Guests of Community Pulse

Tim Falls

Tim Falls

Growing up, Tim created overlap in Venn Diagrams of various social circles – the smart kids and jocks, stoners and straight-edged, cool kids and band nerds. Today he helps bring together people from different worlds – be those geographic, professional, spiritual, socioeconomic, or other – fostering environments of inclusion and value. Tim is the Founder of Gnomadic - an organization whose mission is to generate universal positive vibes through community-centric action and influence. His professional community-building experience has amassed through roles at companies like Techstars, SendGrid, and most recently Keen IO.

VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (Vicky) Brasseur

VM (aka Vicky) spent most of her 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she leverages nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about free/open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them. She is the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. It’s available at https://fossforge.com. Vicky is the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She’s a moderator and author for opensource.com, a Director for the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free/open source conferences and events. She blogs about free/open source, business, and technical management at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com.

Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich is a Community Advocate at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup & DevOpsDays Hartford. He is passionate for connecting humans and using technology to enhance our need to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on crayzeigh.com or on Twitter @CrayZeigh.

Amanda Gonser

Amanda Gonser

Amanda Gonser is the Manager of Community Events & Content at PagerDuty, where she owns developer events and helps internal teams produce technical content. She develops and runs internal programs to help new speakers find and improve their public voice. Over the years, Amanda has gained unique perspective on event sponsorships, metrics, and ROI by managing developer events from an organizer perspective. She leverages that experience to help companies get more from their presence at field events. When she’s not living and breathing all things events, Amanda is exploring #librarytourism, hiking in the Pacific Northwest, or burying her nose in a good book.

Bear Douglas

Bear Douglas

Bear Douglas leads Developer Relations at Slack, where she and her team help developers build more pleasant and productive ways to work. Before Slack, she led the Developer Relations teams for the mobile and data platforms at Twitter, and worked on native mobile DevRel at Facebook and Parse. She’s passionate about developer experience, great documentation, and a cappella music.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

I’m Dan Thomas, a trainer, coach and transformation consultant, advising organisations of over 100,000 people to change their cultures by harnessing the power of community and collaboration. My goal is to help people create an impact by creating amazing content, growing communities and succeeding at their passions.

Jeremy Meiss

Jeremy Meiss

Jeremy is the Director of Community at Solace, formerly at Auth0 and XDA. He is a lover of all things coffee, community, open source, and tech. He is also house-broken, and (generally) plays well with others.

Jesse Davis

Jesse Davis

As EVP of Product, Jesse Davis is responsible for the strategic direction of Devada’s product development initiatives and forward-looking research. Davis is a respected data expert, author and speaker in enterprise software, and has spent more than 20 years developing software that powers the world’s largest data driven systems and developer communities.

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney

Lauren Cooney has twenty years of experience creating, building and leading high-growth teams, businesses, platforms and developer communities for multiple Fortune 500 companies including BEA Systems (now Oracle), IBM, Microsoft, Juniper, and Cisco Systems, where she has led product management, Open Source, product marketing, developer strategy, and new business model creation. Her work has netted companies over $1B in revenue, hundreds of new clients and over a million developers.

Lauren recently founded Spark Labs. Spark Labs educates and empowers up and coming leaders and top organizations to innovate with intention and inclusivity for the greater good, creating diverse and authentic programs and communities to help all women accelerate their careers in technology and business. Utilizing twenty years of expertise in executive roles and leading teams for Fortune 500 companies, Spark Labs’ goal is to improve diversity and keep women in the “pipeline” while accelerating their path to the C-Suite. Spark Labs offers executive coaching, leadership training, retention and inclusivity programs and a robust community for women looking to accelerate their career beyond the traditional corporate models and offerings.

The Huffington Post, CIO Magazine, Business Insider and Light Reading have all recognized Cooney as a top leader in software, open source, developer relations, women in technology and cloud computing industries. In 2019 Cooney was also appointed to the Forbes Business Council.