Nadia Eghbal

Trying to understand how people work. I try to engage in both theory and practice, which means I'm always cycling between writing to understand a topic, then finding ways to test those ideas in the "real world."

I'm currently deep in research mode, exploring a new topic about philanthropy and the 2010s tech wealth boom - stay tuned.

I spent the last few years trying to understand parasocial communities and reputation-based economies, which I first explored as an independent researcher at Protocol Labs. I put those ideas into practice by joining Substack, where I worked until recently.

Previously, I focused on open source software, both as an independent researcher and working at GitHub to improve the developer experience. I published a book about open source developers, Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software (Stripe Press).

I occasionally write on this website (RSS). If you're curious about its meta-ethos, check out this Q&A.

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