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 (CEO) and Lindsey Christensen (CMO) are joined by the people who build and nurture the products we love.

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Episodes

  • 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.

  • Fundraising - ShearShare

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, to discuss their acceptance into the first cohort of Google for Startups' Black Founders Accelerator, speaking the language of investors, preparing for series A, how they think about an exit, and equity for the team.

  • Fundraising - Teikametrics

    August 17th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  42 mins 14 secs

    Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing early days of community building online, geography in relation to investors, his history with VC, the importance of relationship building, when & how much money to raise, time investment of a CEO for fundraising, and sharing financials with the team.

  • Fundraising

    August 10th, 2020  |  Season 9  |  33 mins 19 secs

    This month we'll be talking about all things fundraising! The discussion covers investors vs bootstrapping, crowd-funding, differences between the various levels of fundraising, accelerators, and the expectations of taking venture capital.

  • Work-Life Flow - Nurse-1-1

    August 3rd, 2020  |  Season 9  |  39 mins 8 secs

    Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss figuring out the summer and working from home during Covid and beyond, his approach to feature rollout, pings, & to-dos, as well as keeping the team on a unified path, and his personal motivations to keep going.