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Learn to Code With Me

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Laurence Bradford: Self-taught Coder, Tech Careers Expert
S4E7: How to Become a Software Engineer at Amazon and Volunteer on the Side With Christine Chapman
Dec 12 • 36 min
In today’s episode I talk with Christine Chapman, a software engineer at Audible. We chat about what it’s like interviewing at Amazon, giving back to the community with your tech skills, and much more.
S4E6: Interviewing and Interning at Big Tech Companies With Neel Mehta
Dec 5 • 37 min
Neel Mehta is a senior at Harvard and a co-author of Swipe to Unlock: The Non-Coder’s Guide to Technology and the Business Strategy Behind It. We talk about his internships at Microsoft and Khan Academy, interviewing at top tech companies, and more.
S4E5: How to Get Started in Data Analytics With Ben Collins
Nov 28 • 39 min
I talk with Ben Collins, a spreadsheet developer and online instructor. We talk about data tools and resources for beginners and productivity tips for managing your day.
S4E4: From Fashion Model to Frontend Developer With Madison Kanna
Nov 21 • 33 min
Madison Kanna transitioned from fashion model to software engineer in just one year. We talk about how she landed a job at a startup, working remotely, and lots more.
S4E3: Learning Data Science as a Beginner With Alice Zhao
Nov 14 • 35 min
In today’s episode I talk with Alice Zhao, a senior data scientist at Metis. We talk about her background in analytics, the importance of storytelling in data science, and her advice for anyone who wants to get into data science.
S4E2: How to Break Into a DevOps Career With Nicole Forsgren
Nov 7 • 33 min
In this second episode of Season 4, I talk with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment. We chat about what DevOps is, the skills a DevOps career requires, and how anyone can get started in DevOps.
S4E1: How to Create a Successful Mobile App With Mark Price
Oct 31 • 37 min
Mark Price is a mobile app developer and the CEO of Devslopes. He shares how he got into app development, what makes a successful app, and how he started teaching online.
S4E0: Introducing Season 4 of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast
Oct 31 • 4 min
Welcome to season 4 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast. In this episode, I tell you what you can expect from this season, who I’ll be talking to, and how you can keep in touch.
S3E20: Careers in Security with Veracode Co-founder Chris Wysopal
Aug 8 • 36 min
Chris Wysopal is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security. In our conversation, he talks about challenges and career options in the field of security.
S3E19: Improving the Quality of Online Education with edX CEO Anant Agarwal
Aug 1 • 34 min
Anant Agarwal is a professor at MIT, as well as the founder and CEO of edX - an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. We talk about how and why edX was started, trends in online learning, and Anant’s advice for high schoolers.
S3E18: Becoming a Software Engineer and Crushing Coder Stereotypes with Laura Medalia
Jul 25 • 33 min
Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram.
S3E17: Starting an In-Person Coding Bootcamp with Matt Lane
Jul 18 • 30 min
Matt Lane - the co-founder and lead instructor at Rithm School - shares how he created a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. He also gives us some great interview tips.
S3E16: Using Market Research to Build a Wearable Tech Company with Yasmine Mustafa
Jul 11 • 33 min
Yasmine Mustafa is the CEO and founder of ROAR for Good, a hardware company that provides women with technology to help keep them safe. In this interview she shares with us her journey into tech and how she led Girl Develop It into Philly.
S3E15: Learning How To Code with Code Crew Co-founder Jamal O’Garro
Jul 4 • 33 min
Jamal O’Garro lost his job in finance and was unemployed for a year before he taught himself how to code and set up Code Crew. In this interview, Jamal shares some of the best resources available and how important it is to build a network of peers.
S3E14: Mastering the Art of Negotiation in the Workplace with Alexandra Dickinson
Jun 27 • 35 min
Alexandra Dickinson, the CEO and founder of Ask For It, shares her advice on the art of negotiation both in the workplace and at home. She shares some great tips on making more money from a new job or a raise.
S3E13: High School Dropout to Salesforce Admin with Zac Otero
Jun 20 • 30 min
Zac Otero dropped out of high school and worked at factories and other odd jobs before becoming a Salesforce admin. In this interview, Zac shares how he taught himself Salesforce and made the giant career switch.
S3E12: Teaching Kids to Code with Entrepreneur Katy Lynch
Jun 13 • 40 min
Codeverse co-founder and CMO Katy Lynch tells us how she created Kidscript - a programming language for children. She also tell us about her mission to teach 1 billion kids how to code and offers advice for anyone starting a business.
S3E11: Assessing Tech Job Trends with Indeed SVP of Product Raj Mukherjee
Jun 6 • 32 min
Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at Indeed.com, discusses tech job trends, the value of coding bootcamps, and shares advice for people looking to switch into a tech career later in life.
S3E10: Starting and Scaling Lucidchart with CTO Ben Dilts
May 30 • 35 min
Lucidchart co-founder and CTO Ben Dilts shares how he started and scaled Lucidchart, a diagramming tool for visual communication. Ben also gives advice for those learning how to code.
S3E9: Empowering Women to be Experts in Tech with Seema Gururaj
May 23 • 36 min
Seema Gururaj is the Founder and CEO of Square Circle Inc., a platform that empowers women technologists to grow their profile as an expert. In this interview, Seema offers advice for women who want to get ahead in their tech career and build a…
S3E8: iOS Development and Side Hustles with Janina Kutyn
May 16 • 36 min
Janina Kutyn is an iOS developer who has lived in four countries around the world. In our conversation, she shares what it was like working at Apple, what led her start (and later end) her side hustle, Silicon Sweetheart, and much more.
S3E7: Coding Daily Through #100daysofcode with Alexander Kallaway
May 9 • 39 min
Alexander Kallaway explains how he taught himself how to code and what led him to start the #100daysofcode movement. He also shares advice for fellow beginners feeling stuck as they learn to code.
S3E6: Verizon Store Manager to Ventures Development Manager with Christie Pitts
May 2 • 36 min
Christie Pitts shares how she worked her way up at Verizon from store manager to venture development manager. Christie also offers advice for those looking to get started in venture capital.
S3E5: Getting Into Tech with Dev Bootcamp’s Director of Curriculum Steven Harms
Apr 25 • 40 min
Steven Harms, Dev Bootcamp’s Director of Curriculum, describes how he first got into tech. He also shares how his career evolved from working as a software engineer to helping others become software engineers.
S3E4: Software Product Management and Building a Startup with Sam Gimbel
Apr 18 • 40 min
Sam Gimbel is Co-Founder and Head of Product at Clark, an app for tutors to manage all aspects of their businesses. Before starting Clark, Sam spent six years working as a PM in NYC at companies like Digital Ocean, DramaFever, and more.
S3E3: Frontend Technologies and Getting Active in the Tech Community w/ Tracy Lee
Apr 11 • 37 min
Tracy Lee, co-founder at This Dot and a Google Developer Expert, describes how she first got into tech after running her own startups for 5+ years. In this interview, she shares advice on learning to code, speaking at events, and much more.
S3E2: Programming, Entrepreneurship, and Starting The Practical Dev with Ben Halpern
Apr 4 • 37 min
Ben Halpern, founder of The Practical Dev and other tech startups, explains how he began learning to code after studying marketing in college. He also shares advice for beginners, teaching themselves how to code.
S3E1: Getting Into Tech after a Career in Finance with Ventrice
Mar 28 • 40 min
In the first episode of season 3, Ventrice Lam shares how she switched into tech after a career in finance, where she worked at Goldman Sachs for 6 years.
S3E0: Introducing Season 3 of the LTCWM Podcast
Mar 28 • 2 min
Welcome to season 3 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast. In this season we chat with a range of individuals working in the tech industry including startup founders, iOS developers, product managers and much more.
S2E20: From Learning Ruby to Starting a 150+ Person Tech Company with Sid Sijbrandij from GitLab
Jan 31 • 36 min
In the final episode of season 2, GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij shares how he taught himself how to code and later co-founded GitLab, an open source tool used by developers to create and manage code bases collaboratively.
S2E19: Studying Law to Building Startups in Silicon Valley with Harj Taggar
Jan 24 • 40 min
Co-founder and CEO of Triplebyte, Harj Taggar, shares how he went from studying law in the UK to building startups in Silicon Valley. Harj also describes how he became the first non-founding partner at Y Combinator.
S2E18: Online Entrepreneur to Fullstack Developer with Anthony Delgado
Jan 17 • 41 min
Anthony Delgado followed anything but a typical path into the world of technology. After starting out as an online entrepreneur, Anthony ended up learning his way into the role of Director of Technology.
S2E17: Getting an MBA as a Front End Developer with Sarah Tan
Jan 10 • 34 min
Sarah Tan is a liberal arts graduate with a bent for social good. She has 10 years of experience as a front end developer. After working in higher ed, digital agencies and politics - she is now a recent MBA graduate.
S2E16: Building Vets Who Code with Jerome Hardaway
Jan 3 • 38 min
Jerome Hardaway explains how he learned how to code and ultimately built Vets Who Code - a 501(c)(3) that remotely teaches veterans how to program.
S2E15: Community Development to Frontend Development with Luisa Morales
Dec 27, 2016 • 36 min
Luisa Morales shares how she went from working in community development to teaching herself how to code. Today, Luisa is a frontend developer at the dev agency Stealthwerk.
S2E14: Switching from Public Health to Web Development with Jade Applegate
Dec 20, 2016 • 33 min
Jade Applegate transitioned into tech almost 3 years ago. After attending a General Assembly bootcamp, she landed first software engineering job at Fastly - where she still works today. In our interview, Jade shares helpful advice for those switching…
S2E13: Vegan Blogger Turned Techie with Holy P
Dec 13, 2016 • 36 min
Holy P is a vegan blogger turned coder. Today Holy runs Untouchd Mag, helps out with Girl Develop It Atlanta, and has a highly popular Instagram account with over 12,000 followers (and counting).
S2E12: Journalism to Creating Tech Ladies with Allison Esposito
Dec 6, 2016 • 32 min
Allison Esposito shares how she went from the world of journalism to working at Google. Today, Allison runs Tech Ladies, a thriving online community and job site for women.
S2E11: Violinist to Instructor Apprentice at Dev Bootcamp with Debbie Milburn
Nov 29, 2016 • 26 min
After pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Debbie Milburn decided to change directions by learning how to code. Today, she works as an Instructor Apprentice at Dev Bootcamp NYC.
S2E10: Librarian to Web Developer with Lisa Smith
Nov 22, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode, Lisa Smith explains how she made a career transition from a university librarian to a web developer without any formal education.
S2E9: Creating a Data Visualization Startup with Eugene Woo
Nov 15, 2016 • 39 min
Eugene Woo, cofounder of Venngage, shares how he first got into entrepreneurship and what he has learned through building two companies of his own.
S2E8: Starting Free Code Camp with Quincy Larson
Nov 8, 2016 • 43 min
Quincy Larson shares how he fell in love with coding, and what led to the creation of Free Code Camp - an open source community that helps you learn to code, then practice by building projects for nonprofits.
S2E7: Real Estate Agent to Software Engineer with Bryan Knight
Nov 1, 2016 • 39 min
UI engineer, Bryan Knight, shares how he learned to code after a career in the Air Force and then as a real estate agent. If you’re learning to code later in life, this episode is a must listen!
S2E6: Coding Bootcamp to Microsoft (and Beyond) with Saron Yitbarek
Oct 25, 2016 • 45 min
Saron Yitbarek, founder of CodeNewbie, shares how she learned to code, landed a job at Microsoft, and started CodeNewbie - the most supportive community of people learning to code.
S2E5: Leaving College to Attend a Coding Bootcamp with Daniel Thorne
Oct 18, 2016 • 30 min
20-year-old Daniel Thorne tells his story about leaving his college computer science program to attend a coding bootcamp, Fullstack Academy, instead.
S2E4: Teaching English in Korea to Fullstack Developer with Stephen Mayeux
Oct 11, 2016 • 29 min
Former teacher Stephen Mayeux shares how he taught himself how to code while teaching English overseas.
S2E3: Learning to Code at a Young Age with Avi Flombaum
Oct 4, 2016 • 33 min
Avi Flombaum, founder of Flatiron School, shares how he taught himself how to code at a young age plus the story behind the creation of Flatiron School.
S2E2: Learning How to Build an iOS App in 90 Days With Evan Leong
Sep 27, 2016 • 33 min
Evan Leong is a musician, designer, and recently turned iOS developer. In this episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, Evan shares how he built his own iOS app in just 90 days.
S2E1: From Teacher to GitHub Employee with Briana Swift
Sep 20, 2016 • 28 min
In the first full-length episode in season 2 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast I chat with Briana Swift, an elementary teacher turned trainer at Github.
Welcome to Season 2 of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast
Sep 20, 2016 • 10 min
Season 2 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast will focus on self-taught coders and their stories. Here’s what else you can expect in this season.
Season 1 Follow Up Message
Aug 2, 2016 • 3 min
A special announcement regarding season 2 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast.
S1E15: How learning to code can help you build your startup with Karin Nielsen
Jul 26, 2016 • 35 min
Karin Nielsen learned how to code so she could build her startup, Fluently. In our conversation, we discuss how technical skills can come in handy when building your company. Plus, she shares overall advice about starting your own startup.
S1E14: How to start and scale your own digital agency with Lawrence Howlett
Jul 19, 2016 • 32 min
Lawrence Howlett has been running a digital agency, New Edge, for over ten years. Based in the UK, Lawrence shares how he began building websites to earn extra money, to hiring his first employee, and later renting his first company office.
S1E13: Switching into a dev career with a full-time job (and life) with Brian Jenney
Jul 12, 2016 • 26 min
In less than 7 months Brian Jenney made a complete career switch from a career advisor at a community college to gainfully employed as a full-time developer. In our interview, Brian shares exactly how he made the transition, all while balancing other…
S1E12: The importance of networking for new opportunities with Sandy Jones-Kaminski
Jul 5, 2016 • 46 min
Sandy Jones-Kaminski is a networking and LinkedIn expert. In this episode we discuss the importance of networking and why every professional needs to be on LinkedIn. Sandy also shares actionable advice on how to rock your next networking event.
S1E11: Creating a boutique design firm with Lisa Ghisolf
Jun 28, 2016 • 29 min
Lisa Ghisolf has been successfully running her own boutique design and WordPress firm since 2003. In today’s show, we discuss how she started the business, how it has evolved, her side projects, and speaking at conferences.
S1E10: From coding bootcamp to software engineer with Joshua Penman
Jun 21, 2016 • 25 min
Joshua Penman spent most of his career in the music industry until 2015 when he made a drastic career transition into software engineering. Today, Joshua works as an engineer at Asana. In this episode, we discuss his experience at one of the top…
S1E9: Deciding if you should skip college to learn to code with Becca Refford
Jun 14, 2016 • 28 min
Becca Refford began teaching herself to code when she was 17 years old. After a short stint in college, she realized the traditional academic route wasn’t for her. In this episode, Becca shares how she carved her way into the Philadelphia tech scene…
S1E8: How to rock your technical interview with Parker Phinney
Jun 7, 2016 • 30 min
Parker Phinney is the founder of Interview Cake, a coding interview practice website. Inside this episode he shares insights on how you can prepare for your technical interview.
S1E7: Acing your resume and cover letter with Jeremy Schifeling
May 31, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode, Jeremy Schifeling, CEO + Founder of Break into Tech, shares his top tips for creating a standout resume and cover letter. As a former kindergarten teacher, Jeremy himself transitioned into the tech industry. Ever since he has…
S1E6: How to make a living by teaching others to code with Brad Hussey
May 24, 2016 • 37 min
Brad Hussey is a freelance developer turned teacher. Today, he has over 100,000 students on Udemy alone. In our conversation, we talk about how he made the switch from freelancer to teacher. Plus advice on how you, the listener, can make your own…
S1E5: How to freelance while working full-time with Ryan Robinson
May 17, 2016 • 23 min
Ryan Robinson works full-time as a content marketing lead for CreativeLive. Beyond that, he has his own freelance clients and even writes for large publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and About.com. Today Ryan and I discuss how you can work…
S1E4: How to get started as a freelancer with Joyce Akiko
May 10, 2016 • 22 min
Today’s guest, Joyce Akiko, helps people work for themselves so they can experience flexibility and freedom in their day-to-day. In our conversation we discuss how to get started as a freelancer.
S1E3: Why you should focus on fundamentals first with Chris Lee
May 3, 2016 • 39 min
Chris Lee is the co-founder of Launch School, an online program that helps people become software engineers. In our conversation we talk about why it’s crucial to focus on fundamentals first when learning how to program. And how these fundamentals can…
S1E2: Combining your passions into a coding career with Astrid Countee
Apr 21, 2016 • 36 min
Astrid is an anthropologist turned data analyst turned software developer. In this episode Astrid talks about why she made a career transition, her decision to attend a coding bootcamp, how she got her first developer job, and what she’s doing today.
S1E1: Knowing when you’re ready to make money with your skills with Adda Birnir
Apr 21, 2016 • 36 min
Adda Birnir is the CEO and founder of Skillcrush - an online platform for people wanting to switch into a digital career. As a self-taught coder herself, I speak with Adda about what it is like teaching yourself and how to know when it’s time to make…
000: Introducing the Learn to Code With Me Podcast
Apr 21, 2016 • 7 min
Introducing the Learn to Code With Me Podcast, a show for people teaching themselves how to code.