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Fostering Developer Communities with Jake Ward

Erin and Brian are joined by Jake Ward, CEO of Data Protocol, to talk about best practices in developer relations for creating thriving developer communities.

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Jake Ward is the co-founder and CEO of Data Protocol. He is an advocate for developers and a solver of problems. Jake’s career began in policy communications, evolved to focus on technology, and landed on entrepreneurship. Along the way Jake developed a zealot-like belief that with the right tools and enough time, any challenge could be overcome. Data Protocol is the realization of that conviction.

As a veteran of too many policy fights to list, the beneficiary of wisdom and guidance from extraordinary mentors and bosses, and a professional work in progress, Jake’s journey informs his approach to building companies and helping small, dedicated teams of people to change the world.

Jake is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northeastern University, the co-founder and former CEO / President of the Application Developers Alliance, a co-founder of CaddieNow, and Chairman of the Connected Commerce Council (3C).

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Erin Mikail Staples is a very online individual passionate about facilitating better connections online and off. She’s forever thinking about how we can communicate, educate and elevate others through collaborative experiences.

Currently, Erin builds community and thinks about the philosophy and tooling of the community and developer advocate world. Much of her day is spent empowering individuals to build, foster, and embrace healthy communities. Outside of her day-job, Erin is a comedian, graduate technical advisor, no-code content creator, triathlete, avid reader, and cat parent.

Most importantly, she believes in the power of being unabashedly “into things” and works to help friends, strangers, colleagues, community builders, students, and whoever else might cross her path find their thing.

Brian Rinaldi is a Developer Experience Engineer at LaunchDarkly. Brian has worked for a decade focused on developer community and developer relations at companies like Progress Software and Adobe. Brian has been a developer for over 20 years, working with front-end and back-end technologies mostly focused on the web. He is heavily involved in the community including running developer meetups and events via and serving on the board of and organizing meetups for Orlando Devs. serves as the editor of the Jamstacked newsletter.