alphalist.CTO Podcast

#17 - Eric Bowman // SVP Engineering TomTom


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This time in the podcast I have a very bright guest I admire for years:
Eric Bowman, SVP Engineering at TomTom, Former VP Engineering at Zalando AND one of the
developers behind the game "The Sims" 🧍‍♂️
He is a brilliant mind when it comes to tech leadership and has strong opinions on autonomy and empowerment.

Topics we touched:
* How 90s gaming development compares to 20s large scale tech teams
* What TomTom does these days and the technical challenges in location based services & mapping these days
* How to establish tech culture and open source in a large enterprise
* The challenges of the automotive industry in a software world 🚗
* 📈 The importances of the accelerate KPIs in modern engineering orgs and how to move fast 📈

It was a pleasure talking to you, Eric!

#16 - Tyler McMullen // CTO Fastly


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This time, I have a very technical podcast on Webassembly and the new kid on the block: the Edge Cloud
with Fastly's CTO Tyler McMullen, one of the leading CDNs and edge cloud companies out there.

* The future of distributed computation: From Serverless to ☁️ Cloudless ☁️
* Webassembly as the new industry standard intermediate representation/micro container.
And guess what? Your browser most likely already supports it!
* How a CDN works internally and the challenges of building it
* How he manages to still be a coding geek in 💰💰💰 10BN company

This podcast was actually recorded shortly before Covid - if you wonder how we could meet up in Berlin ;-)

#15 - Jean Michel Lemieux // CTO Shopify


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This time I had Jean Michel Lemieux or short JML, the CTO of 🛒 Shopify 🛒 in the podcast.
Craziest fact: He took the time two days before black Friday 💥. In the podcast he also told me why.

We spoke about:
* His fight against crazy 👟 sneaker - sniping - bots and how Shopify keeps people
in line happy with games
* What it takes to run the largest Ruby on Rails (majestic ;-)) monolith on the planet
* Why he does not believe in microservice architecture but still runs some services
* How he keeps his 2000 engineer army 🪖 aligned
* Why he still sells stuff for kids online through his own platform

It was crazy fun, even if I missed the swearing after David Heinemeier Hansson took that route.

#14 - David Heinemeier Hansson // CTO Basecamp, inventor of Ruby on Rails, bestselling author & Race driver


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In this episode I am thrilled to welcome David Heinemeier Hansson, CTO of Basecamp, inventor of Ruby on Rails, founder of Hey.com, book author of books like "Remote" or "It does not have to be crazy at work".

Some topics we touched:
* How David Discovered the magic of Ruby 💎
* How he finds moments of deep flow in programming and racing
* Why Smartwatches are a gift from hell⌚
* Why the 60 hour work week is a stupid lie
* Why he would immediately quit if he was hired as CTO of Zalando 👚
* How they successfully manage Basecamp, and why "the Spotify Model" is a myth

☠️ Strong language, be careful ☠️
And: You might notice that I had to laugh at least 60% of the time. Thanks David for your time and this great episode.

#13 Matthias Laug // CTO & Co-Founder at TIER mobility


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Podcast time! This time I have the chance to talk to the judo brown belt owning CTO of the scooter& mobility startup TIER mobility Matthias Laug.
Before TIER he co-founded Lieferando and boy, he's a nice guest to talk to.

We spoke about:
* Why he puts people over tech
* What they use to run their large IoT stack
* His vision of Scooters talking to each other in a huge mesh
* Why he after founding Lieferando and having a large exit still started at Thoughtworks
* When to not do backflips even if you perfected doing them

He also briefly mentions Eric Bowman, Martin Fowler and Pat Kua who have one thing in common: I did not interview them for the alphalist podcast - Would be happy to chat with you guys too! :)

#12 with Johannes Schaback // CTO at Home24


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This time I am talking to my friend Johannes Schaback, CTO of Home24, who is also originally a co-founder of alphalist and
one of the brightest minds in the German engineering, tech and business-tech scene.
We are talking about his journey through the AI and data world, the Do's and Don'ts and the real world, no bullshit application of machine learning.

We are Tackle:
* Data is the new oil - wrong or right?
* The machine learning models @ Home24
* How ML-infrastructure evolved in the last decade
* The necessity to spend more time in the problem space before entering the solution space

We talk about mentorship and great people he learned from (*ping* Marc Appelhoff, Brigitte Wittekind, Christian Weiss, Philipp Kreibohm ;-)).
Thanks a lot Johannes and looking forward to track your successes at Home24, your career and investments.

#11 with Ahti Heinla // Co-founder & CTO at Starship Technologies


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In this podcast, it's all about complicated things and my guest masters them all: IoT, Robotics, AI and customer acquisition.
Ahti Heinla is former founding engineer of Skype and now runs Starship Technologies as Founder and CTO.
In this podcast we talk about
* Robotics as the coolest thing to build as an engineer
* How I stopped one of his Robots in Hamburg
* The hard things about robots 🤖
* The hard things about bringing ML models to production

Thanks again Ahti for being my guest and looking forward to see more and more of your robots in the wild. Great to see so much innovation coming from Estonia.
Looking forward to feedback and guest proposals.

#10 with Marty Cagan // Partner at Silicon Valley Product Group


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Wow, my guest this time is able to see through the matrix 💊:
It's Marty Cagan, inventor of product discovery and best selling author of the book "INSPIRED",
one of the partners of the Silicon Valley Product Group and potentially the
biggest eye opener for 90% of the delivery organizations out there: We are most likely doing our job wrong!

He saw so much different product and delivery orgs from Apple to Google to Spotify and talks about
his learnings:

* How agile is interpreted wrong in 90% of the companies
* How modern organizations waste their resources
* How to tackle product discovery and user testing
* Autonomy vs. Empowerment

Thanks Marty, it's been a blast!

#09 with Christian Hardenberg // CTO Delivery Hero


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It's podcast-time! This time, I spoke to Christian Hardenberg, CTO of Delivery Hero 🍔 and formerly Rocket Internet 🚀 on how
to scale an engineering org from 200 to 2000 people.
Delivery Hero just entered the DAX a week ago and is worth almost 20 BN as of today.
He shared his perspective and thoughts on:
* How to measure software developers at scale
* How they keep up the pace / velocity
* What he thinks about OKRs
* How they manage to integrate all the acquired entities and teams
* Their secret sauce and why he thinks it is better than google

It was really an honor to talk to you Christian, I am looking forward talk again, latest at 30 BN… ;-)

#08 with Peter Großkopf // CTO Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange


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This time, I have the honor to talk to Peter Grosskopf, CTO of Börse Stuttgart digital exchange and former
CTO of Solarisbank.
He's an amazing guy for philosophical discussions around finance, tech and we share one love that
is no longer as cool as it was in the 00's: Ruby on rails!

This time we discuss:
* How he made regulations his hobby 👓 and wants developers to feel like working for Spotify or Soundcloud even with regulations in place
* The do's and don'ts in Fintech
* Why he rather picks mature stacks (aka Postgres and Ruby on rails) against the "new kids on the block"
* How he thinks about new things tech like Apache Kafka

Thanks again for being my guest, it was a lot of fun.