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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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    269: Human to Human Connection (David Cancel)

    April 3rd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  45 mins 2 secs

    David Cancel, CEO & Co-founder of Drift, discusses bringing the personal touch back to sales through conversational marketing, validating an idea, competition, and differentiating yourself through communication & marketing.

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    268: Present and Effective (Adam Marchick)

    March 27th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  34 mins 15 secs

    Adam Marchick, CEO & co-founder of Alpine AI, discusses pioneering vocal analytics, making a better experience for digital commerce on vocal platforms, and operating in an early stage market.

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    267: Familiar With the Market (Sara Tateno)

    March 19th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  31 mins 1 sec

    Sara Tateno, founder and CEO of Happity, shares her journey from BBC Radio, to coding bootcamp, to startup founder.

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    266: Destination Driven (Ernesto Moreno)

    March 13th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  35 mins 38 secs

    Ernesto Moreno, business coach, entrepreneur, & restaurateur, joins Chad to discuss transforming a restaurant using lean methodology, focusing on your strengths, and finding creativity in running a business.

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    265: Loosening My Hold (Tracy Osborn)

    March 5th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  38 mins 5 secs

    Tracy Osborn, author and the creator of WeddingLovely, joins Chad to talk about juggling projects, redefining your core customer base, the feeling of giving up control when hiring, and publishing via Kickstarter.

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    264: Having a Realistic Mindset (Allen Pike)

    February 27th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  40 mins 48 secs

    Chad discusses reflection & goal planning, the scope of internal projects, and balancing time & team structure for both client & product work with Allen Pike, CEO & co-founder of Steamclock Software.

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    263: The Stuff of Science Fiction (George Brocklehurst)

    February 19th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  22 mins 46 secs

    Chad is joined by George Brocklehurst, development director of thoughtbot NYC, to discuss the methodologies, tools, and use cases in working with machine learning.

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    262: The Thought Behind the Bot

    February 12th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  57 mins 6 secs

    In 2003, five friends came together to form thoughtbot. In this special episode, we take a look back on the founding of thoughtbot, and it's first years, told from the perspective of the original founders and early partners. From their first meeting in college, to the dramatic first work-experience that led them to create thoughtbot, to the eventual breakup and reformation, we explore the events that led thoughtbot to become the company it is today.

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    261: A Human Future (Pamela Pavliscak)

    February 5th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  35 mins 55 secs

    Chad is joined by Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences, about human-centered design thinking, and incorporating well-being & ethics as a measure of success.

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    260: Treating Yourself Like a Business (Andrew Carroll)

    January 29th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 23 secs

    Chad is joined by Andrew Carroll, CPA and independent CFO, to discuss how the new tax regulations will affect freelancers, small business, & solopreneurs.

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    259: Carve Your Own Story (Curtis Herbert)

    January 22nd, 2018  |  Season 7  |  43 mins 14 secs

    Chad is joined by Curtis Herbert, independent app developer and creator of Slopes, to discuss balancing client and product work, the pros & cons of a seasonal app, the importance of outreach, and experimenting with non-traditional business models.

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    258: Doing it on Principle (Max Seelemann)

    January 15th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  39 mins 4 secs

    Chad is joined by Max Seelemann, co-founder and lead developer of Ulysses, to discuss app-review, the complexities of multi-platform releases, initiating a full-app rewrite, and switching to a subscription pricing-model.

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    257: Mapping the World For Parents (Anne Halsall)

    January 8th, 2018  |  Season 7  |  42 mins 45 secs

    Chad is joined by Anne Halsall, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Winnie, discussing intention in branding, assumptions about features, balancing local and remote work, and quantifying growth.

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    256: Stay Hungry, Stay Learning (Hosted by Alan Wick)

    December 18th, 2017  |  Season 7  |  47 mins 35 secs

    The tables are flipped and Chad is interviewed by Alan Wick, at our Playbook Launch Party, on the lessons learned from starting thoughtbot, company methodology, and looking towards the challenges & opportunities of the future.

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    255: Solving the Whole Problem (Maria Parker)

    December 4th, 2017  |  Season 7  |  41 mins 29 secs

    Chad chats with Maria Parker, CEO of Cruzbike, about running your first Kickstarter, issues with scaling production, and the challenge of shifting public perceptions.

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    254: Product and Vision (Chris Savage & Brendan Schwartz)

    November 20th, 2017  |  Season 7  |  44 mins 13 secs

    Chad talks with Chris & Brendan, co-founders of Wistia, about building/launching new products, hiring, and managing company identity & vision.