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This podcast features interviews of CTOs and other technical leadership figures and topics range from technology (AI, blockchain, cyber, DevOps, Web Architecture, etc.) to management (e.g. scaling, structuring teams, mentoring, technical recruiting, product etc.). Guests from leading tech companies share their best practices and knowledge. The goal is to support other CTOs on their journey through tech and engineering, inspire and allow a sneak-peek into other successful companies to underst ...
 
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How to Scale a Start Up with No Code + Low Code + Hard Code Find out how to be more efficient by using a mix of no-code, low-code and hard-code in your tech stack in this practical CTO podcast episode featuring Andreas Wixler, the CTO of FINN 🚙. Listen to find out: When, why and how to migrate ➡️ your core business code from no-code to hard-code Ho…
 
Software Architecture in 2022 Get clarity on how to build great software in 2022 in a world exploding with methodologies and languages with the legendary software craftsman Uncle Bob Martin. The Clean Coder ✨is known for Test Driven Development ✅ and his contribution to SOLID 🧰 and the Agile Manifesto 📜 and he is here to share how to incorporate it…
 
Implementing the Right Internal Tooling for Developer Productivity Find out what it takes to enable developer productivity in a highly autonomous environment 💪 like Netflix where there are no rules ✌️- only trust and accountability .Kathryn Koehler, Director of Developer Productivity Engineering @ Netflix shares insight into lean teams, internal to…
 
How To Attract, Retain and Engage Tech Talent Learn how to be the CTO that everyone wants to work for by listening to this talk by Ken Coleman. Known as America’s Career Coach, this Ramsey Personality is also the bestselling author of books like ‘From Paycheck to Purpose’, ‘Proximity Principle’, and more. Discover the winning recipe you need to att…
 
How to Build Sticky Products Cal Henderson, CTO of Slack, creator of Flickr, and author of ‘Building Scalable Websites’ (O'Reilly Media, 2006) shares how Slack was built from both a tech and product perspective and what you should be doing to reclaim your focus time ⏱️. Listen to find out: How Slack does focus time What tech stack👩‍💻 powers Slack a…
 
Open Source Vulnerabilities; Cybersecurity in the Russian/Ukrainian conflict and AI-aided cyberattacks Find out what is new in the world of cybersecurity in this CTO podcast featuring cybersecurity expert Mikko Hypponen, the originator of Hypponen's Law (if it's smart📲, it's vulnerable😨) and Europol 🇪🇺 board member.Tune in to hear what he has to sa…
 
Opportunities in AI, Computer VIsion and NLP. I spoke with Oren Etzioni - CEO of Allen Institute for AI (a leading AI research institute). Get an insight into what's new in the world of AI from the person whose company's incubated startups worth $300 million+ and released a number of AI tools and technologies. Listen to find out: How to get the sci…
 
The Ins and Outs of the Semi-Conductor and Hardware Industry Eben Upton, Co-founder & CEO of Raspberry 🍓 Pi Ltd Foundation (which produces low-cost, high-performance Raspberry Pi single-board computers and microcontrollers for kids - and adults) shares what it’s like to build hardware that makes computing accessible to more people (Did you know tha…
 
How to Build Impact Driven Organisations (autonomy + ownership + accountability) Niilo Säämänen, CTO of Wolt (best known for their delivery platform) ⚡, shares how he leads an engineering organisation of 40+ autonomous product teams through hyper-growth to serve millions of customers across 23 countries 🚀. Learn how to structure your team and produ…
 
How to build sustainable open source projects by commercialising them Mike Perham, the creator of Sidekiq 🦵🏼 (a background job managers for Ruby) shares how he commercialised the open-source as a solopreneur doing what he loves 💙 without the costs & management headaches 🤦 of a team or the pressures of a VC investment.Discover tips for building sust…
 
Insight Into the World of Innovative Computing Michael Kagan, the CTO of computing giant Nvidia and co-founder of Mellanox shares insight into the world of hardware, software, AI, and of course computing. Listen to find out: Why you should ditch deep hierarchy and allow those close to the product to make the decisions. 🧑‍⚖️ The benefits of working …
 
How to Restructure Your Tech and Org as You Scale I spoke with Daniel Krauss, the Chief Organisational Plumber at FlixBus - a leading Mobility-as-a-Service 🚍🚆. Learn how to grow a company from a ‘fastest-shippable-product monolith’🙃 to a neat ‘independent service’ architecture 😀 with ‘Team Self Design’ events, empowered teams & domain-orientated or…
 
How to make millions with an open-source product and why JavaScript is not the best language for full-stack engineering Taylor Otwell, Creator and CEO of Laravel (a popular PHP framework) - gives tips on how to commercialize an open-source by sharing his winning recipe of a lean team, great UX/UI, time management, product management, and of course,…
 
The Benefits of Remote, Bootstrapping, Small Teams and Skipping Product Discovery 🤯 David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of Basecamp and Hey and creator of Ruby-on-Rails💎 blows us away yet again in this thought-provoking podcast 🤯 about bootstrapping, scaling, remote work, and of course Ruby on Rails. Learn insights into technical leadership from someone …
 
What goes into building autonomous vehicles (+ CTO time management) Laura Major - CTO at motional (an autonomous vehicle company 🚗) and author of the book ‘What To Expect When You Are Expecting Robots’🤖 - talks about what it takes to build a commercially-viable SAE Level 4 self-driving vehicle 🚘. The motional team has been working with Hyundai and …
 
How to Optimise your Web Performance for Speed Our next guest has a serious need for ⚡ speed ⚡!I spoke with Ilya Grigorik, Principal Engineer at Shopify, founder and former CTO of PostRank (acquired by Google), former co-chair of W3C Web Performance working group. Learn how to optimize your website for speed 💨 with tips from the web performance eng…
 
Chrome Extensions, Zero-Knowledge Engineering and Half Baked Agile I spoke with Frédéric Rivain, CTO at Dashlane, the market-leading password management 🔐 solution. Learn about the future of passwords, why they are focussing on browsers instead of platforms, and how ‘half-baked agile’ works at Dashlane. Listen to find out: Why they are moving towar…
 
Data-Driven Technical Recruiting I spoke with Snir Yarom, CTO at Codility,🧑‍💻 - a leading technical assessment platform about the world of data-driven, technical recruiting 💼, the typical hiring process and how to** attract talent** in a competitive market. Listen to find out: How to use data 📊 to optimise each stage of your technical recruiting pi…
 
How to Build an API, how to commercialise an open-source project & the evolving CTO role I spoke with Marco Palladino, Co-Founder & CTO at Kong 🐒, the market-leading API management gateway Solution. Learn deep insight into APIs, the future of the API Economy, and what it takes to build a great API from someone who has been involved in the API indus…
 
Music, Microservices and a New Way To Learn Coding Chad Fowler - an engineer, musician, and author - transformed Wunderlist 📋 from a messy monolith to a neat multi-language microservice. Be inspired by his unique view on technology stemming from his background as a musician 🎵 and RPG player 🎮. Open your mind 🤯and prepare to reevaluate 🤔after you he…
 
Identity Management, User Rearch, and Building Scalable Products I spoke with Sagnik Nandy, CTO & President of Technology at Okta, the market leading IAM Solution 🔐. Discover deep insight into the world of identity management🆔, user feedback 👥, and why the best products provide a simplified interface to a complex solution (with customizability ⚙️ f…
 
What it takes to build a FaaS; a multinational, cross-industry shop system and which languages for a webapp) I spoke with Fabian Wesner, Founder at ROQ, a FaaS (Feature-as-a-Service) for web applications. Learn deep insight into the world of web applications and frameworks from someone who had to launch an eCommerce shop each week (in different cou…
 
Complexity of eCommerce Web Apps in 2021 I spoke with Kore Nordemann, CTO at Frontastic, a Frontend-as-a-Service for headless CMS and commerce systems. Learn deep insight into what it takes to build a web app today: from choosing a stack to hiring frontend/backend/full-stack developers. Listen to find out: Which ECommerce 🛒 features are Amazon’s Ac…
 
How to save time and increase diversity in tech recruiting I spoke with Alesia Braga, CTO at SmartRecruiters, an end-to-end recruiting solution. She shares with us insights into the recruiting world, how to improve diversity and what she does to shorten the recruiting cycle time to avoid losing top candidatesShe also shares with us: Why she uses a …
 
Building an internal culture, Running a product rooted in the Open Source and more I spoke with Mark Porter, CTO at MongoDB. His 40 year career spans time working at companies like Oracle, AWS and Grab. He shares with us insights into technical leadership, company culture and the open-source world,Listen to find outWhere DEI initiatives fail〽️Why t…
 
How to Secure your App I spoke with Andreas Schranzhofer, CTO of Scalable Capital about the best ways to secure an app. Scalable Capital is a Neo-Broker and robo-advisor based in Munich with over 250 million in funding. Learn about app security from someone highly experienced in running an app in the highly regulated FinTech 💰 industry. Learn: Why …
 
Testing in Production, Getting Rid of Hierarchy and other Thoughts on Socio-Technical Leadership I spoke with Charity Majors, CTO of HoneyComb, prolific Twitter user, and blogger. WHO TESTS IN PRODUCTION. 😱 And is proud of it. She also shares her insight into socio-technical leadership, observability, and databases. Learn: The importance of a tight…
 
AIOps and the Future of DevOps ‘PagerDuty raises 90 million to wake up more engineers in the middle of the night.’ read a recent headline. Highlighting both the recent funding and also its unpopular but necessary job. However, Alex Solomon of PagerDuty is working on making the DevOps world more efficient with on-call-management, AIOps, and automati…
 
Cloud Native Technologies: Edge Computing, Kubernetes, Containers and Open Source We spoke with Cheryl Hung of Cloud Native. She runs the ecosystem of over 600 members contributing to over a hundred open source projects. She also started the Cloud Native London meetup where she promotes developer advocacy and diversity. As an early adopter of kuber…
 
EU vaccination passes and other uses of crypto and blockchain for verification We spoke to Matthias Jugel, the co-founder of ubirch, the company behind the 🇩🇪 German digital vaccination passes 💉His technology has generated over 30 million vaccine passes giving Germans their summer holidays back! And they launched in a matter of weeks!We discussed W…
 
AI trends and applications We spoke to Rasmus Roth, leader in AI space- he has 5 products just based on machine learning. What is involved in productising and commercialising a machine learning-based service 📈➡️💰 The need for ML ops 👨‍💻 Google Cloud vs AWS vs Azure and why he doesn’t stick to one ☁️ AI and its applications in medical field ⚕️, auto…
 
Successfully managing remote companies I had the chance to talk to Eric Johnson, the CTO of GitLab about How to manage remote teams: async, stand-ups, onboarding, burn out, internships, compensation, and more How Gitlab uses git for everything from Marketing to Policy The difference between servant-leadership and situational leadership and when to …
 
This Podcast episode is DOOMed 🔥🌋😈🧟🕯👿☠👹🦹I had the chance to talk to John Romero, the inventor of DOOM, Wolfenstein and Commander Keen and founder of id Software about Developing games in the early 90s and how they developed DOOM in a crazy small team Developing games in 2021 and how it’s still possible to develop games with only a single person tea…
 
The Oracle of the Silicon Valley Today with me in the Podcast is Tim O'Reilly, the Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media and boy, his 1,5 million twitter followers are there for a reason! People call him "the Oracle of the Silicon Valley", he came up with the term "Web 2.0" - This man is crazy a wizard! We spoke about: Writing as superpower! How it helps…
 
Blockchain 101 for CTOs In this episode we dive deep into the principles of Blockchain together with Peter Grosskopf who is our guest for the 2nd time. Peter recently quit his job as CTO @ Börse Stuttgart to fully focus on building a decentralized bank in the DeFi (Decentralize finance) space. We spoke about: How does a blockchain work Why to use b…
 
This time I had Olivier Bonnet, the CTO of BlaBlaCar in the podcast. BlaBlaCar is the carpooling company: They own the market. They are active in 22 Countries, have 100M+ Users and acquired 12 other carpooling companies.Olivier, the CTO, joined me to talk about: How his time at  Apple taught him to think long term 100 million users, 12 acquisition…
 
How to make a living from Open Source?My guest Frank Karlitschek, the CEO of ☁️☁️ NextCloud ☁️☁️ the open alternative to Google Cloud and Microsofts Office 365 (!) does it for years and tells us where to start. He knows the game! Other topics we touch? The 3 Ultimate tipps for open source developers/publishersHow he leads his team of 50+ FTE almost…
 
In this episode I talk to Jason Warner, Github CTO aka "the PaaS Guru". He used to work for Heroku before and explained what he's planning and executing at Github and how Github uses it's massive amount of data to go away from pure repo-hosting. Topics that stand out: How Microsoft is working out quite well for them (Careful: contains Steve Balmer …
 
This time I spoke to John Graham-Cumming, the CTO of 🌩 Cloudflare🌩, a publicly listed CDN and Edge Computing platform. Topics we touched: His GNU Make book ;-) How they grew to 25 BN marketcap 📈 What he thinks about edge computing and concrete usecases for it How COVID changed the security world How they operate and maintain a global network with m…
 
This time I'm talking to an absolute legend: Mitchell Hashimoto, the CTO of HashiCorp the company behind a seriesof brilliant open source products (Terraform, Vault, Nomad, Vagrant) that are highly successfully both business wise and community wise.I would even argue that HashiCorp is the only company that manages to do that. We talk about: The pat…
 
Podcast time! In this episode I'm chatting with Jean-Denis Greze, the Head of Engineering @ Plaid and former Director of Engineering at Dropbox.Plaid is a fintech Unicorn from the US that just turned down an acquisition by Visa. We spoke about: The upcoming topic 🔒 Privacy Engineering 🔒 and how it will change our thinking How plaid handles 1000s of…
 
This time in the podcast I have a very bright guest I admire for years:Eric Bowman, SVP Engineering at TomTom, Former VP Engineering at Zalando AND one of thedevelopers behind the game "The Sims" 🧍‍♂️He is a brilliant mind when it comes to tech leadership and has strong opinions on autonomy and empowerment. Topics we touched: How 90s gaming develop…
 
This time, I have a very technical podcast on Webassembly and the new kid on the block: the Edge Cloud with Fastly's CTO Tyler McMullen, one of the leading CDNs and edge cloud companies out there. The future of distributed computation: From Serverless to ☁️ Cloudless ☁️ Webassembly as the new industry standard intermediate representation/micro cont…
 
This time I had Jean Michel Lemieux or short JML, the CTO of 🛒 Shopify 🛒 in the podcast.Craziest fact: He took the time two days before black Friday 💥. In the podcast he also told me why. We spoke about: His fight against crazy 👟 sneaker - sniping - bots and how Shopify keeps peoplein line happy with games What it takes to run the largest Ruby on R…
 
How he built Ruby on Rails. how he believes in deep focus & zero distractions In this episode I am thrilled to welcome David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of Basecamp, inventor of Ruby on Rails, founder of Hey.com, book author of books like "Remote" or "It does not have to be crazy at work". Some topics we touched: * How David Discovered the magic of Rub…
 
Podcast time! This time I have the chance to talk to the judo brown belt owning CTO of the scooter& mobility startup TIER mobility Matthias Laug.Before TIER he co-founded Lieferando and boy, he's a nice guest to talk to.We spoke about:* Why he puts people over tech* What they use to run their large IoT stack* His vision of Scooters talking to each …
 
This time I am talking to my friend Johannes Schaback, CTO of Home24, who is also originally a co-founder of alphalist and one of the brightest minds in the German engineering, tech and business-tech scene.We are talking about his journey through the AI and data world, the Do's and Don'ts and the real world, no bullshit application of machine learn…
 
In this podcast, it's all about complicated things and my guest masters them all: IoT, Robotics, AI and customer acquisition.Ahti Heinla is former founding engineer of Skype and now runs Starship Technologies as Founder and CTO.In this podcast we talk about Robotics as the coolest thing to build as an engineer How I stopped one of his Robots in Ham…
 
Wow, my guest this time is able to see through the matrix 💊:It's Marty Cagan, inventor of product discovery and best selling author of the book "INSPIRED", one of the partners of the Silicon Valley Product Group and potentially the biggest eye opener for 90% of the delivery organizations out there: We are most likely doing our job wrong!He saw so m…
 
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