Some History: Born in the former GDR on Sep 21st 1976 (birthday presents welcome). Started to play with GDR computer equipment as a teen (doing Assembler, Forth and Basic). Wall came down, got access to better hardware. First an Amiga 500, then an Amiga 3000UX. Learned programming on those machines: 68k Assembler, C, Modula-2, Oberon, Cluster. Started to look into Objective-C. YES, I really did Objective-C on an Amiga, you can bet it was crap. Played with dial-up mailboxes/BBS on 14kbit modems. Went to a local ISP in ~1994 to talk them into connecting my school to the Internet. Found ~10 NeXTstations, a Cube and a guy playing with an Apple Newton. Obviously started to work there, got a NeXTstation. Stayed there doing various early-Internet things. Web-shops, CMS systems, etc. Wrote a billing system in WebObjects 2.0. Finished school, had to do 10 months military service (German Air Force). Started studying computer science, still working at MDlink.
Won a German startup competition and used the money to become an MDlink partner. Did various iterations on the software called "SKYRIX web groupware" (initially developed as an Intranet solution for a multinational). Forked off the Skyrix part into an own venture, SKYRIX Software AG. Worked on developing Skyrix products and projects, managed a small and (initially ;-) motivated development team as the Skyrix CTO. Kicked off and implemented the first major OpenSource groupware project - OpenGroupware.org - in 2003. Did various now-OGo projects. Developed a massively scalable variant (ScalableOGo). Sold my MDlink stock. Switched from the Skyrix management to the advisory board in 2006.
Became a freelance consultant/developer in 2006 and worked on a few interesting projects.
From Jan 2010 to Nov 2013 I was working for
Doing magical secret projects I'm not allowed to talk about. Evar.
Well, I was working on the iCloud Windows client for Microsoft Outlook
and on the bookmark syncing extensions (Chrome, FF, IE).
That part is not a big
In 2014 I took a year off and focused on researching technologies for home
automation as well as getting fluent again in Cocoa, iOS and various web
technologies (yeah, I even toyed with ExtJS and Node.JS).
When Swift got released I jumped on that to figure out whether it is of any
I'm running a company -
ZeeZide GmbH -
which works on products not yet disclosed,
and I'm doing freelance projects in the calendaring space as well as
on iOS/macOS projects.
Want to checkout some fun stuff? Go here:
FOSS projects I'm working on:
and a few more.
If you got some interesting project that might match, feel free to contact me.
Not for adoption. Married with two awesome daughters:
and a funny
Parents: Dr. Magrit Heß and Dr. Günter Heß, both on pension.
Finally there is my older (but shorter ;-) brother, Dr. Henry Hess. Who carries the colorful title of 'Professor of Biomedical Engineering' at the Columbia University, NYC. You can bet he is the smartest ...