Code Story — January 2022
Welcome to 2022! We made it. This year is going to be epic, I can feel it. In January, we finished up Season 5, shared a few of your favorite episodes again from the Season, and fired up Season 6! With a new set of interviews and a fantastic set of sponsors, this is season is definitely going to be a TBOY (phrase stolen from Robinhood Snacks).
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Bonus: Adam Newman, Pyrl — codestory.co
Through Adam’s life experiences, including losing his Father to cancer, an idea originated in him around consumers owning their purchase data, while benefitting companies who cooperate with data privacy best practices. When a few things caught up in the world — data privacy rules, the industry, and Adam himself — he was able to step into creating a win-win solution around data.
Bonus: Matt Cowell, Quanthub — codestory.co
In his professional past, Matt had held several roles in SaaS companies and startups. He met a company that was an artificial intelligence consultancy, which had a POC around assessments. They wanted to start up a separate company to support launch this POC and take it to market. This is when Matt got involved.
E2: Trevor Marshall, Current — codestory.co
When his now co-founder left Morgan Stanley, Trevor followed him to continue working together. Being really into Crypto, they both wanted to figure out how to introduce these new value streams to the masses. In order to do so, they needed to build a banking product that made sense for everyone… not just the wealthy.
Bonus: Alexander Deeb, Classhook — codestory.co
One day, Alex and his friends got together to have a business brainstorming question. One of the questions that came up was how can you make videos searchable? Also, how can you improve engagement within schools, perhaps with popular media?
Bonus: Reed McGinley-Stempel, Stytch — codestory.co
Reed and his Co-founder both came from Plaid, and worked on the adaptive authentication team. They found that the biggest problem to be solved was the combination of security issues with passwords, and the low conversion rate of sign up / sign in forms requiring passwords. They wanted to fix this.
E1: Stephen Blum, Pubnub — codestory.co
In their inception, Stephen and his co-founder were trying to solve a problem… by simply creating a button to order a taxi. In the process of building that, they figured out they needed tech to allow more than one party to participate. And their product vision clicked.
Season 6 Trailer — codestory.co
Hello listeners… its time to embark upon Season 5 of the Code Story podcast. As we step into this journey together, you an expect to hear amazing stories about MVP’s, trade offs, determining feature importance, building teams — and scaling, or fighting scale, as you grow. Our guest list continues to impress, with appearances from Abhinav Asthana of Postman, Derrick Reimer of SavvyCal, Hazel Savage of Musiio… and so many more.
Bonus: Guillermo Rauch, Vercel & Next.js (Replay) — codestory.co
Having been a JS person, he saw an opportunity to build out the frontend layer of the web. To put that in context, think about what Stripe, Twilio, etc. have done for the industry with their foundational, developer first API’s. He decided to create a framework that had no opinion about how you got your data. Along side of this, he created the optimal ecosystem for developers to build very fast — specifically, to develop, preview, and ship.
Bonus: Adrian Tobey, Groundhogg (Replay) — codestory.co
Adrian dropped out of University school, and thought — what next? He didn’t want to do agency work forever. He took a look at how expensive, convoluted and clunky marketing technology tools can be. He vowed to create the ultimate suite of tools, and to do it on WordPress.
Bonus: Shelby Stephens, Growth Match — codestory.co
Back in 2019, we had Shelby Stephens on the show to talk about his project then, called Jolly. Since that time, the COVID pandemic shut down events and crippled their progress at the time. They pivoted the product a bit, to be a sort of eCommerce like site for freelancers to offer services. While they let their Jolly pivot grow, he and his co-founder started building a new product… one which allows startup experts to offer their knowledge and experience — in a fractional, part time manner.
E30: Adam Wiggins, Muse — codestory.co
Post Heroku’s acquisition by Salesforce, he found himself thinking about the future of computing, and started a research lab called Ink & Switch. The area they landed on was computing interfaces, and usage around screen touch. After a few prototypes, they landed on a solid combination of desktop precision with touch screen mobility.