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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  • 333: Do Fewer Things Better (Matt Massicotte)

    August 26th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  38 mins 21 secs

    Matt Massicotte, creator of Chime, discusses the landscape of text editors, the complexities of writing your own parsers, building a new product while building a new family, and alternative app platform & pricing models.

  • 332: Grow to Accommodate (Jordan Berke)

    August 19th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  33 mins 4 secs

    Jordan Berke, CEO & founder of RepOne Strength, discusses finding your customers, working in the world of open source hardware, sourcing materials, relentless work pace, and bootstrapping.

  • 331: Deep Industry Expertise (Courtney & Tye Caldwell)

    August 12th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  50 mins 37 secs

    Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, discuss their journey from salon owners to startup founders, defining an MVP and maintaining a narrow focus for your product.

  • 330: There's So Much Potential (Tess Posner)

    August 5th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 20 secs

    Tess Posner, CEO of AI4ALL, gives an overview of the field of AI and discusses representation in AI careers, the ramifications of not having diversity in tech, the role of allies, and the future of work.

  • 329: The Detail Stuff (Jon Werner)

    July 29th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  52 mins 41 secs

    Jon Werner, CEO & Co-Founder of KOYA Innovations, discusses running a startup with his family, protecting one's intellectual property, the importance of forethought, and developing a platform for kindness.

  • 328: Reliability First (Rob Zuber)

    July 22nd, 2019  |  Season 8  |  41 mins 59 secs

    Rob Zuber, CTO of CircleCI, discusses prioritizing product direction, scaling, slow iteration to introduce major changes, and what's next for the platform.

  • 327: Lead By Listening (Kate Brigham)

    July 8th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  45 mins 24 secs

    Kate Brigham, VP of Product, Design, & Research at ezCater, discusses organizational design, roadmaps, user-research, designing to solve the needs of several groups at once, and, as a leader, empowering others to solve problems.

  • 326: Building the Whole Landscape (Morgan Evans)

    July 1st, 2019  |  Season 8  |  43 mins

    Morgan Evans, organizational designer and CEO & Founder of Business Casual, discusses developing systems to holistically design a company, building a culture that is receptive to feedback, conflict mediation, acknowledging emotions while at work, and early days at Etsy.

  • 325: Wallet-Power (Vanessa Bruce)

    June 24th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  40 mins 44 secs

    Vanessa Bruce, co-founder of Dough, discusses affecting change through individual purchase-power, how she handles context-switching, choosing a platform to optimize for content creation, the challenge of visibility, and the decision to launch nationally.

  • 324: Tap the Market (Karyl Fowler)

    June 17th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  47 mins 54 secs

    Karyl Fowler, CEO & Co-founder of Transmute, discusses utilizing block chain for decentralized identity-management, exploring finding the right customer profile fits, education around data-security, her time at Techstars, and the startup community in Austin.

  • 323: Mission Focused (Kristy Wallace)

    June 10th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  39 mins 2 secs

    Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network, discusses cross-industry community building, utilizing tech to facilitate connections, scaling without losing personal impact, and becoming a certified B Corp.

  • 322: Measure Equity (Paloma Medina)

    May 28th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  43 mins 1 sec

    Paloma Medina, performance coach, trainer, and owner of 11:11 Supply, discusses translating her brick & mortar store experience to an online shop, the themes around her coaching, design thinking, and how equity is linked to our long-term physical health.

  • 321: Building a Marketplace (Stefania Mallett)

    May 20th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  46 mins 17 secs

    Stefania Mallett, CEO and co-founder of ezCater, discusses non-compete agreements, maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit, codifying values, advice on building a marketplace, and the nuances of expanding globally.

  • 320: Lead Through Collaboration (Harold Hughes)

    May 13th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  43 mins 55 secs

    Harold Hughes, Founder & CEO of Bandwagon, discusses utilizing blockchain for security and personalization in event ticketing, data-transparency, his key to entrepreneurship, the importance of investment firms funding underrepresented groups, and speaking to the SEC.

  • 319: Beyond Purpose (Bruce Daisley)

    May 7th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  39 mins 33 secs

    Bruce Daisley, VP EMEA at Twitter, discusses the international focus of Twitter, the importance of psychological-safety on workplace culture, diversity & striving for fulfillment for all workers, and fleeting happiness vs enduring purpose.

  • 318: Scaling With People (Chris Sullens)

    April 29th, 2019  |  Season 8  |  39 mins 35 secs

    Chris Sullens, CEO of CentralReach, discusses needing to be cognizant of company culture while introducing new systems and a management team, the difficult task of hiring for culture, and how technology can help shape the future of ABA therapy.