About

Selfie of me wearing a hoodieI’ve spent most of my 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 I leverage nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them.

I am Vice President of the Open Source Initiative. I’m the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

I am a moderator and author for opensource.com and a frequent and popular speaker at open source conferences and events. I frequently blog about open source, business, and technical management at {anonymous => ‘hash’}.

Book Cover: Forge Your Future with Open SourceI am 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.

The best new Software Development booksThe book is #1 on the BookAuthority list of 18 Best New Software Development Books To Read In 2018.

Currently I live in lovely Portland, Oregon with my amazing cats, Percy and Nigel. I am not interested in relocating.

If you or your company needs full time, part time, or consulting assistance with open source strategy, implementation, compliance, or community management, please contact me.