I’d like to be able to say this blog draws its name from the ancient beliefs that the horse is an all knowing messenger from powerful beings. However, that simply isn’t true. It was inspired by a Dilbert Cartoon from 2015 and now no longer online. In the cartoon Dilbert’s boss tell’s Dilbert to “stop being such a pessimist,” to which Dilbert replies, “said General Custer to his horse.” When pressed for an explanation as to, “why would he talk to his horse,” Dilbert points out that “even the horse knew something was wrong.” It’s funny, at least to me. I am not sure why.
That first paragraph probably told you more about me than you will ever otherwise find out. Beyond my weird sense of humor and bad taste in music the rest is pretty standard. I wear a bunch of hats professionally and semi-professionally, including:
- Business Strategist with a focus on communities and developers
- American living in Europe
- “Student” of International Taxation
These days I am working for Red Hat as a Business Strategist in the Red Hat Enteprise Linux Business Unit. I focus on helping Red Hat’s strategy work well with our Community OS projects, Fedora and CentOS, and Developers in general. I also spend quite a bit of time thinking about the unpaid Linux market overall.
I’ve written some code and contributed to other code bases. A lot of this work has been done on GitHub.
Talks and presentations that I’ve given are collected on my talks page.
More details can be found in my LinkedIn profile, amongst other places.
If anyone actually reads this page and sends me a question, I’ll make this description better.
I engage in one habit that a friend has described as “barbarism.” I put two spaces after periods. *gasp* I also tend to hardwrap non-email text. *shock* Finally, I have currently set my tab to be 4 spaces and not 8. *fainting noise*
GPG Key / Encrypted Communications
For those of you who need to send me something super sekrit, please think carefully. While I used to have a GPG key, I no longer do. I believe that email is effectively not reasonable to secure with GPG. Therefore I encourage you to consider alternative methods, such as Signal.
I’ve had the privilege of being quoted a few times. For vanity reasons, I maintain a list.
Bios and Headshots
Bios are hard to write and terrible to have to come up with on short notice. I keep a few here for use.
Short Bio (26 Words / 163 Chars)
Brian Exelbierd is a Business Strategist for Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Red Hat and has a background in Higher Education and IT/Engineering. Follow him @bexelbie
Medium Bio 1 (73 Words / 466 Chars)
Brian “bex” Exelbierd is the Business Strategist for Communities and Developers in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit. At Red Hat, Exelbierd has also worked as a technical writer, software engineer, content strategist, and community architect. Prior to Red Hat, he worked at the University of Delaware as the Director of Graduate and Executive Programs in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and as a Budget Analyst. Follow him @bexelbie
Medium Bio 2 (170 Words / 1084 Chars)
Brian “bex” Exelbierd is the Business Strategist for Communities and Developers in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit. He helps operating system communities by easing the way for Red Hat Enterprise Linux to support the great things they do. At Red Hat, Brian has worked as a technical writer, software engineer, content strategist, community architect and now as a product manager. Brian spends his day working on the three year strategy that helps Red Hat Operating System communities the larger developer community have the best interactions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Before Red Hat, Brian worked with the University of Delaware as the Director of Graduate and Executive Programs in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and as a Budget Analyst. Brian’s background in software engineering stretches back years before his university work and includes stints in both business and government. Many of his projects are the “glue code” or interstitial pieces that fill the spaces between systems, providing continuity and ease of use. Follow him @bexelbie
Brian “bex” Exelbierd enjoys a good beer, a nice coffee, and a rousing conversation about taxation. Born in the USA, he now lives with his partner and daughter in Brno, Czech Republic. His focus is on his family, walks for artisinal bread, and reading long form articles. By night, he tinkers with this thousands of spreadsheets and occasionally works on projects that are often “glue code” or the interstitial pieces that fill the spaces between systems. By day he is the RHEL Business Strategist for Communities and Developers at Red Hat. Follow him on twitter @bexelbie and read his sporadic blog pieces at www.winglemeyer.org.
My sister-in-law, who is a great photographer, agreed to risk her reputation and take a new headshot for me. I remain a terrible model, so be kind. Here is me, circa July 2022.
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