Oktanaut Tanay, Reporting for Duty

Greetings Oktaverse! I’m Tanay 🖖

I have been following Okta for many years, and I am very excited to finally join you all and get a chance to serve this wonderful community.

First things first, here’s a picture of me so that you can recognize me and say hi the next time we meet. 👇

My face

Who I am and what I’ve done so far

I started my journey into the world of tech communities and open source back in college when I came across Mozilla. I got the chance to participate in a lot of their projects and regional community-building initiatives. Over time, I fell in love with writing and have published books on Firefox OS, virtual assistants with Raspberry Pi, and WebVR.

During my last years in college, I got the chance to join the Tech Speakers program by Mozilla, and I dove head-first into the realm of public speaking. After wrapping up my studies, I moved to Berlin and worked with start-ups like ResearchGate, Crate.io, and n8n.

Tech Speakers in Amsterdam Image from Mozilla’s blog

Before joining Okta, I have been responsible for building a developer relations team from scratch and managing the various facets of developer relations like docs, user on-boarding, support, partnerships, certifications, and community building.

I love geeking out about space exploration, submarines, science, and Lego models. Next on my reading list are:

  • Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  • The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

Do you have any book recommendations for me? 🤓

What I’ll be doing at Okta

I am fortunate to have worked with some of the most vibrant developer communities and individuals across the globe. I hope to use all the skills and knowledge I have acquired to help you get started and succeed with Okta.

As a result of my experiences, my operating style in developer relations is motivated by the urge to:

  • Share fascinating things that I have recently learned
  • Serve my communities by empathetically understanding their pain points
  • Enable my communities to be their best selves and become successful

You’ll be hearing a lot more from me on topics around security and identity. I am also very excited to work on educational resources for you all in my favorite languages: JavaScript and Python.

Is there anything you’d like me to create or focus on first? 🧑‍🚀

How to get in touch

You can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, and GitHub. You can also write to me via my email tanay.pant@okta.com.

Please do reach out and let me know how I can enable you and support you with being the best at what you do! 🙌

Tanay is a Senior Developer Advocate at Okta. He loves writing and has published books on topics like Firefox OS, virtual assistants with Raspberry Pi, and WebVR.

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