Zach Holman

Zach Holman

I’m a developer and startup advisor living in San Francisco. I like it here because it’s usually pretty warm but not too warm where I worry about wearing shorts and junk.

You can find me on Twitter, on GitHub, on AngelList, and on Instagram.

I’m an advisor with Dockbit, a neat way to deploy software.

I joined GitHub in 2010 as one of their first engineering hires, and helped build and grow their product and culture over five years, from nine employees all the way to 250.

Before that, I worked at Gild for a few years after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Go Stillers.

I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, which really is lovely, even though there’s a really good chance you’ll freeze to death there.

Want to chat? Feel free to email me, or if you have a question that other people might be interested in as well, open a GitHub issue on holman/ama so that others can read it, too.


I like building things… so much so that I was the top committer at GitHub for the last two years of my time there.

Here are a few of the things I’ve shipped over the years:

GitHub: Issues (2014)
GitHub Issues

Issues is GitHub’s most popular feature, but it hadn’t been touched for years and years. I laid out the direction, started working on a replacement, and led the team that shipped GitHub’s third iteration of Issues. (2014)

I’ve been fortunate to share my experiences with thousands of people at conferences and meetups through lots of talks I’ve given over the years. is a place where I can share what I’ve learned about public speaking.
GitHub: Conversation Locking (2014)
Issue and thread locking

Dealing with problems in any community is tricky, and the programming community is unfortunately no different. I really wanted to give community leaders and project owners tools to help create a safe environment, and the ability to lock threads plays a big role with that.
GitHub: Web Flow (2012-2014)
GitHub Flow for the web

I love Git, but it’s pretty damn complicated sometimes. A big focus I had at GitHub was to take things from the command line and make them easier on the web. I shipped branch creation and helped out with other features, like file creation and populating a license.
GitHub: Jobs (2012-2013)
GitHub Jobs

I worked on GitHub Jobs for a few years between projects, mostly dealing with backend rewrites and refactoring. It was a fun little project to hack on from time to time.
GitHub: Various Talks (2011-2015)
Move Fast and Break Nothing talk

Even though I was focused on product development, I kind of fell into a public speaking role while at GitHub, too. Some of my more popular talks include How GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHub, Git and GitHub Secrets, and Move Fast and Break Nothing.
GitHub: Enterprise (2011)
GitHub Enterprise

After working on GitHub Firewall Install for a few years, I helped kickoff the transition of taking everything we had learned and rebuilding our enterprise offering. We also gave it a name that makes a lot more sense.
Good-Tutorials (2002-2012)

I founded and ran Good-Tutorials for a decade. It was the largest Photoshop tutorial site for quite some time before expanding into other software and languages. It was acquired in 2012.


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