Jon Beer

CTO & Co-Founder, Zapnito

About Jon Beer

A technical leader and hands-on CTO with 19 years' experience implementing web technologies. I lead the technical delivery of the Zapnito platform, ensuring a scalable multi-tenant architecture, disruption-free daily release cycles and a highly effective development team that delivers platform enhancements for our customers. Get in touch with me to discuss your requirements for this or any Zapnito network or to share your feedback at any time.

Areas of Expertise

Community Management Engineering Entrepreneurship Innovation Product Development SaaS Sales Startups UX Web Technology

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Recent Comments

May 05, 2022

@James King hopefully you're excited to see these updates coming through, we will be rapidly iterating on the Conversations feature - lots more to come!

Feb 10, 2022

I'm very happy to see this new update to our Video Panels capability, excellent work from the team! 

Feb 17, 2021
Replying to Darren Gough

Great read Jon.

For all the pain the events industry has and is suffering due to the pandemic, I think it'll come back stronger than ever. 

The reality of the pandemic is it probably (although painfully and tragically for many who lost jobs and in some cases companies) is that it has also moved an industry forward in a way that was needed.

Events companies are now looking at community and the wider digital piece in a way it would have taken them many more years to embrace. The fat has been trimmed and events will emerge as a leaner, more progressive and integrated sector that will offer year round value by placing community at its core

Thanks Darren yes I completely agree.  It is amazing how much of a shift this has been and a decade from now I'm sure we will look back at this time as a pivotal moment in how niche online communities can be a real powerful force particularly for traditional face to face conferences and events.   The hybrid event model will be the norm and the overall value from those hybrid events will be greater than it was previously.   Cost of attendance will be driven down (without travel and hotels) and attendance volume will be driven up.

Not to mention the longevity of conversation and learning that goes beyond the confines of two or three days.

Feb 12, 2021
Replying to Mike Nevin

Jon - I love the description 'collective intelligence'. I run a global community called Alliance Best Practice Ltd which is based on the concept of alliance practitioners getting together to discuss 'what works' in business to business alliance formulation, management and optimisation.  But I agree with you that a simple website or a LinkedIn group doesn't quite cut it anymore.  I think my members would welcome the idea of a niche group with a passion for knowledge sharing around alliances.  I will contact you separately to discuss how we could take advantage of your platform whilst at the same time boost membership (my group has 18,000 members) - Best wishes - Mike

Thanks Mike - glad you enjoyed the article and great to hear about Alliance Best Practice.   The core inspiration for us to build Zapnito (a few years ago now...) was due to our fatigue with social media noise, LinkedIn groups becoming often times noisy places.  One phrase I particularly like is 'not all experts are created equal'!   Best, Jon

May 29, 2020
Replying to Pablo Markin

This tutorial is rather helpful. However, given how steep the learning curve related to Zapier could be, it could be worthwhile to create more posts with showcases and tutorials about what can be done via Zapier integrations and the Zapnito app on Zapier.

Thanks Pablo - it's a good suggestion, glad you found this content useful.  I'll plan to create some more content for other use cases!


May 21, 2020
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Hi Jon, many thanks for sharing your research findings with us - this is very useful. I have been receiving a few member questions about which webinar tools would be a best fit with our Zapnito platform (WildHub) so they can start preparing conferences digitally. Any new insights you may have gained since publishing this article would be most appreciated. Thanks! 

Hi Thirza - yes is the short answer.  We've been working with another client, Simply Communicate to host their virtual event which has run today.  The approached used in this case has been to use a live video stream using RTMP and stream a video feed from MS Teams, and play that alongside an embedded Q&A feed.   

This approach seemed to work really well.

May 07, 2020
Replying to Pablo Markin

Jon, this is a great article. Integration functionalities are definitely key for webinar deployments on the Zapnito platform.

Thanks Pablo - yes certainly, I'm sure we will find the right partner eventually, or set of partners.  No one tool fits all use cases so I expect there will be three or four that fit best for different scenarios.

May 07, 2020
Replying to Carolyn Morgan

Jon, agree that video panels if well moderated can feel more intimate and more like a discussion within a community, and more welcoming to external contributions.  As webinars have long been used for commercial lead generation they feel a bit more impersonal and broadcast in style. 

Thanks Carolyn - there's definately a time and a place for these different types of tools.  The key drawback for many of them is they don't consider the time leading up to the webinar or the time after it.  They are still very much point in time, fire and forget.

Once we find the right partner the integration with the continuity of our expert network community platform will significantly extend the shelf live the of these types of comms.