I'm a product of and believer in the Drupal community.
I started using Drupal casually in 2005 before diving in headfirst to develop Ubercart on Drupal 5. I was fairly isolated until I experienced DrupalCon Barcelona in 2007 where I met wonderful people from around the world who were using my code in ways I never imagined and motivated me to do so much more. From that point on I was hooked and have spent the last 10 years contributing code, documentation, support, and money to help others enjoy the same opportunities I did.
I co-founded Commerce Guys in 2009, and in 2010 we became one of the rare Drupal companies to secure venture funding with a mission to advance eCommerce on Drupal. I led our development and collaboration initiatives within the Drupal community, including the Drupal Commerce project and our participation in dozens of DrupalCons / Camps, and I ultimately championed the separation of Commerce Guys from Platform.sh to refocus my core team once again on advancing eCommerce on Drupal.
I acquired Commerce Guys alongside my two co-maintainers in February 2016 and have focused on growing and empowering our team to make Drupal Commerce on Drupal 8 fantastic. Taking on the executive role means less time for direct contribution, but I've been thrilled to watch the team exceed even our own expectations while I apply myself to team leadership, sales, and business management. I look forward to using my experience as a long time Drupal developer turned business owner to work for the good of the Drupal community through participation on the D.A. board.
Statement of Candidacy Video:
Board meeting attendence:
Have you served on a board or committee?:
If so, tell us about it.:
Even though I didn't formally hold a board seat, as a co-founder of Commerce Guys I prepared reports for the board and was party to all of its affairs, including financial and strategic matters. Since splitting Commerce Guys out, I am President and CEO of the company but only have an advisory board. Still, I direct the business and exercise the same skills required of Drupal Association board members.
What perspective will you bring to the board when discussing strategic topics?:
My perspective is that of a long time Drupal contributor (primarily through module development) turned business owner. As such I understand both the impact that our project infrastructure and events can have on the success of our software and the financial impact our choices have on businesses and individual contributors.
What existing board topics are you most passionate about? and why?:
First, I am most passionate about our utilization of drupal.org and DrupalCon to facilitate project development and community growth. I forged my career in the Drupal issue queues and the halls of DrupalCon, and I place immense value on the work the D.A. does to maintain these venues for us. I want to see them continue to adapt to address changes in the Drupal community and new technologies in the PHP world at large to secure a future of contributing for folks who haven't even heard of Drupal yet.
Second, I am passionate about the long-term sustainability and overall financial performance of the Drupal Association. I believe it plays a key role in fostering the growth of the Drupal project and want to see it continue to do so for a long time. I am a conservative financial planner not because I am frugal but because I enjoy the freedom that not having to worry about expenses affords you. It's simply much harder to take calculated risks or ambitious long term plans from a position of financial instability.
What additional strategic topics would you like to introduce?:
I understand my own limits; I'm sure I'd be plenty busy just participating in the topics I identified above.
What unique skills would you bring to the board?:
As a contributed module developer, I have built some of the largest contributed module ecosystems that transcended the modules themselves to include networks of freelancers, third party service providers, theme designers, and more. This required a combination of module development, community leadership, and consensus building skills that should give me a unique ability to contribute to board initiatives.
How have your past contributions to Drupal prepared you for board candidacy?:
I've seen first hand through my eCommerce projects the impact that individual contributors and projects can have on the Drupal community at large. In the case of Ubercart, we brought just as many people into the Drupal community as we served from within it, while in the case of Drupal Commerce we pioneered not just the complete utilization of the Entity API on Drupal 7 but also the full utilization of Composer for contributed modules and the pattern of "exporting" code off the Drupal island in Drupal 8.
The end result of this technological leadership was the elevation of Drupal as a viable eCommerce platform alongside traditional eCommerce applications like Magento, Prestashop, etc. Gaining this market position allowed us to play a key role in bringing many third party service providers to the table who now invest in Drupal precisely because it powers tens of thousands of eCommerce websites. In other words, our contributions have had an outsized impact in the eCommerce industry that has drawn self-sustaining investment in the continued growth of the platform.
Managing these projects alongside the multiple incarnations of Commerce Guys has prepared me to understand the complex technical, social, and financial variables that can be adjusted to improve our project and spur the community's future growth.
Why should we vote for you?:
I have a long track record of participating in the Drupal community and pushing to make Drupal better. My changing professional focus and experience now allow me to contribute through the Drupal Association itself to conversations and initiatives that help ensure its long term financial viability and continued growth.