Episodes
On today’s episode we chat with Andrew McFarlane, CTO at Validation Cloud. His company focuses on building out infrastructure for blockchains, supporting the nodes and validators that keep everything running and verified. McFarlane explains where popular languages like Rust and Go can be found in the Web3 world and why he thinks a crypto winter is the best time to be building fundamental tech.
Published 12/06/22
On today's episode, Matt and Ben talk about data showing Silicon Valley losing its status as tech's center of gravity. Plus, what it means to make major engineering changes in public and how to reckon with the collapse of some of the biggest names in crypto.
Published 12/02/22
Published 12/02/22
In today’s podcast episode, Ben, Matt, and Cassidy talk with Utkarsh Srivastava, VP of Engineering at Patreon. We cover the product roadmap, deployment best practices, and UX philosophies. Matt and Cassidy, both Patreon users, confirm its delightful user experience.
Published 11/29/22
Over the last few years, Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he wants his company to be at the forefront of building the Metaverse, and that to do it, the tools and technologies underpinning VR and AR have to be open source. Facebook has seen great success with open source projects like React, so what does it mean, tactically, for developers who want to contribute to their VR ambitions? On today’s podcast episode, we’re joined by Cami Williams, Engineering Manager for Platform and...
Published 11/22/22
On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben and Ryan chat with Drew Firment, chief cloud strategist at Pluralsight, about the state of cloud today. We cover the skills gap that leads to delays in implementation, the inertia around infrastructure at a lot of organizations, and the steps you can take to get (and prove) cloud literacy.
Published 11/21/22
On this episode, we chat with Max Howell, creator of Homebrew, about his new package manager, Tea, and how it aims to solve the problem of providing funding for popular open source projects.
Published 11/18/22
If you’re a developer, your skills are transferable across borders. If you’ve ever thought about relocating to Japan from outside of the country, you’ll find that there are some awesome job opportunities out there.Finding a great opportunity, however, can be a needle in a haystack. It’s this pain point that led Eric Turner to create Japan Dev, a job board that curates handpicked tech jobs in Japan. Eric, himself, is American—a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. When he relocated to...
Published 11/15/22
A lot of people in tech lost their jobs this week—and in 2022, generally. Twitter is one situation that many of us are watching closely. One theory is that companies are beginning to prioritize lean teams and sustainable growth over hypergrowth. Are we looking at a turning point for how tech gets built? On today’s podcast, Ben, Matt, and Cassidy reflect on job losses in tech, repojacking on GitHub, the ethics of generative AI, and what it would take to make us switch browsers.
Published 11/11/22
On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben and Ryan chat with Matt Woodward, head of developer relations at Swirlds Labs. Swirlds Labs created the Hedera ecosystem, a DLT built on a hashgraph, not a blockchain. We chat about what the difference is between a blockchain and a hashgraph, Hedera’s focus on environmental sustainability, and why the Web3 version of “Hello, World!” takes a little more effort.
Published 11/09/22
Phillip Shoemaker thinks we’re at a critical turning point for the web, with identity and privacy being core, foundational priorities. Imagine an internet where it's easy to provide just the data you want or need to exchange. Envision being able to protect your anonymity, no questions asked. Shoemaker isn’t exactly new to the topic of turning points for the web. He grew up in Cupertino, around the corner from Apple headquarters. His dad was an engineer at IBM. He eventually ended up working...
Published 11/08/22
At some point, a lot of developers think about becoming entrepreneurs. Some end up taking the jump. So what happens when it turns out that nobody wants your product? Cara Borenstein, co-founder at Stashpad, ended up in this exact situation. After a two year stint as a software engineer at Twilio, she saw an opportunity to create a notepad for developers to stay on top of context switching and manage knowledge-related tasks. V. 1 was a wiki that didn’t quite catch on. Embracing this...
Published 11/04/22
On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben and Ryan talk with Vin Sharma, VP of Engineering at Foursquare, about how they’re finding the atomic data that makes up their location data—their location data—and going from giving insight to individual app users about the locations around them to APIs that serve these location-based insights to developers at organizations like Uber, Nextdoor, and Redfin, who want to build location based insights and features into their own apps.
Published 11/02/22
Being a technologist is more than a 9-5 job. It’s a lifestyle. That’s why so many of us, like the mad scientists we are, get into homelabbing. What does this hobby/obsession entail? Build a home lab to help you level-up your tinkering game. Think: media servers, Raspberry Pis, data centers—turning your home into an IT paradise guaranteed to make you more productive, if only it wasn't so enticing to work on. Today’s podcast episode is all about brainstorming fun ideas for homelabbing....
Published 11/01/22
Quantum computing has applications across communications, network building, financial modeling, cybersecurity, AI, and so much more. But getting involved with these projects has traditionally taken years of education at the most advanced academic levels. According to Helmut Katzgraber, Global Practice Lead at Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab, the scientific community could be doing a better job inviting more people to participate in discovering breakthroughs. In today’s podcast episode, Ben,...
Published 10/28/22
On today's episode we chat about some of the fun announcements coming out of today's Next.JS conference. Vercel announced it acquired Splitbee to bring first-party analytics to it's platform. Next.JS 13 Introducing a redesigned approach to website layouts, data-fetching, and server-rendering. And last but not least, we were introduced to Turbopack, built by the creator of Webpack and Vercel. Turbopack is a Rust-based incremental bundler and Vercel claims that it shows updates 10x faster than...
Published 10/25/22
On Freund was one of the minds behind the scenes of the now-iconic WeWork startup story. He held three roles at the company: VP of Engineering, VP of Product, and Global Head of Markets at WeWork Labs. The software his team built demonstrated rigor, engineering grit, and strong logic. It’s the reason why WeWork is, at its core, a tech company. Now, Freund has entered into a new season of his career as co-founder and CEO of Wilco, which is a platform for developers of every skill level to...
Published 10/25/22
Human beings are easily excitable creatures. We pump ourselves full of sugar, and then we crash. The cycle repeats. Now, here we are at a unique moment in Internet consciousness where we’ve experienced multiple crypto winters in addition to the phenomenon known as Dogecoin. Satoshi, wherever he may be, must be #facepalm to the moon. So should we take this stuff seriously—especially those of us who quit our jobs for crypto vaporware? On today’s podcast, we have an open source OG sharing his...
Published 10/21/22
On this sponsored episode of the podcast, Ben and Ryan talk with Matthew Groves, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Couchbase, and Cory House, the founder of Reactjsconsulting.com and a Pluralsight course author, about how to increase velocity without increasing pressure on your engineers, whether cloud native technologies can help (or hurt), and how to design your toolchain so it improves velocity. When some people hear the phrase “developer velocity,” they cringe and think about...
Published 10/19/22
As the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. But if you work in tech as an engineer, you have the unfortunate perspective of knowing all of the tiny details that have the potential to go wrong. Even when everything is going right, those edge cases can still feel haunting. In today’s podcast episode, the home team and Jon Chan get together to laugh at themselves as they reflect on their fears of self-driving cars and share horror stories of recruiters promising job offers that turned out to be...
Published 10/18/22
If there’s one thing humanity needs right now, it’s robots. Our oceans need cleaning up, our roads need maintenance, and many restaurants and farms can’t find enough staff. We technologists better get building the benevolent robot custodians that are ultimately going to make our lives better by filling potholes and picking up our trash. You’ve likely been hearing this same robotics keynote at conferences, promising useful automata that will walk among us, for the last 20 years or so. So how...
Published 10/14/22
Not surprisingly, engineers stay about half as long at their companies as the average worker in other industries. The reason? The force is on our side as tech workers. Our skills are high in demand, and we’re compensated well for the brainpower that we bring to the table. Plus, tech is evolving so fast, you need to keep learning in new environments. The thing is, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Admittedly, it looks a little weird to be upgrading jobs every 3 months. But...
Published 10/11/22
Yep, we know a bunch of you are thinking, “nope, no C-suite for me today.” Managing people dynamics? Doing things other than coding? Being responsible for a P&L, accountable to a board, and managing headcount? Before you stop reading, consider the case of our guest, Red Hat CEO Matt Hicks, who began as a developer, got his start tinkering in open source, and was ultimately driven by the unstoppable force of curiosity to take on roles as coach and chief officer. Matt reflects on the...
Published 10/07/22
Today’s streaming services have a vast content library, and a vastly different programming challenge than traditional television stations. Where linear TV tries to schedule content into time slots so the right demographics will see it and enjoy it, streaming services let you watch any content, any time you want. That means these service need to find a way to deliver the right content to every user, balancing what they will want with what will provide value over the long term. That’s where...
Published 10/05/22
The best part about being tech builders is that we get to collaborate with some super-smart teammates. Every brain is unique, and we need this thought diversity to solve problems, build better products, and be more proud of our individual contributions as a result. But if you talk to a lot of people who self-identify as neurodiverse in tech, you’ll notice that folks tend to share the same experience of feeling a lot of pressure to fit in. In today’s podcast, Matt and Ceora talks with Wesley...
Published 10/04/22