Francis Dierick Portrait

Me, Myself & I

I’m a software developer from Belgium. I’ve been building digital products since the dawn of the internet & am fascinated by the power of technology. My current focus is on digital native apps. I am particularly interested in building apps for health & fitness.


Climbing is really important to me. I have spent most of my life climbing on rock & ice. I took a long hiatus about 5 years ago & it’s one of the things I regret most. I’m back now & enjoying it more than ever. To give back to the sport that gave me so much I am building ClimbChat.


You won’t find me on social networks like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN et al. I believe the modern ad-supported “social” web has morphed into a user-hostile environment & I have chosen to opt-out. Whenever possible I choose paid over freemium, native over web & decentralized over centralized.

Product Philosophy

I strongly believe in minimalism to build the best product. Most digital product developers ask these two questions to guide development:

We’ve seem massive improvements in the average usability of digital products over the last decade or so. Thanks to these two questions.

Yes, we have better products today. But far too often they come with hidden costs. Too often we end up building products that harm users’ privacy & liberty.

To combat this I like to explicitly add a third question during product development:

Somewhere along the way our digital industry has lost sight of the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

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