Rank #1: Podcast Episode 5: Mary Thengvall, Author, Developer Relations Consultant, and Failed Pancreas Owner
Today, Mary and I talk about developer relations (aka DevRel), having a popular support dog that can recognize low blood sugars, and how studying journalism didn’t prepare her at all for writing a non-fiction book.
About our guest: Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting and contracting with companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress).
This episode was recorded on July 17, 2018.
Transcript is available for download at https://restofus.tech/podcast/episode-5/
Jul 08 2019
Rank #2: Podcast Episode 4: Michelle Glauser, Non-Profit Code School Founder and Nutella Enthusiast
In this episode, Michelle and I talk about ways to increase underrepresented people in tech, how hard it is to buy an ad on a billboard, and what complexities there would be with being able to turn back time.
About our guest: Michelle Glauser is the founder and CEO of Techtonica, a nonprofit that offers local women and non-binary adults with low incomes free tech training, along with living and childcare stipends, then places them in positions at sponsoring companies that are ready to support more diverse teams.
Michelle is also a software engineer and the lead organizer for PyLadiesSF. In 2015, she spearheaded the #ILookLikeAnEngineer ad campaign. LinkedIn recently chose her as one of the top 10 professionals 35 and under for software.
This episode was recorded on September 1, 2017.
Jun 19 2018
Rank #3: Podcast Episode 3: Angela Bassa, Director of Data Science and Slightly Weird But Not That Much
In this episode, Angela and I talk about data science and robots, how awesome Wonder Woman is, and crack up laughing at silly super powers.
About our guest: Angela Bassa is the Director of Data Science at iRobot, where she leads the newly-formed team through development of machine learning algorithms, sentiment analysis, and anomaly detection processes. Angela is also a technical advisor for Mirah, a Boston-based startup focused on making behavioral healthcare more objective and data-driven. Her previous projects earned accolades such as INFORMS’ Edelman award for Achievement in Operations Research and the Management Sciences; and the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange award for Big Data and Analytics Innovations. She discovered data science while studying math at MIT, only back then it wasn’t called that yet. Over the past two decades she has learned to lead data teams in academic, commercial, and industrial applications. Angela also has three patented inventions, as well as 24 patent applications currently pending in the US, the EU, and Australia.
You can connect with Angela on Twitter at @AngeBassa.
This episode was recorded on July 12, 2017.
Jun 03 2018
Rank #4: Podcast Episode 2: B. Cordelia Yu, Content Strategist and Avid Video Game Music Nerd
In this episode, Cordelia and I talk about the inclusion of tech in politics, see how it’s working great in Vietnam to be inclusive of the whole population, and discuss the importance of video game music in our culture today.
About our guest: B. Cordelia Yu is a content and editorial strategist and independent researcher at the intersection of social justice, civic tech, public policy, and digital design. They help organizations build inclusive editorial teams and products to foster democratic communities and expanding access to communities of knowledge. Their research is in creating models for open governance and technology-mediated deliberative democratic practices. Cordelia cohabitates with two bunnies who have no patience for authoritarian shenanigans.
This episode was recorded on June 21, 2017.
Jul 23 2017
Rank #5: Podcast Episode 1: Laura Kimpel-Matthews, Cat Herder and Project Manager
Laura and I sat down to geek out over project management, talk about her latest TV addiction, and how her cat ended up being named Elephant and how it really is quite a fitting name.
About our guest: Laura Kimpel-Matthews is a senior IT project manager with over 8 years of experience in software design and development. Laura is passionate about people over processes, and the importance of human connections in tech work. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and her gray chubby cat, whose name is Elephant.
You can connect with Laura on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurakimpelmatthews/).
This episode was recorded on February 16, 2017.
Transcript is available for download at https://restofus.tech/podcast/episode-1/
May 17 2017