work in the hands of real users. Nowadays that same philosophy applies across a broad range of interests including mobile apps, dynamic web development, VR and voice interfaces.

Since moving from the UK two years ago I've enjoyed working with a range of startups and digital agencies and exploring the dynamic tech scene here in Melbourne.

my core skills

iOS

Android

Unity

Node

Electron

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

In 2009 I designed and lead development of Pet Society, a Facebook game that pushed the boundaries of what was considered possible at the time (remember Zombie Wars?!). Watching the game grow to ultimately be played by over 100 million people, and the amazing creativity of the team that worked on it, was an amazing experience.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

Depending on the week, varying combinations of work on my own tech startup, freelance development and consultancy work with digital agencies and startups and engaging with the Melbourne startup scene.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Cups of tea, a laptop, good music and nice people.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

Working and communicating with people from a wide range of backgrounds is something I genuinely enjoy and value, as is user centred design for similar reasons. I've also worked with a very wide range of technologies so am able to turn my hand to most things.

What are the tools of your trade?

Cups of tea, a range of coding tools, Slack, a phone, a bike.

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Absolutely. Nothing beats face to face communication so I like to co-locate as much as possible. then regular conversation over whatever medium works best, and sharing my work as early and as often as possible.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Doing good work and building good relationships is directly related to long term success. Nothing says 'good job' like a repeat customer.

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