Raven Zachary


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My name is Raven Zachary. I help people create, develop, and launch iPhone products and services. I am also a Contributing Analyst with The 451 Group, an IT industry analyst firm, where I advise companies on technology strategy and track technology markets. I work with O’Reilly Media on iPhone and mobile technology related events and coverage, blogging regularly on O’Reilly Radar and Inside iPhone. I am also the founder of iPhoneDevCamp, a not-for-profit iPhone developer conference.

I am currently advising a number of companies on iPhone strategy and product development. I have directed the launch of two Top 20 iPhone applications, Obama ’08 for Obama for America and Nearby for Platial. I am regularly quoted by the press about the iPhone market and I am a frequent conference speaker on the topic.

Other than the projects I have listed on the iPhone Projects page, here are some things I have done in my life that tie back to the iPhone is some form:

* Book proposal review and technical editing for Addison Wesley. Reviewed 12 titles on topics such as Cocoa (Objective-C), Java, UNIX, Web Services, Macintosh, Wireless, Personal Area Networking, and RSS.

* While at Excite in the late 1990s, I lead the Webshots Desktop for Macintosh effort. I made a business case to senior management for this project, and was supplied with funding to make it happen. I hired a developer, and released v1.0 within three months. This application was the #1 Macintosh download on Download.com for over 35 weeks with download numbers exceeding 1.2 million copies.

* Developed a prototype wireless application for the Palm VII (a mobile Excite Start Page) and proposed the creation of an Excite Wireless team.

* Contributing Editor and Columnist for MacWEEK.com, a leading Macintosh news site at the time. The weekly OS Xing column explored Mac OS X Server and the forthcoming Mac OS X operating system.

* Editor of The Rhapsody Report, a weekly report summarizing Apple Computer’s future Operating System efforts.

* Co-founder, along with Chris McAfee from Netscape Communications, of a project to bring Mozilla (the Netscape web browser) to Apple’s Rhapsody (now Mac OS X) Operating System. This project team included volunteers from the Netscape Communications and Apple, along with volunteer programmers.

* Founder of the OmniSky Internet Group. For those who don’t remember, OmniSky produced a portable PDA cradle that provided basic wireless Internet capabilities for the Palm V back in the late 1990s.

* Involved in the Apple Newton pilot project at Los Alamos National Lab in the mid 1990s.

* Co-founder of Newton Intelligence, an Internet site for Newton users back in the mid 1990s.