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Community-building


☝️It’s my profession.

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Community-building


☝️It’s my profession.

 

I help companies find harmony between the want to do good by their community and the need to build a sustainable business. We figure out authentic ways to turn investments in human relationships into meaningful, positive results for the business and the people it impacts.

 

Community: a business strategy

Community: This word has appeared on my business card since 2010, evolving from "community guy" to "VP, Community". The companies I've worked with have invested millions of dollars in community-building and the teams of people whose cards said Developer Advocate/Evangelist, Developer Relations Manager, Community Manager. 

Today's greatest companies understand that few things are more important than relationships with the people who make their business possible. Employees, customers, partners, fans/followers, investors 👉  they all represent human beings who give the company life. 

Community is all about the relationships. Through creative community strategies, organizations can connect with people on their frequency - those who love their brand and want to be part of the journey. Through genuine connections and a lil’ help from our pal, Trust, companies can truly collaborate with their community members; they can create mutual value and advance toward their collective and respective causes.

Who is a Community Professional?

As a community professional, I work closely with organizations to understand their objectives and devise strategies that [we believe] will lead to realizing an ultimate vision. 

While a given project involves many different tactics, our efforts are always guided by empathy for the humans involved and appreciation for the power of people united and oriented toward a common goal. 

Ultimately, it's my job to foster inclusive, diverse environments where creativity can thrive and lead to valuable results for the company (my client/employer) and the people who've gathered around it.  

I engage with clients through workshops, talks, discussion circles, mentorship, ongoing/long-term projects, and full-time employment. My style is collaborative, inclusive, and transparent; we develop programs and put them into practice together.

 


examples of work from recent projects: 

  • Developer Outreach Strategies

  • Measuring Impact of Community Investment

  • Content and Communications Strategy

  • Developer Evangelist/Advocate Training

  • Fostering Online Communities

  • Connecting Your Community via Email

  • Internal Hackathons (for your employees, guests)

  • Events Strategy (sponsorship, speaking, etc)

  • Staff Training for a Stellar Event Presence

  • New Product Launch Strategy

  • Recruiting, Hiring, Team Building

  • Success Management for Remote Teams

  • Developer Experience Design

  • External Hackathons (for and with your community)

 

If any of these things make you think, "oh yeah, we really need to do that better," then let's talk.

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Startup Mentorship


Startup Mentorship


I mentor entrepreneurs around the globe, supporting them in their journeys to change their communities and their world for the better. I hope that my guidance plays a role in growing the sum total of companies on Earth that do right by their people and the planet.

I mentor with the following startup accelerators:

Techstars , world-wide

Techstars, world-wide

Parallel 18 , Puerto Rico

Parallel 18, Puerto Rico

Zeroth , Hong Kong/Asia

Zeroth, Hong Kong/Asia

If you're an entrepreneur seeking mentorship, or you work with startups and/or know founders who could benefit from such a resource, feel free to connect with me. I'll always do my best to offer support.

Mentorship Case Study:

A journal entry from one of my past trips to Puerto Rico, for a Visiting Mentorship engagement with Parallel 18.

Mentor Biography:

Tim’s professional experience and expertise is in building communities of (mostly) software developers and entrepreneurs, around technologies upon which they depend to create products and companies - like APIs and “the cloud.” His personal values and philosophy on community-building keep him actively engaged in the cultural aspects of creating a company. Tim’s work as a mentor focuses largely on organizational culture and community, but can extend into topics far and wide.

Tim has been an early-employee and held leadership positions at several technology startups, including SendGrid (IPO, 2017; acquired 2018) and Keen IO (acquired, 2017), and Nexosis (acquired, 2018). He’s currently working with DigitalOcean as the Director of Developer of Relations and Community.

Tim works with startups in several other capacities: as an independent board member of Get Cheddar (a fin-tech startup); advisor to Rodin (augmented/virtual reality) and Quirky30 (education non-profit in South Africa); mentor with Techstars, Parallel 18, Zeroth, and countless other entrepreneurs and startups around the globe; and producer of startup events as founder of Boulder Beta.


A nomad at heart, Tim can oftentimes be found in San Francisco, CA, with his fiancé Laura and their puppy Finn🐾

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Talks


I speak to audiences around the world at conferences, workshops, and other venues.

Talks


I speak to audiences around the world at conferences, workshops, and other venues.

In public speaking, my intention is not only to broadcast a message, but to start a conversation. You can view a few of my recent talks below. Feel free to holler at me if you'd like to talk about talking ;) 


Recent talks (video)

Heavybit Industries - San Francisco, CA - Oct 2017

Building Developer Relations Teams

A panel discussion hosted by Heavybit. I had the honor and privilege of joining Bear Douglas, Jade Wang, and Justin Johnson in a conversation about the when's, why's, and how's of establishing and growing a team of developer relations pros and a program around them.

[📸  / 📽️  by Heavybit / Willy Johnson 👉 ]


DevRelCon - San Francisco, CA - April 2016

Fast Forward: deploying our best selves to build the future of developer communities

A talk delivered at a conference for Developer Relations professionals - an audience that represents a more granular level of community building; one whose work focuses on technologists and evangelizing technical products.


CMX Summit West - San Francisco, CA - October 2015

Cultivating a Community-Oriented Organization

A talk delivered at my favorite conference on Earth (and the only one I've attended every rendition.) CMX Summit is designed for community professionals by community professionals. Speakers and attendees are one another's peers, coming together from varied backgrounds and working toward different goals, yet learning how to get there together. 


Other recent talks (slides)

Growing your career as a community manager

A live webinar with CMX - March 2019 (the internet)

Cultura y Comunidad

Parallel 18 Accelerator - May 2017 (San Juan, PR)

Startup Community Roots

San Diego Startup Week - June 2016 (San Diego, CA)

Rethinking Education

Puerto Rico Tech Summit - June 2016 (San Juan, PR)

Community & Culture: tools for building a company for the present & future

Parallel 18 Accelerator - June 2016 (San Juan, PR)

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