About Me


My name is Michael Heyeck. I am this guy and this guy, but not this guy, who I’m sure is a real swell guy, just not me. I am, so far as I know, the only Michael X. Heyeck afoot in the world today. (Full middle name: Xavier.)


I was born and raised on the San Francisco peninsula. My high school was Menlo School in Atherton, CA, and I’m an alumnus of U.C. Berkeley (Letters and Science).


I like cars, code, and guns, but am really only qualified to write about one of those topics. I also take an interest in people, who do, after all, make the world go ’round.

Professional History

I’ve worked at five companies:

  • 3DO/Cyclone Studios (Video games)
  • Eidos/Crystal Dynamics (Video games)
  • APX (Energy & Environmental)
  • Motorola Mobility (MotoCast)
  • SnapChat (Social Media)

and done three startups

  • Itavera, Inc.
  • Fair Oaks Labs, Inc.
  • Kiwano Labs, Inc.

I’ve worked in a variety of technologies, from Assembly to Python to VBScript (the horror) to SQL to C++. For a few years I was deep into Objective-C and Cocoa on the iPhone. Now I mostly work in Java on the Stories backend.