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Andrew Davis

San Francisco Bay Area Active since: June, 2014


I'm back out on my own!

After 3+ great years as an employee recruiting technical content developers, I'm returning to solo mode and building Synergistech's successor. I've learned a ton — with fresh domain experience in big data/analytics, networking, mobile, storage, open source, enterprise, and cloud/SaaS/PaaS terrain — and am eager to use it to help you.

» Cost-effectively connect great technical communicators with challenging contract (1099 or W2) and staff/salaried opportunities at innovative SF Bay Area technology companies

» Source subject-matter-savvy communicators who explain complex products to impatient, technically sophisticated developers, administrators, and integrators via API references, programmers' guides, developer how-to's/tutorials, and code samples in C, C++, C#, Java, and JavaScript

» Sharp focus on technical content development (technical writing, technical marketing writing, technical training, and instructional design), deep IT industry expertise, candidate-friendliness, and candor

» Seeking technical content developer work? Let's connect on LinkedIn; it's free!
Want introductions to someone I know at a company for which I'm not (yet) recruiting? Just ask.

» I pay cash referral fees for all new candidates you introduce whom I succeed in placing, and for all contract and staff opportunities you steer my way that I succeed in filling.

In past incarnations, I ran Synergistech Communications (1995-2002), wrote documentation for Oracle, Borland, Informix, IBM, NET, and others (1986-1994), and did technical marketing writing, journalism, and direct sales (pre-1986 and 2002-2010).

To candidates, I offer forthright skills assessments, resume evaluations, and interview coaching.

To hiring managers, I offer quick and accurate results, trenchant perspective, creativity, and pragmatism.

To both, I offer empathy, insights, and pragmatic solutions to bridge the divide.


  • Jan 1995  -  Present


    Own and run innovative, principled, low-margin recruiting firm placing expert staff and contract technical communicators with discerning Bay Area technology firms. For more: Our most notable talent is matching seasoned, technically sophisticated Technical Writers, Technical Trainers, and structured-authoring professionals with urgent requirements for rare skill sets. Synergistech's content developers won't parrot, dumb down, or reformat your message (unless you ask them to). They actually *understand* the technology they're explaining, know what's relevant to your target audience, and deliver content that makes your users happy and productive. Deliverables » Technical content development » Technical marketing content development Talent Base » Technical content developers for big data/analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), virtualization, open source, networking, storage, gamification, and enterprise IT; biotech, medical devices, pharma, semiconductors, and finance » Copyeditors, production editors, and developmental editors » Technical Trainers » Publications Managers and Publications Directors » Online Help and User Assistance (UA) authors » Instructional Designers » Illustrators and Graphic Artists » Content Strategists » Electronic Publishing experts (for single-sourcing, knowledge base, wiki, XML/XSLT, DITA, structured authoring, and CCMS implementations) » Marketing communications experts (for white papers, proposals, data sheets, presentations, video scripts, and much more) » Usability/User Experience (UX) Specialists » User Interface (UI) Designers Count on us for precision and speed, fair and transparent markups, deep understanding of and respect for our candidates and clients, candor, reliability, and follow-through. We are unique for setting up *safe* (tax-law compliant) 1099-based contracts recognized by both IRS and EDD as "the right way to play."

  • Sep 2010  -  Nov 2013


    Matched contract (1099 & corp-to-corp) and staff/salaried content developers – Technical Writers, Instructional Designers, Editors, Illustrators, Trainers, Marketing Communicators, and more – with demanding Silicon Valley technology product companies. Content Rules (formerly Oak Hill Corporation) worked with select consultants to create sophisticated content solutions, including API references and developer tutorials to CLI, installation, administration, online help, eBooks, wikis, white papers and diverse technical marketing materials. I made contract and staff technical content developer placements at Google, Cisco, NetApp, VMware, TIBCO, Adobe, Sybase (SAP), Sony Computer Entertainment, L-3 Communications; Huawei, Meraki (Cisco), Netgear, Aruba Wireless Networks, Extreme Networks, Trilliant, Infoblox; Marketo, Responsys (Oracle); Splunk, Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR Technologies, Karmasphere, Aster Data (Teradata); Data Domain (EMC), Hitachi Data Systems, Coraid; Moody’s Analytics, PayPal, eBay, LabZero; Bio-Rad, Thoratec, Affymetrix, Hologic; Kateeva, Tensilica (Cadence); MuleSoft, ZepSolar, Badgeville, BDNA, Plantronics, SendMail; and plenty more. Content Rules currently focuses on providing content strategy, content optimization, and global readiness consulting solutions using Acrolinx, The Rockley Method, and related tools. My position was eliminated.

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    Senior Member, past President (San Francisco chapter)

    Regular attendee at San Francisco Bay Area STC meetings. Frequent presenter on career development topics (job market, resumes, portfolios, recruiters, LinkedIn). Left STC in 2009 to affiliate with (a disruptive subscription and PPC job-search product for employers that truly levels the playing field for candidates) but rejoined in late 2010.

  • Aug 2009  -  Sep 2010

    Business Development

    Evangelizing's job-search engine to companies seeking cheaper, faster, easier access to serious candidates in the US and Canada. LinkUp: * Indexes jobs ONLY from employers’ websites, and freshens them daily — its listings are always current, never fake, and usually unadvertised anywhere else. Result: candidates can confidently spend more time focused on your opportunities. * Carries no listings from recruiters, job boards, or aggregators. No middleman or advertising fees means candidates cost you less. * Publicizes ALL your jobs for less than the price of 2 postings on the major ‘pay-to-post’ job boards, OR set your own daily or monthly budget and get true 'pay-for-performance' (PPC) results. * Offers a custom career portal, if you lack your own applicant-tracking system (ATS). * Brings candidates directly to your site, making them ATS-trackable and easier to inform. * Syndicates your job listings to Facebook and Twitter, solving your social-network distribution challenge. * Offers inexpensive sponsored ads — a fraction of the cost of Indeed, Simply Hired, and Google. Plus, you’re not bidding against the job boards as you would be on the aggregators. * Makes jobs ultra-accessible via its iPhone app, blog widget, custom RSS feeds, email agents, Twitter, and Facebook app. * Carries almost 400,000 jobs from over 22,000 employers nationally, including all the Fortune 500 — at least 3 times more listings than The Ladders and Employment Crossing, and 8 times more than DICE.

  • May 1993  -  Jun 1994

    Contract Technical Writer

    Created API/SDK reference documentation for text-retrieval software.

  • Jun 1991  -  Jul 1993

    Contract Technical Writer

    Two contracts. 1) Created 200+ pages of original reference, help, and user documents in under 2 months for new hypermedia authoring tool. 2) Created installation, developer reference, and networking manuals for realtime servers.

  • Jan 1993  -  Jun 1993

    Contract Technical Writer

    Documented INFORMIX 4GL for Windows, created glossary, index, demo app, and product roadmap.

  • Jun 1992  -  May 1993

    Contract Technical Writer

    Documented configuration and use of AppleTalk, CLNS, DECnet, Apollo Domain, Novell IPX, TCP/IP, Ungermann-Bass Net/One, Banyan VINES, and XNS protocols over Ethernet, Frame Relay, Token Ring, switched multimegabit, and serial networks. Wrote original content on RSRF and PPP protocols for users of T3-capable IDNX multiplexer. Created coursenotes for network administrators. Updated 700+ page LAN-WAN Exchange multiprotocol router.

  • Jan 1992  -  Apr 1992

    Contract Technical Writer

    Wrote and revised SQL*Link Users Guide and six (6) RDBMS-specific addenda.

  • Jul 1991  -  Jul 1991

    Contract Technical Writer

    Created 40-page technical report for image-processing toolkit in less than 40 hours.

  • May 1988  -  Jun 1991

    Publications Manager

    Researched, wrote, edited, produced, and maintained 80+ books for Oracle database administrators running under proprietaary minicomputer operating systems, including Data General AOS/VS, Wang VS, Stratus VOS, Convergent CTOS, HP's MPE/XL, Prime PRIMOS, Control Data's NOS/VE, and IBM's System/88. Hired, trained, and managed four (4) Technical Writers. Team won division's "Top Gun" award twice for creating 1600+ pages of technical coursenotes for sales consultants.

  • Mar 1986  -  May 1988

    Technical Writer

    Wrote installation and configuration documentation and training coursenotes for circuit board testing hardware and its UNIX-based software.

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    Marketing Communications Writer

    Wrote press releases, backgrounders, and related marketing collateral about hard disks, printers, a power line disturbance monitor, and similar products for high tech clients.

  • Jan 1995  -  Jan 2015


    Silicon Valley, CA

    I recruit staff and contract technical content developers -- technical writers, technical publications managers, technical trainers, technical marketing writers/content strategists, technical instructional designers, and so forth -- for technology product companies, primarily in Silicon Valley I'm a former technical writer of software developer-oriented API/SDK documentation. I stay current with the technology and usually can speak peer-to-peer with my clients.


  • Jan 1980 - Jan 1984

    Amherst College

    Liberal Arts (major: English)

  • Jan 1975 - Jan 1980

    Stowe School

    Liberal Arts

  • Sep 1980 - May 1984

    Amherst College

    Liberal Arts

    Amherst is consistently among the top three most competitive private liberal arts colleges in the US.