Solving problems is the chief passion of Chris Dahlen, who is the VP of application development. As the technologist who consults on our platform choices, hacks out our back-end code and watches over the pieces of a solution that the customer trusts but never sees, Chris brings his experience and curiosity to Mad*Pow.
Growing up, Chris was never far from his Apple //c. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Chris found his way into the tech industry in the mid-‘90s, where he has held roles as a developer and a project manager. He has worked in educational software supporting Pearson, Scholastic and Houghton Mifflin, served small businesses at inc.com, and consulted in the cubicle farms of Fortune 500 clients at Context Integration. And while he’s spent most of his career in back-end development, he was also the mobile developer on the Android app Bzzy, winner of the 2011 MITX Mobile award.
Chris writes regularly about technology and pop culture, and his work has appeared at Pitchfork, Variety, Paste, and Kill Screen Magazine, where he served as co-founder and editor-in-chief. During his freelance career he has reported on a robot opera, music recommendation engines, pet cloning in Hollywood, and how to get pregnant in Second Life. Chris has also written scripts, clues and haiku for videogames including the acclaimed Mark of the Ninja from Klei Entertainment, and Carmen Sandiego for Facebook from Blue Fang Games.
Chris lives in Portsmouth with his wife, children’s book illustrator Teri Weidner, and their son. Weekends find them hiking, checking out strange sites around New England, and ducking into Caffe Kilim for a double-shot and a Yoo-hoo.