Category Business and Philosophy

Legal Technology with Justin Kan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/LegalTechnology.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Imagine that you are a lawyer. Your work involves managing files with dense, technical text. Your co-workers collaborate with you to accomplish a complex goal that can be broken down into smaller pieces. Your work has formal specifications, but there are degrees of freedom in how you express an idea. In all of these ways, the job of a lawyer is similar to

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Early Investments with Semil Shah

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SemilShah.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download An engineer who wants to start a business using investment capital needs to understand the expectations of investors. The market for the business needs to be huge. The team needs to have a differentiated understanding of the market, or a differentiated product. The CEO needs to have the determination to continue operating the company even when it gets very difficult. And the price

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Parlaying Failure to Fortune with Paul Martino

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/PaulMartino.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In 2003, Paul Martino co-founded Tribe.net, one of the earliest social networking sites.  Tribe had significant traction, with hundreds of thousands of users. In the early 2000s, hundreds of thousands of users was enough traffic to pose a company with engineering challenges. Paul had studied computer science, and was able to use his knowledge of high-performance computing to write an efficient graph database,

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Bad Men with Bob Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/BadMen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In the 1960s, advertising agencies were high-dollar creative producers. A client would come to an ad agency and pay millions of dollars for artistic messaging that would convince a consumer to buy a product. How could you measure the success of these advertising campaigns? Maybe you could see success in the sales data. Maybe people were starting to talk about the product. Ultimately,

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Analyse Asia with Bernard Leong

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AnalyseAsia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download In America, the tech companies we focus on are commonly known as FAANG: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google. We all know what these companies do because they impact our daily lives. In Asia, there are three giant tech companies that have similar scale: Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, otherwise known as BAT. Technology within a location is shaped by the pressures of that location.

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Interviewing.io with Aline Lerner

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Interviewing-io.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Interviewing engineers is not a solved problem. Quite the opposite–everyone in the software industry will tell you their own personal issues with the hiring process. One reason that technical interviews have not evolved significantly is the lack of standardized tooling. Some companies give you one phone screen, some give you two. Some companies have you solve brain teasers (“how many golf balls fit

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Gigster with Roger Dickey

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Gigster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download You have heard the phrase: every company is becoming a software company. An insurance company is now supposed to turn into a software company that sells insurance. A clothing retailer needs to reinvent itself to be able to build software to manage the production and distribution of its clothing. Software applications provide so much leverage to an organization, it seems smart to develop

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Ad Fraud Science with Augustine Fou

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AugustineFou.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Advertising fraud continues to plague the Internet. We do not know the scope and scale of that fraud. How many ads on the Internet are viewed by bots? Estimations range from 2% to 99%. Advertisers are slowly becoming more educated about fraud, thanks in part to Dr. Augustine Fou. Dr. Fou is a full-time advertising fraud researcher. He looks at data sets of

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42 Coding School with Brittany Bir

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/42CodingSchool.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download 42 is tuition-free developer school for students from 18-30. It was started by Xavier Niel, a French billionaire who wanted to encourage a new model of software education. 42 has campuses in France and Silicon Valley. 42 has very high standards for the students it admits, because the students that get in are not paying tuition, but they have 24/7 access to high

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The Coding VC with Leo Polovets

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/CodingVC.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The underlying cause of failure for many startups is that the founders are afraid of discomfort. An environment where everyone is comfortable is unlikely to be an environment where personal growth and value creation is occurring. When you are in a startup, calibrating the right amount of discomfort is often about calibrating risk. What are your risks? Can you quantify them? Can you

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Doing Anything with George Anders

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/GeorgeAnders.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software gives us new ways of communicating with each other. Engineers build scalable systems for e-commerce, helpdesk, and video sharing–and these systems do scale, to millions of people. But software alone cannot serve all of the demands of all the users and customers on these platforms. We need customer service representatives to address unexpected demands. We need design specialists to evaluate the interface

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Information Theory with Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ClaudeShannon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download We write code in a language that looks like English. Whether it is JavaScript, Fortran, or assembly language, that code is an abstraction on top of layers of intermediate languages, binary, transistors, and physics. 100 years ago, this would have seemed like magic. Most of us know about Alan Turing, who described the vision of a multipurpose computer with the concept of the

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Internet Extremism with Lochlan Bloom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/AIExtremism.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Religious extremists use technology to recruit vulnerable individuals to a violent cause. Google is developing ways to combat this extremism through its platforms, namely YouTube. When a user looks for inflammatory religious or supremacist content, YouTube’s “Redirect Method” instead sends those users toward anti-terrorist videos. Google’s fight against extremism compelled writer Lochlan Bloom to write an article called “The Coming Battle: AI, Extremism,

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Ad Fraud Overview with Shailin Dhar

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ShailinPresentation.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Internet runs on advertising. Advertising is subject to fraud–but then again, so is every system of online transactions. The amount of money lost in electronic payments fraud and ecommerce scamming is probably much greater than what is lost due to ad fraud. So why do we keep covering advertising fraud on Software Engineering Daily? More of our audience needs to know about

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Building Developer Communities with Juan Pablo Buriticá

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/JuanBuritica.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building and nurturing a developer community is hard work but it is vital for the growth of a country’s technology ecosystem. When communities coalesce around programming languages, tools or programming methods, what follows is a network of conferences, meet ups and other similar events. Juan Pablo Buriticá, VP of Engineering at Splice, has spent the last decade building developer communities in his home

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Quantum Computing with Vijay Pande

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/VijayPandeQuantum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Quantum computing is based on the system of quantum mechanics. In quantum computing, we perform operations over qubits instead of bits. A qubit is a vector, which can take on many more values than 0 or 1. The technology used to implement quantum computers is advancing such that it has its own Moore’s Law, but it can also leverage the classical advancements of

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Patents with Nicole Shanahan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Patents.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Patents allow individuals and company to lay creative claim for an invention. A patent can provide protection from having its idea being used without giving credit to its creators. Of course, is that patents can be filed and not turned into products, inhibiting innovation. Patents can also be used offensively in a practice known as patent trolling. Large companies like IBM and Google

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Startup Roundtable with Joseph Jacks and Gregory Koberger

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RoundtableJJGK.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Building a startup requires constant evaluation of tradeoffs. At the earliest stage, the founders evaluate different ideas. Once an idea is settled on, the company develops strategies for finding early customers and growing. As the company develops traction, the operators consider ways to scale further or partner with an acquirer. Joseph Jacks and Greg Koberger are two founders who have been on the

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Software in Latin America with Mariana Costa

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SWinLatinAmerica.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Access to education is something everyone strives for but not all achieve–especially education that leads to meaningful and well-paying work. In today’s world where software is eating all sorts of industries, access to a good technical education is still out of the reach of many people. Laboratoria is a social enterprise which teaches women from low-income backgrounds in Peru, Mexico and Chile how

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Simple Programmer with John Sonmez

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SimpleProgrammer.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software engineers have a skill set that can be applied to solve problems outside of a codebase. Analytical skills can be used to evaluate investment opportunities. Creative thinking can be used to build businesses. Communication skills can be used to build and enhance relationships. John Sonmez is a software engineer who created the Simple Programmer, a community of developers who discuss strategies around

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