Thoughtful Software Podcast

Thoughtful Software Podcast
Software is eating the world. Software is also eating our wallets. Billions of dollars a year are lost on unusable software projects. The world wants Thoughtful Software. We discuss how thoughtful people and thoughtful software will change the world …

Software is a Team Effort
Jul 28 • 43 min
Software is a team effort, and it centers around people. There isn’t really any automation or AI that can solve the entire problem. AI might be a piece of the puzzle, but it really needs to be centered around how to get people to come together, share…
Exploring Open Source with Amanda McPherson
Jul 13 • 53 min
In this episode, we’re diving into the world of Open Source with expert in the field, Amanda McPherson. Amanda is an advisor, board member, writer, and college lecturer on technology, marketing, and open source issues. Previously, she was the Chief…
Key Features of Collaboration First Architecture
Jun 29 • 34 min
In this episode, Andrew and Fahad are looking ahead and discussing the trend toward collaboration first software. We believe the next generation of engineers, product designers, and salespeople want a real-time collaborative experience when it comes to…
Leadership Principles: A Conversation with Joe Moglia, Chairman of TD Ameritrade
Jun 17 • 34 min
When you listen to someone share his or her life story and overcoming obstacles, you can’t help but feel inspired as you think about your own goals and aspirations. In this episode, you’ll hear an interview with leader, author, and coach, Joe Moglia….
Leading During a Crisis - An Interview with a 4 Star General
Jun 2 • 34 min
No matter who you are or what setting you find yourself in, leadership is leadership. You do not have to be a highly decorated 4 Star General who leads tens of thousand soldiers to implement strong leadership practices, but who better to learn from when…
Building a Strong Remote Company
May 20 • 37 min
Recently Skiplist Founder and CEO, Andrew Wolfe, was interviewed on The Future Lab Podcast with Chris Berry. We wanted to share the interview here on our show because it’s packed full of incredible insight when it comes to leadership and building trust…
Understanding Software Platforms
May 6 • 34 min
Today’s episode is all about Software Platforms. Andrew and Fahad are discussing how Software Platforms have evolved over time and what they actually are now, how a platform is different from a product, the architecture needed underneath, and what we…
Remote Transformation: Going Beyond Slack and Zoom
Apr 22 • 39 min
Software is eating the world. Software is also eating our wallets. Billions of dollars a year are lost on unusable software projects. The world wants Thoughtful Software. We discuss how thoughtful people and thoughtful software will change the world for…
The State of Venture Capital with Samir Kaji
Apr 15 • 36 min
Our guest for this episode is Silicon Valley veteran, Samir Kaji. Samir is the Senior Managing Director at First Republic Bank, a Kaufman fellow and the source of truth for venture capital and emerging VC funds. Together, Fahad and Samir discuss how the…
Grokking Machine Learning
Apr 8 • 42 min
Today’s guest is Machine Learning expert, Luis Serrano. Luis has a passion for teaching and is the author of Grokking Machine Learning. He is currently a researcher at Zapata Computing working on quantum computing. This episode covers a wide variety of…
Sleep, Improving Immunity, and Making Better Decisions
Mar 25 • 42 min
This episode is all about the importance of sleep for optimal performance. Our guest is Dr. Michelle Jonelis a Sleep Medicine Physician. Dr. Jonelis specializes in behavior sleep therapy and has so many great things to say about sleep, why it’s important…
“Righting Software” with Juval Lowy
Feb 12 • 57 min
Our guest for this episode is author, teacher, and keynote speaker, Juval Lowy. Recognized by Microsoft as a software legend, Juval has been in the software industry for over 20 years and is definitely one of the world’s top experts and industry leaders.…
The Human Cloud and Transforming Work with Matt Mottola
Feb 5 • 41 min
Are things changing for better or worse in the gig and freelance economy? In this episode we’re diving into that conversation with Matt Mottola, discussing the human cloud, major pain points for corporations and freelancers, and what we expect in the…
Bringing Policymakers and Blockchain Together
Jan 8 • 44 min
In this unique episode, Andrew and Fahad speak with Kristin Smith, Executive Director from the Blockchain Association in Washington D.C. They dive into blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and how policymakers are addressing emerging technologies. Blockchain…
Learning about NLP
Dec 18, 2019 • 39 min
Today we’re taking a deep dive into Natural Language Processing (NLP). It’s an exciting topic and an important piece of the software puzzle. For people, speaking and understanding are simple, but its actually quite difficult for computers. Our…
How to be a great CTO
Nov 5, 2019 • 45 min
What does it take to be a good CTO? It’s important for every organization to understand what it means to be a good technology leader. Whether you are the CIO, CTO, CSO, or CDO, you own the technology at your company. In this episode, Andrew and Fahad are…
10 Reasons Why Software Projects Fail
Oct 1, 2019 • 65 min
Today we’re breaking away from our typical Thoughtful Software Podcast format and going a little more technical. Experts in the tech industry, Andrew and Fahad, have compiled their top reasons as to why Software Projects Fail. This is a huge issue because…
Building a high-performance team culture with David Kravitz from Karma
Sep 24, 2019 • 43 min
Today on the Thoughtful Software Podcast, we’re sharing a conversation with our friend David Kravitz of Karma. Karma is a Slack application that’s designed to build High-performance team culture, build happier teams, set goals, track performance, and…
A Deeper look at Apple’s Special Event 2019
Sep 18, 2019 • 58 min
Today on the Thoughtful Software Podcast, we’re discussing the latest Apple Announcement with one of our Senior Skiplist developers, Josh Smith. Josh is an industry veteran, accomplished speaker, and a published author. We are excited to have him on the…
The Future of Search
Sep 10, 2019 • 49 min
Today we are catching up with our friend Ravi Swaminathan, the creator of the revolutionary app Task Human. Andrew, Fahad, and Ravi are talking about online marketplaces and platforms, how we can effectively serve people by creating new types of…
Thoughtful Software One Year Later
Aug 27, 2019 • 36 min
We’re celebrating our one year anniversary of the Thoughtful Software Podcast! In this episode Andrew and Fahad discuss the journey of Skiplist so far, lessons they’ve learned from some of their favorite episodes of the show, the major need for software…
Technology Leadership/Innovation for non-tech Companies
Jul 24, 2019 • 49 min
Our guest on the Thoughtful Software Podcast is business centric technology leader, Michael Keithley. Michael Keithley is the Chief Information Officer at United Talent Agency. UTA is one of the biggest talent agencies in the world. Michael has over 25…
Polymaths and Tech with Ben Vandgrift, Dir of Engineering at Skiplist
Jul 10, 2019 • 43 min
This episode is all about learning and how polymaths approach life and work in the tech industry. We’re discussing what it means to be a polymath, being a generalist vs being a specialist, and what it takes to become a polymath today.
The Future of Education and New Models with Ryan Holdaway, VP of Outcomes at Lambda School
Jun 26, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, we spoke with Ryan Holdaway, VP of Outcome at Lambda School. Lambda School is an interesting online school where you pay nothing until you get a job. You can learn full-stack development, data science, and UX design all from the comfort…
Smart Stores, Analytics, and the Future of Retail with Gregg Golembeski CTO at Dor
May 27, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, we speak about smart retail and smart store…how physical stores are getting smarter and the future of retail—“Having data no one else has is invaluable”
Thoughtful Industrial Automation with Kyle Reissner at Rockwell
Apr 18, 2019 • 51 min
In this episode, we spoke with Kyle Reissner, Head of Digital Customer Experience at Rockwell Automation. Kyle has more than 20 years of diverse industrial product management and marketing experience.In Kyle’s current role, he is responsible for defining…
Mastering Serverless Architecture with Mike Jones, VP of Eng at MedaSync
Apr 2, 2019 • 41 min
Hosts: Fahad Shoukat and Andrew WolfeToday’s Guest: Mike Jones; VP of Engineering at MedaSync.Mike brings nearly 10 years of software development experience to MedaSync. He oversees the development of the MedaSync platform and works with other engineering…
Merging Digital + Real-World Experiences with Jake Annear at Moet Hennessy
Mar 12, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode we spoke with Jake Annear who leads Digital Marketing and North American Innovation lab at Moet Hennessy.We discuss consumer experiences, building a brand in the digital world, data-driven decisions, and creative uses of technology within…
Legal Cannabis with Brett Cummings, CEO of Left Coast Ventures
Feb 28, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, we were fortunate enough to speak with Brett Cummings, CEO of Left Coast Ventures about a widely debated topic, Cannabis. Left Coast Ventures vision is to bring consumers innovative cannabis products that disrupt the global CPG market.…
Scaling Values in Your Org with Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia)
Feb 11, 2019 • 18 min
Andrew and I were in New York and spoke to GaryVee about building and scaling values at an organization. We spoke the challenge entrepreneurs face when scaling for fundraising or for building a great company. How do you also drive culture in a big…
Innovation at Enterprises with Ed Olson-Morgan at Bain and Company
Jan 17, 2019 • 44 min
Innovation with Bain and Co’s Ed Olson-MorganHosts: Fahad Shoukat and Andrew WolfeToday’s Guest: Ed Olson-Morgan, Head of Bain & Company’s Americas Development Lab, ADAPTADAPT@Bain helps you fuel innovation and accelerate transformation while also helping…
Making Data-Driven Decisions with Brian Ellis (CTO) of Bezlio
Jan 10, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, we speak with Brian Ellis, CTO of Bezlio a mobile-first no-code/low-code development platform to visualize data. We discuss the importance of data-driven decisions. We get into why data is such a powerful tool to enable any organization…
Chatbots with Natasha Takahashi from School of Bots
Dec 14, 2018 • 43 min
Where do you start building a chatbot? How to build a more thoughtful bot? School of Bots is your one-stop shop for everything bot building, marketing, and sales. We teach entrepreneurs how to build, sell, and monetize chatbots.
Venture Capital, Immigrant Founders, and American Grit with Manan Mehta, Unshackled Ventures
Nov 20, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode, Andrew and I speak with Manan Mehta, Managing Partner from Unshackled Ventures. Unshackled Ventures is a venture capital firm betting on immigrant founders. Not all the great talent comes from Harvard and Stanford and they don’t all live…
Blockchain is changing Walmart, Accountants and CFOs
Nov 18, 2018 • 41 min
Crypto and Bitcoin get all the hype. However, there is so much going on in the background so to speak with this exponential technology. Today, we speak with John Masotti founder of the MM Blockchain advisory and managing partner of Masotti & Masotti a CPA…
Thoughtful Master Data Management with Cort Fritz
Nov 6, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode we are discussing Master Data Management (MDM).The most often cited reason for implementing MDM is to reduce bad data in the organization. Cleaning data is a difficult, repetitive and a cumbersome process. Your data also lives in different…
Thoughtful Chatbot Series: Passage AI
Nov 2, 2018 • 40 min
This episode is the first of our Thoughtful Chatbot Series. Chatbot Platforms with Mitul Tiwari (CTO and Co-Founder) and Muckai Girish (VP of Business Development) from Passage AI.Companies like Passage AI are making chatbots easier to build and…
The Town Kitchen with Eric Quick and Jefferson Sevilla
Oct 8, 2018 • 44 min
In this episode, we get a chance to speak with the executive team at The Town Kitchen, Jefferson Sevilla (Co-founder) and Eric Quick (CEO). A fantastic discussion to learn more about The Town Kitchen as well the social impact of software, which is not…
Unusual Journeys and Great Software
Sep 22, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode, Charles Esau and Chris Stoll, software engineers at Skiplist join us to discuss our unusual journeys and atypical backgrounds and how it helps us build great software.If you ever wanted to learn more about how to build great software and…
Exponential Technologies - Internet of Things (IoT)
Sep 12, 2018 • 31 min
IoT is huge and one of those technologies that tie in the physical world with the internet. We discuss in this episode what to think about when working on an IoT project. And the most awesome combination of technologies, AI, blockchain, and IoT. The…
Machine Learning and Data Bias
Aug 22, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode, Chris Stoll a Sr Software Architect at Skiplist joins Andrew and me to discuss Machine Learning. Both have Masters in Computer Science and tons of experience in this space. Machine learning is not just an algorithm or a black box. There…
Thoughtful Software Architecture
Aug 10, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode, we discuss why the underlying software architecture should never be overlooked. We discuss areas engineers can improve outcomes. Simple improvements we can all make such as creating better documentation and thinking about the future.
What is Thoughtful Software?
Aug 9, 2018 • 24 min
We discuss building incredible software. There is nothing more expensive and wasteful than sending thought-less software to production.