Today I’m excited to tell you about DeveloperMode, a new company that provides services to companies who make developer products and platforms.
Since 2013 I’ve been working for companies who build tools for developers. As the VP Engineering at Keen IO I worked with a very talented team to build an API for analytics. After that, I was the Developer Relations Lead at Algolia, helping developers discover and get the most out of a very powerful search API.
My role at dev-facing companies has gradually shifted from engineering to evangelism, as my interests widened from solving the engineering problem to also working on the growth problem. Adding writing, speaking and outreach on top of a coding role was challenging but also exciting, and something I truly have come to enjoy.
This week I’m at DevRelCon London amongst a host of other folks who have found their way on this multidisciplinary path too. I owe a debt of gratitude to this community for being welcoming when I was new and for being supportive through the various ups and downs over the years. I hope to do a good job of paying that forward.
This year I started doing consulting for dev-focused companies. I’ve helped out on product design, positioning & messaging, hiring, team strategy and developer experience. I’ve worked with evangelists, advocates, marketers and founders.
I’ve also built projects for the developer community. These projects mix code and content to provide something of value to the developer community, by helping solve a common problem or explain a complex concept.
In the past I’ve helped build successful community projects before like Keen Dashboards (10k+ Github stars ⭐) and Algolia DocSearch (powering the documentation search for 900+ open source projects). I’ve written code, blog posts, done outreach, given talks, and done everything else it takes to get community projects from concept to launch to traction. I’ve also been a fan and user of projects like Stream’s multi-platform Winds RSS Reader and the beautifully designed game that is TwilioQuest. By building and studying these projects, I’ve gotten a solid idea of what developers respond to and what kind of results that these projects can deliver for the companies who create them.
If any of this sounds like something your team or company is interested in, please get in touch and let’s taco about it 🌮 Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea in mind yet, we can come up with it together. Thanks for reading!
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