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Jim Reekes spent the first 20 years of his career developing software. He has extensive knowledge and experience with the entire software development process ranging from very small to very large projects. During his 12 years writing software at Apple Computer, Jim worked at every level of the operating system.
As a member of the QuickTime team, he created the company’s innovative audio architecture, earning him two patents (#5581480 and #5592588) and establishing the foundation for countless multimedia products. His contributions include key benefits and innovations found in iTunes and iPod. He was instrumental in designing the user interface and architecture for Kerbango, the world’s first stand-alone Internet radio, winning “Best of Show” at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Jim Reekes served as VP of Product Management for Meeting Maker, creating the company’s product vision and strategy. His accomplishments include expanding into new markets while competing against Microsoft. Jim’s efforts revitalized the product through creative repositioning and development of exceptional product benefits. He reorganized the company’s product line, and extended it by integration and acquisition.
Jim has provided product management consulting and training services to a diverse set of Silicon Valley clients ranging from software products to web sites. Jim is often described as a visionary, foreseeing products and markets years ahead of their time. Jim has expertise in product strategy, competitive analysis, market driven requirements, messaging and positioning, and brand building.
His passions include music, food, and photography.
I was featured in this movie! Welcome to Macintosh
Photography Is My Passion
“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” - Anais Nin
I had a camera when I was young. As a teenager I learned to develop B/W film. I continue to explore and develop this artistic expression, and grow even more committed with every next capture.
The more I learn, the more I realize how much more there still is to learn. Two of the most important lessons:
- It’s not about the light, it’s the shadows.
- It’s not about the camera, it’s the eye.
I don’t use Photoshop, and do only minor alterations. I don’t have any issue with others “photoshoping” their images. It’s an amazing tool. I just prefer to work less with a computer and spend my time with light, camera and my subject.
There are many photographers that have inspired me. The few that continue to influence me the most are:
- Steve McCurry (1950- )
- Alfred Cheney Johnston (1885-1971)
- Helmut Newton (1920-2004)
- Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)
- Annie Leibovitz (1949- )
- Edward Weston (1886-1958)
- Arnold Newman (1918-2006)
- Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
Words About Images
I struggle to describe my images. Words often obscure and distort visual art. Rather than label and categorize, I prefer the images speak for themselves.
What do you see?
If you’re interested in working with me, send me a message about your idea. My rates are very reasonable. I often work in collaboration.