Originators

  • Angel Vu is the Product Manager of the PDFpen family of apps, which was acquired by Nitro Software, Inc. in 2021. At a time where knowledge-based work is rapidly expanding, and having worked in various organizations that focused on information and knowledge workers, Angel believes in high-quality integrated technology that will help organizations and knowledge workers boost their productivity and reduce information overload. She is based in the USA. LinkedIn.
  • Brett Terpstra develops a Markdown previewer for Mac called Marked 2, and co-authored “some macOS books” with David Sparks for the iBookstore and Vimeo. He’s developing a new app. He has an extensive projects page. He can be found as “ttscoff” just about everywhere, including Twitter, Mastodon, and Github.
  • Brian Fisher is Professor, School of Interactive Arts & Technology @ Simon Fraser University. LinkedIn, ResearchGate.
  • Brian Shi is co-founder of CogSci Apps, as well as its VP and CTO. He is lead developer of the Hook productivity app which facilitates getting and using links within and between apps. He is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Daniel Gorin. Between 2002 and 2017, Daniel pioneered the use of A.I and Natural Language Processing, becoming the leading provider of language learning software into the German school system and a licensor to Oxford University Press. Before settling in England in 2017, he lived and worked in nine countries across four continents, building a global ‘ecosystem of trust’ between entrepreneurs, experts and creatives. As of 2021, Daniel is working on his next venture, Neocortek Ltd, to build software that models such real-life networks of trust and its multi-dimensional linkage. This software will help him, and future users, to transcend the ‘Dunbar number’ (and similar biological limitations), thereby becoming the ultimate brain-extension for effective relationship- and knowledge-management. LinkedIn.
  • David Sparks believes computers and technology can make us better, not worse, if used correctly. David podcasts about getting more out of your Apple Technology, Automating your life, and getting more focused. David also publishes MacSparky.com where he writes about finding the best tools, hardware, and workflows for using Apple products to get work done. David’s favorite thing to do is build the MacSparky Field Guides. Twitter: @MacSparky.
  • Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann is president of and developer at DEVONtechnologies, (@devontech), makers of software for information workers. DEVONthink and DEVONagent help scientists, journalists, educators, students, lawyers, and many others taming the data flood of the information age. All DEVONtechnologies products are designed to be powerful, automatable, and easy to integrate with other apps. Linking documents within DEVONthink and to or from external apps is a fundamental part of the concept. Twitter: @eboehnisch, LinkedIn.
  • Frank Blome is the founder and CEO of ProjectWizards, the maker of Merlin Project. This project management software allows Mac and iPad users to turn big ideas into reality in a stunningly simple way. It helps to solve complex tasks with ease. Contact him via Twitter @fblome or LinkedIn
  • Frode Alexander Hegland is editor of Future Text Publishing and leader of Augmented Text Tools. On Twitter: @liquidizer.
  • George Browning is the founder of Zengobi, Inc., and developer of Curio, a macOS notebook application for note-taking, brainstorming, and research gathering. Linking is a key feature of Curio, with support for deep links to a project, or pages or figures within a project, or specific selected ranges within text or PDF figures, or specific start times in audio or video figures. More info at zengobi.com or @zengobi.
  • Jacob Gorban is the founder of Apparent Software, developing Mac and iOS apps since the mid-2000s. The company’s productivity app Trickster supports automated bi-directional linking of files and other inter-app communication. Jacob is an advocate of indie software development and believes that indies should work together in making their apps an interconnected ecosystem.
    Jacob lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and can be found on Twitter or on his blog
  • Jay Miller is a developer, advocate, and content creator in the productivity and programming spaces. He feels that we are in a time where the hierarchical structure of files has never been more obfuscated. The adoption of linking and relevant retrieval provides a sense of structure expanding beyond files on our system and extending to the things we’ve seen and have marked as worthy of recollection. Twitter: @kjaymiller.
  • Jeff Rivett is the owner/operator of Jeff Rivett Consulting, based in Burnaby, BC, Canada. Jeff provides web development and IT services to CogSci Apps. Jeff is also a big fan of making computers even more useful, and supports this effort to make linking more nearly universal.
  • John Nesbit is Professor at Simon Fraser University. He is based in Port Moody Canada.
  • Ken Case is CEO of the Omni Group in Seattle, makers of award-winning productivity apps including OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan. The Omni Group helps customers accomplish more every day by building powerful productivity apps for Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and the web. Ken believes that apps are most powerful when they focus on their own strengths and interaction models, linking to other apps for other ways of working with the same or related content. He can be found on Twitter at @kcase.
  • Luc P. Beaudoin is co-founder of CogSci Apps Corp., CogZest and Somnolence+; he is also adjunct professor of Cognitive Science and of Education at Simon Fraser University. He has written two books on Cognitive Productivity that emphasize the importance of being able to quickly navigate related information. He is also a designer of the Hook productivity app, which facilitates getting and using links within and between apps. He’s based in Metro-Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Twitter: @LucCogZest, LinkedIn.
  • Mark Bernstein is chief scientist at Eastgate Systems, Inc., where he designs and crafts tools for writing with links. He is the designer of Tinderbox and author of Intertwingled, The Tinderbox Way, the hypertext novel Those Trojan Girls, as well as roughly fifty research papers and book chapters on links. Twitter: @eastgate.
  • Michael Tsai is founder of C-Command Software https://c-command.com and developer of EagleFiler, which has supported incoming and outgoing hyperlinks since 2006. He’s based in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Twitter: @mjtsai, Blog https://mjtsai.com/blog/.
  • Monika Pudlo is a clinical psychologist and adjunct at the Institute of Art Education and Art Therapy, The University of Maria Grzegorzewska (Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im.Marii Grzegorzewskiej) in Warsaw, Poland. ResearchGate.
  • Rajesh Karmani is the founder of AskWhai, which is building a platform for user agency and personalization in digital products. He was previously the CTO at Farmer’s Fridge, which is on a mission to make fresh food available 24/7 through smart fridges, and has secured $40 million in venture funding. He oversaw all technology projects and its patent-pending digital retail platform for fresh food. Rajesh has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. Founder of Moon. He’s in the SF Bay Area, California. LinkedIn. Twitter.
  • Patrick Woolsey is a co-founder and COO of Bare Bones Software, which is described in the next bullet. LinkedIn.
  • Rich Siegel is the founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software, developers of award-winning developer and productivity tools for the Mac, including BBEdit, Yojimbo, and Mailsmith (retired). The company’s passion for creating deeply functional software with a clean, effective interface has earned it devotion from Mac users worldwide. Rich has long held that “plays well with others” is a core strength and design principle of his company’s products, because it empowers customers to be even more productive than might be possible otherwise. He can be found on Twitter at @siegel.
  • Tim Stringer is the founder of Technically Simple and Learn OmniFocus and a certified yoga and meditation teacher. He’s based in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Twitter: @timstringer, LinkedIn.