Ed Roman

San Francisco, California, United States

I'm currently at Pluralsight, democratizing professional learning. Pluralsight recently acquired HackHands, where I served as CEO. HackHands accelerates developer productivity via mentoring.

I'm founder of hack.summit(), the largest programmer conference (and the largest virtual conference) in history. I also founded the hack.pledge() movement, which helps developers get free mentoring.

I am fairly active in the startup investing world. I lead several investment syndicates/funds on AngelList -- my personal syndicate, an Open Source fund, an Enterprise Security syndicate, and an investment fund in collaboration with Founders Space. I'm also an entrepreneur in-residence at Crosslink Capital.

I mentor startups from Founders Space, 500 Startups, YCombinator, Capital Factory, TechStars, and more.

Prior to this, I was founder & CEO of Ghostfire Games. Our game Rage of the Gladiator won critical acclaim as a top-rated Wii title. It's available on Nintendo 3DS, Android, and won a game-of-the-year award for iPhone/iPad.

I created the world's largest Java community (450,000+ members), TheServerSide, and created international Java conferences. I wrote the book Mastering EJB.

I was founder & CEO of The Middleware Company, a Java training/consulting company, which I grew over 4 years then sold.

Relevant links:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-roman-19686

AngelList investor profile: http://angel/co/Edro

My AngelList Syndicate: http://angel.co/Edro/syndicate

Open Source AngelList Syndicate: http://angel.co/open-source-syndicate/syndicate

Founders Space AngelList Syndicate: https://angel.co/founders-space-incubator-1/syndicate

Conference I run: https://hacksummit.org

Mentoring movement I created: http://hackpledge.org

My Blog: http://www.romanonstartups.com

My Book: http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Enterprise-JavaBeans-Platform-Edition/dp/0471332291

Developer community I created: http://www.TheServerSide.com

Game studio I created: http://www.ghostfiregames.com

Video Interview with me: https://mixergy.com/interviews/ed-roman-theserversid-interview/

Twitter: @ed_roman

  • Education
    • Cornell University