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The StageLeft Podcast lifts the veil on the music industry by telling the stories of those with a unique vantage point. We talk to the unsung heroes behind the success and help young musicians going into an ever complex industry by gleaning advice about the working practices of the the greats from those who were in close proximity when the magic was being made. The StageLeft Podcast has featured musicians who’ve worked performed live & in the studio with David Bowie, Elvis Presley, The Beatl ...
 
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Robinhood is a platform for buying and selling stocks and cryptocurrencies. Robinhood is complex, fast-moving, and financial, and together these things require high quality engineering in distributed systems, observability, and data infrastructure. Jaren Glover is an engineer at Robinhood, and he joins the show to talk about the problem space withi…
 
Welcome to a very special episode of Life In The Stocks: Episode 180 with Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. The rock icon joins Matt to talk Motley Crue, The Dirt, his solo career, his friendship with John Travolta, his relationship with his parents, spirituality, the meaning of life, and rock n roll stories of excess. Don't forget, you can also pre-orde…
 
The Java ecosystem is maturing. The GraalVM high performance runtime provides a virtual machine for running applications in a variety of languages. TornadoVM extends the Graal compiler with a new backend for OpenCL. TornadoVM allows the offloading of JVM applications onto heterogeneous hardware. Juan Fumero works on TornadoVM. He joins the show to …
 
The Java ecosystem is maturing. The GraalVM high performance runtime provides a virtual machine for running applications in a variety of languages. TornadoVM extends the Graal compiler with a new backend for OpenCL. TornadoVM allows the offloading of JVM applications onto heterogeneous hardware. Juan Fumero works on TornadoVM. He joins the show to …
 
Investing in enterprise software has become a competitive business. Lots of venture capital firms compete for the good deals at every stage. This level of competition has driven more capital into the early stages. Ed Sim is a partner with Boldstart, an early stage enterprise investment firm. He joins the show to talk about modern enterprise investm…
 
Factories require quality assurance work. That QA work can be accomplished by a robot with a camera together with computer vision. This allows for sophisticated inspection techniques that do not require as much manual effort on the part of a human. Arye Barnehama is a founder of Elementary Robotics, a company that makes these kinds of robots. Arye …
 
This week, we deep dive into tips and strategies for building a better settings experience in your product. In The Sidebar, we discuss the efficacy of paginating onboarding screens. Golden Ratio Patrons: Float Float has been a lifeline for teams working remotely in 2020. It lets you keep track of who's working on what and plan your team's time, fro…
 
The most popular email client is Gmail, the web-based email client from Google. Gmail is dominant, but that dominance has come at a price, namely speed. Gmail caters to the lowest common denominator, serving a large ecosystem of use cases and plugins. This makes for a slow overall performance. Superhuman is an email client built for power users. Ra…
 
Welcome to Part Two of this week's two-part "pissedcast" with Matt's best friend from the land down under, Joel O'Keeffe from Airbourne. Pull up a pew and pour yourself a beer, and listening to the boys talk movies, music, drinking, and rock 'n' roll - with absolutely no mention of the C-word. Don't forget, you can also pre-order the LIFE IN THE ST…
 
The Internet Archive collects historical records of the Internet. The Wayback Machine is one tool from the Internet Archive which you may be familiar with. One project you may be unfamiliar with is book scanning. Internet Archive scans high volumes of books in order to digitize them. In today’s episode, Davide Semenzin joins the show to talk throug…
 
Welcome to Part One of this week's two-part "pissedcast" with Matt's best friend from the land down under, Joel O'Keeffe from Airbourne. Pull up a pew and pour yourself a beer, and listening to the boys talk movies, music, drinking, and rock 'n' roll - with absolutely no mention of the C-word. Don't forget, you can also pre-order the LIFE IN THE ST…
 
Biometric authentication uses signals from a human’s unique biology to verify identity. Forms of biometric authentication include fingerprints, eye patterns, and the way a person walks, otherwise known as gait. UnifyID is a company that builds systems for biometric authentication. John Whaley is the CEO of UnifyID, and he joins the show to talk thr…
 
Matt's joined this week by his old friend and former Kerrang! colleague, Simon Young. Simon is a journalist and soon-to-be published author, with the release of his first book - 'So Much For The 30 Year Plan: Therapy? The Authorised Biography' - on September 22nd. He was writer and deputy editor at Kerrang! magazine for 15 years, before going on to…
 
Robotic process automation involves the scripting and automation of highly repeatable tasks. RPA tools such as UIPath paved the way for a newer wave of automation, including the Robot Framework, an open source system for RPA. Antti Karjalainen is the CEO of Robocorp, a company that provides an RPA tool suite for developers. Antti joins the show to …
 
After working at VMware for 10 years, Jerry Chen developed an expertise in technology companies. Today, he works at Greylock, where he looks at deals in the infrastructure and developer tooling space. Jerry is an expert in go-to-market strategy and makes investments in technologies that have a good chance at becoming large and profitable businesses…
 
This week, we try to answer one very simple question: what do designers even do all day? In The Sidebar, we discuss when and where to use system defaults versus creating a custom UI. Golden Ratio Patrons: Keep track of who's working on what and plan your team's time, from anywhere! Get an accurate view of your team's availability and capacity, set …
 
APIs within a company change all the time. Every service owner has an API to manage, and those APIs have upstream and downstream connections. APIs need to be tested for integration points as well as for their “contract”, the agreement between an API owner and the consumers of that API. Aidan Cuniffe is the founder of Optic, a product built for API …
 
This week's podcast chat is with broadcaster, DJ, radio legend, and all-round nice guy, Gene 'Bean' Baxter. Gene hosted the Kevin and Bean breakfast show on the world famous KROQ-FM in Los Angeles for thirty years, before returning to his native home of London to start work on the recently launched Podcast Radio: https://www.thepodcastradio.co.uk/ …
 
WebAssembly allows for the execution of languages other than JavaScript in a browser-based environment. But WebAssembly is still not widely used outside of a few particular niches such as Dropbox and Figma. Nicolo Davis works on an application called Boardgame Lab, and he joins the show to explain why WebAssembly can be useful even for a simple app…
 
Hyperparameters define the strategy for exploring a space in which a machine learning model is being developed. Whereas the parameters of a machine learning model are the actual data coming into a system, the hyperparameters define how those data points are fed into the training process for building a model to be used by an end consumer. A differen…
 
Anduril is a technology defense company with a focus on drones, computer vision, and other problems related to national security. It is a full-stack company that builds its own hardware and software, which leads to a great many interesting questions about cloud services, engineering workflows, and management. Gokul Subramanian is an engineer at And…
 
CrowdFlower was a company started in 2007 by Lukas Biewald, an entrepreneur and computer scientist. CrowdFlower solved some of the data labeling problems that were not being solved by Amazon Mechanical Turk. A decade after starting CrowdFlower, the company was sold for several hundred million dollars. Today, data labeling has only grown in volume a…
 
As software permeates our lives, there are an increased number of situations where the legal system must be designed to account for that software. Whether the issues are open source licensing, cryptocurrencies, or worker classifications, software overlaps heavily with the law. Just as software is crafted by engineers, the legal structure around sof…
 
Code is version controlled through git, the version control system originally built to manage the Linux codebase. For decades, software has been developed using git for version control. More recently, data engineering has become an unavoidable facet of software development. It is reasonable to ask–why are we not version controlling our data? Dmitry…
 
If you grew up playing the Tony Hawk's video games then you are going to love this week's episode - it'll be a proper trip down memory lane. Matt's guest for Episode 176 of Life In The Stocks is Ralph D'Amato, producer of the first eight Tony Hawk's video games, and also producer of the new feature length documentary film about the franchise, Prete…
 
Welcome to The Check This Out Podcast! Episode #133 for August 24th, 2020 Title: “What Color Is Your Hybrid?” In this episode discuss how we are dealing with what education dealt us today. Also a countdown of ideas for Distance Learning, Plus more and many more resources for distance learning. Show Notes: http://bit.ly/ctoep133 If you are enjoying …
 
Every software company works off of several different development environments–at the very least there is staging, testing, and production. Every push to staging can be spun up as an application to be explored, tinkered with, and tested. These ad hoc spin-ups are known as release apps. A release app is an environment for engineers to play with, and…
 
Every software company works off of several different development environments–at the very least there is staging, testing, and production. Every push to staging can be spun up as an application to be explored, tinkered with, and tested. These ad hoc spin-ups are known as release apps. A release app is an environment for engineers to play with, and…
 
Chatbots are useful for developing well-defined applications such as first-contact customer support, sales, and troubleshooting. But the potential for chatbots is so much greater. Over the last five years, there have been numerous platforms that have arisen to allow for better, more streamlined chatbot creation. Dialogue software enables the creati…
 
This week, we answer two listener questions – bonus question in The Sidebar! In the first, we discuss text contrast, accessibility, and winning arguments. In the second, we work out what it means to measure success in interface design. Golden Ratio Patrons: We’re supported by Float.com, a resource scheduling tool that is visual, flexible, fast, and…
 
Image annotation is necessary for building supervised learning models for computer vision. An image annotation platform streamlines the annotation of these images. Well-known annotation platforms include Scale AI, Amazon Mechanical Turk, and Crowdflower. There are also large consulting-like companies that will annotate images in bulk for you. If yo…
 
Business intelligence tooling allows analysts to see large quantities of data presented to them in a flexible interface including charts, graphs, and other visualizations. BI tools have been around for decades, and as the world moves towards increased open source software, the business intelligence tools are following that trend. Metabase is an ope…
 
The US Army Cyber School is a training program which trains cyber soldiers and leaders to be adept in cyber military strategy and tactics. In order to teach these skills, the cyber school uses a system they call “courseware as code”, a workflow that allows updates to the curriculum in a reversion-friendly fashion similar to infrastructure-as-code. …
 
This week, we discuss a listener question about the tension between design systems and creativity. Do design systems destroy creativity, or simply get the boring parts of our work out of the way? In The Sidebar, we discuss the challenges in sharing North Star design visions across teams. Golden Ratio Patrons: Did you know that teams in more than 15…
 
The illustrious Blag Dahlia, aka Blag The Ripper, joins Matt this week for an extra special, extra long (that's what she said) edition of Life In The Stocks. The Dwarves frontman shares his thoughts on humanity, morality, anarchy, cancel culture, censorship, creativity, friendship, loyalty, success, music, and a whole lot more. Buckle up bitches! D…
 
This week's episode of Life In The Stocks is a deep dive with Will Gould from Creeper. The frontman spoke to Matt in detail about the creation of and inspiration behind Creeper's new album 'Sex, Death & the Infinite Void' - out NOW. It's an insightful, enlightening, and inspiring conversation with one of the most enigmatic singers in modern UK rock…
 
Logs are the source of truth. If a company is sufficiently instrumented, the logging data that streams off of the internal infrastructure can be refined to tell a comprehensive story for what is changing across that infrastructure in real time. This includes logins, permissions changes, other events that could signal a potential security compromise…
 
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