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Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash

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In this Spotify award-winning podcast, Oxford Internet Institute PhD students Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash discuss the latest news in the world of tech, turning a skeptical eye to Silicon Valley and the use and misuse of technology around the world.
 
The podcast where quality research meets quality cocktails. Hosted by two researchers at the Unversity of Oxford, join Paula and Josh as they chat about interesting things with interesting researchers while drinking interesting drinks. Covering research from maths, music and medicine through to philosophy, physics and politics, we interview PhD students and postdoctoral researchers about what it is that makes them tick - apart from our cocktails, that is...
 
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David Noël-Romas (@davidnoelromas) and Alex Kessinger (@voidfiles)

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Conversations with software engineers who have progressed beyond the career level, into Staff levels and beyond. We discuss the areas of work that set Staff-plus level engineers apart from other individual contributors; things like setting technical direction, mentorship and sponsorship, providing engineering perspective to the org, etc.Hosted by David Noël-Romas (@davidnoelromas) and Alex Kessinger (@voidfiles).
 
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It's three years since skeptechs launched, during which time the world of tech—and the world at large—has changed beyond measure. Josh and Nayana mark the occasion by covering two of the biggest stories of the past week in tech, before tackling the topics and trends that have loomed largest over the past three years.…
 
Benjy Weinberger is the co-founder of Toolchain, a build tool platform. He is one of the creators of the original Pants, an in-house Twitter build system focused on Scala, and was the VP of Infrastructure at Foursquare. Toolchain now focuses on Pants 2, a revamped build system. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts In this episode, we go back …
 
Josh and Nayana are back for another conversation with special guests. This time, they sit down with returning guest Felix Simon, doctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Kirsten Eddy, postdoctoral researcher at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Together they cover questions about the study of mis- and disinformati…
 
This week, Josh and Nayana are joined by fellow PhD student Maggie McGrath (@maggieselfie), to discuss Maggie's research, which looks at how algorithms perpetuate misinformation. There's also time to discuss the news that Elon Musk has finally bought Twitter, and what it might mean for the platform.By Josh Cowls and Nayana Prakash
 
Josh and Nayana are back from a summer break with the latest tech news and research. This week, they sit down with Hannah Kirk (@hannahrosekirk) and Paul Röttger (@paul_rottger) to discuss their research, which asks how AI can be used to detect online hate speech. We've got many more episodes and conversations with more guests lined up for the comi…
 
Puneet Gupta is the co-founder and CEO of Amberflo, a cloud metering and usage based pricing platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts In this episode, we discuss Puneet’s fascinating background early at AWS as a GM and his early experience at Oracle Cloud. We initially discuss why AWS shipped S3 as its first product before any other ser…
 
Akshay Buddiga is the co-founder and CTO of Traba, a labor management platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Sorry for the long hiatus in episodes! Today’s episode covers a myriad of interesting topics - from being the star of one of the internet’s first viral videos, to experiencing the hyper-growth at the somewhat controversial Zene…
 
James Cowling is the co-founder of Convex, a state management platform for web developers. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss the state of web development in the industry today, and the various different approaches to make it easier. Contrasting the Hasura and Convex approach as a good way to illustrate some of the ideas. Hasura …
 
Josh Twist is the co-founder and CEO of Zuplo, a programmable, developer friendly API Gateway Management Platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss a new category of developer tools startups - API Gateway Management Platforms. We go over what an API Gateway is, why do companies use gateways, common pain-points in gateway manage…
 
Ted Young is the Director of Developer Education at Lightstep and a co-founder of the OpenTelemetry project. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts This episode dives deep into the history of OpenTelemetry, why we need a new telemetry standard, all the work that goes into building generic telemetry processing infrastructure, and the vision for …
 
Or Weis is the CEO and founder of Permit.io, a Permission as a Service platform. Previously, he founded Rookout, a cloud-debugging tool. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Many of us have struggled (or are struggling) with permission management in the various applications we’ve built. The complexity of these systems always tends to increase…
 
Jon Skeet is a Staff Developer Platform Engineer at Google, working on Google Cloud Platform client libraries for .NET. He's best known for contributions to Stack Overflow as well as his book, C# in Depth. Additionally he is the primary maintainer of the Noda Time date/time library for .NET. You may also be interested in Jon Skeet Facts. Apple Podc…
 
Lee Byron is the co-creator of GraphQL, a senior engineering manager at Robinhood, and the executive director of the GraphQL foundation. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss the GraphQL origin story, early technical decisions at Facebook, the experience of deploying GraphQL today, and the future of the project. Highlights (some tid…
 
Harshyt Goel is a founding engineer and engineering manager of Platform and Integrations at Loom, a video-messaging tool for workplaces. He’s also an angel investor, so if you’re looking for startup advice, investments, hiring advice, or a software engineering job, please reach out to him on Twitter. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We di…
 
Daniel Stenberg is the founder and lead developer of curl and libcurl. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts This episode, along with others like this one, reminds me of this XKCD: We dive into all the complexity of transferring data across the internet. Highlights [00:30] - The complexity behind HTTP. What goes on behind the scenes when I mak…
 
Sahil Lavingia is the founder of Gumroad, an e-commerce platform that helps you sell digital services. He also runs SHL Capital, a rolling fund for early-stage startups. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Sahil’s recent book, Minimal Entrepreneurship, explores a framework for building profitable, sustainable companies. I’ve often explored t…
 
Nikita Gupta is a Co-Founder & CTO at Symba, a platform that helps manage talent development programs like internships. Internships are one of the most effective ways for hiring at a software company, but there’s a lot of work that goes into managing successful interns. With hiring getting harder across the industry due to increased competition and…
 
This episode is a celebration of the journey we have been on as this podcast comes to a close. We have had such a great time bringing you these interviews and we are excited about a new chapter, taking the lessons we have learned forward into different spaces. It's been a lot of work putting this show together, but it has also been such a pleasure …
 
Guy Eisenkot is a Senior Director of Product Management at BridgeCrew by Prisma Cloud and was the co-founder of BridgeCrew, an infrastructure security platform. We deep dive into infrastructure security, Checkov, and BridgeCrew in this episode. I’ve personally been writing Terraform for the last few weeks, and it often feels like I’m flying blind f…
 
Tanmai Gopal is the founder of Hasura, an API as a service platform. Hasura lets you skip writing API layers and exposes automatic GraphQL APIs that talk to your database, trigger external actions, and much more. We talk about the implementation of a “compiler as a service”, the implications of primarily having a Haskell production codebase, their …
 
Kailash Nadh is the CTO of Zerodha, India’s largest retail stockbroker. Zerodha powers a large volume of stock trades - ~15-20% of India’s daily volume which is significantly more daily transactions than Robinhood. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts The focus of this episode is the technology and mindset behind Zerodha - the key technology …
 
Who knew that vaccine resistance is as old as vaccines?? Soon-to-be-Dr. Larsson did! In fact, she just wrote a whole dissertation on it! We are back from a long hiatus to talk about the history of vaccines and anti-vaccination movements with very special guest (and co-host, so let's face it, not actually that special) Paula Larsson. Listen on to le…
 
Ganesh Datta is the CTO and co-founder of Cortex, a microservice management platform. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We continue the age-old monolith/microservice debate and dig into why companies seem to like services so much (I’m generally cautious about such migrations). Ganesh has a ton of insights into developer productivity and to…
 
Johannes Schindelin is the maintainer (BDFL) of Git for Windows. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Git is a fundamental piece of the software community, and we get to learn the history and inner workings of the project in this episode. Maintaining a widely-used open source project involves a ton of expected complexity around handling bug r…
 
Guido van Rossum is the creator of the Python programming language and a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss Guido’s new work on making CPython faster (PEP 659), Tiers of Python Interpreter Execution, and high impact, low hanging fruit performance improvements. Highlights (an edited summary) [0…
 
Abhay Venkatesh is a Software Engineer at Anduril Industries where he focuses on infrastructure and platform engineering. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We focus this episode on drone engineering - exploring the theme of “If I wanted to start my own technology project/company that manages drones, what technology bits would I need to kno…
 
Derrick Stolee is a Principal Software Engineer at GitHub, where he focuses on the client experience of large Git repositories. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Subscribers might be aware that I’ve done some work on client-side Git in the past, so I was pretty excited for this episode. We discuss the Microsoft Windows and Office repositor…
 
Today’s guest is a principal software engineer at Microsoft who works at the interface between external and internal elements of the organization. Nell Shamrell-Harrington works on the ClearlyDefined open source project, which tracks open source licenses across open source ecosystems, and is also part of the Rust Foundation's Board of Directors. In…
 
Maju Kuruvilla is the CTO and COO of Bolt, a startup that offers quick online checkout technology to retailers. Previously, he was VP and GM at Amazon Global Mile, in charge of Amazon’s global logistics and Amazon Prime fulfillment operations amongst other things. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts Highlights 00:30 - What does a VP at Amazo…
 
Oscillating between the roles of individual contributor and management has been a recurring theme on this show. Our guest today, Rich Lafferty, has some special insights into this pattern that can help anyone looking to improve their work. Rich works as a Staff Site Reliability Engineer at PagerDuty and has spent many years interfacing with various…
 
Bharat Mediratta is the first Coinbase Fellow. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Google, CTO at AltSchool, and CTO at Dropbox. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We focus this episode on the role of a senior technical individual contributor in a technology company and contrast that with the role of a technology executive (like …
 
Credit Karma is a company that helps people understand their credit. Today’s guest, Mason Jones, was brought onto the Credit Karma team to move the company from a monolith to microservices. The company has grown almost four-fold since he joined, and Mason is now a senior staff engineer whose role swings from engineering to project management to tec…
 
Sugu Sougoumarane is the CTO and Co-Founder of PlanetScale, a database as a service platform company. Previously, he worked at PayPal and YouTube on databases and other scalability problems, and he’s one of the creators of Vitess, a graduated CNCF database project that served as YouTube’s metadata storage for several years. Apple Podcasts | Spotify…
 
Tammy Butow is a Principal SRE at Gremlin, an enterprise Chaos Engineering platform that makes it easy to build more reliable applications in order to prevent outages, innovate faster, and earn customer trust. She’s also the co-founder of Girl Geek Academy, an organization to encourage women to learn technology skills. She previously held IC and ma…
 
Today’s conversation is about resilience, and as today’s guest, Lorin Hochstein, notes; “Resilience is about the stuff that isn’t visible through the metrics.” Lorin is a senior software engineer at Netflix who is on a mission to improve the company’s engineering department through creating a culture within which peer-to-peer learning and the proce…
 
Itiel Schwartz is the CTO and Co-Founder of Komodor, a Kubernetes troubleshooting platform. Previously, he was one of the founding engineers at Rookout. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts We discuss two major themes in this episode: the rise of Kubernetes as a popular orchestration platform, and the need for using an integrated service to u…
 
What works for a small company may not work for a large company, so what do you do when your organization experiences rapid growth, and the old way of doing things is no longer sustainable? In today’s episode, we speak with Stacey Gammon, a tech lead and Principal Software Engineer at Elastic. She has been with the company for almost five years and…
 
Tramale Turner is the Head of Engineering, Traffic at Stripe. Previously, he was a Senior Engineering Manager at F5 Networks and a Senior Manager at Nintendo. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts This episode has an unexpectedly deep dive into security and compliance at Stripe. We discuss Stripe’s philosophy and approach towards building secu…
 
Rajesh Venkataraman is a Senior Staff Engineer at Google where he works on Privacy and Personalization at Google Pay. He’s had experience building and maintaining search systems for a large part of his career. He worked on natural language processing at Microsoft, the cloud inference team at Google, and released parts of the search infrastructure a…
 
Devdatta Akhawe is the Head of Security at Figma. Previously, he was Director of Security Engineering at Dropbox, where he led multiple teams on product security and abuse prevention. Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts In this episode, we discuss security for startups, as well as dive deep into some interesting new developments in the secur…
 
Today’s guest is Mahdi Yusuf, Tech Lead for the Server Architecture Team at 1Password. Our conversation is about what it means as well as what it takes to navigate the needs of the org, client, and staff in order to find the best path forward. We kick things off by hearing more about what Mahdi’s job at 1Password involves and he talks about the chi…
 
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