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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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    121: Prolificness (Allison House)

    November 2nd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 30 secs

    Guest-Ben Chad Pytel talks with Allison House about maintaining personal growth while freelancing, and her approach to harnessing your capacity to learn.

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    120: Open Your World For Commentary (Tom Lehman)

    October 27th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  54 mins 19 secs

    Ben talks with Tom Lehman, creator of Genius, about the power of honesty in corporate culture, and navigating the mores of discussing salary.

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    119: Create Value or Create Technology? (Pete Hunt)

    October 19th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  27 mins 52 secs

    Ben talks with Pete Hunt, formerly of Facebook & Instagram, on React and what makes this unique JavaScript library tick, as well as shifting from a technical to a business focused mindset.

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    118: Scare Yourself (Dan Martell)

    October 12th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 46 secs

    Ben talks with Dan Martell, CEO and founder of Clarity, about self-actualization in business, how life is affected by those around which one surrounds themselves and the value of staying outside one's comfort zone.

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    117: Designing Quality (Will Sulinski)

    September 21st, 2014  |  Season 3  |  27 mins 27 secs

    Ben talks with Will Sulinski, founder of Pistol Lake, on translating lessons learned from the tech sector into success in the fashion industry.

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    116: A Model Jellyfish (Carl Smith)

    September 14th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Ben talks with nGen Works founder Carl Smith about alternatives to a "flat" structure, remote management & community building.

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    115: There's a Spectrum Involved Here (Brandon Bloom)

    September 7th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 4 secs

    Ben talks with Brandon Bloom about finding the right tool for the job, there being too many objects in OO Programing and the importance for a full spectrum of options, regardless of the choice.

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    114: Offer Value First (Ryan Delk)

    August 31st, 2014  |  Season 3  |  24 mins 58 secs

    Ben talks with Gumroad grower Ryan Delk about standing out from your peers by adding value before you ask for value.

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    113: Minimum Path to Awesome (Rob Walling)

    August 24th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 54 secs

    Ben and Rob Walling, founder of Drip and HitTail, discuss engaging your audience, the path to building new habits and the need to create.

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    112: Data By Design (Joanne Cheng)

    August 17th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  26 mins 32 secs

    Ben talks to developer Joanne Cheng about lessons learned from the conference circuit, as well as the subject of her latest conf talk, Data-Driven-Documents within JavaScript, and trends in dashboard design.

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    111: Thinking Outside the Loop (Chris Granger)

    August 10th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 45 secs

    Ben talks with Chris Granger, creator of Light Table, about building a better IDE and envisioning a world where all programming happens inside a database and anyone can do it.

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    110: Protecting Invisible Things (Eric Mill)

    August 3rd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 10 secs

    This week Ben talks with former thoughtbotter, and creator of Is It Christmas, Eric Mill about the power of blogging, the personal empowerment offered by the internet and the role of government in the digital age.

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    109: Venturing Thru Capital (Alex Taussig)

    July 27th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  36 mins 18 secs

    Ben delves behind the scenes of a VC firm with Alex Taussig of Highland Capital.

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    108: Picking Your Obsession (Brett Van Zuiden)

    July 20th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 18 secs

    Ben talks to Brett Van Zuiden, founder of Filepicker, about the importance of finding your specialization and passion in your industry, as well as his experiences in Y Combinator.

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    107: The Best Secrets Kept (Sara Haider)

    July 13th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 58 secs

    Ben talks to Sarah Haider, Android lead at Secret, about anonymity in social media, her work with Girls Who Code and Android Development.

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    106: Sprinting Thru Design (Alex Baldwin & Galen Frechette)

    July 6th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  28 mins 10 secs

    Ben is joined by fellow thoughtbotters Alex & Galen to break down their product design sprint workflow.