Austin founded Alley Interactive with Matt Johnson in 2010 to provide consulting and web development expertise to digital publishers and content producers in the media, education and entertainment industries. Since then, Alley Interactive has become a leader in developing open source content management systems, and the team has successfully built and launched a variety of highly trafficked and high profile sites.
As managing partner and co-founder of Alley Interactive, Austin leads technology as well as business development and partnerships. An expert in the design, creation and maintenance of high scalability Drupal and WordPress sites, Austin defines the architecture and direction of some of the firm’s most prominent WordPress projects. In addition, he is the lead developer for Fieldmanager, Alley’s signature plugin.
At Alley Interactive, Austin conceptualized and architected a subsidy calculator for the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), which accurately predicts subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, he led the conversion of Observer.com from Drupal to WordPress and the rebuild of WBEZ.org’s Drupal site on Drupal 7, one of the first large-scale sites on the Pantheon hosting platform.
Prior to Alley Interactive, Austin was director of technology, emerging markets for The New York Times Company (About.com), where he led a team of a half-dozen developers on ConsumerSearch.com. Prior to The New York Times Company, Austin was lead developer for Economist.com, where he oversaw developers through the rebuild of the site’s channel pages. Before Economist.com, Austin led software development for The New York Observer’s online site, Observer.com, where he constructed a national network of websites for the 2008 presidential election while devising solutions for The Observer’s editorial team to help cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
A prolific speaker, Austin has given talks at industry conferences including WordCamp San Francisco, DrupalCon Paris, WordCamp Nashville, DrupalCamp Philadelphia and numerous WordPress VIP events.