Derek Lakin

New Challenges

Silverlight Jetpack ThemeI’ve been working for Pixel Lab for the last 15 months as a full-time employee and a while before that as a contractor and it’s been an absolutely crazy and amazing time. I’ve worked on some great projects including the Halo Silverlight website back when Halo: Reach was released (not the current one), the Silverlight JetPack theme, and the Windows Phone 7 templates for SketchFlow. I started working on Windows Phone projects before the devices were physically available and have been privileged to work on apps such as RunKeeper, Guardly, and another as yet unannounced app.

Robby and the rest of the team at Pixel Lab have been absolutely amazing to work with and my time at Pixel Lab has definitely been the highlight of my career so far. In all honesty, I thought I was staying there for good, however, sometimes in life opportunities arise that you simply can’t turn down, which is where I find myself right now. On Saturday myself and my family moved to Stockholm in Sweden and today I took up the position of Senior Software Development Engineer on the Windows Phone team at Skype!

I’m extremely passionate about user experiences and the Windows Phone platform and so I’m really excited about this opportunity and contributing to such a widely used app on such a great platform.

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