Beau Lebens, IRL

I’m an Australian “web guy” who moved to the US in search of the big technology industry that is Silicon Valley. After 7 years in San Francisco, then 2 years in Brooklyn, New York, I’m currently living in Denver, Colorado enjoying the outdoors a little more, while continuing my work with Automattic.

I’ve worked in the web industry since ’96, I guess that makes me a veteran or something — or just makes me sound old :-). When I’m not sitting in front of a computer screen, I’ve been an active student of Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense system. I currently hold a Blue belt (Level 5), although haven’t been training too much lately. I like to get out riding my bike, hiking and camping, and have recently picked up fly fishing (tenkara, specifically) as well.

Currently I work full-time for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and a few other interesting tools and services such as JetpackGravatar, Akismet, VaultPress and Polldaddy. If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about me you can check out my résumé (or just get in touch).

If you’re looking for a more formal bio, try this on for size:

Beau is an Australian web developer who currently lives in Denver, Colorado. He has been working on the web since about 1996 and developing PHP/MySQL/JavaScript systems since 2000. He has been involved in a variety of technical enterprises ranging from an exclusively online division at a University to a niche Search Engine Marketing firm, with a short stint building an online scrapbooking network for parents. Interested in all things social, tech and web-related, Beau holds a degree in online community, culture and governance, and spends most of his time these days hacking on WordPress and related web apps for Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com.

Public Speaking

Now that I work at Automattic, I’m lucky enough to speak at WordCamps and some other events once in a while. I’ll try to keep this list up to date with my appearances:

Beau Lebens online

I’m all over the web, normally with the username either ‘beaulebens’, or sometimes just ‘beau’. This site syndicates a lot of my content from around the web back to here, for safe-keeping. You’ll find a link to the same content on the service it was originally posted on in most cases.

Dented Reality, the company/website

I registered the business name Dented Reality in Australia in 1998 and consulted under that title for a while (side-work, while also working full-time). I registered the dentedreality.com.au domain for the first time in ’98 as well. Unfortunately dentedreality.com was registered by someone else immediately thereafter, and has been re-registered continuously since then (I’d love to get it!).

This site is powered by WordPress, which is an amazingly flexible piece of software.