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Dawn Foster
Worked at Fast Wonder
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Just finished my last day at Puppet Labs. It's sad to leave, but I'm super excited about the PhD program and am having a lovely time in London!
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Nice pub next to Hampstead Heath with pool table, perfect hangout on Sunday afternoons in summer: http://www.fullpint.com/showpub.php?pubid=341&meta=Freemasons+Arms/Hampstead
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Don't forget that we're having a Puppet Contributor Summit the day after Config Management Camp on February 4 in Gent, Belgium.

Anyone who currently contributes to Puppet open source projects, modules, or related projects is welcome. Puppet users who are interested in making their first contributions are also invited to participate!

Config Management Camp and the Puppet Contributor Summit are right after FOSDEM in Gent, a short train ride away from Brussels, so it's a great way to combine trips!
We are holding our third Puppet Contributor Summit in Ghent, Belgium on February 4, 2015, the day after FOSDEM and ConfigManagement Camp. This event is for both existing and new contributors to Puppet, related projects, and modules, and we would love to see the following people attend the Contributor Summit! People who submit pull requests and contribute code to our projects Community members working on related projects People who contribute t...
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Are you coming to FOSDEM and ConfigManagementCamp? Want to stay an extra day for the Puppet Contributor Summit EU?
We are holding our third Puppet Contributor Summit in Ghent, Belgium on February 4, 2015, the day after FOSDEM and ConfigManagement Camp. This event is for both existing and new contributors to Puppet, related projects, and modules, and we would love to see the following people attend the Contributor Summit! People who submit pull requests and contribute code to our projects Community members working on related projects People who contribute t...
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Thiago :( I'll let you know when I'm back in pdx.

Sri - would be great to see you!
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Enjoyed my little vacation for the holidays. Plenty of margaritas, homemade apple pie, pajama days, wild turkeys in the back yard, selfies with my adorable grand-niece and fun with the whole family. Now, back to the real world tomorrow to finish packing up my house for the move to London!
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Some people buy fancy, expensive sports cars and hook up with someone half their age during a midlife crisis. I always like to be a little different, so I’ve decided to move to London and go back to school to get a PhD for my midlife crisis.
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I can't afford London or an expensive sports car.  Guess I'm stuck with a hook up.
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Remember how I was asking people a month ago to tell me how they started their open source careers for my LinuxCon presentation? I featured a bunch of your stories in my presentation and in this follow up blog post :)
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Pictures of my new flat in London. I'm mostly moved in :)
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Nice kitchen
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Want my awesome job at Puppet Labs? The job posting for my replacement went online today! 
Director of Evangelism and Community open job details at Puppet Labs, Customer Success department, in Portland, OR
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+Dawn Foster Now I know why you're living in London!  Wondeful!  Best of luck on your Ph.D.  BTW I manage to somehow get into your old group at Intel. :)
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Spending the holidays with the family. Mom's apple pie, margaritas, too many potato chips (the kind I ate as a kid that are only sold within a 30 miles of where I grew up), pajama days almost everyday and fun times with family :)
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Sleazy move by Groupon. Not cool.
"GNOME" the trademark has been a familiar name for the past 17 years in the Free and Open Source Software community. The GNOME project has been a staple desktop for GNU/Linux and BSD desktops. It was the default desktop for Sun Microsystems workstation class machines, continues to be the default ...
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Appears to be resolved. 6,000 people and $106,000US apparently made a persuasive case to the sleazeballs at Groupon.
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Working on my #linuxcon talk about how to make a career in open source. How did you get started? I'm interested in hearing other people’s stories :)
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+Kris Buytaert community management
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I'm looking forward to speaking at #linuxcon EU - now I just need to find the time to write my new talk about building a career out of open source :) We're also doing a #puppetcamp! If you are going to LinuxCon, you should stay an extra day and join us at Puppet Camp Düsseldorf!  Luke Kanies is keynoting: http://www.netways.de/puppetcamp/puppet_camp_duesseldorf_2014/program/
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See you in Düsseldorf!
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Work
Occupation
PhD Student
Employment
  • Fast Wonder
    Online Community Consultant, 2008 - 2012
  • Puppet Labs
    Community Manager, 2012 - 2015
  • Intel
    Open Source Community Lead, 2012
  • Timken
  • Compiere
  • Jive Software
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London, UK
Previously
Portland, OR - Ohio - san jose, ca - erie, pa
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PhD Student, Community Manager, Runner, Reader, World Traveler, Vegan, Author and Technology Enthusiast
Introduction

Community Manager, Blogger, Vegan, Author and Technology Enthusiast

Dawn has 20 years of experience in business and technology with expertise in strategic planning, management, community building, community management, open source software, market research, social media, and RSS. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events. She has experience building new communities, and managing existing communities with a particular emphasis on developer and open source communities. Most recently, Dawn was the Director of Community at Puppet Labs, and prior to Puppet Labs, she was leading the Community Office within Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. In addition to working at Intel, Dawn was an online community consultant, and she has worked at Jive Software, Compiere, and a Midwestern manufacturing company in positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher to community manager to open source strategist.

While at Jive Software, she was responsible for building a developer community for Jive’s new Clearspace product line and managing the existing Ignite Realtime open source community. She was a co-founder and board member of Legion of Tech, a non-profit chartered with organizing free events for the Portland, Oregon technology community. As part of her work with Legion of Tech, Dawn was an organizer forPortland BarCampIgnite Portland and other events. She was also a co-founder and community evangelist for the location-based start-up, Shizzow. Dawn holds an MBA from Ashland University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University. Dawn regularly blogs about online communities as the author of the Fast Wonder Blog, and she blogs for GigaOM’s WebWorkerDaily. She is the author of the books, What Dawn Eats: Vegan Food That Isn’t Weird and Companies and Communities: Participating without being sleazy.

Education
  • University of Greenwich
    present
  • Hillsdale High School
  • Kent State University
  • Ashland University
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Gender
Female
Birthday
April 6
Other names
Dawn Walsh, geekygirldawn