Category Business and Philosophy

Remote Work with Scott Berkun

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Remote_Work_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download After nine years at Microsoft, Scott Berkun left to become an author. One of his books on project management was read by Matt Mullenweg, the creator of the WordPress blogging tool that runs a large percentage of the internet (including Software Engineering Daily). Scott became friends with the WordPress founder, who is also the CEO of Automattic, a company that sells WordPress hosting

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Tech Leadership with Jeff Norris

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Techleadership_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The role of “tech lead” is a combination of a software engineer, a project manager, and an architect. A tech lead might spend 30% of her time coding and 70% managing a project, resolving conflicts, and planning.   In today’s episode, we discuss the structure of software teams, and when it might make sense to have a tech lead on your team, in

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Commodity Discussion with Preethi Kasireddy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Commodity_Discussion_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download A previous episode of Software Engineering Daily called “You Are Not A Commodity” received a lot of feedback, both negative and positive. The episode was a monologue I wrote about why engineers should build products on their own as a default career path, rather than work at a large corporation as a default career path.   A reddit thread about the episode was

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Microsoft Antitrust with Harry First

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MSFT_Legal_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Microsoft was the dominant technology company in the 1990’s, until it came under fire for anticompetitive practices. Internet Explorer was tightly coupled to the Windows operating system, which prevented Netscape Navigator–a competing browser–from reaching users on the dominant platform.   This episode is about antitrust–what businesses can and cannot do in the name of competition, what the impact of Microsoft’s legal battles in

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The Recurse Center with Nick Bergson-Shilcock

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Recurse_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Learning to program is about self-driven exploration. Universities help guide you, coding boot camps provide a rigorous environment to work in, and online coding courses provide content for you to study. But none of this will turn you into a great programmer unless you have the drive to improve and the curiosity to explore.   The Recurse Center is a place where people

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Flexport Engineering with Amos Elliston

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Flexport_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Flexport is a technology company that makes logistics, supply chain management, and freight forwarding software. Shipping freight across the world requires container ships, airplanes, trains, warehouses, and trucks. Flexport’s software integrates with many of these different shipping companies, and provides a dashboard for the end user to understand how their products are being shipped around the world. Amos Elliston is the CTO of

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Podcast Infrastructure with Mikael Emtinger

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Podcast-tech_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The technology underlying podcasts is simple–a podcaster publishes mp3 files to an RSS feed, and the listener subscribes to that feed, receiving mp3s whenever the feed is updated. Unfortunately, the simplicity of podcasts makes it difficult to build automated advertising infrastructure on top of that simple RSS model. This lack of rich automated advertising has kept podcasting from flourishing. aCast is a company

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You Are Not A Commodity

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/You_Are_Not_A_Commodity.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMost episodes of Software Engineering Daily are interviews with an expert about a technical software concept. Occasionally I write editorials, and also record them as a podcast. The first editorial was about 10 Philosophies for Engineers, the second was about how poker relates to software engineering, and the third was about music and software engineering. Today’s episode is called “You Are Not A Commodity”. Since it

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Industries of the Future with Alec Ross

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Industries_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Alec Ross worked in the White House as a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton. His book Industries of the Future explores the biggest technological opportunities and threats to our society. The industries addressed in his book include robotics, genetics, and cybersecurity. Technological familiarity is increasingly correlated with an individual’s optimism. Cyberwarfare presents attack vectors that are difficult to insulate against. Arguments about

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Economics of Software with Russ Roberts

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Economics_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download EconTalk is a weekly economics podcast that has been going for a decade. On EconTalk, Russ Roberts brings on writers, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs for engaging conversations about the world as seen through the lens of economics.   Russ Roberts is today’s guest, and it is a treat because I have been listening to EconTalk since 2006 and it was a central point of

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Salary Negotiation with Haseeb Qureshi

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Negotiation_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Negotiation is an important skill for software engineers. The salary you negotiate at the beginning of your job could be a difference of tens of thousands of dollars over the course of an engineer’s career, but intimidating recruiters and exploding offers scare many engineers from negotiating at all.   Today, Haseeb Qureshi returns to the show to discuss his epic story of salary

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P2P Money Transfer with TransferWise’s Harsh Sinha

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Transferwise_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Transferring money from one country to another is expensive, and the banks that facilitate money transfer have tricked us into believing that it should be expensive. On today’s show, Harsh Sinha explains the peer-to-peer system of transferring money with TransferWise, where he works as VP of engineering. Harsh also discusses the larger picture of FinTech companies. The emergence of so many companies at

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Death and Distributed Systems with Pieter Hintjens

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Zeromq_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Pieter Hintjens grew up writing software by himself. The act of writing code brought him great pleasure, but the isolated creative process disconnected him from the rest of the world. As his life progressed he became involved in open source communities, and he discovered a passion for human interaction. Open source software succeeds or fails on the strength of the community. One story

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Female Pursuit of Computer Science with Jennifer Wang

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/gender_cs_google.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Google researcher Jennifer Wang co-wrote a paper called “Gender Differences in Factors Influencing Pursuit of Computer Science and Related Fields”. The paper focuses on a survey of 1700 high school and college students, and takes a statistical approach to understanding why women are not pursuing computer science. In our conversation, Jennifer talks about the two influences that lead to fewer women in computer

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Management and Hiring with Jon Emerson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Management.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineering managers start out as engineers. Eventually, there is a fork in their career road where an engineer can choose to move up into management or continue on as an engineer in a more senior role. Changing to management involves an increase in responsibilities, a different set of goals to focus on. Jon Emerson was working at Google as an engineer when a

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Tech Girls Movement with Jenine Beekhuyzen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Tech_G_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The software industry has a severe lack of women. There are numerous root causes of this diversity problem. Families do not encourage women to enter math and science. The media portrays most programmers as white males. Our industry often picks up on the signals of the broader society and perpetuates them. Reversing this trend of low female involvement in computer science could have

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Solar Investment and Architectural Strategy at Wunder Capital

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Wunder_Capital_Edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Solar energy is a growing market. Improvements in hardware have led to some people predicting that solar energy will be powering the world within the next few decades. Undoubtedly, a large percentage of our current energy infrastructure will be replaced by solar in the near future. Replacing our old, inefficient power grid requires massive investment. On Software Engineering Daily, the resources we usually

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Mobile Apps and Monetization with Mike Wakerly

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Button.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Applications on your phone can talk to each other, but the way that apps interact is still far from the way that web pages interact. Mike Wakerly is the CTO of Button, a service that connects mobile apps to each other. By embedding a component from Button into your app, you can easily request the functionality of an app while you are in

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Poker and Software Engineering

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/poker_and_software_engineering.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe last editorial we did was 10 Philosophies for Engineers. Listeners enjoyed that episode, so we decided to do another. 10 Philosophies was a collection of beliefs I have about the software engineering industry, and how we can find fulfillment in our work as engineers. The philosophies that I discussed were rooted in my experiences working as a computer science student and as an

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Building Software for Millenials with Anthony Sessa

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Mic_Edited_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Millenials deeply care about software, in the sense where if something doesn’t work as it should, it’s forgotten immediately – if you build an app and there are bugs, you’re done.” Mic.com is a media company focused on news for millennials. Anthony Sessa is the VP of product at Mic.com, and he joins us to talk about the engineering of a modern news

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