MPower just issued a news release:
MPower – which provides the most open, flexible, and powerful software for nonprofit constituent relationship management (CRM) and fundraising – today announced that top nonprofit consultant, Matt McCabe, has joined the company as Vice President of Community.
This newly created position on MPower’s leadership team reflects the company’s resolute commitment to developing and supporting the growing community of its clients, users and partners as well as the broader nonprofit market.
Matt is the brother of MPower CEO, Randy McCabe. I had a brief talk with him yesterday and I think he’ll be a pretty open and responsive community manager. If anything, he’s not as coachable as his press handlers would like and I think that’s a perfect match for a community manager position. The folks responsible for growing any open-source community need to have an air of authenticity about them from which they derive their authority and credibility.
I think it’s pretty exciting to watch MPower slowly morph from a desktop-bound .NET application to a SaaS model with what will be a strong API for the scripting language-based community. Those of us who prefer Rails, PHP, and Python over Java and .NET are going to be pretty happy if MPower can deliver on the promise of an open API. Frankly, that’s been the only thing really preventing a full embrace of MPower in the open-source community.
And oh yeah, I’m back and blogging on a limited basis until the election — 14 more days!