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664: The Harsh Reality of Innovative Companies

Gary Pisano, professor at Harvard Business School, studies innovation at companies large and small. He says there’s too much focus on the positive, fun side of innovative cultures and too little understanding of the difficult truths behind sustained innovation. From candid feedback, to strong leadership, to individual accountability and competence, to disciplined choices, Pisano says…

326: The insider perspective on the event-stream compromise

Adam and Jerod talk with Dominic Tarr, creator of event-stream, the IO library that made recent news as the latest malicious package in the npm registry. event-stream was turned malware, designed to target a very specific development environment and harvest account details and private keys from Bitcoin accounts. They talk through Dominic’s backstory as a…

325: A good open source password manager? Inconceivable!

Perry Mitchell joined the show to talk about the importance of password management and his project Buttercup — an open source password manager built around strong encryption and security standards, a beautifully simple interface, and freely available on all major platforms. We talked through encryption, security concerns, building for multiple platforms, Electron and React Native…

324: Tidelift’s mission is to pay open source maintainers

In this special crossover episode of Founders Talk, Adam talks with Donald Fischer. Donald Fischer and the team at Tidelift are on a mission of making open source work better — for everyone. To pay the maintainers of open source software they are putting a new spin on a highly successful business model that’s a…

323: The road to Brave 1.0 and BAT

This week Adam and Jerod talk with Brian Bondy, Co-founder and CTO of Brave. They talked through the beginnings of Brave and how BAT (Basic Attention Token) could be driving the future of how we offer funding and tips to our favorite websites and content creators. Of course, they go deep into the historical and…

322: There and back again (Dgraph’s tale)

This week we talk with Manish Jain about Dgraph, graph databases, and licensing and re-licensing woes. Manish is the creator and founder Dgraph and we talked through all the details. We covered what a graph database is, the uses of a graph database, and how and when to choose a graph database over a relational…

321: Drupal is a pretty big deal

Adam and Jerod talk with Angie Byron, a core contributor and staple of the Drupal community. We haven’t covered Drupal really (sorry about that), but the call with Angie was inspiring! From the background, to the tech, the usage of the software, the communication at all levels of the community — Drupal is doing something…

320: Venture capital meets commercial OSS

Joseph Jacks, the Founder and General Partner of OSS Capital joined the show to share his plans for funding the future generation of commercial open source software based companies. This is a growing landscape of $100M+ revenue companies ~13 years in the making that’s just now getting serious early attention and institutional backing — and…

319: Keepin’ up with Elm

Jerod invites Richard Feldman back on the show to catch up on all things Elm. Did you hear? NoRedInk finally had a production runtime error, the community grew quite a bit (from ‘obscure’ to just ‘niche’), and Elm 0.19 added some killer new features around asset optimization. Sponsors Hired – Salary and benefits upfront? Yes please.…

In Tschechien müssen Supermärkte Übriggebliebenes an Hilfsorganisationen geben

Containern ist in Deutschland problematisch. Egal ob Bedürftiger oder Lebensmittelaktivist – wer weggeworfene Lebensmittel aus Tonnen auf den Grundstücken von Supermärkten holt, begeht wahlweise Hausfriedensbruch oder Diebstahl. Denn, so absurd es klingt, Abfall ist hier bis zur Abholung Eigentum des Wegwerfers. Dabei ließe sich Vieles davon noch gut nutzen und verzehren, denn Supermärkte schmeißen gerade…

663: How One Google Engineer Turned Tragedy into a Moonshot

Mo Gawdat, founder of One Billion Happy and former Chief Business Officer at Google’s X, spent years working in technological innovation. At Google’s so-called “dream factory,” he learned how to operationalize moonshot ventures aiming to solve some of the world’s hardest problems. But then a personal tragedy — the loss of his son — set…