Cory LaNou

Cory is a full stack technologist (except JavaScript, which he loathes) who has specialized in start-ups for the last 20 years. He was part of the Core engineering team of InfluxDB, a highly scalable, distributed time series database written in Go. Active in the international Go community, Cory has published several articles related to Go along with creating and leading Go workshops and training courses. While thinking globally, he acts locally by organizing several regional technology Meetups in the Midwest and mentoring new developers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Cory currently spends most of his time training for Gopher Guides, a Go training company.

Gopher Guides


What’s it really like being an Open Source Software Developer?!

What’s it really like being an Open Source Software Developer?!

This is a question I have been asked many, many times. I’ve tried many different ways to try to explain it, and in the end the best way to answer that question is to share my ups and downs in becoming an Open Source Developer. (It’s not as scary as you think.)

Being a productive member of OSS is much more than writing code. (The code, is the easy part!) This talk will cover many aspects of not only what it takes to be productive, but even more importantly happy.

We'll talk about what OSS is, how and why to get involved, as well as how community plays a large part in the success of OSS. (You know, everyone can see your code, right?) By the time the talk is ended I hope to have empowered anyone regardless of their experience to give it a try, and join the OSS movement!