Relationships with developers have become an increasingly important discipline in recent years, as developers are now often seen as decision-makers in many businesses, and service providers strive to offer them the best user experience. DevRel, however, remains a nascent discipline that is still in the process of professional development, even as it begins to become mainstream. Orbitone of DevRel’s most successful startups, today announced its acquisition HupDevRel-led consulting company Matthew Revel.
Creating Hoopy, Revell also led a series of DevRelCon conferences as well as DeveloperRelations.com and wrote a number of research reports. including The state of relations with developers. As Orbit CEO and co-founder Patrick Woods told me, the idea of the acquisition is to free Revell to focus on that: continue to build a series of conferences and help expand and professionalize DevRel’s profession through this and other efforts like it. reports. “The idea of Orbit actually crystallized at DevRelCon in San Francisco in the summer of 2019,” Woods told me.
However, although it was a major event for the DevRel community, for the organizers it was mostly a side project. “I was impressed that Matthew and the DevRelCon team were really in favor of moving the field forward, and yet DevRelCon was a side project for Matthew,” Woods explained. “Hoopy as a business has been a very successful DevRel advisor, and DevRelCon has been almost a work of love for Matthew and a few volunteers to do so.” And while venturers continued to ask the Orbit team where to find more DevRel practitioners, the community’s main event was an enthusiastic project.
In the future, Revell will focus on event programming (which will likely have a personal dimension if it returns later this year) and related projects, including a new DevRel academy focused on education, and a new podcast series. Hoopy consulting company will start to stop.
«Looking to the future, we hope to stimulate the growth and importance of DevRel as a profession, ”Orbit CTO and co-founder Josh Dzelak said in a statement today. “It means looking at how we make life easier for DevRel professionals today and how we can positively impact the long-term evolution of practice – including new roles, new ideas, team growth, leadership opportunities and career advancement.”