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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  • 324: Tap the Market (Karyl Fowler)

    June 17th, 2019  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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.

  • 317: About Fulfillment (Ben Furber)

    April 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Ben Furber, Developer at thoughtbot London, presents a panel discussion around striving for professional fulfillment, as individuals, managers, and organizations.

  • 316: A Completely Orthogonal Skillset (Lara Hogan)

    April 15th, 2019  |  40 mins 42 secs

    Lara Hogan, co-founder of Wherewithall, discusses finding her ideal job coaching and mentoring, evaluating for management alignment, what makes for a strong manager, the value of role-play, constructive feedback, and her upcoming book, "Resilient Management".

  • 315: I'm Not a CPA, I Just Play One On Podcasts (Scott Orn)

    April 8th, 2019  |  42 mins 40 secs

    Scott Orn, COO of Kruze Consulting, talks about podcasting, early stage pain-points, favorite tools, the trade-offs of remote work, and last minute tax-day advice for startups.

  • 314: Streamlined and Thoughtful (Chelsea Moore)

    April 1st, 2019  |  36 mins 43 secs

    Chelsea Moore, co-founder & CEO of BoxFox, discusses quickly going from idea to launch while doing everything from design to fulfillment in-house, their approach to growth, learning to say 'no', letting branding & social media evolve from itself, and reinforcing the human side of e-commerce.

  • 313: I Just Want to Get There (Art Papas)

    March 25th, 2019  |  31 mins 2 secs

    Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, discusses the business of temporary staffing, the danger of doing a marketing push before finding product market fit, focusing early on culture, adjusting to his role as CEO, communication techniques for company-wide messaging, and having enthusiasm for the future.

  • 312: Seeking Strengths (Gareth Burrowes)

    March 18th, 2019  |  38 mins 52 secs

    Gareth Burrowes, Co-Founder & Head of Product and Marketing at The Tech Connection, discusses employment screening focused on candidate strengths, removing unconscious bias from the hiring flow, and the importance of diversity at every level of a company.

  • 311: Serving Serverless (Erica Windisch)

    March 11th, 2019  |  39 mins 3 secs

    Erica Windisch, CTO and co-founder of IOpipe, discusses serverless architecture and how it can provide a clearer user-interaction story, the state of automatic code generation, and her experience in Techstars.

  • 310: Have a Slide For That (Alec Stern)

    March 4th, 2019  |  42 mins 31 secs

    Alec Stern, startup founder, entrepreneur, mentor, investor, and advisor, discusses founding Constant Contact, the early days of SaaS, the importance and utilization of 'channels', and pursuing customer feedback.

  • 309: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast (Jamie Howard)

    February 25th, 2019  |  27 mins 53 secs

    Jamie Howard, Director of Engineering at TransLoc, discusses hiring, solutions-driven engineering, leadership in the military vs the private sector, and Agile methodology.