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  1. Steph Hay on designing for Alexa

    The O’Reilly Design Podcast: Designing for trust in finance, conversational UIs, and the value of a weekly oasis.In this week’s Design Podcast, I sit down with Steph Hay, head of content, culture, and AI design at Capital One. We talk about designing for voice interactions, connecting with remote team members, and the importance of baking humanity into AI. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:

    Culture at Capital One

    ‘Follow the fun. What is your gut telling you? What is the challenge that you want to take on in your life?’ This was what it was, the culture at Capital One—we’re a founder-led company, which I don’t think many people know.

    We just started in the 90s. We’re not that old. I think there’s a natural entrepreneurial culture already here that I got to step into, and it enables me to still be entrepreneurial and enables me to still be curious. People want to do great work, and they’re excited to come to work—and all of that makes for the kind of culture I’m describing.

    Designing for Alexa

    How people talk about money is completely custom and emotional and nuanced. The way that we have historically designed for that as an industry is to create our own language that you have to learn—things like ‘available balance.’ That’s an industry term that has become, to some degree, accepted, but the way people talk about available balance when we ask what that means, they say, ‘How much money I have left on my credit, available to me on credit.’ Something that’s about how much. It’s not a label. It’s like an outcome.

    When we’re designing for any voice-based conversations, the more we can find the natural language that you use to talk about money and design that into the experience, the more we’ll have enabled a new kind of interaction with us that mimics real life. That’s the opportunity that we’ve been capitalizing on so far. Just a couple weeks ago at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference, it was really a joy to be on stage with my coworkers, who all worked on this recent release together, announcing ‘how much that I spend.’

    If you’re a customer of Capital One and you’ve enabled the skill on Alexa, you can ask, ‘How much did I spend at Starbucks last month or how much did I spend at Amazon last week? How much did I spend last weekend in general?’ Because that’s how people think. They’re not going to look for transactions, but that’s how we typically set things up. All that foundational work is so vital to us because now we can take all that foundational work—accounting and managing budgets and that sort of thing—and translate it with this new layer of conversational interfaces.

    What’s Up Thursday

    We started a weekly meetup internally called ‘What’s Up Thursday.’ I joined Capital One a little bit more than two years ago. There were maybe a few more than 100 folks on the design team at the time across 10 different locations. I wondered with my boss, a small group, whether or not we could actually do weekly share outs, design critiques, drawing on the work of adapter pattern weekly design sessions, that sort of thing. We said, ‘I don’t know. Well, let’s give it a shot.’ This conversation came up right before Christmas. I think it was like middle of December two years ago. I said, ‘Why don’t we try for the first Thursday in January?’

    Two or three weeks later, we tried to bring 100 people together over a video conference and have somebody present some work and then do a group discussion and facilitate that among the design team. It seemed like it wasn’t going to happen, but it happened. We all looked at some work that people were doing, and there was great discussion. We continued to iterate on it over the course of the year. Now, every single Thursday, our team gets together, and it’s a combination of group critique and just sort of what’s up, what’s going on. Somebody shares something inspirational. Sometimes people play their guitar and sing a song. Somebody juggled for 10 minutes while giving us a talk on user experience.

    It is this weekly oasis—or we try to at least make it a weekly oasis—for the entire design team, which now numbers more than 300. People come together, and we chat and Slack and learn what’s going on— learn what’s going on with each other and connect with each other and see the work that we’re doing, and celebrate the work we’re doing and celebrate failures.

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  2. SE-Radio Episode 275: Josh Doody on Salary Negotiation for Software Engineers : Software Engineering Radio

    SE-Radio Episode 275: Josh Doody on Salary Negotiation for Software Engineers

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    by SE-Radio

    on November 22, 2016


    Marcus Blankenship talks with Josh Doody about salary negotiation. Topics include a framework for thinking about salary negotiations, how you can know what you’re worth, the employers view of salary negotiation, and missed negotiation opportunities. Also discussed are common fears about negotiating and how to overcome them, common mistakes during negotiations, and how negotiation makes your more desirable as an employee.

    Venue: Internet

    Related Links

    Twitter –

    Article on The Dreaded Salary Question –

    The Fearless Salary Negotiation site –

    Email course on how to get promoted quickly at work.

    Related SE-Radio Episode: #258 Recruiting Software Engineers – Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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  3. Clone Wars with Gregory Pence - #347

    Gregory Pence and Dave talk about Dolly the cloned sheep, CRISPR, bioethics, the different types of cloning, the future of cloning legality and more.

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  4. 20: Expect The Unexpected - Orthogonal

    Podcasts for Designers and Developers. Level up your career.

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  5. White Labeling a Productized Service: Quick Wins & Challenges w/ Jeff Couret – Productize Podcast MP3

    Jeff Couret, founder of, joins me today to talk about how he launched and iterated on his white label SEO service.  In this interview, we talk about:

    How it took only 1 phone call to craft his service and make his first sale!

    How it took only 1 phone call to craft his service and make his first sale!

    How he iterated from one niche vertical to another

    The challenges with white label services

    How Jeff used what his customers told him to iterate and expand his product line



    Productize Crash Course

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  6. Taking a Big Shot vs. Lots of Little Shots - Bootstrapped Web MP3 | Leave a Comment

    On today’s episode, we welcome Craig Hewitt and Justin Jackson to the podcast. Jordan is having some time away. On today’s episode Craig, Justin, and Brian all discuss how to build and keep a company on track. We discuss what drives us and what we’re working on at the moment. If you want to know how to plan a product or just try to set a trajectory for your business, this is the episode for you!

    Craig is the CEO of Podcast Motor, a podcast editing and production service. Justin is the host of his own podcast Mega Maker 3000 and a teacher of marketing for developers. We all have great insights to growing a company and how we’ve been able to stay on track.

    I just really want to have a comfortable lifestyle, but also build valuable assets. – BrianPowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This

    Here are today’s conversation points:

    Justin relaunch of Marketing for Developers.

    Brian’s update on Audience Ops.

    Craig’s update on Podcast Motor.

    The lessons we’ve learned from starting and maintaining our businesses.

    Our long term goals.

    The disadvantages of working solo.

    Why businesses choose to keep their companies small.

    Justin belief in doing something uncomfortable for growth.

    How you can over-plan.

    Why you need to look at the bigger picture.

    The importance of visibility and building relationships.

    How to use evergreen content.

    How we use automation in our businesses.

    What keeps our ambition going?

    You can never retreat too much in working because you have to maintain a certain amount of visibility. – JustinPowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This

    Resources Mentioned Today:

    Market for Developers

    Podcast Motor

    Audience Ops


    Rogue Startups Podcast

    Justin’s website

    As always, thanks for tuning in. Head here to leave a review in iTunes.

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  7. [93] 80/20 Hacks That Move the Needle for Us - Bootstrapped Web MP3 | Leave a Comment

    Today we’re talking about a few tips that we’ve implemented in our lives that have had a larger than expected impact.

    Brian’s inspiration for today’s podcast came from his plan to start running again. He’d always struggled and would start and stop, recently made a decision to do some research before he began again. He came across the “Pose Method” and significantly improved his running performance by making a few simple changes. He started to think about other ways small changes have made a big impact and today’s topic was born.

    You already have something – you can use it to a higher extent than you think.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This


    Jordan’s List

    Take what you have right now and leverage it

    Do a podcast

    Stand while you work

    Use technology to identify your best prospects

    Use your resources – take advantage of all of your advantages

    Whenever you’re starting something, you’re in a race against time to make it viable.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This

    Brian’s List

    Wake up early

    Bulletproof Coffee/Bulletproof diet

    Charge more for your services

    Join a mastermind group

    Focus on one big initiative at a time

    Being involved in one main business rather than 3 or 4 is night and day.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This

    Separate planning from execution. Ask yourself if certain tasks are going to contribute to achieving the goal I set for this month or this quarter. Determine the big goals, what I am working on, what I’m not working on and go from there.

    Mentioned in this Podcast:

    Bulletproof Coffee

    The Bulletproof Diet

    We want to hear about YOUR hacks. Let us know what you’re doing. Send us an email, reach out on Twitter.  Head here to leave a  review in iTunes.

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  8. Ep 59 - The Existential Crisis | Talking Tesla

    There is an epic rant about Supercharger issues, and the guys give themselves a much-needed…

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  9. Sleep With Me Podcast – The Podcast That Puts You To Sleep | A Lulling, Droning, Boring Bedtime Story to Distract Your Racing Mind Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | MoreHow do you recover from the loss of a Fairy Godparent? By redoubling your efforts to lead as a leader. Create your own words and empower them with meaning. Or just listen to the expository dialogue and fall asleep. Settle in to a warm bowl of bone broth and imagine you are under the care of a wealthy bone baron. Or dream of one day marketing your own soup of jumbled words and becoming a baron of broth.

    Original Episode

    If you want keep Sleep to Strange as a free podcast for everyone then become a monthly patron

    Older “After The Glass Slipper” Episodes Can Be Found Here

    Commission a song from Jonathan Mann for any special person or event in your life or as a theme song!

    Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play |  Android

    Amazon Links

    Please take our audience survey!!!

    Facebook Community A place to share and be shared with other listeners!!!!

    Become a fan on Facebook

    On Twitter @dearestscooter

    Spotify Playlist

    Sleep With Me is a bedtime story designed to take your mind off of the racing thoughts that keep you awake at night.

    As you listen you will find yourself distracted from your worries and drifting off into dreamland..due to the fact the story gets a little bit more boring with each passing minute

    This podcast is a little weird, a bit silly and a tad offensive so beware. It is very similar to ASMR or guided meditation bedtime story that slowly carries you off to slumber.

    “Sleep With Me” is a groundbreaking podcast created to help you fall asleep. So get in bed, press play and drift off into dreamland.

    If you struggle with insomnia or just getting a good night’s rest, you’ve found the podcast for you.

    Music by Christopher Postill @ Sounds Like An Earful Podcast “A Podcast about collecting stories, tinkering with noises and fumbling with really big questions”

    Sleep With Me podcast art created by Always Trending Up Scott & Jennifer

    Sleep With Me is written by Drew Ackerman and “performed” by Dearest Scooter

    Share this:Click to share on iTunes subscribe (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)

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  10. SE-Radio Episode 274: Sam Aaron on Sonic Pi : Software Engineering Radio

    SE-Radio Episode 274: Sam Aaron on Sonic Pi

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    by SE-Radio

    on November 8, 2016


    Felienne talks with Sam Aaron on Sonic Pi. Topics include how to design a programming language with a broad audience, what features enable a language to be powerful and fun for children to play with, what the role of programming and programming education is in the world in general and the world of music in particular.

    Venue: Microsoft Research Cambridge

    Related Links:

    Sam’s StrangeLoop talk,


    The four recourses to learn Sonic Pi

    Sonic Pi, (includes a tutorial with the installation),

    Sonic Pi book,

    Sonic Pi Programming Curriculum,

    Sonic Pi Music Lessons Curriculum,

    Sonic Pi on GitHub,

    Other live coding systems

    Tidal, Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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