My name is Michael De Wildt and I am an easy going Aussie, coder and product guy in Melbourne, Australia.
I have coded for 99designs and helped their dev team scale from 6 to about 30, just after they received a nice amount of funding from Accel partners. It was a fantastic experience and I am sad to have had to leave such an awesome company and great people, more on this soon.
Before even joining 99designs I released a plugin for WordPress called WordPress Backup to Dropbox that… well does exactly what the title states. In two and a half years this plugin has been downloaded over half a million times and continues to grow. In order to cover my costs I created a way to sell extensions right from within the plugin itself called Extendy. This platform allowed me to cover my costs and use that revenue to motivate me to innovate and support the plugin.
The support load for this plugin became too much to handle and, instead of walking away from it, I decided to leave 99designs to try and solve this issue for others as well as see if Extendy is viable for other developers. Time will tell if this was a good idea!
In the past I have contributed to the TortoiseHg project, a graphical set of tools for Mecurial written in Python using PyQt. In addition to some small changes and minor enhancements I have written a dialog for the Mercurial Post review plugin. This dialog allows users to seamlessly post reviews to Review Board from the TortoiseHg repository explorer. You can read more about the dialog it here, however, I am no longer supporting this tool and hope that someone has taken over my work.
Apart from work I enjoy an active lifestyle where I spend a lot of my free time travelling, keeping fit and participating in various action sports. During the summer I love to hit the beach and enjoy Kitesufing or Wakeboarding at the lake. In the winter I can’t get enough of the mountains , snow and Snowboarding where you will find me at Falls Creek or Mt Hotham most weekend. There is nothing better to clear your mind then to strap on a board and get away from it all!
Anyways that is pretty much it for now!
If you want to contact me about nerd stuff, go for a surf, hit the slopes somewhere in the world or just say G’day you can get in contact with me on Twitter!
Oh, and if you need help with your support, please get in contact with me here.