Guests of Community Pulse

Donovan Brown

Donovan Brown

Donovan Brown is the Principal Cloud Advocate Manager of the Methods and Practices Organization. Methods and Practices, focuses on IT-Pro, Modern Ops, DevOps and Enterprise Platform and Tools on Azure. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Donovan has traveled the globe helping companies develop solutions using agile practices in many industries. Donovan is an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities.

Eamon Leonard

Eamon Leonard

Dubliner. Founder of CohortHQ. Fan of whiskey, conversation and good people.

Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler

Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He is the CTO at Graph Story. He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast. Ed is also the founder and chairman of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those with mental illness in the tech industry. Ed writes at funkatron.com.

Elizabeth Kinsey

Elizabeth Kinsey

Elizabeth Kinsey is a Senior Marketing Manager, Community, at Slack, and leads the offline community programs for Slack developers, builders, and makers who want to share their experiences, connect and learn from each other. Prior to launching Slack Platform Community, Elizabeth was the Director of Marketing at Branch, where she co-founded the Mobile Growth Community, expanding it to more than 25,000 members in 60 cities across the globe, as well as running the field marketing team and marketing operations. Elizabeth is passionate about creating lasting community relationships that spark conversations and strong connections online and offline. She is also a past co-President and a current advisor to the San Francisco chapter of mBolden, a non-profit organization championing women in digital. You can find her on Twitter @eakinsey.

Emily Freeman

Emily Freeman

After many years of ghostwriting, Emily Freeman made the bold (insane?!) choice to switch careers into software engineering. Emily is the author of DevOps for Dummies (April 2019) and the curator of JavaScript January — a collection of JavaScript articles which attracts 30,000 visitors in the month of January. A former VP of Developer Relations, Emily is a CloudOps Advocate at Microsoft and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Floor Drees

Floor Drees

DevRel Program Manager at Microsoft for Western Europe. Conference org, also: Ruby <3.

Greg Bulmash

Greg Bulmash

Greg Bulmash has been wading through the backwaters of the Internet since getting a shell account through Netcom in 1994. He has written on Internet Marketing and was technical editor of 1998’s Marketing Online for Dummies. A former Senior Editor at the Internet Movie Database, he has written developer documentation for Internet Explorer, and has done evangelism for Avalara’s Sales Tax SaaS product and Amazon’s consumer identity solution, Login with Amazon. He has spoken at OSCON, DevNexus, CodeMotion and a variety of other tech conferences. He currently works on developer-facing docs for Amazon Web Services.

Harper Reed

Harper Reed

Harper Reed is a technologist that predicts the future for a living. He spends most of his life building big things, hacking things, and talking about doing both of those things. As CTO of the Obama 2012 campaign, Harper was the first to bring the tech mentality to a political level. He believes the talent of a great bunch of humans can transform an organization like nothing else and uses that belief to strengthen, deploy, and inspire every team he works with. Harper also believes his incredible luck has led him to achieve wonderful things like pioneering crowdsourcing at Threadless.com, founding Modest Inc, and guiding the software team at PayPal. You can find Harper hacking on personal projects and enjoying life in Chicago with his partner, Hiromi and their beautiful and bizarre poodle, Lulu. Photo by Diane Levine in 2018

Ignite

Ignite

Ignite events are fun, fast-paced, series of presentations where speakers gather to share their knowledge and passion. Each speaker gets exactly five minutes, backed by 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Talks cover a wide range of (often geeky) topics. Ignite has been in over 300 cities. Created in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Petis, this phenomenon has spread to hundreds of cities in countries across all 7 continents.