Josh Simmons


Josh is a short stack web developer, community strategist, and armchair philosopher. He started his career as a freelancer and agency owner before failing epically as a startup CEO in 2013. In 2011, Josh co-founded Web & Interactive Media Professionals (WIMP), a multi-disciplinary meetup that served to bring together creative and technical professionals in the rural and suburban region north of San Francisco.

After his startup tanked, Josh realized that community organizing was the common thread in his life, even more so than technology. While he had neglected his startup, he had grown WIMP to several hundred members, organized charity hackathons, and spurred local government to focus economic development efforts on freelancers, designers, and developers.

This realization was part of what landed Josh at O’Reilly Media where he served as OSCON’s Community Manager for 2.5 years. It was through O’Reilly that he fell in love with the open source community he had long benefited from as a web developer. In 2016, Josh joined Google’s Open Source Programs Office and was elected to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board of directors.


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