Bison Ventures invests in frontier technology companies that use innovative science and deep technology. A key pillar of their investment portfolio is climate technology. Tom Biegala is a co-founder of Bison Ventures. Prior to starting Bison Ventures, Tom worked at Cascade Asset Management Company, the investment office that manages the assets of the Bill &
Published 07/18/24
Published 07/18/24
Luma AI develops technologies at the forefront of AI and graphics. They created a text-to-3D tool that functions like Midjourney but for generating 3D models. Another tool makes photorealistic environments by reconstructing any scene in 3D from just a few photos. Karan Ganesan is a Software Engineer and Barkley Dai is the Product and Growth
Published 07/17/24
Redis is an in-memory database that can be used for caching, vector search, and as a message broker. Brian Sam-Bodden is a Senior Applied AI Engineer at Redis. He joins the show to talk about his work and AI at the company. Sean’s been an academic, startup founder, and Googler. He has published works covering
Published 07/16/24
David Szymanski is a video game developer focused on short retro horror games. He created the hit FPS Dusk, along with Iron Lung, Chop Goblins, and the upcoming Butcher’s Creek. He’s also involved in the production of the upcoming Iron Lung film. David joins the podcast to talk about his work, how to capture an
Published 07/11/24
Retool is a platform to help engineers quickly build internal frontends. It does this by abstracting away repetitive aspects of frontend development. The platform was started in 2017 and has received funding from Sequoia, Stripe Co-Founders, and Nat Friedman. David Hsu is the founder and CEO of Retool. He joins the show to talk about
Published 07/10/24
ChatGPT has been out for more than a year and has since become the centerpiece of intense discussion and debate about AI. Christian Hubicki is a renowned robotics research scientist and an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University. In 2023, he was a guest on Software Engineering Daily, where he discussed ChatGPT
Published 07/09/24
Databases underpin almost every user experience on the web, but scaling a database is one of the most fundamental infrastructure challenges in software development. PlanetScale offers a MySQL platform that is managed and highly scaleable. Sam Lambert is the CEO of PlanetScale and he joins the show to talk about why he started the platform,
Published 07/04/24
GV, or Google Ventures, is an independent venture capital firm backed by Alphabet. Erik Nordlander is a General Partner at GV and invests across enterprise software and frontier technology, focusing on developer tools, cloud infrastructure and machine learning. He has backed companies like Cockroach, Warp and Neo4j. Prior to joining GV in 2010 and opening
Published 07/03/24
A common challenge for developers of SaaS products is integrating with existing services, including services that customers might already be using. For example, a SaaS product might need to integrate with customers using Salesforce, HubSpot, or another CRM system. However, this can be demanding for developers when 3rd party APIs are poorly documented or inconsistent.
Published 07/02/24
A headless software architecture decouples the frontend, or the “head”, from the backend. This separation allows developers to manage the UI layer independently of the backend logic and data management. Hydrogen is Shopify’s open-source headless framework for building custom storefronts. It’s React-based and is focused on performance and flexible UI components. Ben Sehl is a
Published 06/27/24
Celeste is a critically acclaimed action platformer developed by Extremely OK Games. They recently released Celeste 64 which is an open source project to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the original Celeste, and development of their next major game, Earthblade, is underway. Noel Berry is a programmer at Extremely OK Games and he joins the
Published 06/26/24
DataStax is a generative AI data company that provides tools and services to build AI and other data-intensive applications. Ed Anuff is the Chief Product Officer at DataStax. He joins the show to talk about making Apache Cassandra accessible, adding vector support at DataStax, envisioning the future application stack for AI, and more. Full Disclosure:
Published 06/25/24
Kong is a software company that provides open-source platforms and cloud services for managing, monitoring, and scaling APIs and microservices. Marco Palladino is the CTO of Kong, and he joins the podcast to talk about the platform and APIs as the building blocks of the digital world. This episode is hosted by Lee Atchison. Lee
Published 06/20/24
Bitwarden is an open-source password management service that securely stores passwords, passkeys, website credentials, and other sensitive information Matt Bishop is the Principal Architect at Bitwarden. He joins the show to talk about the platform and his work there. Gregor Vand is a security-focused technologist, and is the founder and CTO of Mailpass. Previously, Gregor
Published 06/19/24
Codecademy is an online platform that offers classes on languages including Python, Go, JavaScript, C++, and many others. Zoe Bachman is the Senior Curriculum Director at Codecademy and designs courses for the platform. She joins the podcast to talk about her work there. Josh Goldberg is an independent full time open source developer in the
Published 06/18/24
Akash Network is a decentralized cloud computing platform that leverages unused compute capacity around the world. It makes this capacity available to others, and provides a decentralized peer-to-peer model for managing and paying for these resources in an online marketplace. Greg Osuri is the CEO for OverClock Labs which created Akash Network. He joins the
Published 06/13/24
Linting is the process of checking source code for programmatic as well as stylistic errors. Ruff is a highly popular Python linter written in Rust. It was developed by Charlie Marsh, who also founded Astral, which is focused on next-generation Python tooling. Charlie joins the podcast to talk about open source development, Ruff, the UV
Published 06/12/24
Gabriel Gambetta is a Senior Software Engineer at Google where he works on YouTube. He’s an expect in computer graphics and game development, and is famous for his articles on engineering fast-paced multiplayer games. Gabriel joins the show to talk about his history with game development, client-server game architecture, rubber-banding, raytracing, rasterizers, and much more.
Published 06/11/24
The U.S. government recently released a report calling on the technical community to proactively reduce the attack surface area of software infrastructure. The report emphasized memory safety vulnerabilities, which affect how memory can be accessed, written, allocated, or deallocated. The report cites this class of vulnerability as a common theme in the some of the
Published 06/06/24
Figma is a cloud-based design and product development platform that is widely used in UI and UX work. It allows users to collaborate in real-time, a key feature that has helped drive its popularity. Figma is an impressive engineering feat, in part because of how far it pushes what’s possible in a web browser. Abhi
Published 06/05/24
The majority of enterprise data exists in heterogenous formats such as HTML, PDF, PNG, and PowerPoint. However, large language models do best when trained with clean, curated data. This presents a major data cleaning challenge. Unstructured is focused on extracting and transforming complex data to prepare it for vector databases and LLM frameworks. Crag Wolfe
Published 06/04/24
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a Linux distribution developed by Red Hat for the commercial market. The company recently announced changes to the availability of its source code. In response, CIQ, Oracle and SUSE formed the Open Enterprise Linux Association, or OpenELA, which aims to provide a consistent and secure upstream location for Enterprise Linux
Published 05/30/24
LLMs have become one of the most important technologies to emerge in recent years. Many of the most prominent LLM tools are closed source, which has led to great interest in developing open-source tools. Antonio Velasco Fernández is a Data Scientist and Jose Pablo Cabeza García is a Lead Data Engineer, both at Elastacloud. In
Published 05/29/24
A deepfake is a synthetic media technique that uses deep learning to create or manipulate video, audio, or images to present something that didn’t actually occur. Deepfakes have gained attention in part due to their potential for misuse, such as creating forged videos for political manipulation or spreading misinformation. Ryan Ofman is a Lead Engineer
Published 05/28/24