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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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    137: The Haskell Renaissance (Pat Brisbin)

    March 9th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  30 mins 34 secs

    Ben talks with Pat Brisbin on his new book, and the future of Haskell at thoughtbot.

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    136: I Think it Was the Altitude (Ben Orenstein)

    March 2nd, 2015  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 16 secs

    Chad officially welcomes Ben back to the podcast, discuses the employer/employee ideology that can facilitate a successful sabbatical, and reveals some exclusives on the future of thoughtbot.

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    135: Planning For Change (Ben Arent)

    February 23rd, 2015  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 46 secs

    Chad talks with Ben Arent, product manager at Rackspace, on the trials of app acquisition, as well as their favorite Sass tools.

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    134: Growing to Meteor (Paul Dowman)

    February 16th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 43 secs

    Chad talks with Paul Dowman, founder of OK GROW!, on replacing Rails with Meteor, and how martial arts has made him a better developer.

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    133: The DNA of Music (Matt Aimonetti)

    February 9th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 40 secs

    Chad talks with Matt Aimonetti, co-founder of Splice, on remote worker strategies, fundraising, and his vision for the future of digital musical collaboration.

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    132: Story Tellers (Adarsh Pandit, Kyle Fiedler)

    February 1st, 2015  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 28 secs

    Chad talks with fellow thoughtbotters Adarsh Pandit and Kyle Fiedler on the pros and cons of stories, story points, and job stories.

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    131: The Human-Computer Interaction Umbrella (Irene Ros)

    January 26th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 24 secs

    Chad talks with Irene Ros, data visualization practice lead at Bocoup, about her pursuit of making data visualization function in a social context.

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    130: Counting all the F-Words (Joanne Cheng)

    January 19th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  27 mins 48 secs

    Chad & developer Joanne Cheng break down thoughtbot's statistical year in review!

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    129: The Engineering of Payments (Ian Logan)

    January 13th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 34 secs

    Chad talks with Ian Logan, an Engineering Manager at Airbnb, on the challenges, ideology, implementation, and future of their payments system.

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    128: To Attract and Retain (Dan Croak)

    January 4th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 44 secs

    Chad talks with thoughtbot CMO Dan Croak about our content marketing strategy, managing the flow of new media, and the origin of our growth team.

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    127: Merging Worlds (Meng To)

    December 22nd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 40 secs

    Jeff Smith talks to Meng To, author of Design + Code about the blurring line between developers and designers, learning tools to better communicate, and the difficulties of planing a world-wide workshop tour.

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    126: Log In to Your Space (Zach Dunn)

    December 15th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 21 secs

    Chad talks to Zach Dunn, CPO of Robin, about the future of smart spaces, working with family, and when to shift your company's scope.

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    125: Rebooting (Adarsh Pandit)

    December 7th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 51 secs

    Chad talks to Adarsh Pandit, thoughtbot SF Managing Director & host of the Reboot podcast, about his personal journey which inspired our newest show.

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    124: Maintaining Your Legacy (Scott Ford)

    November 23rd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 57 secs

    Chad talks to Scott Ford, founder & COO of Corgibytes, about the business of software remodeling/retrofitting, and finding value and beauty in old code.

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    123: Don't Call It a Codecation (Chris Hunt)

    November 18th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  24 mins 49 secs

    Ben & Chris Hunt catch up on their latest conference talks, podcasts, and things accomplished on their recent coding retreat.

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    122: Ruby, the Weird Way (Britt Ballard, Caleb Thompson, Richard Schneeman, Terence Lee)

    November 10th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  50 mins 18 secs

    Britt Ballard leads this roundtable discussion on home-growing your own conference and their experiences, from theme and logo selection to scheduling guests and venues, turning Keep Ruby Weird from a dream into a reality.