The Sly Skill of the Subtle Tweet with Laurie Barth
This week Corey is joined by Laurie Barth, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix, though most of us know Laurie by her Twitter handle: @laurieontech. While Laurie and Corey have bounced around each other in the digital sphere, now they’re finally sitting down to a conversation!
Corey and Laurie talk Twitters tip jar, super follows, and Laurie’s cheeky debut of The Art of the Subtle Subtweet. Laurie offers her perspectives on how growing an audience on Twitter shifts the way people interact with you, how tweets shouldn’t always be taking seriously, and navigating that space with success. Tune in for Laurie’s tweeting tidbits!
Security in the New Normal with Ev Kontsevoy
Ev Kontsevoy, Co-Founder and CEO of Teleport, is back a year later to give us an update on what Teleport has been up to! Last time they talked the security growing pains of the pandemic were still a little manic, Ev is here to dial us in on what exactly has changed. Teleport is working hard to stay at the forefront of the “scaling stress” of cloud computing over the past year.
Ev goes into details about how Teleport has handled security and the massive shift to the cloud, and the four components of what access actually means and teases out their differences. Ev also goes into how Teleport works with authentication and identity and the innovation they bring to that space. Ev, and by extension Teleport, have a lot to offer. Check out his conversation with Corey for all the details!
Gitting After It with Katie Sylor-Miller
Katie Sylor-Miller is a frontend architect at Etsy, a company she joined in November 2015. Prior to this position, Katie worked as a senior front end developer at Constant Contact, a technical lead at EF Education, a front end web developer at Miller Systems, and a program coordinator providing research administrative services at Harvard University. She’s also the co-author of the Design Systems Handbook and the creator of Oh Shit, Git!?!
Join Corey and Katie as they explore the wonderful world of Git and talk about how humans are confused by Git, how Katie’s website went viral overnight and what the experience was like, learning Git to give a talk on Git after said talk had already been accepted, how to teach yourself Git, how to teach others Git after having taught yourself Git, how people think that nothing is fixable with Git and why that’s wrong, how engineers write less and less code the higher and higher they climb at organizations, and more.
Deftly Building for the Customer with Eric Dynowski
This week Corey is joined by Eric Dynowski, Managing Partner and Chief Solutions Officer at Deft. Eric began in engineering, then moved over to consulting and helping customers through the trails of AWS. Eric goes into what “technological needs” that Deft provides to its customers. The transition from cloud to data center or vice versa is at the forefront of this conversation!
Eric goes into the deeper details on the origins of Deft and what they offer, navigating Corey’s bias of using multicloud, and becoming “trusted advisors” when it comes to AWS. Eric offers his perspective on the importance of building a solid reputation with partners and customers alike, and building on conversations. Tune in for the details!
Building and Maintaining Cultures of Innovation with Francessca Vasquez
Francessca Vasquez is the Vice President of Technology at Amazon Web Services, a job she started in March 2021 after a four-year stint as head of solutions architecture and customer solutions management at AWS. Prior to these positions, Francessca worked as a group vice president at Oracle, led the Americas enterprise architects and solution specialists at Salesforce, and was a partner for CSC’s global consulting and public sector division, among other positions. She also worked for the Department of Defense for two years.
Join Corey and Francessca as they talk about empowering customers with tools that enable them to build cultures of innovation, how AWS is focused on meeting customers where they are, how different organizations have different starting points for moving to the cloud, how AWS helped Nationwide migrate to the cloud, how the pandemic has made digital a permanent fixture for all organizations, how some workers have taken a break during the pandemic, what AWS is doing to make technology more accessible, how many AWS employees start as customers, and more.
The Mythos of Testing with Angie Jones
Angie Jones, Senior Director/Developer Relations at Applitools, joins Corey this week to have a good laugh as they discuss testing. Angie talks Corey through his own testing frustrations and makes the case for the importance of it within organizations. Angie takes the helm at teaching testing, and her work pays off!
Angie discusses the whims of testing along with her contagious laughter. Angie talks about the “test automation pyramid” and breaks down its various layers. Angie and Corey also pontificate on the mythology of testing elves, and Angie’s accomplishment of becoming the first black woman to become Java Champion. Angie shares her passion of teaching coding and the places she does so in order to make tech more attractive for women and minorities. Tune in for the rest!
Focusing on the Humanity in Marketing with Natalie Williams
This week Duckbill Group’s very own Director of “Snarketing”, Natalie Williams, joins Corey for a conversation on what exacly marketing is—versus Corey’s so called “ridiculous nonsense.” Natalie’s recent hire at the DBG goes to show that marketing is much more than shitposting and witticisms, thankfully she is now on the team to show us how.
Natalie offers her perspectives on how to make marketing feel more authentic to an audience and how to push the narrative around marketing into a more human space. She discusses coming on board with DBG and how working with them has helped her to foster the above. Natalie gives insightful advice on how you don’t need to obsess over tracking people across the internet to market your product to them, tune in for the “must know!”
Creatively Giving Back to the Cloud Community with Forrest Brazeal
As an industry we stand on the precipice of change! There is a lot going on in the cloud these days and Forrest Brazeal, Head of Content at Google Cloud, joins Corey again to talk about what's coming with his new career change! At the beginning of his transition to Google, Forrest goes into detail on what he is most excited to bring to the story telling of another cloud provider and how he is working to give back to the cloud community.
Forrest discusses his time at A Cloud Guru and how it helped him in his new transition, his time as an AWS Severless Hero, and the technical excellence he brings to his vast ranging and prolific content. Forrest is also a successful author of a newsletter and multiple books, to include a children's book about the cloud! Needless to say, Forrest is an incredibly varied personality in the cloud community, tune in for a chance to get to know him better!