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Episode 178

Amir Shevat

Head of DevRel @slackhq. Creator of Google's Developer Experts & Launchpad Programs

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Amir Shevat is the Director of Developer Relations at Slack. Amir originally fell into Developer Relations by mistake, volunteering to work with a community of developers early on in his career. He’s since led Developer Groups at Microsoft & Google for many years before joining Slack to focus on driving growth around the Slack Developers Platform. Amir is particularly passionate about bots. He joined Slack before bots were as popular as they are today and has seen many of them launch on that platform and others. He’s even the author of “Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experience through O'Reilly. Amir joins us to share his story, how he got into tech & startups, how he approaches building developer communities, why he’s so passionate about bots, what it was like joining Slack, and much more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Amir got into startups
  • Learn more about how Amir approaches building developer communities
  • Learn more about why Amir is so passionate and excited about bots
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Amir Shevat is the Director of Developer Relations at Slack.

Amir originally fell into Developer Relations by mistake, volunteering to work with a community of developers early on in his career. He’s since led Developer Groups at Microsoft & Google for many years before joining Slack to focus on driving growth around the Slack Developers Platform.

Amir is particularly passionate about bots. He joined Slack before bots were as popular as they are today and has seen many of them launch on that platform and others. He’s even the author of “Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experience through O'Reilly.

Amir joins us to share his story, how he got into tech & startups, how he approaches building developer communities, why he’s so passionate about bots, what it was like joining Slack, and much more.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:11
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

2:31
How did you start your career out of school? What were some of your first few jobs?

3:42
So before we get too far into it, how did you end up getting into Developer Relations?

4:57
So you mentioned making a big mistake in 1999 when you turned down Google after they approached you based on a post you wrote. Can you tell us more about what happened exactly? What was it like being approached by Google in 1999?

6:14
You’re currently the Director of Developer Relations at Slack. Can you tell us more about how you created the opportunity to join the team there and what your role is all about?

7:07
So what have been some of the projects you’ve had a chance to be a part of?

8:29
What is it about messaging and bots that has you so excited?

11:55
What’s the most difficult part of launching a successful development community? What have been some of the most interesting or compelling outcomes?

13:00
So as you mentioned, there are a ton of challenges with building communities. Given all the communities you’ve been a part of and helped to build - what have been some of the biggest issues you’ve previously had to overcome?

16:47
What apps or tools have you recently downloaded and love or which ones do you find yourself coming back to?

18:19
You’ve actually written a book on the topic of bots that was published through O’Reilly. Can you tell us more about why you decided to write the book and if there are any other resources that you’d recommend to people who want to create bots?

19:10
What was the process of working on the book like?

20:49
Do you have any final thoughts or advice to leave us with?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Amir Shevat on Twitter
Amir Shevat on the Web
Slack on Twitter
Slack on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences
Walkie
DialogFlow (API.ai)
Watson
Botkit

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