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The Portable CTO
Startups · Technology · Leadership
This week, I was featured on two more tech podcasts as part of the podcasting tour I'm currently doing to promote CFP Land. I love how each host brings their own flavor to the conversation, and you can see that clearly in the two podcsasts below.
  • Jason Swett is an experienced conference speaker and tech team leader, so our experiences speaking were pretty similar. I haven't done any Ruby conferences though, so it was interesting to talk about some of the differences in that community vs. the PHP and Javascript conferences I am familiar with.
  • Adam Gordon Bell of the CoRecursive Podcast also had me on his show. He isn't speaking yet, but it's something he's considering. I like his podcast because he tends to drive guests towards the "meta" side of our industry to talk about things that don't get talked about enough.
I'll have a few more podcast appearances coming up in March, so keep an ear open for me. 👂
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My son, Joey is going through a "leap" right now. This basically means he's crying anytime he's put down, and he's always tired. This makes many things harder to do, so we're hoping this phase passes quickly. 👶
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