Indie Diary - Day One

Yesterday I wrapped up my transition work with Shotgun/Autodesk, closing the book on my last eight-ish years of work. So it’s official – today is my first day as an indie developer and consultant.

I’m super excited to start working on building my new business, but I feel like I need some time to recover and reflect a bit before diving in. I’m planning to take about six weeks off to read some novels, take a road trip or two, check out the Toronto International Film Festival, and spend time with friends and family. I’m making a little bit of an exception to attend some events at SIGGRAPH here in Vancouver, though it’s mostly to catch up with friends who will be in town for the conference.

After my break, I have a lot to look forward to. I’ve wanted to hit the iOS/Mac developer conference circuit for a while, but I couldn’t justify the time and expense while I was working at Shotgun. I feel the exact opposite way now – going to conferences is a great investment to make in myself. I’m hoping to do more and more iOS/Mac work over time, so I think it’s really important that I meet more people in the community, and that I soak up as much knowledge and wisdom as I can from the folks who have been successful at what I’m hoping to do. So I’ve booked my first three conferences for consecutive weekends in October… making up for lost time, I guess? I’ll be at Çingleton in Montreal, CocoaConf in Seattle, and CocoaLove in Philadelphia. I’m so stoked.

I have a few good leads for fun consulting gigs for the fall, but nothing is locked in yet. If you would be interested in collaborating with me on a project, let’s talk! I’m @mattdaw on Twitter, or email me at

I’m also planning to write more on this blog, so keep an eye on this space if you’d like to follow along with my indie adventure… Now it's time to start my vacation!