11 Facts About John Gruber


John Gruber was born on 1973 and is a technology blogger, UI designer, and one of the inventors of the Markdown markup language.


John Gruber received his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Drexel University, then worked for Bare Bones Software and Joyent.


In 2004, Aaron Swartz and Gruber worked together to create the Markdown language, with the goal of enabling people "to write using an easy-to-read and easy-to-write plain text format, optionally convert it to structurally valid XHTML ".


Since 2002, John Gruber has written and produced Daring Fireball, a technology-focused blog.


John Gruber often writes about user interfaces, software development, Mac applications, and Apple's media coverage.


John Gruber's costume was to be "a complete rip-off of Evel Knievel combined with the Dallas Cowboys", and the blog's logo references the helmet he designed for the act.


In 2004, John Gruber began selling memberships, where readers donate an amount of money annually and gain access to other perks.

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For most of the time when Daring Fireball was a part-time project, John Gruber worked as an independent web designer; between late 2005 and April 2006, John Gruber's worked at Joyent where he helped with the TextDrive acquisition.


The Talk Show is a technology podcast started by John Gruber intended as a "director's commentary" to Daring Fireball.


John Gruber moved the show to the Mule Radio Syndicate network in May 2012.


In March 2020, John Gruber started a new podcast with friend and colleague Ben Thompson called Dithering.