Felix Rieseberg

About Me

Senior Desktop Engineer at Slack. Ghost Core Team. 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, a wonderful chat app. Previously, I was an Open Source Engineer at Microsoft, 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.

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 Ghost, Electron, and npm contributions.

In recent years, I was the single developer behind Awesome Zombie Sniper, a simple 3D game downloaded by more than a million players. I have also built things like the open-sourced Node.js multiplayer shooter Node Mayhem, the browser-based cluster solution AdFree or the scripted home automation JARVIS. If you happen to read German, read my O'REILLY/MSP book on Windows 8 App Development with JavaScript.

Things I did

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 Mac OS. 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 Lead with advertising agency TFY, 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 spend some time as visiting lecturer for app development.