Felix credits his father, Henry, for kindling his initial interest in building apps.
The elder Guttbier creates websites with ASP.NET for small companies, nonprofits,
and private citizens, his son explained. Felix quickly followed his lead, writing
his first website in ASP.NET at the age of nine.
He followed that up with his first attempt at building an app for Windows Phone,
a finance calculator, but it wasn’t successful, he said.
Felix got an account in DreamSpark, a program that supports technical education through
access to Microsoft software, which gave him access to additional resources.
Because Felix was interested in programming more, his father sought out Microsoft
events that the boy could attend. The boy was invited to one day of the Student Technology
Conference in Berlin. A Microsoft employee noticed his interest and invited
him back the next day.