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133: Why Email Reputation Matters

Published March 11, 2024

Tom Whitten shares tips on how to make sure your company's important emails land in your customers' inboxes and not in their junk folders.

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132: Why Stripe is a Developer Favorite

Published March 21, 2024

Tom Whitten shares tips for businesses on choosing payment processing software and why Stripe is his favorite as a developer.

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131: How to use dynamic links (and what to do if you have Firebase)

Published March 21, 2024

Tom Whitten discusses how dynamic links work and the implications of Firebase ending its dynamic links platform.

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130: What Can Alt Tags Do for My Website?

Published March 21, 2024

Senior developer and CTO, Tom Whitten, explains how alt tags can increase a site's search visibility.

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129: Taking the Waiting Around Out of Inpatient Rounds with Mike Pitt of Q-rounds

Published May 23, 2023

Q-rounds CEO Mike Pitt shares how he's solving the problem of time transparency in the medical field, what complications the team faced testing the product, and why he hasn’t accepted the entrepreneur label.

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128: Building Accessible Technology with Liz Tupper of CivicActions

Published January 10, 2023

The most well-intended software can be oppressive, and Liz Tupper is working to change that. She explains why technologists like herself hold a powerful responsibility to build technology accessible to everyone.

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127: Offshore vs Onshore: A Tale of Two Development Approaches with Mike Franz of inSuppli

Published December 20, 2022

Mike Franz dives into why he's a proponent for non-technical individuals to work with local tech teams over offshore development agencies and gives advice to startup founders facing development challenges.

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126: Bringing Balance Back to Vertigo Sufferers with Kristy Carabello of Vertige.app

Published December 8, 2022

Kristy Carabello shares why she made the leap to build a mobile app for vertigo sufferers and how she did so without a technical background.

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125: Building Tools for Everyday Investors with Ramsey Shaffer of Babbl

Published November 22, 2022

Ramsey Shaffer shares how Babbl's technology uses sentiment tracking to help DIY investors stay on top of the market.

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124: Finding Capital, Customers, and Talent with Frank Jaskulke of Medical Alley

Published November 8, 2022

Frank Jaskulke joins Michael Roth of The Jed Mahonis Group to share how Medical Alley invests in the growth of not only its members but its employees (himself included), and why the community here is different from that famous place of innovation on the West Coast.

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123: Peace of Mind in the Palm of Your Hand with Joe Meyers of The Vitals App

Published October 25, 2022

Joe Meyers joins the show to explain how the Vitals App is bridging communication between first responders and vulnerable individuals during an emergency.

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122: Fair Chances for People, Planet, and Technology with Sam Drong of Repowered

Published October 11, 2022

Sam Drong of Repowered joins the show to share what fair chances for people, planet, and technology look like.

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121: What App Owners Need to Know about iOS 16 and Android 13 with Rob Bentley of The Jed Mahonis Group

Published September 27, 2022

iOS/Android expert, Rob Bentley, breaks down how Apple and Google’s newest operating systems will impact apps owners.

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120: Getting the Right People in the Room with Tim Schuster of Popup Think Tank

Published September 13, 2022

Tim Schuster joins Michael Roth to talk about how Popup Think Tank is helping founders get to the next level.

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119: Constant Variables Host Handoff

Published September 6, 2022

Tim Bornholdt hands over hosting duty to Michael Roth, but not first without taking a trip down memory lane.

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118: Serverless: Oofda! with Bryson Tyrrell of Jamf and AJ Stuyvenberg of Datadog

Published June 7, 2022

What does a traditional stack look like compared to a serverless world? Serverless experts Bryson Tyrrell and AJ Stuyvenberg explain the pros and cons of serverless, as well as why it needs a rebrand.

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117: APIs: Oofda! with Eric Caron of Caribou Coffee

Published May 24, 2022

To get to the very core of what an API is, Eric Caron returns to the show with examples of APIs we use everyday (and probably never realized).

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116: Agile: Oofda! with Sarah Peete of MentorMate

Published May 17, 2022

Expert project and product manager, Sarah Peete, shares the nuances between project management methodologies.

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115: AI, ML and DL: Oofda! with Slater Victoroff of Indico Data

Published May 10, 2022

Slater Victoroff distinguishes between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning and explains how these emerging technologies are best used.

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114: Quantum Computing: Oofda! with Alexander Braun of Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences

Published April 26, 2022

Physics Professor, Alexander Braun, schools Tim on current and future capabilities of quantum computers.

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113: Technical Recruitment Trends and Tips with Hannah Staal of Open Systems Technologies

Published April 19, 2022

Senior Recruiter Hannah Staal joins the show to share how the technical recruitment landscape has changed and what recruiters are looking for in design and Github portfolios.

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112: Landing Your First Job as a Developer with William Bushee of MarketBeat

Published April 12, 2022

Will Bushee joins the show to talk about the challenges of today’s job market for both the employer and the job seeker and explains how to bridge the gap to be a win on both sides.

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111: Account Deletion in Apps: What You Need to Know About Apple’s Latest Requirement

Published April 5, 2022

Tim and Jenny break down everything you need to know about Apple’s account deletion requirement within apps.

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110: Slowing Down to Move Fast with Kelvin Johnson of Brevity Pitch AI

Published March 29, 2022

Brevity Pitch CEO Kelvin Johnson joins the show to share how his experience leading a M&A in only 27 days took years off his life, how fundraising has changed over the last few years, and how he found a gap in the market for helping entrepreneurs perfect their pitch.

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109: Building a “Simple” App with Megan Hanson of Little Free Library

Published March 22, 2022

Megan Hanson, Senior Digital Producer at Little Free Library, joins the show to share how the journey of building a “simple” app took a lot of hard work.

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108: Web 3.0: Oofda! with Chase Thompson of Arena

Published March 15, 2022

Arena’s Chase Thompson explains what makes up the next generation of web and how this cutting-edge technology will become the foundation of applications in almost all fields.

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107: Software Dependencies: Oofda! with Jason Walker of American Airlines

Published March 8, 2022

American Airlines Director of Technology, Jason Walker, chats with Tim Bornholdt about how software dependencies work like Lego pieces and how we all rely on them to get our jobs done.

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106: NDA, IP, & Patent: Oofda! with Susan Markey of Maslon Law

Published March 1, 2022

Tim Bornholdt chats with dynamic business attorney Susan Markey about when and where NDAs and patents play a role in protecting intellectual property.

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105: Robotics: Oofda! with Aaron Oesterreich and Katie Youtsos of Useabot

Published February 22, 2022

Tim Bornholdt chats with Useabot's Aaron Oesterreich and Katie Youtsos about what makes up the complex field of robotics and how it relates to everyday life and business.

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104: Blockchain & Crypto: Oofda! with Chase Thompson of Arena

Published February 8, 2022

Tim Bornholdt and Arena’s Chase Thompson go back to basics about what makes up the digital world of crypto and how it’s shaping life and business as we know it.

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103: Walk and Talk with Mick White of the 100 Year Manifesto

Published February 1, 2022

In the most Minnesotan podcast ever recorded, Mick White joins Tim Bornholdt for a walk and talk along St. Paul’s riverbanks on a snowy, below-zero December day.

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102: All-In-One Web Apps with Tom Spaniol of ZenLord Pro

Published January 25, 2022

CEO Tom Spaniol chats with Tim Bornholdt about running a software company without a technical background, building a web app over a mobile app, and wanting others in his space to succeed.

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101: Educator-First Technology with Paul Johansen of Edmentum

Published January 18, 2022

Paul Johansen, CTO at Edmentum, joins the show to talk about the role emerging technologies are playing in the world of education, how feedback and stakeholder buy in fuel innovation, and the challenges and benefits of dispersed technical teams.

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100: The Team Behind Constant Variables

Published January 4, 2022

Get to know the people and business behind Constant Variables as the mic gets flipped on show host, Tim Bornholdt.

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99: Mixing Business with Podcasts with Ryan Estes of Kitcaster

Published December 21, 2021

Ryan Estes, co-founder of Kitcaster, joins Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group to chat about why podcasting is the Trojan horse of marketing for startups.

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98: Uncovering Bias in Algorithms with Eri O’Diah of SIID Technologies

Published December 7, 2021

Eri O’Diah of SIID Technologies chats with Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group about harnessing the intuitive power of machine learning to build tools that facilitate better understanding of all groups.

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97: Empowering Underestimated Innovators with Nick Tietz of ILT Academy

Published November 23, 2021

Nick Tietz, Founder of ILT Academy, joins the show to chat about building up communities of underestimated entrepreneurs, embracing failure as a way to learn, and getting deliverables to customers early and often at the lowest fidelity possible.

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96: Advocating for Junior Developers with Joe Karlsson of SingleStore

Published November 16, 2021

Software engineer turned developer advocate, Joe Karlsson of SingleStore, chats with Tim Bornholdt of The Jed Mahonis Group about why it’s challenging for junior developers to land that first job after bootcamp, where entry-level developers have the most value within organizations, and what others in the industry can do to support juniors.

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95: Easier Software Integrations with Michael Zuercher of Prismatic

Published November 9, 2021

Prismatic's Michael Zuercher joins the show to chat about the growing iPaaS space, scaling a startup during a pandemic, rewriting code versus starting from scratch, and making acquisitions work.

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94: Startup Mentality, API Management, and Corporate Apps with Eric Caron of Caribou Coffee

Published October 26, 2021

Eric Caron, Senior Director of Digital Experience at Caribou Coffee, breaks down how startup mentality works in corporate settings, why non-technical people should care about APIs, and how there’s value, not shame, in retiring legacy apps.

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93: Bridging the Bank-Fintech Partnership Gap with Trent Sorbe of Central Payments

Published October 12, 2021

Trent Sorbe joins the show to chat about why banks should become more like utility companies who focus on enabling experiences. He shares how his company’s accelerator is helping early-stage fintech startups, why they created a banking-as-a-service open API, and how mature banks and fintechs can best partner to build better customer experiences.

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92: The Role of Tech in Smart Cities with Mike Grisby of the City of Sioux Falls

Published September 28, 2021

Director of Innovation and Technology at the City of Sioux Falls, Mike Grigsby, joins the show to talk about why technology *isn’t* part of his definition of a smart city and explains why cities need someone internally to champion innovation.

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91: Native App, Hybrid App, & PWA Battle Royale with Austin Betzer of Strides Development

Published September 14, 2021

Get ready to rumble with Austin Betzer of Strides Development and a native app, hybrid app, progressive web app battle royale. This episode will leave you with a clear (maybe biased) understanding of the tech options available for building your mobile product.

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90: Moderating Digital Toxic Waste with Chris Wexler of Krunam

Published August 31, 2021

Krunam CEO, Chris Wexler, joins the show to talk about how technologies like computer vision and deep learning are aiding content moderators in identifying and removing CSAM from the internet, how social algorithms incent the distribution of harsh content, and why it’s also important we don’t create an Internet that’s entirely encrypted.

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89: The Art and Science of Data with Solomon Anderson, Infrastructure Engineer

Published August 17, 2021

Infrastructure Engineer, Solomon Anderson, joins the show to chat about how data operates, balancing new features with supporting existing infrastructure, and the environmental impact of something as miniscule as open browser tabs on our laptops.

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88: Mobile App Project Management with Renae Livingston of Profile by Sanford

Published August 3, 2021

Director of Project Management, Renae Livingston, joins the show to talk about how to effectively manage large technical projects, and how cost, bandwidth, and capabilities factor into hiring a development team.

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87: Empowering the People Who Make Software with Yash Khandor of Mark43

Published July 20, 2021

Yash Khandor He joins the show to talk about the intangible traits of great developers, how *not* to hire developers, how to keep up with tech changes, and how to find software jobs that are less obvious.

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86: Marketing B2B Tech Companies with J.C. Granger of Infinity Marketing Group

Published July 13, 2021

J.C. Granger of Infinity Marketing Group joins the show to talk about where software companies struggle the most when it comes to B2B marketing and how to break into new markets.

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85: Bundling vs Ondemand with Sam Lerdahl of Pikup

Published July 6, 2021

Sam Lerdahl of Pikup joins the show to talk openly about being a young entrepreneur, when *not* to build an app, how to change user behavior, and why the era of “We’ll make money later” is coming to an end.

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84: Forming the Tele-Legal Avengers with Jazz Hampton of TurnSignl

Published June 29, 2021

TurnSignl's Jazz Hampton joins the show to chat about building the bike as they were riding it, and how investors, individuals, companies, media, and police officers are responding to their app-based service.

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83: AIoT and the Future of Business with Justin Grammens of Lab651

Published June 22, 2021

Justin Grammens is an expert on IoT, AI, and where the two meet. He joins the show to chat about how and why businesses should start exploring these emerging technologies and where they’re making the most impact.

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82: Building for a Tech-Enabled World with Howard Tiersky of FROM.Digital

Published June 15, 2021

Howard Tiersky, founder of digital transformation agency FROM, joins the show to chat about the rapid evolution of technological innovations and how organizations can shift their mindset to the “new normal.”

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81: Anytime, Anywhere Access with Casey Gordon of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

Published June 8, 2021

Casey Gordon, CIO at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, joins the show to chat about balancing IT priorities, gaining cooperation amongst diverse stakeholders, preventing social engineering attacks, and how an IT department can support the mission of the organization.

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80: Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Tech with Tim Frick of Mightybytes

Published June 1, 2021

Tim Frick of Mightybytes joins the show to talk about how the growing B Corp movement is touching every industry and how companies around the world are coming together to make the Internet more sustainable.

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79: Balancing Managerial and Technical Responsibilities with Anand Safi of Mark43

Published May 25, 2021

Anand Safi of Mark43 joins the show to chat about career path options for engineers who don't want to be managers. He also shares how Toastmasters helped him become a more empathetic speaker, how to deal with non-technical bosses, and how companies can keep their metaphorical plates spinning while adding more.

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78: Developing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs with Diane Rucker of University Enterprise Laboratories

Published May 18, 2021

Diane Rucker, Executive Director of University Enterprise Laboratories, joins the show to chat about redefining entrepreneurship, the soft skills needed to be a well-rounded developer, the criticality of business partners who look at things differently than you, and the state of startups in Minnesota compared to the coasts.

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77: Wantrepreneurs vs Entrepreneurs with Mickeli Bedore of Closers Media

Published May 11, 2021

Mickeli Bedore, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Closers Media, joins the show to talk about sales-informed marketing and how to incorporate user feedback into your product.

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76: How New Technologies Transform Healthcare with Scott Brown of Revealix

Published May 4, 2021

Scott Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Revealix, joins the show to share how AI is transforming the healthcare space, the importance of testing for failure, the privacy concerns around AI, and the ease and difficulty of working with new technologies.

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75: Managing Teams & Projects Like a CTO with Nelly Yusupova of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs

Published April 27, 2021

Nelly Yusupova, CTO, Startup Tech Advisor, and Creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, joins the show to discuss how to build tech teams when you aren’t a technical person, from understanding lean and agile methodologies, to deciding what tools to use, to earning a CTO, to not impeding progress with NDA’s.

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74: Creating Sustainable Digital Products with Tom Greenwood of Wholegrain Digital

Published April 20, 2021

Tom Greenwood, Managing Director at Wholegrain Digital and author of Sustainable Web Design, joins the show to chat about the issues of web sustainability. He shares techniques and processes for making digital products more sustainable, as well as gives advice on how to be a champion for sustainable tech within your company and with your clients.

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73: The Effects of Technology on the Environment

Published April 13, 2021

Tim chats about the impact our digital world has on our physical world using an Uber thought experiment.

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72: Moving from Legacy Software to a New Tech Platform with Ann Pifer and Ryan Jordan of Adopt A Classroom

Published April 6, 2021

Adopt A Classroom’s Ryan Jordan and Ann Pifer join the show to chat about how to make a massive transition from a legacy platform over to Salesforce, how to adjust an organization’s mindset to be agile, and how to work with users to make sure you are continuing to invest in features that provide the best return on investment.

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71: Leading with a Developer-First Mindset with Kate Wardin of Target

Published March 30, 2021

Senior Engineering Manager at Target, Kate Wardin, joins the show to chat about how her experience transitioning from developer to manager resulted in her founding Developer First Leadership. She shares tips on how engineering managers can embrace the human side of software development, suggestions for companies struggling to fill open technical roles, and best practices for retaining tech talent within an organization.

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70: Designing for the User Experience with Chris Cornejo of Design Center

Published March 23, 2021

Design Center’s Director of Strategy Chris Cornejo joins the show to chat about how design thinking has shifted from “how it looks” to “how it works”, the advantages of an outcome mindset over a solutions mindset, how COVID has impacted strategy and design processes, and how to prepare for a project’s initial strategy session.

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69: Growing from a Startup to a “Real” Business with Jordan Ambra of Serenity Software

Published March 16, 2021

What got you your first customers won't get you the next ones. Jordan Ambra of Serenity Software joins the show to talk about the challenges of going from a startup to a “real” business, transitioning from a people-oriented business to a process-oriented one, and preparing for growth by focusing on fundamentals.

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68: Failing Forward with Josh Fedie of SalesReach

Published March 9, 2021

SalesReach Founder & CEO Josh Fedie chats with Tim on a number of topics, including how to protect your idea from getting stolen, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, why it’s important for companies to have a CEO who is publicly visible and vulnerable, and the future of Clubhouse.

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67: Making User Experiences Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational with Dr. Michael Allen of Allen Interactions

Published March 2, 2021

Dr. Michael Allen of Allen Interactions joins the show to chat about how his company builds interactive learning programs around organizations’ best practices that leave people asking for more and shares his advice for designing impactful user experiences.

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66: How to Make Subscriptions Work for Your App with Dan Burcaw of Nami ML

Published February 23, 2021

Dan Burcaw, founder of Nami ML, joins the show to share his insights on the plight of a subscription-fatigued economy, how data collection and user privacy don’t have to be enemies, and how the app landscape has changed since the launch of the App Store in 2008.

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65: Unpacking the Myth of the Tech Genius with Shawn Livermore, Author of Average Joe: Be the Silicon Valley Tech Genius

Published February 16, 2021

Software engineer, consultant, and tech startup founder Shawn Livermore is dispelling the myth of the tech genius with his best-selling book, Average Joe: Be the Silicon Valley Tech Genius. Shawn joins the show to breakdown how the idolization of tech geniuses has shaped the tech industry, how communicating complexity can be more powerful than writing code, and how anyone can become a “tech genius”, but it may not be what you think it is.

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64: Boosting Product Adoption with Video with Erica Hanna of Puke Rainbows Creative

Published February 9, 2021

Emmy Award winner and owner of Puke Rainbows Creative Erica Hanna joins the show to chat about the power of video for a business, and the role it can play in getting people to adopt a product or new way of working.

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63: Building the eBay for Knowledge with Clifton Manneh of Konduct Coach Learning

Published February 2, 2021

Clifton Manneh joins the show to chat about how his mom’s cooking influenced his passion for community-based learning, the lessons he learned as a solo-entrepreneur, and the impact he hopes Konduct Coach Learning will have on the community.

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62: Development Milestones, Tangibles and Timelines

Published January 26, 2021

Tim chats about the tangible assets you should expect to receive at each development stage, along with a fair pace for completing each stage.

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61: Building Apps with Low Code/No Code Development Tools

Published January 19, 2021

Tim reviews the benefits and challenges of low code/no code apps to help businesses determine if this development approach is the right solution for their project.

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60: Seizing Opportunity in Podcasting with Twila Dang of Matriarch Digital Media

Published January 12, 2021

Founder & CEO of Matriarch Digital Media Twila Dang is no stranger to the power of audio, and she joins the show to share how simple it is to get started with podcasting, with just a cellphone and a plan. Twila gets into the weeds of how businesses can be successful with podcasting and the doors that open when you make something you’re proud of.

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59: Making Email Private and Better for Everyone with Bron Gondwana of Fastmail

Published January 5, 2021

Big tech email providers use your data as a way to get rich. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Fastmail CEO Bron Gondwana joins the show from the Land Down Under to chat about why “free” email isn’t free.

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58: 2021 Tech Predictions

Published December 29, 2020

Rob and Tim come together for their annual chat about technology trends for the coming year, from the breakup of tech giants, the next stage of autonomous vehicles, and machine learning in healthcare, to ultimately where companies will be investing when it comes to tech in 2021.

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57: Building a Business & Community with Intention with Mike Jackson of Black Tech Talent

Published December 22, 2020

Mike Jackson, founder of The Premium Experience, joins the show to discuss his experience building a tech based business as a solo, non-technical founder and how it prepared him for the launch of his next company, Black Tech Talent.

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56: Mitigating Risk in App Development

Published December 15, 2020

There’s many risks associated with any development project, from communication breakdowns to changes in scope and timeline to a developer moving on. But there's also many ways to mitigate these risks when you start working with a tech team.

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55: Practicing Tenacity with Eric Martell

Published December 8, 2020

Serial tech entrepreneur Eric Martell joins the show to chat about building his recent venture Pear Commerce, marrying product philosophy with business philosophy, hiring people who buy into your mission, investing in repeat customers over acquiring new ones, and using tech to scale.

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54: Hybrid vs. Native Apps

Published December 1, 2020

One of the first development decisions you’ll make when building an app is whether to build on a native platform or a hybrid platform. In this episode, Tim gets into best use cases for hybrid and native apps, along with each platform’s limitations, so you can decide the best approach for your project.

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53: Vetting a Tech Partner’s Posture with George Brooks of Crema

Published November 24, 2020

Founder & CEO George Brooks of digital product agency Crema joins the show to discuss how to find the passion and posture of a digital agency, the no-win situation that is RFPs, and how his digital agency vets clients in return.

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52: How Apps Use Data

Published November 17, 2020

Apps collect, store, and use data in ways that are both purposeful and nefarious. In this episode, Rob and Tim chat about why apps collect data, how that data is used, how app owners can be intentional with user data, and how app users can protect their information.

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51: How Ideas Turn into Apps with the Team Behind the MFIP Connect App

Published November 10, 2020

Building an app isn’t just about the technology but about the lives it makes easier. Ashley Bennett, Sook Jin Ong, and Pamela McCauley share the inspiring story behind the development of the Minnesota Family Investment Program’s pilot app, its powerful role as a communication tool, along with the unexpected questions around social equity it brought to the table.

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50: Implementing “Easy” Features

Published November 3, 2020

Rob and Tim chat about the nuances of seemingly easy features like data sync, search, push notifications, in-app purchasing, and messaging to help you understand where to get the most value with the least amount of effort when building your product.

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49: Delivering a Fluid User Experience in a Restaurant’s Online Ordering App

Published October 27, 2020

Rob and Tim chat about their experience building a delivery app for a Midwest pizza chain, and how a stellar user experience when ordering from a restaurant’s app can be a differentiator in this competitive industry.

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48: Embracing an Innovative Culture with Stephanie Hammes-Betti of US Bank

Published October 20, 2020

When we put humans first, we can learn a lot. Stephanie Hammes-Betti, Senior Vice President of Innovation Design at US Bank, joins the show to chat about how innovation happens within a large organization, how to go about listening to customers, and the benefits of teaching an innovative mindset to employees.

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47: Apple vs. Developers

Published October 13, 2020

Tim and Rob discuss the ongoing controversies surrounding Apple and the App Store and their thoughts on how it might play out.

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46: Building an App-Based Startup the “Right” Way with Tim Steele of Parrot.MD

Published September 29, 2020

Parrot.MD’s CEO and co-founder Tim Steele joins the show to talk about the creation of the Parrot.MD app, the role social equity plays in fundraising, and the essentiality of focus groups.

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45: Driving Digital Transformation with People and Processes with Digital Consultant Jen Swanson

Published September 15, 2020

Digital consultant Jen Swanson breaks down how digital transformation is not just a technology integration, but a people and process integration, that ultimately delivers a more valuable customer and employee experience in every part of a business.

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44: Tips for Building Android Apps

Published September 1, 2020

Tim and Rob share their tips for building Android apps so you can successfully navigate Google’s unique requirements.

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43: Tips for Building iOS Apps

Published August 18, 2020

Tim and Rob share their tricks of the trade for building apps specifically for iOS, so you can learn from our mistakes and successfully navigate Apple’s unique roadblocks.

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42: Hand-Curating Your User Interface with Jeremy Sinon and William White of PodMN.

Published August 4, 2020

Minnesotans love to talk about Minnesota, and nothing proves that more than PodMN’s collection of over 760 Minnesota-focused shows. Jeremy Sinon and William White of PodMN join the show to discuss the custom podcast platform they built to help Minnesotans discover all the great audio entertainment Minnesota has to offer.

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41: Fundamental Marketing Strategies for Increasing Downloads with Sean Casto of PreApps

Published July 21, 2020

Sean Casto of app marketing agency PreApps joins the show to discuss how your app’s initial success doesn’t rely on its unique features, but on how you market it and present it.

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40: Human Centered Design for Simple Products with Amber Christian of Wonderly Software Solutions

Published July 7, 2020

Amber Christian of Wonderly Software Solutions joins the show to discuss a design process few people are talking about and even less are doing: Human Centered Design.

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39: From Legos to Dopamine Rewards-Based Learning Games with Adam Gordon of Andamio Games

Published June 23, 2020

Adam Gordon of Andamio Games joins the show to discuss the unique infrastructure challenges educational game developers face, from funding to design to feedback.

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38: The DRY Approach to Workflow Processes with Susan Boles of ScaleSpark

Published June 9, 2020

Spoiler alert: automating workflow processes doesn't start with software. Virtual CFO and software expert Susan Boles joins Tim to discuss the evolution of standardizing workflow processes and how virtual C-level persons can help you along the way.

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37: Merging Art and Science in App Development with Brad Ash of Fruitful

Published May 26, 2020

Building a successful app requires both art and science work in harmony. CTO Brad Ash joins the podcast to discuss the development of Fruitful, a fertility mentorship service he co-founded with his wife. Brad chats with Tim about the personal story that led to the creation of Fruitful, how difficult it is to supervise yourself when you’re building out the software, the importance of user feedback and focusing heavily on the user’s experience, and how to give users a reason to be excited to use your app.

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36: Is an Accelerator Program Right for Your Business with Kate Evinger of gener8tor Minnesota

Published May 12, 2020

Accelerator programs can have measurable impact on your business’s growth, but when is your business ready to join one? Tim interviews Kate Evinger of gener8tor Minnesota, and she breaks down what accelerator programs can do for your business and your community, along with how to vet the right program for your business.

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35: Disrupting Your Business for Growth with Stephanie Scheller of Grow Disrupt

Published April 28, 2020

Business owners often wear multiple hats, but to scale a business, you need to take off some hats, so to speak, in order to focus on growth. Tim chats with Stephanie Scheller of Grow Disrupt on the first steps to take when thinking about growing your business, how to decide what parts of the business to focus on, and how to properly use outsourcing to scale.

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34: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Business) Against Social Engineering

Published April 14, 2020

Social engineering is a catch-all phrase to describe the various ways criminals trick you into giving them access to your system or confidential information. Because humans are prone to relying on their cognitive biases when making decisions, social engineering can be very effective.

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33: Fueling Your Passion (and Fighting your Impostor Syndrome) with Clare Stead of Oliiki

Published March 31, 2020

Clare's history and passion for education led her on an unexpected app development and entrepreneurial journey. In this episode, Clare shares why you're doing yourself a disservice by not getting out there, and why you should start building your audience before building your app.

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32: Automating Business Processes with Rhamy Alejeal of People Processes

Published March 17, 2020

Automating your business processes can save you a ton of time and money in the long run. Rhamy Alejeal joins us on this episode to discuss how you can get started with automation in your company (specifically around your HR process).

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31: User Privacy as a Differentiator with Adam Stone of Secure Digital Solutions

Published March 3, 2020

In this episode, we chat with Adam Stone of Secure Digital Solutions. Adam is a Data Privacy and Security Executive with more than 20 years of experience implementing and developing data privacy and security innovations. We talk about the California Consumer Privacy Act and why you should care about user privacy, the principles behind the Privacy by Design framework and how you can incorporate that into your app, managing third party dependencies within your mobile app, and the battle between the FBI and Apple around end-to-end encryption.

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30: Savon Sampson - McKesson Sales App

Published February 18, 2020

Tim chats with Savon Sampson, former senior marketing director for McKesson, to find out how one of the largest companies in the world built their mobile app. She shares how the idea for the app came about, the steps she took to find a technology partner, the struggles the organization faced in getting the software adopted, and the things she would change if she had to do it all over again.

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29: Jonathan Hassell - Hassell Inclusion

Published February 4, 2020

Tim talks about all things accessibility with Jonathan Hassell of Hassell Inclusion. They discuss the importance of inclusive design, how to shift your organization’s mindset to think about accessibility in everything you do, and what you can do to make your app usable by the 20% of the world with a disability.

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28: Dr. Courtney Hill and Adam Choe - Yonder

Published January 21, 2020

Tim chats with Dr. Courtney Hill and Adam Choe of Yonder, an app for helping young children prepare to visit the dentist. They discuss the history of Yonder, how important it is to find the right fit for a development team, the brutally honest feedback that comes from having a target audience of 3-5 year olds, the joys of bootstrapping a business, and some tips for working together as a team.

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27: Questions to Ask Your Development Team

Published January 7, 2020

How can you, as a budding app owner, decide which app development team to hire? Tim provides a list of questions you can use to interview potential developers, as well as what answers you should be looking for.

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26: 2020 Mobile Predictions

Published December 24, 2019

Predicting what will change in technology in the coming year is always a fruitless experiment... but let’s do it anyway! Tim and Rob chat about 9 technology trends and where they see the industry moving in the new year.

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25: What Does an MVP Look Like?

Published December 10, 2019

Tim and Jenny take popular apps and break down what they would look like as a Mininum Viable Product (MVP), along with the pros and cons to releasing an MVP.

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24: How to Keep My Mobile App Secure

Published November 26, 2019

Security is a never ending game of cat and mouse, and it is important to do the fundamentals correctly to reduce your chances of a breach. Tim chats about all things related to making sure your mobile app system is secure.

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23: How to Hire a Mobile App Developer

Published November 12, 2019

There are many different types of teams you can choose to build out your mobile app. Tim goes over 5 possible setups, complete with the pros and cons for each setup.

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22: App Development Lifecycle Series - Deploy

Published February 22, 2019

In Part 4 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the final stage of development: deployment. We share our process for shipping production-ready code to the App and Play Stores, what to expect during the review process, and how this phase loops back to the strategy phase.

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21: App Development Lifecycle Series - Develop and Test

Published February 8, 2019

In Part 3 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Development and Testing Phases. We share how we work with our clients to develop custom mobile app systems, as well as how we test them to make sure they work how you (and your customers) expect it.

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20: App Development Lifecycle Series - Design

Published January 25, 2019

In Part 2 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Design phase. Design is not only how your app looks, but also how it works. In this episode, we share how we work with our clients to design a valuable and easy-to-use mobile app experience for their users.

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19: App Development Lifecycle Series - Strategy

Published January 11, 2019

In Part 1 of our App Development Lifecycle Series, Tim breaks down the Strategy Phase. A well-considered strategy is critically important to the success of any project, especially a complex mobile app project. In this episode, we share how we work with our clients to build a plan for delivering an app that meets their business goals and provides value to their users.

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18: Trinity Wiles - WatchPitch, Tipster, and Thinking Globally

Published October 19, 2018

Tim chats with Trinity Wiles, an entrepreneur and Global Coordinator at WatchPitch, about how to use your resources to your advantage when creating a mobile app.

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17: Amanda Brooks - FASTZach

Published September 10, 2018

Tim sits down with Amanda Brooks, creator of the FASTZach routing app, to discuss the lessons she learned in building a mobile app from the ground up.

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16: Kurt Schmidt - Project Management and Mobile App Strategy

Published August 10, 2018

Tim interviews Kurt Schmidt, President of Foundry and former Director of Project Management at The Nerdery, who takes him to school on how to effectively strategize and manage the development of a mobile app.

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15: Chris Ruff - Location Tracking in On-Demand Mobile Apps

Published June 8, 2018

Tim interviews Chris Ruff of Glympse who explains how location-tracking works in a mobile app and how you can securely & accurately provide a service provider's location to your customers.

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14: Hot Lou - Finding Your "True Fans" Through Facebook

Published May 25, 2018

Tim interviews "Hot Lou" Abramowski of Evergreen, who gives practical advice for both running a business on Facebook and marketing your mobile app with Facebook Ads.

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13: Kindu - Getting Hundreds of Thousands of Users with Zero Marketing

Published May 11, 2018

Tim interviews Tom of Kindu, who shares how he was able to build a mobile app which attracted hundreds of thousands of users with no previous development or marketing experience.

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12: Jonathan Richter - Practical Tips for Starting an App Company

Published April 28, 2018

Tim interviews Jonathan Richter of Winnona Partners, a mobile app consultancy, who shares the lessons he's learned around the business of app development which you can apply to your own iOS and Android projects.

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11: Kwikly - Launching a Mobile App Without Technical Experience

Published April 13, 2018

Tim interviews Pedram Nastaean and Yomiyu Hirpa of Kwikly, an on-demand dental staffing agency, who share how they were able to launch a mobile-based company with minimal technical experience.

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10: Explaining Common Mobile App Terms

Published March 30, 2018

Mobile app developers throw around a lot of jargon and buzzwords, but you don't need to fear them! In this episode, Tim and Rob explain several common acronyms and terms you'll hear when working with a development team.

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9: Is Your App Idea Good or Bad?

Published March 16, 2018

Validating an app idea requires objectivity, introspection, and a bit of blind faith. Tim and Rob discuss three metrics they use when approached to determine whether or not it would make a good mobile app.

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8: Lessons Learned While Releasing Our Own App

Published March 2, 2018

Even though we get paid to release apps for our clients, it has been a while since we've built and released one of our own. In this episode, Tim and Rob discuss the recent release of mncraft.beer.

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7: The Server

Published February 16, 2018

Most mobile applications (especially on-demand apps) require a server to keep everything running smoothly. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain what a server is and the role it plays in your mobile software system.

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6: Solving the Chicken and Egg Problem with On-Demand Mobile Apps

Published February 2, 2018

When building an on-demand app, who do you try to get on your platform first: customers or service providers? In this episode, Tim and Rob suggest 7 techniques you can use to sustainably grow your on-demand app.

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5: What Goes into an On-Demand App Tech Stack?

Published January 19, 2018

On-demand apps like Uber and Postmates are among the more technically complex apps you can build. In this episode, Tim and Rob explain how these apps work in an easy-to-understand way.

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4: Should you Build your Mobile App for iOS or Android?

Published January 5, 2018

A common way to cut down on mobile app development costs is to only build out one platform at a time. Tim and Rob explain the advantages to building on either iOS or Android, and provide tips for choosing which platform is right for your product.

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3: Revenue Models for Mobile Apps

Published December 22, 2017

Tim and Rob discuss the pros and cons of 5 popular revenue models for mobile apps.

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2: 10 Technologies To Watch Out For In 2018

Published December 8, 2017

Tim and Rob discuss how 10 mobile-related technologies will evolve in the year 2018.

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1: How Long Does It Take to Build an On-Demand App?

Published December 8, 2017

Tim and Rob take a shot at answering the oldest question in software development: how long does it take to get an app shipped from scratch?

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