Episode 12: Owen Williams

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Shows Notes:

Developer and journalist Owen Williams started his popular newsletter Charged because he was worried about the demise of Twitter and a longing to have a platform he owned.

"If I found myself needing a job, I could email the list with a nice message about emailing back and I think people would do that."

Highlights include: how creating a well-received newsletter can be a career changer, the best way to monetize a newsletter, whether your side project has to make money and how to build a paid product on top of a free one.

Episode 11: Seb Rose

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Show Notes:

Despite the idea that we think they should, careers don’t always progress in a linear fashion. The career of Seb Rose, a software developer and partner at Cucumber Ltd has taken many turns including serving as a pastry chef and builder. He’s also worked for himself as well as with large companies like Amazon and Google.

"Our challenge is to deliver value to the community around us and also to be happy in ourselves."

Seb talks the power of BDD, how he came to Cucumber and his thoughts on career.

Episode 10: Kinsey Ann Durham

Show Notes:

As a software developer, or anyone who primarily works on the internet, we often spend most of our hours with a glowing screen in our face. 

“Stepping away is important.” 

Software developer Kinsey Ann Durham was looking for a way to get into the outdoors. She tells us how fly fishing helped her avoid burnout and how it influences her work.

What to read: The power of creative rest

Episode 9: Richard Schneeman

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Show Notes:

As creators, most of us enjoy the making part much more than the sharing part. The problem is that unless we get it out in to the world, no one will see it.

"The product cycle of a feature isn't done until we get users, and some feedback on it."

This week we talk to Richard Schneeman, software developer and creator of Code Triage, the easiest way to get involved in open source. We talk about he found a balance between building new features and promoting his product, and how he went from a simple script to 20,000 developers and 2,000 projects.

What to read: Three ways to market yourself without being a sellout