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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  • 137: The Haskell Renaissance (Pat Brisbin)

    March 9th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  30 mins 34 secs

    Ben talks with Pat Brisbin on his new book, and the future of Haskell at thoughtbot.

  • 136: I Think it Was the Altitude (Ben Orenstein)

    March 2nd, 2015  |  Season 3  |  31 mins 16 secs

    Chad officially welcomes Ben back to the podcast, discuses the employer/employee ideology that can facilitate a successful sabbatical, and reveals some exclusives on the future of thoughtbot.

  • 135: Planning For Change (Ben Arent)

    February 23rd, 2015  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 46 secs

    Chad talks with Ben Arent, product manager at Rackspace, on the trials of app acquisition, as well as their favorite Sass tools.

  • 134: Growing to Meteor (Paul Dowman)

    February 16th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 43 secs

    Chad talks with Paul Dowman, founder of OK GROW!, on replacing Rails with Meteor, and how martial arts has made him a better developer.

  • 133: The DNA of Music (Matt Aimonetti)

    February 9th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 40 secs

    Chad talks with Matt Aimonetti, co-founder of Splice, on remote worker strategies, fundraising, and his vision for the future of digital musical collaboration.

  • 132: Story Tellers (Adarsh Pandit, Kyle Fiedler)

    February 1st, 2015  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 28 secs

    Chad talks with fellow thoughtbotters Adarsh Pandit and Kyle Fiedler on the pros and cons of stories, story points, and job stories.

  • 131: The Human-Computer Interaction Umbrella (Irene Ros)

    January 26th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 24 secs

    Chad talks with Irene Ros, data visualization practice lead at Bocoup, about her pursuit of making data visualization function in a social context.

  • 130: Counting all the F-Words (Joanne Cheng)

    January 19th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  27 mins 48 secs

    Chad & developer Joanne Cheng break down thoughtbot's statistical year in review!

  • 129: The Engineering of Payments (Ian Logan)

    January 13th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 34 secs

    Chad talks with Ian Logan, an Engineering Manager at Airbnb, on the challenges, ideology, implementation, and future of their payments system.

  • 128: To Attract and Retain (Dan Croak)

    January 4th, 2015  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 44 secs

    Chad talks with thoughtbot CMO Dan Croak about our content marketing strategy, managing the flow of new media, and the origin of our growth team.

  • 127: Merging Worlds (Meng To)

    December 22nd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 40 secs

    Jeff Smith talks to Meng To, author of Design + Code about the blurring line between developers and designers, learning tools to better communicate, and the difficulties of planing a world-wide workshop tour.

  • 126: Log In to Your Space (Zach Dunn)

    December 15th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 21 secs

    Chad talks to Zach Dunn, CPO of Robin, about the future of smart spaces, working with family, and when to shift your company's scope.

  • 125: Rebooting (Adarsh Pandit)

    December 7th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 51 secs

    Chad talks to Adarsh Pandit, thoughtbot SF Managing Director & host of the Reboot podcast, about his personal journey which inspired our newest show.

  • 124: Maintaining Your Legacy (Scott Ford)

    November 23rd, 2014  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 57 secs

    Chad talks to Scott Ford, founder & COO of Corgibytes, about the business of software remodeling/retrofitting, and finding value and beauty in old code.

  • 123: Don't Call It a Codecation (Chris Hunt)

    November 18th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  24 mins 49 secs

    Ben & Chris Hunt catch up on their latest conference talks, podcasts, and things accomplished on their recent coding retreat.

  • 122: Ruby, the Weird Way (Britt Ballard, Caleb Thompson, Richard Schneeman, Terence Lee)

    November 10th, 2014  |  Season 3  |  50 mins 18 secs

    Britt Ballard leads this roundtable discussion on home-growing your own conference and their experiences, from theme and logo selection to scheduling guests and venues, turning Keep Ruby Weird from a dream into a reality.