About Me

Including fun facts, Github stats and a few photos

About me

I'm Josh Dzielak a.k.a dzello. The "dz" is pronounced [dʒ], like the "j" in "jam". A software engineer for over 15 years, I enjoy building tools for developers and helping others learn how to use them. Previously, I was the Developer Relations Lead at Algolia. In the past, I've worked at companies like Keen IO and Disney, building APIs and helping get them into the hands of thousands of developers.

  • Name: Josh Dzielak
  • Hometown: Rockford, USA
  • 1st Computer: 🍎
  • E-mail: josh@dzello.com
  • Residence: Paris, FR
  • Favorite Food: 🧀
Experience
2018 - Present
Developer Relations Consultant
dzello.com

Serving clients who want to increase adoption of their developer platform, API or service in unique and authentic ways. I help define and implement open source, community and cringe-free marketing strategies that inspire developers to stop surfing Reddit and start writing code.

2017 - 2018
Developer Relations Lead
Algolia

Built and managed a team of 5 developer advocates across the US and Europe. Managed a budget that included events, swag, marketing and community engagement. Guided key investments and partnerships. Worked closely with marketing, sales, customer success, solutions engineering, product and the executive team.

2016 - 2017
Developer Advocate
Algolia

Created blog posts, talks and projects as Algolia's first developer advocate. Started Algolia's online community forum and grew it to over 1,000 users in the first year. Created Algolia's Search Party meetup series and spoke at conferences in the US and Europe.

2013 - 2015
VP Engineering
Keen IO

Designed and implemented the core technology that powers Keen IO's analytics-as-a-service API, based on Cassandra, Kafka, Storm and Zookeeper. Helped the company grow from 6 to over 45 people, raise $23m in funding and sign up thousands of customers.

2011 - 2012
Principal Engineer
Disney Interactive

Joined through the acquisition of Togetherville. Helped design an Oauth-style authentication system for disney.com. Helped build internal analytics APIs and spoke at Disney's first HTML5 Summit.

2009 - 2011
Founding Engineer
Togetherville

Lead engineer for Togetherville, a safe social network for kids acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2011. Built the site in Ruby and Rails and JavaScript and helped scale the product to over a hundred thousand users.

2009 - 2010

I learned so much in my six months as a Pivotal Labs client that I have to include it here. Concepts like agile, MVP and pair programming were new to me when I arrived but practices I've carried with me through my career and have incorporated into my own consulting approach.

2004 - 2009
Analyst / Consultant / Manager
Accenture

Architected and built J2EE apps for Fortune 500 banks and insurance companies. At a time where most development was moving offshore, I was fortunate enough to be part of a special division that still did custom software development on a big scale. It was here that I first learned that I enjoyed consulting and helping people improve their processes and technology.

Do I still code? (according to Github)
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    2017 · 1030 commits
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    2016 · 822 commits
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    2014 · 1033 commits
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    2013 · 1311 commits
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    2012 · 4079 commits
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    2011 · 1622 commits
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    2010 · 2727 commits