The conversation starts by Christina sharing her excitement about getting accepted to give her first technical presentation. The panel then discusses how they prepare for technical presentations and the emotions that go into it. Cecil then shares how he used the radio to “download” music when he was younger. Christina then shares about moving from California to Nashville and the differences between the two. Christina then shares about her involvement in the Open Source Mental Illness (OSMI) organization and her passion for the group. Christina then shares her personal story with depression and how others helped her deal with it.

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Christina is a developer and community manager currently residing in Nashville, TN. Most recently, she was the Community Manager at RethinkDB and Horizon, but she has also worked at Gap Inc., Old Navy, and volunteers with OSMI: Open Sourcing Mental Illness and NASA Social. She’s super passionate about the power of community, problem solving, and in her limited free time loves to travel and make things, mostly with fabric.

We start off with Annie talking to us about her love for books, animation, and storytelling. Annie talks to us about some of her favorite illustrators. Then we get into a discussion about the emotional connection between an artist and their work. Cecil asks Annie about her first drawings. Following that, Annie talks about working for a technology startup. Annie walks us through her role at RethinkDB, and also tells us the origin story of the Thinker. We talk about her book, “The Three Things”. We also get into the role that books play in her life.

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annie_ruygt_bioAnnie is an illustrator living and creating in Napa, CA. She has worked with clients like RethinkDB, Twitter, and Let’s Mend, as well as published a few children’s books. She loves telling stories and cherishes their ability to help us discover ourselves.

Arturo introduces himself and shares how he and his family left Venezuela for Miami. He then talks about how he got started in technology with the CS50x course. Cecil inquires what CS50x is and how Arturo got involved with it. The pannel then chats about the Internet of Things and the Kickstarter project Jewelbots. Arturo then shares about working at Harvard and what it’s like being there everyday.

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arturo_real_bioArturo J. Real was born in Venezuela and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he works as a project manager and producer of Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science. CS50. He is an advocate for volunteer work at all ages and in raising awareness of and action towards environmental causes.

We start of this episode with Frank giving us some background on early days learning programming on an Apple II and the BASIC programming language. Frank also tells us about some of the books he dug into. We then get into talking about the first app that Frank wrote and also some insight into this Calca app. Frank goes into starting a company and moving to India to work on a project. Cecil asks Frank about how he put together his plan for writing his own apps for a living. Frank tells us about struggle to profitability. Cecil asks Frank to talk to us about his latest app, Continuous.

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frank_krueger_bioFrank is an independent mobile developer living in Seattle, WA. He started work as an embedded systems engineer, moved on to be a web developer, and eventually found happiness as an iOS developer. He has written iCircuit, Calca, and Continuous. All the while, Frank has enjoyed releasing open source projects and contributing as much as he can to the software development community. His programming interests include computer graphics, simulation, programming languages, and artificial intelligence. When he’s not at his computer, you can usually find him hiking around some mountain or sleeping in a tent by a river.

Part two of our conversation with Jessie starts with a discussion about Angular and TypeScript. Cecil asks Jessie how he manages to learn new languages and technology. The conversation then goes into how the technical interviewing process is flawed. We then talk to Jessie about his podcast “Yet Another Podcast”. Jessie then talks about his love for books and music. The convo wraps up with Jessie giving some tips for developers to have a long career.

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jesse_liberty_bioJessie starts the conversation by introducing himself and describing what it was like when he started in the technology industry. Cecil shares about the first book he ever had about programming, a book that Jesse wrote. Jesse then talked about his time at Microsoft and what it was like working under Scott Guthrie. Cecil then asks about why Jesse when back to independent consulting and how he finds clients. The episode ends with Jesse telling us a consulting horror story.

Jessie starts the conversation by introducing himself and describing what it was like when he started in the technology industry. Cecil shares about the first book he ever had about programming, a book that Jesse wrote. Jesse then talked about his time at Microsoft and what it was like working under Scott Guthrie. Cecil then asks about why Jesse when back to independent consulting and how he finds clients. The episode ends with Jesse telling us a consulting horror story.

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Jessie starts the conversation by introducing himself and describing what it was like when he started in the technology industry. Cecil shares about the first book he ever had about programming, a book that Jesse wrote. Jesse then talked about his time at Microsoft and what it was like working under Scott Guthrie. Cecil then asks about why Jesse when back to independent consulting and how he finds clients. The episode ends with Jesse telling us a consulting horror story.

Daniel starts off by introducing himself and talking about the new product he developed for Fog Creek Software, HyperDev. He then talks about how he got started in web development and how he built a game for the Chrome App Store. Cecil then asks about Daniel’s venture into building a game engine and what motivates him to learn. The show wraps up with Daniel talking about his orange grove and how he handles working from home.

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daniel_x_moore_bioDaniel X Moore is the HyperDev team lead and a member of technical staff at Fog Creek Software. He’s the creator of the popular reactive templating framework, Hamlet.coffee, and has worked in a variety of web programming roles at Sony, OkCupid, and others.

David starts us with telling us about his Southern Twang and falling involve with the city of Nashville. He talks about the music scene and playing  gigs in the area. David talks about playing in a band. We then get into a discussion on the relationship between music and developers. Cecil asks about the types of music that he listens too.

Next we start getting into David’s programming history. He then goes to journey through various careers before landing on programming.  We then discuss David’s experience speaking at conferences. David also shares with us how hand drawing supercharged his presentations.

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David_Neal_BioDavid is a husband, father of 5 boys, geek, musician, motorcyclist, speaker, software developer, and Microsoft MVP living in North GA. He spent several years building high-performance, scalable social media applications, and currently works at LeanKit as a Developer Advocate. David runs on a high-octane mixture of caffeine and bacon.

Jen starts off the conversation by introducing herself and explaining how she got to Florida. She further explains the circumstances behind her “$800 and a dream” move. The conversation then takes a turn towards the wild as Jen explains the amount of wildlife in her backyard which includes snakes, bobcats, deer and alligators. The conversation then finishes with Jen talking about how she rejoined Microsoft and what she’s up to today.

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Jen Underwood, founder of Impact Analytix, LLC, has 20 years of experience in “hands-on” development of data warehouses, hybrid data integration, reporting, dashboards, and predictive analytics. In addition to keeping a constant pulse on the analytics market, she has held product management roles on the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence and Power BI teams. Jen also was honored to be a former Tableau Zen Master.

Throughout her career, she has helped customers select and succeed in adopting new technologies. She has launched new analytics products and turned around failed projects for organizations, systems integration firms and industry vendors. Today she provides advisory, thought leadership, go-to-market strategy, technical product management support services, market/competitive intelligence, technical writing, content development, training, and event presentations for a wide variety of clients, financial investment groups, research firms and cloud SaaS/software companies.

We start off this episode by asking the question… who exactly is Kyle Simpson. Kyle talks about how he got started with making an early bet on Javascript and the making the transition to teaching. Cecil asks where did the name “Getify” come from? Kyle talks about how he started his Getify company, which then turned into becoming his own persona. We then into a discuss into Kyle’s history of web development and why he decided to make a bet on JavaScript.

Cecil asks Kyle why doesn’t he consider himself to be a “master”. We then get into a discussion inclusion in the development community and how some terminology can act as a deterrent. Kyle then shares with us his views of diversity in the technology industry today.

We end off the show with Kyle talking about some of his favorite things to do and also about Texas BBQ!!

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Kyle_Simpson_BioKyle Simpson is an evangelist of the open web. He’s passionate about all things JavaScript, writes books, teaches JavaScript, speaks, and contributes to the world of OSS.