Hi and welcome to a very special Boulder Startup Week episode.
This week we’ve got some stories from a session entitled “Dev War Stories”. If you’re a longtime listener, you know that this is one of our favorite questions to ask interviewees.
There are 3 speakers giving war stories in this episode.
The first is Ed Johnson, CTO of Goally
The second is Jason Cole, CTO of a few startups around town.
The third is Greg Lems, CTO at Door to Door Organics.
One last thing. If you hear a flashlight turning on and off, its because miles set up the session to have the lights down low, kind of like a campfire ghost story type of atmosphere.
This week’s guest is Andy Pai, VP Engineering at FullContact. FullContact is the most powerful, fully-connected contact management platform for professionals and enterprises who need to master their contacts and be awesome with people. As VP of Engineering, Andy is focused on growing the engineering organization, and building a secure, private and scalable data platform. Previously, Andy has helped build several data-oriented startups as CTO. He’s passionate about scaling platforms, driving organizational change, maximizing team effectiveness and helping people reach their potential.
Jeff Rose presenting in a very special Boulder Startup Week 2017 talk. Artificial intelligence is undergoing a renaissance, with the number of relevant research papers, startups, applications, and new ideas expanding rapidly. These new capabilities will enable people and result in greater aggregate productivity, analogous to the invention of the steam engine that powered the industrial revolution. At the same time many laborers, drivers, assembly line workers, and even some more skilled roles in society will be made redundant. This shift will have both positive and negative consequences for individuals’ lives, society, and the economy, which is why it is important to start understanding the trends and preparing now.
Join Jeff Rose, CEO of Boulder AI company ThinkTopic, to discuss the technology, economic and political landscape of our automated future.
Cryptocurrencies have the potential to be TCP/IP of money. What does the future look like if they do to money, what the internet did for information? Learn about Ethereum, one of the top cryptocurrencies of 2017. Piper Merriam, Ethereum developer, presenting at Boulder Startup Week.
Video of this talk available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPoaMC1qNFY and embedded below:
Michael plays hockey, mountain bikes, tinkers with drones, and drinks red wine in the redwoods of Northern California whenever he can because staying sane is more important than staying busy.
Todays episode is from the archives.
We ask each of our guests what their engineering values are. What we love about this question is that the answers boil down the brass tacks of leadership into 2-3 minutes of fundamentals.
We’ve got a fun little thematic episode this week, with 5 answers to this question “What are your engineering values?” jammed packed into a 15 minute episode.
In order of appearance:
- Nader Akhnoukh– CTO of Kapost
- Travis Kimmel — CEO of GitPrime
- Julia Austin — CTO of Digital Ocean
- Manuel Mattke — Chief Innovation Officer at Opportunity Education
- Maria Gutierrez & Glenn Vanderburg — Maria is VP Engineering at FreeAgent and Glen is VP Engineering at First.
Todays episode is from the archives. Last week, @owocki’s startup released a new product — The battles last week during this release reminded us of some of our favorite engineering war stories. We ask every CTO on our show “What is your favorite engineering war story?”, and this episode we’re going to play 4 of our *favorites*.
These four stories are ordered by scale. We’ll start with “just a guy in the garage with a product” to a war story from a large venture scaled startup.
In order of appearance:
- Patrick McKenzie – independent software developer
- Story misplacing your pager and being unaware of your outage
- Travis Kimmel – CEO of GitPrime
- Story about after launch the dance of cleaning up your early assumptions and building new features
- Jay Zeschin, Lead Architect at ello
- Story of “blowing up”, getting tens of thousands of users, and VC funding all at once.
- Jud Valeski – CTO at GNIP, acquired by twitter
- Story about screening your customers for success
Our guests this week are Jack Dietrich and Ryan VanMiddlesworth of Fount Studio. Join the partners of Fount as they explain The Pirate Code Of Startups how Pirates were doing workplace democracy before it was cool. Awesome.