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alphalist.CTO Podcast

In this podcast, the host Tobi interviews CTOs to technical and leadership discussions. Topics like current challenges, hiring but also deep technical topics he wants to understand and make understandable. Amongst his guests are the most relevant CTOs europe and this world has seen to share their best practice and knowledge. The goal is to support others on their journey through tech and engineering, inspire and allow to sneak-peek into other successful companies to understand how they think and act.

Alle Folgen

  • 22.10.2020
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    #12 with Johannes Schaback // CTO at Home24

    This time I am talking to my friend Johannes Schaback, CTO of Home24, who is also originally a co-founder of alphalist and one of the brightest minds in the German engineering, tech and business-tech scene. We are talking about his journey through the AI and data world, the Do's and Don'ts and the real world, no bullshit application of machine learning.

    We are Tackle:

    • Data is the new oil - wrong or right?
    • The machine learning models @ Home24
    • How ML-infrastructure evolved in the last decade
    • The necessity to spend more time in the problem space before entering the solution space

    We talk about mentorship and great people he learned from (ping Marc Appelhoff, Brigitte Wittekind, Christian Weiss, Philipp Kreibohm ;-)). Thanks a lot Johannes and looking forward to track your successes at Home24, your career and investments.

  • 08.10.2020
    40 MB
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    #11 with Ahti Heinla // Co-founder & CTO at Starship Technologies

    In this podcast, it's all about complicated things and my guest masters them all: IoT, Robotics, AI and customer acquisition. Ahti Heinla is former founding engineer of Skype and now runs Starship Technologies as Founder and CTO. In this podcast we talk about

    • Robotics as the coolest thing to build as an engineer
    • How I stopped one of his Robots in Hamburg
    • The hard things about robots 🤖
    • The hard things about bringing ML models to production

    Thanks again Ahti for being my guest and looking forward to see more and more of your robots in the wild. Great to see so much innovation coming from Estonia. Looking forward to feedback and guest proposals.

  • 17.09.2020
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    #10 with Marty Cagan // Partner at Silicon Valley Product Group

    Wow, my guest this time is able to see through the matrix 💊: It's Marty Cagan, inventor of product discovery and best selling author of the book "INSPIRED", one of the partners of the Silicon Valley Product Group and potentially the biggest eye opener for 90% of the delivery organizations out there: We are most likely doing our job wrong!

    He saw so much different product and delivery orgs from Apple to Google to Spotify and talks about his learnings:

    • How agile is interpreted wrong in 90% of the companies
    • How modern organizations waste their resources
    • How to tackle product discovery and user testing
    • Autonomy vs. Empowerment

    Thanks Marty, it's been a blast!

  • 03.09.2020
    40 MB
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    #09 with Christian Hardenberg // CTO Delivery Hero

    It's podcast-time! This time, I spoke to Christian Hardenberg, CTO of Delivery Hero 🍔 and formerly Rocket Internet 🚀 on how to scale an engineering org from 200 to 2000 people. Delivery Hero just entered the DAX a week ago and is worth almost 20 BN as of today. He shared his perspective and thoughts on:

    • How to measure software developers at scale
    • How they keep up the pace / velocity
    • What he thinks about OKRs
    • How they manage to integrate all the acquired entities and teams
    • Their secret sauce and why he thinks it is better than google

    It was really an honor to talk to you Christian, I am looking forward talk again, latest at 30 BN… ;-)

  • 20.08.2020
    53 MB
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    #08 with Peter Großkopf // CTO Börse Stuttgart Digital Exchange

    This time, I have the honor to talk to Peter Grosskopf, CTO of Börse Stuttgart digital exchange and former CTO of Solarisbank. He's an amazing guy for philosophical discussions around finance, tech and we share one love that is no longer as cool as it was in the 00's: Ruby on rails!

    This time we discuss:

    • How he made regulations his hobby 👓 and wants developers to feel like working for Spotify or Soundcloud even with regulations in place
    • The do's and don'ts in Fintech
    • Why he rather picks mature stacks (aka Postgres and Ruby on rails) against the "new kids on the block"
    • How he thinks about new things tech like Apache Kafka

    Thanks again for being my guest, it was a lot of fun.

  • 06.08.2020
    50 MB
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    #07 with Sergei Anikin // CTO Pipedrive

    I had the chance to interview Sergei Anikin about how to scale a SaaS product. Sergei Anikin comes with vast experience in “large scale tech” as he was with Skype when it was sold 3 times (eBay, Private Equity, Microsoft) and is CTO at 90-million funded pipedrive (CRM SaaS) now. Laser sharp focus on the essential features “Scaling problems are good problems to have” Microservices vs. Monoliths Team structure at scale: Missions and tribes (https://medium.com/pipedrive-engineering/scaling-pipedrive-engineering-from-teams-to-tribes-8f14fd92df8c) How they do M&A and post merger integration It was an honor to talk to Sergei Anikin and see him joining alphalist as a new member too. Looking forward to your comments, feedback and guest proposals.

  • 23.07.2020
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    #06 with Mikko Hyppönen // F-Secure

    I had to deal with cybersecurity topics recently; I've even been in touch with the FBI 👮. On this occasion I invited a brilliant guest for the alphalist Podcast: It’s Mikko Hyppönen, a computer security specialist and scientific director at the security company F-Secure. He spent half of his life hacking and chasing hackers and he knows how to talk about it: I saw at least 3 TED Talks by him and yes, they are very entertaining and helpful.

    Key topics in the Podcast are:

    • The recent twitter hack and the stupidness of the hackers
    • How cybersecurity evolved and became a required skill for companies and countries
    • His recommendations for modern mid sized companies around Cybersecurity (Where to start with processes, recruiting, tools, budgets)
    • What to do if you’ve been compromised

    You won’t regret that you've listened :-)

  • 09.07.2020
    68 MB
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    #05 with Sebastian Thrun // Google X

    I am thrilled to announce this weeks podcast guest: Prof. Sebastian Thrun Brief overview: He is a Stanford professor, founder of Google X, built the first self driving car, won the Darpa-Award for it, started the online-academy Udacity and is now building autonomous planes at Kitty Hawk. Wow. Can you tell why I highly admire him and how excited I was when I won him for my podcast? We talked about the car nation in Germany, how competitive we are in the AI and software world, Stanford vs. TU-Munich, why Sebastian is striving for a brain-computer interface, why he has built the leading online university Udacity and how to tackle machine learning as a modern CTO. He also explains why he eventually comes up with a Bluetooth-connected Smart-Bra next.

  • 25.06.2020
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    #04 with Daniel Gebler // CTO Picnic

    In this episode of the Podcast Tobias is talking to Daniel Gebler, the CTO of the “dutch supermarket unicorn” Picnic about his story from the 4k Demo Scene to operating and growing picnic to a billion Euros marketcap and 5000+ employees. Topics we touch in this episode:

    • How Picnic works
    • Why they chose to build an app-only platform
    • Picnics secret sauce in data science, supply chain and fulfillment
    • How there business and tech literally exploded with Corona
    • His thoughts on Microservices And many more! Thanks a lot to Daniel, we had a great time!
  • 11.06.2020
    36 MB
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    #03 mit Jan Ramm // FreeNow

    In dieser Ausgabe begrüssen wir Jan Ramm, den CTO der FreeNow Gruppe (ehem. MyTaxi). Wir sprechen unter anderem

    • von seinem Werdegang vom Schulschwimmer zum CTO
    • wie und wo FreeNow seine Entwickler sucht & findet
    • wie sich der Mobility Markt entwickelt hat und noch entwickelt
    • was sein Blick auf Mobile-Frameworks ala Flutter ist.

    Danke an Jan für das tolle Gespräch.

  • 28.05.2020
    45 MB
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    #02 mit Stephan Schulze // Project A

    Stephan Schulze ist bei alphalist Mitglied der ersten Stunde. Als CTO von Project A hat er sehr viele Startup-Technologien von innen sehen - quasi der Mann, der schon alles gesehen hat ;-)

    Wir sprechen heute aus der Vogelperspektive unter anderem über folgende Themen: Tech in Project A Startups (Frameworks, Tools, Sprachen, Trends & Prozesse), seinen Einfluss als VC auf die Technologie in Project A Startups und natürlich über mein Lieblingsthema, die technical due diligence. Also den Qualitätscheck den er als VC bei allen Startups durchführt.

  • 14.05.2020
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    #01 mit Sebastian Betz // About You

    In der heutigen Folge spreche ich mit Sebastian Betz, dem CO-CEO und CTO von About You über technologische Trends, Frameworks und aktuelle Hypes sowie seinen Job als CTO und wie der Tech Stack von about you unter der Motorhaube aussieht.