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Russ Roberts
Mar 18 • 32 min
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Gant LaBorde
Mar 11 • 19 min
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Michael Dibernardo
Mar 4 • 28 min
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Scott Meschke
Feb 26 • 14 min
In this episode, we are joined by Scott Roe-Meschke, Director of Engineering at Blinker. Scott discusses the importance of cultivating trust and transparency for your team in an engineering leadership role. See for privacy and opt-out…
Vinay Mahadik
Feb 19 • 25 min
In this episode, we are joined by Vinay Mahadik, CEO and Co-Founder of Securly. Vinay discusses how his experience as a father and in enterprise security formed the company that is securing the safety of children online. See for privacy…
Madison May
Feb 12 • 31 min
In this episode, we are joined by Madison May, Machine Learning Architect and Co-Founder of Indico. He shares insights into sitting in both leadership seats and building custom models for custom problems. See for privacy and opt-out…
Lisa Reeves
Feb 11 • 24 min
In this episode, we are joined by Lisa Reeves, SVP of product at Zenefits. Lisa shares how her years of experience as an operator, investor, and entrepreneur has been a guide in her uncapped success in the industry. See for privacy and…
David Yakobovitch
Feb 5 • 23 min
In this episode, we are joined by David Yakobovitch, Principal Data Scientist for Galvanize, and the host of HumAin, an AI podcast. David shares his insights from his extensive experience in AI, and enterprise data science to help any company from Fortune…
John Callaway, Clayton Hunt, & Jon Ash
Jan 29 • 29 min
In this episode, we are joined by John Callaway, Clayton Hunt, & Jon Ash of the 6 Figure Developer podcast. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Derek Lin, CEO at Exabeam
Jan 22 • 24 min
In this episode, we speak to Derek Lin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Exabeam. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Joseph Feiman & Setu Kulkarni of White Hat Security
Jan 15 • 25 min
In this episode Ledge is joined by Joseph Feiman & Setu Kulkarni of White Hat Security to share with us how they enable enterprises to secure their digital businesses. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Scott Parker, Director of Product Marketing at Sinequa
Jan 8 • 26 min
In this episode Ledge chats with Scott Parker, Director of Product Marketing at Sinequa. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Adam Garrett-Harris, Host of Web of Tomorrow and BookBytes
Jan 6 • 24 min
In this episode Ledge is joined by Adam Garrett-Harris, Host of the podcasts Web of Tomorrow and BookBytes. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brody Dorland, Co-founder at DivvyHQ
Dec 30, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, Ledge is joined by Brody Dorland, Co-founder at DivvyHQ, to talk about DivvyHQ is building the #1 content planning and workflow automation engine to help teams conquer content chaos. See for privacy and opt-out…
Vinay Patankar, CEO of Process Street
Dec 18, 2019 • 29 min
We are joined by Vinay Patankar, CEO of Process Street, in this episode of the pod to discuss how Process Street is building a platform that manages recurring processes for teams and turns businesses into automated, self growing machines. See…
Ryan Cousins, CEO at krtkl inc
Dec 16, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, Ledge is joined by Ryan Cousins, CEO at krtkl inc, to give his insights into an entrepreneurial mindset and how their project snickerdoodle is changing the way development is done through hardware. See for privacy and…
Mitch Stewart, Co-founder at GURU
Dec 11, 2019 • 28 min
Mitch Stewart joins the pod to discus how GURU is building a platform to unify companies’ internal knowledge, verifies its accuracy, and empower your revenue teams. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Shauni Deshmukh, CTO at Tettra
Dec 9, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, Shauni Deshmukh, CTO at Tettra, joins the pod to share her insights on transparency, building your team, and her knowledge gained throughout her career working in both the software engineering seat and CTO seat. See for…
Matt Zimmermann and Christian Wirth of Beast Code
Dec 4, 2019 • 29 min
Ledge sits down with Matt Zimmermann and Christian Wirth of Beast Code to talk about how Beast Code is transcending the traditional defense solution paradigm with a unique approach to naval technology. See for privacy and opt-out…
Alex Hertel, Co-founder and CEO Of Xperiel
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
Ledge is joined on this episode of the podcast by Alex Hertel, co-founder and CEO of Xperiel. At Xperiel he has helped to create the world’s most user-friendly programming language called ‘Pebbles’, and its goal is to democratize AR and IoT programming in…
Matt Stone, Director Global Technical Support at SignalFx
Nov 27, 2019 • 26 min
Matt Stone is an accomplished Customer Experience professional with a broad scope of industry knowledge ranging from Fortune 100 to leading SaaS private vendors, and he joins Ledge in this episode to shares his insights on growing companies in the CX…
Ian McGaw, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at ENGworks
Nov 25, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, Ledge is joined by Ian McGaw, Vice President of Technology and Innovation at ENGworks, to talk about how they are using cutting edge tech to design and build better projects by saving construction costs and time through implementing the…
Marco Palladino, Co-founder and CTO of Kong
Nov 20, 2019 • 23 min
Marco Palladino, co-founder and CTO of Kong, joins Ledge on this episode of the pod to talk about the history of Kong and how they built the most widely adopted open source API platform. See for privacy and opt-out information.
John Dubois, co-founder of Oculus360
Nov 18, 2019 • 27 min
John Dubois is the co-founder of Oculus360, joins Ledge on this episode of the pod to discuss the AI space, and how Oculus 360 is using AI to change the game on generating consumer insights for brands. See for privacy and opt-out…
Jason Burns, CEO and founder of Kortivity,
Nov 13, 2019 • 25 min
Ledge sits down with Jason Burns, CEO and founder of Kortivity, about his journey to starting Kortivity after being frustrated with the lack of transparency and accountability in the recruiting industry. See for privacy and opt-out…
Mike Duensing, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Skuid
Nov 11, 2019 • 26 min
Mike Duensing, the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering at Skuid, joins Ledge to discuss how Skuid is building a no-code cloud platform for powerful custom web and mobile applications with a killer UX, up to 90% faster. See…
Christopher Furlin, Content Development at Tempered Networks
Nov 6, 2019 • 30 min
Ledge sits down with Christopher Furlin, Content Development at Tempered Networks, to talk about journey from stock broker to technical writer, and the importance of customer empathy. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Dave Shewfelt, Director of Integration Services at Vidado
Nov 4, 2019 • 24 min
David Shewfelt, Director of Integration Services at Vidado, joins Ledge in this episode to discuss the intelligent automation tech in capturing human handwriting. See for privacy and opt-out information.
John Collier, Chief Technology Officer at VieMed
Oct 30, 2019 • 26 min
Ledge sits down with John Collier, Chief Technology Officer at VieMed, to talk about his technical career path across many different industries spanning speech analytics to medical, and his current work implementing his tech innovation into the healthcare…
Andrew Glover, Director, Delivery Engineering at Netflix
Oct 29, 2019 • 48 min
Teja is joined in this episode of the podcast by Andrew Glover, Director, Delivery Engineering at Netflix to discuss his entry into programming, navigating his way through a career spanning big and small companies, and finding value in stepping towards…
Brandon Smith, Director of Engineering at eVestment
Oct 28, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode, Ledge chats with Brandon Smith, Director of Engineering at eVestment, about scaling high-growth engineering teams and delivering cloud-native financial technology solutions. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Randy Layman, Vice President of Software Engineering at AVOXI
Oct 23, 2019 • 24 min
Ledge sits down with Randy Layman, the Vice President of Software Engineering at AVOXI, to talk about how they are helping companies around the globe effectively and efficiently communicate with their customers. See for privacy and…
Jason Nochlin, CTO & Co-Founder at GaggleAMP
Oct 21, 2019 • 26 min
Jason Nochlin is the CTO & Co-Founder at GaggleAMP who are helping their clients increase the impact of your social media marketing efforts. Jason joins Ledge in this episode to talk about jumping into the leadership, the balance of management and coding,…
Craig Bryant, the founder and CEO of and
Oct 16, 2019 • 26 min
Ledge sits down with Craig Bryant, the founder and CEO of and, as well as the former co-founder of about his mission to make happy and healthy workplaces. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Chris Siefken, Head of Technology at Xenial
Oct 14, 2019 • 23 min
Ledge talks to Chris Siefken, Head of Technology at Xenial, about how they are making the technology that runs smart enterprise restaurants around the world, and how they employing blockchain technologies in order to track all of the moving parts of the…
Tom Young, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Syncurity
Oct 14, 2019 • 22 min
Tom Young is the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Syncurity and joins Ledge in this episode to talk about how they are helping enterprises cut through the noise of increased alert volume, staff shortages, and lack of integrated security…
Kristie D’Ambrosio-Correll, VP Engineering at MIRROR
Oct 9, 2019 • 38 min
Teja sits down with Kristie D’Ambrosio-Correll, VP Engineering at MIRROR in this episode of the pod to talk about how MIRROR is revolutionizing the home workout market with their uniuqe approach to fitness tech. See for privacy and…
Andrew Phillips - Product Manager at Google Cloud
Oct 8, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode of the Pod, Teja is joined by Andrew Phillips to talk about his journey from software engineer, team lead, infrastructure builder, community evangelist and now his work on product management for Google Cloud. See for…
Kevin Wang, VP of Product at Braze
Oct 7, 2019 • 23 min
Ledge sits down with Kevin Wang, VP of Product at Braze, to share how they are leading the way in helping brands such as Microsoft, Citi, Postmates,and KFC to build rich relationships with their customers. See for privacy and opt-out…
Isaac Mosquera, CTO at Armory
Oct 7, 2019 • 28 min
Teja is joined in this episode of the pod by Isaac Mosquera, CTO at Armory about staying fulfilled in your career and about his approach to technical management and building a world-class engineering team at Armory. See for privacy and…
Donnie Goins, Chief Engineering Officer & Business Development at Software Development Europe
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
Donnie Goins joins the pod to share his story about how an MBA project to redefine outsourcing by tapping into Central and Eastern Europe became a successful business venture. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Jason Kiesel, CPO, Rock Solid; Former CEO, CitySourced
Sep 30, 2019 • 27 min
Jason Kiesel joins the pod to discuss how his company, CitySourced, worked with local governments to develop mobile solutions to keep their citizens engaged. This is a must listen for anyone interested in GovTech. See for privacy and…
Bruce Brien, Chief Strategy Officer at Hive9
Sep 23, 2019 • 24 min
Bruce Brien, Chief Strategy Officer at Hive9, joins the pod to share his insights on career development, and how to build a relationship with your customer. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Karan Zaveri, Chief Technology Officer at 24/7 Software
Sep 18, 2019 • 21 min
Karan Zaveri joins the pod to discuss the balance of engineering vs entrepreneurship, and shares the learnings and failures he learned along the way in his tech journey. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Eric Rodwell, VP of Conga
Sep 16, 2019 • 24 min
Ledge sits down with Eric Rodwell, VP Worldwide Solutions Engineering at Conga, to discuss the importance of self awareness when starting the journey of professional development. He shares helpful tips on putting yourself in the shoes of your customer to…
Glenn Thimmes, CTO of Centeva
Sep 11, 2019 • 26 min
Glenn Thimmes joins Ledge on the podcast to discuss his technical experience. From working for Microsoft becoming an expert in .NET, to becoming CTO for Centeva developing agile solutions for the federal government. See for privacy and…
Eric Hunter, CTO of Spherical Models
Sep 9, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Eric Hunter, Managing Director for futurist consultancy firm Spherical Models, LLC and CTO of Bradford & Barthel, LLP, about how having a stroke sparked his interest in how we process information and the…
Mike Kritzman, CEO at SkillNet
Sep 5, 2019 • 22 min
Mike Kritzman, CEO at SkillNet, joins the podcast to discuss how Skillnet is helping companies to do better with their HR by upskilling and reskilling to retain talent. See for privacy and opt-out information.
James Graham, Founder of Community Phone
Sep 3, 2019 • 25 min
Ledge sat down with James Graham, Founder of Community Phone, to talk about how Community Phone is reinventing the way we look at telephone companies by helping millions reduce the cost of their monthly phone plan, safeguarding their online privacy, and…
Jason Hintersteiner, CTO at Imperial Network Solutions
Aug 30, 2019 • 24 min
Jason Hintersteiner is the CTO at Imperial Network Solutions and is an expert on all things WiFi and joins the podcast talk about this technology that we use everyday and how to think about security holistically when it comes to Wifi networks. See…
Andrew Plato, CEO, President, and Founder of Anitian
Aug 29, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Andrew Plato, CEO, President, and Founder of Initian to chat about accidentally discovering the SQL attack, and through that experience gaining an appreciation for security which led him start his own security firm.…
Adtech innovations at the retailing edge
Aug 28, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode Ledge sits down with Michael Weissman, 10-time entrepreneur, career high tech executive, and consultant to such tech allstars as Apple, Amazon, Adobe, and more.Michael’s current adventure is Synchy, an advanced adtech product that delivers…
From Startup Weekend to YC to startup success
Aug 27, 2019 • 29 min
Technology co-founder Matthew McDonald is no stranger to rapid change. He joined a Startup Weekend event, met some contractors there with an idea to change construction equipment rental industry, and built a prototype — booking their first validation…
Pet Tech - Wearables for Healthy Best Friends
Aug 26, 2019 • 28 min
Electrical engineer, Fabrizio Filippini, has always had a strong passion for web, IoT, and sports. That got him into wearables, which led him to join as a co-founder of FitBark. Wearables for animals? No one thinks innately about health monitors for pets…
We’re all targets: Preparing for inevitable security breaches
Aug 23, 2019 • 23 min
Dan Tienes, CTO of Corporate Cost Control, has unique perspectives on cybersecurity, particularly having taken a personal interest in the well-known Equifax breach, having spent time working at the company for 9 years after an acquisition. With a deep…
Applying disruptive technologies in a familiar fashion in conservative business sectors
Aug 22, 2019 • 21 min
Tim Anderson is the Vice President of Technical Operations of Kasasa, a community financial institution fintech company. Kasasa offers a suite of checking account products for which Tim runs the implementation and support team — making sure customer data…
Video calling technology on the cutting edge with Lifesize
Aug 21, 2019 • 35 min
Video connections are critical in a remote business environment. If we’re going to embrace remote work, we need video calls. That’s what Ledge talks about with Bobby Beckman, CTO of Lifesize, a formidable competitor in the video calling sector.The major…
Technical trends and trade-offs with a career CTO
Aug 20, 2019 • 17 min
Three-time CTO, Rich Brown, put in his Fortune 500 time across the enterprise sector at Bank of American, SAP, and others. Ledge and Rich discuss the trade-offs of native and hybrid, cloud and local, and the true experience end users are looking for.We…
Scaling remote engineering teams like Auth0
Aug 19, 2019 • 26 min
Damian Schenkelman is the Director of Engineering at Auth0. Ledge reached him at his remote office in Brazil. Auth0 provides SDKs and APIs for identification and login. Auth0 is the Stripe of logging into websites and apps.As an engineering director,…
The amazing business of being ‘uncool’
Aug 16, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Nav Bhachech, who boasts an impressive CV having worked at both Microsoft and Amazon, to talk about his work with various SV-area startups.Nav goes into detail about his work with developing Microsoft Office apps,…
Adapting to Change in The Workplace
Aug 15, 2019 • 25 min
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Nav Bhachech, who boasts an impressive CV having worked at both Microsoft and Amazon, to talk about his work with various SV-area startups.Nav goes into detail about his work with developing Microsoft Office apps,…
Better Sales Conversions with Next-gen Software Demos
Aug 14, 2019 • 23 min
Do we take software demos for granted? Should we be investing more energy and attention into demo UX? CEO and founder of Omedym, Greg Dickinson, believes so. Omedym’s solution helps companies craft interactive software demo experiences, intelligently…
Retail SaaS Platforms at the Cutting Edge
Aug 13, 2019 • 19 min
ason Zubrick has enjoyed a trailblazing career in retail finance, helping small-scale outlets revolutionize their technology approach, as the CTO at defi SOLUTIONS. defi’s loan origination solution provides banks, credit unions, and auto lenders with a…
Mobile App Security and Threat Defense
Aug 12, 2019 • 24 min
Mobile app security expert Domingo Guerra is an authority in a field that’s growing at a frenetic pace. As the founder of Appthority, Domingo witnessed first-hand how businesses require increasing levels of assistance to properly secure critical business…
Software dominates high-traffic commerce
Aug 9, 2019 • 29 min
Leon Fayer began his prolific software engineering career some 25 years ago in government contracting, and has since shifted gears to focus on the private sector. His multi-sector gives him unique insight into the ways technology has come to define every…
F.A.T.E. – From Addict to Entrepreneur; “Chasing the High” (Author Interview)
Aug 8, 2019 • 26 min
Entrepreneur Michael Dash had it all — a multi-million dollar business, cars, real estate, you name it. He also had a compulsive and addictive personality that led him to gambling, drugs, and a destructive path that brought it all down. In his new book,…
‘Showing respect for abstraction’ - an AI pioneer on machine learning and data science
Aug 7, 2019 • 23 min
AI pioneer, Sandra Carrico, joins Ledge in this fascinating episode where she recounts the early days of AI, the early 80s AI winter, and the dawn of computational linguistics.Now the VP of Engineering and Chief Data Scientist at, she works daily…
Making the leap from Philosophy to Software Engineering
Aug 6, 2019 • 26 min
Caleb Ontiveros, who left the University of Notre Dame’s PhD program in philosophy to pursue a career in tech, is often asked by people studying philosophy how he transitioned to software engineering and programming.Caleb created the Facebook group,…
Psychological safety in tech and software engineering with a human touch
Aug 5, 2019 • 24 min
Software may be written on machines, but it’s written by and for human beings.That’s according to Ledge’s guest, April Wensel founder, of Compassionate Coding, a company offering advice and workshops to engineering teams on how to bring a more human touch…
Drone software and cognitively diverse remote teams
Aug 2, 2019 • 20 min
Eric Hauser has spent his entire career working in software engineering. Beginning with stack development and ending up in management, Eric is currently working for Drone Deploy, a San Francisco based startup that develops drone technology. Ledge and Eric…
Machine Intelligence and the Future of AI
Aug 1, 2019 • 27 min
A 20-year veteran of software engineering, Oren Boiman’s Bay Area-based Magisto has reached 100 million users over the last decade. Oren has been a visionary in his field, understanding the importance of AI well ahead of the curve. Magisto is a pioneering…
Innovating a mature product: making email smarter, easier and safer
Jul 31, 2019 • 33 min
With over 50 years of existence, email is one of those things we just take for granted. But it is by no means solved: there is an ongoing conflict between security, control, and user experience. Who hasn’t struggled to organize all the information…
Driving traffic that converts for B2B sales through video
Jul 30, 2019 • 26 min
ideo ads for B2C are all the ra ge in 2019: we expect our favorite brands to reach out to us through engaging, high quality video content. But what about B2B? Can video help move your customers through your funnel faster?Graeme McLaughlin is the Head of…
Health tech, subscription boxes, and streaming video
Jul 29, 2019 • 34 min
Ryan Yockey has accrued an enviable résumé, after over 15 years of working with a wide variety of cutting-edge companies. A self-taught dev, Ryan founded his own art business, DNA Imprints, in 2006, and currently works as Director of Engineering at…
Measuring the Impossible with Data Science
Jul 26, 2019 • 23 min
John Feland attempts to measure the impossible! In a world in which the consumer market is increasingly defined by data, John Feland assists companies with enhancing their social capital; the trust that consumers place in their brand. Over a diverse and…
The inside story of from its founder and CEO
Jul 25, 2019 • 34 min
For our special 100th episode, Ledge sat down with’s founder and CEO, Teja Yenamadra for a first-time telling of the history of the company going all the way back to the dorm room days and tracing a winding road of pivots and relationships to…
The myth of junior developer risk and how to create a balanced engineering team
Jul 24, 2019 • 24 min
Lee Warrick wasn’t satisfied with the standard storyline regarding junior developers. A career-changing bootcamp graduate himself, Lee heard the same tired explanations over and over again about how hiring juniors was rife with expense, risks, and…
The global future of sensor technology on the smart edge
Jul 23, 2019 • 26 min
CEO and President Becky Oh started her career as an Apple chip designer and quickly realized she wanted a bigger view of how her products played into the broader business. She took a role in Field Application Engineering and thus began her journey into…
Organizing a tech conference; advice from the pros
Jul 22, 2019 • 31 min
Tech conference veterans Sarah Withee and Colin Dean joined Ledge in this episode to talk about their combined dozen years of organizing tech conferences, what they personally get out of it, and the value the events provide when done well. We talked…
EdTech and the ‘empathy-based’ technology vision
Jul 19, 2019 • 15 min
Kirk Gray relishes his role as VP at McGraw-Hill Education. In this episode, Ledge talks to Kirk about his fascinating perspective on technology and education. An EdTech veteran of 18 years, Gray has worked for a variety of startups before moving into…
We are at the precipice of something totally, totally different
Jul 18, 2019 • 18 min
As CTO of ONIS Solutions, David Ramsey is at the forefront of the big data movement. With a passion for technology and nuanced view on the subject given his work in Africa, in this episode David shares how he expects data to change our lives in the…
Investing in a smart home that won’t soon be obsolete
Jul 17, 2019 • 12 min
Despite the hype surrounding virtual assistants like Alexa or Google Home, a fully digital home isn’t a reality quite yet. But can we prepare our homes for the future, to avoid tearing down walls later? How can we invest in home technology without…
Engineer or engineering leader? What’s the difference and where do you fit?
Jul 16, 2019 • 12 min
Software engineer or engineering leader? What’s the difference and where do you fit?Corey Nichols began his career in the tech industry as a software engineer.He anticipated working on “hands-on technical aspects of software engineering,” but instead,…
Better smart homes with connected cloud services
Jul 15, 2019 • 31 min
When Kent Dickson founded Yonomi just over five years ago, smart devices were still an obscure concept. But the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant helped change that, and now Yonomi is playing a major role in crafting cloud-based solutions for the smart…
Hybrid data science and engineering teams and remote management
Jul 12, 2019 • 22 min
As data science becomes increasingly important for business, hybrid science and engineering teams are a necessity, but managing these distinct types of experts for maximum collaboration is a compelling challenge. How can mixed teams maximize performance?…
Scalable video capture and playback plus building an international team
Jul 11, 2019 • 24 min
Oliver Friedmann is the CTO and Co-founder of Ziggeo, an API for video recording and playback, that’s essentially like Stripe or Twilio for video. The service abstracts all of the work for developers to allow apps and websites to take advantage of video…
From whimsical consumer product to critical B2B enterprise technology
Jul 10, 2019 • 22 min
Amir Rubin co-founded Paracosm in 2013 with a mission to “3Dify the world.”Since then he’s led the company through a total conversion from fun, visionary consumer product to critical B2B enterprise solution. What started as an idea to 3D map the world for…
Soft skills, communication, and programming as a thinking activity
Jul 9, 2019 • 19 min
“We need to be able to talk to people. Talking to the computer is the easy part.” That’s Java developer advocate Trisha Gee at JetBrains. Trisha speaks worldwide about career development for programmers, including soft skills, communication skills, and…
Celebrating Independence the Freelancer Way
Jul 4, 2019 • 5 min
In this July 4th bonus episode, we at would like to celebrate the spirit of independence shared by our professional freelancers with this short audio essay from our host, Ledge. Enjoy, and happy Independence Day to you and your loved ones. See…
Hardware is hard; you make it happen or you don’t
Jul 3, 2019 • 21 min
Keith Nothacker, Founder and CEO of BACtrack, even in college knew that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. When he was looking for something — anything — to sell online, he decided it was crazy that the police could test anyone for their blood alcohol…
What really caused that bug?
Jul 2, 2019 • 13 min
Software and DevOps engineers spend a great deal of time in logs, analyzing what’s happened, and trying to surmise why it’s happened. APM software gets us part of the way there, but what about actually seeing what the user did to trigger that bug? In this…
How do you move 50TB per day to 15,000 global engineers?
Jul 1, 2019 • 23 min
How do you move 50TB per day to 15,000 global engineers? Eric Klinker knows.He’s the Founder and CEO of Resilio, and former CEO of BitTorrent. Resilio is a vastly enhanced enterprise version of BitTorrent Sync - a completely P2P alternative to Dropbox.As…
Understanding the full business impact of your technology
Jun 28, 2019 • 17 min
When you reach an executive position, you need to understand all of the functions of the business. That’s especially true when you grow out of a purely technical role. Your view needs to expand from the project context to the overall business…
Megascale high-performance decision engines
Jun 27, 2019 • 25 min
If you’re shopping online for pretty much anything, there’s a very good chance the pages you’re looking at are being dynamically generated based on A/B testing and automation powered by RedPoint.George Corugedo is the firm’s co-founder and CTO. In this…
The software and hardware behind parking tickets
Jun 26, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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,, and They’re a digital…
Strategic acquisitions to enhance your company’s value
Jun 18, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 22 min
David “Gonzo” Gonzalez is the CEO and Co-founder of, 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 22 min
Liz Fong-Jones is a 15-year Site Reliability Engineer. She’s a former Google and current SRE and observability advocate for 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Building a Recruiting Pipeline for Engineers Who Want to Win
May 30, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 17 min
Is recruiting engineering talent similar to courting professional athletes? That’s been our experience at, and Steve Bayette agrees.After traveling the world as a digital nomad, and successfully navigating two big-name exits, Steve now advises…
Using a F.A.I.L. Mindset in Scaling Organizations
May 20, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 Noise to Simplify Multi Cloud Strategy
May 16, 2019 • 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 Better Software
May 15, 2019 • 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…
Managing Teams with The Iron Triangle of Engineering Leadership
May 14, 2019 • 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 Code Platforms
May 13, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Avoid The Fog of Development Through Continuous Learning
May 7, 2019 • 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,…
Tips on Technology Leadership from One Phone Call
May 3, 2019 • 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…
Improving UX with Automated Business Solutions
May 2, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Microsoft Azure Insights From a Developer Advocate
Apr 23, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Open Source Neural Networks in 500 Lines or Less
Apr 15, 2019 • 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…
Keeping The Open Source Community First Priority
Apr 11, 2019 • 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 Provide Effective Feedback to Engineers
Apr 9, 2019 • 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, and Decision Engines
Apr 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
UX Ideas from Technology in Marketing
Mar 28, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
How to Lead a Meeting Engineers Love: Lessons from improv
Mar 21, 2019 • 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…
Understanding The Full Customer Discovery Process
Mar 19, 2019 • 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…
Putting People First, and Engineering Tools Second
Mar 14, 2019 • 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…
Borrowing Innovation from Aerospace Technology
Mar 12, 2019 • 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 Microservice Design: keep calm, and ship code
Mar 7, 2019 • 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…
Improving The Product to Market Process to Deliver Faster
Mar 5, 2019 • 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 as a Sales Engineer
Mar 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Modern CI/CD Tools with Legacy Mainframes
Feb 21, 2019 • 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…
Behavior-Driven Development to Empower Stakeholders
Feb 19, 2019 • 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? Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
Feb 14, 2019 • 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 where…
Building an Engineering Recruitment Process that Candidates Love
Feb 12, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 Technology for Business Leaders
Feb 5, 2019 • 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…
The Importance of Soft Skills for Engineers
Jan 31, 2019 • 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…
Native vs Hybrid Apps: When to use & What’s Next in Mobile App Dev
Jan 29, 2019 • 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…
Machine Learning in Healthcare: Interoperability via Machine-to-Machine Data Architecture
Jan 22, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 Technology in 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…
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…