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#31 - Lessons In Leadership, with Chad Fowler, VP of Technology at DEVCON

The Work Item - A Career Growth and Exploration Podcast

Talking to Chad Fowler, you quickly realize what true leadership means. Chad has extensive experience leading large technical organizations such as LivingSocial and 6Wunderkinder, being a venture partner at BlueYard Capital, and now - helping make the Internet safer as Chief Product Officer at DEVCON. Did I mention that Chad also is a musician?In this episode, I talk to Chad about his work, lessons learned from music and travel and how those apply to life and career, and what is the approach to consider for one to carve out a path towards an executive role.You can find Chad on the following sites:🐤 Twitter📝 Blog🎶 Mahakala Music(Chad’s record label)Make sure to also check out Chad’s book - The Passionate Programmer.The podcast was produced by Den Delimarsky. Music by Wataboi from Pixabay.

1hr 2mins

25 Apr 2021

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S5:E8 - From musician to developer (Chad Fowler)

CodeNewbie

Chad Fowler is an author, developer, speaker, and investor. He's been a CTO, he founded Ruby Central, the non-profit behind RubyConf and RailsConf, and is a recognizable tech figure, particularly in the Ruby community. But before he knew what code was, he was a professional musician. He shares how he switched careers without a computer science degree and how he's ended up with such an incredible tech career. He also shares how he's managed his bipolar disorder over the years, and how mental health has affected him and his career. Show Links Compiler (sponsor) Stellar (sponsor) imgix (sponsor) Andela (sponsor) Ruby Central RailsConf Ruby Gems Wunderlist Delphi Perl Novell Directory Services (NDS) Smalltalk Matz Rails Recipes (book) Dave Thomas (CodeNewbie Podcast interview) Programming Ruby (book) "How to become accomplished" (video) What is Linux? Codeland Conf Codeland 2019 Chad FowlerChad Fowler leads Developer Advocacy at Microsoft. He is also an author, speaker and has started and co-organized a couple of Ruby-related conferences including The International Ruby Conference and RailsConf.

35mins

24 Sep 2018

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Future Architecture with Chad Fowler

Greatest Hits – Software Engineering Daily

Chad Fowler was the CTO of Wunderlist prior to its acquisition by Microsoft. Since the acquisition, Chad has become the general manager of developer advocacy at Microsoft. He also works as a venture capitalist at BlueYard Capital, an early stage investment firm. I’ve had a lot of fun talking to Chad, because he can move seamlessly between talking about disparate subjects like cloud computing, investing, cryptocurrencies, and music composition. And he has novel things to say about all of them! When Chad joined Wunderlist, he helped start a large refactoring of the software architecture. He then helped the company navigate to the successful Microsoft acquisition. We started off the conversation with the story of this rearchitecture, and how he sees the current opportunities in front of Microsoft. Chad gives his perspective on Kubernetes, functions-as-a-service, and how developer tooling might evolve in the near future. After talking about near-term developer tooling, we talked about the distant future: bug bounty marketplaces on the blockchain; using Github repositories to train machine learning models about how to write code; the comparison between music collaboration and software collaboration. This was a wide array of topics, but Chad was equipped to discuss all of them–since he works at Microsoft, makes large investments in the future, and studied music when he was in school. The post Future Architecture with Chad Fowler appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.

1hr 1min

7 Aug 2018

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Future Architecture with Chad Fowler

Business and Philosophy

Chad Fowler was the CTO of Wunderlist prior to its acquisition by Microsoft. Since the acquisition, Chad has become the general manager of developer advocacy at Microsoft. He also works as a venture capitalist at BlueYard Capital, an early stage investment firm. I’ve had a lot of fun talking to Chad, because he can move seamlessly between talking about disparate subjects like cloud computing, investing, cryptocurrencies, and music composition. And he has novel things to say about all of them! When Chad joined Wunderlist, he helped start a large refactoring of the software architecture. He then helped the company navigate to the successful Microsoft acquisition. We started off the conversation with the story of this rearchitecture, and how he sees the current opportunities in front of Microsoft. Chad gives his perspective on Kubernetes, functions-as-a-service, and how developer tooling might evolve in the near future. After talking about near-term developer tooling, we talked about the distant future: bug bounty marketplaces on the blockchain; using Github repositories to train machine learning models about how to write code; the comparison between music collaboration and software collaboration. This was a wide array of topics, but Chad was equipped to discuss all of them–since he works at Microsoft, makes large investments in the future, and studied music when he was in school. The post Future Architecture with Chad Fowler appeared first on Software Engineering Daily.

1hr 1min

7 Aug 2018

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087: The Jazz of Empathy with Chad Fowler

Greater Than Code

02:17 – Chad’s Superpower: Empathy! 07:47 – Using Introspection For a Means to Recover from and Deal with Bipolar Disorder 10:51 – Modeling Yourself 16:35 – The Importance of Self-Care 19:22 – Practicing Empathy and Compassion The Compassionate Coder Your most important skill: Empathy 36:25 – Expressing Your Unique Voice 40:34 – Merit-based Rewards Systems The Post-Meritocracy Manifesto OKR: Objectives and Key Results 55:11 – Management and Leadership Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet Goodhart’s Law Reflections: Coraline: Freeing yourself from “supposed to”. John: Focusing on self as a gateway to understanding other people. Jessica: Our duty in the world in order to help other people emotionally is to take care of ourselves. Rein: Cybernetics of Human Learning and Performance by Gordon Pask Chad: Running internal dialogues that you have with yourself constantly through a bunch of other people who are thinking about the same things. This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep of DevReps, LLC. To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode. To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps. You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Amazon links may be affiliate links, which means you’re supporting the show when you purchase our recommendations. Thanks!Special Guest: Chad Fowler.Support Greater Than Code

1hr 5mins

3 Jul 2018

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Better Public Speaking with Chad Fowler

The Better Show

We explore how to engage an audience with public speaking veteran Chad Fowler. We talk the art of storytelling, how to surprise an audience and the pros & cons of scripted versus free style public speaking. Show Notes 1:13— We introduce our special guest for this episode, Chad Fowler. 4:16— Chad describes how he first began becoming aware of the importance of public speaking from watching his grandfather, who was an electrifying Assembly of God preacher. 6:07— We discuss the training that preachers go through that helps them learn how to best deliver a public speech using techniques like physical movement and one’s position on stage to enhance the message they intend to convey. 7:35— Chad recounts an experience where his history of writing and speaking about programming in Ruby caused others to consider him “the best Ruby programmer in the world” even though they had not seen at any of the code he’d personally written.  8:50— “If you speak around a topic, you tend to be perceived as one of the leaders in that topic.” — Chad Fowler 19:02— Chad compares the experience of creating a public speaking performance to creating an improvised jazz track and how you never really know how it went you can gauge audience reaction. 20:16— Chad shares a tip about how he prepares a speech. He creates a basic outline but gives himself the freedom to improvise during the talk itself. 27:51— March discusses the difference between being under-prepared and over-prepared for a speech and Chad agrees with a comparison to creating an improvised musical piece. 31:15— We explore the tactics that stand-up comics use to prepare their material for a performance and rigorously study their audience’s reactions. We also mention a few of our favorite stand-up comics and explore the unique styles they have for their performances. 35:42— Chad discusses some advice he outlined in an essay he wrote titled “On Having Something to Say”. 39:20— On getting the nerve to speak on a topic: “If you don’t think you have anything to say, then you can think about what you wish you had something to say about.” — Chad Fowler 47:48— Chad explains why he never rehearses his public speaking performances. 49:45— Ian shares a trick that Rosie O’Donnell used to elevate the energy of her audience prior to a show. 54:35— We discuss the power of silence as a tactic that speakers can use to captivate audiences. 58:20— Chad shares the names of a number of speakers that he admires for their great storytelling ability. 1:01:58— Ian shares a few of his tips about how to get more comfortable with the room prior to getting on stage for a speech and Darren shares a trick that politicians use to make an audience feel more empathetic to them. 1:05:59— Ian shares the differences between speaking to large audiences versus smaller audiences and March recounts his anxiety in presenting to Bill Gates on several occasions. 1:08:47— Ian asks Chad for his advice on how to get started with public speaking.  1:13:27— Ian decides to experiment by picking one of his passions and  1:14:13— March decides to dive deeper into the talks by Sandi Metz, Katrina Owen, and Dave Thomas to get better at storytelling. 1:14:45— Darren decides to practice employing the use of silence as a tool to better engage audiences during his presentations. 1:15:19— We talk a bit about Chad’s earlier decision to step back from public speaking.  Mentions Netflix comedy special: Gad Elmaleh Improv comic: Todd Barry Post: On having something to say by Chad Fowler Author & book: Michael Pollan Public speakers that Chad admires for their storytelling ability: Sandi Metz, Katrina Owen, Dave Thomas, Michael Lopp Post: How to get your conference talk accepted; inspired by Ben Orenstein Follow Us Instagram Facebook Twitter Subscribe iTunes RSS Weekly email newsletter Full Episode Transcript Better Show Blog Feedback Email: hi@bettershow.io Enjoy the show? Leave a review in iTunes! Tell two friends about the show!

1hr 25mins

25 Jun 2018

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#49 Chad Fowler - CTO at Microsoft's Startup Advocacy

Modern CTO with Joel Beasley

Today we are talking to Chad Fowler, the CTO of Microsoft’s Startup Advocacy. And we discuss what it means to be venture funded, common mistakes founders make and how to avoid them, and how you can become an expert on a subject through the process of writing a book.All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

51mins

30 May 2018

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Legacy Software and Immutable Infrastructure with Chad Fowler

CaSE: Conversations about Software Engineering

Joy Clark talks with Chad Fowler about legacy software and immutable architecture Website Immutable Architecture The Passionate Programmer From Homogeneous Monolith to Radically Heterogeneous Microservices Architecture Kill “Microservices” before it’s too late Impermanence as the key to good systems thinking Wunderlist A3 Outage

50mins

1 Jun 2017

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Episode 096 | Chad Fowler - Being Deliberate

Developer On Fire

Guest:Chad Fowler @chadfowler Full show notes are at https://developeronfire.com/podcast/developer-on-fire-096-chad-fowler-being-deliberate

51mins

10 Feb 2016

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FF 016: Chad Fowler, CTO @ Wunderlist, App Of The Year 2013

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

To win a signed copy of Venture Deals by Brad Feld, click the link below and like our Facebook page and you will be entered into the competition. https://www.facebook.com/The-Twenty-Minute-VC-769935093077190/timeline/ Chad Fowler is the CTO at 6Wunderkinder (acquired by Microsoft), the company behind the wildly successful Wunderlist, previously cited by Michael Treskow and Mattias Ljungman on the show as their must have productivity app. Prior to 6Wunderkinder, Chad was the Senior VP of technology of the daily deals site, Living Social and before that we was CTO at InfoEther, a Ruby and Ruby-On-Rails consultancy firm. Fowler is also the host and organiser of numerous tech conferences and wrote "The Passionate Programmer", a career guide for software developers. In Today's Episode You Will Learn: 1.) Where did it all begin for Chad and how did he make the move from his musician dreams to CTO of tech startups? 2.) As an American, working in Europe, how does Europe's tech community compare to the US? 3.) Wunderlist was the App of the Year, what does Chad believes makes it so special? 4.) Is there more to go in improving the consumer feel of enterprise software? 5.) How did Chad go about creating a product with such habit forming ability? 6.) Question from Carolina Brochado @ Atomico: What is it like moving from a small manned startup to a giant corporation like Microsoft? Items Mentioned in Today's Show: Chad's Fave Book: The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Chad on Twitter here! If you would like to see a more colourful side of Harry with many a mojito session, you can follow him on Instagram here!

26mins

9 Oct 2015

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