About This Show
(New episode every week, on Thursdays) The original podcast by & for Startup managers & CTOs; because your CS degree didn't teach you to lead.
As software engineers with computer science backgrounds and lots of experience with OO design, version control, and web technologies, we spend a lot of time thinking about web technologies. But not a lot about how to lead the people that use those technologies. Join us as we dive into the black arts of people management, hiring, recruiting, retainment, and startup management and startup leadership
Some of our favorite topics: #coding #hiring #retainment #networking #management #agile #productivity #growthhacking.
Most Recent Episode
0.28 — Rethinking Education from First Principles w. Manuel Mattke
Manuel Mattke is an innovator, entrepreneur, tech product guy (and from time to time developer), with a background in finance, technology and innovation consulting.
This week is an extra special episode. Manuel was Kevin’s CTO mentor at the last startup he founded, and Kevin is super excited to share some of the insights that Manuel shared with him, with all of you.
When he’s not mentoring up & coming CTO’s, Manuel is building his own startups. He has founded and built several startups, including an enterprise software company, a mobile app company and an innovation consulting firm, and likes to focus on combining business strategy, innovation and design thinking, and technology products.
Manuel is currently designing and implementing relevant & engaging learning experiences for teens in the US and in the developing world. Education models around the world have seen limited innovation over the last 50+ years, and are ripe for significant new efforts. Learn about Manuel’s work as Chief Innovation Officer disrupting education at Opportunity Education in this week’s episode.
– Our work here at Opportunity Education in demonstrating a radical rethinking of learning for teens globally – personalized, relevant and engaging, supported by mobile and/or web technology.
– I spend a lot of time thinking about and working on team culture, on the assumption that an aligned, mature team will produce better product and will respond better to customer and market feedback.
– Our tech, though it’s not particularly special: rails backend, standalone react/redux front-end deployed via S3 and Android tablet app. Since we deploy in the developing world as well, we have special considerations for low-bandwidth and offline environments.
– Running a tech startup from inside a foundation, with really good talent. We’re an unusual animal in that regard