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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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    477: 20th Anniversary Episode

    June 1st, 2023  |  Season 11  |  52 mins 35 secs

    Chad joins cohosts Victoria and Will to talk about thoughtbot's 20th birthday! 🤖🎉

    In this episode, you'll find the 411 on the thoughtbot mascot, "Ralph," taking the company fully remote, and our company values and how we believe products should be designed and built!

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    476: OpenSauced with Brian Douglas

    May 25th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  41 mins 23 secs

    Brian Douglas is the CEO of OpenSauced which helps enterprises discover the best engineers in Open Source.

    Victoria and Will talk to Brian about meeting as many developers as possible, setting goals, and keeping himself accountable, and what makes a successful open source project.

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    475: Designing Data Governance From the Ground Up with Lauren Maffeo

    May 18th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  48 mins 45 secs

    Lauren Maffeo is the author of Designing Data Governance from the Ground Up.

    Victoria talks to Lauren about human-centered design work, data stewardship and governance, and writing a book anybody can use regardless of industry or team size.

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    474: Freelance Producer, Podcaster, Actor, Motion Capture & Performance Capture Performer Jasper (William) Cartwright

    May 11th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  37 mins 56 secs

    Jasper (William) Cartwright is a Freelance Producer, Podcaster, Actor, and Motion Capture & Performance Capture Performer.

    Chad talks to Jasper about his podcast Three Black Halflings, which is committed to discussing diversity and inclusion within fantasy, sci-fi, and nerdy culture from the perspective of three people of color, what it's like to be in the space, and why representation is super important.

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    473: Noula with Noelle Acosta

    May 4th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  38 mins 42 secs

    Noelle Acosta is Founder and CEO of Noula Health, a data-driven platform that uses personalized hormonal health data to deliver tailored care.

    Victoria talks to Noelle about helping patients with uteruses to better understand their bodies by providing them with hormonal health data that's unique to them and providing them with individualized care they deserve at their fingertips through a virtual app.

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    472: Interlock Capital with Neal Bloom

    April 27th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  39 mins 36 secs

    Neal Bloom is a Managing Partner at Interlock Capital, a community of founders, investors, and subject matter experts.

    Victoria talks to Neal about what he finds attractive about startups and companies he's excited about, out of all the pitches he receives, how many he gets to say yes to, and when working with a team, what he uses to manage information and contacts for investors.

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    471: Blossm with Brian Feretic

    April 20th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  32 mins 57 secs

    Brian Feretic is the Founder of Blossm, a community marketplace to buy, sell, and trade plants.

    Victoria talks to Brian about how coming up with the concept happened, getting started in a very scrappy way and then filling in gaps, and opening up the app to have full marketplace functionality with buying, selling, and trading capabilities.

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    470: CTO Excellence in 100 Days with Etienne de Bruin

    April 13th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  40 mins 5 secs

    Etienne de Bruin is Founder of 7CTOs and Author of CTO Excellence in 100 Days.

    Victoria talks to Etienne about his book, founding 7CTOs, and keeping your technology sustainable by inspiring and motivating technology teams and people to work together and build complex systems.

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    469: Harpoon with Dominic Holt

    April 6th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  46 mins 26 secs

    Dominic Holt is CEO of harpoon, a drag-and-drop Kubernetes tool for deploying any software in seconds.

    Victoria talks to Dominic about commoditizing DevOps as a capability, coming up with the idea for drag and drop just thinking through how he could do these things in a visual and intuitive way, and using Kubernetes as a base for Harpoon.

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    468: DiME with Jennifer Goldsack

    March 30th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  51 mins 14 secs

    Jennifer Goldsack is CEO of Digital Medicine Society (DiMe), the professional home for digital medicine. It is a global nonprofit with a mission to advance the ethical, effective, equitable, and safe use of digital technology to redefine healthcare and improve lives.

    Victoria talks to Jennifer about using new products and solutions to solve some of the most pressing and persistent challenges in healthcare, measuring success by how well they are caring for people every day and not by how good their products or how many they use on any given day, and how DiME can improve the way that we identify, manage, cure, and support people in a lifetime journey of health and disease.

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    467: Healthie with Cavan Klinsky

    March 23rd, 2023  |  Season 11  |  25 mins 48 secs

    Cavan Klinsky is Co-Founder and CTO of Healthie, a scheduling engagement and EMR platform used by healthtech organizations who seek to build long-term relationships with their clients.

    Will talks to Cavan about providing an underlying infrastructure that other digital healthcare companies use to be able to focus on patient care and not reinventing the technology wheel by providing a scheduling platform, an electronic medical record, and a patient engagement solution–all available via API, via an API-first design as well as through fully branded interfaces. Healthie lets companies get to market faster, scale with less headaches, and provides effective patient care much cheaper than if they tried to build everything themselves.

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    466: Finding Center with Dr. Stephanie Smith

    March 16th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  49 mins 24 secs

    Dr. Stephanie Smith is Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the Finding Center app, the first intuitive eating classes app.

    Victoria, along with surprise co-host thoughtbot's Director of Product Strategy, Jordyn Bonds talks to Dr. Stephanie about creating the Finding Center app to give people who are struggling with their bodies and their relationship with food a way to follow a plan, understand a path forward, and be able to see themselves getting healthier.

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    465: Playroom with Michele Veldsman

    March 9th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  30 mins 53 secs

    Michele Veldsman is Director of Neuroscience R&D at Cambridge Cognition and Founder and CEO of Playroom, an invitation-only secure social network for families.

    Victoria talks to Michele about the premise of Playroom and its goal of giving parents a network, a safe social community where parents are able to know and easily communicate with people associated with their children and also provide specific options to maintain boundaries when it comes to their privacy and safety, the challenges families face in raising kids and maintaining a career, and new features she wants the app to include, such as finding nearby restrooms while out and about.

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    464: IVP with Zack Willis and Eric Liaw

    March 2nd, 2023  |  Season 11  |  38 mins 19 secs

    Eric Liaw and Zack Willis are part of IVP, a leading venture firm with a 43-year history of partnering with entrepreneurs who are undaunted on the path to innovation.

    Will talks to Eric and Zack about what has made IVP so long-lasting in the Venture Capital industry, how they help companies' portfolios, and the accomplishments they are most proud of.

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    463: EmergeOne with Aarish Shah

    February 23rd, 2023  |  Season 11  |  31 mins 45 secs

    Aarish Shah is the Founder of EmergeOne and and host of Off Balance and Nothing Ventured Podcast.

    Will talks to Aarish about having the venture capitalist money idea and having that "aha!" moment that it could work, what drives him and having a purpose of helping others, and using his podcast to teach lessons that he's learned along the way.

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    462: StoryGraph with Nadia Odunayo

    February 16th, 2023  |  Season 11  |  43 mins 27 secs

    Nadia Odunayo is the Founder and CEO of The StoryGraph, a new website and app for avid book readers because life's too short for a book you're not in the mood for. The StoryGraph helps you track your reading and choose your next book based on your mood, favorite topics, and themes.

    Victoria talks to Nadia about coming up with a product based on the concept of mood, what you're in the mood for to read, i.e., this book made me feel this way. How do I find a book that makes me feel similar? They also talk about keeping yourself open to feedback, the ability to flow and change direction, and developing a reviewing system that keeps biases in check.