Over the past few months, several people have asked me how to find and hire people to do community management and developer outreach. I decided to profile the community managers that I respect the most on my blog in order to provide some insight into the types of people that do this work, as well as their day-to-day activities.
To kick things off, I conducted a short interview with Ana Hevesi, the head of community at Nodejitsu, a company that provides node.js cloud products and services. I met Ana through the Union Square Ventures network when she was working at Shapeways. She has always impressed me with her insights on community, so I’m pleased to share her story here.
Tell me about the community that you manage.
Describe your role and day-to-day activities.
One of the best things about Nodejitsu is that our company was built out of the node.js community itself. My role is to expand the greater node ecosystem and to build out the people-facing side of Nodejitsu. Specifically, this means I handle all of our sponsorships, our engagement at events (hackathons, conferences, meetups), collaboration with friends and partners on community initiatives, our user feedback pipeline, and keep a watchful eye on engagement with our open source projects. Most recently, I’ve been on a mission to connect to organizers of independently run node meetups around the US (and soon, the world!).
How did you become community manager at nodejitsu?
You can find Ana on Twitter at @anoemi. Get Ana’s perspective on community by following her awesome blog, Enemy Gate Down.