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Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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Episode 361 | Jakob Heuser - Optimized for the Learner (Aug 2nd, 2018)


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Jakob Heuser talks with Dave Rael about the human side of engineering, training focused on learners, formative experiences, and making an impact


Jakob Heuser (HEW-zer) has taken up the mantle of Evangelist for human-centered instruction to help businesses, start-ups and brands retain talent. His unique blend of engineering and instructional experience results in a different kind of training; it’s optimized for the LEARNER, not the instructor. This approach is a breath of fresh air in...

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Episode 360 | Guy Royse - Generalized Excellence (Jul 30th, 2018)


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Guy Royse talks with Dave Rael about impact, conference speaking, curiosity, and going deep on understanding what lies beneath


Guy works for DataRobot in Columbus, Ohio as a Developer Evangelist. Combining his decades of experience in building software with a passion for sharing what he has learned, Guy goes out into developer communities and helps other build great software.
Guy has programmed in numerous languages over the years—many of them semicolon delimited—including C++, C#, an...

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Episode 359 | John Rouda - Leading Wisely (Jul 26th, 2018)


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John Rouda talks with Dave Rael about family, leadership, education, learning, and the value in books and talks


John Rouda is an IT Leader and Computer Science Professor. Currently, he is an IT Director and he teaches as an adjunct professor at both York Technical College and Winthrop University. John has spoken at numerous conferences and is currently on the board of the Interface Cyber Security Conference. John’s past experiences include more than a decade of Technical management i...

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Episode 358 | Zach Supalla - Internet of Awesome (Jul 23rd, 2018)


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Zach Supalla talks with Dave Rael about starting a business, making bets, hard, software, manufacturing, caring, and the Internet of Things


Zach Supalla is the founder and CEO of Particle, an IoT startup that’s making it easier to build, connect and manage internet-connected hardware on an enterprise scale.
Zach launched Particle on Kickstarter in 2013 with the vision of making the Internet of Things easy and accessible. Particle has grown to have the largest developer community in t...

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Episode 357 | Bryan Colligan - Dragon Slayer (Jul 19th, 2018)


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Bryan Colligan talks with Dave Rael about dragons, software, business, audio, and growth


Bryan Colligan is a 3 time founder and developer with over 15 years experience and 10 years of startup experience.
Bryan loves building channels of growth has helped multiple companies Hack Growth and expand their customer base including, TalkDesk, Equidate, Sliced Investing, Lumity, Sendoso and Aquila(A-Quill-A).
Currently Bryan spends his time advising companies and growing AlphaVoice a podcast m...

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Episode 356 | Chris Buecheler - Rampant Creation (Jul 16th, 2018)


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Chris Buecheler talks with Dave Rael about being creative, teaching, writing, marketing, and making an impact


Christopher Buecheler's a self-taught developer who's been working on the web full-time since 1997. He's spent almost all of his time with startups and was an early employee at GameSpy.com and OkCupid, among others. He's lived and worked in upstate New York, Southern California, Philadelphia, New York City, Indianapolis, Paris, and Providence Rhode Island, where he currently ...

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Episode 355 | Jamon Holmgren - Context, Effort, Feedback (Jul 12th, 2018)


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Jamon Holmgren talks with Dave Rael about the joys of software, early exposure to business, figuring things out, open source, and the importance of context


Jamon (pronounced JAY-mun) is one of the founders and Chief Operating Officer of Infinite Red, a fully distributed app design and development agency based out of Portland, Oregon. He's been coding since he was twelve and professionally for over 14 years, working on projects across a broad range of industries. Jamon has spoken at c...

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Episode 354 | Sirar Salih - Lit Up on Community (Jul 9th, 2018)


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Sirar Salih talks with Dave Rael about burnout, human connection, community involvement, and caring about good software that serves people


Sirar Salih is a solution architect working at Making Waves. He is the creator and maintainer of the node-server-ar-drone library at NPM, co-founder of the AngularJS Oslo user group, program committee member of the Mobile Era Conference, board member of the Norwegian .NET User Group Oslo, the Oslo Software Architecture user group and the Oslo F# u...

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Episode 353 | Kevin Grossnicklaus - Sustained Impact (Jul 5th, 2018)


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Kevin Grossnicklaus talks with Dave Rael about passion, software, business, learning, and mid-life crises


At one point in his career Kevin was the youngster on most development teams. He got his start developing with Visual Studio and managed .NET code during the early beta cycles in 2001. As a technical author, his first writing experience was for the Visual Basic.NET Bible released in 2002. He has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2009 and is a member of the ASPInsiders prog...

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Episode 352 | Chase Aucoin - Looking and Leaping (Jul 2nd, 2018)


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Chase Aucoin talks with Dave Rael about his unique medical history, business, sales, data science, microservices, and delivering


Chase Aucoin is a passionate technologist. He has been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in enterprise-scale data, services, DevOps, BI, and people management. His knowledge is the culmination of approximately 20 of the best professionals in these fields spanning more than 100 years of expertise. He is in a unique position for a developer to be ...

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Episode 351 | Laura Elizabeth - Designing Life (Jun 28th, 2018)


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Laura Elizabeth talks with Dave Rael about lifestyle, passion, learning, designing software and websites, and teaching


Laura Elizabeth is a designer with a hankering for cross stitch and rockets. She runs Design Academy which aims to help developers conquer their fear of design. She's also launched her first product called Client Portal—a client-friendly way to keep your projects organised.



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Episode 350 | Jhonny Edelist - Action (Jun 25th, 2018)


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Jhonny Edelist talks with Dave Rael about culture, taking action, delivering value, human interaction, and punching fear in the face


Born and raised in a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, Jhonny acquired his degree in software engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology.
Following that, he served his obligatory military se
rvice, first as a lead for a helpdesk support team, and then as a software developer and development team lead.

After leaving the military, Jhonny spent the next fe...

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Episode 349 | Eric Potter - Harness Your Enthusiasm (Jun 21st, 2018)


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Eric Potter talks with Dave Rael about being a leader, speaking at conferences, the relationship of life to software, and relationships between experienced and inexperienced developers


Eric is a Software Architect for Aptera Software and a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies. He works primarily in the .Net web platform but loves opportunities to try out other stacks. He has been developing high-quality custom software solutions since 2001. At Aptera, he has s...

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Episode 348 | Alfonso Garcia-Caro - Linguistic Discovery (Jun 18th, 2018)


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Alfonso Garcia-Caro talks with Dave Rael about natural languages, programming languages, community, testing, open source, and positive experiences


A linguist by heart and a programmer by choice, Alfonso has brought his passion for natural languages to the computing world. He is the creator of Fable, a popular F# to JS compiler, and coauthor of the book "Mastering F#". He currently works as a freelancer specialized in Azure-based cloud and web applications using F# and Fable for highl...

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Episode 347 | Gwen Faraday - Confident Growth (Jun 14th, 2018)


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Gwen Faraday talks to Dave Rael about becoming a professional developer, organizing user groups, helping people, and doing uncomfortable things


Gwendolyn Faraday is a software developer from Indianapolis, IN. Professionally, she works mostly with cross-platform mobile technologies, React, and Node on AWS. For fun, she loves dabbling in other languages, working on new IoT projects, and making apps that help people learn or build good habits through gamification.



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Episode 346 | GeePaw Hill - How You Love It (Jun 11th, 2018)


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GeePaw Hill talks with Dave Rael about shipping more valuable software faster, hippy communities, enabling the best in people, and being a "whole geek"


About 20 years ago, Geepaw Hill became an avid early-adopter of a programming method called Extreme Programming (XP). He fell deeply under the influence of ne’er-do-wells like Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries, Bob Martin, and joined that early movement with great energy and fervor.
He also became a software development coach.
He works with softw...

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Episode 345 | Karoline Klever - Saving Lives (Jun 7th, 2018)


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Karoline Klever talks with Dave Rael about careers, family, open source, perspectives, and meaningful open source work that saves lives


Karoline is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, focusing on application development in Azure and DevOps. She is passionate about how organizations can improve their software development processes through automation and shorter feedback loops, and she is fascinated by how developers work, the tools they use and why they make the choices they do. ...

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Episode 344 | Jeff Fritz - Boosting Career Experiences (Jun 4th, 2018)


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Jeff Fritz talks with Dave Rael about humanity, Microsoft, live coding in front of people, expectations, and helping people advance careers


Jeff Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Developer Division working on some of the latest web technologies by leading the ASP.NET Web Forms Team. As a long time web developer and application architect with experience in large and small applications across a variety of verticals, he knows how to build for performance and practicality....

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Episode 343 | Christina Kjær Seime - Adventure (May 31st, 2018)


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Christina Kjær Seime talks with Dave Rael about family, coaching, travel, culture, agility, creating, and technology


Christina works as a Lean/Agile Coach at Miles - a Norwegian consultancy company. She is an active speaker at conferences in Norway and enjoys giving workshops on different Agile topics. She is devoted to get teams and organisations to collaborate and work efficiently, creating the best products possible, using principles from Agile and Lean. Since she graduated in 200...

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Episode 342 | Fernando Cardenas - Listen to Understand (May 28th, 2018)


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Fernando Cardenas talks with Dave Rael about teaching, aspirations, relationships, software, technology, business, and being an influencer


Fernando is the VP of Software and Platform at Faction in Denver, and is responsible building the software and APIs for internal and external users of the Faction Cloud. He has over 20 years of experience as an individual contributor and technology leader.

Fernando has built high-performing teams and critically acclaimed software products that hav...

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