Dev Relations in Community Growth

Dev Relations in Community Growth

A conversation with @dhaiwat10 from Fuel Network.

No Nonsense Growth is a Twitter Spaces series dedicated to all things marketing, product, and analytics. These are some highlights from the third episode.

For the third episode of No Nonsense Growth, we hosted Dhaiwat, an engineer at Fuel Labs, to talk about community building from the lens of DevRel.


Coming from a front-end engineering background, Dhaiwat began his journey into web3 with Gitcoin DAO. He quickly grasped the technical fundamentals of web3 and became a known voice in web3 dev communities. This led to stints as a DevRel where Dhai built developer communities from the ground-up. Now an engineer at Fuel Labs, his experience in DevRel continues to benefit his work.


What is DevRel? What is the duty of a good DevRel?

The duty of a DevRel professional is to simplify the process for others to build on top of your product. Listening and feedback incorporation, along with building successful relationships with developers, are key skills. The role varies across teams, but the essence lies in enhancing platform engagement.

How do you connect this to the big picture?

Big companies like Google and OpenAI heavily invest in DevRel roles, seeing significant returns on investment. In the grand scheme, DevRel focuses on increasing usage and refining messaging, crucial for getting developers to engage with your ecosystem.

What are some metrics you can use to evaluate the performance of devrel? What are some strategies?

Performance can be gauged through various metrics, such as the number of downloads following a blog post, the quality and frequency of community questions, social media engagement, and content viewership. These indicators help assess the impact of DevRel initiatives.

Advice to people wanting to start in DevRel?

Doing well in DevRel boils down to three things:

  1. Always gaining comprehensive knowledge in your field.

  2. Engaging in practical, hands-on projects and code writing.

  3. Cultivating a deep understanding of the technology and community you wish to serve.

What are some tech blogs or resources? What's next for you?

There aren't any blogs as such, but one that I really enjoy is Dan Abramov's blog. As a co-author of React, I enjoy his opinions on React and the JS ecosystem in general. As for what's next for me? I'm looking forward to travelling to South America soon!