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Chris Metcalf

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Chris Metcalf is a technologist, software developer, and product guy based in Seattle, Washington

Chris is passionate about a lot of things. Possibly too many. Solving problems creatively using software. Helping governments innovate. Teaching the curious about technology. Creating amazing experiences.

He is currently the Director of Developer Platform at Socrata, a fast-growing startup in Seattle that helps governments serve their constituents better through the creative use of open data.

Six years ago, when he started, they were just a handful of engineers with a dream. Now he focuses on developer experience, enabling civic entrepreneurs, and just generally making governments more awesome.

Outside of work, Chris occupies himself with sailboat racing, photography, and dabbling in numerous personal projects. He lives in Seattle with his awesome wife, kick ass dog, and several curmudgeonly cats.

Recent Posts

Every Day Carry

Time to out myself. I’ve recently been fascinated by the “EDC community” (no, it is not an offshoot of the “seduction...

Fear and Self-Loathing in the Blogosphere

Remember back when blogs were new and cool and you’d post everything you did, even if it was a mildly-embarassing fai...

Hood River to Toppenish

Join me at Civic Hack Day Baltimore

Now that the Socrata-powered OpenBaltimore is officially launched, I’m excited to be joining the gang from Tropo on S...

One Vim Server to Rule Them All

Or to rule your Mac OS X spaces, at least.I’ve always hated the “vim cruft” that tends to accumulate on one’s machine...