Recent Podcast Episodes

#205: Ben Scheirman (part 2)

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Today we’re joined again by Ben Scheirman, who leads the team that builds the 5 Calls iOS app that encourages its users to engage with their elected representatives. Today we talk about measuring what’s really important, why 5 Calls is careful with its use of analytics, and using technical skills as a form of activism.
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#204: Ben Scheirman

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Today we’re joined by Ben Scheirman, who leads the team that builds the 5 Calls iOS app that encourages its users to engage with their elected representatives. We talk to Ben about what it’s like to work on an app with a team of volunteers, how they manage the development and support process for an app with tens of thousands of users, and lessons learned from quickly scaling thanks to mentions from well-known personalities like Michael Moore and Chelsea Clinton.
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#203: Negotiating with Review Terrorists

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Last week Apple made a major change to the App Store to allow developers to respond to reviews. Today we talk about this change, consider how helpful it will prove to be, and discuss how we plan to use this new tool to help our individual businesses.
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#202: We All Need a Dream Crusher

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Today we talk about updates: When should you release a minor update and when should you save up those small changes for a bigger release? This conversation morphs into a strategy session for Joe’s app Fin. We talk about Fin’s target market and how that target market could be reached. In the end, Charles offers some pointed advice and dons the mantle of “Crusher of Dreams.”
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#201: Never Write Your Own Encryption Code (part 2)

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Today we continue our discussion of security, concentrating this week on our own security. We talk about our use of two-factor authentication, password managers, full-disk encryption, backups, and Charles’ recent experiments with a VPN.
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