Open Source Community Organizer
LA Tech Meetups
- Founder LAPHP, LAMySQL, LASemWeb, LAWebSpeed, SoCal Community Organizers List;
- Invited panelist at Semtech 2011 in San Francisco;
- Arrived in Los Angeles to a weak and poorly organized tech community;
- Bootstrapped tech usergroups, taking joint meetups from less than 10 people in a coffee shop, to encouraging the best members to head up their own communities;
- Just 3 years later, Los Angeles now has tech meetups every night, often with 150+ attendees;
- Notable speakers:Rasmus Lerdorf, then-Facebook DBA Chris Schneider, first Zend Framework lead Bill Karwin, Amazon evangelists Jeff Barr and Jinesh Varia, founder of CakePHP and Lithium Garrett Woodworth, one of the first MySQL employees Antony Curtis, creator of Sphinx search Andrew Aksyonoff, CSS guru Tim Wright, renowned Semantic Web speaker Brian Sletten, Yahoo!'s Peter Mika presenting “Search Monkey” and BOSS, Zend evangelist Kevin Schroeder, MySQL Community Team Leader Giuseppe Maxia.