Sipke grew up in Bergen, Noord-Holland with his 8 bit NES and later his self-earned 16 bit SNES by being a paperboy. Inspired by games like Mario, Zelda, Mystic Quest & Secret Of Mana, he knew that he wanted to create games himself and started drawing heroes, dragons, elves and trees (and yes girls as well). But Sipke wanted more, so at some point he sold his game consoles and bought a PC with Klik & Play and Macromedia Director and learned to script, which provided him with a great preparation for the multimedia study he started the year after. During this period Sipke moved on to C++ and DirectX which gave him the confidence that he could actually become a programmer. At some point a company invited Sipke to work for them and that’s how he got into the Internet of things. Since then, Sipke's worked for a variety of companies building a vast range of .NET applications, including for the web, desktop, servers, and embedded systems. In 2003 he started as a freelancer and developed a new CMS along the way to serve his clients. During that time Sipke found out how hard it is to maintain and evolve a CMS all by yourself, so at some point he started looking for an open source CMS. Being in love with MVC, Sipke was content when he found out about Oxite, but mesmerized when he found out about Orchard.