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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    285: Deep Counting (Jerry Talton)

    August 6th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 52 secs

    Jerry Talton, leader of the Machine-Learning Services team at Slack, talks about picking up after a failed startup, design-thinking for machine learning, and important lessons from managing.

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    284: Bringing Vision to Robots (Clara Vu)

    July 23rd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  41 mins 29 secs

    Clara Vu, co-founder & VP of Engineering of Veo Robotics, shares her story getting into the world of robotics, designing perception systems for industrial robots, and 'First-Principles Thinking' in all aspects of business.

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    283: Overcoming Awkward Data (Joe Ferris)

    July 16th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  41 mins 14 secs

    Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot, joins Chad to discuss Data Engineering, what it is, when you need it, and some of the challenges thoughtbot has faced while using it.

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    282: Robot as a Platform (Tim Enwall)

    July 2nd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  38 mins 28 secs

    Tim Enwall, CEO of Misty Robotics, discusses designing, building, and selling a fully autonomous robot for developers.

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    281: Reconnecting With Development (Robby Russell)

    June 25th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  49 mins 33 secs

    Robby Russell, VP of Engineering & Partner at Planet Argon, discusses considering remote work for an agency, strategies for leading a dev team, defining focus for an agency, and the results of the 2018 Rails Hosting Survey.

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    280: Design at the Program Layer (Greg Storey)

    June 18th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 19 secs

    Greg Storey, founder of Airbag Industries & Executive Director of Design at USAA, discusses the blurring of personal and company identity, helming a budding design group, "safe agile", what it means for design to 'have a seat at the table', and sustainable pace within an agency.

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    279: Building a Lifelong Brand (Alex Friedman)

    June 11th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  24 mins 53 secs

    Alex Friedman, co-founder of LOLA, discusses overcoming stigma, launching new products, measuring success, and brand values.

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    278: The 'Lights On' Moment (Sam Moorhouse)

    June 4th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  28 mins 4 secs

    Sam Moorhouse, creator of Global Code, discusses the importance of mentorship and how he established a software engineering summer education program in Ghana.

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    277: How Do We Work Together? (Michael Sheeley)

    May 28th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  53 mins 26 secs

    Michael Sheeley, former co-founder of Runkeeper, talks about his struggles with scaling, experimentation with prices, finding ways to connect and work together as a larger society, and innovation in health care.

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    276: Enable and Serve (Chris Heivly)

    May 22nd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 31 secs

    Chris Heivly, author & entrepreneur in residence at Techstars, discusses the early days of MapQuest, Raleigh as a burgeoning tech city, and building up new tech communities.

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    275: Galvanizing Focus (Paul English)

    May 14th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  43 mins

    Paul English, co-founder of Lola, discusses what it means to be a good brand, transitioning from a tech foundry to a single-product focus, lessons learned from having launched multiple companies, and his approaches to competition & success.

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    274: Providing Value (Ram V. Iyer)

    May 8th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  37 mins 11 secs

    Ram V. Iyer, Business Thinker & Professional Business Mentor at The Business Thinking Institute, discusses his internalization of business success/failure, having a 'business thinking' mindset, and distinguishing oneself through the value you can create.

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    273: Showcase Your Value (Nilan Peiris)

    April 30th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  31 mins 17 secs

    Nilan Peiris, VP of Growth at TransferWise, discusses growth sources, handling failure, studying user evangelism, launching in a new market, and scaling globally.

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    272: Grown-Up App Development (Dermot Daly)

    April 23rd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  36 mins 26 secs

    Dermot Daly, founder and CEO of Tapadoo, discusses being a developer early in the iOS ecosystem while differentiating themselves now as it's become a more crowded market-space, building your ideal company, and developing apps for med-tech devices.

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    271: Being a Good Manager (Camille Fournier)

    April 17th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 32 secs

    Camille Fournier, author, speaker, and Managing Director at Two Sigma, discusses her path from Director of Infrastructure Engineering to CTO, lessons learned from tech team management, and the importance of defining core-values.

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    270: How's Work Lately? (Jennifer Dary)

    April 10th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  48 mins 54 secs

    Jennifer Dary, founder of Plucky, discusses purpose, process, longevity, relationships, and trust by turning the tables and giving Chad a corporate counseling session.