Guests of Community Pulse

David Spinks

David Spinks

David Spinks is Founder and CEO of CMX, the hub for the community industry. Forever fascinated by how technology can bring people together, he’s been studying and building communities online and offline since he was 13 years old. Spinks also cofounded Feast (acquired) and BlogDash (still going), launched communities for companies like Zaarly, LeWeb, and Udemy, and has worked with hundreds of the world’s leading companies on community strategy.

Don Goodman-Wilson

Don Goodman-Wilson

Don Goodman-Wilson is a philosopher-engineer who focuses on ethics in tech and empowering software maintainers. Don is the founder of Katsudon.tech consultancy and the DevRel Salon, sits on the board of the Maintainerati Foundation. In previous lives, Don has worked with startups in such diverse fields as open source development, web security, chatbots, streaming media, embedded hardware, the model railroading industry; he also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Don enjoys statically typed languages and sailing, and lives with his wife and daughter in Amsterdam.

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.