I’m Jim Stogdill, a 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 grab a coffee. I drink a lot of it.
I recently finished a year-long sabbatical. I used it 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. Fun.
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 all 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.
Now I’m back to work as an independent consultant. I’m learning that this is like playing a game of Tetris where projects are funny shaped blocks that I have to fit into the available calendar time – there already doesn’t seem to be enough of it to fit in the work. But it’s a lot of fun.
Until recently 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 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. 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). Also, I’m playing with a Raspberry Pi a lot and wishing I had one of those when I was a kid.
I’m a photographic artist and I’ll present a portfolio online in the near future. My work is mostly traditional silver-based photography so getting it online will take a little bit more doing. In the meantime I can be found on Instagram as jim_stogdill.
I’m @jstogdill on Twitter, but be warned, despite my best efforts, I tweet too much about politics and Crossfit. I’m not on Facebook, just like Zuck. Want to work on something together, or just say hi? Feel free to contact me.