A Thinking Ape

Our mission is to build and create technology that changes how people socialize and play on mobile devices. We value ownership, creative freedom, data-driven decisions, and meritocracy over hierarchy. Our team moves fast, and builds stuff that gets used by millions of people every day. We focus on really challenging technical problems — a few areas in which we’ve innovated include: backend distributed systems to support millions of players, sophisticated analytics infrastructure, virtual economic theory, graphics and animation pipelines, and building complex emergent behavior in online communities. We are currently one of the highest-grossing mobile developers in the world.

  • Industry: Software
  • Year Started: 2008
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • # of Employees: 5 ( as of Jan 1, 2012)

Wilkins Chung

Wilkins Chung was previously a software development manager and software engineer at Amazon where he focused on scalability solutions before leaving the company to start A Thinking Ape in the Bay Area. Wilkins graduated from University of Waterloo in computer engineering.

  • Age: 35
  • Ethnicity: East Asian

Eric Diep

Eric Diep is a math dropout from the University of Waterloo. After leaving school, Eric spent considerable time in San Francisco and was one of the first independent developers to gain traction on the Facebook platform.

  • Age: 29
  • Ethnicity: East Asian

Kenshi Arasaki

Kenshi Arasaki was previously a software engineer at Amazon working on special initiatives before leaving the company to start A Thinking Ape in the Bay Area. Kenshi graduated from the University of Calgary in computer science.

  • Age: 34
  • Ethnicity: East Asian