Launch School Podcast

About the show

A podcast about coding, education, and mastery. We'll interview current Launch School students, employers in the tech sector, and industry veterans to talk about how to succeed on a journey to mastery and becoming a professional software engineer. Conversations will revolve around learning, programming, expertise, study habits and many other topics related to mastery based learning.

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Episodes

  • S5E14: Student Spotlight - The Ups and Downs of the Core Curriculum with Patrick

    May 13th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  58 mins 57 secs
    coding, community, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Brandi chats with current student Patrick about his journey through the core curriculum and the challenges that have come with it.

  • S5E13: Setting Students up for Success - Smooth Start Program with Karis

    April 29th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  56 mins 27 secs
    coding, community, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Karis shares the history of Smooth Start. Why the program was introduced, how it's changed based on student feedback, and what's to come.

  • S5E12: Missy Lovegren - From Fine Arts to Software Engineering

    April 15th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 20 mins
    capstone, career transition, coding, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Chris interviews Missy Lovegren, a Capstone grad and software engineer at New Relic. Missy was a TA at Launch School and part of a 2022 Capstone cohort.

  • S5E11: Student Spotlight - From Coasting to Excelling, a Student Transformation with Nick

    April 1st, 2024  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 37 secs
    coding, community, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Brandi has a conversation with Nick Perry, a current student, SPOT lead, Smooth Start lead, and an active member of the Launch School community.

  • S5E10: Felicia Bacon - A Lifelong Learner Thriving at Starbucks

    March 18th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 26 mins
    capstone, coding, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Chris has a conversation with Felicia Bacon, a Capstone grad and Software Engineer at Starbucks.

  • S5E9: Student Spotlight - Climbing the Learning Curve as a New Student, with Katelyn

    March 4th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 40 secs
    coding, community, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Brandi interviews Katelyn, a current student finding her footing in the first few courses of the core curriculum.

  • S5E8: Alex Strick van Linschoten - Open Source Machine Learning, based in Europe

    February 19th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  55 mins 33 secs
    capstone, coding, education, engineer, engineering, europe, launch school, machine learning, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Chris interviews Alex, a Capstone grad who became interested in machine learning and came to Launch School after over 15 years of history research in Afghanistan. He's now a machine learning engineer at ZenML.

  • S5E7: Launch School Explained with Chris Lee

    February 5th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 23 mins
    capstone, coding, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this episode, Chris begins by telling the story of his journey into teaching software and how it led to Launch School in its current form. He then answers the most frequently asked questions from both current and potential students.

  • S5E6: Julia Martin - The Journey from JS101 to Databricks

    January 22nd, 2024  |  Season 5  |  52 mins 24 secs
    capstone, coding, data, databricks, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    Chris interviews Julia Martin, a Capstone graduate and software engineer working at Databricks. She shares her journey from quitting her job to study at Launch School full-time, to her day-to-day now at a large tech company.

  • S5E5: Student Spotlight - Imposter Syndrome and Recovering From a 'Not Yet', with Trisha

    January 8th, 2024  |  Season 5  |  35 mins 28 secs
    coding, community, education, imposter syndrome, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    Brandi interviews Trisha about receiving a 'Not Yet' on the first assessment in Launch School and how she changed her habits after.

  • S5E4: Jon Kulton - From Software Engineering to SRE

    December 25th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  57 mins 59 secs
    capstone, coding, data, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    Chris interviews Jon Kulton in this episode. Jon completed Capstone at the end of 2019 and landed his first role during the beginning of the COVID pandemic. He has since transitioned to working for Datadog, a public company that provides monitoring and security services for cloud applications.

  • S5E3: Student Resources - The SPOT & GatherTown

    December 11th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  54 mins 30 secs
    coding, community, education, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    Chris has a conversation with JD and Daniel about The SPOT community and GatherTown, two resources available to Launch School students.

  • S5E2: Student Spotlight - ADHD and Parenthood with Benjamin

    November 27th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  37 mins 34 secs
    adhd, coding, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, neurodivergent, parenting, programming, software engineering, tech

    In episode two, Brandi interviews Benjamin Walker, a current student juggling parenthood and ADHD after stepping away from a career in education.

  • S5E1: Ginni Pinckert - Ancient Greek to AI

    November 13th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 8 mins
    ai, capstone, coding, education, engineer, engineering, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    Chris and Ginni chat about Ginni's experiences through Launch School and Capstone, as well as how her new job as a software engineer at Sudowrite is going.

  • S5E0: Welcome to Season 5!

    November 10th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 min 12 secs
    coding, launch school, learn to program, software engineering

    A quick introduction to this season with a peek at what's to come.

  • S4E8: Capstone Salary Reflections

    December 19th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  27 mins 51 secs
    capstone, launch school, programming, salaries, software engineer

    In this episode Chris and Karis discuss the latest Capstone Salaries page update. Chris shares important data to look out for on the new salaries page, and provides advice when comparing other career-launching programs out there on the market. This discussion is to be used as a companion guide to the salaries page, and is especially helpful for those looking to have more clarity on Capstone. The episode finishes with some announcements and upcoming events.