Interview with Rockstar Web Applications Programmer Leah Culver


There are many countless programmer’s and web developers around the world today, with a high concentration in West Coast America mostly in Silicon Valley. A technical startup Pownce was launched a few years ago under the premise of sharing ideas and content with friends. Leah Culver is one of the co-founder’s of the site and worked heavily on the development and launch.

I was lucky enough to grab a short interview with Leah about what here next projects are. After selling pownce to blogging and social media company Six Apart, it has left some free time for more ventures and dev work. Check out some of Leah’s answers to what her latest projects are, and what she sees the web transforming into.

Can you share a little background info about who you are and what you do?

I’m Leah Culver and I live in San Francisco, CA. I’m a software developer/computer programmer/whatever you like to call it, and I make apps. I’m the former technical co-founder of Pownce and recently I’ve been working as a contractor on an iPhone app and a Django app.

How did you originally get into programming, and what keeps your passion for software development alive today?

I started my first HTML web page when I was 15 on Geocities. I’ve always loved the web and how we use the web to communicate. I started learning programming during college and instantly fell in love with it.

My passion for software continues because there are so many new things to learn all the time. I also get a lot of crazy ideas for software and it’s really nice to be able to turn those ideas into reality.

You were one of the main founders of Pownce back in 2007, and ended up selling the site summer of 2008. What was the motive behind this, and are there any plans of bringing Pownce back into production under new management?

There were many factors that played a part in the history of Pownce so I’m not sure I have a great answer. There are currently no plans to bring back but I feel like Pownce-like features live on in other websites now.

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I noticed one of your main projects currently is a web application called Leafy Chat. Still in testing, can you share with us some details on the site and what it’s going to be used for?

I’m definitely obsessed with chat right now. You’ll have to wait and see how it turns out!

Could you walk us through a common day in the life of Leah Culver? More specifically what your routine tasks are as a professional in the development world.

I don’t know if I have a standard routine. I wake up, check email, then get to work on whatever project I’m working on that day. I stop working in the evening and maybe watch a movie and drink some wine. Pretty boring.

My day only gets a little more exciting if I’m meeting with someone during the day or there’s a party to go to in the evening.

Any tips or advice for budding programmers working on social web apps or startups?

Make something for yourself. I use almost every day. I used Pownce every day. It sounds totally selfish but if you make it for yourself, you know that at least one person will like it.

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