Felix Rieseberg

About Me

Senior Staff Engineer at Slack. Electron Co-Maintainer. Organizer of CovalenceConf. O'Reilly Author and Trainer. Maintainer of tons of JavaScript modules.

Previously open source at Microsoft, Executive Editor at Apfeltalk. Eater of too much candy.

Things I do

I currently work on Electron and the Desktop apps for Slack, where I am trying to make your work life just a little bit happier. I work on a team with amazing engineers building the apps for macOS, Windows, and Linux, being responsible for the Windows strategy and roadmap.

I'm a contributor to and maintainer of a bunch of open source projects - with an ever-growing list, but I'm most proud of my work on Electron, windows95, and on the many small developer tools.

In recent years, I have built things like the windows-build-tools or npm-windows-upgrade. If you care for slightly more hip technology, I might try to get you to read my O'Reilly guide, "Introducing Electron".

Oh, and I built windows95, a little cross-platform app that contains all of Windows 95. In JavaScript, too!

Things I did

Previously, I was an Open Source Engineer at Microsoft, just spending my time coding or talking about Open Source. We (tried to) improve developer's lives by releasing quality code on GitHub and touring the world, presenting the lessons we've learned.

If you happen to read German, read my O'Reilly book on Windows App Development with JavaScript. I have also once built a terrible but surprisingly successful game, being the single developer behind Awesome Zombie Sniper. The code was outrageous, but it brought minor joy to more than a million players.

I got my startup experience leading the German Apfeltalk.de magazine as Executive Editor, where we served 10 million monthly users everything they needed to know about iOS and macOS. I'm proud to say that our small startup team took the website from a small community to one of the biggest tech sites in Europe; and I'll never forget the feeling when we moved into our first office.

Wanting to experience the other side, I joined Microsoft Germany in 2011 to help developers be successful with app development on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Two years later, I joined Microsoft Silicon Valley to work specifically with young companies as the Startup Developer Evangelist in California's Bay Area.

Before that, I worked as a freelancer building web applications, as web developer for a tiny advertising agency, and as New Media Research Associate with the ICM at the University of Duesseldorf.

Academically, I graduated from the MSc program at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, researching at the intersection of sociology, law, economics, and computer science. Before that, I studied at the University of Duesseldorf, where I also spent some time as visiting lecturer for app development.