Testimonials

A small selection of testimonials of my work.

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HackerOne · GitLab · Microsoft · Linux Foundation · Stanford · Canonical · Bitnami · Mattermost · Creative Commons · O’Reilly Media · data.world · OpenIO ·


“Jono is a master of getting people of widely different backgrounds to work well together. He knows the deep meaning of the word “community”. He combines strategy, execution, and good taste. We are privileged at HackerOne to get his help in expanding and strengthening our community of white hat hackers all over the world.”

Mårten Mickos

Chief Executive Officer, HackerOne

“Jono is the worldwide expert in community interaction. He knows how to engage a community, train people, and organize events. We’re very happy to have him advising us.”

Sytse 'Sid' Sijbrandij

Chief Executive Officer, GitLab

“Jono Bacon is the proven leader in building productive and engaged communities. His experience and ability to work in a truly cross functional capacity is hugely valuable. He is strongly recommended to any company who wants to build a vibrant community”.

Jim Zemlin

Executive Director, Linux Foundation

“Jono’s insight and mastery of the community blueprint provides all the tools needed to lay the proper foundation. However his real craft is using the tools across a number of challenges and scenarios that allows him to efficiently deliver the right strategies and guide the path to community success.”

Chris Olson

Director of Communities and Advocacy, Microsoft Corporation

“I’ve worked with Jono for many years, on many projects, and in many roles. Put plainly, Jono is better at his job than anyone I know. He literally wrote the book on the community management. He is always highly organized, has a talent for organizing others, and can help any organization quickly respond to problems or seize opportunities.”

Rick Spencer

VP, Engineering, Bitnami

“Jono brings a deep understanding of the word ‘community’ to his leadership role with the Community Leadership Summit at OSCON. He combines strategic insight and practical tools for forming a healthy community, with an enthusiastic support for diverse forms of leadership. Jono is a compelling resource for community builders large and small.”

Gina Blaber

Sr. VP, Conferences, O'Reilly Media

“If you are looking to build an authentic, passionate community, Jono Bacon is your guy. He has the experience, both strategic and in execution, to build communities that don’t just make sense on paper, but in real life too.”

Guru Parulkar

Executive Director, Stanford Platform Lab

“Jono has helped Mattermost immensely in bringing open source, enterprise-grade communication to our community and customers. His advice is insightful, practical and high impact. We’re delighted to work with him.”

Ian Tien

Chief Executive Officer, Mattermost

“I have known Jono Bacon for over 7 years as a colleague and member of the Ubuntu community. During that time he’s always been involved in building and leading open source communities. He possess the unique ability to connect to developers of all types from all over the world, combined with an innate sense of how people interact, communicate, and work best together. He has an amazing approach to community leadership and developer workflow in open source that is an intersection of scientific method, intuition, and experience. All of this has firmly established him as a globally recognized expert in his field.”

Robbie Williamson

VP, Customer Success, Canonical

“Jono has been instrumental in helping us formulate our strategy and playbook for developing our community from its inception. His deep experience as a community developer and leader has been invaluable in advising us around focus and priorities at our current stage, and in understanding what are the highest leverage activities for building a movement around community and collaboration in open data. Jono also has a deft touch for working with internal stakeholders to build consensus, and for managing sensitivities that may exist around bringing in external experts to advise management. It has also been a real pleasure working with Jono, who is a very authentic and enjoyable person!”

Matt Laessig

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, data.world

“The practical and values-based approach that Jono brought to his book, The Art of Community, and his consulting are incredibly rare and valuable. I appreciated his humility, his willingness to change course to meet our needs, and his deep commitment to open practices and approaches to build stronger communities.”

Ryan Merkley

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Commons

“Jono is one of the most experienced community builder of the world. He knows more than everyone the key factors to build a successful community, where people with very different backgrounds will work together to achieve the same goal. Advised by Jono, you will have everything you need to build a human and productive community. Not only with the strategic approach, but also with turnkey solutions to unleash the power the community”

Guillaume Delaporte

Co-Founder and Director of Community, OpenIO

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