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386 EpisodesProduced by thoughtbotWebsite

A podcast about the design, development, and business of great software. Each week thoughtbot's Chad Pytel (CEO) and Lindsey Christensen (CMO) are joined by the people who build and nurture the products we love.

386 Episodes | 2012 - 2020

Marketing - Teikametrics

October 26th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing the day-one origins of marketing there, building your reputation through content marketing, and the efficacy of various …

Marketing - Nurse-1-1

October 19th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss the blurry line between marketing, research, & product, committing to branding, acquisition costs, SEO & content …


October 12th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey discuss 'what's in a name' when it comes to branding, where (and where not) to start when you first begin your marketing efforts, and staying engaged with your customers.

This episode is brought to …

Data - Teikametrics

October 5th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing trust within the use of data, planning the future with indexed data, a data-science related acquisition, and navigating …

Data - ShearShare

September 28th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about using data to guide product design, imagining a machine learning recommendation engine, and their experience in Google for …

Data - Nurse-1-1

September 21st, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss using data to drive a better customer experience, some of …


September 8th, 2020


Data drives the world, and so this month we'll be talking about common pitfalls of building a business around data, laying out a tandem roadmap to drive forward both data and product, the importance of insight over raw …

Fundraising - Nurse-1-1

August 31st, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss vetting your investors, his experience with fundraising, maintaining your reputation, his mindset while negotiation with …

Fundraising - ShearShare

August 24th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, to discuss their acceptance into the first cohort of Google for Startups' Black Founders Accelerator, speaking the language of …

Fundraising - Teikametrics

August 17th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing early days of community building online, geography in relation to investors, his history with VC, the importance of …


August 10th, 2020


This month we'll be talking about all things fundraising! The discussion covers investors vs bootstrapping, crowd-funding, differences between the various levels of fundraising, accelerators, and the expectations of …

Work-Life Flow - Nurse-1-1

August 3rd, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss figuring out the summer and working from home during Covid …

Work-Life Flow - ShearShare

July 27th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about the offset schedule of the beauty industry, an unexpected …

Work-Life Flow - Teikametrics

July 20th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey catch up with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, as they head into the second half of the year discussing finding balance (especially when you love your work), examining 'what's …

Work-Life Flow

July 13th, 2020


Lindsey and Chad discuss work-life flow, both in general and during quarantine, their schedules, hobbies, and methods to preserve personal time like …

Sales - Nurse-1-1

July 6th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss prioritizing revenue, their revenue models, why sales at their stage is more like business development, and considering your …

Sales - ShearShare

June 29th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about all the different forms that sales can take, their revenue model, the importance of personal outreach, and building trust through …

Sales - Teikametrics

June 22nd, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, about product-led direct-to-consumer as the future of sales, …


June 15th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey discuss thoughtbot's ideology around sales, the sales process & cycle, identifying your ideal customers, and fostering real …

367: Securing Opportunity (Shelly Bell)

June 8th, 2020


We’re pushing out our next episode in the Giant Robots startup series. We want to pause to acknowledge, reflect, and take action against injustices against the black community.

thoughtbot stands with the black …

Communication & Collaboration - Nurse-1-1

June 1st, 2020


Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss feeling disconnected from the team during quarantine, evaluating for communication skills during the interview process, how …

Communication & Collaboration- ShearShare

May 25th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about being founded as remote company, their communication tools …

Communication & Collaboration - Teikametrics

May 18th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, about Teikametrics' guiding principles, Zoom fatigue, rethinking stances on remote work, the value of a peer group, and how retail …

Communication & Collaboration

May 11th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey discuss thoughtbot's methodology & tools for communication and collaboration, both in general and adapting them to a fully …

Product Roadmap - Nurse-1-1

May 4th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, on learnings from their launch, challenges of building in the health-tech space, their approach to long-term planning, and the future of …

Product Roadmap - ShearShare

April 27th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about the history of the platform, how the beauty industry has been impacted by COVID-19, building yourself as a brand that people can …

Product Roadmap - Teikametrics

April 20th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, about the history of the platform, staying focused on the needs of your customers, shifting product requirements to meet your ideal …

Product Roadmaps

April 6th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey discuss their experiences around, and the pros and cons of, product road maps.

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Giant Robots v1

March 30th, 2020


Chad and Lindsey announce Giant Robots' latest evolution as a long-form startup series, following three startups over the course of a year. …

357: Sustainable Growth Hacking (Anuj Adhiya)

March 23rd, 2020


Anuj Adhiya, VP of Growth at Jamber, discusses 'growth' vs 'growth hacking', growing value through your north-star metric, A/B testing, and sustainability.

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356: Start From the Beginning (Scott Miller)

February 24th, 2020


Scott Miller, CEO of Dragon Innovation and co-founder of Bolt, discusses building out manufacturing from a prototype, sustainability & …

355: The New Hospitality (Maria Loughlin)

February 17th, 2020


Maria Loughlin, VP of Engineering at Toast, discusses restaurants adaptation to new technology, her approach to building and supporting a team, and …

354: Securing Opportunity (Shelly Bell)

February 10th, 2020


Shelly Bell, CEO & Founder of Black Girl Ventures, discusses working to open up your messaging, what makes for a good pitch, and the current …

353: Built off of Hustle (Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader)

February 3rd, 2020


Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, co-founders of Mixtroz, discuss the pain points in attending networking events, building an app from a non-technical / non-entrepreneurial background, and share some of their personal …

352: How Stories Are Told (Matt Daniels)

January 27th, 2020


Matt Daniels, journalist at The Pudding, discusses journalistic editorial funding models, translating ideas through visual communication, their …

351: The Forecast Calls For Goals

January 21st, 2020


Chad & Lindsey welcome in the new year at thoughtbot, discussing actually having a budget, setting corporate goals, and the rise and fall of 'Use …

350: Beyond Transit (Tiffany Chu)

January 13th, 2020


Tiffany Chu, CEO of Remix, discusses the different entities involved in transportation initiatives, pivoting to service an unanticipated user-group, …

349: Better Information (Lokesh Dani)

January 6th, 2020


Lokesh Dani, founder of Xopolis, discusses researching the future of work, democratizing opportunity in the labor market, and focusing on the user …

348: Tailor to the Experience (Karen Rubin)

December 30th, 2019


Karen Rubin, CRO at Owl Labs, discusses embracing playful aspects of your product, tailoring their marketing focus, managing growth in a B2B …

347: Deliver Better Services (Robin Carnahan)

December 9th, 2019


Robin Carnahan, Director of State & Local Practice at 18F, discusses introducing tech into government as the Missouri Secretary of State, facilitating tech-education within the federal government, and the types of …

346: Empower Users (Geoff DiMasi)

December 2nd, 2019


Geoff DiMasi, founder of Punk Ave. & Apostrophe, discusses his drive to build a CMS, balancing maintaining a service company while building a product (as well as the thought-process of spinning out a product into …

345: Conviction in the Problem (Alex Cornell)

November 25th, 2019


Alex Cornell, co-founder of Cocoon, discusses opportunity cost, prototyping methodology, having design skills as a founder, designing for intuition, …

344: Facilitating Innovation (Heather Ames)

November 18th, 2019


Heather Ames, co-founder and COO of Neurala, discusses automated visual-inspection, balancing research with deployment, the challenges of …

343: A True Movement (Pariss Athena)

November 4th, 2019


Pariss Athena, Hiring & Product Team Member at G2i, creator of #BlackTechTwitter, and founder of Black Tech Pipeline, shares her journey from never hearing about code to viral awareness campaign creator, as well as …

342: The People Stuff (Jennifer Dary)

October 28th, 2019


Jennifer Dary, founder of Plucky, rejoins the podcast to discuss the rarity of listening, what it feels like to have a six year-old company, and …

341: From Survival to Growth (David Kaplan)

October 21st, 2019


David Kaplan, head of engineering at Policygenius, discusses joining an established company in a leadership role, factors for long-term success, …

340: Accessible, Ethical, Inclusive (Cat Noone)

October 14th, 2019


Cat Noone, CEO of Stark, shares an overview of accessible design, dreams for shaping a more accessible future, helming custom support with a small …

339: Process Goals (Andrew Steele)

October 7th, 2019


Andrew Steele, Olympic Medalist & Head of Product at DNAfit, discusses providing actionable wellness utility from DNA data, goal setting, "blame …

338: Automating SaaS (Bryan Helmig)

September 30th, 2019


Bryan Helmig, cofounder & CTO of Zapier, discusses extending tooling to small businesses through API integration, scaling, early marketing …

337: Outcomes, Not Outputs (Adam Scroggin)

September 23rd, 2019


Adam Scroggin, CEO of CardBoard, discusses user story mapping, consulting vs product work, the importance of goal setting, product market fit, and …

336: There's No Manual (Chris Coyier)

September 16th, 2019


Chris Coyier, cofounder of CodePen, creator of CSS-Tricks, & host of Shop Talk Show, candidly shares how a weekend project turned into a …

335: Discipline & Creativity (Jonathan Cutrell)

September 9th, 2019


Jonathan Cutrell, host of Developer Tea and Senior Engineer at Clearbit, discusses the history of the podcast, motivation for creation, learning to …

334: Preserve and Extend (Devon Zuegel)

September 2nd, 2019


Devon Zuegel, Product Manager at GitHub, discusses her transition from researcher to product manager, and shepherding the funding, communication, and …

333: Do Fewer Things Better (Matt Massicotte)

August 26th, 2019


Matt Massicotte, creator of Chime, discusses the landscape of text editors, the complexities of writing your own parsers, building a new product while building a new family, and alternative app platform & pricing …

332: Grow to Accommodate (Jordan Berke)

August 19th, 2019


Jordan Berke, CEO & founder of RepOne Strength, discusses finding your customers, working in the world of open source hardware, sourcing …

331: Deep Industry Expertise (Courtney & Tye Caldwell)

August 12th, 2019


Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, discuss their journey from salon owners to startup founders, defining an MVP and maintaining …

330: There's So Much Potential (Tess Posner)

August 5th, 2019


Tess Posner, CEO of AI4ALL, gives an overview of the field of AI and discusses representation in AI careers, the ramifications of not having …

329: The Detail Stuff (Jon Werner)

July 29th, 2019


Jon Werner, CEO & Co-Founder of KOYA Innovations, discusses running a startup with his family, protecting one's intellectual property, the importance of forethought, and developing a platform for kindness.

This …

328: Reliability First (Rob Zuber)

July 22nd, 2019


Rob Zuber, CTO of CircleCI, discusses prioritizing product direction, scaling, slow iteration to introduce major changes, and what's next for the …

327: Lead By Listening (Kate Brigham)

July 8th, 2019


Kate Brigham, VP of Product, Design, & Research at ezCater, discusses organizational design, roadmaps, user-research, designing to solve the …

326: Building the Whole Landscape (Morgan Evans)

July 1st, 2019


Morgan Evans, organizational designer and CEO & Founder of Business Casual, discusses developing systems to holistically design a company, …

325: Wallet-Power (Vanessa Bruce)

June 24th, 2019


Vanessa Bruce, co-founder of Dough, discusses affecting change through individual purchase-power, how she handles context-switching, choosing a platform to optimize for content creation, the challenge of visibility, and …

324: Tap the Market (Karyl Fowler)

June 17th, 2019


Karyl Fowler, CEO & Co-founder of Transmute, discusses utilizing block chain for decentralized identity-management, exploring finding the right customer profile fits, education around data-security, her time at …

323: Mission Focused (Kristy Wallace)

June 10th, 2019


Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network, discusses cross-industry community building, utilizing tech to facilitate connections, scaling without …

322: Measure Equity (Paloma Medina)

May 28th, 2019


Paloma Medina, performance coach, trainer, and owner of 11:11 Supply, discusses translating her brick & mortar store experience to an online shop, the themes around her coaching, design thinking, and how equity is …

321: Building a Marketplace (Stefania Mallett)

May 20th, 2019


Stefania Mallett, CEO and co-founder of ezCater, discusses non-compete agreements, maintaining an entrepreneurial spirit, codifying values, advice on building a marketplace, and the nuances of expanding globally.

This …

320: Lead Through Collaboration (Harold Hughes)

May 13th, 2019


Harold Hughes, Founder & CEO of Bandwagon, discusses utilizing blockchain for security and personalization in event ticketing, data-transparency, …

319: Beyond Purpose (Bruce Daisley)

May 7th, 2019


Bruce Daisley, VP EMEA at Twitter, discusses the international focus of Twitter, the importance of psychological-safety on workplace culture, …

318: Scaling With People (Chris Sullens)

April 29th, 2019


Chris Sullens, CEO of CentralReach, discusses needing to be cognizant of company culture while introducing new systems and a management team, the …

317: About Fulfillment (Ben Furber)

April 23rd, 2019


Ben Furber, Developer at thoughtbot London, presents a panel discussion around striving for professional fulfillment, as individuals, managers, and …

316: A Completely Orthogonal Skillset (Lara Hogan)

April 15th, 2019


Lara Hogan, co-founder of Wherewithall, discusses finding her ideal job coaching and mentoring, evaluating for management alignment, what makes for a …

315: I'm Not a CPA, I Just Play One On Podcasts (Scott Orn)

April 8th, 2019


Scott Orn, COO of Kruze Consulting, talks about podcasting, early stage pain-points, favorite tools, the trade-offs of remote work, and last minute …

314: Streamlined and Thoughtful (Chelsea Moore)

April 1st, 2019


Chelsea Moore, co-founder & CEO of BoxFox, discusses quickly going from idea to launch while doing everything from design to fulfillment …

313: I Just Want to Get There (Art Papas)

March 25th, 2019


Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, discusses the business of temporary staffing, the danger of doing a marketing push before finding product market fit, …

312: Seeking Strengths (Gareth Burrowes)

March 18th, 2019


Gareth Burrowes, Co-Founder & Head of Product and Marketing at The Tech Connection, discusses employment screening focused on candidate strengths, removing unconscious bias from the hiring flow, and the importance …

311: Serving Serverless (Erica Windisch)

March 11th, 2019


Erica Windisch, CTO and co-founder of IOpipe, discusses serverless architecture and how it can provide a clearer user-interaction story, the state of …

310: Have a Slide For That (Alec Stern)

March 4th, 2019


Alec Stern, startup founder, entrepreneur, mentor, investor, and advisor, discusses founding Constant Contact, the early days of SaaS, the importance …

309: Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast (Jamie Howard)

February 25th, 2019


Jamie Howard, Director of Engineering at TransLoc, discusses hiring, solutions-driven engineering, leadership in the military vs the private sector, …

308: Technology is Everywhere (Siobhan Green)

February 18th, 2019


Siobhan Green, co-founder & CEO of Sonjara, discusses finding good tech solutions for organizations in the social-benefit space and developing …

307: Win in the Long Term (Mike McDerment)

February 11th, 2019


Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, discusses reimagining the platform with a system-wide A-B test, experiences with scaling, the value …

306: 306: Solving a Specific Problem (Ellen Chisa)

February 4th, 2019


Ellen Chisa, CEO and cofounder of Dark, discusses building a complete programming platform from scratch, the benefits of a private beta, and making …

305: You're Never Done (Ben McRedmond)

January 28th, 2019


Ben McRedmond, CEO of Consider, discusses his time as Senior Director of Growth at Intercom, teases his plans for fixing email, and discusses the …

304: Intentional Soul-Searching (Natalie Nagele)

January 21st, 2019


Natalie Nagele, Co-founder and CEO of Wildbit, discusses product updates, operating with more meaning and purpose, user research, bootstrap vs VC funding, and experiments in productivity (like a 4-day work week, turning …

303: Building Something Special (Margaret McKenna)

January 14th, 2019


Margaret McKenna, Software Engineer at Devoted Health, discusses joining a team based on their mission, building systems from scratch, and evolution …

302: What Stage Are We In? (Sam Clemens)

January 7th, 2019


Sam Clemens, Partner at Accomplice VC, discusses utilizing his product experience to nurture new companies, advice for where businesses should focus …

301: Projection & Prediction (Aatish Salvi)

December 10th, 2018


Aatish Salvi, CTO of Teikametrics, discusses building a service for 3rd party Amazon sellers using data science, being wary of pre-mature optimization, integrating data engineering research into the team, and working …

300: More Useable Information (Jennifer Lum)

December 3rd, 2018


Jennifer Lum, COO and co-founder of, discusses building a company and platform that transforms unstructured information into …

299: High-Touch (Millie Blackwell)

November 26th, 2018


Millie Blackwell, President & Co-founder of Showcase Workshop, discusses differences in business culture between California and New Zealand, …

298: Doing Right is Scalable (DJ Patil)

November 15th, 2018


DJ Patil, Head of Technology at Devoted Health, discusses his time as the U.S. Chief Data Scientist, scaling healthcare to meet modern data demands, …

297: Go Deep (David Kloba & Rob Meinhardt)

November 6th, 2018


David Kloba & Rob Meinhardt, Co-Founders of Furious Collective, discuss the mindset and methodology of their venture production studio, recount …

296: Stay Close to Your Users (Andrew Bialecki)

October 30th, 2018


Andrew Bialecki, CEO of Klaviyo, discusses building systems to process and get insight from business' data, scaling personality and humanity to mass communication, and translating customer feedback into concrete product …

295: Follow Your Passion (Jonathan Kim)

October 24th, 2018


Jonathan Kim, CEO of Appcues, discusses building better onboarding and personalization to apps, starting a company as a solo founder, lessons learned …

294: From a Place of Sharing (Chris Toomey)

October 18th, 2018


In this special crossover episode, Chad is joined by Chris Toomey, Development Director at thoughtbot and host of The Bike Shed podcast, to discuss the content, history, and the process of making Upcase, thoughtbot's …

293: Advertising as a Service (Sandra Richter)

October 10th, 2018


Sandra Richter, Co-founder and CEO of Soofa, talks about redefining the infrastructure of out of home advertising, purpose vs business motivation, …

292: MVP-ing the Sales Process (Lindsey Christensen)

October 2nd, 2018


Lindsey Christensen, VP of Marketing at thoughtbot, discusses shaping thoughtbot's marketing strategy, team, and future.

291: Intrapreneurial Streak (Heena Purohit)

September 25th, 2018


Heena Purohit, Product Manager of IBM Watson IoT, discusses how they are tailoring custom solutions with IoT data, building business acumen for …

290: Usage Native (Mike Trotzke)

September 11th, 2018


Mike Trotzke, CEO of Cheddar, talks about the future of billing models, when is the right time to do seed investing, and finding your value pricing …

289: Capture Community Early (Jameson Toole)

September 3rd, 2018


Jameson Toole, founder of Fritz, discusses AI & Machine Learning on mobile, the process & ideology of launching a product from scratch, and …

288: Pursuing Customer Delight (Yoav Shapira)

August 27th, 2018


Yoav Shapira, an Engineering Manager at Facebook with a long history in Boston startups, discusses early technology choices for startups, balancing …

287: Disruptive, Exponentially-Innovative, 10x Videos (Sarah Cooper)

August 20th, 2018


Sarah Cooper, comedian, speaker, and author of 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, joins Chad to discuss management burnout, the creative …

286: A Million Boxes at a Time (Stephan Ango)

August 14th, 2018


Stephan Ango, Co-founder and Head of Product at Lumi, discusses merging creative and scientific mindsets in industrial design, the logistics of …

285: Deep Counting (Jerry Talton)

August 6th, 2018


Jerry Talton, leader of the Machine-Learning Services team at Slack, talks about picking up after a failed startup, design-thinking for machine …

284: Bringing Vision to Robots (Clara Vu)

July 23rd, 2018


Clara Vu, co-founder & VP of Engineering of Veo Robotics, shares her story getting into the world of robotics, designing perception systems for industrial robots, and 'First-Principles Thinking' in all aspects of …

283: Overcoming Awkward Data (Joe Ferris)

July 16th, 2018


Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot, joins Chad to discuss Data Engineering, what it is, when you need it, and some of the challenges thoughtbot has faced …

282: Robot as a Platform (Tim Enwall)

July 2nd, 2018


Tim Enwall, CEO of Misty Robotics, discusses designing, building, and selling a fully autonomous robot for developers.

281: Reconnecting With Development (Robby Russell)

June 25th, 2018


Robby Russell, VP of Engineering & Partner at Planet Argon, discusses considering remote work for an agency, strategies for leading a dev team, …

280: Design at the Program Layer (Greg Storey)

June 18th, 2018


Greg Storey, founder of Airbag Industries & Executive Director of Design at USAA, discusses the blurring of personal and company identity, helming a budding design group, "safe agile", what it means for design to …

279: Building a Lifelong Brand (Alex Friedman)

June 11th, 2018


Alex Friedman, co-founder of LOLA, discusses overcoming stigma, launching new products, measuring success, and brand values.


278: The 'Lights On' Moment (Sam Moorhouse)

June 4th, 2018


Sam Moorhouse, creator of Global Code, discusses the importance of mentorship and how he established a software engineering summer education program …

277: How Do We Work Together? (Michael Sheeley)

May 28th, 2018


Michael Sheeley, former co-founder of Runkeeper, talks about his struggles with scaling, experimentation with prices, finding ways to connect and …

276: Enable and Serve (Chris Heivly)

May 22nd, 2018


Chris Heivly, author & entrepreneur in residence at Techstars, discusses the early days of MapQuest, Raleigh as a burgeoning tech city, and …

275: Galvanizing Focus (Paul English)

May 14th, 2018


Paul English, co-founder of Lola, discusses what it means to be a good brand, transitioning from a tech foundry to a single-product focus, lessons …

274: Providing Value (Ram V. Iyer)

May 8th, 2018


Ram V. Iyer, Business Thinker & Professional Business Mentor at The Business Thinking Institute, discusses his internalization of business success/failure, having a 'business thinking' mindset, and distinguishing …

273: Showcase Your Value (Nilan Peiris)

April 30th, 2018


Nilan Peiris, VP of Growth at TransferWise, discusses growth sources, handling failure, studying user evangelism, launching in a new market, and …

272: Grown-Up App Development (Dermot Daly)

April 23rd, 2018


Dermot Daly, founder and CEO of Tapadoo, discusses being a developer early in the iOS ecosystem while differentiating themselves now as it's become a more crowded market-space, building your ideal company, and …

271: Being a Good Manager (Camille Fournier)

April 17th, 2018


Camille Fournier, author, speaker, and Managing Director at Two Sigma, discusses her path from Director of Infrastructure Engineering to CTO, lessons learned from tech team management, and the importance of defining …

270: How's Work Lately? (Jennifer Dary)

April 10th, 2018


Jennifer Dary, founder of Plucky, discusses purpose, process, longevity, relationships, and trust by turning the tables and giving Chad a corporate …

269: Human to Human Connection (David Cancel)

April 3rd, 2018


David Cancel, CEO & Co-founder of Drift, discusses bringing the personal touch back to sales through conversational marketing, validating an idea, competition, and differentiating yourself through communication …

268: Present and Effective (Adam Marchick)

March 27th, 2018


Adam Marchick, CEO & co-founder of Alpine AI, discusses pioneering vocal analytics, making a better experience for digital commerce on vocal …

267: Familiar With the Market (Sara Tateno)

March 19th, 2018


Sara Tateno, founder and CEO of Happity, shares her journey from BBC Radio, to coding bootcamp, to startup founder.

266: Destination Driven (Ernesto Moreno)

March 13th, 2018


Ernesto Moreno, business coach, entrepreneur, & restaurateur, joins Chad to discuss transforming a restaurant using lean methodology, focusing on …

265: Loosening My Hold (Tracy Osborn)

March 5th, 2018


Tracy Osborn, author and the creator of WeddingLovely, joins Chad to talk about juggling projects, redefining your core customer base, the feeling of …

264: Having a Realistic Mindset (Allen Pike)

February 27th, 2018


Chad discusses reflection & goal planning, the scope of internal projects, and balancing time & team structure for both client & product …

263: The Stuff of Science Fiction (George Brocklehurst)

February 19th, 2018


Chad is joined by George Brocklehurst, development director of thoughtbot NYC, to discuss the methodologies, tools, and use cases in working with …

262: The Thought Behind the Bot

February 12th, 2018


In 2003, five friends came together to form thoughtbot. In this special episode, we take a look back on the founding of thoughtbot, and it's first …

261: A Human Future (Pamela Pavliscak)

February 5th, 2018


Chad is joined by Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences, about human-centered design thinking, and incorporating well-being & ethics as a …

260: Treating Yourself Like a Business (Andrew Carroll)

January 29th, 2018


Chad is joined by Andrew Carroll, CPA and independent CFO, to discuss how the new tax regulations will affect freelancers, small business, & …

259: Carve Your Own Story (Curtis Herbert)

January 22nd, 2018


Chad is joined by Curtis Herbert, independent app developer and creator of Slopes, to discuss balancing client and product work, the pros & cons of a seasonal app, the importance of outreach, and experimenting with …

258: Doing it on Principle (Max Seelemann)

January 15th, 2018


Chad is joined by Max Seelemann, co-founder and lead developer of Ulysses, to discuss app-review, the complexities of multi-platform releases, …

257: Mapping the World For Parents (Anne Halsall)

January 8th, 2018


Chad is joined by Anne Halsall, co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Winnie, discussing intention in branding, assumptions about features, …

256: Stay Hungry, Stay Learning (Hosted by Alan Wick)

December 18th, 2017


The tables are flipped and Chad is interviewed by Alan Wick, at our Playbook Launch Party, on the lessons learned from starting thoughtbot, company …

255: Solving the Whole Problem (Maria Parker)

December 4th, 2017


Chad chats with Maria Parker, CEO of Cruzbike, about running your first Kickstarter, issues with scaling production, and the challenge of shifting …

254: Product and Vision (Chris Savage & Brendan Schwartz)

November 20th, 2017


Chad talks with Chris Savage & Brendan Schwartz, co-founders of Wistia, about building/launching new products, hiring, and managing company …

253: iPads For Camp (Aleen Simms)

November 3rd, 2017


Chad is joined by Aleen Simms, an organizer for App Camp For Girls, to discuss the importance and logistics of their new Indiegogo Campaign.

Head over to the App Camp Indiegogo via to have your donation …

252: Strategic Foresight (Amy Webb)

October 24th, 2017


Chad is joined by Amy Webb, Professor at the Stern School of Business NYU and Founder & Quantitative Futurist at The Future Today Institute, to …

251: More Than Just Pretty Pictures (Jarrod Drysdale)

October 9th, 2017


Chad is joined by designer and author Jarrod Drysdale to discuss lessons learned from shutting down Cascade, writing about design, cultivating …

250: The Internet of Payments (Anders Brownworth)

September 26th, 2017


Chad is joined by Anders Brownworth, Chief Evangelist at Circle, to discuss zero-cost transaction fees, cryptocurrency, and re-envisioning modern …

249: The Business of Buying (Thomas Smale)

September 12th, 2017


Chad is joined by Thomas Smale, founder of FE International to discuss valuations, selling SaaS businesses, and tips to make your product more …

248: Crossing the Chasm (Geoffrey A. Moore)

August 28th, 2017


Chad is joined by author Geoffrey A. Moore to discuss the concepts in Crossing the Chasm and how they relate to scaling consulting.

247: The Developer’s Path (Laurie Young)

August 15th, 2017


Chad is joined by Laurie Young to discuss The Developer's Path, a panel discussion hosted at thoughtbot London on how companies and developers can …

246: Becoming the 'Yes' Person (Sara Chipps)

July 28th, 2017


Chad is joined by Sara Chipps, cofounder of Girl Develop It & CEO of Jewelbots, to discuss integrating with custom hardware, building a community …

245: F is for Feelings (Gregg Pollack)

July 13th, 2017


Chad is joined by Code School & Envy Labs founder Gregg Pollack to discuss optimal work environments and building a company to support Open …

244: A Fork in the Road (Seth Godin)

July 4th, 2017


Chad is joined by author, blogger, entrepreneur, and marketer Seth Godin to discuss the organizational introspection required to move from the …

243: Mostly Local (Mike McKenna)

June 27th, 2017


Chad is joined by Mike McKenna, CEO of Shotgunflat, to discuss cultivating a business in the town in which one grew up, working with family, the …

242: Too Dressed Up For The Internet (Kim Goulbourne)

June 19th, 2017


Chad is joined by thoughtbot designer Kim Goulbourne to discuss inspiration, side projects, and winning a Webby Award!

241: I Don’t Like Talking to Computers (Nick Charlton)

June 7th, 2017


Chad is joined by Nick Charlton, thoughtbot developer and co-host of the Build Phase podcast, to give their impressions on all the news out of the …

240: Handing Over the Reins

June 5th, 2017


Ben outlines his next steps, reflects on his time at thoughtbot, and hands the proverbial podcast reins over to Chad.

239: Change is in the Air

May 29th, 2017


Ben bids adieu to thoughtbot, and outlines his plans, hopes, and fears for the future.

238: The Graph is Beautiful

May 22nd, 2017


Derrick gets technical about Drip's performance optimization, and reflects on pre-conceived opinions in regards to tactical & strategic planning …

237: Steve Jobs Used Slides

April 29th, 2017


Ben and Derrick recount their experiences and lessons learned speaking at MicroConf.

Thank you to our …

236: Care For Customer Support (Spencer Fry)

April 22nd, 2017


Ben is joined this week by Spencer Fry, founder of TypeFrag, Carbonmade, Uncover, and Coach, to discuss carryover lessons of successful startups.

235: Meta Talk Process

April 12th, 2017


As we prepare for MicroConf, Ben takes a new tact on his talk after giving an early demo, and Derrick recounts a positive pair-programming experience.

234: Secret Features

April 5th, 2017


On FormKeep, Ben implements custom redirects on form submissions and starts a test to remove up-front credit card collection, as well as discusses …

233: Insert Mode is the Worst Mode

March 27th, 2017


Derrick welcomes new Javascript and Rails developers to Drip. Ben prepares a content deal and interviews a Content Manager for Upcase, discusses the …

232: Don't Be Boring

March 22nd, 2017


As Ben and Derrick prepare their talks for MicroConf, Ben shares his tips and habits for talk preparation and public speaking.

231: Who Likes Using Ugly Software?

March 14th, 2017


Ben & Derrick reflect on the S3 outage and how it affected their services, and muse on managing user perceptions. Derrick submits a talk to MicroConf on what it means to be "customer driven", and begins a …

230: Sales Through Education (Anna Jacobsen)

March 6th, 2017


Ben & Derrick welcome Anna Jacobsen, Education Director at Drip, to discuss customer demos / onboarding, sales and retention strategies, customer …

229: We Need More Counters

February 27th, 2017


On FormKeep, Ben runs an A/B test on trial length and adds a short onboarding survey, meanwhile wrapping up team signups and working on a content licensing deal for Upcase. Derrick reports back from his machine learning …

228: Start in Beginner Mode

February 20th, 2017


Derrick travels to Portland to visit fellow bootstrapper friends, Ben recounts his recent conference travel, and a discussion of their most pivotal …

227: We Don't Do Fractional Pennies

February 13th, 2017


Derrick celebrates a great shipping week, completing both 'live segments' and a Drip certification course. Ben recounts the rollout & results of …

226: There Are So Many Edge-Cases

February 6th, 2017


Ben presses to meet the Upcase & Tapas launch deadline, and shares some lessons learned from its preparation, promotion, and launch. On Drip, …

225: Abuse the Sunk-Cost Fallacy

January 30th, 2017


Ben halts the search for a marketer to instead hire a sales consultant and focus on growth himself, and announces a collaboration with Ruby Tapas. …

224: Sharpen Your Saw

January 23rd, 2017


Derrick takes a solo retreat to reflect on new goals for Drip, and draws up preliminary plans for scaling team size / structure, as well as speeding …

223: Work Deterrent System

January 9th, 2017


Ben & Derrick discuss music in the workplace, optimizing Redis, reaching larger markets beyond early adopters, and standing out in job …

222: Honesty Bait

December 19th, 2016


Derrick considers learning a new language to be prepared for scaling Drip's optimization, and gives new details on the tech used to streamline queries for large accounts. Ben breaks down his post to finding the best …

221: Power in Mimicry

December 12th, 2016


Ben discusses the lessons of mimicked learning and tempering of judgmental thinking gleaned from a sports book, and muses on how to apply them to career advice. On Drip, faced with a mountain of catch-up work after the …

220: Goin' Legit (For 2017)

December 6th, 2016


Ben decides to hire a support firm, document support processes, completes the Hound pricing change, and prepares to make products their own division for next year. Meanwhile, on Drip, Derrick addresses a performance …

219: Rails' Sidekick (Mike Perham)

November 28th, 2016


Ben is joined by Mike Perham, author of Sidekiq, to discuss running a business solo, taking a side project from hobby to full time job, and scaling …

218: A Spark of Inspiration

November 21st, 2016


On Drip, Derrick launches a free tier, and utilizes credit card anti-fraud measures. Ben publicly launches FormLinter, pauses exploring new product ideas in favor of giving attention to existing ones, and starts to …

217: The Object Object Object

November 14th, 2016


Ben and Nick get super nerdy this week and chat about Meetspace's architecture using Go, Postgres, and HMAC including custom cookie signing, …

216: The One With Laila & Brenda

November 7th, 2016


Sadly, Ben is stuck in hammock somewhere, and we are without a new episode this week. However, we would love you all to check out thoughtbot's …

215: SaaS is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

October 31st, 2016


Ben and Nick chat about ways to pitch your product, working solo as well as sustainably, and the costs of doing business.

214: My Cat is VP of Marketing (Nick Gauthier)

October 24th, 2016


Ben talks to Nick Gauthier, founder of MeetSpace, about the importance of validating ideas, reading through API documentation, and pricing surveys.

213: Madness Free

October 17th, 2016


Derrick finds some new areas to improve after walking new hires through Drip's architecture, and discusses his custom billing engine. On Hound, Ben …

212: Good Enough, Namaste

October 10th, 2016


Derrick brings a few more new hires onto the team, and ships a change to make clients' Javascript snippets more performant. On Hound, Ben does some direct outreach sales, considers bringing on someone to help with …

211: Battle Hardened Over Time

October 3rd, 2016


On Hound, Ben sends out announcements for pricing changes, questions when a decision is the "right" decision when it comes to customer feedback, and …

210: s/Walden/Andover

September 26th, 2016


Ben plans a camping trip, acquires a new Twitter account, releases his notes on giving great conference talks, and begins to tell users of Hound's new pricing. Derrick reacts to the announcement of Github Projects and …

209: Playlist Driven Development

September 19th, 2016


On Drip, Derrick deals with a high-bandwidth customer and hires a new devops team member. Meanwhile, Ben brainstorms new pricing structures for Hound.

208: Efficiency Starts With a Haircut

September 12th, 2016


Derrick switches domains from to, begins to update the design of the Drip widget, and tries to find balance in his varying roles …

207: Database & Queue are Dirty Words (Derrick Reimer)

September 6th, 2016


Ben welcomes guest co-host Derrick Reimer, co-founder of Drip, getting to know his background and products for our first outside-thoughtbot view on SaaS strategy (as well as Ben's arm-twisty methods for getting him on …

206: I'm Glad We Talked About This (Chad Pytel)

August 22nd, 2016


thoughtbot CEO Chad Pytel joins Ben to discuss our recent office closings and reasons necessitating this decision, what this means for the product team, and the future of thoughtbot. Also, a teaser of what to expect …

205: Bottling Calm

August 8th, 2016


Fresh back from vacation, Ben shifts his attention to a Hound project, adding in tiered plans and pricing. Chris begins to build out a drip sequence …

204: Disinclined, For Simplicity's Sake

August 1st, 2016


Chris delves into marketing mode for the TDD course, removes more client-side analytics code, and starts redesigning the information architecture on Upcase. On FormKeep, Ben alerts users to site down-time, removes all …

203: Worry Beads on Business Chains

July 25th, 2016


Ben receives some insight on customer referrals for FormKeep, applies his pricing philosophy to Hound, and realizes a personal blind-spot when it comes to customer satisfaction. On Upcase, Chris patches an automated …

202: A Full 360

July 18th, 2016


Ben rants about bad jokes on twitter, doesn't ship any improved activation features on FormKeep this week, irons out some bugs on FormLinter, and begins an ad campaign. Chris contemplates shifting Upcase's business …

201: The Difficulty is in Focusing

July 11th, 2016


Ben encounters a downed FormKeep and enables a monitoring service, completes the un-grandfathering process for accounts on old tiers, and begins work …

200: Summertime Sadness

July 4th, 2016


Chris digs into the causes for a MRR drop, discovering usage trends with seasonality; and in the process gets a clearer picture of Upcase's user base. Also, he welcome Geoff to the project, and begins a new marketing …

199: Heartening Frustration

June 27th, 2016


This week, we ruminate on the meta-organization of project management. Ben embraces team feedback on, reaches the end of Formkeep's grandfathered pricing window, and removes sandboxing to streamline plan …

198: Nailing Down the Why

June 20th, 2016


On Formkeep, Ben launches FormLinter to increase form accessibility and conversions, and looks forward to additional persons on thoughtbot product work. Chris continues marketing of the Bourbon Smash course, wrestles …

197: An Engine That Throws Off Money

June 13th, 2016


On Upcase, Chris releases the Bourbon course, restructures how new courses are highlighted, and discusses juggling the various factors that …

196: Anecdotal Driven Development

May 30th, 2016


Ben changes product activation flow, possibly for the worse, launches a new UI, and muses on new customer acquisition for Formkeep. On Upcase, Chris starts to see benefits from the domain transition, and brainstorms on …

195: The Storm Before the Calm

May 23rd, 2016


Ben delays a new feature until an easier implementation can be reached, adds additional event tracking for better site usage feedback, takes a medium to large digression to rant about Javascript, and makes headway on …

194: Changing Your Internet Home

May 16th, 2016


Chris transitions Upcase to for SEO and branding purposes, and introduces reactivate & resubscribe functionality. Ben publishes a blog post on Formkeep's pricing history, optimizes the initial …

193: This Episode Has Been Brought to You By the Letter 'S'

May 9th, 2016


Ben switches from Mandrill to Sendgrid, turns a corner on his guarantee vs trial test, and begins the process of overhauling Formkeep's UI. …

192: The High End of Reasonable

May 2nd, 2016


Ben and Chris muse on the nature of weather-related happiness. Also, Ben works on instrumenting Formkeep's activation funnel, utilizes a monitoring utility to optimize sign-up flow, and vows to almost certainly not toy …

191: I've Done it Once, I'm an Expert

April 25th, 2016


Ben and Chris discuss taxes and financial (as well as bedtime) routines. On Upcase, Chris showcases "The Weekly Iteration" on the site, reveals a long-term dream for the platform, and patches a critical security issue. …

190: An Unkempt Backlog

April 19th, 2016


Chris makes progress on Upcase's to-dos in order to shift focus to after-the-funnel improvements, and makes a renewed vow to talk to customers for direct feedback. Meanwhile, Ben attends a conference, and while he …

189: Swimming Against a Stream of Complexity

April 11th, 2016


Chris keeps improving MRR on Upcase, patches a Javascript problem with a Javascript solution, and implements benefit focused text on course …

188: I Have a Spreadsheet!

April 4th, 2016


Ben decides to A/B test pricing, begins grandfathering existing customers to the new tiers, teases new features on Formkeep, and recounts some interesting customer interactions. Meanwhile, Chris drives conversions …

187: Missed You!

March 28th, 2016


Chris welcomes a new member to team Upcase, confronts a drop in MRR, and looks forward to increased content production. On Formkeep, Ben introduces tiered pricing and trials, considers tier differentiators, and muses on …

186: Learning Through Experimentation (Ryan Buckley)

March 14th, 2016


Ben and Chris welcome on Ryan Buckley, co-founder of Scripted, for an honest discussion on the shortcomings, pain-points, and benefits that arise …

185: The Funnel is Just the Beginning (Lincoln Murphy)

March 7th, 2016


Ben welcomes SaaS growth and customer success pioneer Lincoln Murphy to discuss the true importance of providing value to existing customers and …

184: I Love You, Businesses!

February 29th, 2016


Ben accidentally launches a Vim course, debates a B2B vs B2C focus, and feels out different Formkeep pricing tiers. Chris welcomes back a handful of …

183: Embarrassing Trailing White-Space

February 22nd, 2016


Chris converts with email campaigns, lays out a time-table to churn out a ton of content, and tries to analyze a dip in revenue. Meanwhile, Ben tests the definition of what constitutes a "conference", focuses on how to …

182: The Weight of Javascript

February 15th, 2016


Ben finalizes Formkeep's Ember removal, toys with the idea of manual on boarding, and positions himself to begin experimenting with plans and pricing. Meanwhile, Chris deals with credit card fraud, too many inodes on …

181: Tying Your Work to Impact (Brian Balfour)

February 8th, 2016


Chris talks with growth expert Brian Balfour on starting and sustaining SaaS business, and his team's approach to addressing growth issues.

180: We Don't Deal With Paper

February 1st, 2016


Chris gets a surprise while reviewing Upcase's Q4 profit & loss statement, gains some insight into e-mail marketing, wrestles with the added complexity of adding github auth-to-access, and brainstorms new …

179: It's Tough to Iterate on Nothing

January 25th, 2016


Ben resolves to cut back on dashboard checkins, makes progress on Formkeep's Ember extraction, and struggles with product-market fit. Meanwhile, …

178: No-one Wants Form End-Points for Christmas

January 18th, 2016


Ben and Chris both struggle with cancelations coming into the new year, Formkeep continues to strip out Ember and focus on content marketing, and …

177: I Forgot There Would Be Follow-On Tasks

January 11th, 2016


Chris tracks new members after the release of the new Mastering Git course from Upcase, launches a drip e-mail campaign to attract more members, and focuses on increased content output. Ben continues removing Ember from …

176: The Pricing is Right

January 4th, 2016


As Ben transitions from Upcase to Formkeep, so too will the podcast transition to an open discussion around growing thoughtbot's internal projects and maintaining them as businesses, highlighting our hopes, experiments, …

175: Broaden Your Worldview (Ashe Dryden)

December 21st, 2015


Ben talks with Ashe Dryden about ways to approach diversity in the tech community from workplace, conference, and personal perspectives.

174: Building Character (Laura Roeder)

December 14th, 2015


Ben and Laura Roeder, founder of Edgar, chat about anthropomorphizing your brand to build better engagement, going the extra step to care about customer success, and some tips for social media marketing best practices.

173: Obsessed With Helping (Hiten Shah)

December 7th, 2015


Ben talks with Hiten Shah, co-founder of Crazy Egg and Kissmetrics, on the value of helping others, frameworks for a better life, being an infovore, …

172: Go After the Hard Stuff (Eric Normand)

December 1st, 2015


Ben and Eric Normand of LispCast and talk about the pros and cons of Haskell and Clojure, empathize on some of the pain points of running an educational coding platform, and hypothesize on how the …

171: Always Be Hustling (Steli Efti)

November 23rd, 2015


Ben talks with Steli Efti, CEO and Co-founder of Close, on maintaining energy and passion in speaking, why engineers make great sales people (and how they can be even better), and managing your emotions to be more …

170: Make Things People Want (C. Todd Lombardo & Trace Wax)

November 9th, 2015


Chad talks with C. Todd Lombardo & Trace Wax about their new book, co-authored with Richard Banfield, Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products, as well as the process and benefits of …

169: Purpose Driven Development (Sara Chipps)

November 5th, 2015


Brenda talks with Sara Chipps on the desire to educate in code, her inspiration to work on hardware, and the troubles of manufacturing.

168: 'Unpronounceable' (Star Simpson)

October 27th, 2015


Chad Pytel and Laila Winner welcome Star Simpson to discuss PLIBMTTBHGATY (Programming Languages I’ve Been Meaning To Try But Haven’t Gotten Around To Yet), fostering community through meet-ups, and the finer points of …

167: A Place For Both (Brenda Storer)

October 12th, 2015


Ben talks with thoughtbot designer Brenda Storer on fitting both development and design in her job title, tips for public speaking, and introduces a …

166: Refactoring Health Care (John Norman)

October 5th, 2015


Ben talks with John Norman about his process and modified approach to the delivery, payment, and tech of modern managed health care. They also touch on age bias in the programming world, living a purpose-driven life, …

165: Everyone's Welcome Here (Adam Stacoviak & Jerod Santo)

September 28th, 2015


Ben talks with Adam & Jerod of The Changelog Podcast to discuss their personal interviewing modalities, doing full-time media creation, and a new …

164: Transcribing at 260 wpm (Mirabai Knight)

September 21st, 2015


Ben talks with Mirabai Knight about the technology and uses of modern stenography; including using steno with Vim, and her work on Plover, the open …

163: Play is the Best Way to Learn (Nadia Odunayo)

September 14th, 2015


Ben talks with Nadia Odunayo about giving non-technical conference talks and full-time pairing.

162: Literal Giant Robots (Brinkley Warren)

September 8th, 2015


Ben is joined by Brinkley Warren of MegaBots Inc. to discuss the history, build, and strategy behind the MegaBot Mk II, USA's entrant in next years …

161: Listen to Your Users (Jules Coleman)

August 31st, 2015


Ben and Jules Coleman, founder of Hassle, discuss staying close to the codebase while in a more managerial role, the challenges of rapid growth, and …

160: Unfollowing the Leader (Drew Neil)

August 26th, 2015


Ben and Drew Neil discuss freeing up Vim's leader key, the value of visual learning, and using GitHub to crowd source closed captions.

This episode …

159: Falling Out of Love With Haskell (Mike Burns)

August 17th, 2015


Ben and fellow thoughtbotter Mike Burns take time out of their Summer Summit schedule to chat about launching offices, the art of classical code, and …

158: Producing...Stuff (Thom Obarski)

August 10th, 2015


Ben is joined by trepidatious producer, Thom Obarski, to talk all things media at thoughtbot, compare working in tech to entertainment environments, and bestow some beginner advice on starting one's own podcast.

This …

157: Between Frustration and Enlightenment (Tom Stuart)

August 3rd, 2015


Ben is joined by Tom Stuart to talk about incorporating computer science topics into Ruby, his process of preparing talks, enriching your development career with a bit of computer science knowledge, and gushing about …

156: It Has to be Valuable (Steve Tooke)

July 27th, 2015


Ben is joined by Steve Tooke to discuss the importance of communication, testing, and building Cucumber 2.

This episode of Giant Robots is sponsored …

155: CTO Duties (Joe Ferris)

July 20th, 2015


Ben welcomes Joe Ferris, thoughtbot's CTO, to discuss design parity within the company, inversion of control, and solving all the world's problems …

154: Do it Right the First Time (Samir Talwar)

July 13th, 2015


Ben and Samir Talwar of Codurance discuss the appeal of functional programming, mob programming, and a different take on conferences.

This episode …

153: Auld Lang Syne (Chad Pytel)

July 6th, 2015


As Giant Robots nears its 3 year anniversary, Ben welcomes back Chad Pytel to reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year at thoughtbot.

This …

152: Providing Positive Change (Denise Yu & Rosa Fox)

June 29th, 2015


Ben welcomes Denise Yu and Rosa Fox of Codebar to discuss the importance of fostering community, mentoring tips, and more.

151: Open By Default (Aidan Feldman)

June 15th, 2015


Ben discusses consulting and open source from within the government, as well as choosing the right clients, and the value of mentorship, with Aidan …

150: Don't Screw it Up (Derek Prior)

June 8th, 2015


Ben talks with fellow thoughtbotter Derek Prior on conference speaking, code review, and podcasting.

149: Try to Stand Out (Chris Toomey)

June 1st, 2015


Ben talks with fellow thoughtbotter Chris Toomey on networking, mentorship, React.js, and sustainable pace.

148: We All Want to be Heard (Rebecca Miller-Webster)

May 25th, 2015


Ben talks with Rebecca Miller-Webster, Managing Director of thoughtbot Chicago, on beginners contributing to open-source, organizing conferences, and …

147: Cry Through it, and Keep Typing (Saron Yitbarek)

May 18th, 2015


Ben welcomes on Saron Yitbarek to talk about creating communities that foster learning and niceness; as well as getting comfortable with being …

146: Ready For the Real World (Shelby Kelly)

May 11th, 2015


Ben and Shelby Kelly discuss teaching at a coding bootcamp and the future of junior-developer programs. Stick around till the end to catch a sample of her Rocky Mountain Ruby rap!

This episode of Giant Robots is …

145: YOLO! _push to master_ (Sam Phippen)

May 4th, 2015


Ben talks to Sam Phippen on working on the RSpec core team, new features in 3.3, tips for contributing to open-source, and his favorite parts of …

144: Finding a New Way (Pam Selle)

April 27th, 2015


Ben talks to Pam Selle on the importance of self-impossed structure, voice coding, and living with RSI.

143: Keep an Open Mind (Carin Meier)

April 20th, 2015


Ben talks with Carin Meier on the writer's process, how programming relates to the arts, and the importance of a graduated and immersive approach to …

142: The Power of Play (Justin Gitlin)

April 13th, 2015


Ben talks with Justin Gitlin on changing the experience of a social media platform, as well as shaping game dev to art (and vice versa).

141: Don't Say No to Anything (Georgia Dow)

April 6th, 2015


Ben sits down with therapist/writer/podcaster/speaker/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Georgia Dow to discuss the value of new experiences, the …

140: Don't Believe Everything That You Think (Sir John Hargrave)

March 30th, 2015


Ben talks to Sir John Hargrave, CEO of Media Shower, about his new book Mind Hacking on the power of reprogramming one's thoughts to maintain new …

139: Learning Oriented Culture (Mike Brittain)

March 23rd, 2015


Ben talks to Mike Brittain, VP of Engineering at Etsy, on interacting with the development community, strides in diversity practices, the pros/cons …

138: Overloading the Home Row (Craig Andera)

March 16th, 2015


Ben talks to Craig Andera, developer at Cognitect, on his latest 20% time project, how Clojure gets made, and driving immutability into a database.

137: The Haskell Renaissance (Pat Brisbin)

March 9th, 2015


Ben talks with Pat Brisbin on his new book, and the future of Haskell at thoughtbot.

136: I Think it Was the Altitude (Ben Orenstein)

March 2nd, 2015


Chad officially welcomes Ben back to the podcast, discuses the employer/employee ideology that can facilitate a successful sabbatical, and reveals …

135: Planning For Change (Ben Arent)

February 23rd, 2015


Chad talks with Ben Arent, product manager at Rackspace, on the pros/cons of app acquisition, as well as their favorite Sass tools.

134: Growing to Meteor (Paul Dowman)

February 16th, 2015


Chad talks with Paul Dowman, founder of OK GROW!, on replacing Rails with Meteor, and how martial arts has made him a better developer.

133: The DNA of Music (Matt Aimonetti)

February 9th, 2015


Chad talks with Matt Aimonetti, co-founder of Splice, on remote worker strategies, fundraising, and his vision for the future of digital musical …

132: Story Tellers (Adarsh Pandit, Kyle Fiedler)

February 2nd, 2015


Chad talks with fellow thoughtbotters Adarsh Pandit and Kyle Fiedler on the pros and cons of stories, story points, and job stories.

131: The Human-Computer Interaction Umbrella (Irene Ros)

January 26th, 2015


Chad talks with Irene Ros, data visualization practice lead at Bocoup, about her pursuit of making data visualization function in a social context.

130: Counting all the F-Words (Joanne Cheng)

January 19th, 2015


Chad & developer Joanne Cheng break down thoughtbot's statistical year in review!

129: The Engineering of Payments (Ian Logan)

January 13th, 2015


Chad talks with Ian Logan, an Engineering Manager at Airbnb, on the challenges, ideology, implementation, and future of their payments system.

128: To Attract and Retain (Dan Croak)

January 5th, 2015


Chad talks with thoughtbot CMO Dan Croak about our content marketing strategy, managing the flow of new media, and the origin of our growth team.

127: Merging Worlds (Meng To)

December 22nd, 2014


Jeff Smith talks to Meng To, author of Design + Code about the blurring line between developers and designers, learning tools to better communicate, …

126: Log In to Your Space (Zach Dunn)

December 15th, 2014


Chad talks to Zach Dunn, CPO of Robin, about the future of smart spaces, working with family, and when to shift your company's scope.

125: Rebooting (Adarsh Pandit)

December 8th, 2014


Chad talks to Adarsh Pandit, thoughtbot SF Managing Director & host of the Reboot podcast, about his personal journey which inspired our newest …

124: Maintaining Your Legacy (Scott Ford)

November 24th, 2014


Chad talks to Scott Ford, founder & COO of Corgibytes, about the business of software remodeling/retrofitting, and finding value and beauty in …

123: Don't Call It a Codecation (Chris Hunt)

November 18th, 2014


Ben & Chris Hunt catch up on their latest conference talks, podcasts, and things accomplished on their recent coding retreat.

122: Ruby, the Weird Way (Britt Ballard, Caleb Thompson, Richard Schneeman, Terence Lee)

November 10th, 2014


Britt Ballard leads this roundtable discussion on home-growing your own conference and their experiences, from theme and logo selection to scheduling …

121: Prolificness (Allison House)

November 3rd, 2014


Guest-Ben Chad Pytel talks with Allison House about maintaining personal growth while freelancing, and her approach to harnessing your capacity to …

120: Open Your World For Commentary (Tom Lehman)

October 28th, 2014


Ben talks with Tom Lehman, creator of Genius, about the power of honesty in corporate culture, and navigating the mores of discussing salary.

119: Create Value or Create Technology? (Pete Hunt)

October 20th, 2014


Ben talks with Pete Hunt, formerly of Facebook & Instagram, on React and what makes this unique JavaScript library tick, as well as shifting from …

118: Scare Yourself (Dan Martell)

October 13th, 2014


Ben talks with Dan Martell, CEO and founder of Clarity, about self-actualization in business, how life is affected by those around which one …

117: Designing Quality (Will Sulinski)

September 22nd, 2014


Ben talks with Will Sulinski, founder of Pistol Lake, on translating lessons learned from the tech sector into success in the fashion industry.

116: A Model Jellyfish (Carl Smith)

September 15th, 2014


Ben talks with nGen Works founder Carl Smith about alternatives to a "flat" structure, remote management & community building.

115: There's a Spectrum Involved Here (Brandon Bloom)

September 8th, 2014


Ben talks with Brandon Bloom about finding the right tool for the job, there being too many objects in OO Programing and the importance for a full …

114: Offer Value First (Ryan Delk)

September 1st, 2014


Ben talks with Gumroad grower Ryan Delk about standing out from your peers by adding value before you ask for value.

113: Minimum Path to Awesome (Rob Walling)

August 25th, 2014


Ben and Rob Walling, founder of Drip and HitTail, discuss engaging your audience, the path to building new habits and the need to create.

112: Data By Design (Joanne Cheng)

August 18th, 2014


Ben talks to developer Joanne Cheng about lessons learned from the conference circuit, as well as the subject of her latest conf talk, …

111: Thinking Outside the Loop (Chris Granger)

August 11th, 2014


Ben talks with Chris Granger, creator of Light Table, about building a better IDE and envisioning a world where all programming happens inside a …

110: Protecting Invisible Things (Eric Mill)

August 4th, 2014


This week Ben talks with former thoughtbotter, and creator of Is It Christmas, Eric Mill about the power of blogging, the personal empowerment …

108: Picking Your Obsession (Brett Van Zuiden)

July 21st, 2014


Ben talks to Brett Van Zuiden, founder of Filepicker, about the importance of finding your specialization and passion in your industry, as well as …

107: The Best Secrets Kept (Sara Haider)

July 14th, 2014


Ben talks to Sarah Haider, Android lead at Secret, about anonymity in social media, her work with Girls Who Code and Android Development.

106: Sprinting Thru Design (Alex Baldwin & Galen Frechette)

July 7th, 2014


Ben is joined by fellow thoughtbotters Alex & Galen to break down their product design sprint workflow.

105: Use Your Info-magination (Marc-André Cournoyer)

June 30th, 2014


Ben welcomes Marc-André Cournoyer of Coded Inc. to discuss self-marketing and sustaining info-product platforms.

104: Maintaining The Meat Machines (Adam Wiggins)

June 23rd, 2014


On this weeks Giant Robots Ben welcomes Adam Wiggins, Heroku co-founder and former CTO, to join as more of a guest host than guest. They discuss team size/structure, project scalability, the benefits of working abroad …

103: Consulting the Consultants (Adam Wathan, Chris Keithlin)

June 16th, 2014


Giant Robots welcome Adam & Chris of Vehikl who inquire about project selection / scheduling, portfolio building & customer-facing.

102: Put It Out To The World (Peter Cooper)

June 9th, 2014


Ben sits down with Peter Cooper, of Cooper Press, on his evolution from blogger to published author and publisher.

101: Developing Skills (Alex Fox, Jatin Bhandari)

June 2nd, 2014


Ben is joined by Alex & Jatin, recent graduates of the first thoughtbot / Metis Ruby on Rails Bootcamp, to talk about the process, experience and …

100: Adequately Industrious (Aaron Patterson)

May 26th, 2014


On our special 100th episode Aaron Patterson joins Ben from RailsConf to talk AdequateRecord, frustrations in software, bulk meat discounts, the …

99: You Are Not Alone (Greg Baugues)

May 19th, 2014


From RailsConf, Ben & Greg Baugues of Twilio discuss how mental illness affects the development community and the importance of, as well as …

98: Memorization Techniques (Chris Hunt)

May 12th, 2014


From RailsConf, Ben talks to Chris Hunt of Github about techniques for enhancing spacial memory, competitive personalities, the coffee infamy of the …

97: Railing Against Rails (Ernie Miller)

May 5th, 2014


Live from RailsConf Ben & Ernie Miller explore his "Curmudgeon" talk, modules and the importance of nuance.

96: Business is Hard (Jeff Casimir)

April 28th, 2014


Live from RailsConf, Ben talks to Executive Director of The Turing School Jeff Casimir on Conf-stress, the lack of jobs in open source and the …

95: Making Time (Chas Emerick)

April 21st, 2014


This week Ben sits down with Chas Emerick to discuss his latest venture, The Quilt Project, start up philosophies and the importance of balanced time …

94: The Nature of Writing (Diana Zmuda, Jessie Young)

April 14th, 2014


Ben is joined by Diana & Jessie of thoughtbot San Francisco to discuss their latest book, iOS on Rails, the concept of releasing a book in Beta …

93: Diversity of Approach (David Nolen)

April 7th, 2014


On this weeks show Ben talks to David Nolen, Rails & JavaScript developer for the NY Times, about being a steward of ClojureScript, functional …

92: Program to the Machine You Have (Ryan Hoover)

March 31st, 2014


Ben and Ryan Hoover, co-creator of Product Hunt, talk revenue models, the value of blogging, diversification of skills, and tiny steps towards major …

91: Not Ruining Design (Rich Thornett)

March 24th, 2014


This week on Giant Robots, Ben talks to Rich Thornett, Co-Founder of Dribbble, about the formation and criticisms of the company, the role of product …

90: Do One Thing Well (George Brocklehurst, Mike Burns)

March 17th, 2014


Ben talks to George Brocklehurst & Mike Burns of thoughtbot's Stockholm office on creating and distributing gitsh, an interactive shell for Git, …

89: Moving Beyond The Wheel (Mahmoud Abdelkader)

March 10th, 2014


This week on Giant Robots, Mahmoud Abdelkader of Balanced joins Ben to talk the priorities in ones career trajectory, the role of a successful CTO, …

88: Prospering Communities (Kyle Bragger)

March 3rd, 2014


This week Ben Talks with Kyle Bragger of Elepath, Inc on the nature of online community building, advertising vs subscription revenue models and the importance of continued creative output (and actually releasing it to …

87: Monitoring the Bathrooms (Tony DiPasquale)

February 24th, 2014


This week on Giant Robots, Ben chats with Tony DiPasquale on utilizing Arduino engineering to solve 0th world problems.

86: Humility and Patience (Peter Reinhardt)

February 17th, 2014


In this week's episode, we're joined by Peter Reinhardt, Co-founder and CEO of Ben and Peter discuss the product, their tech stack, the companies big pivot to, their growth and future plans. They …

85: I Want These Ideas To Be Free (Max Temkin)

February 10th, 2014


This week, Ben is joined by Max Temkin, creator of Cards Against Humanity and Humans vs. Zombies. Max talks about his success with Cards Against Humanity and his feelings of impostor syndrome. He talks about some of his …

84: The Bus Number (Harper Reed)

February 3rd, 2014


On this week's episode, Ben talks with Harper Reed, former CTO of Threadless, former CTO of Obama for America, and currently CEO of Modest. Harper talks about management and his "cabal" of people that he likes to work …

83: Turning the Tables (Ben Orenstein)

January 27th, 2014


On this week's special episode, Chad Pytel turns the tables and interviews host Ben Orenstein. They discuss the process of running the podcast and Ben's roots in programming and computer science. Ben talks about his Vim …

82: Teach all the things (Matt Knox)

January 20th, 2014


This week's episode features Matt Knox of Twitter. Matt is a part of Twitter's university team which teaches new Twitter recruits about the company. He works as an engineer as well in order to stay current. Matt …

81: An Agent of Change (Seth Godin)

January 13th, 2014


In this week's episode, Ben Orenstein is joined by best selling author, Seth Godin. Seth describes himself as an entrepreneur, a blogger, and an agent of change. They discuss art, frustration, and the endless pursuit of …

80: Growing Business (Josh Pigford)

December 23rd, 2013


This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein chats with Josh Pigford about time management, entrepreneurship and farming

79: The Gentle Wise One (Uncle Bob Martin)

December 16th, 2013


This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein talks with Uncle Bob Martin about functional programming, ethics, and writing.

78: Fancy Pants (Chris Lindland)

December 9th, 2013


This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein talks with Chris Lindland, CEO of about online fashion, self-generating product and …

77: A Beautiful Thing (Harold Giménez)

December 2nd, 2013


This week on Giant Robots, Ben Orenstein speaks with Harold Giménez, Heroku postgres leader, about postgres, data management, and beer brewing.

76: The Boutique Agency

November 25th, 2013


Ben Orenstein speaks with Alex Kesler, founder and CEO of inSegment about digital marketing, GTD and productivity.

75: Embedding Democracy (Catherine Bracy)

November 18th, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein interviews Catherine Bracy, Director of Community Organizing at Code for America.

74: Fancy Scala (Sean Griffin)

November 11th, 2013


Ben Orenstein speaks with thoughtbot developer Sean Griffin about scala and ruby.

73: Spooky Robots Haunting other Spooky Robots (Drew Neil)

November 4th, 2013


Ben Orenstein speaks with Drew Neil, creator of about teaching writing and workshopping vim.

72: Up in the Mountains (Nathan Barry)

October 28th, 2013


This week on The Giant Robots Podcast, Ben Orenstein chats with Nathan Barry about book writing, teaching and self employment.

71: The Power of the Truth

October 21st, 2013


Josh Clayton and Ben Orenstein interview each other about their managing director positions.

Support …

70: Let Your Freak Flag Fly

October 14th, 2013


Ben Orenstein speaks with Jeff Atwood about Discourse, forum software, and soylent.

69: Geocoding in the Now

October 7th, 2013


Ben Orenstein interviews Josh Clayton and Laila Winner on their book, Geocoding on Rails.

68: Simplicity and Elegance

September 30th, 2013


Ben Orenstein and Paul Farnell, CEO of Litmus, talk about starting up, business practices, and Litmus.

Support Giant …

67: The Data Optimist

September 23rd, 2013


Ben Orenstein and Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, talk about Data Science, Bitly and Cheeseburgers.

65: No! Videos Private!

September 9th, 2013


On this episode Ben talks with Chris Savage and Brendan Schwartz about Wistia

Support …

64: Wistfully Into the Air

September 2nd, 2013


In this episode of Giant Robots Ben talks with Des Traynor about intercom, concise communication. blogging and customer outreach.

62: Family Business

August 19th, 2013


In this of episode of Giant Robots, Ben speaks with Natalie Nagele and Ilya Sabanin about Wildbit, Beanstalk, and work flow.

61: Having the Craic with Paul

August 12th, 2013


In this episode Paul and Ben talk about tito, funconf, and organizing conferences.

Support Giant …

60: Deep Dive

August 5th, 2013


In this week's episode Ben discusses effective business practices and advice for optimal page design with special guest Patrick McKenzie.

59: Nowhere to Hide

July 29th, 2013


In this episode, Ben Orenstein speaks with thoughtbot CTO Joe Ferris about the technical interview process at thoughtbot, and more.

58: A Thousand Neckbeards

July 22nd, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein, Pat Brisbin, and Mike Burns talk about Haskell, Linux, functional and dynamic programming, Conway's Game of Life, and much …

57: Delayed Gratification

July 15th, 2013


In this episode, Ben Orenstein is joined by Michael Klett, Co-founder and tech lead of Chargify. Ben and Michael discuss the evolution of Chargify …

56: Code in a Bubble Bath

July 8th, 2013



In this episode Ben Orenstein is joined by Alex MacCaw, creator of Spine, formerly of Twitter, and now a developer at Stripe. Ben and Alex talk …

55: The Value of Flow

July 1st, 2013


In this episode Ben Orenstein speaks with designer and founder of Authentic Jobs, Cameron Moll, about Authentic Jobs, design, the value of flow and …

54: Build your stuff on the side and have a good time

June 24th, 2013


In this episode, Ben Orenstein is joined by 17 year old Jack Kaufman, author of The Found a Business Book. Ben and Jack discuss Jack's inspiration …

53: Not everything needs to be extracted

June 17th, 2013


In this episode Ben Orenstein is joined by Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale from Tilde. They discuss bootstrapping a business and the model behind Tilde, …

52: You look really fancy in your tuxedo

June 10th, 2013


In this special episode, number 52, and our 1 year anniversary episode, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Ruby and Rails core team member Aaron Patterson, thoughtbot CTO Joe Ferris, and a live …

51: I found a voice

June 3rd, 2013


On this week's show, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Sandi Metz, developer, author, podcaster, and recent Ruby Hero award winner. Ben and Sandi discuss winning awards, writing, whether notoriety …

50: It's Monday today, let's change everything

May 27th, 2013


In this week's episode, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Jeff Casimir and Katrina Owen from Jumpstart Lab and gSchool to …

49: The psychology of work

May 20th, 2013


In this episode, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Gregg Pollack and Nathaniel Bibler from EnvyLabs and Gregg …

48: Barista imposter syndrome

May 13th, 2013


In this episode, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Jon Larkowski, closet hippie and developer at CareZone. Ben and Jon discuss …

47: Two hours per minute

May 6th, 2013


In this episode, recorded at RailsConf 2013, Ben Orenstein is joined by Ryan Bates of RailsCasts. Ben and Ryan discuss Ryan's transition to working …

46: We don't have a monopoly on being unhealthy

April 29th, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined by Joe Kutner, programmer and author of ‘The Healthy Programmer’. Ben and Joe discuss how the demands of a development job lead to unhealthy habits, and ways to address the issues. They discuss …

45: Tiny Robots Cuddling with other Tiny Robots

April 22nd, 2013


This week we try something a little different. Joe Ferris, Matt Jankowski, Ben Orenstein, and Chad Pytel get together and have a little fun, in what we're calling "Tiny Robots cuddling with other Tiny Robots". We'd love …

44: I feel the opposite of burnt out

April 15th, 2013


In this week's podcast, Ben Orenstein is joined by Chad Fowler, author, speaker, and CTO of 6wunderkinder. Ben and Chad discuss Chad's recent move to Berlin and 6wunderkinder, what a CTO does, getting back to coding, …

43: A good person by default

April 8th, 2013


thoughtbot's Ben Orenstein is joined by Scott Orn, venture capitalist at Lighthouse Capital Partners by day, and co-founder of Ben's Friends by night. Ben and Scott discuss building a community, the future of Ben's …

42: Why were you suing a website?

April 1st, 2013


This week, Ben Orenstein is joined by Peter Moldave, attorney at Gesmer Updegrove to discuss attorney client privilege, what not to do with email, …

41: This is the sausage being made

March 25th, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein in joined by thoughtbot CEO, Chad Pytel, to discuss thoughbot's books, online and in-person training programs, other educational products, and the launch of thoughtbot's new subscription to …

40: He's winking at me

March 18th, 2013


Ben is joined by Bryan Helmkamp, the founder of CodeClimate. In Bryan's second appearance on the podcast, Ben and Bryan discuss the architecture behind CodeClimate, scaling the service, and growing the business. They …

39: We've been watching you for some time, Mr. Grimm

March 11th, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined by Avdi Grimm, software developer, author, and podcaster. Ben and Avdi discuss Emacs, Avdi's personal assistant and delegating work. They also discuss naming and finding implicit concepts in your …

38: Standing out from the pack

March 4th, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein is joined by Jeremy McAnally, employee at GitHub, author of Ruby in Practice, Rails 3 Upgrade Handbook, MacRuby in Action, and more. Jeremy and Ben discuss teaching and organizing conferences, …

37: You're riding the Rails bro!

February 25th, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined this week by Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot. Ben and Joe discuss starting a new Rails project and our Rails application generator, Suspenders, test spies and breaking up your tests, and using …

36: A gem called exploit

February 18th, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein is joined by Nick Quaranto, developer at 37signals and one of the maintainers of Nick and Ben discuss the just released Basecamp iOS app, the architecture of the app, the origins of …

35: I haven't lifted a pencil in years

February 11th, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined by Dennis Najjar CPA from They discuss international companies operating in the United States, the …

34: Very little comes to those who wait

February 4th, 2013


In this week's episode, Ben Orenstein is joined by Steve Snyder, Entrepreneur in Residence at the law firm, Gesmer Updegrove LLP. Ben and Steve discuss Steve's history, his unique position at the law firm, mistakes to …

33: I've failed before

January 28th, 2013


This week Ben Orenstein is joined by Jarrod Drysdale, the author of Bootstrapping Design. Ben and Jarrod discuss the sales and revenue of the book, and his new project, They also talk about learning new …

32: There is an excited you in there

January 21st, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined this week by Daniel Jalkut, the developer of MarsEdit and other fine software. Ben and Daniel discuss the origin of Daniel's twitter username, his history at Apple and his work there, and how it …

31: I write everything in Markdown

January 14th, 2013


This week Chad Pytel is joined by software developer, podcaster, and author, Brett Terpstra. Chad and Brett discuss Brett's work location and setup, his open source and commercial software projects, app store pricing, …

30: Giant Year-End Extravaganza

January 7th, 2013


Ben Orenstein is joined by Chad Pytel, the CEO of thoughtbot to take a look back at some of the things thoughtbot did in 2012. They then answer a …

29: The most ironic iOS developer

December 31st, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Gordon Fontenot and Matt Mongeau, two thoughtbot developers, to discuss iOS development using both Objective-C and RubyMotion. Ben, Matt, and Gordon talk about the differences between the two …

28: Farther, further, faster

December 24th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and a partner at 37signals. David and Ben discuss David's normal day, his working relationship with Jason Fried, how their blog, Signal …

27: Fabulous new mistakes

December 17th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot. Inspired by a question on Law of Demeter from listener Nathan Long, Joe and Ben (hopefully) …

26: Deep into the psyche of Gary Bernhardt

December 10th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Gary Berhardt from Destroy All Software Screencasts. Ben and Gary discuss DAS, how it has changed over the two years he's been doing it, and how his thinking has changed over that time. They …

25: Long hours on the BoltBus

December 3rd, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Alex Godin from Ben and Alex discuss Alex's hectic time in both and TechStars, how he got started at his age, what he's accomplished so far, what he worries about, …

24: Not so DRY that it chafes

November 26th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Sarah Mei, RailsBridge co-founder, a developer at Pivotal Labs, and Diaspora core team member. In this episode, recorded at RubyConf 2012, Ben and Sarah discuss how communication patterns of …

23: As a consultant it's always your fault

November 19th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Tammer Saleh and Randall Thomas, the founders of Thunderbolt Labs. In this episode, recorded at RubyConf 2012, they …

22: Your code looks nice today

November 16th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Bryan Helmkamp, founder of Code Climate, hosted software metrics for Ruby apps. In this episode, recorded at RubyConf 2012, they discuss what code climate is, how Bryan considers it a small …

21: Data, Context and Interaction

November 5th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Jim Gay, author of Clean Ruby, and Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot, in the episode recorded at RubyConf 2012. Ben, Joe, and Jim discuss Data, Context and Interaction (DCI), what it is, whether …

20: Ruby Lightning

November 3rd, 2012


In this special episode from RubyConf 2012 we pulled aside some of the attendees and found out what they're working on. We also include a selection …

19: I have tons of guns and knives

November 1st, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Aaron Patterson, Ruby Core team member, Rails Core team member, and a Señior Software Engineer at AT&T Interactive. Aaron and Ben discuss the upcoming features and excitement for Ruby 2.0 …

18: Trading Hours for Money

October 29th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Brennan Dunn, author of double your freelancing rate and Ben and Brennan discuss transitioning from a …

17: I'm feeling full and Sassy

October 22nd, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Kyle Fiedler, a designer at thoughtbot, and one of the creators of Bourbon Neat. Ben and Kyle discuss responsive design, what it is, and how to implement it. They also discuss Bourbon (a …

16: Making it fast

October 15th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by William Josephson and Jay Moorthi from Solano Labs, the makers of tddium, the hosted, scalable continuous integration …

15: Moving money should be free

October 8th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Seth Priebatsch, creator of SCVNGR and LevelUp. Ben and Seth talk about LevelUp, how it got started, how they make money, …

14: Say goodbye to that big guy

October 1st, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Prem Sichanugrist, a developer at thoughtbot and the #31 top Rails contributor. Ben and Prem walk through the major changes that will be introduced in Rails 4, including strong parameters, the …

13: I'll disagree in just a little bit

September 24th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot, and Josh Clayton, developer at thoughtbot and the lead maintainer of FactoryGirl. In this Rails focused episode, Ben, Joe, and Josh dish on ActiveRecord …

12: I think I'll be on a yacht

September 17th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Matt Jankowski, COO of thoughtbot. Ben and Matt start off by talking about how Matt came to join thoughtbot and his role …

11: You want your system to bend, not to break

September 10th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Sean Cribbs, Software Engineer at Basho, the makers of Riak. Ben and Sean start off discussing the interesting overlap of programmers and musicians and why it seems to happen so much. They …

10: Isn't the last stage of grieving acceptance?

September 3rd, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Joe Ferris and Mike Burns. They start off with some recommendations for awesome programming books and then dive right in …

9: TDD for Business!!

August 24th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Chad Pytel, the CEO and Founder of thoughtbot. Ben and Chad talk about the history of thoughtbot, success, failures, lessons learned, the current growth plans for the company, and much more. …

8: Wax on, Wax off

August 17th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Gabe Berke-Williams and Edward Loveall. Gabe is developer at thoughtbot and the product manager of the thoughtbot apprenticeship program, Edward is a current design apprentice. …

7: Something Else Was Smellier

August 10th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is once again joined by Joe Ferris, CTO of thoughtbot. Joe and Ben dive right in to a technical discussion about Objects versus Structures. They then discuss what Joe does as the new CTO of thoughtbot, and …

6: MVP of Personal Hygiene

August 3rd, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Dan Powell, founder of Abakas. Dan plays the role of Consulting CTO for his clients. They discuss the best and the worst …

5: My wife is getting really into whiskey

July 27th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by “Cowboy” Ben Alman, JavaScript open source developer and Director of Pluginization at Bocoup. They discuss how Ben Alman got started with programming and his crazy projects, the open web, …

4: I've got a little thoughtbot angel or devil on my shoulder

July 20th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by David Thyresson, the founder of Stattleship and a past client of thoughtbot. Ben and David discuss how he got started with Stattleship, how he came to work with thoughtbot, and what it was …

3: The FactoryGirl Representation of a Factory

July 13th, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined by Josh Clayton, the maintainer of FactoryGirl, and a developer at thoughtbot. Ben and Josh discuss FactoryGirl: using it, its development progress, and features. What it's like to run an open …

2: Design with a sip of Bourbon

June 23rd, 2012


Ben Orenstein is joined this week by Phil LaPier, the creator of Bourbon and a designer at thoughtbot. Ben and Phil discuss the design process, fundamentals of visual design, common design errors, and how to be a better …

1: Polymorphism vs. Conditionals

June 12th, 2012


Ben Orenstein and Joe Ferris (and the surprise special guest Seana Quental) start the series off with a very technical discussion about Polymorphism …

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