Developer Community Management with Patrick Woods and Josh Dzielak

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Many startups today begin their life as an open-source project. Open source projects allow early adopters of a technology to experiment, to contribute code and feedback, and to shape the evolution of the project in its early stages. When a “community maintainer” company emerges to provide service offerings based on that project, its early customer base often consists of contributors to the open source project who already have experience with the technology, but want a more fully featured offering.

Orbit is a “community experience platform” that provides insights on activity for open-source and proprietary products. Orbit is founded on the “Orbit Model,” which it describes as a “framework for building high-gravity communities”- that is, developer communities with passionate and engaged contributors. The Orbit Model is offered as an alternative to traditional sales and marketing funnels that gives a focus on cultivating early adopters for a project.

Patrick Woods and Josh Dzielak are the co-founders of Orbit. They join the show today to talk about the importance of an active and passionate community for projects, how Orbit helps Maintainers grow and shape their users’ experiences, and how they see Orbit evolving in the future.

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