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Twitter buys company from 21-year-old Austrian

The Local/AFP · 13 Nov 2015, 15:33

Published: 13 Nov 2015 15:33 GMT+01:00

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Computer scientist Felix Krause developed his first app for bicycle routes when he was 16-years-old. After completing HTL training at a higher education institute in Wiener Neustadt he went on to study software engineering at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, which was where he started his company Fastlane.

After recognising problems with releasing and updating iPhone apps, Krause developed software that made testing and releasing app updates as simple as a click of a button.

Following the release of the first version of the software a year ago, he made it open source and then went on to earn money by developing special modifications tailored for different companies.

His programme ended up with around 15,000 daily users, which led to interest from Twitter who offered to collaborate with Krause. Since October, Fastlane has been part of Twitter's mobile development platform Fabric and Krause has relocated to San Francisco to work on his project full time.

Speaking to APA, Krause said: “I'm enjoying it very much, making my project even bigger here in San Francisco.”

Presenting Fastlane at the developer conference Twitter Flight a few weeks ago, Kraus spoke about some of the benefits his software offers for app developers as well as announcing that the software is now available for Android as well as Apple.

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