My name's Christian Selig, I used to work at Apple and now build the Apollo Reddit app with over 1 million downloads. 100% of the app's proceeds today will be donated to the SPCA animal shelter, which has taken in a bunch of orphaned/abandoned kit...
Little backstory, my name's Christian Selig, I'm freshly 26 (today's my birthday actually!), and I build the Apollo for Reddit app.
In the summer of 2014 during my Computer Science degree I was lucky enough to intern at Apple as engineer on the Enterprise App Development team in Cupertino (long way from Eastern Canada), where I learned an absolute ton from some crazy smart people.
After returning I set out to build a Reddit app that felt like if Apple themselves was to design a Reddit app, something that really felt at home on iOS and used a lot of the skills I learned to create something super fast and lean, while also being powerful and just a lot of fun to use. After 2 years of development and betas working closely with a few thousand Redditors to help shape it into the perfect client, I released it in October 2017.
The reception was really amazing, and it's now almost at 1.5 million downloads. It's been my full-time job for about 4 years now.
Today, 100% of the proceeds from the app will go to the SPCA Animal Shelter in Nova Scotia. Apollo is free to download and has a Pro/Ultra version you can unlock, so if you get those today the proceeds will completely go to the animal shelter and helping the cats and dogs and bunnies and turtles.
In addition I'll donate an extra $0.10 for every comment this thread gets by tomorrow. no spam tho plz
Why right now? These warm months are dubbed "kitten season" because it's far and away the time when most cats have kittens. Shelters are overwhelmed with abandoned/orphaned kittens and their resources and food becomes very very tight. The shelter we're donating to is where I adopted my two amazing cats from, and they're truly an amazing bunch who cares so much, so I really want to help them in this time that's really stressful for them.
Last year we did the same thing and raised $5,000 for them and they were absolutely floored. I really want to try to do $10,000 this year!
AMA! I will attempt to answer every question.
EDIT: A bunch have asked what the app exactly is in more detail haha, so here's the gist:
Apollo's an app for browsing Reddit on your iOS device, similar to the official Reddit app. I worked at Apple for a little while and was using Alien Blue, and really wanted to build a Reddit app that felt like if Apple themselves decided to build a Reddit app, something that felt perfectly at home on iOS. No knock on the official app (it's well done by talented people), but it doesn't follow a lot of the iOS design guidelines and feels a little Android-y to me at times. It's kinda like a car, you might be perfectly happy with yours and wonder what's the point of another car, but you might drive in another car and just find it more fun and comfortable to use. On top of this Apollo has some really slick custom gestures, a Jump Bar for quickly bouncing between subreddits, color-coded comments for easy navigation, a really powerful media viewer and it was voted the best Reddit app for iOS by The Sweet Setup.
Oh and I'm still answering questions.
EDIT2: It's getting late so I think I'm going to head to bed but I'll answer more in the morning!