One of my favorite things about being immersed in the tech community is the people! I have connected with so many interesting and smart folks, some of which I’ve had conversations and built relationships with, while many others I’ve simply followed and learned from via blogging or social media. This is what inspired HarperDB’s new tech podcast called SELECT*, hosted by yours truly! The goal is to be another great resource for innovative technology and developer topics. Official description:
The team at HarperDB is excited to bring you our new podcast, Select*. We will be featuring guests across a wide range of backgrounds and topics, with the goal of being your resource for coding tips, best practices, diversity and inclusion, product reviews, tech trends, jobs, and much, much more! We ain't your grandma's podcast, we can guarantee some fun and entertainment while we're at it! Listen now, available wherever you listen to your podcasts (including Apple, Google, Spotify, YouTube, Stitcher, etc.).
It’s super fun and I’m able to have insightful conversations with some awesome people, learning about their journeys and gaining insights and tips that are helpful for our listeners. I’m excited to share a bit about our podcast and the conversations I’ve had so far, as you might find something useful or interesting for you! 🗣️ 🎧
Episode 1: HarperDB Founder Story, Looking Back and Looking Ahead
For our 1st episode, I interviewed two HarperDB Co-founders, Kyle Bernhardy (CTO) and Zach Fowler (CPO) on their founder story and journey to becoming startup innovators, along with looking at how far HarperDB has come and where we are headed. They also discuss other technologies they are excited about in the new year, as well as Kyle's rockin' plaid suite with matching shoes!
Questions in this Episode:
- Tell us a bit about your background, how you met / how the Harper team came together.
- What's it like going from a technical / dev background to management / founder?
- Talk a little bit about how far HarperDB has come…. What’s your favorite thing about HarperDB, what problems are you solving?
- Focus on future - where is HarperDB headed, main goals for 2021?
- Favorite programming languages? Other tools / technologies you're excited about?
Episode 2: Building Apps in Node.js and Electron.js and the Power of Doodling
In episode 2, I chatted with David Neal, known as the "ambassador of awesome and doodle-driven developer", about building apps in Node.js and Electron.js, as well as the power of illustrations! We covered the following topics:
- David's background and journey in the tech world (hint: he's been a full time dev and database nerd since the beginning of the Internet!)
- Building web apps or command-line apps with Node.js
- Building desktop apps with Electron.js
- Fun fact- drawing illustrations used for presentations and content
Listen now to gain some serious inspiration, and learn about how David helps other developers be more awesome.
Twitter & Dev: @reverentgeek
Episode 3: Tips for Code Newbies Across the Globe
- Share a bit about your journey, how did you get into tech/development?
- When getting started, how did you determine what type of developer you wanted to be, which languages or tech stack to start with?
- What are your main tips, dos, and don'ts, for code newbies? What's important to remember throughout the journey?
- What about jobs - is it important to know right away when you start coding what you want to do with your career? How can you differentiate yourself in such a competitive market?
Twitter & Dev: @shrutikapoor08
Episode 4: Vets Who Code: Founder Story
Jerome shares his intriguing and inspiring story of returning from the military without a clear path of what to do next, learning how to code, and eventually creating this much-needed organization that helps other vets in his similar position. Jerome is passionate about community, highly focused on his goals, and incredibly fun to talk to! Listen now to learn about Jerome, Vets Who Code, and ways to get involved.
Twitter & Dev: @jeromehardaway
SELECT* Episode 5: Leadership Advice from a Senior Netflix Engineer
This was a fun chat with Jem Young, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix. Jem started out at Netflix in UI and is now in backend/infrastructure. He shares a bit about what it's like working at a tech giant, imposter syndrome, the importance of communication in engineering, and tips for being a leader including what it's like managing an engineering team. Jem is inspiring, knowledgeable, and super easy to talk to!
We would love to hear from you. If you have topic suggestions, would like to be a guest, or nominate a guest, don’t hold back! Comment below or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Hope you enjoy listening and don’t forget to like, subscribe, comment, or whatever else you can do on those podcast channels.😁