[bonus] Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime

We’re taking this week off; If you’re in the US, you’re celebrating Thanksgiving.  If you’re not in the US, you can still give thanks — Listen to one of our favorite episodes from the archives:  Quantifying Engineering w. Travis Kimmel of Gitprime.

Travis Kimmel is the CEO of GitPrime.  GitPrime analyzes a team’s codebase to quantify engineering progress. They make it easy to identify engineers who are stuck or bogged down with refactoring, and quantify the amount of effort spent paying down technical debt.

Find Travis on twitter at @traviskimmel.

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0.27 Scaling the Rocket Ship w. Julia Austin of DigitalOcean

Julia Austin is the CTO of DigitalOcean and a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School of Entrepreneurial Management.  Hear about her experiences scaling at rocket ship speed leading DigitalOcean’s engineering and product teams.

Find Julia on twitter at @austinfish and find DigitalOcean at DigitalOcean.com

 

Favorite quotes:

Build a low fidelity MVP as soon as possible to get your product in front of a customer.

The best way to learn how to build product is to *actually* build product.

At DigitalOcean, we follow elements of Agile, but aren’t super rigid about a specific flavor. A lot of what we do depends on the use case.

Early stage startups are fascinating because they’re dealing with *all the things*. How to raise capital; how to deal with personnel issues; personal issues; building a board; hiring; building a product.

As you start to build your company, you have to think about have to dos, want to dos, and good ats are. When you first start, you’re doing all the have to dos. But when you grow, your first hires can be things that you have to do, but you’re not good at.

Having business acumen and understanding how business’ run is important. There are multiple ways to do that. Night school, MBA bootcamps, Techstars. Go for a program that isn’t just about the reputation of the school or the degree, but a program that gives you experience in what you want to do.

My engineering values are
– dont put process in for the sake of process. Process should be elegant and light.
– collaboration has a ton of value. Teamwork is really important.
– the customer experience is about simplicity and elegant.

 

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0.26 Web Security for Startup CTOs w. Andrew Useckas

Andrew Useckas is the CTO of Threat-X; a 10 person startup based out of Colorado that provides Web Application Firewalls as a Service. Join Andrew as we discuss the most relevant threats to software startup companies today and we learn how he and his team built a next-gen security company.

Find Andrew on twitter at https://twitter.com/daronin and Threat-X at https://threat-x.com/

Favorite Quotes:

An engineer has to be a self starter. I look for someone who can really take initiative; someone who can take a project and make it their own

A quality I look for in hires is ability to pivot as necessary. What tool you use depends upon the task. Things always improve and you have to be flexible.

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0.25 Building Teams that create Customer Success w. Ingrid Alongi

Ingrid Alongi is the co-founder of Quickleft, a software development firm in Boulder Colorado which was acquired by Cognizant in March of 2016.  In this episode, Ingrid takes us through the founding story of QuickLeft, and how QuickLeft used Net Promoter Scores to drive great outcomes for end-customers.

Find Ingrid on Twitter at @electromute and check out QuickLeft at QuickLeft.com.

Favorite Quotes:

My biggest engineering value is pragmatism and collaboration. Things get done better when you work as a team. The best solution is the one that launches.

Its really important to be able to communicate ideas, and to sell your ideas; even if the client is not technical. We invest in speaking at conferences and blog posts a lot.

If people write software on time and clients are happy, then that’s a success. It doesn’t matter as much if the code they write is poetry.

I’ve seen the ebb and flow of people wanting more structure and then less structure. Organizations today are much flatter than they used to be.

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[bonus] ZCash ($ZEC) – A blockchain for Privacy with Zooko Wilcox

We’ve got a special bonus episode for ya’ll this week.

Episode 0.8 of our Podcast was a Boulder Startup Week talk about ZCash by it’s founder; Zooko Wilcox.  ZCash is a privacy centric blockchain. Zcash payments are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain private.

A lot of people are really excited about a blockchain that enables truly anonymous transactions on the web, and believe that ZCash could be a top 5 blockchain within a year.  ZCash has an all star roster of cryptographers; and they today in version 1.0.0; So I’m reposting our ZCash episode, episode 0.8.

Here is an infographic that explains ZCash zcash_explained

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0.24 – Crossing the Chasm w. Brandon Purcell

Brandon Purcell is the CTO of SpatialKey; a leading geospatial intelligence analytics platform. SpatialKey started as a proof of concept prototype in 2007 and has grown into a full fledged profitable business over the last seven years. Listen to this episode to hear SpatialKey’s founding journey; from finding a core customer who was willing to pay for their product, to growing into a SAAS provider serving several prominent paying customers.

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0.23 – Cross-Training with Sales & Marketing featuring @patio11

Learn about how Patrick McKenzie combined his technical skills with marketing/sales skills to launch & grow several successful internet businesses.

Patrick is the creator of Bingo Card Creator. He learned marketing and sales to launch and grow Kalzumeus Software; He has worked with 37signals, Fog Creek Software, and is now in content & community at Stripe.

Find Patrick on twitter at @patio11 and listen to Patrick’s podcast here.

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0.22 — Creative engineers are the leaders of the software world – Jud Valeski

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Jud Valeski was co-founder of Gnip (acquired by Twitter), a real-time data portability software initiative. From client-side consumer facing products, to large scale back-end infrastructure projects, he has enjoyed working with technology for over twenty years. He’s been a part of engineering, product, and M&A teams at IBM, Netscape, onebox.com, and AOL. He has played a central role in the release of a wide range of products used by tens of millions of users worldwide.

Find Jud on twitter at @jvaleski and at http://one.valeski.org/.

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0.21 – Announcement: Rebrand — Miles & Kevin

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Join Kevin & Miles for a special announcement episode:  We’ve changed our podcast name!

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0.20 – Distributed teams with Maria Gutierrez & Glenn Vanderburg

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Maria Gutierrez and Glenn Vanderburg lead Living Social’s distributed engineering teams for the past 5 years. They’re both now at different companies, and still at different geographic locations, but in this episode of our podcast, they sit down at their respective locations with us over Skype to talk about how to hire, manage, and lead distributed engineering teams.

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