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Code Story - August 2022
Hello listeners... it's time to embark upon yet another season of the Code Story podcast. Our guest list this Season is truly epic, with appearances from Stephen Blum of Pubnub, Matt Pierce of Immediate, Reed McGinley-Stempel of Stych, Mike Bouffard of Greenhouse... to mention just a few.
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While she was learning how to code for the third time, she changed the learning method to working on an actual project. After she completed an early version of a to do list, she got great feedback from her following on Twitter. Though she didn’t plan to turn it into a business, people started following and supporting the project.
In the past, Aaron and his team noticed the gap between developers and product folks, as developers were working in Github while Product Managers were working in, and reporting on, project software. They took a step back, and decided to create something to solve this problem and match the tool to their ethos.
Arjun decided to build a prototype system, which integrated all the data from every aspect of his life. What he figured out was that he didn't trust other companies to handle the data from these systems - and he needed a way to "cloak" his true credentials from those he utilized on other platforms.
Ian joined Evernote to solve a big problem. The company was stuck behind a wall of technical debt, which was blocking its way to innovation. In order for the company to grow and thrive in current times, they had to get out from underneath these problems.
One day, Alex and his friends got together to have a business brainstorming question. One of the questions that came up was how can you make videos searchable? Also, how can you improve engagement within schools, perhaps with popular media?
Through Adam's life experiences, including losing his Father to cancer, an idea originated in him around consumers owning their purchase data, while benefitting companies who cooperate with data privacy best practices. When a few things caught up in the world - data privacy rules, the industry, and Adam himself - he was able to step into creating a win-win solution around data.
Through their experiences, Harshil and his co-founder found that it was difficult to make a cyber security program successful. After running through the same challenges again and again, they decided to step out and build a solution to streamline security and the development process.
At Trinity College in Dublin, Gavin and his teammates were working on a project that required the storage and relation between loads of complex datasets. During this project, they decided to create a better kind of database, to help solve with these sorts of problems.
As a management consultant, Jennifer did a lot of work, observing the tricks and tribal knowledge contained in the workers themselves. After frequently documenting these practices, she thought there had to be a way to just capture their knowledge work instantly with a tool.
Liam and his brother were merchants, building their own eCommerce store around 5-6 years ago. From that perspective, they saw very early on that there was a movement towards a headless platform. They weren't developers at the time, which most merchants aren't, and they struggled - and felt there must be a better way.
Girish Bablani and Junior Diarrassouba, two Microsoft employees at different stages in their career. One seasoned veteran at the company, and one up-and-coming engineer, who share how Microsoft has expanded their career horizons and provided many different opportunities for growth and experience.
The makers of Apache Pulsar, an open source project, decided to build a cloud-native event streaming platform. Early on in the venture, Addison joined his team as a Chief Architect, in order to enable enterprises to easily access data as real-time event streams.
Graham Morby is a Senior Software Engineer who works as a dev for hire. He has developed applications in Python, PHP, JS, Vue, and even coded BASIC in the 90's, hacking games for his Commodore 64. He's been doing computers since before they were cool.
Irina and her co-founder led teams at Monzo, specifically in operations. What they noticed was the proliferation of chat tools for customer service - but, that telephony was largely ignored. Once they validated the problem, they set out to build a product in this space.