Happy Halloween (late of course)! Many tricks and many treats in this months set of interviews. Have a listen, share with a friend, and don’t forget to leave us a review!
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Bonus: Anthony Castrio, Indie Worldwide — codestory.co
Before he built his current project, every time he would move to a new city, Anthony would try to start a local indie hackers meetup. He started one in Boston and DC, and a few other places – but every time he moved, he lost his friend group. In order to stay connected with his friends, he decided to take his groups virtual. And it started to grow from there.
Bonus: Leon Kuperman, CAST.ai — codestory.co
At his prior startup, Leon and his CEO would get into conversations about – you guessed – his cloud spending bill. He knew that the usage was justified, but could not point to why each piece of infrastructure was allocated. And further, he could not automatically optimize it, and reduce the bill.
Compiler Recast – Do we want a world without technical debt? — codestory.co
This was a great discussion on technical debt. Have a listen to Episode 4, titled “Do we want a world without technical debt.” Be sure and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcast catcher. I’ll make sure and add a link to the show notes as well.
E20: Nate Joens, Structurely — codestory.co
In college, Nate was very interested and connected to the real estate industry, as urban planning works closely with realtors. He figured out that lead follow up was a huge pain point for realtors, which peaked his interest. And led him to build some tech to solve the problem.
Bonus: Ryan Johnson, CallRail — codestory.co
Ryan joined the his current company many years ago, and was charged to build a team to expand the companies call tracking functionality… to essentially, make it omni channel, with form, source and message tracking.
Bonus: Kordel France, Seekar Technologies — codestory.co
Way back in college, Kordel started building a codebase around computer vision and detection. He started adding to it over time, made it quite impressive, and figured out a way to monetize the platform. However, coming from the defense industry, he and his co-founder understood the apprehension around the use of AI commercially. They set out to change that.
Bonus: Philippe Kwiatkowski, Ubico — codestory.co
During the days when he was involved in the accelerator, Phil started noticing that many founder problems were centered around distribution – or how to get their products in front of customers. He decided to build a better cold email tool, one that solved these problems. And it worked.
E19: Joshua Wohle, Mindstone — codestory.co
After many self learning adventures in his life, Joshua set out to create a product that would allow people to go through self directed learning online, but in specific learning pathways… and allow them to learn faster in the process. Self taught developer? Be able to prove you went through the appropriate material that you acquired the skills necessary.
Bonus: Mahmoud Abdelkader, Very Good Security (VGS) — codestory.co
Post his exit from Balanced, Mahmoud began listening to customer needs. What he heard people say was that they really wanted everything that he built in his former startup, minus the payments. Companies wanted the heavy lifting of data security taken off their plate, so they could focus on building their differentiated products.
Bonus: Sergei Egorov, AtomicJar — codestory.co
Through a chance discovery in Docker’s eco-system, Sergei discovered an open source test container library, and realized that they approach he was taking to test containers was out there in the wild. He was invited to be a co-maintainer to the open source library, which would eventually become their current Company today.
E18: Tigran Nazaryan, 10Web — codestory.co
Eventually, Tigran and his business partners decided that they could do more than plugins… by hosting and automating the entire ecosystem. He saw great potential that this type of opportunity could grow big. This is the creation story of 10Web.
Bonus: John Kodumal, LaunchDarkly — codestory.co
Over his entire career, John has been thinking about ways to deliver software better. He did a PhD in programming languages, and he worked at Atlassian for a number of years. When he got connected with his co-founder, Edith Harbaugh, they started to explore just how big of an opportunity they had around feature flags.
Bonus: Brian Singer, Nobl9 — codestory.co
Brian’s prior company was called Orbiterra, which he eventually sold it to Google in 2016. He spent the first year at Google, migrating the product off of AWS, on to GCP. Once this was done, it was inquired of him about what the SLO’s were for the product. This led to the spark of his current venture.
E17: LaKeisha Turner, AlgoPear — codestory.co
A bit a go, LaKeisha was approached by her founder, Ronnie Green, about utilizing her tech expertise to build out his vision for automated, algorithmic trading and portfolio management. This is the creation story of AlgoPear.
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