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A podcast about the design, development, and business of great software. Each week thoughtbot's Chad Pytel (CEO) and Lindsey Christensen (CMO) are joined by the people who build and nurture the products we love.
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Data - Nurse-1-1

Data - Nurse-1-1

2020-09-2155:44

Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss using data to drive a better customer experience, some of the regulations around data management in healthcare, and advice for health-tech startups. Join us on Sept 24th at 12pm ET for the Your path to digital health startup success (https://thoughtbot.com/events/digital-health-startup-event), a digital health-tech event! This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots): Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! Hover (https://www.hover.com/welcome/GiantRobots): 10% discount on all new purchases! Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Nurse-1-1 on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nurseoneone/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
Data

Data

2020-09-0841:11

Data drives the world, and so this month we'll be talking about common pitfalls of building a business around data, laying out a tandem roadmap to drive forward both data and product, the importance of insight over raw data, when does it makes sense to reach for machine learning, tooling, and thoughts on the ethics & future legislation of data collection. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots): Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! GDPR (https://gdpr-info.eu/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots!
Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss vetting your investors, his experience with fundraising, maintaining your reputation, his mindset while negotiation with investors, lessons learned while building and funding startups, the importance of establishing a founding team, and involving the team in the fundraising process. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Nurse-1-1 on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nurseoneone/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
Fundraising - ShearShare

Fundraising - ShearShare

2020-08-2401:11:39

Chad and Lindsey are joined by Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, to discuss their acceptance into the first cohort of Google for Startups' Black Founders Accelerator, speaking the language of investors, preparing for series A, how they think about an exit, and equity for the team. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! ShearShare (https://shearshare.com/) Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders (https://developers.google.com/community/accelerators/black-founders/meet-the-startups) Backstage Capital (https://backstagecapital.com/) Jaylon Smith Minority Entrepreneurship Institute Capital Fund (https://jaylonsmith.com/mei) ShearShare on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/shearshare/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: ShearShare.
Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, discussing early days of community building online, geography in relation to investors, his history with VC, the importance of relationship building, when & how much money to raise, time investment of a CEO for fundraising, and sharing financials with the team. This episode is brought to you by: ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots): Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! FusionAuth (http://fusionauth.io/podcast) - Use it for free today and get a free t-shirt, or upgrade to their paid editions and get 25% with promo code GIANTROBOTS Teikametrics (https://www.teikametrics.com/) BigCommerce files to go public (https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/13/bigcommerce-files-to-go-public/) Alasdair on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alasdairmcleanforeman/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Teikametrics.
Fundraising

Fundraising

2020-08-1033:19

This month we'll be talking about all things fundraising! The discussion covers investors vs bootstrapping, crowd-funding, differences between the various levels of fundraising, accelerators, and the expectations of taking venture capital. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! Wistia on Giant Robots (https://www.giantrobots.fm/254) Term Sheet Grader (https://www.pillar.vc/founders-guide/guides/term-sheet-grader/)- Pillar VC Backstage Capital (https://backstagecapital.com/) It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated into Your Greatest Advantage (https://amzn.to/3kjZN9r)- Arlan Hamilton Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots!
Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss figuring out the summer and working from home during Covid and beyond, his approach to feature rollout, pings, & to-dos, as well as keeping the team on a unified path, and his personal motivations to keep going. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Nurse-1-1 on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nurseoneone/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about the offset schedule of the beauty industry, an unexpected source of inspiration, the importance of a routine, and supporting the betterment of their team & community. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! ShearShare (https://shearshare.com/) Your First Million Podcast (https://yfmpodcast.com/) Les Brown Greatness Radio (https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-les-brown-radio-show) The ShearShare "Concoction" (https://gist.github.com/ThomObarski/f639af924a204ffbd1532d2b48c0eb74) ShearShare on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/shearshare/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: ShearShare.
Chad and Lindsey catch up with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, as they head into the second half of the year discussing finding balance (especially when you love your work), examining 'what's our role' to make an impact in responding to national and global events, the importance of exercise in his life, and staying engaged with the product even as one's focus shifts more broadly in the company. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! Teikametrics (https://www.teikametrics.com/) The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business (https://amzn.to/2OyFmqF)- Patrick M. Lencioni Measure What Matters (https://amzn.to/3gS8JA8)- John Doerr Alasdair on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alasdairmcleanforeman/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Teikametrics.
Work-Life Flow

Work-Life Flow

2020-07-1337:19

Lindsey and Chad discuss work-life flow, both in general and during quarantine, their schedules, hobbies, and methods to preserve personal time like time-boxing, prioritization, and calendar blocking. This episode is brought to you by ScoutAPM (https://scoutapm.com/giantrobots). Give Scout a try for free today and Scout will donate $5 to the open source project of your choice when you deploy! We need to stop striving for work-life balance. Here’s why (https://www.fastcompany.com/90308095/why-you-should-stop-trying-to-achieve-work-life-balance) Calendly (https://calendly.com/) AllTrails (https://www.alltrails.com/) Dungeons & Dragons Online (https://www.ddo.com/) table.party (https://table.party/) Pivoting to Antiracism (https://thoughtbot.com/blog/pivoting-to-antiracism) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots!
Sales - Nurse-1-1

Sales - Nurse-1-1

2020-07-0638:24

Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss prioritizing revenue, their revenue models, why sales at their stage is more like business development, and considering your first 'sales' hire. Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Utilization Management White Paper (https://nurse-1-1.com/health/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Nurse-1-1-Utilization-Management-White-Paper-Low-Res.pdf) Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
Sales - ShearShare

Sales - ShearShare

2020-06-2951:07

Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about all the different forms that sales can take, their revenue model, the importance of personal outreach, and building trust through content marketing. ShearShare (https://shearshare.com/) ShearShare - Build My Business (https://shearshare.com/buildmybusiness/) ShearShare on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/shearshare/) Special Guest: ShearShare.
Sales - Teikametrics

Sales - Teikametrics

2020-06-2247:43

Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, about product-led direct-to-consumer as the future of sales, capturing multiple market segments, and sales structure within Teikametrics. Teikametrics (https://www.teikametrics.com/) Facebook Shops (https://www.facebook.com/business/shops) Alasdair on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alasdairmcleanforeman/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Teikametrics.
Sales

Sales

2020-06-1535:18

Chad and Lindsey discuss thoughtbot's ideology around sales, the sales process & cycle, identifying your ideal customers, and fostering real relationships with customers. GitHub is now free for all teams (https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/14/github-is-now-free-for-all-teams/) a16z Podcast (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots!
We’re pushing out our next episode in the Giant Robots startup series. We want to pause to acknowledge, reflect, and take action against injustices against the black community. thoughtbot stands with the black community. We’re outraged by the systematic racism and violence in the US. George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and too many other members of the black community have lost their lives due to racial injustice. It needs to end. We recognize we haven’t been doing enough to fight this injustice and need to be active in anti-racism. Our D&I council and many others on the thoughtbot team are discussing how we can do more and are working on new initiatives to better support our black colleagues, friends, and beyond - far into the future. We're looking to do things both large and small. For example, this week we changed our conference reimbursement benefit to only be applicable to conferences that have a diverse speaker lineup and a code of conduct. We hope our efforts will be useful to others as well, and plan to make them available to other companies to work from. In the meantime, we’re going to link to a reading list that we recommend. Today we’re resharing a past episode that features a black voice in the tech community that we look up to and you should know - Shelly Bell. Shelly is the founder of Black Girl Ventures, an organization that creates access to social and financial capital for Black and Brown women founders. She’s been named in the Top 100 Power Women by Entrepreneur Magazine and has a fantastic story you don’t want to miss. Stay safe and see you soon. 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234) How To Be An Antiracist (https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1)- Ibram X. Kendi Behind By Design (https://medium.com/@OneBandwagonFan/behind-by-design-ad2c81f01b14) So You Want to Talk About Race (https://www.sealpress.com/titles/ijeoma-oluo/so-you-want-to-talk-about-race/9781580056779/)- Ijeoma Oluo Save the Tears (https://tatianamac.com/posts/save-the-tears/) White Guyde To The Galaxy (https://tatianamac.com/posts/white-guyde/) Black Tech for Black Lives (https://www.blacktechforblacklives.com/) Original Notes from Giant Robots Episode 354 Shelly Bell, CEO & Founder of Black Girl Ventures, discusses working to open up your messaging, what makes for a good pitch, and the current state of the investment landscape. Black Girl Ventures (https://www.blackgirlventures.org/) Ragbaby Exchange (http://ragbabyexch.org/) BEACON (https://www.thebeacondc.com/) "Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs — and It Affects How Much Funding They Get" (https://hbr.org/2017/06/male-and-female-entrepreneurs-get-asked-different-questions-by-vcs-and-it-affects-how-much-funding-they-get)- Harvard Business Review SheRaise (https://www.sheraise.com/) Shelly on Twitter (https://twitter.com/iamshellybell)
Chad and Lindsey are joined by Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, to discuss feeling disconnected from the team during quarantine, evaluating for communication skills during the interview process, how communication standards differ in the medical field, and avoiding AI & automation within patient conversations. Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
Chad and Lindsey talk with Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Co-founders of ShearShare, about being founded as remote company, their communication tools and methodologies, interview process, and messaging implementation. ShearShare (https://shearshare.com/) Notion (https://www.notion.so/) ShearShare Business Learning Portal (https://shearshare.com/buildmybusiness/) ShearShare on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/shearshare/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: ShearShare.
Chad and Lindsey talk with Alasdair McLean-Foreman, CEO & Founder of Teikametrics, about Teikametrics' guiding principles, Zoom fatigue, rethinking stances on remote work, the value of a peer group, and how retail is adapting during Covid-19. Teikametrics (https://www.teikametrics.com/) Coinbase planning and response to COVID-2019 (https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-planning-and-response-to-covid-2019-d0cb3379bc3e) Amazon '6 Pager' Methodology (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/23/what-jeff-bezos-learned-from-requiring-6-page-memos-at-amazon.html) Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell (https://amzn.to/2X99xs2)- Eric Schmidt Good to Great (https://amzn.to/366yqZA)- Jim Collins Alasdair on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alasdairmcleanforeman/) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Teikametrics.
Chad and Lindsey discuss thoughtbot's methodology & tools for communication and collaboration, both in general and adapting them to a fully remote workplace, the pros and cons of this new environment, and approaching your work with optimism. This episode is brought to you by ExpressVPN (https://www.expressvpn.com/ROBOTS). Click through to get three months for free. 37 Signals (Now Basecamp) (https://basecamp.com/) thoughtbot Playbook (https://thoughtbot.com/playbook) Being Human in the Absence of Humans: A Q&A for Product Teams (https://info.thoughtbot.com/remote-product-team-resources) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots!
Chad and Lindsey talk with Michael Sheeley, founder & CEO of Nurse-1-1, on learnings from their launch, challenges of building in the health-tech space, their approach to long-term planning, and the future of medicine in a post COVID-19 world. Nurse-1-1 (https://nurse-1-1.com/) Michael on Giant Robots (https://www.giantrobots.fm/277) Harvard Innovation Labs (https://innovationlabs.harvard.edu/) Zocdoc Partnership (https://www.zocdoc.com/about/news/free-nurse-chat/) Net Promotor Score (NPS) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_Promoter) Health-Related Google Searches Doubled in the Week Before Patients’ Emergency Department Visits (https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2019/february/health-related-google-searches-doubled-in-the-week-before-patients-emergency-department-visits)- Penn Medicine Michael on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MichaelSheeley) Become a Sponsor (https://thoughtbot.com/sponsorship) of Giant Robots! Special Guest: Nurse-1-1.
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Mr.J-pok

I love this so much! I've almost read the whole book.

Jul 30th
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