Software is changing the world and we think our mission is to help progressive software-development teams adopt new technologies and practices. We do this by providing our audience with unbiased, practitioner-driven conferences, content, and an online community.
Our Story: A Community of Communities, by the Community for the Community
In 1999, InfoQ CEO Floyd Marinescu, then a second-year computer-science student at the University of Waterloo, built and ran "theserverside.com" for Ed Roman, who had also just founded an Enterprise Java training company. TSS, as it was known, quickly became the largest independent Java community, which Floyd ran with passion and dedication, pursuing his desire to have a technical site run for technical people by technical people who really care.
A change of mind: a new perspective
In 2002, Floyd met InfoQ co-founder Roxanne Beverstein, who joined TSS to help the business side. TSS and its parent company went through a series of acquisitions from 2003-2005 and Floyd became disillusioned with purely profit-driven, short-term-thinking corporate environments, as well as mainstream technical media that were neither technical enough nor innovative enough. Floyd knew there must be a better way to build a company, one that cared about the community as well as profit, that thought long term, and that served readers with content in the respectful, deeply technical manner they would want to read.
Floyd crystallized his mission: to build a technical news community singularly focused on delivering content that can affect change and innovation in the software-development community, available around the world in multiple languages. InfoQ would bring together many international development communities on one site: a community of communities created by the community for the community (the meaning of C4Media Inc., the company behind InfoQ). Through the open-source movement, Floyd met the company's third co-founder, Alex Popescu, and later hired a full-time developer/editor in China to simultaneously work on the English and Chinese versions of the site. With four full-time employees (and no salary for the first year), the company realized its vision in 2006 when the InfoQ site launched with five communities (Java, Agile, SOA, Ruby, .NET). Ever since, the company has remained committed to empowering developers with unbiased information that facilitates the spread of knowledge and innovation.
Today: Editorial positioning
InfoQ and QCon's 2016 editorial coverage will focus on some of the key technologies that are in the innovator and early adopter phases, as well as those that are in the process of "crossing the chasm":
- Reactive programming
- Machine learning
- DevOps: Docker and containers
We also continue to cover trends in some of the established major languages and runtimes such as Java and .NET.
InfoQ.com: Another paradigm for the software developers' world
Every day, we create and share content in five languages by developers for developers. With a readership base of over 1,500,000 unique visitors per month reading content from 100 locally-based editors across the globe, we continue to build localized communities. Today, InfoQ publishes over 40 pieces of original content every WEEK, including free access to presentation videos from over 35 international conferences.
InfoQ is now run by over 270 part-time community editors who work on English, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and French versions. C4Media, which runs InfoQ and QCon, is run by over 40 full-time staff who work virtually across six countries. C4Media's purpose is to help progressive software-development teams adopt new technologies and practices.
Led by Charles Humble, the editorial team is currently made up of five full-time staff members and around 50 freelance editors, all of whom are full-time developers and team leads. The team publishes 40 to 50 items of content per week including articles, minibooks, e-mags, and presentations from conferences all over the globe.
Roxana Bacila is community manager at InfoQ.com.
Ana Ciobotaru is the editorial operations manager for InfoQ and has been with the company for three years. She has a degree in journalism and is responsible for the production of InfoQ's e-mags, minibooks, articles, and interviews. Located in Sibiu, Romania, she likes cycling with her spouse and two kids, reading, and traveling. She's a huge Pearl Jam fan and dreams of getting to see Antarctica before everything melts.
Anca Trusca is the marketing manager. She handles media partnerships, social-media promotion, and marketing research for the site. She enjoys hiking, trail running, and any outdoor activity.
Razvan Baciu is the editorial operations manager for presentations at InfoQ. He has been with the company for six years and manages the publication of all our conference presentations from A to Z (scheduling, slide sync, and publication). He's located in Sibiu, Romania and apart from being a really good handyman, he loves cycling and skiing with his wife and son.
Anamaria Bota is our account and project manager, responsible for relationships with our conference partners. Currently, she looks after over 30 conference partners.
Floyd and I attended a party at Java One hosted by Cameron Purdy who was the CEO of Tangosol at the time. There were many thought leaders in the Java community at this party, so Floyd seized on this opportunity to demo the site to each of them. Picture Floyd walking around this party with his laptop showing people the site and saying, "InfoQ is the new community site and has AJAX in all the right places."- RoxanneBeverstein