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Chris Metcalf

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About Me

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  • Robert Heinlein

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.


Chris works for Socrata. The opinions expressed here are his own, and not that of Socrata. Content published here is not read or approved by Socrata or any of it’s employees before it is posted and does not represent their views and opinions. No warranties or other guarantees will be offered as to the quality of the opinions or anything else offered here. In fact, you probably don’t want to take anything he says seriously anyway.