The People Stack Podcast

The People Stack Podcast
What happens at the intersection of People, Work and Technology? Join us at the People Stack to see.
45: Josh Doody talks about the biggest avoidable mistakes in salary negotiation, getting over the fear of responding with a counter offer and more
Apr 8 • 50 min
Author and Salary Negotiation Coach, Josh Doody, stopped by the People Stack to talk about getting more interview and job offers, the process and flow of negotiation, how his time as an engineer influenced his process, the art of the counteroffer, and…
44: Jill Wetzler talks about becoming a Director of Engineering at Lyft, growing managers, mentoring and more
Mar 25 • 37 min
In a packed episode, Jill Wetzler, Director of Engineering at Lyft, talks about how she got there, where she is going, the challenges of growing teams and managers both in quantity and quality, mentoring and coaching, how she manages her time, and how to…
43: John Sawers talks about your Emotional API, handling your anger and fear without falling to the dark side and more
Mar 11 • 45 min
John Sawers is a developer, founder and now speaker; all outcomes which would not have been possible with debilitating responses to his emotions. He's developed the metaphor of an Emotional API and speaks on the topic, bringing a great deal of necessary…
42: Recruiter Bill Sullivan talks about Tech Recruiting, Salary Negotiation and other dirty words
Feb 25 • 43 min
Boston-area tech recruiter Bill Sullivan ( stops by the People Stack to talk about recruitment done right, avoiding used car salesman-like recruiters, salary negotiation from the company and applicant perspectives, how both…
41: Travis Kimmel of GitPrime talks about being CEO in a growing business, bringing data to productivity discussions and more
Feb 11 • 43 min
Travis Kimmel, CEO of GitPrime ( stops by the People Stack to talk about how poor quality requirements can brain damage engineers, meeting schedules can burn hours, and how bringing more data to discussions around productivity can…
40: Christian McCarrick talks about leadership in an acquisition, making time for mentoring and much more
Jan 28 • 43 min
Christian McCarrick, SVP of Engineering at GTL ( stops by the People Stack to talk about the importance of mentoring, the role it has played for him, how he carves time out of his day for the important things, where he goes for…
39: Eugene Geis talks about working with people while working with data, EQ versus IQ and more
Jan 14 • 47 min
Data Scientist Eugene Geis ( from the Deluxe Corporation ( stops by the People Stack to talk about data, stats, the metaphors which are helpful when explaining stats, and some applications of…
38: Lauri Apple and Paul Adams from Zalando talk about mindset, context and creating an environment for the success of your team
Jan 1 • 41 min
Lauri Apple is a Producer, Agile Coach and Open Source advocate for Zalando (, one the of the largest fashion retailers in Europe. She stopped by the People Stack with Engineering Lead, Paul Adams to talk about how they craft a…
37: Kay Rhodes talks about the importance of the journey, finding meaning in your work and more
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
Kay Rhodes took a winding path to get to his current role as a tech lead and that's the way he likes his vacations too. Kay stopped by the People Stack to talk about the life of a tech lead, enjoying the journey in both work and play, the importance of…
36: Jessica Noble of Wayfair talks about getting feedback, the cost of meetings, and more
Nov 26, 2017 • 45 min
Jessica Noble ( ) from stops by the People Stack to talk about finding the signal in the noise of leadership information, how her teams define how expensive a meeting is, leadership…
35: Melissa + Johnathan Nightingale on their best-seller How F*cked Up is Your Management
Nov 12, 2017 • 46 min
Note: This one uses the F word a lot. Melissa and Johnathan Nightingale, founders of The Raw Signal Group ( ) each have 20 years of tech experience and they brought it to the People Stack to chat about bad bosses, bad assumptions,…
34: Michael Lopp talks teams, growth, landing his dream job, and where leadership comes from
Oct 29, 2017 • 48 min
Michael Lopp ( stops by the People Stack to talk about landing his dream job as VP of Engineering at Slack (, the systems he uses to stay productive, battling the culture of busy, career paths in engineering, and…
33: Johanna Rothman talks TRS-80, project problems are really people problems and more
Oct 15, 2017 • 45 min
Author and Agile Consultant Johanna Rothman ( stops by the People Stack to talk about Culture, the impact of the TRS-80 on tech, and yes, Agile methodologies. Check out Johanna’s latest Book “Create Your Successful Agile…
32: Russell Matthews dispels common myths about work family balance and more
Sep 24, 2017 • 42 min
Russell Matthews ( ), Associate Professor in the Department of Management at The University of Alabama, stops by the People Stack to dispel some common myths online about managing your time between work…
31: Nick Caldwell VP of Eng at Reddit talks team building, hiring, and more
Sep 10, 2017 • 42 min
Nick Caldwell (, VP of Engineering at stops by the People Stack to talk about hiring practices, building great teams, the importance of diverse backgrounds in those teams, and developing leaders to…
30: Jean Hsu talks about the transition to leadership then to entrepreneur and more
Aug 26, 2017 • 45 min
Jean Hsu ( has worked at companies big and small, fast and slow and is now a full-time Tech Leadership Coach and writer. Check out her writing on Medium ( Jean stopped by the People Stack…
29: Elyse Hammond talks about the role of HR, pay and transformational leadership
Aug 12, 2017 • 45 min
Elyse Hammond,( HR Generalist for GSK ( stops by the People Stack to talk about the changing role of HR, just who's job IS IT to fill out pesky I9 forms, how pay influences motivation,…
28: Technical coach Marcus Blankenship talks one-on-ones coding while managing and more
Jul 3, 2017 • 49 min
Technical coach, author and former coder Marcus Blankenship ( stops by the People Stack to talk about how much you should code as a manager, how to better handle your 1:1s, surviving your battlefield promotion…
27: Spencer Varadi of Speed and Function talks IO Psych and
Jun 11, 2017 • 49 min
Spencer Varadi (, Director of Product at Speed and Function (!about) stops by the People Stack to talk about how we can use the ONet database to make better career choices, how his…
26: Jess Gallus of the US Army SHARP office talks harassment and prevention
May 21, 2017 • 41 min
Jessica Gallus ( of the US Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program ( ) stops by the People Stack to talk about augmenting the people skills of strong…
25: Mike Johnson of Mass TLC talks hiring, pay transparency and more
May 7, 2017 • 42 min
Mike Johnson (, Director of Communities & Technology at Mass TLC stops by the People Stack to talk about the benefits of MassTLC membership, pay transparency, the current hiring climate, and the addition of his…
24: Andrew Ramsden of Alpha Transform talks about the 6 tech management Superpowers
Apr 22, 2017 • 46 min
Andrew Ramsen (, CEO of Alpha Transform and host of the Alpha Geek Podcast (, stops by the People Stack to talk about his journey, the 6 superpowers of tech management…
23: Taras Mankovski of This Dot uses his business brain to talk mentoring, making a company
Apr 2, 2017 • 43 min
Taras Mankovski (, @EmberSherpa on Twitter and CTO of stops by the People Stack to talk about Mentorship as a Service, creating a Company for helping people, and how to provide meaningful…
22: Luke Stevens of Berklee Online talks remote teams, custom tools and more
Mar 11, 2017 • 50 min
The People Stack drops in on Luke Stevens (, CTO of Berklee Online at the Berklee College of Music ( to talk about building tools for online education, leading a mixed team of…
21: Ali Greene from Duck Duck Go talks about people operations across timezones and more
Feb 26, 2017 • 45 min
Ali Greene ( of Duck, Duck, Go ( answers the question of the ages: what does it mean to "go to work" when you work remotely? Also, hear how a recent work-cation to Japan highlighted people…
20: Rhiannon Chiacchiaro of Deep Core Data talks about the human side of IT
Feb 12, 2017 • 45 min
Rhiannon Chiacchiaro (, the Director of Marketing and Technical Documentation Services at Deep Core Data ( stops by the People Stack to talk about the 4 C's of good tech documentation, the…
19: Katie Greenman of HumanSide talks improv comedy, research and more
Feb 5, 2017 • 36 min
Katie Greenman ( of HumanSide ( stops by the People Stack to talk about how listening from your heart can make you a more balanced person and how grad school and Improv comedy changed…
18: Constance Ip of New York Code + Design Academy talks about training and wine
Jan 22, 2017 • 33 min
Constance Ip ( of New York Code + Design Academy ( joins the People Stack to talk about their merger with Strayer University, training new developers, being part of a distributed team, and…
17: Tracy Lee talks Javascript, being a serial entrepreneur and being yourself in public
Jan 15, 2017 • 44 min
@ladyleet ( ThisDot ( stops by the People Stack to talk about the life-changing experience of learning Javascript, starting and running companies, staying positive in the face of adversity,…
16: Sam Glasberg from Stitch talks hiring and getting acquired
Jan 1, 2017 • 48 min
Samantha Glasberg ( from Stitch ( stops by the People Stack to about people management while growing a startup and getting acquired. Sam and Jen also talk about hiring,…
15: Dawn McDougall of Code for Philly talks about community, tech and civic engagement
Dec 18, 2016 • 38 min
Dawn McDougall(, Executive Director of Code for Philly ( stops by the People Stack to talk about managing and leading for civic tech for the betterment of the city of Philadelphia and…
14: Yuval Yarden talks startups, culture and establishing a tech community
Nov 20, 2016 • 40 min
Yuval Yarden (, Program Director at Philly Startup Leaders ( talks about getting into tech, working to grow the Philadelphia start-up scene, managing in an non-profit and how she got to…
13: Sarah Johnson from TechGirlz talks workshops, STEM education and all things Geek
Nov 12, 2016 • 49 min
Sarah Johnson (, National Outreach Manager for TechGirlz stops by the People Stack to talk about STEM education opportunities for middle school girls, running a workshop using their TechSHOPZ-in-a-box, and the…
12: Carlee Myers from APOP Studios talks mindset, art and tech
Nov 6, 2016 • 38 min
Carlee Myers ( from APOP Studios ( stops by the People Stack to talk about tech in art, mindset shifts required for creative work and workers, pricing your creative works and how…
11: Thomas Guidotti of Omne Solutions talks about autonomy, estimation and being a CEO
Oct 23, 2016 • 26 min
Thomas Guidotti(, CEO of Omne Solutions ( stops by the People Stack to talk about the balancing act that is autonomy, building better meetings, and helping clients to help…
10: Felicia Jadczak & Rachel Murray from She Geeks Out geek out and talk about building SGO
Oct 5, 2016 • 43 min
Felica Jadczak ( Rachel Murray ( from She Geeks Out ( about their origin story, alter egos, and generally let their geek flags…
9: Vasilios Alexiou from FirmPlay talks about recruiting, travel, and working remotely
Sep 18, 2016 • 46 min
Vasilios Alexiou (, VP of Product at FirmPlay ( talks about how marketing your company's culture can help with recruiting, the remote working challenges for a distributed team, and being…
8: Matthew Mausner of Woxxer talks Surveys and Startups
Sep 5, 2016 • 44 min
Matthew Mausner ( of Woxxer stops by the People Stack to talk about Surveys that Don't Suck, using Woxxer's multidimensional tools to extract more meaningful survey data, the defining characteristics of a "Start…
7: Ben Rubin of 10% Happier talks about meditation, hiring and being mindful
Aug 25, 2016 • 39 min
Ben Rubin (, CEO and Co-Founder of 10% Happier ( drops by the People Stack to talk about staying mindful in a connected world and how meditation can strength-train your brain for…
6: Ben Bock talks about mindfulness, Entrepreneurship and I/O Psychology
Jul 31, 2016 • 39 min
Benjamin Bock ( joins the People Stack to talk about his mindfulness-based wellness programs, being an entrepreneur in the tech space, and the role of I/O psychology in wellness. Special Guest: Ben Bock.
5: Karla Driskill of Hollister Institute talks Ontology, Mindfulness and Meditation
Jul 17, 2016 • 41 min
The Director of Hollister Institute (, Karla Driskill ( drops by the People Stack to talk with Jen about Hollister's workshops, how mindfulness can help bring you…
4: Cathy Swody talks about Mentoring, Resources for learning and more!
Jun 26, 2016 • 43 min
Guest Cathy Swody of Thrive Leadership ( the People Stack to talk about finding a mentor and what to do when the perfect mentor isn't available. She also goes over some valuable learning techniques and talks about bringing her…
3: Chris Spear talks about Enterprise Architecture and Interviewing Developers
Jun 26, 2016 • 44 min
Chief Architect Chris Spear ( joins the People Stack to talk about the role of an enterprise architect, the proliferation of tech in all forms of business, and hiring developers. Special Guest: Chris Spear.
2: Introducing the People Stack Podcast with Jen and Rob
Jun 25, 2016 • 39 min
Your hosts Jen Bunk ( and Rob Allen ( interview each other in the inaugural People Stack Podcast episode
Mindfulness Chat
Jun 24, 2016 • 47 min
Mindfulness Chat by Jen Bunk