Number 29: Slack’s Bear Douglas
Bear Douglas is the Developer Advocacy Lead at Slack.
Douglas just joined Slack from Twitter to help it serve and attract developers. There are already hundreds of apps that integrate with Slack but Slack is so serious about this area, it is investing in Slack-based startups.
Douglas is well-known from her time in this same role Twitter. (And Twitter poached her from doing the same job at Facebook.)
Twitter offered a service called Fabric, a tool that helps them improve their apps. She helped convince 580,000 developers to use Fabric. Twitter just sold it to Google in January.
Although her background is in anthropology, archaeologic and economics by education, she was a kid coder who self-taught herself mobile apps and has earned the respect of the dev community.
Thank you, Business Insider, for introducing these world class engineers to us!