“The sender of a message can never fully know his recipient’s mental code book. Two lights in a window might mean nothing or might mean ‘The British come by sea.’ Every poem is a message, different for every reader.”
– The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
Hi, I’m Ana. I’m a community systems designer. For the better part of the last decade, I’ve shaped interactions to create healthy group dynamics on large-scale internet platforms and in fast-growing open source projects. Currently, I’m researching the social impact of network effects at Protocol Labs.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched what gets communicated and what gets understood, and played with ways to increase the fidelity between them. At age 11, I realized the internet was an experiment in networking human minds together, and I’ve been on a mission to understand what that means ever since.
Born and raised in New York, I dropped out of college to teach myself to program. In the process, I found my way into the early NY tech scene, which led me down the fairly meta path of taking up roles building technology communities. My journey took me to the bleeding edge of 3D printing at Shapeways, where I was one of the first hires in the company’s NY HQ. After Shapeways was a stint running support and evangelism at Nodejitsu, in the unnervingly early days of node.js. Most recently, I wrapped up 5 years of maintaining social software at scale at Stack Overflow.