Zachary West

iOS Engineer

San Francisco, CA

I have been writing iOS apps since 2009, and I'm extremely well-versed in both Swift and Objective-C. I know most of the Apple frameworks and put them through their paces.

Work Experience

  • Imgur

    Lead iOS Engineer|Oct, 2015Current

    Picked up and fell in love with Swift. Architected and rewrote the app to be extensible and easy to build in. Managed the iOS team.

    • Resilient creation flow with background uploading powered by Realm.
    • Major reusable UI components including a grid display and feed system.
    • Reusable data source used throughout the app.
  • Free

    Software Engineer|Feb, 2015Sep, 2015

    Rewrote and made for quick iterating from private beta to a featuring in the App Store at launch. I think I built this to be a top-tier messaging app in a very short period of time.

    • Extremely custom UICollectionViews for messaging and list displays.
    • Core Data powered networking layer powering everything.
  • Hey Inc.

    Lead iOS Developer|Jan, 2013Jan, 2015

    I was the first iOS hire from private beta to launching and an Editor's Choice and over a million downloads of Heyday, a journaling app.

    • Timeline, collage editing, data and photo syncing, and networking.
    • Core Data powering a large amount of data.
  • Post+Beam

    Senior iOS Developer|Dec, 2011Jan, 2013

    Primary worked on Linea, a photo-sharing app focused on mosaics and printing books.

    • Intelity

      Mobile Application Developer|Dec, 2010Dec, 2011

      Software for iPads in hotel rooms: climate control, room service. Lots of custom binary-protocol networking talking to ancient systems.

      • Xyratex

        Software Engineer|Feb, 2010Dec, 2010

        Worked on a high-availability RAID stack in Linux, and on a legacy bare metal version, both written in C. I previously interned here as well.


        • University of Central Florida

          Master of Science - Computer Science|2011

        • University of Central Florida

          Bachelor of Science - Computer Science|2009


        • Open source libraries

          Useful libraries to make iOS development easier.

        • Prowl

          Jun, 2009Current

          Notifications to your phone from a simple API.

        • Adium


          King of instant messaging on Mac.