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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    357: Sustainable Growth Hacking (Anuj Adhiya)

    March 23rd, 2020  |  Season 8  |  50 mins 54 secs

    Anuj Adhiya, VP of Growth at Jamber, discusses 'growth' vs 'growth hacking', growing value through your north-star metric, A/B testing, and sustainability.

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    356: Start From the Beginning (Scott Miller)

    February 24th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  46 mins 39 secs

    Scott Miller, CEO of Dragon Innovation and co-founder of Bolt, discusses building out manufacturing from a prototype, sustainability & environmentalism, and working with thoughtbot to validate a software idea.

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    355: The New Hospitality (Maria Loughlin)

    February 17th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  35 mins 24 secs

    Maria Loughlin, VP of Engineering at Toast, discusses restaurants adaptation to new technology, her approach to building and supporting a team, and providing better business opportunities & education to their clients.

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    354: Securing Opportunity (Shelly Bell)

    February 10th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  36 mins 11 secs

    Shelly Bell, CEO & Founder of Black Girl Ventures, discusses working to open up your messaging, what makes for a good pitch, and the current state of the investment landscape.

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    353: Built off of Hustle (Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader)

    February 3rd, 2020  |  Season 8  |  45 mins 4 secs

    Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, co-founders of Mixtroz, discuss the pain points in attending networking events, building an app from a non-technical / non-entrepreneurial background, and share some of their personal challenges along the way.

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    352: How Stories Are Told (Matt Daniels)

    January 27th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  39 mins 50 secs

    Matt Daniels, journalist at The Pudding, discusses journalistic editorial funding models, translating ideas through visual communication, their content-creation processes, and measuring 'success' in creative work.

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    351: The Forecast Calls For Goals

    January 21st, 2020  |  Season 8  |  37 mins 50 secs

    Chad & Lindsey welcome in the new year at thoughtbot, discussing actually having a budget, setting corporate goals, and the rise and fall of 'Use Your Best Judgement' as thoughtbot's principle zero.

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    350: Beyond Transit (Tiffany Chu)

    January 13th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Tiffany Chu, CEO of Remix, discusses the different entities involved in transportation initiatives, pivoting to service an unanticipated user-group, and utilizing open-source in civic tech.

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    349: Better Information (Lokesh Dani)

    January 6th, 2020  |  Season 8  |  34 mins 11 secs

    Lokesh Dani, founder of Xopolis, discusses researching the future of work, democratizing opportunity in the labor market, and focusing on the user experience.

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    348: Tailor to the Experience (Karen Rubin)

    December 30th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  44 mins 49 secs

    Karen Rubin, CRO at Owl Labs, discusses embracing playful aspects of your product, tailoring their marketing focus, managing growth in a B2B e-commerce company, the landscape of remote work, the complexities of building and selling a physical product, lessons learned from launching products at Hubspot, and building a team with strong female leadership.

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    347: Deliver Better Services (Robin Carnahan)

    December 9th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  29 mins 5 secs

    Robin Carnahan, Director of State & Local Practice at 18F, discusses introducing tech into government as the Missouri Secretary of State, facilitating tech-education within the federal government, and the types of needs to which 18F responds.

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    346: Empower Users (Geoff DiMasi)

    December 2nd, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 4 secs

    Geoff DiMasi, founder of Punk Ave. & Apostrophe, discusses his drive to build a CMS, balancing maintaining a service company while building a product (as well as the thought-process of spinning out a product into its own company), the Philadelphia tech-scene, and transitioning to a remote company.

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    345: Conviction in the Problem (Alex Cornell)

    November 25th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  43 mins 3 secs

    Alex Cornell, co-founder of Cocoon, discusses opportunity cost, prototyping methodology, having design skills as a founder, designing for intuition, and being invested in the problem you want to solve.

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    344: Facilitating Innovation (Heather Ames)

    November 18th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  32 mins 25 secs

    Heather Ames, co-founder and COO of Neurala, discusses automated visual-inspection, balancing research with deployment, the challenges of productizing AI, and finding the right product/customer fit.

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    343: A True Movement (Pariss Athena)

    November 4th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  27 mins 45 secs

    Pariss Athena, Hiring & Product Team Member at G2i, creator of #BlackTechTwitter, and founder of Black Tech Pipeline, shares her journey from never hearing about code to viral awareness campaign creator, as well as discusses visibility, finding value on twitter, and life online with thousands of followers.

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    342: The People Stuff (Jennifer Dary)

    October 28th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  45 mins 19 secs

    Jennifer Dary, founder of Plucky, rejoins the podcast to discuss the rarity of listening, what it feels like to have a six year-old company, and conducts a 1:1 for managers with Lindsey & Chad.