Mar 2, 2020
Jono Bacon - Community Manager, Speaker, and Author (#36)
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Welcome to another episode of Develomentor. Today's guest is Jono Bacon.

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting which provides community strategy/execution, developer workflow, and other services. He also previously served as director of community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations.

Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice. His most recent book, People Powered, came out in 2019. Jono also wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit as well as the Open Collaboration Conference. He is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, organizational leadership, and best practice.

Bacon has provided community management consultancy for both internal and external communities for a range of organizations. This includes Deutsche Bank, Huawei, GitLab, Intel, SAP, HackerOne,, Sony Mobile, Samsung, Open Compute Project, IBM, Dyson, Mozilla, FINOS Foundation, Executive Centre, AlienVault, and others. He holds advisory positions at AlienVault, Moltin,, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.

In addition to author, Bacon is also a columnist for Forbes and, author of Dealing with Disrespect, and co-authored Linux Desktop Hacks (O’Reilly), and Official Ubuntu Book (Prentice Hall). Bacon has written over 500 articles across 12 different publications. He writes regularly for a range of magazines.

Bacon was the co-founder of the popular LugRadio podcast, which ran for four years with 2million+ downloads and 15,000 listeners, as well as spawning five live events in both the UK and the USA, and co-founded the Shot Of Jaq podcast. He co-founded the Bad Voltage podcast, a popular show about technology, Open Source, politics, and more.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jack.

Episode Summary

"Community managers are knee-deep in the community engaging with people on forums, social media, doing talks, generating content; all the nitty-gritty kind of work that you need to keep the community engaged"

—Jono Bacon

In this episode we’ll cover:

  1. Jono's latest book - 'People Powered'. Its a business book written for a broad audience to shift our thinking around communities in the new era. 
  2. The difference between community managers, community evangelists, directors of community and developer relations
  3. Why Jono Bacon LOVES open source? And why he helped build Jokosher, an open source multi-track recording software for editing podcasts?

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