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April 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Ep 112 - Why Privacy and Safety are at Risk and What We Can Do About It with John McAfee

John McAfee is an entrepreneur, privacy advocate, and a man who's personality is larger than life, backed by an incredible life story and set of experiences.  John believes that cryptocurrency offers a unique historical opportunity to the individual – a chance to liberate one’s self, without violence, and to become more free. 

This conversation explores the destruction of privacy, the need for freedom, the opportunity for cryptocurrency, and how governments and corporations are on an unprecedented path towards overreach.  John's passion, knowledge, and experience are obvious with all that we discuss and a huge thanks go out to Janice McAfee, who is both his wife and Director of Media Relations, who put John and I together for the discussion.  

McAfee 2020:  http://mcafee2020hq.com 

McAfee DEX:  https://mcafeedex.com/ 

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April 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am

Ep 111 - How Building Self-Learning Became a Goal and a Career with Larry Smith Jr

Larry Smith Jr is both an incredible technologist and a superb human being.  Larry shares his thoughts and lessons on how he has turned his own journey towards self-learning into both a way to give yourself goals and it has become a career creator for him as a result.  There are a lot of profound lessons that will come from this for anyone who’s in technology on either a development or the ops side of the world because it is both informative and fun!  

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April 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am

Ep 110 - When the Dream Job Arrives but the Dream Changed - Pivoting in Careers with Lior Kamrat

What if you finally got your dream job and realized that the dream changed, or it only appeared like the dream job because you didn’t have it?  Lior Kamrat is a Senior Open Source Cloud and Solutions Architect who also does a vast amount of community-facing work to help others become a better self.  Both as a technical and a lifestyle discussion, Lior shares how his first ideal job didn’t actually work out the way it had been envisioned but that is completely fine!
 
This is a deep discussion on the challenges of evolving your career, yourself, your personal brand, and how sometimes the folks who you surround yourself with may not always be on the same path that you are.  Lior is a fantastic guest because we are able to have a no holds barred discussion that will resonate with technologists everywhere. 
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April 17, 2020 @ 9:14 am

Ep 109 - Why Developer and Ops Advocacy Fails and How to Use Empathy to Save It with Patrick Hubbard

Patrick Hubbard is the Principal Head Geek at SolarWinds, but more importantly, he’s someone who has great lessons in how to communicate in a world where tech teams seem to be on a different page.  This great conversation will be exciting for anyone who’s involved in developer advocacy, ops advocacy, or any cross-team work.  We cover how to communicate, how to create meaningful content, and meaningful relationships through the power of people and technology. 
 
This chat explores DevOps challenges and also will be a super fun listen for anyone in tech as we talk about the history of how we got here and Patrick’s very broad background that led him to be where he is today.  I’ve long been a student and a fan of Patrick so this was a particular pleasure to share a microphone with him for this episode. 
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April 10, 2020 @ 10:43 am

Ep 108 - Why Rethinking the Social Video Experience is a Disruptive Opportunity with Yaza Founder Peter Sisson

Peter Sisson (@petersisson) is a product-focused entrepreneur who has started four companies, all of which were acquired. He volunteers his time mentoring startup founders at the European Innovation Academy and StartOut Growth Lab, where during his tenure 24 companies graduated that have raised more than $45M in funding and created more than 200 new jobs.
 
This dynamic conversation covers everything from the founding of Yaza, the tech behind it that makes it differentiated, but goes into much more around life and startup lessons including:
 
  • Culture of tech startups and Silicon Valley
  • When a product is ready and the art of product management and release
  • Challenges in both building and selling a company
  • How being serial entrepreneurial delivered great lessons in practice
  • Why Yaza chose to launch as a Public Benefit Corporation (https://www.yaza.io/about)  and what that means 
 
This is definitely a must-listen from end to end and Peter shares business and life lessons that will be eye-opening for many.  
 
As part of the launch of the platform, Peter and the Yaza team are offering free lifetime storage in the app until June 2020 so get signed up and see what the world looks like in HD today! 
 
Check out Yaza on the web at https://yaza.io 
Download the app and join for free - https://bit.ly/yazaApp 
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April 3, 2020 @ 8:40 am

Ep 107 - How Grassroots Software Development for Equity is Changing How Startups Build Successful Products at Series Code

This is a startup and product builder's dream episode as we speak with John Steele, founder of Series Code.  John shares how his team at Series Code creates what I would almost term a Developers-as-a-Service with a powerful twist on how they operate:  they split the cost to their customers between equity and cash.  Beyond Series Code as a business model, John shares his lessons on product building, being a successful development team leader, how to motivate and build great teams and products.  
 
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