Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

About the show

A podcast about the design, development, and business of great software. Each week thoughtbot's Chad Pytel is joined by the people who build and nurture the products we love.


  • Poster Image

    513 - Custom Fit, Global Impact: MADE TECH's Apparel Innovation with Dustin Butcher

    February 22nd, 2024  |  Season 14  |  37 mins 11 secs

    In this episode, Victoria Guido chats with Dustin Butcher, CEO and Co-Founder of MADE TECH, about revolutionizing performance apparel with custom and made-to-measure automation technology. From personal frustrations with ill-fitting gear to pioneering a technology that offers 100% size inclusivity, Dustin shares how MADE TECH is enhancing individual performance and comfort and pushing the industry towards more inclusive and sustainable practices by partnering with established brands.

  • Poster Image

    512 - Unboxing thoughtbot's Revolutionary Design Sprint Kit

    February 15th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  34 mins 33 secs

    In this episode of the Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots podcast, hosts Will Larry and Victoria Guido are joined by thoughtbot's senior designers, Rami Taibah and Ferdia Kenny, to discuss the innovative Product Design Sprint Kit. This tool compresses the design process into a focused five-day sprint, facilitating the efficient transition from idea to user-tested prototype. The conversation highlights the kit's development, its open accessibility, and its impact on product strategy through iterative design and user feedback. Real-world examples illustrate how these design sprints can lead to crucial product refinements, showcasing the critical role of user testing in product development.

  • Poster Image

    511 - Tele911: Pioneering Remote Emergency Care with Dr. Ramon Lizardo

    February 8th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  35 mins 59 secs

    Host Victoria Guido dives into the transformative world of Tele911 with its CEO, Dr. Ramon Lizardo. They explore how Tele911 is revolutionizing emergency healthcare by enabling paramedics to provide on-site treatments with remote guidance from doctors via iPads, significantly reducing the need for hospital visits. Dr. Lizardo discusses his motivations, the challenges of innovating within digital health, and how the COVID-19 pandemic catalyzed the acceptance and growth of Tele911, emphasizing the importance of a values-driven approach in navigating the expansion and ensuring data privacy.

  • Poster Image

    510 - The Forecastr Formula: Steven Plappert’s Path to Startup Success

    February 1st, 2024  |  Season 14  |  32 mins 4 secs

    Victoria Guido interviews the CEO of Forecastr, Steven Plappert, about the company's journey and mission to assist non-finance savvy founders with financial modeling. Steven shares insights on balancing growth with financial health and the strategic introduction of a human element into Forecastr's software. He also discusses the company's goals, including cultural strength, profitability, and growth, as well as the crucial role of work-life balance in entrepreneurship. He and Victoria discuss how Forecasts and Thoughtbot integrate this philosophy into their culture.

  • Poster Image

    509 - Revolutionizing Learning in Web Development with Wes Bos

    January 25th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  37 mins 48 secs

    Hosts Will Larry and Victoria Guido are joined by Wes Bos, a full-stack developer, course creator, and podcaster. Wes shares his web development journey, from blogging and creating a successful book on Sublime Text to developing his popular online courses and hosting the Syntax podcast. He talks about the spontaneous start of his teaching career, his approach to creating content that is both approachable and practical, and the importance of making web development accessible to all learners.

  • Poster Image

    508 - Drumming Up Connections: Jessica Wallace on Networking in Real-Time

    January 18th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  30 mins 13 secs

    Host Victoria Guido talks with Jessica Wallace, CEO of Flok22, about her journey from hairdressing to tech entrepreneurship and the creation of Flok22, an app for real-time networking. They share a mutual passion for music and discuss the challenges and successes in developing Flok22, emphasizing its impact on modern networking and personal connections in the tech world.

  • Poster Image

    507 - Scaling New Heights: Innovating in Software Development with Merico's Founders Henry Yin and Maxim Wheatley

    January 11th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  44 mins 42 secs

    Host Victoria Guido, Henry Yin, and Maxim Wheatley of Merico, with special guest co-host Joe Ferris of thoughtbot, delve into Merico's evolution from focusing on open-source funding to creating Apache DevLake, emphasizing community-driven development and transparency. They also explore the integration of AI in software engineering, underscoring AI's role in enhancing productivity and the significance of data-driven approaches in team management and software delivery.

  • Poster Image

    506 - A Breath of Fresh Air: Wendy Lawson's Mission for Accessible Lung Care

    January 4th, 2024  |  Season 14  |  35 mins 8 secs

    Wendy Lawson is the Founder and CEO of Exhale Lung Rehabilitation, a company offering online lung rehabilitation and remote therapeutic monitoring services. She explains her background in chronic disease epidemiology, her dedication to helping those with lung disease, and highlights the challenges in making lung rehabilitation accessible and effective, especially in remote or rural areas. The pandemic created a demand for online medical services, and Exhale took the opportunity to address this need by leveraging technology to provide remote services to those who needed them most.