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.


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    317: About Fulfillment (Ben Furber)

    April 23rd, 2019  |  Season 7  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Ben Furber, Developer at thoughtbot London, presents a panel discussion around striving for professional fulfillment, as individuals, managers, and organizations.

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    316: A Completely Orthogonal Skillset (Lara Hogan)

    April 15th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 42 secs

    Lara Hogan, co-founder of Wherewithall, discusses finding her ideal job coaching and mentoring, evaluating for management alignment, what makes for a strong manager, the value of role-play, constructive feedback, and her upcoming book, "Resilient Management".

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    315: I'm Not a CPA, I Just Play One On Podcasts (Scott Orn)

    April 8th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  42 mins 40 secs

    Scott Orn, COO of Kruze Consulting, talks about podcasting, early stage pain-points, favorite tools, the trade-offs of remote work, and last minute tax-day advice for startups.

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    314: Streamlined and Thoughtful (Chelsea Moore)

    April 1st, 2019  |  Season 7  |  36 mins 43 secs

    Chelsea Moore, co-founder & CEO of BoxFox, discusses quickly going from idea to launch while doing everything from design to fulfillment in-house, their approach to growth, learning to say 'no', letting branding & social media evolve from itself, and reinforcing the human side of e-commerce.

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    313: I Just Want to Get There (Art Papas)

    March 25th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  31 mins 2 secs

    Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, discusses the business of temporary staffing, the danger of doing a marketing push before finding product market fit, focusing early on culture, adjusting to his role as CEO, communication techniques for company-wide messaging, and having enthusiasm for the future.

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    312: Seeking Strengths (Gareth Burrowes)

    March 18th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  38 mins 52 secs

    Gareth Burrowes, Co-Founder & Head of Product and Marketing at The Tech Connection, discusses employment screening focused on candidate strengths, removing unconscious bias from the hiring flow, and the importance of diversity at every level of a company.

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    311: Serving Serverless (Erica Windisch)

    March 11th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 3 secs

    Erica Windisch, CTO and co-founder of IOpipe, discusses serverless architecture and how it can provide a clearer user-interaction story, the state of automatic code generation, and her experience in Techstars.

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    310: Have a Slide For That (Alec Stern)

    March 4th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  42 mins 31 secs

    Alec Stern, startup founder, entrepreneur, mentor, investor, and advisor, discusses founding Constant Contact, the early days of SaaS, the importance and utilization of 'channels', and pursuing customer feedback.

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    309: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast (Jamie Howard)

    February 25th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  27 mins 53 secs

    Jamie Howard, Director of Engineering at TransLoc, discusses hiring, solutions-driven engineering, leadership in the military vs the private sector, and Agile methodology.

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    308: Technology is Everywhere (Siobhan Green)

    February 18th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  35 mins 25 secs

    Siobhan Green, co-founder & CEO of Sonjara, discusses finding good tech solutions for organizations in the social-benefit space and developing countries, merging her passions for tech and international development, GDPR, and the ethics and security of various technological solutions.

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    307: Win in the Long Term (Mike McDerment)

    February 11th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  34 mins 40 secs

    Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, discusses reimagining the platform with a system-wide A-B test, experiences with scaling, the value of customer service, and the art/science of change.

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    306: 306: Solving a Specific Problem (Ellen Chisa)

    February 4th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  26 mins 45 secs

    Ellen Chisa, CEO and cofounder of Dark, discusses building a complete programming platform from scratch, the benefits of a private beta, and making programming more accessible.

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    305: You're Never Done (Ben McRedmond)

    January 28th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  28 mins 48 secs

    Ben McRedmond, CEO of Consider, discusses his time as Senior Director of Growth at Intercom, teases his plans for fixing email, and discusses the importance & difficulty of product validation.

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    304: Intentional Soul-Searching (Natalie Nagele)

    January 21st, 2019  |  Season 7  |  46 mins 5 secs

    Natalie Nagele, Co-founder and CEO of Wildbit, discusses product updates, operating with more meaning and purpose, user research, bootstrap vs VC funding, and experiments in productivity (like a 4-day work week, turning off Slack, and strategies for remote work).

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    303: Building Something Special (Margaret McKenna)

    January 14th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  28 mins 32 secs

    Margaret McKenna, Software Engineer at Devoted Health, discusses joining a team based on their mission, building systems from scratch, and evolution on a new, rapidly growing team.

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    302: What Stage Are We In? (Sam Clemens)

    January 7th, 2019  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 50 secs

    Sam Clemens, Partner at Accomplice VC, discusses utilizing his product experience to nurture new companies, advice for where businesses should focus in various stages of growth, what should really be in an MVP, and his feelings around leaving a company as it's founder.