The Virtual Coffee Podcast

Virtual Coffee

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

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Kirk, Dan, and Bekah are back again to wrap up Season 4 of the podcast. We talk about Hacktoberfest and how proud we are of what our community did over the month of Hacktoberfest:100 members signed up,66 members merged at least 1 pr,336 collectively we merged 336 PRs were merged by these members across 129 repos.On the virtualcoffee.io site: 81 PRs merged, 50 were new member profiles, 31 others.We talk about the monthly challenges, including already surpassing the monthly goal for blogging half way through November, and what we're looking forward to doing in the next 12 months.LinksDigital Ocean HacktoberfestBryan's EpisodeTodd LibbyAbbey PeriniMatt McInnisPrettierJessica's EpisodeAudience or Community by Chris BroganSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee:Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltottKirk: @KirkCodes on Twitter, @tkshill on GitHub

Dec 2

1 hr

This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Dr. Maeling Murphy, a software engineer who recently transitioned into tech. Maeling shared the importance of connecting with potential employers to see if they would fit her values, how contributing to open source projects can help prepare you for your first job, and the value of developing the connection to community and being able to grow alongside others. Oh, and did we mention we talked a lot about Notion? She takes us through her notetaking journey and answers all our questions about finding the right approach.About MaelingDr. Maeling Murphy is a software engineer who recently transitioned into tech, coming from an 8+ year entrepreneurial journey as a digital content creator and as a Ph.D. research scientist in Materials Science & Engineering. Maeling identifies as a multi-passionate creative soul, finding expression through gardening, programming, brush-lettering and other mediums that cross her path. She lets her love for exploration, learning and sharing with others lead her in all aspects of life and is enjoying this journey with her husband and son.maelingmurphy on GitHub@maelingcodes on Twitter@maeling-murphy on LinkedInLinks from the show:Harvard's CS50100 days of codeVirtual Coffee Demo Monthly Challenge Homeschool journalGithubLearning Path logKaren's Notion for job searchesKaren's Job Application Details SpreadsheetFrank's Notetaking SystemKeyValues: Find engineering teams that share your valuesDan's Pinboard bookmarksForem - Open source project that Nick Taylor helps maintainSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Nov 23

52 min 7 sec

This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Jessica Wilkins, a self-taught developer and a staff author for the freeCodeCamp News publication. Jessica talks about how to get started with tech writing, how to differentiate between constructive criticism and negative feedback, and how to avoid gatekeeping by eliminating assumptions from your writing, avoiding terms and phrases like "it's so easy!", and sometimes adding prerequisites to your posts.About Jessica WilkinsJessica Wilkins is a self taught developer and technical writer from Los Angeles, California.In her previous career, she was a professional oboist, educator and owner of JDW Sheet Music.Jessica's interest in programming came during the pandemic when she wanted to build the Black Excellence Music Project which celebrates black artists from the jazz and classical fields.She now works part-time as a junior developer for a small tech company and is a staff author for the freeCodeCamp News publication. Dev.to profile@codergirl1991 on Twitter@jessica-wilkins-developer on LinkedInLinks from the Show:Eastman School of MusicJessica's Lunch & Learn: How to grow your tech career through writingFreecodecamp newsFreecodecamp forumQuincy LarsonGeorge Floyd murderThe Black Excellence Music ProjectGithub for itVirtual Coffee November Monthly ChallengeGatsbyVoices of Gatsby: Fighting Back Against Imposter SyndromeHow to Use Repl.it: a beginner's guideHow to Use Codepen: a beginner's guideNodeMailerSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Nov 17

54 min 47 sec

This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Bryan Healey, an entrepreneur, tech leader, data scientist / ML engineer, and biz developer. Bryan talks about gaining experience as an entrepreneur, how to get started in the start-up life, and how the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in his blood.About Bryan HealeyBryan Healey is an entrepreneur, tech leader, data scientist / ML engineer, and biz developer. He's helped create or grow several start-ups, raised money, and built/managed teams of varying sizes, small to large. Currently co-founder and CTO at Aiera.@Bryan_Healey on Twitterbryanhealey on LinkedInLinksAieraJessi's VC Podcast episodeSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Nov 10

56 min 42 sec

This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Suze Shardlow. Suze is an award winning community manager, coder, tech writer and tech event MC and she currently leads the developer community at Redis. We had a really interesting conversation with Suze! She's done a million different things throughout her life and her career and she shared with us how her experiences have informed her time as a software developer and a community leader.Links30-second-codingOn being a published authorredislabs on TwitchOne of the top 100 women in tech in 2020Redis UniversityHacktoberfestCodelandglobal diversity CFP dayAbout Suze ShardlowSuze Shardlow is a published tech author, developer community manager and event MC. Before retraining as a software engineer, she worked in marketing and management for 20 years in the engineering, technology, law enforcement, education and economic development sectors. Currently the head of developer community at Redis, Suze has won numerous awards including Rising Star In Tech 2021, TechWomen100 2020, Women In Software Power List 2020 and is a finalist in the Women In Tech Excellence Awards 2021.suze.dev@SuzeShardlow on Twitter@SuzeShardlow on GitHubSuzeShardlow on LinkedInSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Nov 4

58 min

This week we welcome Mark Noonan to the show to talk about how becoming a part of Civic Tech initiatives can help career changers to grow and help existing developers create opportunities for mentorship, support, and connection for those coming into tech.Mark talks about his experience with FreeCodeCamp as well as Code for Atlanta, and the $40,000 Hackathon his group won and donated to charity! He brings his experience as a career transitioner to the conversation and we look at how participating in Civic Tech can help you develop skills to be a better communicator and programmer. And you might hear a little bit about how we prefer our breakfast foods too 🥞LinksFreeCodeCampCode for AtlantaCode for AmericaMarta HackathonCode for America BrigadesPeople Making Progress@marktnoonan on Twitter---About MarkMark is a senior engineer at Cypress.io and is a co-organizer at Code for Atlanta. He also works as a program developer for People Making Progress, an Atlanta-based nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities at home, work, and in the community.Sponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Oct 27

57 min 18 sec

This week we welcome Jennifer Konikowski to the show to talk about being a woman in tech and building community for women in tech!Jennifer brings her experience creating communities like Py Ladies Boston and Boston Ruby Women to the podcast, and talks about the value of learning to code even if you don't want to be a developer. She also talks about getting through toxic work environments, moving forward, and her hot takes on community and being a woman in tech.About JenniferJennifer has 10 years of experience as a software engineer, working in Ruby and Rails, Go, Swift, Scala, Rust, PHP, Javascript, Java, Perl, and Python. She was the founder and organizer of PyLadies Boston and a founding member of Boston Ruby Women. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and works remotely at Splice. She also really loves Negronis.jenniferkonikowski.com@jenkoni on TwitterSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Oct 19

1 hr 1 min

 We're welcoming Todd Libby to give us an intro to accessibility and what it means to make the web equal. Todd, a professional web developer, designer, and accessibility advocate for 22 years, provides a plethora of resources that can help everyone to get started and talks about how to advocate for accessibility and equality on projects. Show Notes:toddl.dev@toddlibby on TwitterThings/People mentioned in the episode:Making A Strong Case for Accessibility by Todd LibbyFront Page ExpressDesigning with Web StandardsWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)Cass FarisChris DeMarsA11y Learning Resources:Introduction to Web Accessibility on edXWebAIMTPGiTools:WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Toolaxe accessibility toolkitpa11y command lineBookmarklets by Ian Loyyd and Paul J AdamsMicrosoft a11y insightsFirefox a11y devtoolsLighthouse automated testingContrast Ratio tool by Lea VerouColour Contrast AnalyserTodd's steps for manual testing:Mouse onlyKeyboard onlySquint testScreen readersVoice over in SafariNVDA or JAWS in WindowsOrca on LinuxSponsor Virtual Coffee! Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.  Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor and episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Oct 12

52 min 33 sec

We welcome Jessi Shakarian to the show today to talk about her journey into UX/UI!Jessi Shakarian got her start in tech as a developer, but also she loved everything that happened before it was time to build a website. She is currently a UX designer at DIA Design Guild in Los Angeles and a python developer interested in machine learning.Jessi talks about how passion can be your motivation, and how valuable it is to be able to share what you're excited about: you aren't your tech stack. Sometimes finding that passion can lead you to new and interesting places like Jessi's change in focus from web dev to design.jessishakarian.com@jessishakarian on Twitterjessishakarian on PolyWorkSponsor Virtual Coffee!Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Oct 6

56 min 23 sec

Community Maintainer Kirk joins us (again) for our Season 3 wrap up! We review what Virtual Coffee did last year for Hacktoberfest, and talk about a lot of the exciting things we have coming up this year! We also shared some fun things from the last year at Virtual Coffee, like our Virtual Coffee Co-Working Room!Links:Classic SudokuCracking the Cryptic@MarieAntonsTatiana Mac - selfdefinedQuarto by Dominic DuffinBekah's postpartum wellness appVirtual Coffee's GitHub OrgHacktoberfest on Digital Oceanshoutout to our Monthly Challenge team: Adam, Andrew, Aurelie, Chris, Courtney, Dominic, Kevin, Luis, Vanessa, and Yolanda!Sponsor Virtual Coffee!Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor and episode of the podcast!Virtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltottThe Virtual Coffee Podcast is produced by Dan Ott and Bekah Hawrot Weigel and edited by Dan Ott.

Sep 1

52 min 34 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah talk to Aurelie Verrot, a Software Engineer from the San Francisco Bay Area, who's originally from France, about the importance of relationships in team-building--whether as part of the learning process or in a work environment--and the benefits of being able to work from home. She talks about the importance of clear communication, creating boundaries, and maintaining flexibility as key habits to build.Aurelie VerrotAurelie Verrot is a software engineer from the San Francisco Bay Area, originally from France. After moving to the US and taking care of her children for 4 years, she decided to make a career change in 2019 to work in tech. She started her first dev job in May as a Software Engineer working mostly with Ruby on Rails.Twitter: LiliVerrotGitHub: aurelieverrotLinkedIn: aurelieverrotVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Aug 24

56 min 55 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah are joined by Mike Rogers. Mike has had a long and successful career, but at one point he realized he no longer felt good or satisfied with where he was as a developer. He shared with us what he did to change course, and how he has learned to approach tending his career almost like a garden.About MikeMike Rogers is a Ruby developer from the UK. He made the chat bots for Virtual Coffee, has an awesome Ruby Event Calendar, and loves Docker.mikerogers.ioTwitter: mikerogers0GitHub: MikeRogers0YouTube: MikeRogers0Links to things mentioned in the episode:Mike's YouTube: MikeRogers0Where’s _why? - What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared. Mike's Business Times coverMeditation Minis podcast: meditationminis.comVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Aug 17

57 min 34 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah talk to Ray Deck, a trained data scientist, occasional angel investor, and software entrepreneur, about finding the right career path through growth, learning, and motivation. We talk about the importance of trust and listening, and Ray drops a bunch of great resources to help everyone find their own path.About RayRay is a trained data scientist, occasional angel investor, and software entrepreneur. His 25-year career spans industries from law to finance. Most recently, Ray is the founder of Sustained Ventures, a software product studio where he also publishes essays on technology and markets.Ray's thoughts can be followed at sustainedventures.com/essays, and his less-thoughtful self is on Twitter @ray_deck.Favorite nonfiction books:Bekah's pick: Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison PatakiBekah's second pick: Scattered Minds by Dr. Gabor MatéDan's pick: Shit, Actually by Lindy WestRay's pick: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edwarde TufteLinks to things mentioned in the episode:Start With Why by Simon SinekThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyThe 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. CoveyVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Aug 10

56 min 37 sec

 In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk to Kevin, a senior software consultant at Test Double and a coding career coach at his company Tap into Tech, about some of the most common challenges early-career developers face getting into tech and offers practical advice for working through those problems. We dive into visualization, personal support, and ways to change the interview process in tech. Kevin Truong is a senior software consultant at Test Double and a coding career coach at his company Tap into Tech. Previously a coding boot camp instructor and mentor, Kevin realized that boot camps were missing a lot of information when it came to the final steps of getting hired. With his years of experience, he has developed a program where he has coached dozens of early career devs on how to improve their results on getting a tech job.Links:Kevin's Twitter: @TheKevinTruongKevin's LinkedIn: thekevintruongTap into TechTest Doublethekevintruong.comLoomDustin McCaffree Upwork/Loom TweetVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Aug 3

58 min 56 sec

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk to Joan Marie Verba, a web developer, former astronomy teacher, and prolific science fiction writer, about her early days in tech using Fortran, and how refusal to accommodate her allergies has prevented her from having a lifelong career in tech. She shares the story of her recent job offer that actually turned out to be a scam that's being investigated by the FBI. But she's not done searching for her next place in tech. She's pushing past the challenges until she finds that next job.Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer and as an editor. She currently works as a writer, a publisher, and a web developer.Website: http://joanmarieverba.comBlog: http://joanmarieverba.info Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanmarieverba Web developer portfolio: http://joanmarieverba.co.technology Projects page: http://joanmarieverba.name UX page: http://joanmarieverba.net

Jul 27

50 min 18 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah talk to Ayu about the impact of community, being a prolific blogger, and the very real challenge of burnout. Ayu's openness about the challenges of being a mom on the self-taught track into tech, isolation, and fears of not being good enough are the stories that we don't share enough of. Because when we share, we can all work through them together. Thank you, Ayu, for reminding us that it's ok to not be ok. About Ayu AdiatiOriginally from Indonesia and now based in The Netherlands, Ayu Adiati is a self-taught Frontend Developer & Technical Blogger. She’s on her way to break into tech from being a stay-at-home-mom of now a 4 years old daughter.When Ayu is not coding, you can find her with the DLSR camera on her hands, cuddling with her daughter, or enjoying her iced macchiato latte.TwitterBlogDEVCodeNewbieHashnodeLinks mentioned in the episode:Lesson Learned: Massive Burnout In Learning Web Development Ayu's twitter thread about struggling with learning to codeFree Code Camp - web responsive design certificationAyu's CodeNewbie Community SpotlightVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Jul 20

49 min 59 sec

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Abbey Perini, a full-stack web developer, about the impact building in public has had on her developer journey, what her experience as a recruiting admin taught her as she sent out 160 applications before landing her dev role, and how rehearsing before an interview can make a big impact.Links mentioned in the episode:Github: https://github.com/abbeyperiniIndeed job rate checkerAbbey's posts mentioned: CSS Animated Button with Offset BorderSheba Counter: How To Reload a Page Whenever a User Makes a Change with React/ReduxToggle Dark Mode in ReactKnitting as ProgrammingPracticing Confidence for the Job Search About Abbey:Abbey Perini is many things - a metro Atlanta native, a person of many hobbies, and a full-stack web developer. Currently ramping up in her first development role, she loves blogging about stupid Discord bots, animated CSS buttons, and other fun and useful things about programming. You can find her work and ways to connect with her at abbeyperini.devhttps://abbeyperini.devhttps://twitter.com/AbbeyPerini https://github.com/abbeyperini https://dev.to/abbeyperiniVirtual Coffee: Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

Jul 13

59 min 36 sec

In this episode of the podcast Bekah and Dan talk to Jono Yeong, a senior software engineer originally from Australia, but currently based in Seattle, USA, about how digital gardening leaves room for growth, allows you to develop what you enjoy, and is an investment in communication skills. We also talk about learning Elixir, the process he goes through as he's learning something new, and how he brings learning new things to what he's doing with Rails. Bonus: he even walks us through how to do a proper Tim Tam slam.About Jono:A senior software engineer originally from Australia, currently based in Seattle, USA. He's primarily a back-end developer but is enjoying re-entering the crazy world of front-end development. Loves giving back to communities and empowering others on their developer journeys. Without such a supportive community he wouldn't be where he is today. Hash browns are his guilty pleasure food.Twitter - https://twitter.com/JonoYeongWebsite - https://www.jonathanyeong.comYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/jonathanyeong

Jul 6

1 hr 4 min

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah wrap up season two by talking about what they've learned about community building over the last year and some lessons they've learned along the way. They talk about Virtual Coffee's mission to support its members, and how Virtual Coffee's unique approach presents both challenges and opportunities when it comes to finding tools and guidance as the community grows.

Jun 1

1 hr 16 min

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk with Sara McCombs. Sara is a software engineer and team lead at Aiera, and also one of the original organizers, and a current Community Maintainer, at Virtual Coffee. Sara shared her thoughts on how to think and talk about transferable skills, leveraging past experience to differentiate yourself, and the importance of embracing that past experience as part of your journey and strengths. She also talked about the impact of career changes, promotions, and overcoming self-doubt.

May 25

51 min 46 sec

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk with Nerando Johnson, a full stack developer looking for his next job, about running freeCodeCamp meetups in Atlanta, learning through hackathons (including that one time his team won the hackathon and donated the $40,000 in winnings to charity) and how his next endeavor should be socialization as a service for tech events. We also talk about the importance of having a solid support system and we laugh...a lot.

May 18

54 min 52 sec

In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Courtney Landau, a software engineer currently working at an early-stage startup in the Education Technology space. We talked about her experience with being quiet in tech with the constant push for self-marketing and how she learns new things. We also dive into her experience as a mentor, speaker, lightning talk team member, and the other roles she's played as part of Virtual Coffee.

May 11

56 min 18 sec

In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Tom Cudd, a systems architect and 20-year veteran in technology. We talked about his experiences with DevOps and how it has changed over the years, about psychological safety: what it means to Tom, and how important it is to build in to your team and workflows, and about the dangers of "hero culture" in the workplace.

May 4

1 hr

In this episode of the podcast, we talk to Debra-Kaye Elliott, a self-taught frontend developer making her way through Frontend Masters Web Development Bootcamp, about what it's like to be on the self-taught developer journey, how she navigates imposter syndrome, and the lessons she's learned a long the way. She talks about the impact of being able to learn with support, choosing the resources that work best for you, and how blogging has been a part of her journey.Debra-Kaye Elliott is a Front End Developer going through a bootcamp, who's adding community-learning to her learning process. She's a career changer from the administrative field and always wanted to be in tech.

Apr 27

59 min 14 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah talk to Glen McCallum, a Software engineer from Victoria, Canada who manages a team of 8 engineers for the 2nd largest independent book distributor in the US, about his unexpected career journey, the hard decisions he's had to make, and using open-source software with his artificial pancreas. Glen also talks about his near-death experience in his first IT job and the decision to move from Independent Contributor to Management.Glen McCallum is a Software engineer from Victoria, Canada. For the past 7 years he's been doing backend development in C# and SQL. Earlier, he did projects in Java and Rails. He's always learning, currently exploring big data with hadoop, python, and spark. Day-to-day he manages a team of 8 engineers for the 2nd largest independent book distributor in the United States.

Apr 20

1 hr 9 min

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah talk with Lucia Cercie, a Software Engineer, mom, and Arizona transplant, about the importance of having a growth-mindset, asking questions, and pair programming. We also talk about the power of community and feeling comfortable asking questions and asking for help. When she's not coding, Lucia likes to make her baby laugh.Lucia Cerchie is a software engineer from Phoenix, AZ. She spends a lot of time orbiting outside her comfort zone and when she's not coding, she likes to make her baby laugh.

Apr 13

1 hr 2 min

In this episode of the Virtual Coffee podcast, Dan and Bekah talk to Gant Laborde, an owner of Infinite Red, mentor, adjunct professor, published author, and award-winning speaker, about overcoming challenges, being authentic, and finding your voice. They share some of the struggles they've faced, talk about how practice can lead to growth, and the importance of recognizing your body's signals in the process.

Apr 6

1 hr 7 min

In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Bekah switch things up. Since it's last episode of season one, they share a bit about their origin stories, when their paths connected, and how that led to where Virtual Coffee is today. They talk about the challenges of the last year, how Virtual Coffee has been a light during dark times, and how growing can be painful, but also the process that allows you to become more than you could've imagined. And they also drop some of their favorite Virtual Coffee moments of the last year.

Mar 8

1 hr

In this episode, Dan and Bekah talk to Kirk Shillingford, a software developer (and Community Maintainer at Virtual Coffee), who has been "haphazardly writing code for about seven years," about the importance of making mistakes and the growth that comes with it. We also talk about empathy being a key indicator of a senior developer and the importance of having a supportive community.

Mar 1

1 hr 5 min

In this episode, we talk to Colleen Schnettler about the challenges of being a woman in the workplace, the benefits of working for yourself, and building her own SaaS business. Colleen is a Ruby on Rails consultant, who recently launched her first product--simple file upload--a career changer, and a mom. Colleen talks about how difficult it is to learn to code; it will take time and commitment, but when you get there, it will all be worth it.

Feb 22

55 min 16 sec

In this episode, we talk to Drew Clements about the challenges junior developers face, learning through building Protege.dev, and the importance of community support. Drew is a career transitioner, father of two, and full-time developer who spends his spare time building Protege.dev, the platform curated with remote jobs for junior developers. We also talk about approaches to problem-solving, when to ask questions, and using live-streaming as an accountability tool.

Feb 15

54 min 17 sec

In this episode, Bekah and Dan talk about mental health with Cameron Bardell, an iOS developer in the healthcare industry, and Rahat Chowdhury, a mental health start-up founder. We talk about how sometimes building a product to meet our own needs is a great place to start and the importance of prioritizing mental health, especially in a fast-paced industry like tech. We walk through our own experiences, how mental health recovery isn't linear, and how different approaches to mental health technology create support for more people.

Feb 8

54 min 37 sec

In this episode, Vic talks about Indie Hacking and gives us his take on when to ship, what to focus on, and the value of diverse opinions in your community. He also talks about treating life as a lot of drafts and about building things that you're passionate about as well as things that others find valuable. He cautions against the danger of survivorship bias, recognizing that it's difficult to find a path in indie hacking and that many of the popular voices have worked through challenges and no longer effectively represent how difficult it is to create a product that's successful.

Feb 1

55 min 48 sec

In this episode, Dan and Bekah welcome Tori to talk about her journey through the interview process that included about 53 interviews, 430 applications, and a pandemic offer that ultimately led to her being ghosted by the company. She gives her tips and tricks, including recognizing that interviews are a two-way street; you should also be interviewing the companies that are interviewing you. She talks about the problems of technical interviewing, how she's hopeful that the industry can make changes, and how the job she ultimately landed has been a great experience, starting with the interview.

Jan 25

52 min 22 sec

In this episode, Marie Antons talks with Dan, Bekah, and Kirk about how she went from being a chef to a junior developer. With more and more developers coming into tech from non-traditional backgrounds, Marie shares her own unique story and how taking her past experience as a chef allowed her to understand coding in her own way. There are ingredients and steps to follow with recipes, and similarly, as you learn to code, you'll find what you need to get your code to work and the process you need to take to get there. She also talks about the challenges of coming into her first job from a bootcamp, and what she wishes she would've known before starting that job.

Jan 18

53 min 14 sec

Dan and Bekah welcome Nick Taylor (Senior Software Engineer at Forem/DEV) to talk about his journey into tech, open source, and the importance of community.

Jan 11

50 min 34 sec

This is the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott. You'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

Jan 4

2 min 38 sec