About Chris Hardie

I'm a deep generalist currently focused on software engineering, writing and the open web. I have primarily worked as an Internet technologist and full-stack developer, but I have a range of experience as a founder, manager, organizational leader and community builder.

I like to think about how systems (e.g. Internet applications, businesses and organizations, media and politics, pillow forts) work, and then try to make them better (more efficient and effective, less harmful to the planet, more just and equitable, more fun).

I also am or have been a:

  • Technology business founder
  • Open source software developer
  • Candidate for elected office
  • UNIX systems administrator
  • Regional sustainability conference organizer
  • Editorial columnist and blogger
  • Conference and workshop speaker
  • Not-for-profit board president
  • Weekly news & opinion podcast host
  • Performer of magic and juggling
  • Pilot-in-training
  • College computer science course instructor
  • Husband and father
  • World traveler

I currently work on special projects as an engineer at Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com and more. You can view my résumé.

I blog here about the thinking and experiences described above; you can read my signature blog posts and a statement of ethics and comment guidelines for this website. I also write about life in Richmond, Indiana at RichmondMatters.com.


In the interest of full disclosure and to promote the organizations and projects with which I'm involved, here's a list of my personal and professional affiliations: