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Bison Ventures invests in frontier technology companies that use innovative science and deep technology. A key pillar of their investment portfolio is climate technology. Tom Biegala is a co-founder of Bison Ventures. Prior to starting Bison Ventures, Tom worked at Cascade Asset Management Company, the investment office that manages the assets of t…
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Luma AI develops technologies at the forefront of AI and graphics. They created a text-to-3D tool that functions like Midjourney but for generating 3D models. Another tool makes photorealistic environments by reconstructing any scene in 3D from just a few photos. Karan Ganesan is a Software Engineer and Barkley Dai is the Product and Growth Lead at…
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Redis is an in-memory database that can be used for caching, vector search, and as a message broker. Brian Sam-Bodden is a Senior Applied AI Engineer at Redis. He joins the show to talk about his work and AI at the company. Sean's been an academic, startup founder, and Googler. He has published works covering a wide range of topics from information…
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David Szymanski is a video game developer focused on short retro horror games. He created the hit FPS Dusk, along with Iron Lung, Chop Goblins, and the upcoming Butcher's Creek. He's also involved in the production of the upcoming Iron Lung film. David joins the podcast to talk about his work, how to capture an appealing retro game feel, why he mak…
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Retool is a platform to help engineers quickly build internal frontends. It does this by abstracting away repetitive aspects of frontend development. The platform was started in 2017 and has received funding from Sequoia, Stripe Co-Founders, and Nat Friedman. David Hsu is the founder and CEO of Retool. He joins the show to talk about why he started…
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ChatGPT has been out for more than a year and has since become the centerpiece of intense discussion and debate about AI. Christian Hubicki is a renowned robotics research scientist and an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida State University. In 2023, he was a guest on Software Engineering Daily, where he discussed ChatGPT and …
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Databases underpin almost every user experience on the web, but scaling a database is one of the most fundamental infrastructure challenges in software development. PlanetScale offers a MySQL platform that is managed and highly scaleable. Sam Lambert is the CEO of PlanetScale and he joins the show to talk about why he started the platform, scaling …
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GV, or Google Ventures, is an independent venture capital firm backed by Alphabet. Erik Norlander is a General Partner at GV and invests across enterprise software and frontier technology, focusing on developer tools, cloud infrastructure and machine learning. He has backed companies like Cockroach, Warp and Neo4j. Prior to joining GV in 2010 and o…
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A common challenge for developers of SaaS products is integrating with existing services, including services that customers might already be using. For example, a SaaS product might need to integrate with customers using Salesforce, HubSpot, or another CRM system. However, this can be demanding for developers when 3rd party APIs are poorly document…
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A headless software architecture decouples the frontend, or the "head", from the backend. This separation allows developers to manage the UI layer independently of the backend logic and data management. Hydrogen is Shopify's open-source headless framework for building custom storefronts. It's React-based and is focused on performance and flexible U…
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Celeste is a critically acclaimed action platformer developed by Extremely OK Games. They recently released Celeste 64 which is an open source project to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the original Celeste, and development of their next major game, Earthblade, is underway. Noel Berry is a programmer at Extremely OK Games and he joins the show t…
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DataStax is a generative AI data company that provides tools and services to build AI and other data-intensive applications. Ed Anuff is the Chief Product Officer at DataStax. He joins the show to talk about making Apache Cassandra accessible, adding vector support at DataStax, envisioning the future application stack for AI, and more. Full Disclos…
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Kong is a software company that provides open-source platforms and cloud services for managing, monitoring, and scaling APIs and microservices. Marco Palladino is the CTO of Kong, and he joins the podcast to talk about the platform and APIs as the building blocks of the digital world. This episode is hosted by Lee Atchison. Lee Atchison is a softwa…
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Bitwarden is an open-source password management service that securely stores passwords, passkeys, website credentials, and other sensitive information Matt Bishop is the Principal Architect at Bitwarden. He joins the show to talk about the platform and his work there. Gregor Vand is a security-focused technologist, and is the founder and CTO of Mai…
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Codecademy is an online platform that offers classes on languages including Python, Go, JavaScript, C++, and many others. Zoe Bachman is the Senior Curriculum Director at Codecademy and designs courses for the platform. She joins the podcast to talk about her work there. Josh Goldberg is an independent full time open source developer in the TypeScr…
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Akash Network is a decentralized cloud computing platform that leverages unused compute capacity around the world. It makes this capacity available to others, and provides a decentralized peer-to-peer model for managing and paying for these resources in an online marketplace. Greg Osuri is the CEO for OverClock Labs which created Akash Network. He …
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Linting is the process of checking source code for programmatic as well as stylistic errors. Ruff is a highly popular Python linter written in Rust. It was developed by Charlie Marsh, who also founded Astral, which is focused on next-generation Python tooling. Charlie joins the podcast to talk about open source development, Ruff, the UV package ins…
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Gabriel Gambetta is a Senior Software Engineer at Google where he works on YouTube. He’s an expect in computer graphics and game development, and is famous for his articles on engineering fast-paced multiplayer games. Gabriel joins the show to talk about his history with game development, client-server game architecture, rubber-banding, raytracing,…
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The U.S. government recently released a report calling on the technical community to proactively reduce the attack surface area of software infrastructure. The report emphasized memory safety vulnerabilities, which affect how memory can be accessed, written, allocated, or deallocated. The report cites this class of vulnerability as a common theme i…
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Figma is a cloud-based design and prototyping tool that is widely used in UI and UX work. It allows users to collaborate in real-time, a key feature that has helped drive its popularity. Figma is an impressive engineering feat, in part because of how far it pushes what’s possible in a web browser. Abhi Mathur is the VP of Engineering at Figma. He j…
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The majority of enterprise data exists in heterogenous formats such as HTML, PDF, PNG, and PowerPoint. However, large language models do best when trained with clean, curated data. This presents a major data cleaning challenge. Unstructured is focused on extracting and transforming complex data to prepare it for vector databases and LLM frameworks.…
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a Linux distribution developed by Red Hat for the commercial market. The company recently announced changes to the availability of its source code. In response, CIQ, Oracle and SUSE formed the Open Enterprise Linux Association, or OpenELA, which aims to provide a consistent and secure upstream location for Enterprise Lin…
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LLMs have become one of the most important technologies to emerge in recent years. Many of the most prominent LLM tools are closed source, which has led to great interest in developing open-source tools. Antonio Velasco Fernández is a Data Scientist and Jose Pablo Cabeza García is a Lead Data Engineer, both at Elastacloud. In this episode, recorded…
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A deepfake is a synthetic media technique that uses deep learning to create or manipulate video, audio, or images to present something that didn't actually occur. Deepfakes have gained attention in part due to their potential for misuse, such as creating forged videos for political manipulation or spreading misinformation. Ryan Ofman is a Lead Engi…
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Decompilation is the process of translating a compiled program's bytecode back into a higher-level programming language, like C. There’s a vibrant and growing scene of engineers working to decompile classic video games, and some of the most prominent projects have focused on the Nintendo 64. Recent successes include Super Mario 64, The Legend of Ze…
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CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is a fundamental technology in web development that defines the presentation and layout of HTML documents. It serves as a styling language that allows developers to control the appearance of web pages. Rachel Andrew is a Staff Technical Writer on the Google Chrome Team. Before that she worked for Mozilla and was also…
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Security Operations, or SecOps, refers to the collaboration between security and operations teams to secure an organization's systems, applications, and data. Maxime Lamothe-Brassard is a Co-Founder of LimaCharlie which is a cloud SecOps platform. He has a background in security and has previously worked at the Canadian Intelligence service, Crowds…
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Microsoft Copilot is a chatbot developed by Microsoft that launched in 2023 and is based on a large language model. Justin Harris is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft and has an extensive background in classical machine learning and neural networks, including large language models. He joins the show to talk about Microsoft Copilot, natural…
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The interplanetary filesystem, or IPFS, is a peer-to-peer network that uses a distributed and decentralized model. Functionally, IPFS allows users to store and share files without having to rely on a single source of truth for those files. Matt Ober is the Co-Founder & CTO of Pinata. He joins the show to talk about IPFS and Pinata. This episode is …
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Animal Well is a Metroidvania game developed as a solo project by Billy Basso over the course of seven years. It’s the first game released by publisher Bigmode, which was founded by Jason “Dunkey” Gastrow. Billy joins the show to talk about creating Animal Well’s engine from scratch, how the game handles animation, fine-tuning character movement, a…
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One of the most promising applications of large language models is giving non-experts the ability to easily query their own data. A potential positive side effect is reducing ad-hoc data analysis requests that often strain data teams. Sarah Nagy is the Co-founder and CEO at Seek which is using natural language processing to change how teams work wi…
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Almost every application or system involves some sort of user onboarding. Increasingly, companies must implement know-your-customer and know-your-business compliance, or KYC and KYB, as part of that process. In addition, they often handle personal identifiable information, or PII. Footprint is a developer platform that was co-founded by Alex Grinma…
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Vue is a popular JavaScript frontend framework, and Nuxt is an open source meta-framework on top of Vue. Anthony Fu is a Framework Developer on the Nuxt team. He joins the show to talk about Vue, Nuxt, open source development, and more. Josh Goldberg is an independent full time open source developer in the TypeScript ecosystem. He works on projects…
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The size of ML models is growing into the many billions of parameters. This poses a challenge for running inference on non-dedicated hardware like phones and laptops. Argmax is a startup focused on developing methods to run large models on commodity hardware. A key observation behind their strategy is that the largest models are getting larger, but…
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Anaconda is a popular platform for data science, machine learning, and AI. It provides trusted repositories of Python and R packages and has over 35 million users worldwide. Rob Futrick is the CTO at Anaconda, and he joins the show to talk about the platform, the concept of an OS for AI, and more. This episode is hosted by Lee Atchison. Lee Atchiso…
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Panic has created games such as Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game. They recently ventured into gaming hardware with the Playdate. The console is unique for its inputs, which include a hand crank, and because Panic provides a free SDK, so anyone can develop games for it. James Moore is a DevOps Engineer and Dave Hayden is an Engineer at Panic. They …
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Machine learning models learn patterns and relationships from data to make predictions or decisions. The quality of the data influences how well these models can represent and generalize from the data. Nihit Desai is the Co-founder and CTO at Refuel.ai. The company is using LLMs for tasks such as data labeling, cleaning, and enrichment. He joins th…
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Kentik is a network observability platform that focuses on letting users easily ask questions and get answers about their network. Avi Freedman is the CEO of Kentik and he joins the podcast to talk about the platform, his observability philosophy, the role of AI in observability, and much more. Full Disclosure: This episode is sponsored by 10K Medi…
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Solid.js is a popular JavaScript framework known for its reactive and efficient rendering system. Instead of using a Virtual DOM, it compiles its templates to real DOM nodes and updates them with fine-grained reactions. Ryan Carniato is the creator of SolidJS, and he joins the show to talk about the framework. Please click here to see the transcrip…
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Sammy Steele is a Senior Staff Engineer at Figma, and the tech lead for their databases team. She previously worked at Dropbox, where she built out their petabyte-scale metadata storage and search systems. Sammy recently published a blog called “How Figma’s databases team lived to tell the scale”. The blog went viral and made it to the top of Hacke…
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Autonomous vehicle engineering is a huge challenge and requires the integration of many different technologies. A self-driving car needs data from multiple sensors, ML models to process that data, engineering to couple software and mechanical systems, and much more. Ian Williams is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Cruise, and before that worked …
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Ben Huber is a security engineer who has worked at companies including Crypto.com and Blackpanda. He joins the podcast to talk about his career, penetration or "pen" testing, attack vectors, security tools, and much more. Gregor Vand is a security-focused technologist, and is the founder and CTO of Mailpass. Previously, Gregor was a CTO across cybe…
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George Mathew is a Managing Director at Insight Partners where he invested in Weights & Biases, Jasper, and others. He has over 20 years of experience developing high-growth technology startups including most recently being CEO of Kespry. George joins the podcast to talk about his path to becoming an investor, his data-first thesis about investment…
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Event-driven architecture is a software design pattern where system components communicate through events that are generated by producers, and pushed to consumers. This design is often contrasted with a request-driven architecture, where components communicate with each other by sending requests and receiving responses. Hookdeck is an event gateway…
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OAuth is an open standard for access delegation. It lets users grant websites or applications access to their information on other websites, but without giving away passwords. OpenID Connect is an identity layer on top of OAuth. Even if you haven't programmed using OAuth and OpenID Connect, you’ve certainly used them for authentication on Google, F…
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Today, you can access Netflix on virtually any device. For a Netflix user, this seamless experience can be easy to take for granted, but it requires an enormous engineering effort. Jay Phelps is a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix where he works on Shared Client Foundations. He joins the show to talk about the start of his career, his work at Net…
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Snowflake is one of the most prominent platforms for interacting with data and building data-intensive applications. Dan Myers works in Developer Relations at Snowflake and he joins the show to talk about the future of application development, and building native data apps on the platform. Sean's been an academic, startup founder, and Googler. He h…
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Kaze Emanuar is a ROM hacker who's famous for the array of mods he's made for Super Mario 64. He's implemented remarkable optimization to the decompiled game code, even pushing Super Mario 64 to run at 60 frames per second. Kaze joins the show to talk about his interest in Super Mario 64, ROM hacking, the N64 architecture, coding in assembly, and m…
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Managing data and access to data is one of the biggest challenges that a company can face. It’s common for data to be siloed into independent sources that are difficult to access in a unified and integrated way. One approach to solving this problem is to build a layer on top of the heterogenous data sources. This layer can serve as an interface for…
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Blasphemous and Blasphemous II are Metroidvania action-adventure games developed by the Spanish studio, The Game Kitchen. The games have a stunning, distinctive pixel art style and atmospheric world which is inspired by Spanish folklore and religious themes. They are known for their challenging combat and intricate level design. David Erosa is the …
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