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 Jetpack, Gravatar, 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:
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:
- 2015-05-04; WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop: Creating & Consuming APIs (3 hour workshop)
- 2014-10-11; WordCamp Saratoga: WordPress as the Backbone(.js)
- 2014-03-31; WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop: Frontend Performance Workshop (1.5 hours).
- 2013-07-27; WordCamp San Francisco: Bringing WordPress to the Frontend with o2.
- 2013-05-14/15; WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop: Frontend Performance. WordPress.com Functionality.
- 2013-05-02; WordCamp North Canton: Power up your WordPress with Jetpack (presented with Justin Shreve).
- 2012-11-20; NYC WordPress Meetup: WordPress as your Digital Hub/Home (See also: my post on the topic).
- 2012-03-27/28; WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop: Post Formats & Custom Post Types. Open Sourcing Your Code.
- 2011-05-14; WordCamp Orange County: Jetpack-powered Plugin Development (Advanced plugin development techniques).
- 2010-05-01; WordCamp San Francisco: Gravatar Open Profiles (Lighting Talk, 7 mins).
- 2010-01-30; WordCamp Indonesia: What’s Up With WordPress (Keynote).
- 2009-11-14; WordCamp New York City: Advanced WordPress Development Environments (and Intro to IntenseDebate).
- 2009-09-19; WordCamp Philippines: Meet the Family (Extended Version).
- 2009-09-12; WordCamp Los Angeles: Meet the Family.
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.