Jeff Atwood, Founder of Discourse and Stack Overflow, Talks Online Community

The San Francisco Community Managers meetup group excitedly/ecstatically/enthusiastically/okay-we're-calming-down-now presents our January event:

Jeff Atwood, founder of Discourse and co-founder of Stack Overflow, will talk to us about building an indispensable online community through conversations.

Come learn why Jeff believes, in his own words, "Communities are still the holy grail."

6:30 PM: mingle, network, snacks
Jeff's presentation followed by Q&A
8:00-9:00: mingle, network, clean up 

Jeff, also known as @codinghorror, knows a thing or fifteen about building a community that betters people's lives, helps them connect deeply, and grows like mad. Stack Overflow, an indispensable resource and unparalleled community of developers and hackers, is one of the most successful online communities built in the last 10 years. Founded in 2008, it has now grown into an entire network of Q&A sites called Stack Exchange.

Jeff now builds forum software for communities called Discourse. If you're considering forum software for your community, this is the man to talk to. Discourse is beautiful and user-friendly, measures engagement effectively, and encourages deep conversation. We happen to like Discourse a lot.

He also has a blog that you should read, even if you don't (yet) know how to code:

Curious to learn how forums, Q&A, and facilitating deep conversations can grow you community? Join us and learn from the best. 

Okay, are you as excited/ecstatic/enthusiastic about this as we are yet? 

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  • Carrie J.

    Thank you to everyone who came out last month. Here is a link (with slides) to Jeff Atwood's awesome presentation:­.

    February 13

  • Ahyoung A.

    For those who cannot attend, here is the link to the live stream:­! It will also be available for on-demand viewing by tomorrow morning. Looking forward to meeting some of you tonight!

    2 · January 30

    • Carrie J.

      Thanks, Ahyoung! Everyone, BrightTALK has graciously offered to do this for free because of the community's request, so I just want to reiterate how awesome that is. If you see the crew, say hi!

      1 · January 30

    • Katherine M.

      Thank you BrightTALK! This talk was great, and I'm happy to can share it widely.

      1 · February 3

  • Sam H.

    Great to Wally through the thought processes of having a vision for a community/product and then protecting that vision.

    January 30

  • Crystal C.

    Feeling under the weather, but I'll catch the livestream!

    January 30

  • Caitlin

    I'm going to be in LA and will miss it, but would definitely love the link of the recording. Thx Carrie and Lucy!

    1 · January 29

    • Lucy B.

      Oh wait a shame. Sorry you will miss it, but we are certainly filming it (and maybe live streaming it) and will share the link out as soon as it is live! Great to meet you at the happy hour

      January 29

    • Ahyoung A.

      Here is the link to the live stream: https://www.brighttalk...­!

      1 · January 30

  • David S.

    See you there (=

    1 · January 30

  • Katherine M.

    Looking forward to this, but also wondering if can be filmed so others may benefit by watching over YouTube?

    January 23, 2014

    • Carrie J.

      Done and done. I'd love to stream video. I know this content will be helpful for people/

      1 · January 27, 2014

    • Meghan

      Streaming would be great, at the least we can record it for later.

      January 27, 2014

  • Collin

    Looking forward to this. Awesome to be able to check out the Twilio location.

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Evan H.

    Great get, Jeff is a smart dude! Looking forward to it.

    1 · January 2, 2014

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