Oh, hai! I’m Martyn and I’ve just joined the Nexmo Developer Relations team.
I built my first website in 1997 before anyone really knew how to do that properly. The best part was that people actually used it – which was a huge confidence boost! So much so that I quit school and I’ve been working in tech ever since. Over the past 20 years, I’ve worn many hats as a developer, radio producer, product person and an investor.
Developer Relations has been a part of my life for a while now, having first cut my teeth organising hackathons back in 2009. After an interesting stint running my own API development company (an all Ruby shop), where I consulted on building and promoting the use of APIs within larger companies, I joined SendGrid in 2012 as their first non-US Developer Evangelist.
Over the next 3 years I built out the team in Europe and we set about helping build communities and empower developers from Barcelona to Budapest and everything around and in between.
In addition to this, I was also fortunate enough to have spent time as the Director of the Ignite Accelerator. After being given the opportunity to bring the programme down from Newcastle, we launched it in London in 2016, investing in almost 50 companies during my time there.
Most recently, I worked as a Senior Developer Advocate at Algolia with their incredible teams in the US and Paris.
Code-wise, I like to work with any technologies that take my fancy from Node to Go. I try, as much as possible, to build out my demos in more than one language and I tend to write about the fun combinations of stuff that I create over on Dev.to.
I split my time between the UK and Slovakia (the picture above is Košice) and I enjoy dog memes more than anyone my age really should. I’m fine with that, thanks.