To the Web3 and DevRel community.
During my closing keynote at DevRelCon London 2023, comments were made in regard to the Web3 community and the DevRel practitioners therein. I deeply regret and would like to apologize for my wording and the harm that it caused to the community and to individuals attending the conference.
I acknowledge that my remarks were ill-considered and poorly expressed, and for that, I am truly sorry. I understand the importance of fostering an inclusive environment within our community, and my comments were in contradiction to these values. I violated the one true rule I’ve always held as the most important part of being a DevRel practitioner: remember the person. Putting people first is, and should be, the hallmark of everything we do. And, even if just for a moment, I forgot that and, in haste, while attempting to deliver something entertaining, I conveyed my comments poorly. I deeply regret my wording and the harm that it caused to the community and to individuals attending the conference.
It’s important to also note that the views I shared are my own, and not the views of my employer or DevRelCon.
My intention is not to excuse or justify my actions but to express my genuine remorse for the harm that my words caused. I am, as I always have been, committed to learning about and becoming more sensitive to the concerns and perspectives of the community.
I would like to take this opportunity to make amends and work towards rebuilding the trust and respect I may have lost. If any of you are willing, I am open to discussing my actions further, listening to your feedback, and working together to find ways to improve the community that we all care deeply about.
I am also grateful to Wesley Faulkner, who tried to help me redeem my point after my talk. Your support did not go unnoticed, I genuinely appreciate your effort.