The Thinker: Michael Lopp to Keynote Distill

While we as a community spend time thinking about how to write great code, minimize bugs, determine the right database schema, anticipate platform shifts and more, Michael Lopp is thinking about the mindset of the developers in our community. Michael thinks deeply about the problems developers face in their everyday lives, how to help developers identify their true goals, what makes them happy and how to achieve happiness, how to lead and how to follow and much more. Michael has spoken at every FunConf I have hosted since its inception and has consistently given our attendees a more authentic, meaningful way to think about our lives, what we do and the implications. Michael is one of the great thinkers in our community and we are very pleased to have him be a keynote speaker at Distill. Here’s a little more information on Michael:

Michael Lopp is a director at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company dedicated to radicalizing the way the world interacts with data. Before joining Palantir, Lopp was part of the senior leadership team at Apple for nine years where he led essential parts of the Mac OS X engineering team, and subsequently managed the engineering team responsible for Apple’s Online Store. Prior to Apple, he worked in engineering leadership at notable Silicon Valley companies such as Netscape, Symantecand Borland. Lopp is a noted author in Silicon Valley; his blog. “Rands In Repose,” and his books, Managing Humans and Being Geek, are part of a new management and engineering canon.

Distill is a conference to explore the development of inspired applications. Tickets go on sale this week.