Creating Zeal Podcast

Creating Zeal Podcast
Welcome to The Creating Zeal Podcast where we we take our work, our guests and conversations seriously… but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Join us each week as our hosts share with you unique experiences that will hopefully inspire and challe?

Building Products and New Businesses with Adam Cuppy
Jun 24 • 48 min
In this episode, Zeal Founder Adam Cuppy is interviewed by Eric Weiss. Adam talks about coming from Theater Performance to building a tech software development company. Adam and Zeal take a holistic approach to their work and how they separate Zeal and…
Data Ownership and Privacy with Nick Cloward
Jun 17 • 29 min
Host Adam Cuppy sits down with Nick Cloward from Anonyome Labs and they chat about all things data ownership and privacy. What data are you putting out there as a user and what data are you holding on to as a tech company?Featured LinksFind Nick on…
Dealing with Imposter Syndrome with Jen Luker
Jun 11 • 47 min
If you’re someone that suffers from Imposter Syndrome, tune into this episode. Host Adam Cuppy chats with Jen Luker about dealing with Imposter Syndrome and using it to incite change.Featured Links:Find Jen on Twitter at:…
Building a Career in App Development with Jake Witcher
Jun 5 • 29 min
In this episode, host Adam Cuppy chats with Jake Witcher. They chat about building a career in app development and how important it is to keep learning and adding valuable skill sets to your arsenal.Featured Links:Reach out to Jake on Twitter:…
Building Successful Tech Startups with Jim Teece
May 28 • 39 min
What can’t you say about Jim Teece? In this episode, Trever Yarrish chats with one of his heroes about starting not just one successful software company (Project A,) but multiple companies in the tech space.Featured Links:…
Team Building with Tipe CEO Scott Moss
May 21 • 50 min
In this episode, host Adam Cuppy chats with Tipe CEO Scott Moss. They discuss building the right team, surrounding yourself with the right people and what makes a great problem solver.Featured Links:Find Scott on Twitter at:…
Abstractions Conference with Hosts Colin & Sarah of Code and Supply
May 14 • 51 min
In this episode, Colin Dean and Sarah Withee from Code and Supply sit down with host Adam Cuppy to talk about hosting the Abstractions Conference, and what they hope guests get from the experience.Tune in and get inspired by the celebration of software…
Preventing Burnout with Nitya Narasimhan
May 7 • 39 min
In this episode, host Adam Cuppy talks with Nitya Narasimhan about the importance of self care and what it means to build an ecosystem around you to create support and prevent burnout.As a Microsoft Senior Program Manager, Nitya discusses the affect…
The Future of Remote Internships with Symba
Apr 30 • 48 min
Symba co-founders Ahva and Nikita join Adam to talk about the state of internships and what they are doing to keep the internship dream alive, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.Featured Links:symba.iosaveinternships.orgOther opportunities to…
Sex Ed in Tech with Alison Falk
Apr 23 • 34 min
This episode contains adult content that may not be appropriate for younger listeners. Discretion is advised.In this episode, host Adam Cuppy chats with the President of Women of Sex Tech, Alison Falk. Tune in for an insightful discussion about sex…
The Process of Discovery with Rob Harr
Apr 16 • 61 min
In the latest episode of the Creating Zeal Podcast, Adam Cuppy chats with Sparkbox co-founder Rob Harr about his workshop “Awesome Discovery Projects,” and why at the end of the day, projects are really people experiences.Listen in as Rob goes through…
What Makes a Good Manager With Tramale Turner
Apr 9 • 50 min
What makes a good engineering manager? Join us for the latest Creating Zeal podcast episode where Host Adam Cuppy discusses becoming comfortable with discomfort and the noble pursuit of being a leader with Tramale Turner, Engineering Manager at Stripe…
Exploring Social Anxiety with Liz Krane
Mar 31 • 40 min
In this episode, host Adam Cuppy explores overcoming social anxiety with web developer and programmer Liz Crane.Liz opens up about her social anxiety and how a personal tragedy pushed her to develop courageous habits that eventually led her to start a…
Software Freedom with Karen Sandler
Mar 17 • 43 min
In our latest episode, Adam has a conversation with Karen Sandler, an engineer-turned-attorney who now serves as the Executive Director with the Software Freedom Conservancy. Listen in as Karen tells the story of how a heart condition led to her mission…
Learning to Teach Code with Ali Spittel
Mar 9 • 37 min
In this episode, host Adam Cuppy has a great conversation with code blogger Ali Spittel. Ali discusses how developers often find themselves in a teaching role— whether that be mentoring a colleague, writing blog posts, speaking at meetups, or even…
Coming Into Code with Anna Rankin
Feb 29 • 27 min
In this episode, Adam has the pleasure of interviewing Anna Rankin, a Senior Software Engineer at General Assembly. Anna talks about her path into the industry, from graphic design to attending General Assembly as a code school student, where she became…
Humane Design Patterns with Jon Yablonski
Feb 20 • 49 min
Host Adam Cuppy has a great conversation with Jon Yablonski, a designer, speaker, writer, and digital creator based in Detroit, currently working on the next generation of in-vehicle interactive experiences as a senior product designer at General Motors.
A Conversation with Chris Coyier
Feb 13 • 67 min
In this episode, Adam and Trever interview Chris Coyier. Chris is the founder of, and co-founder of, and the podcast Shoptalk. In our conversation find out why Chris doesn’t like doing side-projects and hear his take on where…
Kevin Craine on Code Deletion as a Service
Apr 1, 2019 • 8 min
Kevin and Chris join forces to promote Zeal’s new code deletion service and Kevin’s promotion to Chief Deletion Officer (CDO). Read more about this new service: watch on…
Team Playbooks pt. 1 (feat. Marcus Blankenship)
Dec 4, 2018 • 27 min
Trever and Marcus dive into the purpose and use of having playbooks for teams. They discuss how playbooks benefit not only large teams but also can be impactful for individual contractors.Featured Links:Zeal Project Foundations Playbook:…
Marcus Blankenship - Coach of Tech Leads
Nov 13, 2018 • 30 min
Marcus has established himself as a go-to coach for tech team leads for organizations of all sizes. We at Zeal have learned a lot from Marcus over the years and lean on him for counsel often. We are excited to introduce you to him if you are just now…
Michelle May of Seva Foods
Oct 16, 2018 • 26 min
Michelle May, founder of Seva Foods and Benjii’s Canine Cuisine joins us to share the journey from web design/development entrepreneur to packaged food founder. We cover steps and recommendations for founders trying to break into new fields and the…
Adam Wathan of Refactoring UI
Oct 2, 2018 • 37 min
Adam Wathan is the host of Full Stack Radio, creator of Nitpick-CI, co-founder of Refactoring UI, and creator of Tailwind CSS. We discuss his path to publishing his books, why he prefers utility-first CSS frameworks, and the many other side-projects…
Dawn Ressel of Next Leap Design
Sep 18, 2018 • 29 min
Dawn Ressel of Next Leap Design gives us some powerful techniques from the UX research and design world. We touch on user testing, design systems and how Dawn weaves the causes that she cares deeply about into her consulting practice. Featured…
April Wensel of Compassionate Coding
Aug 31, 2018 • 26 min
April Wensel of Compassionate Coding breaks down how burnout and toxic cultures cause software companies to lose effectiveness. She also gives us great tips on team-building and becoming more attractive to diverse candidates. Featured Links: …
Ben Orenstein, Screensharing Startup Founder
Aug 17, 2018 • 29 min
Ben Orenstein, founder of Tuple, shares the journey from engineer to entrepreneurship and the origin story of Tuple. We get into why Tuple will be the best tool for remote pair programming and what Ben’s personal goals for Tuple are. Additional…
Krijn van der Raadt on Employing Code School Grads
Aug 7, 2018 • 22 min
Krijn van der Raadt of everydev walks us through everydev’s hiring and deployment of code school grads on real consulting projects. We dig into his story of how he got involved with everydev and the details of everydev’s vision. everydev
Shopify AR - Daniel Beauchamp
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
Chris and Jason interview Daniel Beauchamp, the head of Augmented and Virtual Reality at Shopify, to discuss the exciting frontier of VR and AR and its intersection with commerce and the shopping experience. “Our vision is more and more AR is going…
Brian Zambrano on Serverless Architecture
Jul 6, 2018 • 24 min
Brian Zambrano, Cloud Architecture Lead at Very and author of “Serverless Design Patterns and Best Practices” joins us to explore the benefits and challenges of serverless architecture Links Brian’s book “Serverless Design Patterns and Best…
Will Larson: Infrastructure, Migrations and Tech Debt
Jun 22, 2018 • 26 min
Will Larson, Infrastructure Engineering Manager at Stripe explains how large system migration are an opportunity to reduce tech debt and paints a picture of infrastructure engineering at companies with massive scale. “The most important thing when…
GeePaw Hill on Makers and Making
Jun 8, 2018 • 29 min
Join Chris and Randy in a wide-ranging interview with GeePaw Hill on dev culture and helping geeks be effective in larger organizations. Links GeePaw’s Tweet “Always Small, Always Better, Always Wrong”
AR Consulting
May 18, 2018 • 18 min
Chris and guest Jason Harrison, Director of Consulting here at Zeal discuss our interest in AR and how we plan to move forward with AR as a consultancy.
Project Management On Large Software Teams
May 11, 2018 • 17 min
Chris and special guest Bobby Brown, Software Engineering Team Lead at Mavenlink dig into some of the planning steps, strategies and systems that lead to a successful product feature launch. Featured Links Visualize Github Branches in Google Sheets
Brian Vaughn, React Core Team Member
May 4, 2018 • 31 min
Brian Vaughn, React JS Core team member, joins us to explain React’s async rendering system and new component lifecycle methods launched in React 16.3 Brian also give us some insight into working on the React Core team, more exciting features coming…
Entrepreneur Profile: Jack Humbert, OLKB
Apr 27, 2018 • 16 min
Chris interviews Jack Humbert, founder of OLKB, a supplier of kits for custom keyboard enthusiasts. We get into how Jack started producing and selling kits, new products he’s working on, and the challenges and rewards of operating a small hardware…
Facebook Data Leak
Apr 20, 2018 • 20 min
On today’s episode we discuss the Facebook Dataleak and protection of privacy responsibilities as application developers. “It’s very diffifcult to make sure that you are protecting your privacy online and that the 3rd party applications are…
Give Us Your Feedback
Mar 16, 2018 • 1 min
We’re wrapping up Season 2 and are preparing to bring more guests and topics for Season 3! We’d like your feedback on what you’d like to see in Season 3. Please drop us a message at or @codingzeal on Twitter. Leave a review and…
Mar 9, 2018 • 21 min
On today’s episode we discuss Winamp-js, a faithful open source recreation of Winamp 2 made by Jordan Eldredge. “I’ve found that to be very true, not everybody has the bandwidth to do side projects but those that do have the opportunity to do it….
Choosing A Conference Talk Topic
Mar 2, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode we discuss “How to Choose a Talk Topic”, an article written by Gary Bernhardt. We also go into the process Zeal team members Adam Cuppy and Randy Coulman use to come up with and choose their talk topics. “What within this is the…
Intern Profiles
Feb 23, 2018 • 18 min
On today’s episode we discuss internships and dive into Cris Pope and Austin Gilinsky’s Internship experience with Zeal “mainly all the skills we learned in our bootcamp are being implimented in this project” - Cris Pope, Learn Academy Graduate and…
Running a Dev Meetup
Feb 16, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode we discuss meetups and Fullstack PDX a meetup hosted by Chris Hough :: Senior Engineer, Mentor, Meetup Founder, Product Builder, Tattoo Enthusiast, and Entrepreneur. “The way i look at it is i run it like a startup” - Chris…
React Performance Tuning
Feb 9, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode we discuss front-end performance and React “Whenever you’re trying to fix the solution, it’s not just coming to the conclusion of “this is the best way to do it”. It’s important to get your team on board and educate and make and…
The UX of Voice
Feb 2, 2018 • 10 min
On today’s episode we discuss “The UX of Voice” An article from Jason Amunwa on Digital Telepathy. “How comfortable are we with having AI talk to use like our best friend” - Alfonso Moreno , Designer at Zeal Article…
Season’s Greetings
Dec 29, 2017 • 2 min
Season’s Greetings! On today’s episode we express gratitude and share our plans for the podcast entering 2018! Thank you for listening and happy holidays! Leave a review and get stickers! 1. Go to our page on ITunes and leave a review 2. …
UX Research on Agile Teams
Dec 22, 2017 • 26 min
On today’s episode we discuss “How to Stop UX Research being a Blocker” An article from Ben Ralph on Medium. “A good UX proccess is communication through and through across the board.” - Amy Dutton , Designer/Developer at Zeal Article…
Airbnb’s Another Lens
Dec 15, 2017 • 14 min
On today’s episode we discuss “Another Lens” A research tool for creatives from the design team at Airbnb and News Deeply. “The challenge is incorperating their feedback which doesn’t always always line up with my biases which is a good thing” -…
What Comes After ScreenHero?
Dec 8, 2017 • 23 min
On today’s episode we discuss ScreenHero being shut down and what that means for remote pairing and screen sharing. We also discuss what tools we at Zeal have been testing and what we look for in screen sharing tools. “I think ScreenHero allowed us…
Apple AR Device
Dec 1, 2017 • 26 min
On today’s episode we discuss “Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone” An article by Mark Gurman from Bloomberg Technology. “It’s not just about designing an experience, It’s actually augmenting an exisiting experience and that is…
Remote Pairing
Nov 24, 2017 • 23 min
Today’s episode we’re talking about remote pairing tools. Where we were, where we are, and where we are going. “As remote developers we choose and curate our own tools. When the commonly accepted solution is going away. It’s inspired a lot of…
Nov 17, 2017 • 21 min
On today’s episode we discuss “Redesigning” An article by Adam Wathan and Steve Schoger from the Refactoring Ui blog on Medium. “Good design creates succinct code. Styling things well, consistently across the board. You should be able…
Imposter Syndrome
Nov 10, 2017 • 14 min
On today’s episode we discuss the topic of Imposter Syndrome. Impostor syndrome is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. “I’ve been…
Global Day of Coderetreat
Nov 3, 2017 • 17 min
On today’s episode we discuss the Global Day of Coderetreat. A day founded by Corey Haines with the intention of giving developers time to hone their craft and get better at what they do. “If you think of musical performers, they practice a lot…
Firing Toxic Devs
Oct 27, 2017 • 17 min
On today’s episode we discuss “We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.” An article from Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton. We also talk about a response article titled “You fired your top talent. I hope you’re happy.” from Tony Robinson. “He…
Agile is Dead
Oct 20, 2017 • 14 min
Kevin and Chris revisit Dave Thomas’ Article ‘Agile Is Dead’ and how the world has reacted since 2014. “In order to turn this into a much bigger movement, people came up with this “nounification” of a thing.” - Kevin Craine, Senior Software…
Face ID
Oct 13, 2017 • 20 min
On today’s episode we discuss facial recognition for phone authentication coming hot off the heels of Apple’s iPhone X announcement. We also go into some recent history of facial recognition technology, the security and privacy questions this technology…
Oct 6, 2017 • 27 min
On today’s episode we discuss Cult(ure). A talk given by Adam Cuppy from Zeal. We speak on some of the topics Adam addresses in his talk. We also talk about the difference between a cult and a culture within organizations. “It’s very important that…
Twitter Mentors
Sep 29, 2017 • 15 min
On today’s episode we discuss mentoring and what it means to be a mentor and student, also what expectations to set for yourself as a mentor and apprentice. We also discuss where to look for mentorship and how to approach a possible mentor. “It’s…
The art of over-engineering your side projects
Sep 22, 2017 • 24 min
On today’s episode we discuss “The art of over engineering your side projects” An article from Liam Symonds. We also dive into our experiences with over engineering our side projects. “It’s really easy to not build what you’re trying to build if…
Open Source: redux-persist-sensitive-storage
Sep 15, 2017 • 15 min
On today’s episode we have a conversation with Randy Coulman about his most recently launched open source project and his philosophies about maintaining open source projects. “As people who use this software, if we see holes or gaps like that. We…
Four Reasons Developers are Unproductive
Sep 8, 2017 • 26 min
On today’s episode we discuss “Four Reasons Developers are Unproductive,” an article by David Bryant Copeland. We speak to how the word “incompetence” is used in the software development industry. We also dive into “floundering,” or how long you do not…
Is Group Chat Making You Sweat?
Sep 1, 2017 • 12 min
On today’s episode we discuss “Is Group Chat Making You Sweat?” An article from Jason Fried at Basecamp. We also delve into how internally at Zeal we have dealt with chat and it’s strengths and weaknesses. “I know I’m definitely distracted by…
Data Firm Leaks 200 Million Voter Identities
Aug 25, 2017 • 12 min
On todays episode we discuss UpGuards recent exposure of a massive vulnerability in Deep Root’s server with sensitive voter information also, the topic of software developers responsibility in protecting their users information. “It’s a big…
Bootcamp Closures
Aug 18, 2017 • 18 min
On todays episode we discuss the recent closures of dev bootcamps and their effects on the software development industry as a whole. “My impression of bootcamps is overwhelmingly positive, because it got me to where I am today” - Emma Castor,…