Kaya Thomas is an Oakland, California-based iOS developer on popular meditation app Calm (Disclosure: Inside CEO Jason Calacanis is an investor in Calm, which I did not know when I followed Kaya Thomas on Twitter. — Jon). Before Calm, Thomas worked at Slack — like, at the actual company that makes Slack, not the way we all go to work on Slack now. Thomas is also a speaker and writer exploring technical topics as well as life in the tech industry.
Kaya earned a spot on the @insideAAPL Top 100 this week for a refreshing tweet about SwiftUI. As people get their hands dirty with the next-generation UI frameworks Apple announced in June, there’s been a steady increase in griping about its difficulties and shortcomings. Thomas isn’t having it. Though she acknowledges the frustrations, she says playing with SwiftUI “has given me a lot fo joy & reminds me of the excitement I had when I first started doing iOS programming 5 (!) years ago.”