How a video game programmer started writing software that is _really_ fun (Howdy ya'll)

I’m new to the blog, but not new to YNAB. I’m proud to be the lead programmer behind YNAB Pro.

But let me start at the beginning. A couple of years ago, I was looking for a better budget program, and when I found YNAB I knew I’d found a good thing. Jesse and I started talking, and in short order we discovered that we were both excited about the idea of YNAB evolving into more than a spreadsheet. A few months later we released YNAB Pro (to great acclaim).

Since then, we’ve always been trying to improve YNAB Pro, and I’m proud of how far it’s come. Our forums are probably the most helpful place on the internet! If you haven’t before, I encourage you to read through them. There’s nary a question unanswered, and that even includes the ones that leave Jesse and I scratching our heads! I honestly don’t think you can find a friendlier group of folks anywhere. In addition to helping each other, our customers really help us too. When they share their ideas (and yes, even their frustrations), it helps Jesse and I to know what to focus on for our next release. Up until now, there’s only been one problem: time.

What some people might not know is that YNAB Pro has been a side-project for me for the past couple of years – not a full time gig. (For my day job I was a programmer for a big video game publisher.) I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in this time, but I have always wanted to accomplish things faster. When you know it will just take a few minutes to add a feature that will save thousands of people hours of time managing their money, you want it done yesterday!

I’m excited to announce that as of a few days ago, I began working on YNAB Pro full time. I get to work with Jesse on budget software all day long, which means more frequent releases of YNAB Pro, which makes for a happy lead programmer and even happier budgeters.

I’ve already begun working on the next release. I’m fixing lots of little annoyances, like allowing you to easily change the order of the account tabs so that people don’t have to do silly things anymore, and making it easier to import bank transactions. I’m also going to be adding official transfer functionality. I’m excited about it. Have something you’d like to see get added to YNAB Pro soon? Please let us know!

P.S. For those of you scratching your head at the title of this post, that’s how we say “Hi” down here in Austin, Texas.