Community Pulse is the spot for Developer Relations and Community professionals who are looking for information on building technical communities. Community Builders and DevRel veterans Jason Hand, Mary Thengvall, and PJ Hagerty interview experts in the field of Developer Relations and Community Leadership on a broad range of topics related to building community.

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

Latest Episode

After Pulse: Moving Day

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Jason and PJ get together after the show to talk moving in and out of communities, meetups, when things change, and reflect on the episode and guests’ input in general.

Moving Day

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

Working with a specific community is great, but what happens when it’s time to change companies? Do you bring your community with you? Do you need to start over in a new community? What does it mean for your “personal brand”? Jason and PJ talk about all of these topics and more with this month’s guests, Alyss Noland and Joel Lord.

After Pulse: Conference Season

Posted on Thursday, Aug 1, 2019

Mary, PJ, and Jason talk about how things have changed in the realm of tech conferences over the last decade. They discuss at what point a company should start sponsoring conferences as well as how to mitigate team-wide burnout and the fact that speaking at or sponsoring conferences takes a lot of time and energy outside of the conference dates.

Conference Season: Is it a Thing?

Posted on Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

Conference Season used to be a definitive time of year – the time when things were chaotic and everything revolved around travel, talks, sponsorships, and schedules. But these days it seems like the whole year is chock-full of conferences, big and small. So how can we help build an event strategy that’s sustainable, not only for our team, but for our budgets? Amanda Gonser, Manager of Community Events and Content at PagerDuty, and Matt Auerbach, Event Director at Twitch and Co-founder of Confir, join Mary, PJ, and Jason to talk about all of these topics and more.

After Pulse: What's in a Name?

Posted on Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

PJ, Jason, and Mary recap the conversation with Bear Douglas and Jeremy Meiss. They touch on how the growth of the industry has impacted Developer Relations job titles as well as salaries before meandering into personal brand. At the end of the day, is it really our job title that matters or is it more about how we interact with others?

Developer Advocate. Community Engineer. Developer Evangelist. Community Manager. Technical Writer. All these are job titles in DevRel, but what do they mean, and what do people think we do based on our titles? Jason, Mary, and PJ are joined by Bear Douglas, Director of Developer Relations at Slack, and Jeremy Meiss, Director of Community at Solace, to chat about the various roles within DevRel and what makes them all unique. Is it really all in the name?