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

  • 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.

  • S4E7 Bytes: Biggest Takeaways This Year

    December 7th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  30 mins 13 secs
    coding, launch school, mastery, programming, software engineering, tech

    In this bytes episode Karis asks Chris and the Launch School community "What was some of their biggest takeaways this year at Launch School?" After the students and staff share their takeways, Karis closes the episode with some Launch School announcements and upcoming events.

  • S4E6: Programming Essentials Workshops Q&A and Catchup with UK Capstone Graduate Kelvin

    September 28th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  56 mins 25 secs
    coding, launch school, learn to program, software engineering

    In this episode Chris and Karis conduct a Q&A session about Launch School's new Programming Essentials Workshops, what they are why new programmers would want to attend. Karis then catches up with Launch School Alumnus Kelvin, who shares his experiences as a UK Capstone student and what it's like working as a software engineer based in the UK. The episode comes to a close with some Launch School announcements and upcoming events.

  • S4E5: Transforming at Launch School

    August 22nd, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 19 mins
    coding, isa, launch school, software engineering, transformation

    In this episode Chris and Karis discuss a recent inspirational talk given by Core graduate student Jake. Chris answers some additional Launch School-related questions including how ISAs work. Karis interviews Capstone graduate and Launch School Alumna Catherine, who shares what life has been like as a software engineer a year and a half on from her studies at Launch School. The episode ends with a few announcements about the latest events.

  • S4E4: Capstone Salaries, Recession & The Younger Students of Launch School

    July 19th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 14 mins

    In this episode Chris discusses the latest 2021 Capstone salaries, and provides some advice for students that have concerns about the recession. Karis catches up with younger students, Ethan and Tyler, and learns how their Launch School studies are already making an impact on their software engineering journey. Karis ends the episode with a few announcements about the latest events at Launch School.

  • S4E3: The Story of Launch School

    May 5th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  2 hrs 3 mins
    how to learn, launch school, programming

    In this episode Launch School Student Felicia interviews Chris as he shares the origin story of how Launch School came to be. He also offers his unique perspective on how Launch School approaches learning, coding education and software engineering. The show includes several new announcements that students should be aware of.

  • S4E2: Latest News, Interviews and Catch-up with Mandy

    April 14th, 2022  |  Season 4  |  1 hr 12 mins
    how to learn, launch school, programming

    This episode Karis and Chris discuss the all the latest Launch School interviews and presentations. Karis also catches up with the co-host from last season Mandy who now works at Mozilla. Finally they leave you with a number of new announcements that students should be aware of.