Ardan Labs Podcast

Bill Kennedy

This podcast features intimate conversations with engineers who are in the forefront of building or teaching technology. Join us as we learn how our guests got started in tech, the type and level of education they've obtained, their work history, and personal stories about their journey. We publish the show on Apple, Spotify, YouTube, and the Web biweekly on Wednesdays at 12pm US Eastern Time. Subscribe and STAY TUNED!

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Matt Holt is the creator of popular open source projects like Caddy Web Server, CertMagic, PapaParse, & others. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to maintain open source projects full-time, Matt is the man to speak with. We learn how he came up with the idea for Caddy, how it works, and the pro’s and con’s of building a sustainable an open source project. Want to show your support for Caddy? Become a sponsor on GitHub!Connect with Matt:https://twitter.com/mholt6https://github.com/mholtMentioned in today’s episode:https://github.com/caddyserver/caddyhttps://caddy.community https://www.amazon.com/PHP-MySQL-Development-Luke-Welling/dp/0672317842https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_Certificate_Management_Environment https://github.com/mholt/timelinerWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Nov 24

1 hr 15 min

Kelsey Hightower is a Principal Engineer at Google Cloud, open-source advocate, and one of our favorite speakers in tech. We hear about his early experiences with computers, thoughts on CS degree vs self-taught, running a tech support business, managing comedians, open-source, and his journey through tech. Regardless of where you are in your career, Kelsey drops knowledge on how to get yourself to where you want to go.Connect with Kelsey:https://twitter.com/kelseyhightowerhttps://github.com/kelseyhightowerMentioned in today’s episode:Open Policy AgentKings of Comedy Search - Ronnie JordanTotal SystemsCoreOSPuppet LabsGo for Sysadmins - GopherCon 2014Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Nov 10

2 hr 7 min

Mark Bates is the co-founder at Gopher Guides, papercall.io, and gobuffalo.io. Many of us know Mark for his programming expertise but much of this episode is focused around his passion for music. Music has always been an integral part of his life and even was a catalyst for his journey into programming. Tune in for advice on following your passions, stories of early internet, and the value of sharing knowledge with others.Connect with Mark:https://twitter.com/markbateshttps://github.com/markbatesMentioned in today’s episode:Gopher GuidesDistributed Programming with Ruby (Book by Mark Bates) Ruby Conf 2008 - Building Distributed Applications Berklee College of MusicThe Liverpool Institute for Performing ArtsWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Oct 28

1 hr 20 min

Gergely Brautigam is a software developer at Weaveworks working with Go & Kubernetes. As he describes it, Gergely knew he wanted to work with computers from the first time his mother brought home a ZX Spectrum. We learn some valuable lessons on facing fears, interview tactics, and learning new skills.Connect with Gergely:https://twitter.com/Skarlso Mentioned in today’s episode:WeaveworksZX SpectrumKubernetes Up and RunningAdvent of Code Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Oct 14

1 hr 20 min

Sarah Murphy is a Senior Site Reliability Engineer at WePay. Sarah’s curiosity and willingness to take leaps took her all over the world, from being a journalist in Baghdad to working with top Silicon Valley companies. Tune in to hear stories of early internet gaming, self-funding trips to Iraq, and sword training.Connect with Sarah:https://twitter.com/sarahmaeve1Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Sep 29

1 hr 25 min

Miriah Peterson is a data engineer at Weave, a founder of the Forge Foundation, and the founder for the Women Who Go Utah. If you think she’s busy now, just tune in to hear about her childhood. Miriah always kept herself busy with projects and learning new things. We discuss topics like video creation, quantum physics, quantum optics, getting your first software job, learning Go, GraphQL, and much more!Connect with Miriah:https://twitter.com/captainnobody1https://twitch.tv/soypete01https://miriahpeterson.comMentioned in today’s episode:https://www.meetup.com/Women-Who-Go-Utah/ https://www.gowestconf.comhttps://www.getweave.comhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_opticshttps://graphql.org Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Sep 15

1 hr 3 min

In this episode, we pick up where we left off with Steve Hoffman. Last we heard, he had just launched a few successful video games in the mid-90’s. Steve then started a new company focused on interactive TV games. It is during this time where he got a crash course in entrepreneurship. Tune in to hear tips on starting companies, raising venture funds, navigating crises, and more!Connect with Steve:https://www.linkedin.com/in/foundersspace/https://twitter.com/FoundersSpaceMentioned in today’s episode:https://www.foundersspace.com/https://www.lavamind.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapitalismhttps://www.amazon.com/Make-Elephants-Fly-Process-Innovation/dp/1478992948https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Startup-Practical-Strategies-Overcoming/dp/1400223199Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Sep 1

1 hr 33 min

Steve Hoffman is a CEO, author, angel investor, and above all a creator. Steve currently runs a global startup incubator called Founders Space but his life has taken many turns to reach this place. So many turns that we couldn’t fit it all in one episode!Tune in to hear about a kid who followed his passions and wouldn’t take no for an answer. We hear about programming video games in high school, electrical engineering in college, film school, Hollywood, working for SEGA, and leaving it all behind to start his own game company!Connect with Steve:https://www.linkedin.com/in/foundersspace/Mentioned in today’s episode:https://www.foundersspace.com/https://www.amazon.com/Make-Elephants-Fly-Process-Innovation/dp/1478992948Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Aug 18

1 hr 18 min

Ronna Steinberg is currently the Chapter Lead for Women Who Go Berlin and Senior Software Engineer for Delivery Hero. In this episode, we hear how many unexpected events led Ronna into tech and even Go. Now she’s helping other women get into the industry and equipping them with the knowledge she wished she had at their age.Connect with Ronna:https://twitter.com/ronnaxhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/ronnas/Mentioned in today’s episode:https://www.womenwhogo.orghttps://www.deliveryhero.com Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Aug 5

1 hr 8 min

Renee Richards is a Programmer Analyst for Carepoint, Inc. Renee has been a software developer for two years after spending most of her life as a pharmacy technician. We hear about how she made the tough decision to make a career change and the tricks she used to pull it off successfully. It just goes to show it’s never too late to get into tech if you really want to. Connect with Renee:https://twitter.com/Renee7076Mentioned in today’s episode:Pascal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_%28programming_language%29Delphi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delphi_%28software%29Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jul 21

54 min 22 sec

Ukiah Smith is a Software Engineer at Apple, using Go to write API’s for internal teams. After graduating with an art degree, Ukiah’s path into tech was anything but traditional. Being a self-taught programmer, he didn’t always have the confidence in his skills. However, he was able to shift his career from design to front-end development to technical support. Eventually turning that into his current job at Apple.Connect with Ukiah:ukiahsmith.comtwitter.com/ukiahsmithMentioned in today’s episode:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_buttonhttps://www.louisvillehardcore.comWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jul 8

1 hr 7 min

Nic Jackson is a Principal Developer Advocate for HashiCorp. He’s also the author of the book Building Microservices with Go and an avid speaker on all things microservices. We learn about his first job in tech performing data collection for an environmental agency and how that sparked his interest in computer science. Nic would go on to work with many cutting-edge technologies but what he realized he enjoys most is helping others. Connect with Nic:TwitterYouTube channelLinkedInjackson.nic@gmail.comMentioned in today’s episode:HashiCorpRazorFishjQueryWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jun 24

1 hr 13 min

John Reese is a Senior Software Engineer at Yubico. He is also an active contributor to the open source projects Konstraint and Conftest. John’s foray into programming started a bit earlier than most, publishing websites in PHP by 6th grade. We hear stories of cyber mischief, John’s thoughts on the value of a computer science degree, and the importance of culture in a job.Connect with John:https://reese.devTwitterLinkedInGitHubMentioned in today's episode:YubicoOpen Policy AgentKonstraintConftestEnabling Autonomous Teams With Policy EnforcementUnit Testing Your Kubernetes ConfigurationsAdventures of Power (Movie)Parkinson’s LawWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jun 9

1 hr

Jessica Greene is a Backend Developer with Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees. We talk about film, the science of coffee, and what caused her to pivot her career into tech. Jessica shares insightful feedback on how she approached her career transition, and the importance of having support throughout the process.Connect with Jessica:GitHubTwitterLinkedInMentioned in today’s episode:Ecosia.org - The search engine that plants treesWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

May 26

1 hr 2 min

Kris Nóva is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Twilio Inc. We hear about her incredible journey from a nerdy teen installing Linux on the family computer to becoming an outspoken voice in the tech community. Growing up in Texas with conservative parents, Kris faced many challenges that helped mold her into the person who she is today. Kris leaves us with a few big lessons today:Advocate for yourself, it’s OK to speak upObscurity is everyone’s secret superpowerBe proud of yourselfConnect with Kris:kris@nivenly.comnivenly.com@krisnovaMentioned in today’s episode:LinuxMongoDBGopherCon 2017: Kris NovaWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!Ardan Labs was recognized as a top technology podcast! Learn more: https://blog.feedspot.com/technology_podcasts/

May 12

56 min 30 sec

Anthony Starks is an engineer, designer and consultant with a focus on data visualization. But we might also call him an artist. Growing up with a love for photography and computers, Anthony has long been enamored with the idea of melding art and technology. We hear his experience with low-level punch card programming, UNIX, writing the beginning of firewalls, & his more recent passion for data visualization using Go! Anthony prides himself on being a lifelong learner and credits his success to curiosity and a little boldness. Connect with Anthony:TwitterSpeaker DeckGitHubMentioned in today’s episode:Recreation of W.E.B Du Bois Data PortraitsJ Everett Light Career CenterFirewalls and Internet SecurityProcessing.orgDecksh on GitHubWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Apr 28

1 hr 1 min

Michael Gasch is a Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO at VMware. Growing up around his father’s business, the seeds were planted for his love of technology. Michael spent many years pursuing a career in music but technology always found a way back into his life. We explore how Michael made the leap from hardware to software and wrap up by getting his thoughts on the future of cloud and Kubernetes. Connect with Michael:TwitterLinkedInMichael's websiteMentioned in today’s episode:KubernetesVMwareMax Planck SocietyIBM OS2Want more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Apr 14

1 hr 11 min

Vanesa Ortiz is a community advocate at Sourcegraph and the founder of the Women Who Go - Berlin chapter. We learn about Vanesa’s incredible journey from freelancing at age 13 to interviewing for a Golang position with zero knowledge of the language (oh yeah, and she got the job). One thing remained constant, Vanesa’s problem solving ability is off the charts. Her natural curiosity and desire to learn has truly helped her excel at every challenge presented to her.Connect with Vanesa:@vanesacodesMentioned in today’s episode:SourcegraphWakaTimeWomen Who GoHackbright AcademyWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Mar 31

1 hr 13 min

Mat Ryer is a serial entrepreneur and a panelist on the Go Time podcast! He is currently the co-founder at Pace.dev & Firesearch.dev. In this episode, we hear about Mat’s very early experiences with programming at the age of six and how teachers influenced his opinions of higher education. Then Bill digs in to find out how Mat is able to continually identify product opportunities and execute at lightning speed. Connect with Mat:Pace.devFiresearch.devXbar (formerly Bitbar)GithubTwitterLinkedinMentioned in today’s episode:Xbar on GitHubMachine box Mat’s GitHub sponsor pageBill Kennedy on Mechanical SympathyWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Mar 17

1 hr 35 min

Kris Brandow is a Senior Software Engineer at Wunderkind and a panelist on the GoTime podcast! We learn about Kris’s experience growing up in a technical household and how he had no desire to follow in his parents footsteps. Although he went to college for writing and audio engineering, we uncover that Kris may have accidentally received the ultimate computer science degree.Connect with Kris:Skriptble.meTwitterGithubLinkedInMentioned in today’s episode:GoTime PodcastWunderkindDrupalMongoDBWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Mar 3

54 min 34 sec

Guinevere Saenger is a Software Engineer on the Development Lifecycle Team at Github. We hear about the challenges of pursuing a career in music and how, through an unbelievable turn of events, she has since transitioned to a successful career in tech! Although its clear Guinevere put in the work to get where she is today, she is outspoken regarding the lucky breaks she received in tech versus music. Connect with Guinevere:LinkedInGithubTwitterMentioned in today’s episode:kube-service-exporterAda Developers AcademySamsung SDS Cloud Native Computing TeamGithubWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!Work with us: https://www.ardanlabs.com/my/careers/

Feb 17

57 min 40 sec

Bryan Liles is a Principal Engineer at VMware where he is working on the Telco & Edge Cloud BU team building telecom software that runs on Kubernetes.  We examine Bryan’s unique path to success, which he credits to being goal focused and knowing his worth, among other things. He talks candidly about how his encounters with racism and poor leadership led to his frequent job hopping. This leads Bill to re-evaluate some of the criteria he uses when looking at a resume. Connect with Bryan:LinkedInTwitterMentioned in today’s episode:VMwareHeptioWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Feb 3

1 hr

Ana Margarita Medina is a Senior Chaos Engineer at Gremlin. You may know her from one of her many conference talks or maybe just from Twitter! In this episode, Ana shares her journey into tech and why it is OK to take a nonlinear path to the job of your dreams. From running a freelance company at the age of 15 to dropping out of college to enter the workforce, Ana’s experiences have contributed to her vast knowledge and passion for her industry. Connect with Ana:www.anammedina.comTwitterLinkedInInstagramMentioned in today’s episode:NAFTechqueriaCode2040GremlinWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jan 20

59 min 13 sec

Dave Appleton is a man of many talents (Seriously, he has too many to mention!). We kick off our conversation hearing about Dave’s first experiences with programming in the late '60s using hand punch cards. We discuss his early years as a low-level hardware programmer, working with semiconductors, and how he ended up working with blockchain technologies!Connect with Dave:Dave Appleton on TwitterHelloGoldGolang MalaysiaWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Jan 6

43 min 37 sec

John Arundel is software consultant, mentor, and author of the book “For the Love of Go”. We talk about his early fascination with computers, the role his mother played in planting these seeds, and the steps he took in his younger years to follow his passion. We then explore John’s indirect job path, having to settle for work as a technical writer out of college and stumbling into IT and system administration. But the major lesson that comes out of this is that these 'detours' actually served John's later work, developing parts of his expertise that would aid him in his writing and mentoring.Connect with John:LinkedInTwitterBook: For the Love of GoWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Dec 2020

47 min 45 sec

Wilken Rivera is a senior software engineer with the Packer team at HashiCorp. In this interview, listeners will get a sense of Wilken’s journey from a dance background to software engineering, his career timeline, and how he earned the privilege to choose where he wanted to work instead of having to take any job he was offered. As the conversation comes to a close, Wilken shares how he learned the Go programming language and what it meant for him to become a part of the community.Connect with Wilken:LinkedInTwitterWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Dec 2020

49 min 44 sec

Carlisia Thompson is a senior OSS engineer at VMware and host of The Podlets podcast. We cover the unique path Carlisia took from her childhood in Brazil to becoming an influential member of the Go community. She shares the story of her path to a graduate CS degree, her thoughts on the value of traditional education, and offers valuable advice for anyone who is looking to get into software engineering. Connect with Carlisia:TwitterLinkedInWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

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Nov 2020

54 min 12 sec

In this episode, we talk to Andy Walker about his childhood and how he got into programming, his journey in cybersecurity, and some of the soft skills that are so valuable to have in this industry. We kick things off by hearing Andy talk about his early love of computers, his early hacks, and how he fell into more serious programming at college after switching from Biology to a CS major. We talk about the value of meetups for making friends and how these events can be more welcoming! We then wrap up hearing Andy talk about where he would like to see himself in the future.About The Guest:Andy Walker is a Gopher, Go GDE, security nerd, and eternal student. He enjoys camping, home fabrication and long walks on the beach with serialized data formats. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, which is just a lovely little town.Connect with Andy:LinkedInTwitterGitHubMentioned in Today’s Episode:AmeriCorpsSourcefireCISCOWarGamesBaltimore Go MeetupOrlanGoWant more from Ardan Labs?You can learn Go, Kubernetes, Docker & more through our video training, live events, or through our blog!

Nov 2020

50 min 31 sec