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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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Special Guest Chris Mattmann is the author of Machine Learning with TensorFlow, Second Edition. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Chris about his background, working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, re-architecting the way NASA missions handled massive changes in the amount of data being gathered from instruments thanks to technological changes in the mid-2000s, about some fascinating NASA and DARPA projects he's worked on, the particular challenges of dealing with telemetry data, Kobe Bryant, and about his book and his experience as an author. This interview was recorded on February 10, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM143-Chris-Mattmann-2020-02-10.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.
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his background, how he got his start in PR, working with companies during periods of huge growth, what it takes to run a successful startup, his experience co-authoring a novel, the history of self-publishing, his motivation for setting up Smashwords and his passion for book publishing, and building Smashwords into the biggest distributor of independent ebooks in the world. This interview was recorded on January 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM142-Mark-Coker-2020-01-22.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.
Ken Buckler is the author of the Leanpub book Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ken about his background, his first experience with a computer and his early development of an interest in cybersecurity, the importance of privacy when it comes to technology, the relationship between cyber attacks and social engineering, the vulnerabilities of voting machines in the United States, 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 20, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM141-Ken-Buckler-2020-01-20.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.
Marshall Poe is the founder of the New Books Network and author of How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Marshall about his background, how he got interested in Russian history, the development of the academic study of history in the United States and its German roots, Wikipedia and the collaborative nature of knowledge, and the creation and success of the New Books Network. This interview was recorded on December 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM140-Marshallt-Poe-2019-12-12.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.
Nicholas Russo is the author of the Leanpub book Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nick about what he's been up to since he last appeared on the podcast, becoming a father, getting into the challenging work of making technical training videos for some of the world's top training video providers, starting his own business, about his latest book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 10, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM139-Nicholas-Russo-2019-12-10.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.
Aaron Sumner is the author of the Leanpub book Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec: A practical approach to test-driven development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Aaron about his background, how he got into programming, the nature and importance of software testing, the origin of his blog, his book, getting your book translated, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 26, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM138-Aaron-Sumner-2019-11-26.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.
Tom Hombergs is the author of the Leanpub book Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Clean Web Applications with Code Examples in Java. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tom about his background, how he got into programming, the value of doing a year abroad in high school, switching jobs and moving to Australia, software architecture, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 20, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM137-Tom-Hombergs-2019-11-20.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.
Larry Shushansky is the author of the book Independent Enough: A Book About Relationships. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Larry about his background, overcoming drug addictioin and serious illness, the US military draft process during the Vietnam war and his own service in Japan, the impact of US politics and polarization on people's relationships, the nature of dependencies in personal relationships and what it means to be "Independent Enough", his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 19, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM136-Larry-Shushansky-2019-11-19.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.
David Clinton is the author of the Leanpub book Solving for Technology: How to quickly learn valuable new skills in a madly changing technology world. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with David about his background, the challenges of teaching high school, whether or not teenagers looking for careers in software should go to university, big career changes, using technology to do modern education at scale, his books and his experience working with different publishers, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 29, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM135-David-Clinton-2019-10-29.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.
Ana Bell is the author of the Manning Publications course Get Programming with Python in Motion. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ana about her background, how she got into Computer Science, and what it's like teaching popular MIT programming courses both in person and online. This interview was recorded on October 25, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM134-Ana-Bell-2019-10-25.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.
Adam Bertram is the author of the Leanpub book Teach Me: How to Write How-to Technical Articles that Make Money. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Adam about his background, how he got into technology, remote work, ADHD, software automation, freelance and technical writing and negotiating pay, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 22, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM133-Adam-Bertram-2019-10-22.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.
Henning Schwentner is the author of the Leanpub book Domain Storytelling: A Collaborative Modeling Method. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Henning about his background, how he got into programming, the collaborative nature of programming and the importance of developing soft skills, the nature of Domain-Driven Design and Domain Storytelling and their application in the development of sophisticated ship navigation software for the port of Hamburg, the nature German compound words, 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 10, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM132-Henning-Schwentner-2019-10-10.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.
Ricci Wolman is the Founder and CEO of Written Word Media. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ricci about her background, the challenges and benefits of beginning your career in the demanding environment of investment banking, the evolution of online marketing and ecommerce, some of the reasons email newsletters have proven to be such a good tool for marketing, her experience building a successful business that helps authors and publishers find the right readers for their books and drive book sales, and at the end, they talk about some important changes in the indie publishing industry that have been taking place recently. This interview was recorded on October 3, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM131-Ricci-Wolman-2019-10-03.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.
Helen Anderson is the author of the Leanpub book Big Data: From A to Z. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Helen about her background, her path to a career in tech, supply chain analysis, data science, working with imperfect data sets and issues around data visualization, career shifts, big data, her blogging, her books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 23, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM130-Helen-Anderson-2019-09-23.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.
Pamela Q. Fernandes is the author of romance fiction and Christian women's non-fiction books. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Pamela about her background, Marian apparitions, how she got into writing, her experience builing a website and an author platform, some of the pitfalls of social media, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM129-Pamela-Q-Fernandes-2019-08-12.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.
Isaac Lyman is the editor of the Leanpub book Your First Year in Code: A complete guide for new & aspiring developers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Isaac about his background, how he first got into programming, his unique novel-writing app Edward the App, "outliners" vs. "pantsers", his book, the role imperfection can play in software code, some things to theing about when you're getting your first job, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM128-Isaac-Lyman-2019-08-12.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.
Victoria Morgan-Smith is the author of the Leanpub book Internal Tech Conferences: How to accelerate multi-team learning across departments. In this special episode of the Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp speaks with both Victoria and her colleague at the Financial Times, Sarah Wells, about their experiences working on aspects of digital transformation at a major newspaper, from the technology side of things. This interview was recorded on August 8, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM127-Victoria-Morgan-Smith-Sarah-Wells-2019-08-08.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.
Gojko Adzic is the author of the Leanpub book Running Serverless: Introduction to AWS Lambda and the Serverless Application Model. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Gojko about his background, his first experience with computers, studying in Belgrade around the time of the NATO bombing, his foray into writing and eventual move to London and participation in the software community there, starting his own company, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 27, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM126-Gojko-Adzic-2019-06-27.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.
Philip Sugai is the author of the Leanpub book The Value Plan: The essential guide for developing a winning value proposition and marketing strategy. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Philip about his background studying Economics and Drama before getting an MBA, his early experience writing marketing reports and some ways in which the true nature of marketing is often poorly understood, some pretty deep marketing theory, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author, who chose to reject a publishing contract from a major publisher, and his current bookselling campaign. This interview was recorded on August 8, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM125-Philip-Sugai-2019-08-06.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.
Matthew Skelton is the author of the Leanpub book Team Guide to Software Operability: Proven techniques for making software work well. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Matthew about his background, how he first got into tech, the importance of having a broad range perspectives informing the creation of software, some of the biggest changes he's seen in how companies are using new programming emphases and technologies like machine learning to alter how they fundamentally do business and compete, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 20, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM124-Matthew-Skelton-2019-06-20.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.
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