About Peach Pellen

I have been involved in mobile application development for iOS and Android devices since early 2008. Rather than a long, rambling page, here is a list of quick facts about me and my work.

  • I am the CTO of Black Gate Games, who acquired Platino in January 2015
  • I started developing professionally in 2008
  • In 2009 I created a successful website dedicated to teaching people without experience to create mobile apps, and moving into 2016 I’m workin on “LearnPlatino”, a new website representing version 2.0 of that concept
  • In 2010 I joined Ansca Mobile as an Evangelist and Developer Support Engineer
  • In 2012 the company changed direction and I moved on to Lanica where I continued my role as an Evangelist while also working as a Project Manager and Developer
  • In 2014 I started becoming more hands on with in-person events, meetups, conferences and hackathons; my favorite to date was giving presentation on Platino at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
  • I am a sporadic contributor to App Developer Magazine
  • I am a part of the Intel Innovator Program
  • I have worked on over 100 applications in a hands-on role from small projects to things so big I am not allow to talk about them publicly
  • I maintain a second website at peachpellen.com where I write a 10% about myself, 90% about technology and general nerdery
  • I will be speaking at Connect JS in October 2015
  • Code I have written has been included in several thousand mobile applications, which still blows my mind after 7 years in this industry
  • I am currently working on a Udemy course for people who want to learn how to develop mobile apps with no previous coding experience
  • I was recently interviewed by Intel about their Innovator Program, you can see an excerpt here.

As to me as a person, here is a little information in no particular order
  • I am from Australia (Adelaide originally, Melbourne for awhile, then Sydney for several years)
  • I am half British, which is why no one can ever tell exactly where I am from based on my accent
  • Between insomnia and being a workaholic I haven’t had a working week under 80 hours since I was 17
  • I immigrated to America in 2012 and have lived in Florida, California (home), and Arizona (my current base)
  • I was a high school dropout and taught myself how to code, although I wound up getting my high school diploma in 2012 after discovering I could just take the tests here without attending as a student
  • I am extremely interested in wearable technology and the implications it will have on the industry in the coming years
  • I am extremely passionate about helping developers and contributing to the community
  • I enjoy coding small modules to help developers simplify tasks such as saving and loading basic data
  • I own WAY too many domains for someone who has no time to develop them
  • I am a fan of all forms of positive dichotomy, psychology and theories relating to concepts such as “outliers”
  • I am extremely eclectic in my tastes in music, movies and games; from Cher to Black Sabbath, The Devil’s Rejects to Love Actually and Animal Crossing to Grand Theft Auto
  • Although I am “retired” from Warcraft I still have a level 85 Druid, Mage, Rogue, Warrior and Death Knight
  • If you’d like to follow me, friend me, poke me and all that social stuff you can use the icons in the right side bar under my picture
  • I haven’t had an empty inbox in over 5 years and it probably wont happen any time soon, I do my best to reply promptly, while also endeavoring to help everyone who contacts me – balancing the two is difficult; this is the best way to reach me at the current time

Thank you for taking the time to check out my site – please get in touch with any questions, requests, feedback or if you are looking for advice on your project.

I have very limited availability, however I am always happy to get involved when I can and I have a long list of very reliable, talented developers who I can connect you with if appropriate.

Peach Pellen

6 Responses to About Peach Pellen
  1. José Luis Martinez Ortiz Reply

    Hello,

    I founded a game development company recently and i think yours Corona Sdk tutorials for Newbies are amazing, they are very enjoyable, easy and useful.

    Now we are using another strategy to develop but you’ve convinced me that next year we move to Corona Sdk (is a pity not to have discovered it 2 months ago). So with your permission makes me a regular at your blog and your FB.

    Congratulations on your tutorials, for your blog and your work in general, it is refreshing to find people to take seriously the development.

    Greetings from Spain (and forgive my bad use of English)

  2. Rodrigo Reply

    Wish you the best of luck in your “new” endeavor! : )

  3. Ignacio Martinez Reply

    :P I only have to tell you.

    Great work, awesome tutorials and you looks very cute.

    See ya!

  4. pedro lopez Reply

    Hello Peach how are you?

    I am very impressed how smart you are at software development. I read your article, i saw many tutorials how to start an app .
    I have a question. should i be skillful in computer sciences to learn for developing an app is IOS.?

    I work as Industrial Engineer, therefore computers is not my strongest skill. However , i see as a challenge to learn and program a mobile app.

    • Peach Pellen Reply

      Hi Pedro-

      Thank you, I appreciate the kind words.

      As to being skillful in computer science, it certainly helps – but NO! You absolutely don’t have to be. When I started I had zero experience with computer science, zero formal education after (some) high school. Just dive in, consume as many tutorials as you can – you WILL be able to do it… I’ve even taught people who were, once, totally computer illiterate to make apps. (By computer illiterate I mean they didn’t know what size their drive was, or how much RAM they had.)

      You can do it. :)

  5. Vitor Reply

    Hello Peach! First of all I would like to thank and congratulate you for your great work! I have learned a lot with your codes and tips since I started to develop my first game “Frog Boi”. If you have time, please take a look at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmail.vwavelino.FrogBoi

    Regards!

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