Behind the scenes with a successful app developer: Patrick Thompson

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I had the good fortune to meet Patrick Thompson at my Portland Escape from Cubicle Nation workshop in 2009. At the time, he had left his corporate job as a director of software engineering and was working on a speed-reading app called QuickReader.

Patrick said that at 46 years old, he realized that it was the right time to try and see if he could replace his corporate income with his own business developing mobile device applications.

Fast forward 18 months and he has leveraged the code from the original application to create a string of new products, including MegaReader, which has had lots of press coverage, and great sales.

In this 30-minute interview, Patrick talks about how he built his software app business from idea to fully thriving endeavor. Click here to download the podcast, or listen below.

Find Patrick on Twitter @pthompson.

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6 Responses to “Behind the scenes with a successful app developer: Patrick Thompson”

  1. Riya Sam says:

    Hi Pam,

    It’s always great to hear such inspirational stories as they motivate you to do something you have a passion for. It’s never too late in life to do what you feel you’ll be good at. Thanks for sharing!

    Riya Sam
    Training for

  2. Great post. I’ve often wondered about what sort of person actually researches, launches and monetizes an app.

    Now I know.

  3. Matt Turrell says:

    Having decided to start diversifying my income this year, I arrived at the conclusion last week that apps are the way to go … then I looked in my inbox and saw this! I love synchronicity!

    A great podcast to get the ball rolling! Thanks!

  4. Samuel says:

    Awesome interview Pam. I will check it out now. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Lexi Rodrigo says:

    Another inspiring story – thanks for sharing this, Pam! Since I began my own entrepreneurial journey at 40, I often feel I’m too late, others are way ahead of me, and I’ll never catch up. Patrick’s experience shows that’s not necessarily so.

    • that’s the beauty of it. it is never too late because no matter which stage you are at, there will always be an audience who is a step behind you. as long as the cycle of birth and death continues, there will always be new and emerging folks looking to learn from those ahead of them