Developing Leadership Podcast

Follow Jason Warner (MD at Redpoint Ventures and former GitHub CTO) and Eiso Kant (Founder of Athenian) as they chat about the biggest lessons they've learned about Engineering Leadership throughout the years.

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Developing Leadership Ep. 8 | A Deep Dive Into Engineering Leadership Roles, Part 3

Jason and Eiso wrap up their three-part series on Engineering Leadership roles by taking a deep dive into Engineering Managers and Tech Leads.

Learn how to hire your first engineering manager, whether to hire your engineering leaders from inside the company, and how the roles of tech leads change as your company grows. We also covered communication techniques and how to design your teams as the company scales and communication lines increase.

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Developing Leadership Ep. 7 | A Deep Dive Into Engineering Leadership Roles, Part 2

Jason and Eiso continue their deep dive on different engineering leadership roles, sharing their thoughts on CTOs, VPs, and Managers, how to hire for these roles, and adopting organizational structures that promote transparency and trust in the decision-making processes that shape your business.

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Developing Leadership Ep. 6 | A Deep Dive Into Engineering Leadership Roles, Part 1

In this episode of Developing Leadership, we kick off our deep-dive series on different Engineering Leadership roles.

Jason and Eiso discuss how CTOs, VPs of Engineering, and Engineering Managers should navigate through the various stages of their company. From prioritizing at different seed rounds to developing a go-to-market strategy, building their company’s architecture, and the day-to-day of each of these roles.

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Episode 5 | Should Engineers be Masters of None? with Anton Drukh from Snyk

Former GM of Snyk, Anton Drukh, recently became a mentor for VPs of Engineering and joined us on this week's episode to discuss his experiences leading a team split between two very different cultures. His journey as a leader working with teams in Israel and the UK is a lens into how diversity of mentalities can be an essential asset for tech companies and how it played a role in Snyk's success.

In this episode, we spoke candidly about promotions, how teams evolve as companies shed their skin and grow, and the not so obvious career steps from engineer to engineering leader. The shift towards full-stack engineering is in motion. Can organizations rise to the occasion?

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Episode 4 | Rethinking Your Role as a Leader with Emil Eifrem from Neo4j

Neo4j just raised the biggest round in database history and their CEO, Emil Eifrem, joins us on the podcast to tell us about his experience transitioning from a day one CEO to running a company with more than 500 employees.

In this episode, Eiso and Jason start to scratch the surface on the importance of data and metrics for software engineering teams and how engineering leaders can use data to ask the right questions and help their companies to thrive.

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Episode 3 | The Art of Making Good Decisions

Jason and Eiso share the frameworks that have helped them navigate big and small decisions through the years and look back at how key decision-making moments shaped how they operate as leaders today.

Making good decisions is one of the pillars of exceptional leadership and a practice that can make or break an organization at any stage. Through company politics, difficult conversations, promoting employees, and raising equity, there are several approaches to staying grounded and keeping your team in sync as you navigate the turbulent tides of organizational change.

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Episode 2 | The Growing Pains of Company Culture

How do we make sure that we are deliberate about the culture of our organization and not find ourselves pushing for outcomes without care of how we achieve them?

Jason and Eiso go through the building blocks of positive company culture and explore how companies and leaders can adapt as their teams grow from two people in a garage to thousands of employees. From setting priorities to communicating effectively to operating in first-team mode, there are countless ways engineering leaders can make a difference for their companies. We explore them in this episode of Developing Leadership.

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Episode 1 | A Changing Engineering Landscape

In the first episode of Developing Leadership, Jason and Eiso talk about how the roles and perceptions of engineers and engineering leaders have changed over the decades. From the catastrophic offshoring trend of the early 2000s to the golden age of development, the tools, the processes and the culture shifts.

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