Monday, May 23, 2022

134: Ephemeral Environments with Benjie De Groot

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How do you test changes to your web backend or database?  Many people have a "production" and one "development" database, but the development database can easily become broken by one engineer and thus unusable for the rest of the team.  Also, how would two engineers make changes in parallel to the development environment?  What if you could spin up hundreds or thousands of development databases as you need them? Today we have Benjie De Groot, Co-Founder and CEO of Shipyard to explain ephemeral environments and how virtual machines and containers have made massive improvements in devops!

 

00:00:15 Introduction

00:00:24 Introducing Benjie De Groot

00:01:26 Benjie’s Programming Background

00:06:34 How Shipyard started

00:09:17 Working in Startups vs. Tech Giants

00:19:28 The difference between Virtual Machines and Containers

00:26:17 Local Development Environment

00:40:27 What is a DevOps engineer and what does it entail?

00:45:42 Zencastr

00:50:12 Shipyard as a company

00:55:29 How Shipyard gets clients

01:06:48 Farewells

 





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Monday, May 9, 2022

133: Solving for the Marketplace Problem with Andrew Yates

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As anyone who listens to the show regularly knows, I've always been fascinated by marketplaces.  How do we figure out what to charge for something, and how do we match buyers and sellers?  How does a company like Uber match drivers to riders so quickly?  Today we have Andrew Yates, Co-Founder & CEO at Promoted.ai, to talk about marketplaces and how to optimize for this two-sided problem.

 

00:00:15 Introduction

00:00:27 Introducing Andrew Yates

00:00:50 Andrew’s Programming Background

00:04:19 Andrew at Promoted.AI

00:08:17 What is a Marketplace?

00:17:45 Marketplace Rankings

00:22:50 Short-term vs Long-term Experience

00:24:43 Machine Learning and the Marketplace

00:34:57 Measurements

00:37:09 Promoted.AI Integration

00:38:31 How Promoted.AI Measures Success

00:41:14 Auction Theory

00:46:08 Experience with YCombinator

00:50:34 Promoted.AI as a Company

00:55:47 Farewells