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The Frontier Podcast by Gun.io explores innovation in software engineering. We chat with smart, forward-looking industry leaders and developers to discover the latest trends happening now and what might be coming next. If you manage or hire developers, are solving business problems with technology, or write code yourself - welcome to The Frontier.


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Damian Schenkelman is the Director of Engineering at Auth0. Ledge reached him at his remote office in Brazil. Auth0 provides SDKs and APIs for identification and login. Auth0 is the Stripe of logging into websites and apps.As an engineering director, Damian’s number one objective is scaling engineering teams: making sure the right people are in the right seats with the right training and support to do their job. In this wide ranging interview he discusses remote culture, distributed teams, team building, trust, and more.
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Nav Bhachech, who boasts an impressive CV having worked at both Microsoft and Amazon, to talk about his work with various SV-area startups.Nav goes into detail about his work with developing Microsoft Office apps, utilizing add-on and API functionality in standard Office applications. He discusses the issues with developing systems that aren’t considered ‘cool’, but are highly valued by those that use them.Nav also reflects on his career, particularly what he’s learned with regard to scalability. ‘Scale has a zillion different dimensions’, he says, while going on to discuss the difficulting to scaling the recruitment process - In summation, ‘we need a consistent culture - one that values excellence in engineering’.
In this episode, Ledge sits down with Nav Bhachech, who boasts an impressive CV having worked at both Microsoft and Amazon, to talk about his work with various SV-area startups.Nav goes into detail about his work with developing Microsoft Office apps, utilizing add-on and API functionality in standard Office applications. He discusses the issues with developing systems that aren’t considered ‘cool’, but are highly valued by those that use them.Nav also reflects on his career, particularly what he’s learned with regard to scalability. ‘Scale has a zillion different dimensions’, he says, while going on to discuss the difficulting to scaling the recruitment process - In summation, ‘we need a consistent culture - one that values excellence in engineering’.
Do we take software demos for granted? Should we be investing more energy and attention into demo UX? CEO and founder of Omedym, Greg Dickinson, believes so. Omedym’s solution helps companies craft interactive software demo experiences, intelligently delivering answers to would-be buyers’ questions in real time.As Internet culture wreaks havoc on our attentions spans, would-be customers ashew the traditional solution evaluation process. Customers demand instant understanding, and rapid results. Omedym achieves this by using analytics to dissect customer data and unpack the intent of buyers with instant fractional demos that answer objections on the fly.If you want to understand the buyer’s journey, and the best way to connect with customers, this episode is a great place to start.
ason Zubrick has enjoyed a trailblazing career in retail finance, helping small-scale outlets revolutionize their technology approach, as the CTO at defi SOLUTIONS. defi’s loan origination solution provides banks, credit unions, and auto lenders with a flexible technology platform that enables modern lending programs.Innovation and accuracy underpin performance in this  industry and Jason emphasizes testing as central to ensuring defi remains ahead of the curve in a demanding market.With 15 years in retail, including at video game retailer GameStop, Jason has a unique take on SaaS, retail, and trends in tech, as well as fascinating insights into what’s next in the field.
Mobile app security expert Domingo Guerra is an authority in a field that’s growing at a frenetic pace. As the founder of Appthority, Domingo witnessed first-hand how businesses require increasing levels of assistance to properly secure critical business data and protect consumers on mobile platforms.When Appthority was acquired by Symantec, Domingo continued his work at the cutting-edge of mobile threat defense. In this episode, he shares his belief in the preeminence of device security in a culture where personal mobile devices often form the backbone of company operations.
Leon Fayer began his prolific software engineering career some 25 years ago in government contracting, and has since shifted gears to focus on the private sector. His multi-sector gives him unique insight into the ways technology has come to define every discipline of commerce.After years of founding and running successful start-ups, Leon now works in consultancy with high-traffic sites, such as Wikipedia and National Geographic. His varied work has enabled him to observe the shift in mentality that is now dominating the commercial sphere. Every company is becoming a technology company by necessity.In this episode, Leon joins Ledge to bring his extensive expertise and insight on what’s now, and what’s next.
Entrepreneur Michael Dash had it all -- a multi-million dollar business, cars, real estate, you name it. He also had a compulsive and addictive personality that led him to gambling, drugs, and a destructive path that brought it all down. In his new book, “Chasing the High,” Michael lays out his path to redemption in a raw, honest, framework that he’s turned into a program called “F.A.T.E” -- From Addict to Entrepreneur.Ledge and Michael talk about addiction, the positives and negatives of the entrepreneurial drive, and most importantly about life balance and the critical habits he’s discovered to keep himself happy and effective after missing the mark for many years. Every listener will see something of themselves in this story, this episode, and Michael’s book.
AI pioneer, Sandra Carrico, joins Ledge in this fascinating episode where she recounts the early days of AI, the early 80s AI winter, and the dawn of computational linguistics.Now the VP of Engineering and Chief Data Scientist at Glynt.ai, she works daily with the company’s ML systems to refine the patented algorithms she invented to extract data from documents such as utility bills, insurance claims and medical records with better-than-human accuracy.Sandra delivers fascinating insights into how she turns problems into solutions with a mix of mathematical know-how, coding experience and management skills.
Caleb Ontiveros, who left the University of Notre Dame’s PhD program in philosophy to pursue a career in tech, is often asked by people studying philosophy how he transitioned to software engineering and programming.Caleb created the Facebook group, Philosophers in Software Engineering to help others like him. The group’s members collect and share advice for philosophers interested in learning how to program or in careers in software engineering.In this episode, Caleb chats with Ledge about philosophical thinking in software, and how software can enhance philosophical thinking.
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