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29 EpisodesProduced by Jacob HerringtonWebsite

Building a career as a Software Engineer is hard. Once a week, I share a conversation with an industry veteran about their career successes and stumbling blocks. Whether you're trying to break into the industry, fighting with imposter syndrome, or just trying to take the next big step in your career… read more

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Engineer and Instructor Tomasz Łakomy

March 27th, 2020


Tomasz and I have been interacting on Twitter for some time now, so it was a lot of fun to finally speak with him. We talked about his experience getting into JavaScript and eventually becoming an authority on frontend …

Developer Advocate Nader Dabit

January 17th, 2020


Nader Dabit is a Developer Advocate working at AWS. He is also an author, blogger, and React Native expert. Nader and I talked a lot about his …

Software Engineering Manager Kate Taggart

January 3rd, 2020


Kate Taggart is an Engineering Manager at Stripe, they come from a very abstract and technical background, which was interesting for me as a self-taught developer. Kate covered their own experiences as an individual …

Engineer and CTO Charity Majors

October 11th, 2019


Charity Majors is the CTO of, and has spent a career deep in tech. We talked at length about her struggles and strategies for growth and the challenging transition from individual contributor to manager and …

Developer Advocate Jason Lengstorf

September 20th, 2019


Jason Lengstorf is a Developer Advocate, and at the time of this recording, he was heading up the learning team for Gatsby. During this interview, Jason and I cover his background and his experiences learning to lead. …

DEV Webmaster and Founder Ben Halpern

September 13th, 2019


Ben Halpern is best known for building the DEV community, centered around During our conversation, we talked about his journey from marketer to developer and from developer to founder. Ben shared with me …

Speaker and Software Engineer Laurie Barth

September 6th, 2019


Laurie Barth is a mathematician turned Software Engineer. She is known for giving a ton of excellent talks and sharing her opinions about software development online. We got the change to talk about her start in tech, …

Creator of Laravel Taylor Otwell

August 30th, 2019


Taylor Otwell is the creator and maintainer of Laravel, a PHP framework for modern web applications. Taylor's also a fellow Arkansan! We talked a ton …

Lead Site Reliability Engineer Molly Struve

August 23rd, 2019


Molly Struve is a Lead Site Reliability Engineer, blogger, and speaker who I've been following on Twitter for quite a while. In our conversation we …

GoRails Creator and Consultant Chris Oliver

August 16th, 2019


Chris is the creator and CEO of GoRails, a site that hosts his Ruby and Ruby on Rails screencasts. Chris is also an Open Source developer and a well-known content creator. He co-hosts the Remote Ruby podcast. In our …

Conference Speaker and Lead Engineer Jessica Kerr

July 19th, 2019


Jessica is a Lead Engineer at Atomist, she is also a well-known conference speaker and writer. Jessica shared some of her strengths and taught me about thinking in systems. We also touched on some of the unique …

Pragmatic Programmers Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas

July 12th, 2019


Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas are the authors of The Pragmatic Programmers, one of the most influential software engineering books of all time. Andy and Dave are also original members of the agile movement and have been …

Senior Software Engineer Cassidy Williams

July 5th, 2019


Cassidy Williams is a Senior Software Engineer at CodePen. Before joining CodePen, Cassidy worked at a ton of different companies ranging from startups to Amazon. During the interview, we talk about her journey from …

AWS Consultant and Open Source Engineer Tung Nguyen

June 28th, 2019


Tung Nguyen runs BoltOps, an AWS consultancy, and is the former VP of Engineering for Bleacher Report. Tung grew with Bleacher Report from the first …

Engineering VP and Mentor Justin Hennessy

June 21st, 2019


Justin Hennessy is a Vice President of Engineering at Neto E-Commerce Solutions in Australia. Justin has been an engineering doer and facilitator for …

Staff Software Engineer and Teacher Vaidehi Joshi

May 24th, 2019


Vaidehi is a Staff Software Engineer at Tilde and creator of content series like BaseCS and BaseDS. She has built a career around educating others while building software. Vadehi and I discuss her experiences …

Entrepreneur and Freelance Engineer Jason Swett

March 1st, 2019


Jason is a freelance software engineer and an expert on Ruby testing. He hosts the Ruby Testing podcast, writes technical books, teaches other developers, and is on a mission to build businesses with his technical …

Open Source Maintainer Steve Klabnik

February 22nd, 2019


Steve Klabnik is an accomplished open source maintainer having worked on a huge number of projects. He is most well known for his work on Ruby, Rails, and Rust. During our interview, we talk about Steve's journey as a …

Teacher and Developer Advocate Ali Spittel

February 15th, 2019


Ali Spittel is a Developer Advocate at and spent a portion of her career teaching new web developers at General Assembly. She has a ton of …

International Software Engineer and Blogger Geshan Manandhar

February 8th, 2019


Geshan Manandhar is a Senior Software Engineer with experience working in a number of different countries including Nepal, U.A.E., and Australia. He has been blogging and sharing his expertise for over a decade. Our …

Gourmet Ruby Chef Avdi Grimm

February 1st, 2019


Avdi is a prolific Ruby developer with deep ties to the community. A well-known speaker and educator, he created Ruby Tapas and has led a successful …

UX Engineer and Coding Coach Founder Emma Bostian

January 25th, 2019


Emma is an engineer at LogMeIn, the founder of Coding Coach, and a writer. She's currently living in Germany and sharing tons of great content on Twitter. Our conversation focuses on her early career and her foray into …

Docker Captain and Freelance Developer Nick Janetakis

January 18th, 2019


Nick Janetakis is an educator and developer in the DevOps space. He creates extremely high-quality content and courses that have enabled significant growth in his freelance career. Our discussion covers building …

Principal Frontend Engineer Ben Ilegbodu

January 11th, 2019


Ben Ilegbodu is a principal engineer at Eventbrite, a Microsoft MVP, and a speaker in the JavaScript community. During our conversation Ben shares his unconventional experience with imposter syndrome and his thoughts on …

Technical Writer and Freelancer Sophia Shoemaker

December 30th, 2018


Sophia is an author and freelance web developer. Our conversation hones in on the concept of teaching others to build your own skills and career.

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Public Speaker and React Native Developer Erin Fox

December 30th, 2018


Erin Fox is a React Native developer at Major League Soccer. Despite joining the software engineering industry recently she has spoken at a number of conferences and meetups. We talk about building confidence and the …

Professional Mentor Ryan Bigg

December 30th, 2018


Ryan Bigg is a well-known open source developer. Now he mentors junior developers fulltime at Culture Amp. Ryan shared his struggles as a beginner …

Accessibility Guru and Engineering Manager Jen Luker

December 30th, 2018


Jen Luker is a JavaScript developer turned manager. She is an expert on tech accessibility. During our talk, we touch on topics ranging from semantic HTML to sexism, Jen has had an incredible journey and I'm humbled to …

JavaScript Expert and Content Creator Kent C. Dodds

December 30th, 2018


Kent C. Dodds is known for the huge amount of content he has produced, his open source work, and his high level of productivity. During our conversation, we talk about his humble beginnings and how he built a career on …

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