Ben has been building apps and thinking about mobile since the beginning of the App Store. In 2011 he created a breakthrough calendar app, Free Time. Having achieved a life long goal of building an app that was downloaded by more people than the population of his hometown (Jackson, Mississippi), he joined Raizlabs to help change the rest of the world through software.
At Raizlabs he serves as the Director of Business development and has been involved in dozens of projects helping clients push the envelope with innovative mobile technology. Ben is also a co-organizer of Boston’s premier mobile meetup, Drinks on Tap and has spoken at a variety of mobile conferences on the benefits of animations in mobile software.
When he isn’t obsessing over how to create better products, he’s either on a bike or playing Ultimate Frisbee.
“Free Time” is an iPhone app that flips your calendar upside down and lets you focus on the free time in your day, instead of all the busy time. In this article, Ben Johnson will show you how it came to be and what his team ultimately learned in the process. Also he’ll give you some advice for when you build your next great idea. This is the story of how limitations led to his biggest success in the App Store — and his biggest failure.