Ken Franklin, Apple Pay Developer in Tampa, FL, United States
Ken Franklin

Apple Pay Developer in Tampa, FL, United States

Member since July 21, 2016
Ken is a highly motivated and professional developer with 30 years of experience in the production of commercial desktop applications. Over the past seven years, he has focused on iOS apps, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. He's been the sole engineer on over 25 commercial-quality apps. He delivers.
Ken is now available for hire




Tampa, FL, United States



Preferred Environment

Objective-C, Swift, Skype, Slack, Git, iOS, Xcode

The most amazing...

...algorithm I've developed is PhotoWave. Created for the photobook product POPSA, it generates a natural-looking layout with a given set of disparate photos.


  • CEO

    2009 - PRESENT
    Gnasher Mobilesoft
    • Involved in the following:. • Bespoke PDF management/editing. • Bespoke text document management/editing. • Blackjack Apprenticeship). #1 in the App Store. • HomeMD, a medical televise app. • HitchPin is an agriculture-based marketplace. • Bespoke offline mail app.
    • Created an algorithm that used AI to layout a phonebook automatically by analyzing the photos for orientation, color, subject matter, date, face recognition, etc.
    • Built and maintained a bespoke PDF editor and management application and a note-taking app like EverNote.
    Technologies: iOS, Swift, Objective-C, SQLite, HTTP, REST, JSON, RealmSwift, Core Data, Alamofire, Stripe, StoreKit, Dropbox API, CloudKit, Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), RxSwift, HTML, WebSockets, iOS SDK, SQLiteManager, SQL, Debugging, Fabric, Instruments, JavaScript, Firebase
  • Director of Software

    2010 - 2017
    Yuza Mobile
    • Developed and delivered 24 applications as the primary engineer. Many of these apps were featured by Apple and received excellent reviews.
    • Made use of augmented reality for a product developed for Ferrari.
    • Developed reusable libraries to speed development.
    Technologies: iOS, Objective-C, Debugging, Fabric, Instruments
  • Senior Technical Manager

    1996 - 1999
    America Online (AOL)
    • Provided technical leadership for AOL's Macintosh client.
    • Developed a framework to integrate browser into client.
    • Provided oversight for support calls and reported to executive leadership regarding this.
    Technologies: MacOS, C++, Debugging
  • Chief Technical Officer

    1993 - 1996
    Pixel Technologies
    • Co-founded the company.
    • Built Mac versions of games.
    • Led the team on development tasks.
    Technologies: PlayStation, Windows, MacOS, Debugging
  • Senior Software Engineer

    1991 - 1993
    • Led the development of IBM Word.
    Technologies: C++, Debugging
  • Computer Operator

    1987 - 1990
    • Managed a computer network for the Air Force Global Weather Central in Omaha, Nebraska. Was granted Top Secret/CSI clearance.
    Technologies: VMS, Debugging


  • HitchPin

    An Uber-like service where farmers can offer services and products to other farmers who may have expensive assets sitting idle.

  • HomeMD

    HomeMD is a service wherein you can schedule a physician. It is a very large project, as can be seen from the website. I was the sole developer and initiated the development of this startup's iOS app in Swift.

  • HUVR Data

    HUVR offers services to allow asset owners of things such as wind turbines, oil rigs, etc. to collect data and complete inspections of these assets.

    I was the sole iOS developer for their iPad/iPhone app used in the field to perform these inspections. It is written in Obj-C, and I am still called upon from time to time for app maintenance.

  • Custom PDF Editor

    Designed and created a PDF management app similar to PDF Expert for a client who needed it for personal use.

    It is backed by Dropbox and allows local and cloud file search, file management (move, rename, delete, etc), annotations, and more. It is written from scratch with Swift.

  • Custom Note Taking App

    Created and maintain a bespoke note taking app for a client for their personal use. Think Evernote or Permanote.

    Written in Swift and backed by Dropbox, it allows the user to create notes, save them to Dropbox, and use global content and title searches, custom macros, voice dictation, and much more.

  • Blackjack Apprenticeship

    Brought on to maintain, fix bugs, and add a few features to the brand's flagship Blackjack card counting app. Written in Obj-C, it was purely a maintenance and upgrade job, inheriting the previous developers' code.


    International photo book creation app.


    Betting odds aggregator to find the best return for any particular bet across multiple established betting providers.

  • DigiPill

    Using audio created by profession hypno-therapists, you can treat stress, empower yourself to succeed, and more.

  • DreamOn

    Started as an experiment to determine if certain audio cues can influence your dreams, it turned into a sensation. Thousands of downloads.

  • Ferrari Mania

    Showing both the history and future of Ferrari, this app has features that keep the user coming back time and again.

  • Aston Martin Apps

    Showing the history of the iconic Aston Martin brand, this app contains a speedometer, G-meter, and more. Producing this app actually required visiting the Aston Martin facility in England and riding in some of the soon-to-be-released cars.

  • CineCam

    Movie making app with filters and effects to make producing high-quality videos a piece of cake.

    100k downloads in 72 hours!

  • Virgin Atlantic's London City Guide

    Built to coincide with the Olympics, helped newbies to London find the best restaurants, hotels, and events during their stay.

  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible

    Built to coincide with a TV spectacular, this app allows real-time voting on the magic presented on TV.

  • Professor Green

    Promotional application for singer Professor Green.

  • The Good Food Guide 2011

    Built for the UK ratings company "Which?" and allows users to find top-notch dining throughout the UK.

  • Whitakers Almanac Quiz

    A quiz app based on the popular Whitaker's encyclopedia brand.

  • Whitakers Sports Quiz

    Sports quiz based on Whitaker's popular almanac.

  • Andrew Lloyd Webbers Superstar

    An app to be used by viewers of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Superstar talent competition held in UK in 2013.

  • The Good Food Guide 2010

    Produced for the well known ratings company "Which?"—it highlighted their go-to ratings for the best culinary treats in the UK.

  • Akrapovič Car Exhaust Systems!/multimedia

    Showcased world-renowned exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič's lineup of products and history.

  • NOW 70's Quiz

    Audio trivia based on the famous "Now thats what I call music!" brand.

  • NOW 80's Quiz

    Audio trivia based on the famous "Now thats what I call music!" brand.

  • NOW 90's Quiz

    Audio trivia based on the famous "Now thats what I call music!" brand.

  • mMail

    Bespoke application to replace the iOS Mail app. The mail is kept local and removed from the server, which allows the client to access email and history when offline. The underlying technology is MailCore, a public domain mail handler.


  • Languages

    Swift, Objective-C, C++, JavaScript, HTML, SQL
  • Frameworks

    AFNetworking, Cocoa Touch, Core Data, iOS SDK, UIKit, SwiftUI, Dropzone.js, CloudKit, RealmSwift, StoreKit
  • Libraries/APIs

    Fabric, SnapKit, Alamofire, Parse SDK, Dropbox API, iOS Native Libraries, Twitter API, Facebook API, Stripe API, Core Animation, RxSwift, Stripe
  • Tools

    Git, Instruments, Xcode, Crashlytics, Adobe Photoshop, Slack, Skype, SQLiteManager
  • Paradigms

    Model View Viewmodel (MVVM), REST
  • Platforms

    Mixpanel, iOS, Dropbox, WatchOS, MacOS, Windows, Firebase
  • Storage

    JSON, Realm, MySQL, SQLite
  • Other

    Debugging, Apple Pay, PDF, AP, WebSockets, Video Streaming, VMS, HTTP


  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
    1987 - 1990
    University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Associate's Degree in Computer Science
    1984 - 1987
    University of Florida - Gainesville

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