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February 15, 2024 31 mins

We spoke with Lisa-Marie Namphy, a CNCF ambassador, who runs a large San Francisco Bay Area user group focusing on open source technologies like Kubernetes. Lisa shares her experience running meetups, her focus on delivering valuable content, and her perspective on inclusivity in the tech community. The conversation also explores how she balances corporate interests with community values and talks about the importance of consistency in meetups. Lisa is excited about the role of AI in open source and talks about the challenges related to data and security. Lastly, she gives her advice on measuring success in developer relations.

00:00 Introduction and Acknowledgements 00:00 The Busy Life at KubeCon 01:11 Introducing Lisa Marie Namphy 01:39 The Evolution of OpenStack Meetup 04:27 The Challenges and Opportunities of Tech Meetups 05:03 The Many Hats of Lisa-Marie Namphy 05:31 The Importance of Community in Open Source 07:08 The Role of Meetups in Community Building 13:56 The Balance Between Commercial Interests and Community Needs 25:07 The Importance of Measuring Success in DevRel

Guest: Lisa-Marie Namphy is a developer advocate and community architect, and a CNCF Ambassador with 20+ years of experience primarily at Cloud Native, Analytics, and Enterprise Software companies and start-ups. Lisa organizes and runs the SF Bay Cloud Native Containers User Group (one of the world’s largest CNCF user groups), personally hosting meetups for the past 10 years. In her “day job” Lisa runs the Developer Relations program at Cockroach Labs. For 10 years prior Lisa led marketing, open source, and developer advocacy teams across Portworx, HPE and HP Software. Lisa is an advocate and frequent speaker for Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and open source technology, a writer, an avid sports fan, and loves wine and dogs.


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