I help developers be productive and creative. I'm Director of Developer Relations for database-as-a-service Orchestrate. Every few months I bring a couple hundred people together for Demolicious Portland, an event to show off new things people are building. Previously I ran developer communications at SendGrid and spent four years as a writer, editor and analyst for API resource ProgrammableWeb. Way back when I wrote the book on mapping APIs, Map Scripting 101, and covered developer topics for Wired.
I live in Portland, Oregon, with my beautiful wife and amazing kids.
A few thousands people follow me on Twitter.
I like to help people be creative and show off what they've made.
I lead developer relations at an innovative startup building a next generation cloud database. We're helping developers do what they do best.
I'm chief curator and organizer of this Portland event that shines a spotlight on new projects in the web and mobile tech community.
This is my personal blog and place to share tips on keeping things simple, in both your own life and the things that you create.
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I've grown accustomed to people not quite understanding what I do. Let me attempt to explain...
I explore new developer-focused technologies and try to understand the trends behind the hype.
I talk to people using and creating developer tools and learn about their experiences.
I translate back-and-forth between the technical and non-technical to put trends into context.
I share what I've learned through tutorials, blog posts, whitepapers, workshops and speaking engagements.
Adam holds unique insight into both the technical merit and business potential of a vast range of APIs and web services.
Companies, tech conferences and industry groups ask me to share my perspective on APIs, cloud services and the changing developer landscape.
One of the best decisions I ever made at ProgrammableWeb was hiring Adam. From his early days as a freelance contributor when he proved his mettle as not just a writer and industry expert, but also as a great member of the team. So he was the clear choice when we needed someone to take the helm as our first Executive Editor. Since then, not only did he step up to this new role, he excelled: he hired and managed an first rate team of writers and guest experts, expanded our consulting practice (with brand name clients), and lead PW on a disparate set of needs.
I got to know Adam when contributing some guest posts to ProgrammableWeb. During those efforts, I found Adam's feedback to be very insightful in refining my thoughts as I wrote the posts. Some of my posts get somewhat technical and his ability to dig into the technical issues while maintaining editorial consistency is a rare combination. Since those days, Adam continues to be a resource for me (both through PW and through other avenues) as he keeps his fingers on the pulse of the API world.