alphalist.CTO Podcast

#27 - Eric Johnson // CTO GitLab


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I had the chance to talk to Eric Johnson, the CTO of GitLab about

- How to manage remote teams: async, stand-ups, onboarding, burn out, internships, compensation, and more
- How Gitlab uses git for everything from Marketing to Policy
- The difference between servant-leadership and situational leadership and when to use what
+ A message to those who think parenthood :children_crossing:might take away from their career

If you loved his straight-talking ReadMe about himself, you will also like this thought-provoking episode on leadership, management, and of course remote work from someone who manages a completely remote team of 560, in a company of 1300+

#26 - John Romero // CEO Romero Games


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This Podcast episode is DOOMed ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒ‹๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐ŸงŸ๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฟโ˜ ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿฆน
I had the chance to talk to John Romero, the inventor of DOOM, Wolfenstein and Commander Keen and founder of id Software about

* Developing games in the early 90s and how they developed DOOM in a crazy small team
* Developing games in 2021 and how itโ€™s still possible to develop games with only a single person team
* The crazy amounts of money they made with DOOM ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ’ถ๐Ÿค‘
* The crazy amounts of energy drinks they consumed
* Why not he would not start developing a game engine again

Thanks a lot John! Was really fun talking to you.

#25 - Tim O'Reilly // Founder & CEO O'Reilly Media


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Today with me in the Podcast is Tim O'Reilly, the Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media and boy, his 1,5 million
twitter followers are there for a reason!

People call him "the Oracle of the Silicon Valley", he came up with the term "Web 2.0" - This man is crazy a wizard!

We spoke about:
* Writing as superpower! How it helps you to structure your thoughts.
* How he started OSCON and great nerdy 90s
* The big tectonic "Platform changes" and how the giants use "Algorithmic Rents" to silently put more money
into their pockets
* The wrong incentives and optimization functions of our economy and how to change it
* How we are part of "the machine" and "the machine" needs us to decide what is good ("ham")
and what is bad ("spam")

Brilliant thoughts! Thank you so much Tim!

#24 - Peter Grosskopf // Ex CTO Bรถrse Stuttgart & Solarisbank


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In this episode we dive deep into the principles of Blockchain together with Peter Grosskopf who is our guest for the 2nd time.

Peter recently quit his job as CTO @ Bรถrse Stuttgart to fully focus on building a decentralized bank in the DeFi (Decentralize finance) space.

We spoke about:
* How does a blockchain work
* Why to use blockchains
* Concrete use-cases and applications
* How ether works and how to get started

#23 - Olivier Bonnet // CTO BlaBlaCar


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This time I had Olivier Bonnet, the CTO of BlaBlaCar in the podcast.
BlaBlaCar is the carpooling company: They own the market.
They are active in 22 Countries, have 100M+ Users and acquired 12 other carpooling companies.
Olivier, the CTO, joined me to talk about:

* How his time at ๏ฃฟ Apple taught him to think long term
* 100 million users, 12 acquisitions: The strategy behind BlaCar
* The complexity of route planning ๐ŸŒ
* How writing ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ helps people at Bla to structure their thoughts: They are writing press releases for new features, Amazon style.
* You build it, you run it! How technology decision discipline works at BlaCar

Was a great ride with you, Olivier! We both turned out to be a bit more Bla ;-) in this episode than we initially thought.

#22 - Frank Karlitschek // CEO NextCloud


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How to make a living from Open Source?
My guest Frank Karlitschek, the CEO of โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ NextCloud โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ the open alternative to Google Cloud and Microsofts Office 365 (!) does it for years and tells us where to start. He knows the game!

**Other topics we touch?**
- The 3 Ultimate tipps for open source developers/publishers
How he leads his team of 50+ FTE almost fully remote
- How GDPR can be seen as a chance for European entrepreneurs
- How he built his company without any VC money

Thanks a lot Frank for being my guest!

#21 - Jason Warner // CTO GitHub


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In this episode I talk to Jason Warner, Github CTO aka "the PaaS Guru". He used to work for Heroku before and
explained what he's planning and executing at Github and how Github uses it's massive amount of data to go away
from pure repo-hosting.

Topics that stand out:
* How microsoft is working out quite well for them (Careful: contains Steve Balmer rants)
* How Github will revolutionize the Platform as a Service world (PaaS)
* His thoughts about developer productivity and the broken idea of measuring an individual engineers performance ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ
* How he breaks down the organization strategy from into mission, vision, priorities, goals, and tasks to get everyone aligned

He also reveals his past as ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ Fitness Guru, having written multiple fitness books and what happened when a colleague found that out...

#20 - John Graham Cumming // CTO Cloudflare


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This time I spoke to John Graham-Cumming, the CTO of ๐ŸŒฉ Cloudflare๐ŸŒฉ, a publicly listed CDN and
Edge Computing platform.

Topics we touched:
* His GNU Make book ;-)
* How they grew to 25 BN marketcap ๐Ÿ“ˆ
* What he thinks about edge computing and concrete usecases for it
* How COVID changed the ๐Ÿฅท security world ๐Ÿฅท
* How they operate and maintain a global network with millions of servers

Thanks a lot John for the Chat. Looking forward to see what Cloudflare comes up with next.

#19 - Mitchell Hashimoto // CTO HashiCorp


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This time I'm talking to an absolute legend: Mitchell Hashimoto, the CTO of HashiCorp the company behind a series
of brilliant open source products (Terraform, Vault, Nomad, Vagrant) that are highly successfully both business wise and community wise.
I would even argue that HashiCorp is the only company that manages to do that.

We talk about:
* The path from 7 to 1000+ employees in the last 10 years ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“ˆ
* How Mitch is still able to be a very active github user and contribute a lot of code while growing a big enterprise company to IPO
* How to build successful open source projects
* Where to draw the line in open core businesses
* How to be able to prevent cloud providers from sucking your blood ๐Ÿง›

#18 - Jean-Denis Greze // Head of Engineering at Plaid


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Podcast time! In this episode I'm chatting with Jean-Denis Greze, the Head of Engineering @ Plaid and former Director of Engineering at Dropbox.
Plaid is a fintech Unicorn from the US that just turned down an acquisition by Visa.

We spoke about:
* The upcoming topic ๐Ÿ”’ Privacy Engineering ๐Ÿ”’ and how it will change our thinking
* How plaid handles 1000s of connections to banks and integrates with a lot of legacy APIs just fine
* His thoughts around Defi and Blockchain
* How they do good business in fintech without touching any money ๐Ÿ’ฐ

It was great having you, Jean-Denis!