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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 381 | Abhinav Asthana - Big Impact (Oct 11th, 2018)


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Abhinav Asthana talks with Dave Rael about vision, leading, value, patience, and using empathy to make something great


As a developer on a mission to simplify API development, Abhinav and his partners started Postman as a side-project in 2012. It has grown to become an industry standard API Development Environment. Postman has more than 5 million users worldwide and is used in every country and every industry sector. Growing from a simple REST client in 2012, Postman now helps develo...

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Episode 380 | David DeWolf - Humble Confidence (Oct 8th, 2018)


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David DeWolf talks with Dave Rael about technology, family, leadership, mentoring, business, responsibility, and understanding context


David DeWolf is the founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, a leading digital product development firm and an active member of the business and technology communities in the Washington DC metro region. Equally as important, he is a husband and a father of 7 incredible kids. He's active in YPO, serves on several boards and regularly speaks and writes at the...

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Episode 379 | Richard Rodger - Conscious Decisions (Oct 4th, 2018)


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Richard Rodger talks with Dave Rael about the maturing of the web, decisions, the human element in software and business, bitterness, microservices, and choosing wisely


Richard was co-founder and CEO of his previous company, nearForm, where he helped take the company from scratch to an annual turnover of €17 million. Previously, he was CTO of FeedHenry, a mobile application platform provider that was acquired by RedHat for €63.5m in 2014.
For several years, Richard has been an active ...

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Episode 378 | Simon Harrer - Writing Priorities (Oct 1st, 2018)


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Simon Harrer talks with Dave Rael about teaching and being a student, the importance of writing, family, and solving real problems


Dr. Simon Harrer is a senior consultant at INNOQ. In his daily business, he fights for simple solutions with domain-driven design, fitting architectures such as microservices or monoliths, and clean code in Java, Ruby or even JavaScript. Most recently, he wrote the book Java by Comparison that helps Java beginners to write cleaner code through before/afte...

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Episode 377 | Michael Dowden - Autonomy and People (Sep 27th, 2018)


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Michael Dowden talks with Dave Rael about business, people, writing, speaking, and lifestyle design


Michael is a Co Founder and Product Architect for startups Andromeda, FlexePark, and M2D2. For more than 20 years he has been writing code and geeking out over cool technology. He is passionate about keeping things simple and focusing on what provides real value to the end user. Michael enjoys helping other developers grow in their career, speaking at conferences, user groups, and codi...

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Episode 376 | Michael Eaton - Connected Independence (Sep 24th, 2018)


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Michael Eaton talks with Dave Rael about soft skills, writing, friends, conference speaking, and valuable life experiences


Michael Eaton is a speaker, leader, developer. Voracious reader. Lover of heavy metal. He also blogs at http://samestuffdifferentday.com. You can read more about him there.



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Episode 375 | Miriam Aguirre - Stability to Thriving (Sep 20th, 2018)


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Miriam Aguirre talks with Dave Rael about eSports, accessibility, leadership, and humble beginnings


Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and archite...

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Episode 374 | Tom Elliott - The Right Guidance at the Right Times (Sep 17th, 2018)


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Tom Elliott talks with Dave Rael about performing, speaking, leadership, user experience, and the joys of the human side of software development


Tom Elliott is an Engineer and Team Lead at Yext, provider of the leading Digital Knowledge Management platform. Tom is a lover of side projects, some of which include Edward, a command-line tool for managing local instances of microservices and Speaker Alert, a mobile app for timing speeches. Outside of technical pursuits, Tom is an avid pu...

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Episode 373 | Thorsten Ball - Interpreters, Compilers, and Writing (Sep 13th, 2018)


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Thorsten Ball talks with Dave Rael about writing code and writing books, diving deep, failure, persistence, and languages


Thorsten Ball is a software developer and writer. He works at ioki, where he helps to build and scale the web application that powers the mobility platform. He wrote two books: "Writing An Interpreter in Go" and its sequel, "Writing A Compiler In Go".
Both books are a result of his love for doing what he calls "recreational programming", where he digs deep into var...

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Episode 372 | Tricia Broderick - Meaningful Leadership (Sep 10th, 2018)


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Tricia Broderick talks with Dave Rael about the technical and the human, leadership, lifestyle, mistakes, and understanding that you're probably wrong


Passionately focused on leading high-performance teams, Tricia Broderick has more than twenty years of experience. Her leadership, training and coaching at all levels of an organization, helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from one-year product cycles to feasible daily delivery of high-quality software and services. With this firs...

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Episode 371 | Eric Brandes - Boring Tech Fun Business (Sep 6th, 2018)


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Eric Brandes talks with Dave Rael about about community, culture, impact, enigeering, and making a successful business


Eric is one of the founders and current CTO of TrackJS, a growing boostrapped business focusing on JavaScript error monitoring. Prior to founding TrackJS he spent over a decade consulting at Fortune 500's on large web projects. From building MVPs to overseeing development on billion dollar web properties, he has strong opinions about building software and delivering ...

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Episode 370 | John Wright - Getting Involved (Sep 3rd, 2018)


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John Wright talks with Dave Rael about remote work, working at Stack Overflow, speaking at conferences, and making an impact


John M. Wright has been a professional software developer for about 18 years, gaining experience ranging from “shrink-wrapped” software to large, distributed networks using multiple platforms and technologies. His experience spans the entire software lifecycle, from customer-facing requirements gathering, through development and release, and continued maintenan...

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Episode 369 | Jay Harris - User First (Aug 30th, 2018)


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Jay Harris talks with Dave Rael about being delivering for users, the value of community, limitations, and giving an honest try


Jay is a code wrangler, software consultant, and owner of Arana Software. He has been developing on the web since 1995, when the Blink tag lured him away from Visual Basic 3, and has been awarded as a Microsoft Regional Director, ASPInsider, and Microsoft MVP. Recognizing that the greatest application performance bottleneck is a developer’s time, Jay’s conti...

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Episode 368 | Kristoffer Rolf Deinoff - Understanding People (Aug 27th, 2018)


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Kristoffer Rolf Deinoff talks with Dave Rael about community involvement, speaking and teaching, life sciences, coaching, and social psychology


Kristoffer is a self-employed software architect, programmer, speaker, general enthusiast and devoted geek. He started working with software development in the late 90's and never got tired. Focusing on making tailored business systems he has worked for several companies, in several countries in many different domains. He loves to learn and i...

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Episode 367 | Gaines Kergosien - Surrounded by Excellence (Aug 23rd, 2018)


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Gaines Kergosien talks with Dave Rael about organizing events, rewarding interactions, community, and getting involved


Gaines Kergosien is an associate director at UBS, organizer of Music City Code conference, Microsoft MVP, and serves as board member for the Nashville Technology Council and Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 15 years in solutions development, his work includes consulting for such co...

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Episode 366 | Heather Wilde - Natural Leader (Aug 20th, 2018)


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Heather Wilde talks with Dave Rael about values, culture, leadership, speaking in front of crowds, and building great products


Heather Wilde is CTO of ROCeteer, and is also known as the “Unicorn Whisperer” due to her special focus on entrepreneurs. She is a personal and professional growth expert, executive coach, author, and speaker. As a founding employee of Evernote, she oversaw the company’s growth from thousands to 100,000,000 customers. Among her other awards, Senate Minority L...

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Episode 365 | Mitch Liu - Seamless Sharing Economy (Aug 16th, 2018)


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Mitch Liu talks with Dave Rael about user experience, blockchain, media delivery, business, and building cultures that deliver


Mitch Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Theta Labs and SLIVER.tv. In 2010, Mr. Liu co-founded Gameview Studios best known for its mobile game franchise with nearly 100 Million downloads. The company was acquired by DeNA, a leading Japanese mobile gaming company within 6 months of launch. Prior to that, he co-founded Tapjoy in 2007, a pioneer of rewarded social...

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Episode 364 | Andy Frievalt - You Don't Need Permission (Aug 13th, 2018)


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Andy Frievalt talks with Dave Rael about career, JavaScript, open source, asking for permission, speaking, and delivering


Andy Frievalt is a senior software engineer at Northwestern Mutual, a fortune 100 financial services company in Milwaukee WI. Andy is a customer focused enterprise developer with over 25 years of experience. Despite his years in the trenches, he is still passionate about his craft and loves improving himself and those around him. Andy created Firefight JS, a l...

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Episode 363 | Ed Charbeneau - Community Powerhouse (Aug 9th, 2018)


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Ed Charbeneau talks with Dave Rael about innovation, community, extra effort, and making good happen


Ed is a Microsoft MVP and an international speaker, writer, online influencer, a Developer Advocate for Progress, and expert on all things web development. Ed enjoys geeking out to cool new tech, brainstorming about future technology, and admiring great design.



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Episode 362 | Billy Korando - Automating Gratitude (Aug 6th, 2018)


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Billy Korando talks with Dave Rael about being a speaker, the benefits of user groups, automated testing and delivery, and gratitude


Billy Korando works as a software consultant with Keyhole Software in Kansas City Missouri. Billy has been a developer for a little over a decade and has worked in many exciting industries including insurance regulation, shipping, and government. One thing Billy has often wondered throughout his career is why do organizations struggle delivering softwar...

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