I asked Jay if he would mind being the featured Jivespace community member, and he was kind enough to indulge me with the answers to these questions in an email interview:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I work for a large computer company and lead the community development on one of their web sites. I took an odd path getting here, I have a math, science and English background (liberal arts, go Ripon College Red Hawks!) but never took a computer class in my life. That usually leads to jokes like "no wonder your code is...". A Shakespeare background doesn't hurt when navigating the politics of a large company. I try to use my own experience as an example for my kids that they can do anything they want if they put their minds to it. You can imagine how that goes over, they are holding out for the sleeping late and playing video games all day job. That's not too far from what we do so there's hope.
How did you get involved with Jive and Clearspace?
In the summer of 2000 I (with help from a couple friends who quickly bailed) wrote a sports trivia web site, lockerjock.com. I needed to integrate forums into it and after some searching found Jive. This was around the Jive forums 1 release when Jive was open source software. I probably have the oldest continually running Jive forums installation ( 1.2.6 I think). I should invest some more time into it but I'm waiting for the sports trivia market to really take off. I got to know Matt, Bill, Dave, and Bruce and continued using all the Jive products both personally and professionally. I once knew the entire Jive team but you guys are growing so fast I can't keep up! It's been very satisfying to watch Jive succeed.
What is your favorite Clearspace plugin?
The youtube plugin.
What is your favorite Clearspace feature?
The drag and drop widgets. I should say the robust, flexible APIs, enterprise performance, or integrated community suite but I'm a sucker for eye-candy.
Mac or PC?
Sadly, PC but I'm seriously considering a Mac. My daughter searched on pumpkin patterns around Halloween (do NOT do that) and picked up a virus that I'm still trying to get rid of. It sounds like I can do all my development work on a Mac now.
What do you do for fun?
As Bill Cosby said my wife and I used to be intellectuals but then we had kids. Some days we think all we do is yell. We have three kids, two boys and a girl and all of them are pretty serious soccer players which consumes a lot of our free time. Both Kris and I play competitive tennis, Kris coaches girls track, and I run somewhat competitively. I've done two stints on the Jive Hood to Coast team and am considering a third if Kris and I don't go to the tennis US Open. When I do my own development it's in the evenings after the kids go to bed.