Category Business and Philosophy

Oil and Gas Data with Evan Anderson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/OilandGasData.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Public data is not always so accessible. It is nice when you can request data simply by making an API call, but that is the exception rather than the rule–especially when we are talking about data managed by the government. Oil and gas drilling data falls into this category. Oseberg is a company that is building a tool for analyzing oil and gas

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Digital Ownership with Chris Groskopf

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/DigitalOwnership.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download When you purchase an ebook you must agree to the Terms of Service that tell you what you can do with it. What is actually in that terms of service? What are you agreeing to when you buy an ebook? The answers might surprise you. In this episode, Srini Kadamati interviews Chris Groskopf  on how the rise of digital products has eroded the

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Artsy with Daniel Doubrovkine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Artsy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Artsy is an online art marketplace. This might sound like a simple engineering problem–you just set up a basic ecommerce site, list some pieces of art, and start making money, right? The art world is complicated. There are four major pillars: patrons, art fairs, galleries, and auctions. Bringing these different parts online is not trivial. And in order to do so, Artsy has

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Tech in the Middle East with Chris Schroeder

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/TechinMiddleeast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Many countries in the developing world are undergoing a technological revolution which is shaping how they tackle problems around infrastructure, health, education and finance. Young people are at the forefront of developing solutions to the problems in the developing world. These young people creating technology and businesses to foster innovation and growth. Countries in the Middle East are no exception to this. Despite

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Software Consulting with Rachel Laycock

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/rachellaycock_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software consultancies solve problems involving management and software engineering. A large company might hire a software consulting company to give an external opinion on software architecture, or on an organizational structure. Sometimes a consultancy is brought in to help integrate a new technology, or do a major refactoring. Scaling a software consultancy to meet the varying demands of clients presents a unique challenge.

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Automation with Haseeb Qureshi and Quincy Larson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/roundtable_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Suddenly, automation is changing our world faster than anyone anticipated. For technologists, the world is becoming convenient and high-leverage. For non-technologists, the job market is evaporating. Haseeb Qureshi and Quincy Larson join me for a roundtable discussion on automation, jobs, and artificial intelligence. Haseeb and I have had numerous discussions about this topic before, and Quincy is the founder of Free Code Camp,

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CRISPR with Geoff Ralston

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/crispr_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download CRISPR is a technique for altering the human genome. It might be the most powerful tool for biological modification that we have ever discovered. In this episode, we explore CRISPR: how it works, why it exists in the natural world, and the implications for being able to modify DNA so easily. Geoff Ralston is a partner at Y-Combinator. He wrote an article entitled

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Washington Post Engineering with Jarrod Dicker

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/wapo_edited_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Washington Post was acquired by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2013. Since then, the newspaper has started thinking more like a software company, opting to build new software rather than buy off-the-shelf third party solutions. Arc Publishing is a CMS built by The Washington Post to produce and display content. When you visit washingtonpost.com, you are viewing a site built with Arc

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Topic Roundtable with Courtland Allen and Caleb Meredith

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RoundtablewithCalebandCourtland.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software Engineering Daily examines the world through the lens of software engineering. In most episodes, an expert in a particular topic joins the show as a guest, and we go into deep technical detail. Occasionally we like to do episodes where we survey a collection of topics. In today’s topic roundtable, Caleb Meredith and Courtland Allen join me for a discussion of several

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Kenya Mobile Payments with George Gachui

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/kenyapay_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most people in Africa never had a desktop computer. The first computer they owned was a smart phone. This is why Africa is referred to as a “leap frog” place with regard to computers–Africa leapfrogged the desktop to the smart phone. The banking system in Africa also followed a trajectory that is different than the West. Westerners are used to banking on their

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Political Bots with Samuel Woolley

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/politicalbots_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bots on the internet can be malicious, helpful, and everything in between. A bot that responds to all of your tweets might call you a socialist–that is malicious. Google crawls the web to index Google search. That is helpful. Social media marketing bots schedule 200 Twitter posts to go out throughout the day. That is either a little annoying or a little helpful

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Complacency with Tyler Cowen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/complacency_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers in Silicon Valley see a world of constant progress. Our work is creative and intellectually challenging. We are building the future and getting compensated quite well for it. But what if we are actually achieving far less than what is possible? What if, after so many years of high margins, gourmet lunch, and self-flattery, we have lowered our standards for innovation? And

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Listener Q&A

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/qanda_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode, I gathered questions from listeners in our Slack channel and Twitter feed. The questions I answered include: How and when do you see yourself leaving SE Daily? What is your personal opinion on Facebook’s Internet.org initiative? How does the defense industry affect software engineering? How can a programmer learn to deeply understand code? We always want more feedback and questions. Please

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Amazon and Uber with Brad Stone

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/upstarts_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Big technology companies have so much going on at any given time that a journalist can tell any type of story they want to about it. Depending on what angle you observe the company from, you can write a story depicting that company as good, evil, growing, or about to crash. The truth only becomes apparent to outsiders with time. Amazon’s culture and

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Product Development with Cullen Zandstra

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ProductDevelopment.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Developing a product requires careful balance between engineering, sales, design, and customer service. The founding CTO of a company often needs to take on each of these responsibilities, because when the company only has a few people there is nobody to delegate these different tasks to. Cullen Zandstra is the CTO at FloQast, a SaaS tool for accounting close management. It isn’t important

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Net Neutrality with Quincy Larson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/NetNeutrality.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet the same. Debates around Net Neutrality can be as contentious as subjects like global warming, or tabs vs. spaces. To a hardcore free market economist, Net Neutrality sounds suspicious. Why would it be good for the government to regulate prices on the

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Wearables with Asta Roseway

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Wearables.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wearables have become more accessible to the public. Snap’s spectacles, Google Glass, FitBit, and Apple Watch suggest a future in which many people will be wearing a smart device. In this episode Asta Roseway, Research Designer at Microsoft Research, gives insights into other categories of wearables like tattoos, scarves, and cosmetics. Asta talked about her work on DuoSkin, a wearable that looks like

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Trump with Brad Taylor

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/trump_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Donald Trump has either alarmed or excited everyone in the engineering community. Some of the debates are based around innovation. Opponents to Trump say that his anti-immigration policies will reduce the innovation that relies on H1-B visas. Supporters of Trump say that his anti-regulation policies will unlock innovation that is restricted by bureaucracy. Other debates are around philosophy and free speech. Opponents to

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Cloud Native Investing with Lenny Pruss

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/CloudNativeComputing.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Making the right engineering choices in today’s wide landscape of cloud technologies is hard. Predicting the future in order to invest in companies in this space has the same level of complexity. The cost of cloud computing is going down but the volume of total required space and processing power is going up. The open source community is growing and improving but people

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Mobile Engineers with Nathan Esquenazi

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/codepath_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download There is too much mobile engineering work to be done and not enough mobile engineers. As a result, a talented mobile engineer will often make more money than a similarly talented web developer. There are many other disconnects between the world of mobile engineering and the world of backend and web development. We have reported on web development far more than mobile on

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