The Mentors

Courses are taught by web and mobile industry experts who are the brains and power behind hundreds of successful products.

The Founders

Mike Bollinger and Jeff Lin have a strong belief that good education leads to great experiences. In the rapidly changing web and mobile industry, learning comes in the form of doing. They started Smart Factory as a way to offer hands-on learning with instruction from experienced mentors in a fast-paced and fun environment.

Mike Bollinger

Mike Bollinger

Mobile App Design

Mike is the founder and CEO of Livefront and part of the leadership team for Smart Factory. He is co-founder of TECHdotMN, a media group covering technology news in Minnesota. With over fifteen years of experience in software design and engineering, he has helped launched mobile products for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. His love for international travel and photography inform his approach to creating beautiful, simple design experiences for people in motion.

Jeff Lin

Jeff Lin

SEO and Password Management

Jeff is the founder and CEO of Bust Out Solutions and part of the leadership team for Smart Factory. He has taught web production as an adjunct faculty member at Hennepin Technical College where he continues to serve on the Board of Advisors for the web department. With a background in software engineering and an eye for design, he believes in a holistic approach to building rock-solid software with impeccable user experiences.

Your Mentors

The Smart Factory mentors work for several companies that live on the bleeding edge of modern web and mobile technology and design. Not only will you gain new skills from Smart Factory, you will make connections with a wide variety of top practitioners who know the ins and outs of the tech community.

Sam Kirchmeier

Sam Kirchmeier

Intro to iOS

Sam Kirchmeier is a software developer on the Livefront team. He specializes in architecting and building advanced mobile apps for iOS and web services using Ruby on Rails. He honed his teaching skills as an adjunct faculty at Hennepin Technical College, and speaks regularly on software design and development techniques at technical conferences.

Joe Slag

Joe Slag

Intro to Ruby on Rails

Joe is a software developer with Bust Out Solutions, where he builds Ruby on Rails apps. He has been building applications for startups, nonprofits, the Fortune 500, and for fun since sometime in the last millennium. When not writing software, Joe is fond of short walks on the beach and strange experiments in the kitchen.

Adam May

Adam May

Intro to iOS

Adam is a software engineer with Livefront where he builds iOS and Ruby apps. He was an early innovator in the mobile space, and has spent his entire career tackling projects that push the boundaries of mobile technology. Prior to joining Livefront, he was a key lead in the iOS programs for Garmin.

Brian Yencho

Brian Yencho

Android Wear

Physics Ph.D. with diverse programming background and data analysis and modeling skills.

Ryan Broshar

Ryan Broshar

Fundraising Hacks

Ryan is an entrepreneur at heart who has been working with startups for his entire career. He is the founder and managing partner of Confluence Capital Partners, which invests where innovative ideas, huge markets, and amazing entrepreneurs merge.

Pete Jones

Pete Jones

Responsive Design

Pete has been designing and building in the browser for 15 years, uniting the creative and technical to deliver elegant user experiences.