Welcome Alex Hillman!

Odds are you know the name already, and if you do, you realize that 2011 is a big year for Wildbit. What? You don't know Alex Hillman? Let's fix that. Alex is the dangerously awesome guy who (along with some others) proved that coworking is not only valuable to our careers and community, but sustainable. He did this by cultivating and leveraging a community, validating the concept and convincing the community to support and grow his (and their) vision. The result was Independents Hall in Philadelphia, where I was happy to be one of the first members. Alex might be best known for his involvement in coworking, but he is also known for things like Unstick.me, Zero to Launch, Indy Hall Labs and his (strong) opinions and ideas on his blog, Dangerouslyawesome.com.

So, what does all of this have to do with Wildbit? 2010 was a great year for us. Beanstalk has grown significantly and we launched Postmark, our third product, in April. The growth is both exciting and overwhelming. Towards the end of last year we realized to really grow, we need to connect more with our community of designers and developers we've built through our products. This is where Alex comes in. We've known Alex for years, and we've even worked with him on occasion and go to him for advice when it comes to outreach, sponsoring conferences and creative marketing. With our audience and his skills, it's a perfect fit.

I have no doubt that you will hear from Alex. In just two weeks he's already taken part in gathering more data about developer libraries, promoting the latest iPhone apps for Beanstalk, coming up with a strategy for our sponsorship of Superconf in February and helping us plan our 5by5 marketing this week. Yeah, I told you, he's awesome.

Make sure to welcome Alex to the team. If you're not already following him, you can find him at @alexknowshtml on Twitter.

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