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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    341: From Survival to Growth (David Kaplan)

    October 21st, 2019  |  Season 8  |  36 mins 40 secs

    David Kaplan, head of engineering at Policygenius, discusses joining an established company in a leadership role, factors for long-term success, choosing Flutter over React Native, and challenging assumptions when building out an MVP.

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    340: Accessible, Ethical, Inclusive (Cat Noone)

    October 14th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  32 mins 6 secs

    Cat Noone, CEO of Stark, shares an overview of accessible design, dreams for shaping a more accessible future, helming custom support with a small team, and her motivation to create.

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    339: Process Goals (Andrew Steele)

    October 7th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  38 mins 16 secs

    Andrew Steele, Olympic Medalist & Head of Product at DNAfit, discusses providing actionable wellness utility from DNA data, goal setting, "blame culture", localization, and his time at the Beijing Olympics.

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    338: Automating SaaS (Bryan Helmig)

    September 30th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  39 mins 53 secs

    Bryan Helmig, cofounder & CTO of Zapier, discusses extending tooling to small businesses through API integration, scaling, early marketing successes, and the future of automation.

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    337: Outcomes, Not Outputs (Adam Scroggin)

    September 23rd, 2019  |  Season 8  |  42 mins 18 secs

    Adam Scroggin, CEO of CardBoard, discusses user story mapping, consulting vs product work, the importance of goal setting, product market fit, and his favorite tools & services for building web apps.

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    336: There's No Manual (Chris Coyier)

    September 16th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  40 mins 36 secs

    Chris Coyier, cofounder of CodePen, creator of CSS-Tricks, & host of Shop Talk Show, candidly shares how a weekend project turned into a full-time business, aspirations for the future, and areas for improvement.

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    335: Discipline & Creativity (Jonathan Cutrell)

    September 9th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  30 mins 52 secs

    Jonathan Cutrell, host of Developer Tea and Senior Engineer at Clearbit, discusses the history of the podcast, motivation for creation, learning to say 'no', and what it means to truly be 'remote-friendly'.

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    334: Preserve and Extend (Devon Zuegel)

    September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 23 secs

    Devon Zuegel, Product Manager at GitHub, discusses her transition from researcher to product manager, and shepherding the funding, communication, and tooling of open source sustainability.

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    333: Do Fewer Things Better (Matt Massicotte)

    August 26th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  38 mins 21 secs

    Matt Massicotte, creator of Chime, discusses the landscape of text editors, the complexities of writing your own parsers, building a new product while building a new family, and alternative app platform & pricing models.

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    332: Grow to Accommodate (Jordan Berke)

    August 19th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  33 mins 4 secs

    Jordan Berke, CEO & founder of RepOne Strength, discusses finding your customers, working in the world of open source hardware, sourcing materials, relentless work pace, and bootstrapping.

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    331: Deep Industry Expertise (Courtney & Tye Caldwell)

    August 12th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  50 mins 37 secs

    Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, discuss their journey from salon owners to startup founders, defining an MVP and maintaining a narrow focus for your product.

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    330: There's So Much Potential (Tess Posner)

    August 5th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 20 secs

    Tess Posner, CEO of AI4ALL, gives an overview of the field of AI and discusses representation in AI careers, the ramifications of not having diversity in tech, the role of allies, and the future of work.

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    329: The Detail Stuff (Jon Werner)

    July 29th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  52 mins 41 secs

    Jon Werner, CEO & Co-Founder of KOYA Innovations, discusses running a startup with his family, protecting one's intellectual property, the importance of forethought, and developing a platform for kindness.

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    328: Reliability First (Rob Zuber)

    July 22nd, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 59 secs

    Rob Zuber, CTO of CircleCI, discusses prioritizing product direction, scaling, slow iteration to introduce major changes, and what's next for the platform.

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    327: Lead By Listening (Kate Brigham)

    July 8th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  45 mins 24 secs

    Kate Brigham, VP of Product, Design, & Research at ezCater, discusses organizational design, roadmaps, user-research, designing to solve the needs of several groups at once, and, as a leader, empowering others to solve problems.

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    326: Building the Whole Landscape (Morgan Evans)

    July 1st, 2019  |  Season 8  |  43 mins

    Morgan Evans, organizational designer and CEO & Founder of Business Casual, discusses developing systems to holistically design a company, building a culture that is receptive to feedback, conflict mediation, acknowledging emotions while at work, and early days at Etsy.