I’m Jason Lengstorf.
software architect · keynote speaker · occasional designer · mediocre bartender
Super Official Third Person Bio™:
Jason Lengstorf is a developer advocate, senior engineer, and occasional designer at Gatsby. He’s an advocate for building highly productive teams through better communication, well designed systems and processes, and healthy work-life balance, and he blogs about that sometimes. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
What I Do for a Living
- I collect and share knowledge as a keynote speaker, developer advocate at Gatsby, and through my blog.
- I help teams Make the Right Thing the Easy Thing through better tools, system, and processes.
- I create better teams by focusing on effective working habits, including such world-shattering techniques as “actually taking time off”.
- I make the people around me more effective by identifying the dirt floors, then helping design ways to remove them.
What I Do for Fun
- Travel. Often. Like, for real.
- Write. Usually I tell stories about how I used to be a shitbag, and try to share the lessons I learned to make me less of a shitbag.
- Cook. I love figuring out new ways to create meals, and I love having friends over for a family-style meal.
- Code. Before it was the way I made a living, I built things for the web for fun. Sometimes I still build dumb things on the internet.
Why This Site Exists
I was not a particularly well-adjusted teenager.
I spent a lot of time feeling angry. I was always suffering from some form of (completely imaginary) censorship, oppression, brutality, or unfair treatment.
As you can probably imagine, I wasn’t exactly a happy kid.
I was lucky, though: I had good friends and supportive parents. They didn’t put up with my shit, gave me books to read, and helped push me toward a better outlook on life.
And — despite my recalcitrant asshattery — eventually they got through to me.
I’ve been able to get pretty far in life, and a younger, more arrogant me used to chalk that up to “being a genius” or “working harder than everyone else”. But neither of those statements is true.
Here‘s what is true:
I am where I am because I had smart, empathetic people around me. People I could bounce ideas off of; people who recommended books for me to read; people who called me on my shit; people who evolved along with me as I grew up.
I was lucky, and I want to share a little luck with the world.
Not everyone had access to a great network like that. Not everyone has someone to help push them forward when they might otherwise settle in and think, “Well, this is probably the best I can do.”
I realize that I can’t create that network for everyone. However, I can try to create a space where I’ll do my best to push you to be the best possible version of yourself, and create a channel where you can push me to do the same. And — hopefully — there will be enough of us that we can start to create that network.
I’m not exactly sure how to actually make that happen, but I’m starting with a blog and a newsletter.
If this sounds like the sort of thing you wish you had — or if it’s something you do have, and you’d like to help other people experience it — join my newsletter. Reply to a message. Let’s talk.
Let’s figure out how to connect with people who strive to be better; who push themselves and the people around them; who don’t feel threatened when someone is succeeding — instead they feel energized to go do more awesome shit.
Those people are my people. Our people.
I started this site to find more of my people. Hopefully you’re one of them.
Note: I will never share your email or spam you with nonsense. Because I’m not a dick.