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In Leanpub's Frontmatter podcast, we interview authors and special guests about their lives & careers, their areas of expertise and the issues of the moment, and their experiences as writers. Every episode is deeply researched and covers areas that are equally of human interest, general interest, and professional interest.
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Cesare Pautasso is the author of the Leanpub book Beautiful APIs. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Cesare about his background, how he got into computers and technology, exchange programs and studying Computer Science, software artchitecture and microservices, blockchain, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 23, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM176-Cesare-Pautasso-2021-02-23.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Lee Baker is the author of the Leanpub book Getting Started With Statistics: A Series of Bitesize Guides For Beginners. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Lee about his background, his early work in medical physics and artificial intelligence, how he got into statistics, setting up his own company, how to protect yourself from being misled by statistics, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 4, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM175-Lee-Baker-2021-03-04.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Stephen Godfrey is the author of the Leanpub book Imposter Therapy: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Start Living. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Stephen about his background, his somewhat circuitous career path, his book and some ways of overcoming imposter syndrome, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 19, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM174-Stephen-Godfrey-2021-02-19.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Matt Parsons is the author of the Leanpub book Production Haskell: Succeeding in Industry with Haskell. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Matt about his background, how he got into programming and Haskell, some of the similarities between composing music and software, the inspiration for his book, some of the challenges of getting Haskell code into production, including hiring, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 16, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM173-Matt-Parsons-2021-02-16.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Andy Grove is the author of the Leanpub book How Query Engines Work: An Introductory Guide. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Andy about his background, how he got his first programming job at the age of sixteen, moving the US from the UK, what query engines are, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 9, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM172-Andy-Grove-2021-02-09.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Simon Collinson is an Australian digital publishing professional currently based in Toronto. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Simon about his background, how he got into the book industry, living and studying in London, the role that location can play when it comes to success or prestige in the publishing world, working on data analytics at Kobo, the concept of data skepticism, Tilted Axis Press, and his new role at TextbookHub. This interview was recorded on January 14, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM171-Simon-Collinson-2021-01-14.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Bruce Eckel is co-author of the Leanpub book Atomic Kotlin. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Bruce about a range of topics including his background, independent consulting, writing books and how preoccupied you should be with the eventual outcome of any book project, working with publishers, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on January 11, 2021. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM170-Bruce-Eckel-2021-01-11.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Mike Shatzkin is Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company, with decades of experience in the book publishing industry. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mike about how he's been experiencing the pandemic in Manhattan, his latest work projects, the history of the general book trade publishing concept, and some of the fascinating ways the pandemic has affected the book industry in the United States in 2020, accelerating transformative trends that were already taking place, and at the end, they talk about his work on climatechangeresources.org. This interview was recorded on December 1, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM169-Mike-Shatzkin-2020-12-01.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Ines Garcia is the author of the Leanpub book Becoming More Agile Whilst Delivering Salesforce. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ines about her background, Salesforce, the importance of games, agile, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 20, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM168-Ines-Garcia-2020-11-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Emily Bache is the author of the Leanpub book Technical Agile Coaching with the Samman method. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Emily about her background, how she got into programming, moving to Sweden from the UK during the days of the dotcom boom, what her experience of pandemic life has been like living in Sweden, Coding Dojos, the Samman technical coaching method, her books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author.
Erik Hougaard is the author of the Leanpub book Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Field Guide. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Erik about his background, how he got into technology, the adventure of moving between different countries, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author, including writing and maintaining an in-progress book. This interview was recorded on October 26, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM166-Erik-Hougaard-2020-10-26.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Dion Beetson is the author of the Leanpub book Leading software teams with context, not control: Effective practices for creating alignment and engagement within software teams. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Dion about his background, how he got into programming, working while studying at university, some of the drawbacks to managing teams that working remotely, leading software teams, the importance of trust, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 5, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM165-Dion-Beetson-2020-10-05.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Jason Turner is the author of the Leanpub book C++ Best Practices: 45ish Simple Rules with Specific Action Items for Better C++. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jason about his background, how he got into programming, conference speaking and remote conferences, his book, writing and being a content creator, and his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM164-Jason-Turner-2020-09-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
[This Frontmatter Podcast episode was originally published on 2018-03-01...] Rob Lambert is the author of the Leanpub book 10 Behaviours Of Effective Employees. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Rob about his background, his book, how big changes in your personal life can lead to changes in your professional life, a surprising approach to managing millenials, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 6, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Roberto Vitillo is the author of the Leanpub book The System Design Manual: Learn how to design, build, and operate large scale distributed systems. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Roberto about his background and career, working on the ATLAS experiment, moving to London and working for companies like Mozilla and Microsoft, working on very large technical systems, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 26, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM163-Roberto-Vitillo-2020-08-26.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Marianne Bellotti is the author of the Leanpub book Hiring Engineers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Marianne about her background and career, how she found her way into a career in tech, how anthropology can help you understand legacy code systems, how you can leverage software engineering skills to succeed in a variety of career paths, the United States Digital Service, the concept of "cannibal code", her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on July 21, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM162-Marianne-Bellotti-2020-07-21.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
[This Frontmatter Podcast episode was originally published on 2019-04-03...] Andriy Burkov is the author of the Leanpub book The Hundred-Page Machine Learning Book: Everything you really need to know in Machine Learning in a hundred pages. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Andriy about his background, what it was like studying computer science in a city with no electricity for three years, a little bit about the recent history and politics of Crimea, what it's like moving from a post-Soviet republic to a country to a country like Canada, game theory, machine learning, AI, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 27, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Joel Grus is the author of the Leanpub book Ten Essays on Fizz Buzz: Meditations on Python, mathematics, science, engineering, and design. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Joel about his background, his career, a little bit about his work at the the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, his book, what Fizz Buzz is and why it's posed in computer programming interviews, how he's used it in his book to teach readers a lot of really cool things, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as both a conventionally published and as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on July 14, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM161-Joel-Grus-2020-07-14.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
[This Frontmatter Podcast episode was originally published on 2020-04-15...] Gabriel Volpe is the author of the Leanpub book Practical FP in Scala: A hands-on approach. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Gabriel about his background, growing up in Argentina and how he got into computers and technology, choosing to live and work abroad, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 16, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM149-Gabriel-Volpe-2020-03-16.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Chris Penner is the author of the Leanpub book Optics By Example: Functional Lenses in Haskell. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Chris about his background, how he got into programming, how he specifically got into programming in Haskell, moving to work for a time in Berlin, why a monad in Haskell is like a "programmable semicolon", what "optics" are and a bit about their history, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on July 7, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM160-Chris-Penner-2020-07-07.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
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