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 and Lindsey Christensen are joined by the people who build and nurture the products we love.

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Episodes

  • 394: Creating a Remote Culture That Thrives

    May 27th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  48 mins 19 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk about how the pandemic has changed "normal" remote work and how thoughtbot has dealt with the transition from being majoritively in-person to fully remote, plus the impact it's had on both employees and clients.

  • 393: Reaffirming Values and Taking thoughtbot Remote

    May 20th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Chad and Lindsey take listeners behind the scenes and go deep into the nitty-gritty of recent thoughtbot company changes driven by the pandemic and the organization's need (and desire!) to go fully remote – all while reaffirming and revisiting the organization's values, mission, and purpose as part of the process.

  • 392: Better Together with New CEO of thoughtbot, Diana Bald

    May 13th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  37 mins 29 secs

    Chad is joined by Diana Bald, the new CEO of thoughtbot, to discuss her background, the organizational changes to the leadership of the company, and the reasoning behind them.

  • Values - ShearShare

    December 21st, 2020  |  Season 9  |  43 mins 50 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, discussing culture-fit with new hires, incorporating values into brand-thinking, fostering relationships, and planning for 2021.

  • Values - Teikametrics

    November 30th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  40 mins 24 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing the intermingling importance of mission, vision, and values.

  • Values - Nurse-1-1

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  41 mins 18 secs

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss crafting values with purpose, living those values in the product's messaging & marketing, choosing not to publicly publish them, and what the landscape of healthcare looks like going into 2021.

  • Values

    November 9th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  33 mins 48 secs

    Chad and Lindsey discuss the history of values at thoughtbot and how they served as a key differentiator in the early days of the company, and navigating the tricky waters of when client values don't align.

  • Marketing - ShearShare

    November 2nd, 2020  |  Season 9  |  44 mins 51 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about their early days of in-person marketing, the importance of naming, consistent messaging, and the effects of hiring a head of growth.

  • Marketing - Teikametrics

    October 26th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  46 mins 48 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing the day-one origins of marketing there, building your reputation through content marketing, and the efficacy of various content channels.

  • Marketing - Nurse-1-1

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  47 mins 39 secs

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss the blurry line between marketing, research, & product, committing to branding, acquisition costs, SEO & content marketing, helping to power a new provider platform, and hiring a head of marketing.

  • Marketing

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  30 mins 43 secs

    Chad and Lindsey discuss 'what's in a name' when it comes to branding, where (and where not) to start when you first begin your marketing efforts, and staying engaged with your customers.

  • Data - Teikametrics

    October 5th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  48 mins 6 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing trust within the use of data, planning the future with indexed data, a data-science related acquisition, and navigating the world of buzzwords around machine learning.

  • Data - ShearShare

    September 28th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  45 mins 21 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about using data to guide product design, imagining a machine learning recommendation engine, and their experience in Google for Startups Accelerator.

  • Data - Nurse-1-1

    September 21st, 2020  |  Season 9  |  55 mins 44 secs

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss using data to drive a better customer experience, some of the regulations around data management in healthcare, and advice for health-tech startups.

  • Data

    September 8th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  41 mins 11 secs

    Data drives the world, and so this month we'll be talking about common pitfalls of building a business around data, laying out a tandem roadmap to drive forward both data and product, the importance of insight over raw data, when does it makes sense to reach for machine learning, tooling, and thoughts on the ethics & future legislation of data collection.

  • Fundraising - Nurse-1-1

    August 31st, 2020  |  Season 9  |  50 mins 21 secs

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss vetting your investors, his experience with fundraising, maintaining your reputation, his mindset while negotiation with investors, lessons learned while building and funding startups, the importance of establishing a founding team, and involving the team in the fundraising process.