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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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    461: PSYONIC with Dr. Aadeel Akhtar

    February 9th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  34 mins 1 sec

    Dr. Aadeel Akhtar is the Founder and CEO of PSYONIC, a company whose mission is to develop advanced prostheses that are affordable for everyone.

    Victoria talks to Dr. Akhtar about the gaps in the market he saw in current prosthetic ability, advancements PSYONIC has been able to make since commercialization, and essential principles and values when you were building out the team.

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    460: Frontrow Health with Irfan Alam

    February 2nd, 2023  |  Season 11  |  48 mins 40 secs

    Irfan Alam is the CEO of Frontrow Health, a startup with a mission to finally put Americans in the front row of their own healthcare.

    Will and Victoria talk to Irfan about his background in business strategy and development for healthcare companies, how he went about searching for and building the perfect team, and how he started the culture of Frontrow Health on a level where there is balance and people want to join because it has a good culture.

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    459: Adobe Express with Kasha Stewart

    January 26th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  50 mins 41 secs

    Kasha Stewart is the Director of Growth Engagement at Adobe Express.

    Victoria talks to Kasha about finding advocates that encourage her to chase problems, getting more women into product development and why it's essential to bring different perspectives into this area, and ways to bring connection between the end users and customers, engineering teams, and the rest of the organization to the business.

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    458: Cofertility with Lauren Makler

    January 19th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  37 mins 27 secs

    Lauren Makler is Co-Founder, and CEO of Cofertility, a human-first fertility ecosystem rewriting the egg freezing and egg donation experience.

    Victoria talks to Lauren about tackling the access issues around egg freezing and donation and hoping to bring down the cost, leaving a company like Uber and starting her own business, and figuring out a go-to-market approach and what that strategy should look like.

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    457: We Take Part with Shaila Sahai

    January 12th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  28 mins 38 secs

    Shaila Sahai is the Founder of We Take Part, an investment crowdfunding platform that connects eco-conscious investors and green tech entrepreneurs throughout Europe, including European overseas territories.

    Victoria talks to Shaila about focusing on clean tech and climate tech solutions exclusively, goals of contributing to the acceleration of the process of decarbonization, and how the idea of a crowd-investing platform that targets only green tech is welcome from the fintech ecosystem and potential investors.

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    456: with Laura Maguire

    January 5th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  46 mins 37 secs

    Laura Maguire is a Researcher at, the first dedicated incident analysis platform that combines more comprehensive data to deliver more proactive solutions and identify problems.

    Victoria talks to Laura about incident management, giving companies a powerful tool to learn from their incidents, and what types of customers are ideal for taking on a platform like

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    455: Hello Inside with Anne Latz

    December 29th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  32 mins 19 secs

    Dr. Anne Latz is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Hello Inside, a company that specializes in scientific self-care.

    Will talks to Dr. Latz about why glucose?, being a business-person first and what drove her to become a medical doctor, and where she sees wearable technology going in the in the next 5-10 years.

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    454: The Global Collective with Stacy Kehren Idema

    December 22nd, 2022  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 50 secs

    Stacy Kehren Idema is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Collective, which is revolutionizing how men and women do business.

    Chad talks to Stacy about the work Global Collective does, starting a company based in the U.K, and the differences between doing business in the U.S. and the U.K.

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    453: Greenpixie with John Ridd

    December 15th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  28 mins 33 secs

    John Ridd is the Co-Founder and CEO of Greenpixie, which is building solutions to reveal and reduce cloud emissions.

    Chad and Will talk to John about giving a clearer view of AWS emissions down to the service level, why cloud emissions are a much bigger sustainability issue than most people realize, and how this will be the next big issue of the climate crisis.

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    452: SHEMATTERS with Jade Kearney

    December 8th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  26 mins 4 secs

    Jade Kearney is the Co-Founder and CEO of She Matters, a digital health platform designed to improve postpartum comorbidities for Black women through community, culturally competent healthcare providers, and culturally relevant resources.

    Victoria and Will talk to Jade about why postpartum depression is so dangerous for women, her experience as a mother and why she founded She Matters, and what culturally competent care looks like for Black women.

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    451: Product Strategy with Jordyn Bonds

    December 1st, 2022  |  Season 11  |  39 mins 29 secs

    Jordyn Bonds is the Director of Product Strategy at thoughtbot. Jordyn helps companies validate new product opportunities and reach that first key milestone, from validating an early adopter market to creating a pitch deck to building a prototype, proof of concept, or an MVP launch.

    Chad talks to Jordyn about what a Director of Product Strategy does, how Jordyn's career has evolved (She got to build for the Confessions on the Dance Floor release and tour!!), and finding practices that keep you motivated and inspired to be working towards long-term, large goals.

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    450: StoryFile with Heather Maio-Smith

    November 23rd, 2022  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 22 secs

    Heather Maio-Smith is the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Visionary Officer at StoryFile, bringing global audiences an interactive ecosystem that records and preserves human conversations in a way that removes the traditional boundaries of time and space.

    Victoria talks to Heather about why this product needed to exist in the world, supporting human connection and storytelling, and the journey to get funding, expand, and plan what's next for StoryFile.

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    449: Welcome, Will Larry!

    November 17th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 43 secs

    Will Larry, Software Developer at thoughtbot, joins Giant Robots as host! 🎉

    Will talks about how he got into tech, how everything is going so far at thoughtbot, interviewing at thoughtbot previously but not getting the job, and why he decided to interview again (and snagging the job!)

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    448: AIEDC with Leonard S. Johnson

    November 10th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  53 mins 34 secs

    Leonard S. Johnson is the Founder and CEO of AIEDC, a 5G Cloud Mobile App Maker and Service Provider with Machine Learning to help small and midsize businesses create their own iOS and Android mobile apps with no-code or low-code so they can engage and service their customer base, as well as provide front and back office digitization services for small businesses.

    Victoria talks to Leonard about using artificial intelligence for good, bringing the power of AI to local economics, and truly democratizing AI.

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    447: Gembah with Neil Macqueen

    November 3rd, 2022  |  Season 11  |  28 mins 57 secs

    Neil Macqueen is a leading industrial designer with 78 patents to his name, having previously spent ten years at Dyson and is now the Head of Design at Gembah, the world's first global marketplace for product development.

    Chad talks to Neil about being focused on industrial design or actual physical products as opposed to interfaces and digital products, working with designers and developers, and design to manufacture as a process.

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    446: Plants and Perks with Chloe Sweden

    October 27th, 2022  |  Season 11  |  43 mins 22 secs

    Chloe Sweden is the Founder and CEO of Plants and Perks, a service for rewarding employees with sustainable perks.

    Chad talks to Chloe about supporting employees on plant-based sustainability journies by gifting free samples and high-value prizes, choosing a co-founder, and being strategic with the types of businesses they've approached.