The Rundown


Director of Community at GitHub

I lead community development and growth at GitHub.

Formerly Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, Senior Director of Community at XPRIZE, and Community Management consultant working with clients including Deutsche Bank, Sony Mobile, Samsung, IBM, SAP, Dyson, GENIVI, and others.


Leader in Community Management

Authored the critically acclaimed The Art of Community and Dealing With Disrespect, founder of the annual Community Leadership Summit, and founder of the Community Leadership Forum.

Advisor to organizations including AlienVault, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.



In addition to writing The Art of Community and Dealing With Disrespect, authored The Official Ubuntu Book, Linux Desktop Hacks, and Practical PHP/MySQL.

Columnist for Forbes and opensource.com. Formerly columnist for Linux Format.


Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker at OSCON, .se Internet Days, FISL, MySQL Conference, OpenNetworking Summit, LinuxCon, Ohio LinuxFest, SCALE, Southeast LinuxFest, and others.


Podcaster and Musician

Co-founder of the Bad Voltage, LugRadio, and Shot Of Jaq podcasts.

Released more than five albums, all freely available to download.

All Things Open Keynote, Talks, Book Signing and More

Tomorrow morning at the ungodly hour of 6am I board a slight to Raleigh for the All Things Open conference. The conference starts on Monday, but I am flying out earlier for a bunch of meetings with folks from opensource.com. This is my first time at All Things Open...

Goodbye XPRIZE, Hello GitHub

Some time ago I was introduced to Peter Diamandis, co-founder of XPRIZE, Human Longevity Inc, Planetary Resources, and some other organizations. We hit it off and he invited me to come and build community at the XPRIZE Foundation. His vision and mine were aligned: to...

What LibreOffice Impress Needs To Rock

Across the course of my career I have given, and continue to give, a lot of presentations at conferences all over the world. In the vast majority of them I have used LibreOffice because I like and support the project and I like my presentations being in an open format...

Free Beer, Prizes, and Bad Voltage in Fulda Tonight!

Tonight, Wed 30th September 2015 at 7pm there are five important reasons why you should be in Fulda in Germany: A live Bad Voltage show that will feature technology discussion, competitions, and plenty of fun. Free beer. The chance to win an awesome Samsung Galaxy Tab...

Bad Voltage Live in Germany: 30th Sep 2015

Some of you may know that I do a podcast called Bad Voltage with some friends; Stuart Langridge, Bryan Lunduke, and Jeremy Garcia. The show covers Open Source, technology, politics, and more, and features interviews, reviews, and plenty of loose, fun, and at times...