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An Interview with Mike Wolfson Written by Enrique López-Mañas

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Mike Wolfson is a product-focused developer working out of Phoenix. He has been working in the software field for more than 20 years, and with Android since its introduction. He is a Google Developer Expert in Android and the author of the book Android Developer Tools Essentials published by O’Reilly. He has spoken about Android and mobile development at a variety of conferences and user groups (including Google I/O, Oscon, GDGSiliconValley, Droidcon NYC and Turin, AnDevCon, and others). When he is not geeking out about phones, he enjoys the outdoors (snowboarding, hiking, scuba diving), collecting PEZ dispensers, and chasing his young (but quick) daughter.

Connect with Mike

Twitter: @mikewolfson

LinkedIn: /in/mswolfson

Website: mikewolfson.com

Interview

How did you become involved in mobile development?

I was excited about mobile, and I thought it represented the future. I picked Android for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it wasn’t iOS. The next trend is clearly going to be machine learning.

What inspires you?

I like solving problems, which take many forms. What inspires me to start is really solving the right problems and solving user problems.

I know you listen to a lot of podcasts. Are there any that have had a lasting impact on how you work?

The first one that I really enjoy is The Tim Ferriss Show. The Rick Rubin episode about how to find your Zen is great. The Derek Sivers episode is really good, too. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in productivity and systems and how to be more effective.

Mike’s Recommendations

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