DreamCon Speaker Series # 8: Jonathan LaCour

Speaker: Jonathan LaCour

Topic: Developing on DreamHost

DreamHost has been helping developers and entrepreneurs realize their dreams for over 15 years, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak directly to developers at DreamCon. I’ll be going through a few of DreamHost’s developer-focused offerings, and giving practical examples of how you can use them to create the next big thing (because we know you will).

While hanging out with customers on our Reach Out and Touch You Tour , I heard lots of people ask about everything from developing on our shared hosting platform, to deploying applications into our cloud. I’ll be offering up top-tips, like how you can develop Python and Ruby apps at DreamHost, and showing off fancy new cloud APIs that DreamHost provides customers through DreamObjects and DreamCompute services.

Curious about all things API? Want to know more about the new hotness at DreamHost? Then don’t miss this talk!

What do you do at DreamHost?

I am the Vice President of Product and Development at DreamHost, which means that the great Software Engineers and Product Management team exists solely to do my bidding! Seriously, though, I manage the conception, creation, launch, and continued development of products and services that come out of DreamHost.

What projects do you work on? What do you do on a regular basis?

The Product and Development teams work on both the continued development of our existing products and services, and the development of new products and services. We work on shared hosting, the panel, cloud services, internal systems, and more!

A day in the life of Jonathan at DreamHost starts with an early morning catching up on emails, looking at internal dashboards and metrics, and preparation for the day. Every morning, teams gather for 5 minute “standup” meetings, where they share progress, issues, and next steps for their respective projects. After standups, my day is a whirlwind of management activities, planning, email, and meetings.

What’s one interesting fact we don’t know about you?

Jonathan LaCour loves him some bourbon. Tasty, tasty American liquor. The golden, delicious liquid of the gods. If you’re lookin’ to curry favor with this guy, send him a bottle of whiskey (or two)!

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest?

App.net. See what I did there?

What shows are on your DVR?

Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Mythbusters, and Archer.

 What’s your alma mater?

Georgia Tech. Go Jackets!