Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
David Smith

David Smith
Director, Cloud Engineering, DigitalOcean

Dave “Dizzy” Smith is the director of cloud engineering at DigitalOcean. A software industry veteran with over 19 years of experience, Dizzy has the rare ability to breath life into abstract and theoretical business concepts with practical software solutions. He has a broad range of experience across real-time messaging systems, identity federation and authentication, and low-latency peer-to-peer data stores and has been an active contributor to many open source projects. Previously, he was VP of engineering at several database-related startups, including Basho, where he spearheaded the Rebar Project, created Bitcask, grew the engineering team from 4 to 30, and won the Erlang User of the Year Award. He was also one of the original contributors to the Jabber/XMPP project, contributing servers and clients across multiple platforms.


2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Intermediate
David Smith (DigitalOcean)
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In both open source and commercial endeavors, teams are increasingly built from people distributed across the world. So how does one take a far-flung group of people and turn them into an efficient development team? David Smith examines the characteristics of good teams and shares strategies for building and managing them. Read more.