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In the 1990s, the barriers to starting a company were significant. Not only did you need an idea, you needed $200,000 for servers and Oracle licenses. With cloud computing, the up-front financial costs of getting a company off the ground have been mostly eliminated–but the idea of starting a company is still perceived as risky.
The process of building software has changed dramatically in the last twenty years, but many of the challenges of managing a software company remain timeless. How do you hire properly? How do you keep track of a software stack that is growing in complexity? How do you handle dissenting opinions from employees?
Mike Wolfe has been building software companies since the 1990s and joins the show to discuss how to build products and manage engineering teams. It’s a wide-ranging discussion including technological trends, interpersonal skills, and startup financing.