software developer brooklyn, new york
    mobile products
    March 2017
  • Venmo – iPhone, iPad
    • A mobile payment service that allows users to transfer money between one another and make purchases.

  • January 2015
  • Modest – iPhone, iPad
    • iOS SDK that powers commerce in Intelligentsia, Shawnimals, & dozens of other apps.
    • aka "PayPal Commerce"

  • July 2012
  • Digg – iPhone, iPad
    • News aggregator & RSS Reader.
    • Bought Digg & relaunched it over the summer of 2012.
    • Created a novel feature that uses ambient light detection to determine whether to switch to a 'dark mode'.

  • March 2012
  • News.me – iPhone
    • Personalized news aggregator that pulls from your Twitter & Facebook feeds.
    • Created a novel feature called Paperboy, which uses geofencing to trigger news updates. Later copied by Marco Arment in Instapaper.

  • June 2011
  • Idea Flight – iPad

  • 2009, 2010
  • Condé Nast Magazine Platform – iPhone, iPad

  • 2009, 2010
  • Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List – iPad - April 2010; iPhone - April 2009

  • August 2009
  • Postcard by Concierge.com – iPhone
    • Photo-sharing app with fun filters that helped promote the travel site Concierge.com.

  • December 2009
  • iDigits – iPhone
    • Sole product of Grade A Apps, a failed startup I co-founded with two others.

  • August 2009
  • Music Alarm – iPhone
    • Wholly created by myself.

  • November 2008
  • Wired Product Reviews – iPhone
    • First iOS app I wrote.

  • 2006
  • iEat – iPod classic
    • Utilized the Notes app in an innovative way to bring a newspaper's local restaurants database to your iPod.
  • web products
    September 2012
  • Lobbyists from Last Night

  • 2012
  • Digg
    • Work on the editorial CMS & the mobile web version.
    • Python, Mongo.

  • 2007
  • Myspace and Facebook apps: Flip, Epicurious, What are you wearing, Style
    • PHP, MySQL.

  • 2006
  • MediaHub
    • Hyperlocal photo sharing tool
    • Photo-sharing website with a localized, neighborhood-based approach.
    • Lead developer of a 3-developer team
    • Intimately involved with product from the conception of the idea through development, testing, deployment, marketing, and training.
    • Java/J2EE, AJAX, PHP, Perl, Oracle, MySQL, UNIX.

  • 2005
  • Bracket Contest Tool
    • Create NCAA bracket-style tournaments
    • Java/J2EE, Oracle.

  • 2005
  • Directory Tool
    • Allowed a newspaper to create online directories for their local community churches, businesses, etc.
    • PHP, MySQL.

  • 2003
  • Song Charting Tool for Wake Radio
    • Allowed DJ's to track songs played and the Music Director to chart top tracks.
    • PHP, MySQL
  • open source projects
    September 2012
  • Lobbyists from Last Night

  • March 2012
  • Core Text Label
    • Originally built as part of News.me.
    • An iOS class that lets you get started rendering basic Core Text in your apps. A subclass of UILabel that allows you to set kerning, line height, & multiple fonts.

  • May 2011
  • LinkedIn iOS Library
  • talks
    October 2016
  • Code Driven NYC Meetup

  • March 2012
  • Brooklyn iOS Dev Meetup
    • News.me and Core Text – deck

  • October 2010
  • Online Publishers Association Mobile Day – with Janet Kasdan, Chris Gonzalez, and Alex McDonald
    • Remember when we were just talking about iPhone Apps?

  • June 2010
  • ConvergeSE 2010

  • May 2009
  • Online Publishers Association Mobile Day – with Janet Kasdan
    • iPhone Apps: The Game Changer
  • interviews
    August 2012
  • The Verge – "The new Digg"

  • May 2012
  • ReadWrite – "Other Apps Could Learn from News.me's Location Features"

  • June 2011
  • Ars Technica – "Meet the the developer behind Condé Nast's iOS apps"

  • June 2010
  • Unmatched Style – "Robert Tolar Haining of Condé Nast Digital"

  • May 2009
  • Mobile America: An Exposé on American Cell Phone Culture
  • awards
  • Epicurious

  • Idea Flight
      2011
    • Apple App Store Rewind – Top 5 Productivity iPad App

  • Condé Nast Magazine Platform

  • Postcard by Concierge.com
  • employment
    2015-present
  • PayPal: Engineer; NYC
    • Acquired Modest in Summer 2015
    • 2015-2016: Braintree
      • Sole iOS developer, part of a 30 member team.
    • December 2016-present: Venmo
      • Part of a team of 7 iOS developers.

  • 2014-2015
  • Modest: Engineer; Brooklyn and Chicago

  • 2011-2014
  • Digg / News.me: Senior iOS Developer; New York, New York
    • Sole iOS Developer, part of a 5-member tech team.
    • 2011-2012: Built the News.me iPhone app.
    • 2012-2014: Built the Digg iOS app.
    • Part of the Betaworks studio.

  • 2007-2011
  • Condé Nast: Senior Developer; New York, New York
    • Read more about my time at Condé
    • Started on a 4 developer Special Projects team, primarily creating Facebook apps. After the iPhone App Store launched, I learned Objective-C and created a prototype for Epicurious. I spent several months developing iPhone apps by myself, before I was joined by 2 colleagues for the GQ project. For the iPad launch, I led a team of 7 developers to simultaneously create iPad versions of both Epicurious & GQ, the former of which was heavily promoted by Apple during its launch, culminating in a nod from Steve Jobs himself during the iPhone 4.0 keynote address.
    • In January 2011, I co-founded the Interactive Product Group at Condé Nast. Our first product, Idea Flight, launched in June 2011 to much acclaim.
    • 2009 Innovator of the Year, Condé Nast Publications – for my work on the GQ Magazine iPhone app

  • 2007
  • Yahoo: Software Developer; Atlanta, Georgia
    • Part of the Broadband/Connected Life group

  • 2004-2007
  • CoxNet: Software Developer; Atlanta, Georgia
    • Part of the 4 developer Special Projects team that develops large company-wide projects, while still retaining the flexibility to work on small, site-specific projects.

  • 2000-2004
  • Wake Radio: General Manager [2003-2004], DJ; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Led a staff of 50 DJs, 7 executives

  • 2000-2002
  • Ben & Jerrys: Assistant Manager, Scooper; Atlanta, Georgia
  • skills
  • Objective-C, Swift, and Cocoa Touch; PHP; MySQL; HTML and CSS; Python; Mongo; Java/J2EE; Oracle
  • Agile Development; Team Leader
  • Cross-departmental relationships
  • Product ideation
  • education
    2000-2004
  • Wake Forest University: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with Honors, Cum Laude
    • Minor in Mathematics
    • Honors Societies: Upsilon Pi Epsilon; Pi Mu Epsilon

  • 1994-2000
  • Pace Academy
  • academic publications and papers
  • Feds with EDS: Searching for the optimal explosive scanning system: Published In UMAP Journal 24.2, Summer 2003 edition. 2003 COMAP Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling: Outstanding Award (Top 5 papers).
  • Quick, Pass Me the Optimal Amusement Park Queuing System!: 2004 COMAP Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling: Meritorious Designation (Top 10%).
  • Medium-Sized Peer-to-Peer Database System for Secure Data Transfer: Senior Honors Thesis [code].
    • developed through an Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Wake Forest University under the mentorship of the illustrious Dr. Errin Fulp
  • hacks
    August 2017
  • Venmo Emoji Screensaver
    • macOS screensaver that pulls in emoji from real-time transactions posted on Venmo.
    • Similar to the classic starfield screensaver, but with emoji.
    • Built with Clint Ecker, along with Nina Zakharenko, Todd Brannam, & Dan Holly-Wells.

  • February 2013
  • Chromatic
    • iPhone app that takes a photo & allows the user to select a color & search Etsy for matching products.
    • Built with Gabriela Anastasio, Phillip Huynh, Mara Isip, & Rob Van Wyen
    • Fashion Hackathon

  • December 2012
  • Betaworks Tardis
    • Converted an old phone booth into a Doctor Who style Tardis.
    • Built with Jason Morrow.
    • Betaworks Hack Day

  • September 2012
  • Lobbyists from Last Night
    • Shines a light on parties & other fundraisers that your elected officials are attending.
    • Built with Larry Buchanan, River Clegg, Nicko Margolies, Nick Monje, and Aditya Mukerjee.
    • Comedy Hack Day
  • contact
  • LinkedIn
  • mail at roberthaining d0t com
  • @tolar
  • articles i wrote
  • Hands on with the Pebble watch: a handy device with a lot of potential
    • Ars Technica – April 7, 2013