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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.

January 10, 2022 Season 6 Trailer

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.

January 6, 2022 Bonus: Shelby Stephens,

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.

January 4, 2022 E30: Adam Wiggins, Muse App

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.

December 30, 2021 Bonus: Lydia Davies, Teemates Golf

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.

December 28, 2021 E29: Nick Clayton, Savitude

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.

December 22, 2021 Bonus: Marco Palladino, Kong

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.

December 21, 2021 E28: Oona Rokyta, Lance

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?

December 17, 2021 Bonus: Ari Jacoby, Deduce

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.

December 16, 2021 Bonus: Ben Dowling, IP Info

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.


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.