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John-Paul May, Product Developer in Madison, AL, United States
John-Paul May

Product Developer in Madison, AL, United States

Member since October 24, 2016
JP is a leader in low-level iOS, complex 3D, device-cloud, and product engineering. On the interface and 3D side, he executes the most unique and challenging projects. With broad and deep experience in social, banking, and transactional, he's often called on to solve problems or finish projects. He's created many significant successes and industry firsts for clients—often slashing costs through an elegant approach.
John-Paul is now available for hire



  • iOS, 15 years
  • Unity3D, 10 years
  • Realtime, 10 years
  • Product, 10 years
Madison, AL, United States



Preferred Environment

Native (particularly iOS), Unity, Real Time/Cloud

The most amazing...

...thing I've done was to create Fingercoaster—which is by far the most technically advanced VR system and by far the highest money-making VR technology.


  • Lead iOS Researcher

    2019 - PRESENT
    Verizon Group
    • Worked directly with the science team of the group's cutting-edge research group.
    • Led and executed a novel 3D visual/networking technology breakthrough project on the iOS side.
    • Required leading expertise in low-level iOS, Metal/OpenGL, 3D technical, Unity, unusual shader technologies, real-time communications, streaming, HLS, mesh generation, low-level plugins, VR/AR, and the rendering pipeline.
    Technologies: iOS, 3D, Low-level, Streaming
  • Product Lead | Head of Research

    2013 - PRESENT
    Smaaash Entertainment, Asia
    • Created many hugely successful, technically novel attraction products, many being household names in cities with Smaaash's sports-oriented urban theme parks.
    • Led research in fields such as "stadium" apps, realtime SQL-to-device, generative mesh, multiuser VR, motion control platforms, spline-handling, world generation via heuristic and learning systems.
    • Developed house toolsets for unusual networking (from low-level to cloud), 3D, graphics, machine control as well as practical needs such as payment processing.
    • Created the single highest money-making VR product in existence—the Fingercoaster. Invented and engineered attractions for major world sports celebrities such as Ronaldo.
    • "Imagineered" with a broad range of robotics (such as ABB), image processing, sensors, novel networking—production of motion capture, animation work, and also conventional filmmaking segments.
    • Created hit rides which were key to the organization's expansion into the Middle East and their recent first opening in the USA.
    Technologies: VR, Database, Robotics, Product Engineering, Game Engines
  • Product Lead | CTO

    2017 - 2018
    • Led programming, staffing, and research for this extremely novel social media project for this California VC team.
    • Personally engineered the very unusual game-like physics interface of the project, in native low-level iOS, Android. May was initially approached due to his 3D / low-level background after a number of attempts stumbled.
    • Top-to-bottom architecture, staffing for the five-person team, planning, engineering for this realtime, iOS/Android video-focused social media.
    • Utilized Firebase, AWS, and the like for OCC, combined with custom-built services.
    • Architected and developed the in-house USD-based online-offline app currency system (a custom Node/SQL device-server system).
    • Led the data science team for the predictive/recommendation systems, incorporating Neo4J with "conventional" cloud technology.
    • Managed all the usual ancillary systems that are typical of modern social media product on both platforms such as app provisioning, messaging, third-party testing services, Algolia, and so on.
    Technologies: iOS, Currency, Data Science, Cloud, BaaS, Low-level Physics Animation
  • Cloud Engineer | iOS Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    Service Fusion
    • Implemented the in-house device-cloud system for this high-volume white-label provider.
    • Developed device-side SQL engines (iOS and Android apps) for the real-time occasionally connected computing system with PostgreSQL on the AWS cloud-side.
    • Programmed the real-time iOS libraries and apps—emphasis on threading, instantaneous response, performance programming, for the complex UX.
    • Wrangled day-to-day app and server development—led problem discovery, tracking, OCC testing; developed the APIs, etc, from transport to high level.
    • Handled all everyday app provisioning, app store issues, transactions, detail such as social, analytics, pipeline, and workflow.
    Technologies: iOS, Android, OCC Cloud Systems
  • Game Lead

    2012 - 2016
    Defy Media (Viacom), LA
    • Created the enormously financially successful, hit celebrity game for kids: Super Head Esploder X, for the top YouTube celebrities of the day. One of the fastest ever apps to the top 10.
    • Helped establish the Unity3D cloud architecture and corporate game pipeline.
    • Conceived and executed many highly financially successful features. For example, a crowdfunding campaign which generated $258,000 in a few weeks, and an in-app-purchase which cost $3,000 to produce and which generated low six figures in a few weeks.
    • Organized the Unity3D cloud architecture for the social integration of the huge user base. Introduced BaaS systems.
    • Streamlined the Unity3D, multiplayer networking and in-app-purchase systems for Defy's stable of game development companies.
    Technologies: In-app Purchase, App Store, Play Store, Unity
  • Owner

    2009 - 2016
    SMHK Ltd
    • Engineered for many brands with major successes for 15+ years. Projects for clients in the US, Europe, and Asia.
    • Focused particularly on difficult high-value technical challenges. For example, cloud engineering, "maker-" technology for games, and complex mesh generation research.
    Technologies: Unity3D, C#, VR, iOS, Cloud
  • Cloud Architect | App Engineer

    2005 - 2016
    Sourcetop, NY
    • Handled all the app engineering for this East Coast web development company.
    • Executed projects such as a complex iPad app BRANY for a pharmaceutical major; a streaming reviews startup for Android and iOS.
    Technologies: iOS, Android, Cloud (Parse, PubNub, Firebase)
  • App Engineer

    2009 - 2015
    360Design, NY
    • Handled all the app engineering for this design and web studio.
    • Executed projects such as the AR catalog app for Metrie building products (iOS and Android); developed a Tylko-like AR app for a furniture manufacturer (iOS, Android, cloud).
    Technologies: iOS, Android, Cloud
  • CTO | Lead Programmer

    2011 - 2012
    de Clermont-Tonnerre, Belgium
    • Created, in a few months, a social dot-com for a European startup that was associated with high-profile investors.
    • Performed the complete iOS and Android engineering, architecture, and staffing. Executed the cloud-side for a full-featured social dotcom in BaaS. Created a novel prototyping framework to slash costs.
    Technologies: Android, iOS, BaaS
  • CTO, Online Transactions and Gaming

    1997 - 2009
    InterSoftware Ltd, HK
    • Created one of the first in-browser software sets for online casinos. Highly successful for a number of gaming properties in Asia and Europe with a number of six-figure sales.
    • Built the PSB server for online blackjack and poker, an early server (C++) for real-time, secure, multiplayer, card-gaming. Three installations with some 20 million hands played and was bought out.
    • Operated a successful white-label prepaid debit card company. it provided software services for a number of card companies in Canada and Europe.
    • Provided software services for a number of digital currencies—particularly bank card interoperability and secure server provisioning.
    Technologies: Financial, Real-time Gaming Technical Software


  • Fingercoaster (Development)

    I created Fingercoaster for Smaaash Entertainment, Asia—by far the world's most successful VR ride.

    It's the most complex existing VR product. A rack of PCs builds worlds in real-time, driving novel VR-motion-platform software and hardware. Riders "draw their own world" on kiosks and then pay to ride a multi-user, VR-motion experience.

    A huge industry hit, it immediately achieved seven figures in machine sales. It is far and away the highest ticket sales VR attraction. It often outsells competitors (such as Cruden, Simuline, etc.) by 10-to-1 in side-by-side sites.

  • Goalstopper (Development)

    For Star Sports Asia and for the world's biggest sports brand, Ronaldo, I created a number of complex Unity-based installations and simulators. Goalstopper is a hit. It's a showpiece of Unity to low-level engineering.

  • Super Head-Esploder X for Viacom (Development)

    One of the fastest ever hits to make the top ten in the App Store. It's a perfectly executed kid's game for the number one YouTube celebrities. A particular focus was paid on perfectly handling in-app purchases at this enormous financial volume level.

    Celebrity apps are a difficult field: the direct competitor's app which was created in response completely failed. Just the "whacky" promotional video for Head Esploder had some 13 million views—indeed it was and remains far and away the most successful promo video for a digital product for that organization.

  • PadRacer (Other amazing things)

    We made the hit—PadRacer—at the time of the launch of the iPad. It had $300,000+ in sales. It was the first phone-to-pad networking game.

    It's an excellent example of generating huge indie sales by being the first with the technology. The app received much coverage at the time in the online outlets such as Mashable, Wired as well as a number of major newspapers worldwide. It's an excellent example of combining a gimmick with a difficult new technology—resulting in excellent press coverage and hence financial success.

  • TrackTool (Other amazing things)

    I built the first good finger-to-mesh system.

    Starting with a line drawing, it creates a 3D mesh and other assets needed for racetracks for car-racing games. The tool set was sold to a number of studios—an example of financial success by executing a technology first.

  • ProtocolBuilder and Other Dot-coms (Development)

    I built ProtocolBuilder for the pharma industry. The other links are typical complex iOS/Android apps for dot-coms with a complex server side.

    Other examples in recent years include:
    • (web architecture, app, staffing)
    • (AR-catalog apps)
    • Skywall (a European social startup)


  • Languages

    Swift, C#
  • Frameworks

    Unity3D, Realtime
  • Libraries/APIs

    API Development
  • Platforms

  • Storage

  • Other

    APIs, Transactions, Mesh Development, Architecture, Networks, Game Technology Development, BaaS, Product
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