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Search Engine Land with Danny Sullivan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SearchEngineLand.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Search engines run our lives. The path we take to information is dictated by Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other forms of search. Search engines feel objective and truthful, but are built through ongoing experimentation and subjective decision making. That’s what has kept Danny Sullivan writing about search engines for twenty years. The content Google prioritizes, the ads that we see, the way that

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Episode 500 with Pranay Mohan and Erika Hokanson

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Episode500.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Software Engineering Daily has been around for almost two years. In this episode Pranay Mohan and Erika Hokanson join me for a reflection on where we have been and where we are going. Pranay was the producer of Software Engineering Daily for the first year, after which he left and went to work at Snapchat. Erika joined the show 9 months ago to

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iOS and Podcasts with Rob Walch

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/iosandlibsyn_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Apple controls the iOS ecosystem. As an accident of history, Apple also controls the podcasting ecosystem. Unlike most ecosystems within Apple’s dominion, podcasts remain open. A podcaster merely has to record an mp3, distribute it via RSS feed, and submit that RSS feed to the iTunes podcast portal. Podcasting has thrived in recent years, but very few technology companies have managed to take

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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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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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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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Zencastr with Josh Nielsen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ZencastrEngineering.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are certain experiences when a product solves a problem so thoroughly and elegantly that it lifts a weight off of your shoulders that you didn’t even know was there. Dropbox did this with file storage. Slack did this with group collaboration. Zencastr does this for recording podcasts. Before I used Zencastr to record my podcasts, like most podcasters, I used a Skype

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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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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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Failure Injection with Kolton Andrus

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/gremlin_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Servers in a data center fail. Sometimes entire data centers have a power outage. Bugs in an application make it into production. Human operators make mistakes and cause data to be deleted. Failure is unavoidable. We make backups and replicate our servers so that when a failure occurs, we can quickly respond to it without making the user feel much pain. But how

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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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Twilio Engineering with Pat Malatack

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/twilio_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Back in 2008, the range of tools that engineers could use to connect computer systems together were getting quite good. Cloud computing was democratizing access to servers. But the telephony ecosystem was still inaccessible to the average developer. If you needed your program to make a phone call and connect a user to a customer service representative, there was no easy way to

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Making Money Online for Software Engineers with Courtland Allen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Courtland_Meetup_Talk_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers today have a variety of career options. You could go work for a large corporation, you could raise money and start a startup, you could freelance and move from job to job with freedom–or you could start a business with the goal of quickly becoming profitable. Courtland Allen was a guest on Software Engineering Daily a few months ago, when he discussed

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Breaking Into Startups

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/breakingintostartups_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Many people find themselves going down a career path that does not bring them satisfaction. A lawyer finds himself constantly working cases he doesn’t care about. A student in medical school gets completely burned out from hospital bureaucracy. An investment banker no longer finds joy in the accounting statements that she used to enthusiastically study. Startups offer a different career path. Within a

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Startup Engineering with Mike Wolfe

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/mikewolfe_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download 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

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Adforprize

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/adforprize_edited_fixed.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThere are multiple paths to constructing a piece of software from start to finish. An individual programmer can build an entire product from scratch in a couple days. A giant corporation can commission a project and delegate responsibilities to hundreds of people. An open source community can use the wisdom of the crowds to efficiently build an operating system. Today’s episode is about another

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Software Small Businesses with Patrick McKenzie

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/kalzumeus_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Many programmers listening to this podcast are working at a big company, and they would prefer to be running their own software business. Patrick McKenzie has been writing about this topic for several years on his blog Kalzumeus.com. Almost a decade ago, he was working as an enterprise developer at a large company in Japan. Over time, his side projects started making enough

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