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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    81: An Agent of Change (Seth Godin)

    January 12th, 2014  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 41 secs

    In this week's episode, Ben Orenstein is joined by best selling author, Seth Godin. Seth describes himself as an entrepreneur, a blogger, and an agent of change. They discuss art, frustration, and the endless pursuit of perfection as an artist. In his newest book, The Icarus Deception, Seth discusses seeking art in your work and looking beyond standards and production. They talk about the importance of finding connections with other artists and people who can provide meaningful feedback. They discuss several of Seth's blog posts which are linked below, and much more.

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    80: Growing Business (Josh Pigford)

    December 22nd, 2013  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 11 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein chats with Josh Pigford about time management, entrepreneurship and farming

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    79: The Gentle Wise One (Uncle Bob Martin)

    December 15th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 59 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein talks with Uncle Bob Martin about functional programming, ethics, and writing.

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    78: Fancy Pants (Chris Lindland)

    December 8th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  28 mins 6 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein talks with Chris Lindland, CEO of about online fashion, self-generating product and dress-pant-sweatpants.

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    77: A Beautiful Thing (Harold Giménez)

    December 1st, 2013  |  Season 2  |  51 mins 16 secs

    This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein speaks with Harold Giménez, Heroku postgres leader, about postgres, data management, and beer brewing.

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    76: The Boutique Agency

    November 24th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 51 secs

    Ben Orenstein speaks with Alex Kesler, founder and CEO of inSegment about digital marketing, GTD and productivity.

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    75: Embedding Democracy (Catherine Bracy)

    November 17th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 21 secs

    This week Ben Orenstein interviews Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing at Code for America.

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    74: Fancy Scala (Sean Griffin)

    November 10th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 5 secs

    Ben Orenstein speaks with thoughtbot developer Sean Griffin about scala and ruby.

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    73: Spooky Robots Haunting other Spooky Robots (Drew Neil)

    November 3rd, 2013  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 3 secs

    Ben Orenstein speaks with Drew Neil, creator of about teaching writing and workshopping vim.

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    72: Up in the Mountains (Nathan Barry)

    October 27th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 39 secs

    This week on The Giant Robots Podcast, Ben Orenstein chats with Nathan Barry about book writing, teaching and self employment.

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    71: The Power of the Truth

    October 20th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 53 secs

    Josh Clayton and Ben Orenstein interview each other about their managing director positions.

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    70: Let Your Freak Flag Fly

    October 13th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 17 secs

    Ben Orenstein speaks with Jeff Atwood about Discourse, forum software, and soylent.

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    69: Geocoding in the Now

    October 6th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 50 secs

    Ben Orenstein interviews Josh Clayton and Laila Winner on their book, Geocoding on Rails.

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    68: Simplicity and Elegance

    September 29th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 10 secs

    Ben Orenstein and Paul Farnell, CEO of Litmus, talk about starting up, business practices, and Litmus.

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    67: The Data Optimist

    September 22nd, 2013  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 41 secs

    Ben Orenstein and Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, talk about Data Science, Bitly and Cheeseburgers.

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    66: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

    September 15th, 2013  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 18 secs

    Ben talks with Anthony Eden about DNSimple, programming languages and code retreats.