I’ve been working from home since 2013. Initially as a freelance app developer, later as Developer Advocate for Appcelerator and The Things Network and currently as Full Stack Engineer for Zapier.

We’ve become so used to commuting to an office, that people often don’t understand why I like and actually prefer to work from home. Fortunately, it is slowly becoming more common. I tell my son that there are two things he’d later find hard to understand looking back:

Why would you queue up your car for an hour, then balance a cup of the worst coffee in the world…


At Zapier, we were thrilled to hear Slack introduced setting your status. Slack is the very backbone of our daily communication and as a fully remote company you can’t just tell if somebody is available by glancing over that “beloved” open office floor.

Last spring, I decided to ignore social media until Easter. Lent traditionally is a period of fasting from food, but modern ways of fasting include anything TV to alcohol. The idea is to grow in discipline, break with looming addictions and spend more time with those you care about, which may or may not include God.

4 months later… still fasting!

Easter is already 4 months ago and I’m still going strong without social media. I haven’t missed it at all and found little reason to return to them. I’ve even started to slowly untangle websites where I used them login. I’ll probably keep the…

By Tatu Väyrynen

Today is the start of Lent, traditionally a period of fasting leading up to Easter. Not a lot of people fast from food anymore, but modern ways of fasting include anything from going without watching TV or drinking alcohol.

40 Days without Social Media

Today, I decided to fast from social media. I’ve removed Twitter and Facebook from my phone and turned off all notifications except direct messages and mentions.

And who knows, maybe I’ll leave it that way even after Easter.

Cutting down on Notifications

I wouldn’t have taken this decision as easy a year a go as I did today. In the last few months, I’ve already…

MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M) protocol heavily used for the Internet of Things (IoT) because it is an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. The Things Network as well uses MQTT to exchange messages between devices and their online backends — or applications as we call them.

The Rise of APIs

In the meanwhile, online platforms have seen the rise of APIs. No longer do you need to manually export and import data between services. Once you’ve allowed one service to access another’s API on your behalf, it can take care of that for you.

Connecting Passive APIs

While MQTT provides full two-way communication, the popular REST APIs

In August, after a well-needed-longer-than-I-had-in-a-long-time break, I started at The Things Network.

The first weeks have been both exciting and challenging. Hardware is almost completely new to me, yet it is my very job to make our technology more accessible. So why not start with building the documentation site I desperately felt a need for myself?


We wanted the documentation site to meet a number of requirements:

  1. Open Source on GitHub.
  2. Anyone should be able to run the site locally.
  3. Content in Markdown.
  4. Working previews on GitHub, including embedded images.
  5. Quick corrections via GitHub’s edit feature.
  6. Automatically publish on push…

Developer Relations is still a relatively young profession, trying to find its rightful place between marketing, support and engineering. I enjoy reflecting on this journey with others at events like DevRelCon and hope to organise a new DevRelAms soon. Earlier I wrote about comparing Developer Evangelism with its Religious counterpart and the Value of FOSS.

In this new post I’d like to explore how Developer Relations makes sense in what Pine and Gilmore called The Experience Economy, already back in 1998.


A long, long time ago it was all about the product. “A great product sells itself”, they would say…

Fokke Zandbergen

Full StackEngineer at @Zapier ❋ Previously Developer Advocate at @TheThingsNtwrk and @Appcelerator ❋ Learn. Improve. Share.

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