About

I am passionate about organizing and leading teams to build high-tech software solutions. As an entrepreneur, I have founded software organizations to pursue this passion and have had the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills.
As a leader, I am passionate about organizing my team to achieve their full potential by working together to set a vision and strategy, then mentoring and coaching through the execution of the plan. I am skilled in company operations, finance, accounting, human resources, sales, marketing and customer service. I enjoy challenges and can execute with no supervision.
Organizations I have founded have all been operated by a remote workforce, building on operational infrastructure and a culture that supported this design. I am well versed in all aspects of remote working, both domestically and internationally.
As an engineer, I am experienced in working with the business to identify needs, develop architecture and lead a team to implement a solution on a wide range of platforms. I have extensive experience building web-based software and highly available applications. I can “speak” both the technical and business language and particularly enjoy translating between the two. I am experienced in Agile and Scrum methodologies.
I am passionate about open source and the open source community. I enjoy working within open source organizations and supporting the ecosystem with my organizational and technical experience. I have participated on the front-lines of several open source communities, including Drupal, jQuery and Node.js.
I attack all of these passions through the lens of a coach, mentor and teacher. I love sharing my knowledge with others and helping my team achieve their full potential. I have had the opportunity to deliver high-tech training to several Fortune 500 companies. I have also gained experience through many speaking opportunities, to audiences numbering over 1000.

Short Bio

Dir of Eng @carsdotcom, Leader, Entrepreneur, Technologist. Passionate about #RemoteWork #WorkOps #OSS#JavaScript #Crypto

Long Bio

Mike Hostetler is a leader and technologist residing in Chicago, Illinois. He is passionate about Remote Work, Work Operations, Open Source Software, JavaScript and all things Web. He currently works as Director of Engineering at Cars.com, a leading two-sided digital marketplace in the automotive industry.

With almost 20 years of technology experience, Mike has worked across many industries including government, energy, telecommunications and publishing. As an Entrepreneur, Mike built a leading JavaScript consultancy which he exited in 2015.

Mike contributes extensively to the Open Source community, participating in notable projects such as Drupal and jQuery. Mike is a published co-author of the jQuery Cookbook (O’Reilly, 2009) and speaks widely on technical and business topics.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys biking, hiking and snowboarding with his wife and daughters.