CTO Connection Podcast

CTO Connection Podcast

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If you run an engineering organization, connect with and learn from your peers at CTO Connection - the premier community for senior software engineering leaders. Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating, or managing an engineering team, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers! Our podcast and weekly newsletter provide you with access to hard-won wisdom from top engineering leaders and associated experts. And join our summit series (online or in-person) to share problems and get answers. Learn more about CTO Connection and their virtual summits at https://www.ctoconnection.com/


Using Data Science to Deliver Tangible Business Outcomes with Ian Wong
Oct 8 • 44 min
Data science is the hot new topic in software but many data scientists haven’t figured out how to think outside of their research to impact business goals. This week on CTO Connection, Ian Wong, co-founder and CTO of Opendoor, discusses his path toward…
API-First Companies with Paolo Negri
Oct 1 • 36 min
Content Management Systems are notorious for their technical debt. Paolo Negri, co-founder and CTO of Contentful, wants to change all that by helping companies get their API in order. On this week’s episode of CTO Connection, Paolo talked to Peter about…
Globally Distributed Teams vs. Remote Teams with Gustavo Niemeyer
Sep 24 • 41 min
Having employees work remotely is not necessarily the same as having a globally distributed team. A globally distributed team means that employees can be hired no matter their country or time zone. Gustavo Niemeyer works for a globally distributed company…
Why Building for Flexibility is the New Paradigm with Julien Lemoine
Sep 17 • 37 min
When it comes to developing tools and architecture for businesses, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. While one stop shops like Squarespace and Shopify have sprung up over the years, the future is in flexibility and deep customization. Julien…
Building Robust Commerce Platforms with Justin Dean
Sep 10 • 53 min
Over the course of Justin Dean’s career, he’s seen the rise of Napster, Shopzilla, and Ticketmaster. All of these companies had unique needs and challenges when it came to network engineering. Now, Justin is helping propel the fledgling cannabis industry…
Effective Mentorship in Early Stage Startups with Rob De Feo
Sep 3 • 39 min
Over the last few years, Rob De Feo has acted as a mentor and advocate for startups. In speaking to leaders from more than 500 startups, Rob has discovered key insights on some of the patterns of technology and personality issues that startups face.…
Attracting Great Talent with Ashish Aggarwal
Aug 27 • 40 min
What do big companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Postmates have in common? For starters, they attract talented individuals and put a focus on customer obsession. As a veteran of all three of these companies, Ashish Aggarwal took what he learned to start…
Why Customer Centricity is Key to Company Culture with Raj Sethuraman
Aug 20 • 36 min
You’ve probably heard the saying, “the customer is always right.” That may not be completely true, but your customers are the most valuable feedback you have. Raj Sethuraman is the CTO at Wolters Kluwer. He joins Peter to discuss how to create a company…
Growing Individuals on Your Team with Greg Thomas
Aug 13 • 36 min
One of the traits of a good manager is the ability to help the people on your team develop into leadership roles. This week on CTO Connection, Greg Thomas, author of Code Your Way Up, discusses what you can do as a manager to help your team members grow.…
Improving Communication between CEOs and CTOs with David Subar
Aug 6 • 34 min
With so many stakeholders in a company, there are ample opportunities for miscommunication. CTOs may find themselves in an impossible situation: trying to meet the expectations of the CEO while managing engineers with different work preferences. David…
Building a Team of 10x Engineers with Fleming Shi
Jul 30 • 32 min
One of the keys to staying motivated for the long-haul when it comes to innovation is staying up to date on trends. Fleming Shi is the CTO of Barracuda Networks and joins Peter for a discussion on evolving with the times, the changes he’s witnessed in…
How to Build a Data Science Team with Jon Morra
Jul 23 • 35 min
These days, more companies are turning to data scientists to solve pressing organizational problems and ethical questions. But many CTOs don’t have experience building a data science team. Jon Morra is the Chief Data Scientist at ZEFR. He is our guest…
What Does a VP of Engineering Do With Alexandra Paredes
Jul 16 • 33 min
Alexandra Paredes is the VP of Engineering at Code Climate. Today, she joins us on CTO Connection to talk about how a VP of Engineering actually spends their time. Alexandra discusses how she troubleshoots the hiring process, communicates goals to the…
Tackling Burnout as a CTO with Andy Skipper
Jul 9 • 36 min
Burnout is a serious issue across industries, but CTO burnout is a unique beast. In startup culture, many CTOs are young and inexperienced and end up taking on too much before crashing and burning. Andy Skipper was one such CTO. Now, he coaches and…
Managing Technical Debt with James Smith
Jul 2 • 41 min
We’re often so busy trying to get through bug fixes that we don’t see the forest for the trees. James Smith, CEO of Bugsnag, is our guest this week on CTO Connection. For James, managing technical debt can be built into the process and opens opportunities…
How to Enact Change Within a Company with Andrew Fawcett
Jun 25 • 33 min
No one likes change. Some companies especially do not enjoy any deviation from the status quo. Andrew Fawcett is the CTO of Avantica and our guest this week on CTO Connection. Andrew spoke to Peter about why so many companies lack vision and offered some…
Using Engineering Metrics in a Healthy Way with Dalia Havens
Jun 18 • 33 min
Dalia Havens has had an eclectic career spanning different paths. One thing she has learned from her time hopping around is the importance of metrics that assist in execution as opposed to focusing on arbitrary numbers. This week on CTO Connection, Dalia…
A Playbook for Starting a Startup with Bob Friday
Jun 11 • 37 min
Wondering what it takes to start a new company? In this week’s episode we’re speaking to Bob Friday, CTO of Mist, a Juniper Company. Bob has co-founded several companies and is an expert at creating new organizations from scratch. He talks to Peter about…
From Private Company to IPO: Managing through Transformation with Rachana Kumar
May 28 • 38 min
Rachana Kumar has worked in five different countries at all stages of management. Her tenure at Etsy has overseen a host of transformational changes. Today on CTO Connection, Rachana shares the three tools leaders need to handle change and challenges at…
Continuous Learning in Engineering with Kwame Thomison
May 21 • 34 min
The term community of practice refers to a group of people who share a profession or a craft and engage regularly in continued learning. By creating the culture for a community of practice in your company, you empower employees to learn and collaborate…
Remote Programming During a Pandemic with Kaj van de Loo
May 14 • 35 min
During the pandemic, remote work has been a lifeline to many companies and employees. But looking ahead, what processes can be put in place to make remote work seamless if the COVID-19 crisis goes on longer than we anticipate? Kaj van de Loo had a mostly…
Multiplayer Design and the Future of Work with Kunal Anand
May 7 • 47 min
Today on CTO Connection, Peter and guest Kunal Anand reminisced on the excitement around ColdFusion. This led to an insightful discussion on what the current COVID-19 crisis can tell us about the future of work. We don’t have a crystal ball but there are…
How to Hire 100 Engineers in a Year with Cat Miller
Apr 30 • 32 min
When it comes to the hiring process, not only do you want to get the best candidates available, it’s also important to make sure the process is streamlined so that your current employees aren’t just taking up their time with endless interviews. Cat Miller…
10 Mantras for Productive Meetings with Douglas Ferguson
Apr 23 • 43 min
When your schedule, and that of your teams, is filled to the brim with meetings but you’re not seeing results, it’s time to reassess the effectiveness of your meetings. Douglas Ferguson, President of Voltage Control, has always had a meeting option…
Moving to a Cloud Native Architecture with Tolga Tarhan
Apr 16 • 33 min
You’ve heard the term “cloud native architecture,” but what does it really mean and how can an organization modernize their technology to achieve it? These are the questions Peter had for today’s guest on CTO Connection, Tolga Tarhan. Tolga is the CTO of…
Chaos Engineering with Kolton Andrus
Apr 9 • 33 min
Is your company prepared for a major outage? Most companies aren’t, which is why Kolton Andrus’ company, Gremlin, is thriving. Gremlin uses chaos engineering to help companies foresee long term issues and build more resilient systems. Today, Kolton is…
How to Interview Candidates Remotely with Shannon Hogue
Apr 2 • 28 min
For companies that are now finding themselves with a fully remote workforce, how are you supposed to bring new people on? Shannon Hogue’s team at Karat are experts at interview engineering. Today, she’s offering her best practices and advice for hiring…
Building and Managing Fully Remote Teams with David Blair
Mar 26 • 29 min
Technologically speaking, we’ve never been in a better position to have everyone working from home. Yet while we have more tools than ever at our fingertips, not everyone is sure how to work in this new environment. In this episode, David Blair, CTO of…
Making Better Decisions with Denise Iglesias
Mar 19 • 31 min
Sometimes good people make bad decisions. When you join a team and inherit those bad decisions, it can be a challenge to figure out why they were made in the first place. We’re talking to Denise Iglesias of Comcast on her tips to mitigate this issue.
Creating a Successful Labs Program with RC Johnson
Mar 12 • 37 min
Incubator teams are notoriously difficult to staff and tend to have a degree of uncertainty about what will happen if they fail. RC Johnson of Indeed dropped by to talk to Peter about the steps he’s taken to create a successful incubator. RC discusses…
Giving Effective Feedback with Chelsea Troy
Mar 5 • 36 min
Everyone needs feedback but few know how to give it or to take it. This week on CTO Connection, we’re talking to Chelsea Troy, an engineering consultant at RigorWorks. Chelsea has designed a new paradigm for giving and receiving feedback, tune in to apply…
How to Build an Inclusive Culture with James Turnbull
Feb 27 • 33 min
Tech companies are increasingly trying to attract diverse talent, but often don’t realize that hiring practices and office culture prevent qualified women and people of color from coming on board. James Turnbull, VP of Engineering at Glitch, talks about…
Creating Inclusive Workplaces with Joann Anderson
Feb 20 • 29 min
Scoop Technologies has a mission to modernize carpools to make them more meaningful and fun for commuters. To do that, it all starts in-house by cultivating an inclusive work environment where people feel welcome and comfortable speaking up to share their…
Breaking Codes, Designing Jets, and Building Teams with Randy Shoup
Feb 13 • 29 min
If we look at the history of engineering, we can get a good sense of some of the key attributes of effective leadership. Our guest this week, Randy Shoup, Consulting CTO, discusses how some of the greatest feats of engineering happened when teams were…
Creating a Better Product using Tactical Empathy with Andrea Goulet
Feb 6 • 30 min
Engineers tend to be reticent by nature. So how do you get them to relate to a word like empathy? This week, we’re speaking with Andrea Goulet, CEO of Corgibytes. Andrea’s background is in content and strategic communications so her approach to the more…
Cultivating Cross-Functional Teams with Cai GoGwilt
Jan 30 • 39 min
When a company is experiencing rapid growth, managers can no longer rely on social interactions as the means to build cross-functional teams. In this edition of CTO Connection, Cai GoGwilt of Ironclad sat down with Peter to discuss strategies he employs…
Balancing Coding and Management with Dhruba Borthakur
Jan 23 • 44 min
As a CTO for a SaaS company, Dhruba Borthakur believes in the necessity for managers to continue coding. He also wants to create a culture where he can delegate and empower people to make decisions to bring the company to the next level. On today’s…
Trust, Delegation and Managing Managers with Raghavendra Prabhu
Jan 16 • 31 min
There’s a big difference between being a tech lead and being a manager. Becoming a manager involves a level of loss of control as you’re no longer the one shipping the code… you’re the one leading other leaders to reach their milestones and deadlines.…
Balancing Engineering Craft with Customer and Company Needs with Ryan Graciano
Jan 9 • 31 min
It’s hard to balance company and customer with craft. How do you get employees that care about customer satisfaction as well as hitting their deliverables? On today’s episode of CTO Connection, we are talking to Ryan Graciano, CTO of Credit Karma, to get…
Challenges Facing CTOs of Large Organizations with David Schwartz of Ripple
Jan 2 • 28 min
As the CTO of a large company, David Schwartz of Ripple sometimes wishes he had more time to get the instant gratification of writing a good line of code. On this week’s edition of CTO Connection, David sat down with Peter for a wide-ranging conversation…
How to Build a Culture of Security with Nick Streaker
Dec 26, 2019 • 39 min
Technology can’t solve all problems. For this reason, it is imperative that you build a culture of security starting day one. In this week’s episode, Nick Streaker, CTO of ID Agent, a Kaseya company, stopped by to tackle the current security climate as…
From Engineer to General Manager with Mike Reust
Dec 19, 2019 • 30 min
When coding is all you’ve ever known, how do you step into management without losing your bearings? On this week’s episode of CTO Connection, Mike Reust, former CTO and current President of Retail at Betterment, talks about his journey starting out as an…
Engineering Apprenticeships and Ongoing Education with Andy Britcliffe
Dec 12, 2019 • 29 min
Learning does not end once you’ve earned your degree. Offering continuing education for employees across teams helps with employee retention and ensures that employees who really understand the business are working on products that ensure a great user…
Transforming Education Through Technology with James Kenigsberg
Dec 5, 2019 • 31 min
Education is the great equalizer and, in a world increasingly dominated by the internet, educational technology is the wave of the future. James Kenigsberg is CTO of 2U, a leading company in the educational technology space that partners with universities…
The Importance of Technical Due Diligence with Jason Mongue
Nov 28, 2019 • 23 min
Technical due diligence is one of the most important components of taking a new product to market. But most companies wait until they’re in the midst of venture capital fundraising before they give it a thought. Tune in to this week’s episode of CTO…
Managing Large Remote Teams with Asana’s Prashant Pandey
Nov 21, 2019 • 37 min
Asana is a workflow management tool for teams and its Head of Engineering, Prashant Pandey, knows all about the unique problems inherent in trying to manage a large team. On this week’s episode of CTO Connection, Prashant discusses what he takes into…
Balancing Delight and Metrics in Product Design with Adam Nash
Nov 14, 2019 • 33 min
In software, competition is fierce, so it makes sense that companies push design concepts based on metrics. Adam Nash, Vice President of Product and Growth at Dropbox, believes that’s only half the battle. On today’s episode, Adam talks to Peter about the…
Staying Immersed in Technology as a Tech Leader with Hector Aguilar
Nov 7, 2019 • 34 min
The higher you ascend professionally, the less time you have to code and interact with your company’s product or technology. Hector Aguilar, President of Technology at Okta, believes that all managers should make time to stay immersed in coding. On…
Setting Up Infrastructure to Scale with Adam Miller
Oct 31, 2019 • 28 min
Infrastructure dictates scalability. No one understands this better than Adam Miller, Vice President of Engineering at Roblox. On today’s episode, Adam sat down with Peter to discuss the unique challenges of setting up infrastructure to scale for a game…
Investing in Your People Pays Dividends with Scott Parker
Jul 18, 2019 • 17 min
Scott Parker has seen a lot over his 15 year career having transitioned from engineer to manager to executive. In this episode of the CTO Connection podcast, Peter and Scott discuss Scott’s approach to people management, differences in building teams at…
Learning and Developing as an Engineering Leader with Stacy Gorelik
Jun 28, 2019 • 23 min
This week Peter speaks with Stacy Gorelik, Director of Engineering at Flatiron Health, about her career progression from individual contributor to a director role, what she looks for when hiring and her experiences as a CTO Summit Speaker.
Attracting and Developing Engineering Talent with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director @ Mapbox
Jun 22, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding…
Engineering Team Cohesion at Scale with Han Yuan, SVP of Engineering @ Upwork
May 24, 2019 • 33 min
This week, Peter Bell is joined by SVP of Engineering at Upwork, Han Yuan. Han and Peter dive into what it’s like to run an engineering team that spans countries, building a good engineering culture for a remote team and how he brings on new engineers to…
Building a truly global engineering team with Rebecca Parsons, CTO @ ThoughtWorks
May 10, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Rebecca Parsons, CTO of Thoughtworks, to discuss managing a large, truly global engineering team, the implications for current advancements in architecture and the importance of supporting…
Creative Product Delivery at Scale with Colin Bodell, CTO @ Groupon
Apr 25, 2019 • 19 min
Colin Bodell, CTO of Groupon, joins Peter Bell to discuss how to balance being open to unexpected opportunities while still delivering on today’s commitments, encouraging idea-sharing from all levels of an engineering organization and what differentiates…
Scaling Leadership in a Growing Tech Organization with Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer @ Looker
Apr 12, 2019 • 25 min
Nick Caldwell, Chief Product Officer of Looker, joins CTO Connection host Peter Bell to discuss the challenges of scaling leadership in a growing tech organization, moving from a 15-year career at Microsoft into the world of Bay area startups, and some of…
Welcome to the CTO Connection Podcast!
Mar 7, 2019 • 1 min
Welcome to the CTO Connection Podcast!
Gitcoin — Grow Open Source w. Kevin Owocki / Changelog
Feb 1, 2018 • 77 min
Today we are posting an interview for The Changelog that StartupCTO.io host Kevin Owocki recently did. From The Changelog: We’re joined by Kevin Owocki, the founder of Gitcoin. Gitcoin is a platform to monetize or incentivize work in open source software.…
Optimize Your Learning Velocity w. Scott Carleton, Andela
Jan 1, 2018 • 42 min
[from the archives] Our guest today is Scott Carleton. Scott has a passion for building communities and empowering self-growth through education. Scott is currently the VP of Technology at Andela, a global engineering organization dedicated to fostering…
Blockchain is like Sriracha. It’s delicious on everything — Clay Collins & Nick Gauthier of Nomics.com
Dec 1, 2017 • 42 min
Clay Collins & Nick Gauthier are founders of Nomics will be “Yahoo Finance for Crypto” and the internet’s home page for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. Nick Gauthier has been developing for the web for 10 years and loves Ruby, Go, and…
Hire for Vigilance & Excellent Practical Judgement — Quin Hoxie w. Swiftype
Nov 1, 2017 • 35 min
This episode is co-hosted by Jacob Ablowitz. We are honored today to be interviewing Quin Hoxie, founder and CTO of Swiftype. This episode covers Quin’s experiences as an engineer at Scrib, and then as Co-Founder and CTO of Swiftype
Sustaining Open Source w. Eric Berry, CodeSponsor.io
Oct 23, 2017 • 33 min
Today, we are honored to have Eric Berry, founder of CodeSponsor.io Code Sponsor is a matchmaking platform for software developers and open source projects.
Blockchain Nerdery w. Matt Walters & Rhys Lindmark
Oct 1, 2017 • 47 min
We are joined this week by Matt Walters (Blockchain Engineer at Consensys, former Techstars CTO), and Rhys Lindmark (Independent Blockchain Engineer) for a very special Blockchain episode of StartupCTO.io. Join us as we share stories about web3, a hacking…
The primacy of the network & Web 3.0 — Vince Horn & Ryan Oelke of CryptoMind
Sep 3, 2017 • 64 min
Today’s episode is a cross-post from Vincent Horn’s new podcast, Crypto-Mind. With permission, I’ve reposted it from Crypto-Mind podcast. This podcast is about contemplating deeply the societal, spiritual, network implications of the networked Web 3.0…
The Ethereum Ecosystem w. Raine Revere, Lead Architect at Prism
Sep 1, 2017 • 38 min
Raine Revere is the Lead Architect at Prism — The world’s first trustless portfolio market platform. Join Raine and special guest co-host Kevin Seagraves as we discuss blockchain, ethereum, and the future of Web3.
Ch-ch-changes (Announcements)
Aug 3, 2017 • 12 min
Miles & Kevin announce some changes to the podcast.
People First Organizations w. Dave Zwieback
Jul 27, 2017 • 36 min
[from the archives] Our guest today is Dave Zwieback, the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success and an engineering leader in various organizations in & around New York City.
Bootstrapped Developers
Jul 20, 2017 • 55 min
So you can build it… but, do you know what to do once it’s built? How to monetize it? How do you make enough money to live off of while your company takes off? In this episode, learn about how to go beyond your raw skills of building anything you want and…
How to CTO w. Kathy Keating
Jul 13, 2017 • 15 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Kathy Keating, CTO of Apostrophe on the show. Kathy has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for…
How to CTO w. Ed Johnson
Jul 6, 2017 • 17 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Ed Johnson, CTO of Goally on the show. Ed and his co-founders at Goally are on a mission to help parents build their children’s independence and self-confidence while giving those parents…
How to CTO w. Nick Cheever
Jun 29, 2017 • 17 min
Our Boulder Startup Week episode streak continues. Today, we’ve got Nick Cheever, VP of Technology at 10-4 on the show. Nick has over 15 years of experience in product development, particularly in a technical leadership role.
Boulder Startup Week 2017 Dev War Stories
Jun 22, 2017 • 22 min
Hi and welcome to a very special Boulder Startup Week episode. This week we’ve got some stories from a session entitled “Dev War Stories”. If you’re a longtime listener, you know that this is one of our favorite questions to ask interviewees.
How to CTO with Andy Pai, Full Contact
Jun 15, 2017 • 12 min
This week’s guest is Andy Pai, VP Engineering at FullContact. FullContact is the most powerful, fully-connected contact management platform for professionals and enterprises who need to master their contacts and be awesome with people.
AI, Automation, Jobs & The Economy w. Jeff Rose of ThinkTopic
Jun 8, 2017 • 41 min
Jeff Rose presenting in a very special Boulder Startup Week 2017 talk. Artificial intelligence is undergoing a renaissance, with the number of relevant research papers, startups, applications, and new ideas expanding rapidly.
Programmable Money w. Piper Merriam
Jun 1, 2017 • 39 min
Cryptocurrencies have the potential to be TCP/IP of money. What does the future look like if they do to money, what the internet did for information?
Crypto and the Law with EFA Colorado
May 25, 2017 • 65 min
EFA Colorado presenting in a very special Boulder Startup Week 2017 talk. What is Cryptography, and why does it matter?
Understanding People is a Superpower; @rands, VP Engineering at Slack
May 18, 2017 • 40 min
Todays episode is from the archives. Michael Lopp (also known as @rands) is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple.
Engineering Values Roundup
May 11, 2017 • 15 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We ask each of our guests what their engineering values are. What we love about this question is that the answers boil down the brass tacks of leadership into 2-3 minutes of fundamentals.
Great Engineering War Stories
May 4, 2017 • 23 min
Todays episode is from the archives. Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories.
Your Startup is a Pirate Ship w. Jack Dietrich & Ryan VanMiddlesworth
Apr 27, 2017 • 32 min
Our guests this week are Jack Dietrich and Ryan VanMiddlesworth of Fount Studio.
Advancing Your Career is like Playing Great Chess w. Chris McAvoy
Apr 20, 2017 • 45 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We are joined this week by Chris McAvoy to talk about growing your people & their careers.
Reinventing the Organization w. Dan Kador, CTO of Keen.io
Apr 13, 2017 • 50 min
Today’s episode is from the archives. Dan Kador is the co-founder & CTO of Keen.io.
Optimize Your Learning Velocity w. Scott Carleton, Andela
Apr 6, 2017 • 42 min
Our guest today is Scott Carleton. Scott has a passion for building communities and empowering self-growth through education. Scott is currently the VP of Technology at Andela, a global engineering organization dedicated to fostering the next generation…
Building for Massive Scale w. Tim Jenkins, CTO of SendGrid
Mar 30, 2017 • 34 min
Todays episode is from the archives. We are honored to be joined by Tim Jenkins, CoFounder & CTO of SendGrid.
Find a Niche and Be The Best w. Courtland Allen of IndieHackers.com
Mar 23, 2017 • 40 min
Our guest this week is Courtland Allen; MIT graduate, Y Combinator alum, full-stack web developer, and professional designer.
People First Organizations w. Dave Zwieback
Mar 16, 2017 • 36 min
Our guest today is Dave Zwieback, the author of Beyond Blame: Learning from Failure and Success and an engineering leader in various organizations in & around New York City.
Mission Driven Tech w. Zack Bomsta, Owlet
Mar 9, 2017 • 37 min
Our guest today is Zack Bomsta, CTO of Owlet, which produces the Owlet Baby Monitor.
Scaling the Rocket Ship w. Julia Austin of DigitalOcean
Mar 2, 2017 • 43 min
Our episode today is from the archives. Julia Austin is the CTO of DigitalOcean and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School of Entrepreneurial Management.
Understanding People is a Superpower; @rands, VP Engineering at Slack
Feb 23, 2017 • 40 min
Michael Lopp (also known as @rands) is a Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at companies such as Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple.
From Startup CTO to Acquired by Google — Anant Jhingran, CTO @Apigee
Feb 16, 2017 • 39 min
Anant Jhingran has been in the tech industry for 27 years and has a Ph.D. in Database Systems from Berkeley. He’s been at IBM, CTO of Apigee, and then after Apigee was acquired, at Google.
From Zero to Sphero w. Ian Bernstein, CTO @Sphero
Feb 9, 2017 • 61 min
Our guest this week is Ian Bernstein, CTO of Sphero. Sphero is creating a new category of toys called “Connected Toys” that take the best of what kids and adults love about their smart devices and fuse it with our robots that exist in the real world.
Reinventing the Organization w. Dan Kador, CTO of Keen.io
Feb 2, 2017 • 50 min
Dan Kador is the co-founder & CTO of Keen.io. He’s responsible for building the technology and team responsible for analytics via APIs (among a million other things) at Keen — a leader in the analytics space.
Building for Massive Scale w. Tim Jenkins, CTO of SendGrid
Jan 26, 2017 • 34 min
Today we are honored to be joined by Tim Jenkins, CoFounder & CTO of SendGrid.
Cross-Training with Sales & Marketing w/ Patrick McKenzie (@patio11)
Jan 19, 2017 • 46 min
(BONUS EPISODE FROM THE ARCHIVES) Learn about how Patrick McKenzie combined his technical skills with marketing/sales skills to launch & grow several successful internet businesses.
Bend the Learning Curve by Consistently Putting Yourself into a Place You’re Uncomfortable — Kathy Keating
Jan 12, 2017 • 42 min
We’re joined this week by guest co-host Diana Pfeil to interview Kathy Keating — Kathy is a Colorado-based Startup CTO who has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for…
Hire Engineers that are Smarter Than You Are w. Jud Valeski
Jan 5, 2017 • 44 min
This week’s episode is from the archives. It’s an interview with Jud Valeski. Jud was a co-founder of Gnip (acquired by Twitter), a real-time data portability software initiative.
Engineering Values Roundup
Dec 29, 2016 • 15 min
We ask each of our guests what their engineering values are.
Advancing Your Career is like Playing Great Chess w. Chris McAvoy
Dec 22, 2016 • 45 min
We are joined this week by Chris McAvoy to talk about growing your people & their careers.
Great Engineering War Stories
Dec 15, 2016 • 23 min
Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories. We ask every CTO on our show “What is your favorite engineering war story?”, and this episode…
Building Successful Distributed Teams – Gevorg Hovsepyan
Dec 8, 2016 • 40 min
Gevorg was the Co-Founder/CTO of LionSharp, where he led the development of Gesture and Voice controlled systems.
Rethinking Education from First Principles w. Manuel Mattke
Dec 1, 2016 • 41 min
Manuel Mattke is an innovator, entrepreneur, tech product guy (and from time to time developer), with a background in finance, technology, and innovation consulting.
Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime
Nov 24, 2016 • 29 min
We’re taking this week off; If you’re in the US, you’re celebrating Thanksgiving. If you’re not in the US, you can still give thanks — Listen to one of our favorite episodes from the archives: Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime.
Scaling the Rocket Ship w. Julia Austin of DigitalOcean
Nov 17, 2016 • 43 min
Julia Austin is the CTO of DigitalOcean and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School of Entrepreneurial Management.
Web Security for Startup CTOs w. Andrew Useckas
Nov 10, 2016 • 35 min
Andrew Useckas is the CTO of Threat-X; a 10 person startup based out of Colorado that provides Web Application Firewalls as a Service.
Building Teams that create Customer Success w. Ingrid Alongi
Nov 3, 2016 • 41 min
Ingrid Alongi is the co-founder of Quickleft, a software development firm in Boulder Colorado which was acquired by Cognizant in March of 2016.
ZCash ($ZEC) – A blockchain for Privacy with Zooko Wilcox
Oct 28, 2016 • 17 min
Episode 0.8 of our Podcast was a Boulder Startup Week talk about ZCash by its founder; Zooko Wilcox. ZCash is a privacy-centric blockchain. Zcash payments are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain…
Crossing the Chasm w. Brandon Purcell
Oct 27, 2016 • 45 min
Brandon Purcell is the CTO of SpatialKey; a leading geospatial intelligence analytics platform.