Frontier Podcast by Gun.io

Frontier Podcast by Gun.io

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Business Innovation Through Technology


The software and hardware behind parking tickets
Jun 26 • 21 min
If we’ve learned anything at the Frontier, it’s that interesting technology stories can be found anywhere… even in that parking ticket you got last month that you’re still cursing over. Ever wonder how they know where your car was parked and for how long?…
Engineering management tips for worldwide Ops, Dev, and Leadership
Jun 25 • 28 min
Scaling an engineering organization is challenging enough when you’re colocated, and when your whole team is developers. What happens when you also introduce data science and 24/7 SRE? That’s three entirely different types of work. Now distribute those…
DevRel and community building for authentic relationships
Jun 24 • 42 min
Communities are people who not only share common principles, but who also develop and share practices that help individuals in the group thrive. DevRel means building communities for technical audiences.If you want to know about DevRel and community…
Adopting enterprise risk management to conserve capital
Jun 21 • 14 min
APIs, microservices, connections to external systems, integration with legacy systems… the list of software complexities gets longer and longer.In this episode Ledge is joined by global enterprise IT leader Dipanjan Choudhury. With almost 20 years of…
How to manage hybrid remote/colocated teams
Jun 20 • 24 min
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Greg Starling, a full stack e-commerce and mobility expert with broad experience in the CTO seat. Ledge and Greg talk through his advice for staying on the right side of Apple’s review processes, and how to stand out…
Scaling a team to support every stack
Jun 19 • 28 min
John Isdell is the Director of Platform Engineering at Red Ventures. You may not know of Red Ventures by name, but you’re virtually guaranteed to have been on one of their sites like BankRate.com, Reviews.com, and CreditCards.com. They’re a digital…
Strategic acquisitions to enhance your company’s value
Jun 18 • 16 min
Most of us have engaged with, and even built, products and platforms that make heavy use of messaging. But how does anyone know if those messages convert into sales or other actionable metrics? In this episode I sit down with David Galante, SVP of…
An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management (Author Interview)
Jun 17 • 30 min
There’s a saying that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Management is a key part of any organization, yet the discipline is often self-taught and unstructured. Management can make the difference between fulfillment and frustration for…
Hiring a dev team when you’re non-technical
Jun 14 • 21 min
Ubiquitous platform technologies like Wordpress open up a world of opportunities for entrepreneurs in every conceivable sector, yet even user-friendly tools usually require implementation and customization by qualified developers. In this episode with…
AI for everyone, AI ethics, and problem solving
Jun 13 • 13 min
Yoav Rubin is a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft working on Azure AI. Previous to that he was a Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM Research. He’s a published author and self described “software guy” with a lot of interesting…
Fractals! And let the scientist have the DevOps
Jun 12 • 20 min
Oksana Shmaliy, scientist turned technologist, currently leads IT Strategy and Architecture at Grange Insurance, where she led the DevOps transformation company-wide.In this episode, Oksana and Ledge chat systems thinking, organizational scale, and how…
Agile transformation and delivering “first value”
Jun 11 • 16 min
One of the most difficult transitions an organization can make is moving from “how much will that cost?” and “how long with that take?” to “how quickly can we deliver first value?”That’s the essence of Agile transformation, so Ledge sat down with Jeff…
Look-alike audiences for B2B success
Jun 10 • 25 min
Facebook and Google pioneered lookalike audience marketing for B2C. Serial entrepreneur, and engineer-turned AI marketer, Olin Hyde, started Leadcrunch to do the same for B2B marketers, a group of buyers who behave in totally different patterns than…
AI-powered superheroes, aka “the humans in the loop”
Jun 7 • 22 min
David “Gonzo” Gonzalez is the CEO and Co-founder of Ziff.ai, a deep learning as a service platform. Ziff’s goal: Reduce the complexity required to profit from AI in an enterprise setting.In this episode, Gonzo and Ledge discuss how to answer the question,…
Product management from zero to 120 million users
Jun 6 • 42 min
How do you make application changes when you have 120 million active monthly users? Ledge sat down for an amazingly useful chat with James Colgan, Microsoft’s Sr. Product Manager for Outlook Mobile to literally answer that question. For the last few years…
The three pillars of engineering team productivity
Jun 5 • 25 min
“How does your software development team measure performance?” — that’s the question Dan Lines and Ori Keren set out to answer with Linear B. Ledge sits down to talk with the duo, each veteran software engineering leaders with global teams and several…
Ethical engineering on the path to excellent systems
Jun 4 • 22 min
Liz Fong-Jones is a 15-year Site Reliability Engineer. She’s a former Google and current SRE and observability advocate for Honeycomb.io. Liz evangelizes “Building Excellent Systems” that both look out for the people who use the system, and for the people…
Best practices from distributed team management across 30 countries
Jun 3 • 23 min
Chris Overton is the VP of Cloud Engineering at open source leader, Elastic, a globally distributed company with engineers in more than 30 countries.Chris and Ledge discuss how supporting remote work is an unparalleled competitive advantage that allows…
How customer empathy drives better engineering performance
May 31 • 28 min
Ravi Sahu is the founder and CEO of Strayos, a VC-backed computer vision and deep learning company that’s improving the mining industry by using 3D aerial intelligence to reduce costs, and to improve safety by providing highly accurate data.In this…
Autonomy and professional development for engineers who want to win
May 30 • 16 min
“Engineers want to win.” says Steve Prosser, VP of Software Development at Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the US, responsible for more than $20B in annual loan volume.Ever worked at a company that tries to hide engineering…
AI could be your new legal assistant
May 29 • 29 min
Ever had to parse through an absolutely awful contract? How about a 60-page MSA from one of those big company procurement departments? One of the promises of AI is that the happy robots will start taking away the drudgery of tasks like parsing our 4-page…
China, Huawei and the future of global technology
May 28 • 21 min
How will Chinese companies like Huawei affect the future of cyber security? How does our relationship with China affect the open source community and the future of AI? These are big questions for big thinkers like Chris Short.Chris runs the newsletter…
Winning in a new industry with best practices from another sector
May 27 • 18 min
How can best practices from one industry change another industry? 25-year Technology Executive, Dave Ugan joins Ledge in the episode to deep dive into a real example: how he spent 6 years bringing UX, CX, and technology from the hospitality and…
Killing off unplanned work for Frictionless Development
May 24 • 28 min
Unplanned work blows up estimates, kills team morale, and drives down productivity, which makes it no surprise that the best agile engineering leaders target operations improvements as a core value. Today’s guest Shawn Kuenzler takes that mission even…
Put your DevOps through P90X
May 23 • 12 min
You’re one of the largest exercise brands in the world. How do you get your DevOps in shape? Ledge sits down with Bob Chen, Senior Director of Technical Operations at Beachbody to chat DevOps, deployment, working with multiple distributed teams, and…
Integrity and quality in engineering, and leadership as an art
May 22 • 23 min
Software quality is like integrity - it’s doing the right thing even if no one is watching. That’s according to Merlin Quintin, Director QA Engineering at Redbox.Merlin joins Ledge in this episode to discuss her unique approaches to engineering leadership…
Making yourself an indispensable engineering hire
May 21 • 17 min
Is recruiting engineering talent similar to courting professional athletes? That’s been our experience at Gun.io, and Steve Bayette agrees.After traveling the world as a digital nomad, and successfully navigating two big-name exits, Steve now advises…
F.A.I.L. Mindset (First Attempt In Learning)
May 20 • 18 min
No stranger to screens big (very big) and small, David Shapendonk was the Direct of Technical Ops for IMAX before flexing his entrepreneurial muscles.He’s now the CTO of Maestro Games, a startup helping to build technologies that incorporate music therapy…
We’ve been acquired; we’re laying off your entire team
May 17 • 14 min
You’ll hear a lot of stories on The Frontier about starting, growing, and enhancing engineering teams. In this episode, Philipp Svehla, helps us explore the other side of the coin: bringing a team to a close.At the time of recording, his company had been…
Separating the signal from the noise in cloud
May 16 • 18 min
As companies move more and more workloads to the cloud, sometimes the number of new questions can seem to grow more quickly than the number of answers. In this episode Ledge talks to Leon Thomas, CEO of Jelecos, about their AWS services practice, using it…
Technical Evangelism as the voice of building, shipping, and operationalizing better software
May 15 • 26 min
What exactly is “technical evangelism?” At Gitlab, it’s sharing opinions on what’s going on in the community as technologists — helping each other to collectively move forward to build better, ship better, and operationalize better so software is more…
Building teams with the Iron Triangle of engineering leadership
May 14 • 20 min
You might have heard of the “Iron Triangle” of software development: Cost, Quality, and Speed. You can only choose two. How about the “Iron Triangle” of engineering leadership?No, it’s not a new Game of Thrones episode, but it is an extremely useful tool…
The engineering magic behind low- and no-code platforms
May 13 • 28 min
What if digital and marketing teams could really launch amazing web apps without needing developers? That’s the promise of low-code and no-code platforms. The interesting paradox is the extensive engineering required to create and maintain them. That’s…
Technology for good and people-first FTW
May 9 • 25 min
Embracing technology to make the world a better place; that’s a common theme with this podcast. Kevon Saber’s story continues to weave that fabric.Kevon started his tech career developing mobile games, later making a personal pivot to focus more on the…
Always be learning and The Fog of Development
May 7 • 22 min
It only takes a few minutes of talking to Ravi Lachhmann before you realize, “This dude seriously loves engineering.” That personality serves him well as a Technical Evangelist at Cisco company AppDynamics. Ravi’s perspectives on production outages,…
No CTO to Global CTO in one phone call
May 3 • 17 min
Imagine this: you get a call for a CTO job. The company has never had a CTO. It’s a global company with boots on the ground in every country and all 50 states. It gathers scientific data in droves that very well might save the planet. What would you do…
Improved UX and business results using automation
May 2 • 12 min
Tyler Foster is the Vice President of Engineering for Sentient Technologies. As both a senior individual contributor and executive, Tyler has spent more than 18 years delivering technical solutions to the worlds hardest problems.Tyler’s past-experience…
Digital transformation and the right tool for the job
Apr 30 • 15 min
Dan Morgan is a lifelong Chicagoan, with nearly 20 years of experience as a developer and manager. He’s worked across multiple industries including entertainment, paper products, transportation logistics, and health care. Technology is Dan’s passion: he…
Coordinating engineering teams to build a seamless user experience
Apr 29 • 22 min
In this episode, Ledge chats with Ryan Burgess, Software Engineering Manager at Netflix, about leading their Acquisition UI team optimizing the signup and login processes for one of highest usage apps on the planet. They discuss the challenges of…
Open Source, the grey areas, and keeping sharp with community
Apr 25 • 16 min
Ahmad Nassri is a force in the open source world. Any given day you can find him leading advisory groups at the Node.js Foundation, kicking off OSS conferences, or masterminding technology communities like TechMasters.You might be surprised to know he’s…
How to be a developer advocate without being an Instagram model
Apr 23 • 25 min
Burke Holland is a Nashville-based Developer Advocate for Microsoft. He’s one of the rare people who’s had a developer advocate position since way back in 2011, so I asked him about his path to what we now have started calling Dev Rel. In this episode…
How to scale DevOps, standards, and automation in a high-growth agency
Apr 18 • 16 min
I spoke to Tyler Shambora in late 2018. At the time of this recording he was the Directory of Technology at BVA. He recently founder Pack Digital, an e-commerce agency focused on innovation and conversion.Tyler’s role at BVA ecompassed a mixed bag of…
Digital transformation, bleeding edge, and legacy tribal knowledge
Apr 16 • 15 min
Nick Lumsden, COO of Online Tech, joined me in late 2018 to chat “digital transformation” or as I put it, “Hey, what’s exciting between legacy and bleeding edge?” It turns out companies can make a pretty big mess when they throw all of their workloads on…
Neural networks in 500 lines or less; open source in one line
Apr 15 • 16 min
The fourth book in the Architecture of Open Source Applications series is called “500 Lines or Less.” The book focuses on the design decisions that developers make in the small when they are building something new. Marina Samuel, Staff Software Engineer…
Low config, open source, and the rising dev rel community
Apr 11 • 25 min
Jason Lengstorf runs developer relations at Gatsby, a free and open source framework based on React that helps developers build blazing fast websites and apps. By addressing the problem of app launch from the perspective of progressive disclosure of…
How to create an engineering Manager Voltron
Apr 9 • 25 min
“Manager Voltron” Lara Hogan knows some things about high performing engineering teams. Following roles as Engineering Director at Etsy and VPE at Kickstarter, she founded Wherewithall to run workshops, trainings, and coaching on delivering great…
E-commerce innovations, metadata, and decision engines
Apr 4 • 17 min
Innovative shopping experiences drive e-commerce revenues by turning shoppers into buyers. In this episode I talk with Andrew Guldman, VP of Product Engineering and R&D at Fluid. Andrew and his team have innovated the Fluid Configure product all the way…
Pigs, chemistry, startups, and CTO stories
Apr 2 • 27 min
CTO of Labdoor, Helton Souza, has stories to tell. Stories about moving to America to learn English, about selling pigs (yes, pigs) online, about pitching for Startup America, and ending up in Silicon Valley. He’s also got insights about taking scientific…
Creative influence with The Tech Ninja
Apr 1 • 16 min
You might not recognize the name Kevin Nether, but chances are you’ve watched at least one video by Kevin The Tech Ninja. If you haven’t, fire up your YouTube app.A self-described “guy who’s just always loved technology,” Kevin’s videos have won acclaim…
CX from lead to user to evangelist
Mar 28 • 19 min
David Feinman is the CEO of Viral Ideas Marketing. We met him in his role as one of the Community Managers of Online Geniuses, a huge internet marketing community known for their industry leader AMAs.In this episode David and I compare notes about…
Scaling an engineering team in a transformational industry
Mar 26 • 30 min
Boston Code Viking, Steff Kelsey started as engineer #3 at Notarize. This episode was recorded while he was their VP of Engineering, leading a team of 40. He’s now the VPE of Appcues. Scaling an engineering org is challenging enough on it’s own, but what…
Engineering Meetings that Teams Love: Lessons from improv
Mar 21 • 22 min
A veteran of Microsoft, Groupon, and now Mode Analytics, Engineering Leader, Ushashi Chakraborty has gotten used to hearing the most abnormal feedback: “I love coming to your meetings!” She realized after some reflection that her extensive improv…
Customer discovery and early engineering feedback
Mar 19 • 14 min
Practitioners turned tech founders give us a unique view into the customer discovery process because they usually start their companies in order to solve a problem they’ve experienced themselves. Such is the case for attorney turned startup founder Alex…
Creating an engaging and authentic engineering practice
Mar 14 • 20 min
Google Staff Developer Advocate Kelsey Hightower is tech community famous for his down-to-earth and refreshingly funny keynotes. In this episode we talk about putting people first and tools second on the path to engaging and authentic engineering practice.
Borrowing Innovation from Aerospace: an engineer’s perspective
Mar 12 • 19 min
Sina Golshany is the Director of Technology at Fabricated Extrusion Company. He previously spent 8 years at Boeing in various aerospace engineering roles.Sina established and manages the computational engineering function responsible for supporting the…
Pragmatic Microservices Design - How to keep calm, and ship code
Mar 7 • 17 min
In it’s purest form, the microservices architectural pattern tells us to “dream small” while designing services, which is all well and good, but how small is still useful?Pragmatic microservice design helps draw some useful boundaries, and keeps our eyes…
Delivering fast: people, process, and purpose
Mar 5 • 19 min
Business and technology leaders face consistent pressure to bring products to market faster. Never in the last quarter century has the pace of change, the quantity of available tools, and the raw compute power been greater. In this episode, slashBlue CEO…
Solving Customer Problems (The Ballad of the Sales Engineer)
Mar 4 • 17 min
When we talk about the software development lifecycle, we often focus on the product and engineering functions, potentially leaving out a critical team: Sales, and specifically Sales Engineers. To add a little color to this role, we invited Chris Goodman,…
Launching a tech startup inside of a legacy enterprise
Feb 28 • 25 min
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) is a global leader in the B2B Travel Management space. The Hotels division within CWT was rebranded as RoomIt in the summer of 2017. My guest in this episode, Alex Behrens, was brought in as Director of Engineering to lead…
Startup life, stability, payroll, and change
Feb 26 • 17 min
There’s a difference between working for a startup, founding a startup, working freelance, and working as a consultant for a company on payroll. It all comes down to the risk profile you are willing and able to tolerate, and that is itself a function of…
I’d like my mainframe with CI/CD, please
Feb 21 • 20 min
When you hear “mainframe” I bet you think “old school,” or “dinosaur,” or at the very least “legacy.” After this episode with Compuware’s Tim Ceradsky, you might change your mind. With hundreds of billions of lines of COBOL driving the vast majority of…
QA just “moved left”… now what?
Feb 19 • 16 min
When it comes to Quality Assurance, the hot buzz words are “automation” and “moving left.” It’s true that automated testing beats manual, but throwing a bunch of automated tests on your UI just to increase your test coverage isn’t productive.A holistic QA…
Stuck in a Career Rut? Level Up Your Speaking Skills
Feb 14 • 22 min
There comes a time in almost every engineer’s career where they may need to communicate with a customer, train a teammate, pitch a project, or prove they are credible to a potential client.Poornima Vijayashanker was the founding engineer of Mint.com where…
Building an Engineering Recruitment Process that Candidates Love
Feb 12 • 24 min
Alan Spadoni is the Director of Engineering at Buildout. He’s was an engineering leader at Groupon for six years prior to his current post. Alan shares some awesome insights on making your engineering culture attractive from a recruiting perspective in a…
The Intersection of AI and Medicine
Feb 7 • 16 min
One of most promising areas for artificial intelligence research rests at the intersection of biology and medicine. That’s where we found Robert Fratila, CTO and Co-founder of Aifred Health. He and his team won an XPRIZE at the Annual Conference on Neural…
Post-Crypto Distributed Ledger for Business Leaders
Feb 5 • 15 min
Mike Talbot is the CTO of Veracity Consulting where he leads their data and emerging technologies practices.He writes and advises on distributed ledger technology for government and business clients and he’s the author of “A Brief Description of…
Tips and Tricks to Career Hack your Soft Skills
Jan 31 • 22 min
Rusty Wilson started his career as a signals intelligence analyst in the US Army where, while deployed in Korea, he cut his algorithmic teeth on Perl scripts that ended up slicing days of processing time from his intelligence data processing before “Big…
When to use Native or Hybrid & What’s Next in Mobile App Dev
Jan 29 • 14 min
Simon Reggiani is a multi-platform native and hybrid mobile developer with over a decade of experience launching apps on iOS and Android using Java, Kotlin, Objective-C, Swift, and React Native. Simon shares his opinions and insights based on his…
Interoperability via Machine-to-Machine Data Architecture
Jan 22 • 15 min
Jim Nasr is Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Synchrogenix where he spearheads strategy and implementation of emerging technologies such as large scale blockchain and machine learning in healthcare and the life sciences. He previously served…
DevOps Automation, Orchestration, and Choreography
Jan 15 • 17 min
Steve Peak is the founder and CEO of Asyncy, an ambitious foray into the brave new world of DevOps automation, orchestration, and choreography. An accomplished software engineer himself, Steve’s contributions to the development toolchain includes other…
Service Discovery in a Microservices Architecture
Jan 8 • 14 min
Travis Scheponik is a Master Software Engineer, currently with Capital One. His previous decade of experience has included work in finance, government, education, and a series of multi-industry startups. His areas of expertise include legacy system…
Democratizing Blockchain Technologies
Jan 2 • 11 min
As blockchain technologies proliferate, one of the most challenging aspects for business users and developers alike is accessibility and user experience. In this episode, Ledge chats with Joel Neidig, CEO and Co-founder of SIMBA Chain, a robust developer…
Remote Tech Teams: How to Make it Work
Dec 26, 2018 • 21 min
Ledge sits down with Laurel Farrer, a remote work strategist and consultant, to chat about what it takes to strengthen virtual communication, streamline digital processes, and develop long-distance management strategies necessary for remote teams to…
On-Prem vs. Cloud Deployments
Dec 18, 2018 • 10 min
Roland Cooper is a 10-year technical operations and infrastructure expert with broad experience in fintech, e-commerce, and B2C. In this interview Roland talks to us about the tensions between on-prem and cloud deployment. On the bleeding edge of software…
Disrupting Healthcare
Dec 11, 2018 • 19 min
Our guest this episode is Chris Venturini. Chris is a healthcare technologist in the venture technology space with broad expertise in platform development and domain-driven design. In this wide-ranging interview, we dive into Chris’s perspectives on…
Teach Your Engineers To Play Risk
Dec 4, 2018 • 17 min
Ledge sits down with Rahul Garg, SVP Engineering & Product Management at Pypestream, to share tricks of the trade when it comes to orienting engineers around a product vision, teaching risk management, and the art of diplomacy between product and…
First Principles Thinking for Bitcoin Exchanges
Nov 27, 2018 • 18 min
Today we’re joined by Zach Dexter, CTO of LedgerX, to chat about Bitcoin, First Principles Thinking, and throwing away everything you know about a market in order to disrupt it. If you love The Frontier, we bet you’ll love our weekly newsletter, the…
API-As-A-Business
Oct 16, 2018 • 26 min
We talk with Christine Spang of Nylas about building a business with engineers, for engineers, using a modern API platform.If you love The Frontier, we bet you’ll love our weekly newsletter, the Wayfarer. You can subscribe here. We promise to make you…
The Technology of Politics
Oct 12, 2018 • 21 min
We talk with Josh Hendler of Purpose about the unique challenges of building technology for organizations and campaigns in modern election cycles.If you love The Frontier, we bet you’ll love our weekly newsletter, the Wayfarer. You can subscribe here. We…
Better Data, Better Products, Better Business
Oct 9, 2018 • 27 min
We talk with Kelly Stevens of OneSpace about the importance of data-driven decision-making, especially in today’s modern architectures.If you love The Frontier, we bet you’ll love our weekly newsletter, the Wayfarer. You can subscribe here. We promise to…
Dealing With Legacy Code
Oct 5, 2018 • 48 min
Expert discussion and advice with Debbie Madden (CEO | Stride Consulting) and Jason Ables (Team Coach and Creative Scientist | Ethode) on the important considerations in dealing with legacy code, refactoring, re-writing or removing old code completely. If…
What’s Next In Blockchain
Oct 3, 2018 • 30 min
John Fitch from Animal Ventures talks with us about how Blockchain is driving innovation in categories well beyond cryptocurrency.If you love The Frontier, we bet you’ll love our weekly newsletter, the Wayfarer. You can subscribe here. We promise to make…