I’m Jim Stogdill, a consultant, technologist, writer, artist, and ex-submariner. I split time between the suburbs of Philadelphia and New York City. Hit me up if you are in either of those places and want to connect or just grab a coffee.
For the last year and a half I’ve been working as an independent consultant. I’ve been fortunate to have among the largest technology companies in the world as my clients alongside some early startups. My projects run the gamut. Some recent ones include a blockchain technology strategy for a new startup (leveraging the Bitcoin blockchain for a unexpected use case), an open source software strategy for a very large enterprise, the application of agile methods to the data analytics space, and a cloud go-to-market strategy for a large vendor. These were fun projects and I’m always looking for more.
I eased the transition to independence with a year-long sabbatical. I used the time off to work on a slew of projects that would have otherwise remain back-burnered forever. For instance I built a darkroom in my basement where I can finally print conventional silver prints without running up and down the stairs to use the kitchen sink. I also managed to obtain at least seven Raspberry Pi’s that I’ve put to various uses (including a 21.com bitcoin computer and a public Minecraft server). They are fun, but all SD cards eventually corrupt. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise (I’m looking at you 21.com).
Maybe the best part of taking some time off though was not having to fly. I think I only got on one or two airplanes that entire year. I should probably call it a staybattical since I stayed local and used the time to get rid of personal entropy by the shovel full. If you’ve never taken a staybbatical I highly recommend it. It’s like a reset button for the brain.
Before my sabbatical I was with O’Reilly Media where I was the GM of multiple businesses including Radar and Strata.
Radar was the team and process focused on new ideas and new business development. In my Radar role I launched BioCoder and conceived and launched the Solid conference while also establishing an “weak signals” editorial process and rhythm. I also edited and contributed to the Radar blog, Radar podcast and related media efforts. Solid is probably the thing I’m most proud of from my time at O’Reilly. From atoms to bits and back to atoms. Tech goes full circle.
Strata is O’Reilly’s wildly successful data business and I oversaw the expansion of both its publishing programs and the Strata conference series as it went from data scientist enclave to the acknowledged force in the industry.
Before arriving at O’Reilly I landed at Accenture via the acquisition of Gestalt, the startup consultancy where I was CTO. I had great fun there. We built the first consulting firm to use agile development on government contracts, I advocated for open source software development at the DoD, and worked on concepts to make large organizations intentionally emergent. After the Accenture acquisition I got the opportunity to build their first “big data” practice focused on Hadoop and related infrastructure and lead the firm’s partnership with Cloudera and other vendors.
Earlier in my career I helped build some really interesting stuff in financial services, B2B sourcing, and defense. Highlights include a heuristically-driven optimization engine for managing corporate cashflow and the first online corporate paper trading platform for SEI Investment’s TreasuryPoint.com, a global reverse auction system at ICG Commerce (acquired by Accenture), a collaboration space that connected participants based on shared application context for Gestalt, and an ADABAS to RDBMS database replication engine for SEI Investments. My Linkedin profile provides some detail.
Over the course of my career I’ve tended to focus on a few bigger ideas that tie my work together. Here are some links to things I’ve written or said around the web about those focus areas.
These days I’m still thinking about the blurring boundary between hardware and software but I’m also spending a lot of my time thinking about software supply chain issues, the tension between data utility and privacy, and the relationship between technology and society (just to name a few things).
I’m a photographic artist and my work is mostly traditional silver-based photography so not very much of it is online. I do occasionally instagram scanned negatives at jim_stogdill.
I’m @jstogdill on Twitter, but be warned, despite my best efforts, I tweet too much about politics but try not to argue with strangers. Want to work on something together, or just say hi? Feel free to contact me.