The hardest part to write

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 creating resources that help ensure their success. Currently I’m the co-founder of Orbit, helping companies win the hearts and minds of developers. Previously, I was the Developer Relations Lead at Algolia, the VP Engineering at Keen IO and a principal engineer at Disney. I enjoy yoga, cycling, and bright colors.

  • Name: Josh Dzielak
  • Hometown: Rockford, USA
  • 1st Computer: 🍎
  • E-mail: josh@dzello.com
  • Residence: Paris, FR
  • Favorite Food: 🧀
2019 - Present
Co-Founder & CTO

Orbit helps companies win the hearts and minds of developers. We create tools for technical founders, developer relations teams, and community managers to activate and grow their developer communities.

2018 - 2019

DeveloperMode helps companies reach developers using the medium they know best: code. We design, build and launch community projects that create awareness and credibility for our clients within the developer community.

2016 - 2018
Developer Relations Lead

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. 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.

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

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

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)
    2021 · 1276 commits
    2020 · 2878 commits
    2019 · 2063 commits
    2018 · 1315 commits
    2017 · 1030 commits
    2016 · 822 commits
    2014 · 1033 commits
    2013 · 1311 commits
    2012 · 4079 commits
    2011 · 1622 commits
    2010 · 2727 commits