What it’s like to be Head of Community at Tines: An interview with Conor O’Neill

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Written by Aoife Anderson

As Head of Community, Conor O’Neill is responsible for all aspects of building Tines’ global community and networks. Conor works cross-functionally to develop campaigns, content, events, and other data-driven initiatives that support our community members and increase understanding of how people can leverage no-code automation inside their businesses today. Nurturing long-term relationships is a core part of his role, which helps drive users, brand awareness and brand affinity.

Can you tell us a little more about yourself?

I've been deep in the world of tech since Sir Clive Sinclair unleashed the ZX Spectrum on the world back in the last century. Somehow I've found myself working in the most incredibly interesting new areas for my whole career, from Digital TV in the 90s to Web2.0 in the Noughties, to Mobile Apps and Node.js in the Teens, and now No-Code. In that time, I moved from software developer through to startup founder and product guy. In parallel to all of that, I've been a strong believer in the power of community and was responsible for multiple initiatives in Ireland like BarCamp and OpenCoffee.

What do you do at Tines?

As Head of Community, I wear multiple hats. I want as many people as possible to get value from Tines. In particular, I want every non-developer to think of Tines first when they have an automation problem to solve. We already have a fantastic set of users who help each other and share ideas. I see myself as a facilitator and amplifier around those activities.

Tines itself is also part of the broader No-Code Automation global community. We are just about to run the first No-Code Automation Meetup in Dublin, Ireland, where everyone working in this space can learn more from each other.

What drew you to Tines?

I've been a very vocal promoter of Low-Code and No-Code since before they were even terms, and I've always been looking for ways to automate as many activities as possible. That goes all the way back to using simple scripting languages like Tcl, Yahoo Pipes, Node-RED, and beyond.

When I first tried Tines, I had that lightbulb moment. I realized that they had cracked the automation problem for an enormous number of people who can't or won't write code. They had managed to create something that appeared to be very simple but could deliver powerful results quickly. I knew I had to work for them right then!

Who or what has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

I have to mention Fergus Burns here. I first encountered Fergus when he was running his own startup Nooked and the community site Web2Ireland.org. I was thinking about doing a startup, and he was just so helpful and encouraging. Over the next many years, he helped and advised countless Irish startups. His approach to community has been completely inspirational to me, and many of us owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his years working in the background for "Team Ireland."

What do you like to do outside of work?

Apart from dabbling badly in hobbyist electronics and IoT, I run very long distances slowly. After my first catastrophic marathon in Dublin in 2012, I now have 23 under my belt, along with five Ultras and one FKT. Next year my wife and I will get WMM Six Star Medals in Tokyo, which will be a lovely way to wrap up a decade of running.

We’re hiring! Interested in joining the Tines team? View current openings and apply here: https://www.tines.com/careers

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