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How to Choose How You Build w/ Theo Browne

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HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self-employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.


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What's This One About?

In this episode Matt and Mike sit down with Theo Browne to discuss his journey from working at Twitch, to starting his own thing making creator tools. The guys have a conversation around choosing the right technology for the job and what to do when the wrong one is chosen (even if you've already started!). They also discuss the transition from employee to entrepreneur, and how difficult it can be to be coding all alone with no feedback - even if you're a senior developer.

Guest Introduction

Today we'll be talking to Theo, an ex Twitch engineer. He sacrificed stability and took the plunge to create a product for streamers and creators, Round. We'll talk about his development process and get his advice for Junior developers looking to break into the industry.

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Show Notes

  • You're starting a new project (let's take T3 tools as an example). How do you choose your tech stack?

  • You run into serious technical issues. What is your process for getting through them?

  • When do you need to focus on design and engineering principles vs building fast and getting the task done?

  • What were some of your biggest challenges when creating T3 tools?

  • How do you transition from being a solo founder to managing a team while also being the lead developer?

  • I know some junior developers struggle with breaking into the industry. Do you have any advice for them on how to stand out?

Key Takeaways

  • Problems are chasms that should be filled/closed rather then building a bridge

  • The corporate hiring process puts you as a cog in a machine, there are other paths into the industry

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