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62 minutes | May 2, 2019
#43: Lata Ahuja - VP of Engineering @ Pixibility - Situational Leadership [&] Strength
Lata Ahuja is currently the VP of Engineering @Pixibility and THIS is a story perseverance, strength and scrappiness from the jump. We roll through situational leadership, lessons in team-building and letting [it] roll and a whole bunch more. Positive energy. Positive Attitude. Positive growth. Ship it. Timestamp Listening - 0:4:40 – Learning scrappiness in startups sans redundancy 06:14 – A belief in great teams and great products 07:10 – Unconventional strength & finding your edge10:30 – Purpose driven self sufficiency 13:13 – Finding your mentor in everyone 15:24 – Finding your toolkit 20:11 – Working like a startup in a bigger company & letting the small things roll23:40 – Situational Leadership & Growth26:59 – React / Python … and a smorgasbord of AWS “stuff”30:00 – Learn to be scrappy33:26 – Risk Junkie 37:10 – Tooling for a distributed culture 43:27 – Defining culture w/ situational fabric47:40 – The evolution of leadership [&] cultural byproducts 49:20 – Learning leadership lessons from “little ones”51:30 – Too much wisdom to contain in once sentence
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2019
#42: Payal Agrawal Divakaran - [Principal] @ .406 Ventures - Making Culture a Priority
Payal Agrawal Divakaran is a Rockstar! She's also a Principal at .406 Ventures making tech startup dreams come true. Press play as we peel back the curtain of the mysterious investment banking world and ask all the hard hitting questions - about #Culture. Keep learning. Keep beating the Culture drum.Timestamp listening:0.00.00 - Intro0.10.00 - What is Culture?0.12.30 - Being intentional + Persevering0.17.30 - Tying Culture into Investment Strategies0.29.00 - Make Culture a Priority0.34.00 - Diversity & Inclusion0.38.00 - Q&A
76 minutes | Mar 25, 2019
#41: Pete Martin - [CTO] @ WePlayed - An Atari 65 [&] The Startup Flu
Pete Martin is the CTO @ WePlayed [& the former VP of Engineering @ Pixibility & Tremor Video]. This is one that will have the brain churning and the blood pumping as we take things from his current startup - Founded by a former NFL Lineman - right back to his early days w/ an Atari 65 and bad grades (not necessarily in that order :) Listen in. Listen up. Learn! Timestamp Listening:00:02:39 - An Atari 6500:04:12 - Saving your work [& losing your source code]00:08:30 - Catching the startup bug00:11:50 - Experiences being @ the helm00:17:10 - The NFL and a CoFounding Experience00:26:00 - The Anthropological Side of Culture00:29:41 - Balance in Team-building00:32:25 - Autonomy, Ownership = Power[ful]00:35:35 - Leadership by the numbers00:38:35 - Culture on my mind00:44:16 - Learning to learn about your team 00:45:37 - Makeup. Literally.00:55:30 - Self Reflection and the 'big picture'01:05:00 - They 'Why' Equation
68 minutes | Mar 15, 2019
#40: John Hernandez - [Director of Robot Software] @ iRobot - Leadership, Collaboration, & Robots
THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!!! Well.. they're coming to clean your floor [...and your lawn] at least. Ever wonder what's behind the cultural gearing in a $B+ Robotics company? Well, Look no further. John Hernandez - the Director of Robot Software @ iRobot takes deep under the hood for some good, clean.. learning.0:00:00 - Intro - John Hernandez & iRobot0:24:30 - Culture @ iRobot0:32:30 - Learning to be a leader / find a mentor0:38:30 - Diversity0:43:00 - Leadership & Management styles0:47:00 - Innovation @ iRobot (10% time)0:55:00 - Q&A
55 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
#39: Jennifer Paxton - [Director of Talent + PeopleOps] @ Privy - Opera, Agency [&] Startups
PeopleOps in the house!Introducing Jennifer Paxton. Opera singer, Founder of the now famous [and exclusive] boston-based “Talent Breakfast” and the brains behind some amazing feats of team-building in tech. This was a fun one. We answer some big questions from a culture perspective, dive headlong into the driving force that is “the why” vs. “the what” and discuss thoughtful best practices around proactively diversifying team building. [Plus.. a whole lot more that Brett made me cut out of this write-up]. Headphones on. This one is a PRIVYledge…
64 minutes | Feb 24, 2019
#38.2: Jeremy Weiskotten - [Director of Engineering] @PillPack - Scotch O' Clock [&] A Terrible Name
Jeremy Weiskotten [still] doesn't need an introduction..[Part 2 of 2]Timestamp Listening - 00:01:42 - Leadership styles00:03:24 - Bottleneck delegation00:04:45 - Making yourself approachable00:06:48 - WHAT is culture?00:10:59 - Team commitment and problem solving00:13:36 - The value of diversity 00:16:00 - Eliminating biases at scale00:21:34 - Bridging gaps with intentionality 00:26:50 - Diversity starts at the top of the funnel00:28:05 - Unpitch uncovered00:36:35 - Networking & Scotch O' Clock00:46:06 - Ty Danko is a world class luger
49 minutes | Feb 24, 2019
#38.1: Jeremy Weiskotten - [Director of Engineering] @PillPack - Scotch O' Clock [&] A Terrible Name
Jeremy Weiskotten really needs no introduction..[Part 1 of 2]Timestamp Listening - 00:11:01 - Finding the right fit00:20:00 - A "Terrible" Name00:32:10 - Rushing to ship and learning to succeed00:34:53 - Natural skincare and lessons from the ecomm world00:39:37 - Soul searching and investing in yourself00:40:05 - Sparking a path00:43:10 - Connecting to PillPack00:45:34 - What makes the team great [&] what makes a great team00:49:40 - Getting into leadership styles
12 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
#37: TECHNIQ ... New Beginnings 
Sunrises are a lot more fun.. Get up. Live. Learn. Listen.
79 minutes | Jan 14, 2019
#36: Tanya Cashorali - [Founder & CEO] @ TCB Analytics - Fearlessness [Done Casually]
@Techniq we started a podcast to A) Meet awesome people B) Force diversity of thought upon ourselves AND C) Learn.. A Lot. Sharing those lessons along the way.. Tanya Cashorali is the CEO & Founder of @TCB Analytics (https://tcbanalytics.com/) AND she's the embodiment of all the reasons we do the podcast. Listen. Learn. Energize your mind.Timestamp Listening - 00:00:41 – A Founding Story00:07:05 – Sports Betting Gigs00:08:10 – Passionate attention getting00:08:27 – Jumping Off [intentionally] on your own00:10:02 – Work Life Freedom & Answering to your own choices00:11:07 – Repeated patterns and client-strapping 00:11:47 – TCB Analytics “Today” 00:15:22 – Expanding possibilities w/ a distributed team00:17:55 – Diversity through distributed teaming 00:23:05 – Moving from Contracting to Full-time [as a company] & Discussing Mission & Value Structure00:29:04 – Horror stories in execution [in engineering]00:30:11 – Fearlessness - done casually 00:32:29 – Learning how to network 00:36:00 – Advice for colleagues & overcoming the fear of asking questions00:39:10 – Diversity in Tech & “Mannels”00:42:35 – THE Data Science Community – “Friendly Tech Space” 00:48:30 – “What do you do to learn?”00:52:42 – Expectations in hiring. Exact fit vs. Exactly good hire hires00:56:40 – The future of TCB00:59:00 – Rapid Fire Q&A
71 minutes | Jan 4, 2019
#35: Sue Aman - [VP of Engineering] @ Circulation - Culture is Everything
In this episode we sit down with Sue Aman, VP of Engineering at Circulation, Inc (www.circulation.com). There's no better way to kick off 2019 than to digest a healthy dose of #Culture - and Sue nails it! We travel down the 'culture road' as Sue shares wisdom on the importance of continual learning & trying new things, diversity, and female mentorship & empowerment. You won't want to skip this one. Press play. Tell your friends. Subscribe. Comment. Learn. Grow.Timestamp Listening -0:00:00 - Intro - Sue - Circulation0:25:30 - Definition of Culture - Culture is EVERYTHING0:35:30 - Culture w/in 'Mission Driven' companies / Culture horror stories0:46:00 - Continual learning, Trying new things, Recognition & Promoting Liberally0:53:00 - Female Mentorship & Empowerment1:02:00 - Q&A
83 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
#34: Adam Markey - [VP, Product Management] @ Dataxu - "There is a TEAM"
"There is a Team..." Also, there is laser tag, heavy talk of Mission driven Culture, Patriotism (what??!), a deep dive into a high-performance environment driven by pressure free creation and marked by little wins ... and a whole bunch more when @TechniQ sits down with Adam Markey. VP of Product Management @Dataxu. Take notice, take notes, take your learning seriously. Push play.Timestamp Listening - Programmatic Technology – 00:21:26Relating Culture to the Mission – 00:25:22GDPR and the fight for Freedom – 00:26:12Discussing bias against “adtech” – 00:29:04Patriotic duties and the value of adtech – 00:31:21No Pressure Creation – 00:33:00Creating little wins for your team – 00:36:30Starting with the lightbulb – 00:39:07Well-articulated milestones + innovation – 00:40:32“Oh shit moments” – 00:41:57The growth strategy [and Dataxu’s cultural journey] – 00:44:44Changing [everything] with scale – 00:46:45Fitting into the balance with immediate ownership – 00:53:20What do you like to read? … and other “tells” – 00:59:00DSP vs. DM vs. what’s next … - 01:01:00
78 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
#33: Matt Hodges - [VP of Engineering] @ Curriculum Associates - Deliberate Energy & [A+] Aura
A sit down of the learning variety with Matt Hodges, VP of Software Engineering @ Curriculum Associates. High energy, high growth, highly contagious education.. all for your listening pleasure. Go back to school for a few minutes. You'll like it. We promise. Timestamp Listening -0:00:00 - Intro0:07:30 - Definition of Culture (It's the Energy/Aura)0:10:30 - Importance of staying calm and composed as a Manager / Leader 0:14:00 - Deliberate vs. Inverse Teachers - "The Teacher Among Us"0:17:30 - Humility, Vulnerability, and Transparency in Leadership0:34:20 - Sports & Business 0:45:22 - Live Work Balance vs. Work Life Balance0:50:15 - Coding Bootcamps1:00:30 - Q&AArticles from Matt -https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/flex-your-workplace-muscle-matt-hodges/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/chicago-cubs-management-101-matt-hodges/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/even-better-steve-jobs-matt-hodges/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/theres-always-room-humility-matt-hodges/https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/teacher-amongst-us-matt-hodges/
70 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
#32: Matthew Keemon - [Director of Engineering] @Jebbit - Cura Personalis [AND] A Five Year Send-Off
Matthew Keemon is a Founding Team Member & Director of Engineering @ Jebbit (www.jebbit.com). We caught up with him just before his 5-year Sabbatical to discuss what it's like creating a company based on the development of people, not [just] product. This was a fun one, one with the coining of a new TechniQ catch phrase (yes we'll give that to you Brett)! We dive head first into a "latin-based" value system that has been the driving force behind this vibrant & growing startup. The humbleness of successful growth coupled with the reality of "keeping the startup-fire burning" through years of pivots, trials and tribulations always provides valuable lessons - and this conversation was stoked with lots of them. Also, you get to hear from a real-life Celtics Green-Teamer... When else are you going to get that perspective??! Give it listen. It'll fit the days lesson plan under the "giving a shit about life" section :).. we promise!The "conversation" quick hit list" - 0:00:00 Intro0:17:50 - Yearning for Learning 0:18:15 - Blessings in disguise0:19:05 - Firing off complacency, cutting the cord & self-awareness0:21:51 - Learning to lead organically0:24:11 - Fear and understanding AND transparency for the win - "The people's best fit" 0:29:22 - The humbleness of growth0:31:35 - Oh Shit Moments 0:36:45 - Keeping the fire burning w/ ownership and accountability 0:44:13 - 5 year sabbaticals 0:51:45 - Whatever you are be a good one
78 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
#31: Ben Patterson [Director of Engineering] @ Threat Stack - High Availability Leadership & Safety
In this episode we sit down with Ben Patterson - Director of Engineering @ Threat Stack - and discuss a multitude of topics including #Enabling & #Empowering engineers by providing the #safety to ask questions, #HighAvailabilityLeadership, #Inclusion, Changing roles and Growth, and Drinking as part of #Culture... Even explaining how #Culture is like a tomato plant. We touch it all in this one! Tune in. Turn it up. Learn. Grow.0:00:00 - Introduction0:08:00 - Definition of Culture0:10:06 - Changing roles and growth0:13:05 - How to build a great tomato plant (Culture)0:30:30 - How to enable teams to perform at a high level0:35:50 - Inclusion0:42:55 - Drinking as part of Culture0:56:24 - Reducing the context switching and churn that engineers encounter1:01:00 - Q&A
76 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
#30: Sharon Kan [CEO & Co-founder] @ Pepperlane. Motherhood [Trust] & The Business of Innovation
“Culture is Curiosity” .. We could honestly just stop this intro right there and let you grow on that statement. Maybe throw in an emoji of Wonder Woman and call it a day - BUT we won’t! Sharon Kan is a must listen. Tenacity, Drive, Perseverance, Thankfulness - Ice Cream Cake Entrepreneurship, Star Wars and Style - it’s all here. To gauge quality through defining the diversity of personality, to build highly successful teams and companies (bought by the likes of Oracle, Microsoft and Barnes and Noble) AND spin up a disruptive & ultra-successful Accelerator Lab - you have to come at things with an adventurous and unconventional mindset. This is a complete and epic brain adventure into a consistently inconsistent career created by fearlessness and defined by trust, hard work and ultimately, success.. You’ll never be bored if you don’t want to be. Press play. We promise you won’t be disappointed in the progress you make with this one. The mom-economy is coming - Pepperlane is here.
87 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
#29: Eric Wyler [Founder] @ Timesilk. Life Optimization & Serendipitous Messages
Sometimes in life you meet folks who just make you want to be better - Eric Wyler is one of those people. He is currently the shiny new CEO & Founder of @timesilk.com - and with stints at some of the premier technology companies around (@cargurus, @catalant, @amazon, @vistaprint, @ bentleysystems..) we dive head first into performance optimization as seen through the eyes of an experienced goal-setter who has figured out a way to cut out the "BS" in life to achieve some awesome successes by way of continuous learning. We define "fundamental usefulness" as it relates to growth & commitment, motivation based on belief in oneself (and one's employees), navigating difficult conversations in leadership, self reflection, the ideal of meritocracy, values vs. morals, and a whole lot more.. (think 100mile ultra-marathons, insane endurance races, toilet paper OR topo map? ... ya that's there too). Turn up the volume. Scratch the learning itch. Listen. #Grow
97 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
#28: Mike Stone [Co-Founder] @ The Gnar Company - Building a Software Consultancy Company
In this episode we talk with Mike Stone, Co-Founder of The Gnar Company (www.thegnar.com)- a Boston-based software development consultancy. 0:00:00 - Intro / How Mike got into technology0:06:21 - How The Gnar Company came to be0:11:50 - Mike's Definition of Culture 0:16:40 - How a Consultancy Company builds a team oriented Culture0:34:20 - Bringing lessons from playing pro lacrosse to The Gnar0:41:30 - "Oh Sh*t" moments when starting a company0:44:33 - Checking ego at the door0:54:00 - Debunking the stigma around consultancy companies1:11:50 - Rapid fire Q&A
69 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
#27: Celia Courtright [Engineering Manager] @Chewy - VAX Gaming AND the Enigma [of Culture]
Techniq.io takes on the end of summer w/ Celia Courtright who is currently an Engineering Manager @ Chewy right here in Boston. Celia graciously gave us a few hours of her time to discuss everything from from "hardcore" VAX Gaming to the Enigma [of Culture] & retention in tech teams. This is a great one to learn how to create a trust-based, environment conducive to success and positive growth @ scale. We discuss collaboration, mindset, curiosity, a willingness to learn (and willingness to fail) all the while iterating on ideas that come from a place of passion for problem solving. This is what it takes to find success when you're trying to build better algorithms than Amazon (..yes we just said that). Ready. Steady. Learn.
76 minutes | Sep 21, 2018
#26: Jason Raede - [CTO @ Fincura] - Culture from scratch. No Excuses. Cranking it out
No fluff. No Bullsh*t. No excuses. In this episode we sit down with Jason Raede, CTO @ the startup Fincura to explore what it takes to build a culture from scratch. Importance of measuring everything (and improving on it). Having mutual accountability between engineering & business. Having skin in the game. Proactive communication. Screwing up. Learning from mistakes. Importance of having a clear mission. Be good. Be Happy. Keep learning.
69 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
#25: Ken Pickering [VP of Engineering] @ Hopper – Driving Tanks. Naked Feedback. Crash Bugs.
@Techniq we drink shakes to start out the day. We also drink coffee. Lots of it. If we mixed the best shake we’ve ever had, along with the best cup of coffee in the world… VOILA! You get this conversation with Ken Pickering, VP of Engineering @ Hopper. Stewarding ego, empathy & culture. Organizational shape and design. Transitioning as a leader. Guiding and enabling. Influence > control. Peer reviewing. Positivity and optimism. Instinct realization. Mutual respect. Collaboration. Inclusion. Diversity. Staff value [from a higher perspective]. Mindfulness for the “who” and the “what”.. RESPECT.. (and take a breath). This is like a free winning lottery ticket for your brain. Give it a listen. Get it done. LEARN something.
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