Culture

The New Stack is Three Years Old

30 Apr 2017 9:43am, by

It’s our birthday “weekend.” We’re three years old. We published our first post on April 29, 2014. We started as a blog and a podcast. Then we decided to write ebooks. We soon started hosting pancake breakfasts with our pancake robot “Stacky.” And so here we are. In many ways, it’s thanks to you, the readers and listeners who come back every day to read our posts and listen to our podcasts. We have great sponsors, our team is growing, and just like three years ago, I am editing, writing headlines, working the weekend editor shift.

That only tells a part of the story. I rarely edit anymore. I actually rarely write. I host podcasts, so that has not changed. But now we have a team that drives the site and makes it possible to increase our coverage. The daily stories are published by Joab Jackson, our managing editor, who works with our writers on stories that explain and analyze what this new stack world is all about. But Joab is on vacation and so here I am, editing and writing, just like three years ago when we started up.

My job these days is to work with Judy, co-owner and operations chief, who I often say is the better, other half of the business. We’re that married couple who run a business together. We started in the living room with our desks facing each other. But now our office is in the bedroom that no longer has a bed but two desks facing each other. We have “Studio B.” It’s the podcast studio in the basement, a combo of sound board and canvas cloth. It works. The sound is better. Everything is a work in progress.

Our life is pretty much the cats, The New Stack … and the road. We go to a lot of conferences. Who’s going to OSCON, ChefConf, CoreOS Fest and Cloud Foundry Summit? We’ll see you there.

Our team is spread around the world. Joab Jackson is out of Brooklyn; Benjamin Ball, who led our first ebook series on Docker and the Container Ecosystem, lives and works in Raleigh, NC. Lawrence Hecht helps us with our data research from his upstairs office in Maplewood, N.J. Gabriel Dinh is the true nomad of the group. He’s our creative director and strategy guide. He’s in Morocco this week. Michelle Maher is moving to Vermont. She manages the newsletter, copy edits, prepares data analytics for sponsors, etc. We also recently hired Kiran Oliver as our associate podcast producer. Kiran lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Luke Lefler, our original podcast producer and now consultant, lives a block from us in St. Johns, Portland; Norris Deajon is our audio video engineer out of Austin and Bailey Math also does AV work for us from his studio in Brooklyn. Aaron Ban is our developer out of Toronto who works with Vinay Shastry, our systems administrator out of Bangalore. Scott McLeod helps us with campaign development and growth marketing from San Francisco. Joseph Do works with us on project management from Vietnam. Mara Kruk helps us with transcribing out of Warsaw. Then there are the writers: Scott M. Fulton III, Indianapolis; Susan Hall, Louisville; Vivek Juneja, just moved to Berlin from Bangalore; Kimberley Mok, Toronto; Janakiram MSV, Hyderabad; Swapnil Bhartiya, Washington D.C. area; David Cassel and T.C. Currie, Oakland; Dr. Torq, Orlando; Mary Branscombe, London; Mark Boyd, Barcelona; Jennifer Riggins, London; Alex Handy, Oakland; Maxwell Cooter, Brighton, United Kingdom; Michele Gienow, Baltimore and a whole group of contributing writers.

Our sponsors keep The New Stack running. Their investments allow us to maintain the quality we strive for and fulfill our mission of focusing on at-scale application development, deployment and management. Thanks to all sponsors, current and past, who have made The New Stack possible.

We will publish ebook series over the next year that look at developing ecosystems such as Kubernetes, the serverless world and the booming Node.js community.

I could get more into what we plan to cover, our plans for the next year. But it’s a Sunday and we’re in Astoria, Ore. for the weekend visiting my son. Traveling once again.

Feature image: Astoria-Megler bridge over the Columbia River.

The New Stack is a wholly owned subsidiary of Insight Partners. TNS owner Insight Partners is an investor in the following companies: MADE, Docker.

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