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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    301: Projection & Prediction (Aatish Salvi)

    December 10th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 59 secs

    Aatish Salvi, CTO of Teikametrics, discusses building a service for 3rd party Amazon sellers using data science, being wary of pre-mature optimization, integrating data engineering research into the team, and working with Amazon as both a partner and a competitor.

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    300: More Useable Information (Jennifer Lum)

    December 3rd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  30 mins 56 secs

    Jennifer Lum, COO and co-founder of, discusses building a company and platform that transforms unstructured information into machine-readable data in real-time, avoiding biases in data collection, and evolving & defining company values as one's team grows.

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    299: High-Touch (Millie Blackwell)

    November 26th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  36 mins 42 secs

    Millie Blackwell, President & Co-founder of Showcase Workshop, discusses differences in business culture between California and New Zealand, pursuing tablets as a business tool early in the lifespan of the iPad, experimenting with SaaS pricing, and providing value to both enterprise buyers and end-users.

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    298: Doing Right is Scalable (DJ Patil)

    November 15th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 10 secs

    DJ Patil, Head of Technology at Devoted Health, discusses his time as the U.S. Chief Data Scientist, scaling healthcare to meet modern data demands, and the process of architecting a health care company.

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    297: Go Deep (David Kloba & Rob Meinhardt)

    November 6th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  49 mins 31 secs

    David Kloba & Rob Meinhardt, Co-Founders of Furious Collective, discuss the mindset and methodology of their venture production studio, recount their adventures over the past year of growing FormKeep after having acquired it from thoughtbot, and offer advice to founders preparing to sell their product or company.

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    296: Stay Close to Your Users (Andrew Bialecki)

    October 30th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  52 mins 36 secs

    Andrew Bialecki, CEO of Klaviyo, discusses building systems to process and get insight from business' data, scaling personality and humanity to mass communication, and translating customer feedback into concrete product improvement. Plus, the debut of 'Ask thoughtbot'!

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    295: Follow Your Passion (Jonathan Kim)

    October 24th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  41 mins 41 secs

    Jonathan Kim, CEO of Appcues, discusses building better onboarding and personalization to apps, starting a company as a solo founder, lessons learned from his time in journalism, and core culture values.

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    294: From a Place of Sharing (Chris Toomey)

    October 18th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  30 mins 8 secs

    In this special crossover episode, Chad is joined by Chris Toomey, Development Director at thoughtbot and host of The Bike Shed podcast, to discuss the content, history, and the process of making Upcase, thoughtbot's online learning platform, FREE.

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    293: Advertising as a Service (Sandra Richter)

    October 10th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  44 mins 23 secs

    Sandra Richter, Co-founder and CEO of Soofa, talks about redefining the infrastructure of out of home advertising, purpose vs business motivation, and learning from setbacks.

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    292: MVP-ing the Sales Process (Lindsey Christensen)

    October 2nd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 20 secs

    Lindsey Christensen, VP of Marketing at thoughtbot, discusses shaping thoughtbot's marketing strategy, team, and future.

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    291: Intrapreneurial Streak (Heena Purohit)

    September 25th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  42 mins 5 secs

    Heena Purohit, Product Manager of IBM Watson IoT, discusses how they are tailoring custom solutions with IoT data, building business acumen for better product managing, and iterating at scale.

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    290: Usage Native (Mike Trotzke)

    September 11th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  36 mins 20 secs

    Mike Trotzke, CEO of Cheddar, talks about the future of billing models, when is the right time to do seed investing, and finding your value pricing metric.

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    289: Capture Community Early (Jameson Toole)

    September 3rd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  35 mins 38 secs

    Jameson Toole, founder of Fritz, discusses AI & Machine Learning on mobile, the process & ideology of launching a product from scratch, and the business of developer tools.

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    288: Pursuing Customer Delight (Yoav Shapira)

    August 27th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  51 mins 25 secs

    Yoav Shapira, an Engineering Manager at Facebook with a long history in Boston startups, discusses early technology choices for startups, balancing product needs/wants with technical limitations, the role of Capital-D 'Design', and common startup advice.

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    287: Disruptive, Exponentially-Innovative, 10x Videos (Sarah Cooper)

    August 20th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  30 mins 19 secs

    Sarah Cooper, comedian, speaker, and author of "100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings", joins Chad to discuss management burnout, the creative process, and her latest book.

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    286: A Million Boxes at a Time (Stephan Ango)

    August 14th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 37 secs

    Stephan Ango, Co-founder and Head of Product at Lumi, discusses merging creative and scientific mindsets in industrial design, the logistics of packaging, developing custom solutions by slowly replacing 3rd party tools, and building your ideal culture while balancing operational needs.