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Node.js Foundation Board of Directors application

My name is Pedro Teixeira and I'm running for the board of directors of the Node.js Foundation to represent individual membership.

I've been working as a software engineer since 1997, almost 20 years ago. I cut my teeth in several flavors of Unix, love security, distributed systems, Unix network programming and was a very early proponent and adopter of technologies like server-side Java and others. I've also was been a firm believer of and contributor to open-source projects.

By the end of 2009 I found out about Node.js, and thought "what a lovely experience, this is asynchronous C network programming in JavaScript!". By then I was mainly doing browser JS with Ruby on the back-end, and I started migrating torwards Node. By the end of 2010 Node.js was all I was doing. I worked in freelance mode and for american companies like Nodejitsu and AppendTo and helping delivering Node.js projects to big european companies.

Along the way I created some of the first resources for learning Node.js: 3 editions of Node Tuts (a series of free screencasts exploring Node and the surroundig eco-system), launched a few books on the subject, and worked on several successful open-source packages, some exploratory, others heavily used out there.

In 2012 I created and co-organized the Lisbon JavaScript conference (LXJS), a not-for-profit JavaScript conference held in the lovely city of Lisbon. So far, the conference has had 3 editions and it's been very successful and inclusive: we try hard to serve well the JS and Node.js communities.

I'm also partner and CTO in a London-based consultancy firm — I help plan and develop some ground-breaking projects alongside some really smart and fun people. This company also has a Lisbon office — packed with talented individuals — where we host open events like require('lx') and Node Schools.

Participating and witnessing the success of Node has been an incredible journey, which I'm very proud of. The community is what started driving Node industry adoption, which in turn has been bringing more people into the community — a virtuous cycle that has far exceeded my initial expectations.

I was really happy when I found out that the Node Foundation wanted to give a voice to the individual members. I would be honored and thrilled to provide that voice, making sure individuals are heard and well represented.

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