alphalist.CTO Podcast - For CTOs and Technical Leaders

#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 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+

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Fastly This episode is again kindly supported by Fastly, the biggest challenger in the CDN market and a solution I personally use. Fastly is pushing ahead the technical boundaries and is from my personal perspective the best solution on the market. Fastly is one of the key drivers of the "edge cloud trend".

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