I have spent my professional career in the depths of numbers and formulas, financial, scientific or otherwise. It is an odd thing as I was never really a math guy but I always loved numbers, especially when I was a kid. Before I learned to program at age 13 I would create sports games with paper, pencil, and dice. Sometimes those games used baseball cards with statistics on them, other times they didn’t, but I was always striving for a real world approach to those games.
I wrote numerous baseball games, increasing in complexity over time, and even wrote a simple football game. As mentioned, some times these games were stats based and sometimes they were just luck of the roll or draw kinds of games. I always started with a handful of teams — and the Cleveland Indians as my favorite team were always among them. Then I would take the rest of the league, throw every player not already on a team, and let the five or six team league draft. The 1986 Indians just beat the snot out of everyone. They had such amazing hitting and that pitching staff with Bret Saberhagen, Jack Morris and Roger Clemens (Hey! They were drafted fair and square!) was unstoppable.
I programmed through high school but quit for a couple of years in college before I came back to it. While running numbers was apart of my undergraduate business classes and the idea for the template format came from that work, I never dreamed of spending the next 14 years working with calculators and numbers and formulas.
The interesting thing is that as the market has changed from disconnected handhelds to connected smartphones and tablets, as the market has evolved from $160 software to $5 apps, as market leadership moved from two platforms to eight, my ideas around calculation have evolved as well.
The days of large software applications like powerOne that takes six months or more to move across platforms, is a thing of the past*. My thoughts over the last few months have turned to new ideas, light-weight ideas, that we can bring to market quickly and evolve rapidly on multiple platforms. And yes, they still involve calculation.
I hope you will stay tuned. We have some great things coming that I am particularly excited about!
* Before I get an avalanche of emails and comments, it doesn’t mean we are stopping work on powerOne or not considering Android. Just working on some other ideas right now.