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 as well.

Currently I work full-time for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and a few other interesting tools and services such as IntenseDebate, 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.

Public Speaking

Now that I work at Automattic, I’m lucky enough to speak at WordCamps 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’.

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.