Here is a collection of the fine words that were said about me on LinkedIn, covering my work as an independent consultant and as an employee. These provide a good sense of the types of qualities that I can bring to bear on any project.
Recent Freelance Work
David has a knack for taking complex ideas and distilling them into crisp, clear prose that’s easy to digest and understand. He’s thorough, detail oriented and works quickly, with regular, friendly communication along the way. He’s a pleasure to work with and I look forward to doing so again. — Matej Novak, copy director, Mozilla
David did an excellent job of editing our Winning in the API Economy eBook and I’d recommend him highly. He was great to work with, spotted all the details and very punctual (delivering ahead of time in fact). Would definitely hire him again. Thank you David! — Steven Willmott, CEO of 3scale
David is a great writer. He’s helped me tremendously with creating white papers, copy writing, ghost writing, etc. He demonstrates a great ability to quickly understand the subject and write it very eloquently. His deliverables are of the highest quality and are always on time. I highly recommend David. — Ravi Shankar, CMO at Denodo Technologies. (Ravi was my client at Informatica – dw)
I’ve known and worked with David since 2004 and he was one of the first resources I reached out to when we embarked on our massive re-branding effort in 2012. Not only did David quickly understand our technology, offerings and services, he was extremely adept at sorting through the hundreds of pieces of older content, updating our product offerings and messaging while applying our new brand positioning. He worked wonderfully well with other internal stakeholders as well as with various other vendor partners in a very compact, very stressful time frame.
I can without reservation recommend David for anything from a simple two-page overview to web copy to the largest and deepest of whitepapers. He is a joy to work with and I look forward to working again with him in the near future. — Dan Yetso, as vice president, corporate marketing at Return Path (Dan was also my manager at VeriSign in 2004 – dw)
David’s copywriting talents, research skills, and tech industry expertise were a huge asset to our team. As David’s manager, I was continually impressed by his ability to express complex concepts in an accessible way and his willingness to dig deeply into the source material — invaluable skills for a niche market such as catastrophe modeling. While at RMS, David doubled content production, helped improve our SEO, and led content marketing initiatives to expand and retain our customer base. — Shelly Ericksen, content strategist, writer, and editor, RMS
David is a detail-oriented, knowledgeable, and thorough copywriter. I can count on David to give me a great explanation on a grammar question, no matter how trivial. He turns projects around quickly and never misses a deadline. David is a professional, whom I enjoyed working with everyday. He is a great asset to any company. — Sylvie Shimizu, web developer (Sylvie was a colleague at RMS. – dw)
David is extremely knowledgeable, articulate and personable. His insight to what is hot on the market and how to position yourself, no matter your field, is priceless. — Kevin Tam, production graphic designer, Citrix (Kevin was a colleague at RMS. – dw)
MarComm Manager, Message Systems
David’s skill set is exactly what anyone looking for an effective content marketer would hope for. He combines top-shelf writing ability with a journalist’s facility for finding interesting angles and ways to tell a story. At Message Systems he’ll be remembered for making positive contributions to our web marketing, sales collateral, social efforts (he wrote our most commented-on blogpost ever) and internal communications – especially in getting our intranet system and community up and running. He works hard, plays well with the team and has solid copyediting skills also. Just a terrific guy all around. — John Pinson, as content marketing and social media lead at Message Systems
While David and I worked together at Message Systems, he led a project to select and implement an internal Enterprise Social Network. After selecting Jive Software, he managed the initial implementation and adoption program. He did a really good job, and we have an active user community. — Ralph Lentz, chief revenue officer, Message Systems
MarComm Manager, GoldenGate Software
David has done a great job as our Marketing Communications Manager at GoldenGate reporting to me. He has written many different white papers and data sheets, on a variety of topics—both technical and business-value oriented. He is a creative writer and can communicate technical topics in a simple way for non-technical audiences. He is very dependable and works hard to complete his projects on time. He has always been enthusiastic about identifying new projects that can improve how we convey the value of GoldenGate’s solutions. And he is always eager to help with non-marcomm related projects, such as expanding our RFI response library. He is a very considerate and kind person and works very well with others in the organization. — Irem Radzik (Bacak), product marketing director, Oracle
David is an excellent writer and is able to artfully convey complex technological ideas to a variety of target audiences. His patience in working through multiple iterations to produce the perfect work is greatly appreciated and he wins the prize for the best use of the word ‘archipelagos’ in a technical white-paper. — Steve Wilkes, co-founder and chief technology officer, WebAction (Steve was an internal client at GoldenGate. – dw)
I have worked closely with David over the past year at GoldenGate working on various technical and industry white papers in addition to partner collateral and web content. David asks all the right questions and is highly collaborative and easy to work with. He listens carefully during each step in the process and turns around review cycles very quickly. Additionally, David has demonstrated the ability to come up to speed quickly on very deep technical subjects which is a key requirement when delivering technical deep-dive white papers for sales teams. — Deirdre Mahon, chief marketing officer, Cloud Cruiser (Deirdre was an internal client at GoldenGate. – dw)
I would like to think I am a good writer, but there is a clear difference between being a good writer and a great writer. David is a great writer. I am in the unique position to be able to say that about David as he’s taken my raw input and partially developed documents and skillfully crafted and stitched them together into something outstanding.
David is exceptional and an outstanding technical writer. A genuine good guy as well. I hope to have the good fortune of working with him again in future. — Douglas Reid, director of product management, data integration solutions, Oracle (Douglas was an internal client at GoldenGate. – dw)
MarComm Manager, VeriSign
I have worked with David for many years – at first hiring him as a freelance writer, then hiring and managing him at VeriSign, and now serving as a sometime writer and editor for VeriSign. David is an excellent writer and editor with a clear, direct style that captures the key positioning, product benefits or brand message. He is a strong communicator — able to work with technical, executive and marketing types — and he’s just a pleasure to work with. — Mary S. Edwards, creative business writer, CMG Partners
David was a great writer and very helpful to my team. David took the time to learn and understand what was important for our webistes, took time to meet, sit down and spend time creating concepts and ideas that would speak to our customers.
I truly enjoyed working with David. — Anna N. Schlegel, director of globalization, NetApp (Anna was an internal client at VeriSign)
David has this grace under pressure approach to writing. With ease, he can take very complex thoughts and ideas and articulate those in written words to be effective to the target audience reading what he writes. In addition, he has the ability to adapt his writing style to whatever medium he is writing for whether it be collateral or web sites etc. It has been a pleasure working with David over the years. — Jill Sugita-Hulme, director of strategic marketing initiatives for big data and analytics, Oracle (Jill was an internal client and then a colleague at VeriSign. – dw)
David is a consummate professional who has the skills, ability and drive to turn around critical projects in short order. David possesses a great attitude and is a great person to work with, and rely on. — Brendan Lewis, partner at the Pramana Collective (Brendan was an internal client at VeriSign, and then a client at Juniper Systems)
Senior Editor, Reviews, Macworld Magazine
David Weiss is an excellent editor. As a senior editor in Macworld’s reviews department, David worked with authors who were technically experienced but new to writing. David was able to tackle rough stories and turn them into readable text without losing technical information or accuracy. The stories he edited were clear, lively and appropriate for our readers.
David was knowledgeable about computer products and genuinely interested in them. He was always striving to gain a deeper knowledge of the subjects he covered. — Kristina DeNike, senior product manager, VMware (Kristina was my manager at Macworld. – dw)
David is such a pleasure to work with. He has a great attitude, knows technology and can write about it in a clear and interesting way, and is truly a team player. — Linda (Comer) Wooldridge, independent writing and editing professional (Linda and I worked together as senior reviews editors. – dw)