Hello listeners… it’s time to embark upon yet another season of the Code Story podcast. As we dive into another journey together, in fact our 6th journey together, you an expect to hear more (even more!) amazing stories about MVP’s, trade offs, determining feature importance, building teams – and scaling, or fighting scale, as you grow.
Our guest list this Season is truly epic, with appearances from Stephen Blum of Pubnub, Matt Pierce of Immediate, Reed McGinley-Stempel of Stytch, Mike Bouffard of Greenhouse… to mention just a few. Season 6 starts on January 18th, so subscribe today to ensure you don’t miss an episode.
Back in 2019, we had Shelby Stephens on the show to talk about his project then, called Jolly. Since that time, the COVID pandemic shut down events and crippled their progress at the time. They pivoted the product a bit, to be a sort of eCommerce like site for freelancers to offer services. While they let their Jolly pivot grow, he and his co-founder started building a new product… one which allows startup experts to offer their knowledge and experience – in a fractional, part time manner.
Adam is most well known for starting Heroku, which completely simplified the way developers think, interact and use infrastructure. Post its acquisition by Salesforce, he found himself thinking about the future of computing, and started a research lab called Ink & Switch. The area they landed on was computing interfaces, and usage around screen touch. After a few prototypes, they landed on something that they though was a solid combination of desktop precision with touch screen mobility.
During COVID in 2020, she starting creating a framework for a golf app, for her and her husband to find people to play golf with. She wanted the app to have mechanics like a dating app, with a social aspect to see who was down to play some golf… worldwide.
Nick and his co-founders followed the data, and learned that there were a large number of people in the population have a hard time finding clothes… because clothes aren’t produced in their body shape. After iterating on solutions around education and recommendation engines, they decided to move upstream into the designer’s process.
Marco and his co-founder came to San Francisco 10 years ago, to build an API marketplace. Over time, they amassed 300,000 developers, consuming and publishing API’s. Eventually, the figured out the business model wasn’t working… so they open sourced the platform.
As a freelancer, and a part of a community of freelancers, Oona found that it was difficult to understand cash flow with variable income. Through interactions with accountants or financial systems, she saw that most systems or professionals were backwards looking. She though, well what does it look like moving forward? What does it look like to bring on additional client?
Ari spent a lot of time around identify, specifically in ad tech and mar tech. He figured out that data was common currency in that world, but not in other spaces. Having built large identify graphs, he recognized there was an opportunity to do it again in cyber risk and fraud.
Ben was working on a bunch of different side projects in 2013. The process to get IP Info was manual, tedious, and filled with headaches across projects. After he felt this pain point multiple times, he decided to build a solution to solve it… not knowing that he would quickly start getting millions of requests in a short time.
I also find that lack of team or company direction can lead to burnout as well as an absence of mentorship. When people don’t feel like they are growing, work can become stale. Perhaps it’s a little bit of burnout mixed with boredom, but at any rate, it leads them to not want to work there anymore.
After listening to How I Built This for some time, I realized that tech people could really benefit from having a show that was like HIBT, but bent towards tech. So Code Story was born.