Currently I'm leading the Developer Evangelism for Apps & Games at Amazon. It’s an enormous organization where I have the opportunity to work alongside incredible developers from around the world as they build products on top of our app store, smart screens, and tablet devices. In addition to Developer Evangelism, I previously lead Stripe’s Developer Advocacy program and launched Stripe's open source council, where we supported OSS projects within the developer community.
My focus is "Scaled Developer Relations", which is just a fancy way of saying that I'm focused on courting millions developers to choose to build with our APIs and developer tools. During the pandemic, I wrote an article covering how we should approach DevRel differently: "Welcome to the Golden Age of Developer Advocacy".
Beyond work, I'm a father of 2 awesome kids and husband to an incredible partner. Over the past two decades we've moved from Boston to SF and now Austin. It's been a fun adventure.
I'm currently splitting my time between Austin (primary) and Seattle. I moved to Austin a few years ago with my family and love it so far. Reach out if you are curious about moving to ATX!
Some places I've lived:
🧳 What have I done?
I have the standard LinkedIn page that lists these details and here's a quick recap of a few teams I've had the privilege of working for (and some things I learned along the way!)
The online payments platform for developers
What I did: Created the Developer Advocacy program, built the Developer Studios for video production, spun up the Community Experts program, hired a global team of engineers, and launched the React Native SDK.
What I learned: The details matter and doing your homework makes all the difference for projects.
Streaming television platform that spun out of Netflix way back.
What I did: Leading up to their IPO, I worked with a team of engineers, product managers, and developers to re-launch the Roku developer community and the developer website.
What I learned: Unlike many SaaS startups, hardware products have a several month production cycle that forces planned releases. In addition, keeping a user interface simple for the consumer was so valuable to see in action.
The University's department for all things operations.
What I did: Shuttle websites, environmental safety pages, dormitory pest control, etc. I started off as an intern and slowly worked my way into their full-time web developer role. I now know WAY too much about pests after having to manage these pages 🦟🕷🐞
Boston's top seafood restaurant and fresh Mail Order delivery business
What I did: Fun/crazy early-stage career path: Worked initially as a restaurant host then was asked to head over to restaurant HQ during the holiday season as they needed help packing live lobsters to ship across the US 🦞📦. Eventually I jumped into a Customer Service role that eventually became an opportunity to work on their online newsletters, designing print coupons, and updating their online ordering website.
What I learned: Show up, google/youtube everything, and work well with others. Also gained a healthy appreciation for quality New England Seafood.