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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  • S2E7: Sunny Beatteay on Landing a Dream Job and Getting Promoted

    July 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 8 mins
    education, programming

    Sunny talks about his job as a Senior Software Engineer at Digital Ocean, how he got there, and how he got promoted so quickly.

  • S2E6: Michael Mentele - From Launch School to making $250k at Facebook

    May 17th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 45 secs

    In this episode, I asked one of our very first Capstone graduates to share with us what’s been going on a few years removed from graduating Capstone. Michael joined Launch School in 2016, finish Capstone in 2017, and is now making “quarter of a million” at Facebook working on the Oculus VR team.

  • S2E5: Nick Calibey on landing a six-figure remote Software Engineer role

    April 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  47 mins 42 secs
    education, programming

    In this episode I got a chance to speak with Nick Calibey, a Capstone graduate and software engineer at TimescaleDB. We talked about how he went from getting his Masters in Theological Studies to now working on Cloud Infrastructure making 6 figures all working remotely from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • S2E4: Gabe, Arthur, and Ben on the importance of studying together and community

    March 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  44 mins 59 secs
    education, learning to code, programming

    Gabe, Ben, and Arthur share their story about how they, as a group, are supporting and helping each other through the Core Curriculum and the importance of community.

  • S2E3: Sasha Prodan - 3 year journey to software engineering

    March 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 10 secs
    education, programming

    I catch up with Sasha Prodan, who describes her multi-year journey to her high-paying software engineering role. Sasha arrived in the US as an immigrant, worked retail jobs to support herself, and spent 3 years completing her transition to a software engineering role in San Francisco.

  • S2E2: Julius Zerwick on path to Software Engineer at DigitalOcean, writing a book, and comparing coding bootcamps

    February 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 27 secs
    education, programming

    Capstone graduate and frequent Launch School Tech Talk speaker, Julius Zerwick comes on the podcast to chat about his Software Engineer job at DigitalOcean, software salaries in NYC, the importance of soft skills, pros/cons of coding bootcamp vs Launch School, and his upcoming book Make Sense of Distributed Systems from Manning.

  • S2E1: Tannr Allard - $120k job first, college after

    January 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  42 mins 41 secs
    education, programming

    In this first episode of Season 2 of the Launch School podcast, I chat with Capstone graduate Tannr Allard about his reflections on going from leaving college to a $120K job to working in blockchain development.

  • Meet a Student: Letladi Sebesho

    May 7th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  22 mins 24 secs

    In this episode, we speak with Letladi Sebesho, a South African developer who recently completed all (well, most) of the Launch School courses. He talks about how Launch School compares with his computer science courses, his job hunt process, and also...

  • Meet a Student: Jay Shenk

    April 1st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 4 secs

    In this episode, Jay Shenk talks about changing career goals from an aspiring clarinetist to a programmer and how he applies what he learned as a trained musician to programming. Jay’s been at Launch School for around a year and shares some advice...

  • Meet a Student: Terry Lee

    March 14th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 1 sec

    Terry Lee came on the podcast today to talk about her experience so far at Launch School. Terry has been at Launch School for about a year and has aced every assessment so far. She talks about her previous career as a product manager, getting laid...

  • Meet a Student: Naveed Fida

    February 27th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 7 secs

    Naveed is has been learning at Launch School for around a year and has been an outstanding student so far. He's nearing the end of the curriculum and stopped by the podcast today to share his story. We talked about the unique challenges of...

  • Meet a Student: Darren Burgess

    February 13th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 27 secs

    Darren Burgess stopped by the podcast to talk about his experience at Launch School. Before starting at Launch School, he spent many years as a Filemaker Pro developer and even attended a different coding “bootcamp”. We talked about the learning...

  • Meet a Student: Rachel Minto

    January 24th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 38 secs

    Rachel is currently in the "Advanced" phase of the program, having completed all back end and front end courses. She stopped by to share her experience so far at Launch School. We talked about:  her art and philosophy background and how that's...

  • Meet a Student: Tommy Caruso

    January 9th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 9 secs

    In this interview, Tommy Caruso shares with us his strategy of balancing a family, kids, finishing up his Computer Science degree, and Launch School all at the same time. Oh, and he’s also interning in his spare time. We had a great time chatting...

  • Meet a Student: Karl Lingiah

    January 4th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 35 secs

    One of our students, Karl Lingiah, took time to answer some questions and talk about his journey so far at Launch School. He shares his ideas on learning in general, and specifically what his experience has been so far at Launch School. Note: we had a...