Last year, I had a problem. It had been a couple of months since the last Synergy release, and I was struggling with staying focused and motivated. Developing software on your own is hard; much of the fun comes from solving problems with people, then running off to furiously hammer out a ton of code, and having someone to show off to. Its impossible to bounce problems off a wall.
So, I decided that I needed to hire someone to work with, but I wanted to do it properly. To me, that means: A real office with culture and atmosphere, and real jobs with salaries and benefits. Experience tells me this is how you get the best out of people, by giving them a great place to work and a mission.
So in January 2013, I created a company, and moved into an office…
I then started looking for someone to hire. After hours on the phone chatting to candidates, and days of interviewing, I found a Graduate Software Engineer, Jerry.
We soon started work on Synergy — our first sprint focused on making a portable version of Synergy for Windows (no installer needed).
Next, the highly demanded Encryption feature, and our first release since July 2012! We achieved our goals, and the sprint was a success. You can download Synergy 1.4.11 now from our website.
All this is thanks to funding from our community of amazing users. I’d like to personally thank everyone who helped us achieve this — without you, this would not have happened!