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Welcome home! How the best projects lower the contribution barrier

Welcome home! How the best projects lower the contribution barrier

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYOJRG8pics

Josh Dzielak is a developer advocate and software engineer, and currently the cofounder and CTO of Orbit. Prior to Orbit, Josh led the developer relations team at Algolia and was the VP Engineering at Keen IO. It was there Josh started developing the Orbit Model, an alternative to the marketing funnel that works better for community and apoption. Community has played a major role in Josh's career, and he seeks to pay it forward by developing tools to help community-minded folks accomplish more & show the impact of their work.

Josh Dzielak

August 26, 2020

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