Today we are pleased to announce that Ryan Bigg has joined the Spree team in the role of community manager. For those of you who don’t know Ryan, a quick glance at his Github profile will tell you all you need to know about his passion for open source. If you’ve read his brand new book you also know that he is well-versed in Rails and a great writer. Finally, if you were at RailsConf last year you already know that he is a Ruby Hero.
When we announced our funding we told you that we had big plans for Spree. One of our goals was to hire a full time community manager for Spree. The idea was to have someone dedicated full time to continuing to improve the strength of our open source community. We have a very healthy core team and lots of contributors but we’re not satisfied with that. We want better documentation, more tests and faster turn-around time on bugs and pull requests. We also have a ton of new ideas for new features and possible integrations.
In order for us to address all of these lofty goals we decided to hire someone full time to help with the cause. Ryan Bigg was on our very short list of ideal candidates and we’re thrilled that he’s decided to join us. As luck would have it, he was already working on a very large Spree project when we reached out to him. He doesn’t officially start work until next Monday but he’s already been helping out on the namespace branch and answering questions on spree-user.
Ryan will be speaking this weekend at Ruby C and he’ll be leading our Rails training in February at SpreeConf.
Update: This short video will tell you all you need to know about why Ryan will be an awesome addition to the team.