John Norman

Software Architect, Iora Health

John G. Norman is the Chief Software Architect at Iora Health, which is rebooting primary health care from scratch. Before Iora, he led engineering at a number of Boston-area startups, including Elytics, Digital Advisor, and, where he was a co-founder.

As a technology consigliere, Norman generates a lot of code, advises early stage Internet startups, writes about software and its development, and contributes to open source projects. He’s a kibitzer on product design and experience, and spends a lot of time removing roadblocks from his team. He contributed to the book _Enterprise Java in a Nutshell_ (O’Reilly). Recently he crashed his personal server by writing a blog post entitled “The Most Important Social Network: GitHub,” which was much talked about on Hacker News.

In his professorial role, Norman has taught engineering at the University of Minnesota and at Harvard, media studies at the New School, and Renaissance literature at Ohio State, and holds a PhD in English from Harvard University, where his scholarship was about intersections between literature and medicine. Recently he’s been thinking a lot about paths not taken in the emergence of the web.

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