August 12, 2022
DevRelCon founder and CEO of Hoopy, the content agency for the developer economy.
Before starting out in DevRel, I was freelancing as a software engineer for over a decade. I very quickly into my career started discovering meet-ups, conferences, and other developer related events that I found myself highly enjoying and participating in.
Before starting in developer relations, I was a freelance software engineer for over a decade. Throughout this time, my main motivator has been the different tech communities I’ve been involved in.
In late 2020, Jess Rose approached me about the possibility of doing a job share, that is two people doing the job of one, for a startup. This was a transformative act of kindness that I forever appreciate. It turns out I love DevRel!
We split tasks based on what we feel we can do well as well as what areas we would like to grow in. Collaboration is a major focus.
We also want to shine the spotlight on members of the engineering team who are interested in participating in DevRel-related tasks. We’re even helping those keen on transitioning into DevRel!
My current focus is on macro-level developer experience, as well as public speaking, education and strategy.
For me it’s all about listening, empathising, empowering, inclusivity and research.
Finding one’s first DevRel role can be tricky. With lots of (necessary!) conversations happening around the definition thereof, there can be inconsistent or (in my opinion) incorrect hiring priorities around DevRel, including, for example, follower count!
I’m seeing more conversations happening around junior DevRel opportunities, which gives me hope!
Furthermore, I deeply appreciated that DevRelCon and other, similar events are taking place online lately, as this opens up the opportunity to folks who don’t have the time or location convenience to be able to attend them.