Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

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.... Show More

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February 16, 2020 35 min

Maria Loughlin, VP of Engineering at Toast, discusses restaurants adaptation to new technology, her approach to building and supporting a team, and providing better business opportunities & education to their clients. Toast (https://pos.toasttab.com/) Toast.org (https://toast.org/) Maria on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MariaLoughlin) See open positions (https://goo.gl/AAazrT) at thoughtbot! Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.... Read more

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February 9, 2020 36 min

Shelly Bell, CEO & Founder of Black Girl Ventures, discusses working to open up your messaging, what makes for a good pitch, and the current state of the investment landscape. Black Girl Ventures (https://www.blackgirlventures.org/) Ragbaby Exchange (http://ragbabyexch.org/) BEACON (https://www.thebeacondc.com/) "Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs — and It Affects How Much Funding They Get... Read more

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Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, co-founders of Mixtroz, discuss the pain points in attending networking events, building an app from a non-technical / non-entrepreneurial background, and share some of their personal challenges along the way. Mixtroz (https://www.mixtroz.com/) The Third Wave (https://amzn.to/2vjDY4z)- Steve Case Ashlee on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/shemixalot87/) Kerry on Instagram (https://www.instagr... Read more

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January 26, 2020 39 min

Matt Daniels, journalist at The Pudding, discusses journalistic editorial funding models, translating ideas through visual communication, their content-creation processes, and measuring 'success' in creative work. The Pudding (https://pudding.cool/) Polygraph (http://polygraph.cool/) Shape Up (https://basecamp.com/shapeup)- Basecamp Shangri-La (recording studio) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri-La_(recording_studio)) ... Read more

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January 20, 2020 37 min

Chad & Lindsey welcome in the new year at thoughtbot, discussing actually having a budget, setting corporate goals, and the rise and fall of 'Use Your Best Judgement' as thoughtbot's principle zero. OKR Framework (https://objectives-key-results.com/) OGSM Framework (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OGSM) Health Tech Workshop (https://info.thoughtbot.com/building-compliant-health-tech-products-recording): How to stay ag... Read more

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January 12, 2020 31 min

Tiffany Chu, CEO of Remix, discusses the different entities involved in transportation initiatives, pivoting to service an unanticipated user-group, and utilizing open-source in civic tech.

  • Remix
  • OpenStreetMap
  • Tiffany on Twitter
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    January 5, 2020 34 min

    Lokesh Dani, founder of Xopolis, discusses researching the future of work, democratizing opportunity in the labor market, and focusing on the user experience.

  • Xopolis
  • NSF Innovation Corps
  • Lokesh on LinkedIn
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    Karen Rubin, CRO at Owl Labs, discusses embracing playful aspects of your product, tailoring their marketing focus, managing growth in a B2B e-commerce company, the landscape of remote work, the complexities of building and selling a physical product, lessons learned from launching products at Hubspot, and building a team with strong female leadership.

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    Robin Carnahan, Director of State & Local Practice at 18F, discusses introducing tech into government as the Missouri Secretary of State, facilitating tech-education within the federal government, and the types of needs to which 18F responds.

  • 18F
  • login.gov
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  • December 1, 2019 41 min

    Geoff DiMasi, founder of Punk Ave. & Apostrophe, discusses his drive to build a CMS, balancing maintaining a service company while building a product (as well as the thought-process of spinning out a product into its own company), the Philadelphia tech-scene, and transitioning to a remote company.

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  • Alex Cornell, co-founder of Cocoon, discusses opportunity cost, prototyping methodology, having design skills as a founder, designing for intuition, and being invested in the problem you want to solve.

  • Cocoon
  • Notion
  • Origami Prototyping
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  • Heather Ames, co-founder and COO of Neurala, discusses automated visual-inspection, balancing research with deployment, the challenges of productizing AI, and finding the right product/customer fit.

  • Neurala
  • Brain Builder
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  • November 3, 2019 27 min

    Pariss Athena, Hiring & Product Team Member at G2i, creator of #BlackTechTwitter, and founder of Black Tech Pipeline, shares her journey from never hearing about code to viral awareness campaign creator, as well as discusses visibility, finding value on twitter, and life online with thousands of followers.

  • Resilient Coders
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  • October 27, 2019 45 min

    Jennifer Dary, founder of Plucky, rejoins the podcast to discuss the rarity of listening, what it feels like to have a six year-old company, and conducts a 1:1 for managers with Lindsey & Chad.

  • Plucky
  • Jennifer on Giant Robots ep 270
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  • David Kaplan, head of engineering at Policygenius, discusses joining an established company in a leadership role, factors for long-term success, choosing Flutter over React Native, and challenging assumptions when building out an MVP.

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  • Cat Noone, CEO of Stark, shares an overview of accessible design, dreams for shaping a more accessible future, helming custom support with a small team, and her motivation to create.

  • Stark
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • Lyra
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    October 6, 2019 38 min

    Andrew Steele, Olympic Medalist & Head of Product at DNAfit, discusses providing actionable wellness utility from DNA data, goal setting, "blame culture", localization, and his time at the Beijing Olympics.

  • DNAfit
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  • September 29, 2019 39 min

    Bryan Helmig, cofounder & CTO of Zapier, discusses extending tooling to small businesses through API integration, scaling, early marketing successes, and the future of automation.

  • Zapier
  • Contact Bryan
  • See open positions at thoughtbot!

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    September 22, 2019 42 min

    Adam Scroggin, CEO of CardBoard, discusses user story mapping, consulting vs product work, the importance of goal setting, product market fit, and his favorite tools & services for building web apps.

  • CardBoard
  • Heroku Private Spaces
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  • September 15, 2019 40 min

    Chris Coyier, cofounder of CodePen, creator of CSS-Tricks, & host of Shop Talk Show, candidly shares how a weekend project turned into a full-time business, aspirations for the future, and areas for improvement.

  • CodePen
  • CSS-Tricks
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