Chimp Software is based in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the rainy & beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. Chimp Software, which really only consists of one person—Aaron Brethorst—was founded in 2003 with the sole intention of building cool software. To date, Aaron has released two applications: iRooster, the alarm clock for Mac OS X; and Slate Poll Tracker '08 (originally Election '08) for the iPhone. Aaron has a few other projects in the works, and hopes to take the wraps off them before too long.
Aaron was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from high school in 2000, and attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Aaron graduated in August 2003 with a B.S. degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction. Shortly after graduation, Aaron released iRooster, took a job with Microsoft and moved to Seattle.
Aaron spent four years working in Microsoft's Developer Division, first on Visual Studio and then on Microsoft Popfly. During his tenure in DevDiv, Aaron was responsible for much of the overall look-and-feel, usability, UI consistency, and accessibility of Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. Later on, Aaron spent several months coordinating Windows Vista compatibility efforts for Developer Division products, and still knows more about Vista's User Account Control mechanism than can be considered healthy.
In his copious amounts of spare time, Aaron enjoys pretending to be a photographer. He shoots with a Canon 40D and a Holga 120CFN medium format camera. You can see more of Aaron's work on his Flickr page, along with his personal favorites, and a selection from each month that he's been shooting. In addition to his Canon 40D, Aaron uses a BG-E2N grip, a 50mm f/1.4 lens, a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, a 70-300mm IS lens, the Lensbaby 2.0, and his much-adored 24-70L. He carries his stuff around in a Crumpler bag, and occasionally will sling around a Manfrotto tripod or some lighting gear in another bag.
Aaron has been developing iPhone applications as long as the iPhone SDK has been available, although Slate Poll Tracker '08 is his first released iPhone application.
Aaron is always interested in hearing from you with feedback on his applications, proposed partnerships or for custom software development tasks. Feel free to contact him through the Contact/Support page.