Astrid is a Ruby Nuby (programming in Ruby just 2 years), anthropologist and writer. She slowly worked her way over to software development by managing and the building databases and working as a data analyst. Then she went all in and attended The Iron Yard Academy in Houston. Afterwards she worked at HP as a QA Engineer and DevOps Engineer. Now she is the Director for Tech for Justice and a freelance software developer.
Astrid is all about learning and growing as a developer and tech diversity advocate. She encourages girls to code through coaching for organizations like Rails Girls and is currently teaching herself Python so that she can also become a pyLady. Astrid is still an active social scientist and helps moderate a slack group called AnthroHangout. She spends her spare time binge watching Netflix and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.
October 21st, 2020 | 48 mins 6 secs
CEO of Doist, Amir Salihefendić, talks about growing up as a Bosnian refugee, a founder’s mindset, and the benefits of being a remote-first-oriented company.
July 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dr. Deborah Berebichez talks about teaching science to kids in fun ways, data literacy, why getting negative results in science is important, the fact that human performance is contextual, and her path to becoming a scientist and ultimately a TV-show host on The Discovery Channel.
July 31st, 2019 | 48 mins 16 secs
The panelists talk about blame: perspectives on blame, blamelessness, postmortems/incident reviews, the fact that systems are benign, survival rules, and gaining EQ and inward exploration.
July 3rd, 2019 | 1 hr 8 mins
Llewellyn Falco and Clare Macrae talk about the special bond and kinship they have formed via pair programming, as well as the sharing and writing of documentation from the perspective of what the human reading it is trying to accomplish.
January 9th, 2019 | 48 mins 22 secs
In this episode, Marcel Byrd talks about the intersection of public health and art, authenticity and vulnerability, reading a room and determining safety, and the beauty of dance.
November 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
In this episode, Maurice Cherry talks about the concept of code switching: being different people around different people. He also talks about overcoming feelings of discomfort, trust and both how it’s lost and how it can be re-established, diversity in design, and shifting your mindset from a creator to a chronicler.
September 12th, 2018 | 47 mins 54 secs
Brandon Hays talks about mentorship, management, and leadership skills, as well as maintaining relationships with people, climbing the tech ladder, strategizing career growth.
August 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
Heidi Waterhouse joins the show to talk about developer relations, life hacks for ADD, and the similarities between housekeeping and code review.
August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
In this book club episode, we talk to Eden Medina: author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile about speaking as an expert, sociotechnical engineering, and of course, cybernetics.
June 20th, 2018 | 48 mins 21 secs
For our second Book Club episode, Sara Wachter-Boettcher joins us to talk about her book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.
April 18th, 2018 | 55 mins 16 secs
This panelist-only episode touches on the topics of privilege and having tough conversations when not feeling it’s your place to have those conversations.
April 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
Astrid Countee talks about her field: social science and how it relates to technology, ethics, and design. Working in numbers-based environments is also discussed, along with the power of influence and control, and social media.
March 7th, 2018 | 54 mins 57 secs
In this episode, Kale Kaposhilin talks about letting yourself trust fall into the universe and be vulnerable, while facilitating the voices of other people.
January 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 57 secs
In this episode, Rehema Wachira joins us to talk about being a software developer in Nairobi, Kenya, creating a Culture of Saving, diversity of thought, and how technology empowers people.
January 10th, 2018 | 58 mins 44 secs
Panelist Jamey Hampton shares their thoughts on feeling like you have to know everything, ‘zines and being a ‘zine librarian, and why The Death Star led to some intense feelings on ethics in technology.
December 13th, 2017 | 57 mins 59 secs
Tara Scherner de la Fuente joins us to talk about conflating patience with kindness, company culture, advice for early career developers, and remote working.