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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.


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    100: Adequately Industrious (Aaron Patterson)

    May 25th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  45 mins 31 secs

    On our special 100th episode Aaron Patterson joins Ben from RailsConf to talk AdequateRecord, frustrations in software, bulk meat discounts, the finer nuances of cat-naming and the importance of scientific thinking in web development.

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    99: You Are Not Alone (Greg Baugues)

    May 18th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  19 mins 30 secs

    From RailsConf, Ben & Greg Baugues of Twilio discuss how mental illness affects the development community and the importance of, as well as resources to, proper treatment.

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    98: Memorization Techniques (Chris Hunt)

    May 11th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  19 mins 51 secs

    From RailsConf, Ben talks to Chris Hunt of Github about techniques for enhancing spacial memory, competitive personalities, the coffee infamy of the Pacific Northwest and Clojure testing.

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    97: Railing Against Rails (Ernie Miller)

    May 4th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  25 mins 38 secs

    Live from RailsConf Ben & Ernie Miller explore his "Curmudgeon" talk, modules and the importance of nuance.

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    96: Business is Hard (Jeff Casimir)

    April 27th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 12 secs

    Live from RailsConf, Ben talks to Executive Director of The Turing School Jeff Casimir on Conf-stress, the lack of jobs in open source and the challenges of learning to run a business.

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    95: Making Time (Chas Emerick)

    April 20th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 55 secs

    This week Ben sits down with Chas Emerick to discuss his latest venture, The Quilt Project, start up philosophies and the importance of balanced time management.

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    94: The Nature of Writing (Diana Zmuda, Jessie Young)

    April 13th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 24 secs

    Ben is joined by Diana & Jessie of thoughtbot San Francisco to discuss their latest book, iOS on Rails, the concept of releasing a book in Beta and the importance of apprenticeships to emerging junior developers.

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    93: Diversity of Approach (David Nolen)

    April 6th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 38 secs

    On this weeks show Ben talks to David Nolen, Rails & JavaScript developer for the NY Times, about being a steward of ClojureScript, functional programming, the advantages of immutable values and Om.

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    92: Program to the Machine You Have (Ryan Hoover)

    March 30th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 32 secs

    Ben and Ryan Hoover, co-creator of Product Hunt, talk revenue models, the value of blogging, diversification of skills, and tiny steps towards major change.

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    91: Not Ruining Design (Rich Thornett)

    March 23rd, 2014  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 18 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben talks to Rich Thornett, Co-Founder of Dribbble, about the formation and criticisms of the company, the role of product design and remote team management.

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    90: Do One Thing Well (George Brocklehurst, Mike Burns)

    March 16th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  22 mins 31 secs

    Ben talks to George Brocklehurst & Mike Burns of thoughtbot's Stockholm office on creating and distributing gitsh, an interactive shell for Git, and why it shouldn't be a Ruby gem.

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    89: Moving Beyond The Wheel (Mahmoud Abdelkader)

    March 9th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 23 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Mahmoud Abdelkader of Balanced joins Ben to talk the priorities in ones career trajectory, the role of a successful CTO, and the benefits of radically open transparency.

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    88: Prospering Communities (Kyle Bragger)

    March 2nd, 2014  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 25 secs

    This week Ben Talks with Kyle Bragger of Elepath, Inc on the nature of online community building, advertising vs subscription revenue models and the importance of continued creative output (and actually releasing it to the world).

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    87: Monitoring the Bathrooms (Tony DiPasquale)

    February 23rd, 2014  |  Season 2  |  23 mins 4 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben chats with Tony DiPasquale on utilizing Arduino engineering to solve 0th world problems.

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    86: Humility and Patience (Peter Reinhardt)

    February 16th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  21 mins 50 secs

    In this week's episode, we're joined by Peter Reinhardt, Co-founder and CEO of Ben and Peter discuss the product, their tech stack, the companies big pivot to, their growth and future plans. They also discuss leaving MIT to start a company, getting along with your co-founders, nuclear reactors, hiking, and much more.

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    85: I Want These Ideas To Be Free (Max Temkin)

    February 9th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 12 secs

    This week, Ben is joined by Max Temkin, creator of Cards Against Humanity and Humans vs. Zombies. Max talks about his success with Cards Against Humanity and his feelings of impostor syndrome. He talks about some of his other projects including his first indie game, Humans vs. Zombies. Most recently Max had a multiplayer PC game published called Samurai Gunn. Max talks about the "open source" nature of his games. They discuss money, sustainability, kickstarter, and much more.