Hi, I’m Dean

I am a father, husband, software engineer, cyclist, reader and a geek.

I live in Chesterfield, UK. London is two hours away, Sheffield is fifteen minutes and the Peak District National Park closer than both.

I am passionate about the web, cycling and reading. Software is eating the world and our attention, and it’s mostly delivered via the web. Cycling improves physical and mental health, encourages nicer urban design and fights climate change. Reading is an effective way of learning, improving vocabulary and reducing stress.

I work for Automattic on WordPress.com, where we’re on a mission to democratise publishing and commerce. We’re hiring.

You can get in touch with me by emailing me: dean@deansas.org or via social media (above).

Recent(ish) posts

  • Reading 2021
    Shiang: Empire of Salt book II by Conn Iggulden, second part of the trilogy I started reading at the end of last year. The Sword Saint: Empire of Salt book III by Conn Iggulden Wolf […]
  • Being hired at Automattic
    I started working for Automattic as a senior back-end software engineer in June. It’s an amazing place to work, the culture and processes are really distinctive – which I’ll explain more about another time. For […]
  • Reading 2020
    Used to spend my commute reading, which obviously didn’t happen after March. I read a bit less fiction this year and hardly any re-reads. First Law: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. really well written, […]