Learn to Code With Me

Learn to Code With Me Podcast

The Learn to Code With Me podcast, created by Laurence Bradford, is for aspiring techies and self-taught coders looking to transition into the tech industry. Want actionable insights on how you can get paid for your coding skills? Then you're in the right place!

The End of Season 7
As the seventh season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I reflect on the inspiring transformation stories we shared, including recaps of my favorite moments. I also share updates on LTCWM and my goals for 2020, including a sneak peek into what we’re working on next through the end of the year. Catch up on all eight episodes from Season 7 here or at learntocodewith.me/podcast: S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor to Web Designer with Chris Misterek S7E2: How an English Professor Became...

S7E8: Building a Robotics Career and the Impact of Mentorship with Camille Eddy
As a young aspiring astronaut in high school, Camille Eddy started building websites to pay for her college housing. She’s a first-generation STEM student, and with support from key mentors, today, Camille is a Product Engineer at Bloc and an International Public Speaker. In this episode, you’ll learn… How Camille got into robotics How mentors have played a critical role in her career Why Camille believes it’s so important to advocate for women and Black employees in tech How Camille found internships thro...

S7E7: From Glassblower to Software Developer using Free Coding Resources with Michael Pimentel
With barely enough income to support his wife and child, not to mention a poor working environment for his physical and mental health, Michael Pimentel wanted to move on from being a glassblower. That’s why after 9 years in the film industry, Michael decided to pursue a career in tech by using free online resources to teach himself how to code.  If you’re considering a transition to tech from a non-traditional background, Michael offers great advice about teaching himself to code while working a physically ...


S7E6: An Unexpected Shift from Selling Beer to Coding Bootcamp with Caitlyn Greffly
Caitlyn Greffly used to travel around the country selling beer, but it got tiring. So in pursuit of a more sustainable way of living, Caitlyn started teaching herself to code. She ended up joining a bootcamp and quickly received a job offer before she even completed the program, less than 6 months later. In this episode, Caitlyn talks about… Applying to boot camps, and how she came back after getting rejected the first time Her experience learning with Thinkful Finding a job in the middle of the boot camp ...

S7E5: How a Passion for Patients turned this Pharmacist into a Software Developer with Newvick Lee
Newvick Lee is a software developer at WealthBar, a Canadian fintech company. He’s also working on Habitmon, a chatbot that helps with building habits. But before all this, Newvick was a pharmacist who helped people with mental health issues.  In this episode, you’ll learn… How Newvick made the transition from pharmacist to software engineer without a computer science degree The importance of working on side projects when you're learning to code The advice Newvick shares for anyone who wants to make a tech...

S7E4: An Introduction to Vue.js with Developer and Author Erik Hanchett
Erik is a senior software engineer at an insurance technology company in Reno, Nevada. He’s also a tech author, podcast co-host, blogger, and YouTuber.  Even though Erik has a traditional computer science degree, his path wasn’t very traditional. He took a break from college after a couple of semesters, took a job in tech support for a few years, and then went back to finish his degree. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today:  Erik’s journey to becoming a senior software engineer Why having ...


S7E3: How a Former Squarespace Developer Helps New Coders Build Strong Technical Resumes with Rebecca Garcia
Rebecca Garcia is a Career Coach & Product Manager who helps women build fulfilling six-figure careers in tech. Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft, Developer at Squarespace, and is currently a Technical Product Manager. Named one of the 'Top Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry' by Glamour Magazine, and a 'Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion' from former U.S. President Barack Obama. In this episode, Rebecca shares her story before walking through tips to build your technical resume, ev...

S7E2: How an English Professor Became a Front-End Web Developer with Bekah Hawrot Weigel
Bekah Hawrot Weigel is a mother of four and a former part-time English teacher who redefined her life through coding. As she was giving birth to her fourth child, Bekah experienced trauma that left her with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Feeling lost at the time, Bekah finally took on her husband’s crazy suggestion to learn to code (as he had a few years ago). She found coding surprisingly therapeutic, and a few years later, she graduated from Flatiron School and now works as a front-end web ...

S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor to Web Designer with Chris Misterek
With a full-time job as a worship pastor and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek couldn’t afford to take any job that required him to be away from home. So on a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, took courses, and even started building websites for his friends’ businesses or blogs. He eventually found his way to Showit, a family-oriented tech company, and in this episode, Chris talks about his transition from being a pastor to a web designer, time management strategies, ...


S7E0: Introducing Season 7 of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast
Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code with Me, including what’s new for Season 7 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 6 wrapped in October 2019, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast. Special Announcement: The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale.  This year, you can save over $3,700 i...

The End of Season 6
As the sixth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast comes to an end, I share a few updates about what’s coming up over the next few months....

S6E20: What It Takes to Launch a Successful Side Hustle
Tommy Griffith has been doing search engine optimization for more than 10 years. He was previously managed SEO at PayPal and Airbnb, and now runs ClickMinded, a digital marketing training platform for marketers and entrepreneurs. Tommy started ClickMinded as a side project while working full-time at Airbnb. He grew it until it started generating more revenue than his annual salary. Two years ago, he quit Airbnb to go full-time on it and ran into a number of problems in trying to grow the business from there...


S6E19: An Introduction to Open Source Projects for Beginners
Safia Abdalla is an open source developer, writer, and a software engineer at Microsoft and she also co-hosts the BookBytes podcast, a fortnightly book club for developers. She’s passionate about bringing people together to build great things and using storytelling to share knowledge. In this episode, we discuss… How to get into open source development What makes a good open source project to start with Whether open source contributions can help you get a job How to transition from contributor to maintaine...

S6E18: Etsy Data Engineering Director Shares Her Experience of Inclusion in Tech
Jenn Clevenger is Etsy's Data Engineering Director. In this role, she leads engineering teams in charge of Big Data platforms, Business insights infrastructure and Data Integrations. These teams provide data products and services to internal stakeholders including Analytics, Data Science, Product and Marketing organizations at Etsy. In this episode, we discuss… Job-hunting/career-building when pregnant What a day in the life of a data engineering director looks like How to create an inclusive workplace and...

S6E17: From Newbie Coder to Google Software Engineer in Just 6 Months
Clément Mihailescu enrolled in a coding bootcamp without ever having written a single line of code. Less than six months later, he secured a job at Google as a software engineer. His experience applying for jobs also inspired him to start a side business, helping others practice for the technical interview.  In this episode, we discuss… How to land a job at a top tech company What it’s like working at Google How to prepare for a coding interview What it’s like balancing a side gig and a full-time job Upda...


S6E16: Falling into a Career in FinTech and Content Marketing
Ina Yulo is the global manager for BrightTALK's FinTech and Women in Business communities. She also advises companies including tech giants and large banks on content marketing. She’s on the Women in FinTech Power List, was named a WeAreTheCity Rising Star for 2018, and is both a speaker and a mentor for business owners.  In this episode, we discuss… Current innovations in FinTech What kinds of jobs are available and what level of tech skills you might need Ina’s advice for startup founders and women in bu...

S6E15: The Rise of Coding Bootcamps (And How They Can Transform Your Career)
It can be tough to know if a coding bootcamp is the right investment for you. Before you make that decision, you should weigh all the factors involved and evaluate them in the context of your personality and goals. Here to help explain how to do this is Ruben Harris, CEO of Career Karma, where is empowers people to make their most important career decisions—the first being which coding boot camp is best for them. In this episode, we discuss… The history of bootcamps How to know whether attending a bootcamp...

S6E14: An Introduction to Data Privacy and Data Protection for Developers
If you want to work in tech or run your own business, chances are high that you’ll be working with data at some point. That means you need to know about data privacy, and it’s hard to find someone more knowledgeable and experienced than Sheila FitzPatrick. Sheila is the founder and president of FitzPatrick & Associates, a strategic global data privacy and protection compliance consulting firm. In this episode, we discuss… What developers/tech professionals need to know to make sure that their work follows ...


S6E13: Becoming a DevOps Engineer With No Experience and No Degree
Logan Tran made his tech transition from the music industry about five and a half years ago. He began by self-teaching and building his own projects. He was soon introduced to DevOps through his work and decided to pursue the specialty. Now, he’s in his second DevOps Engineer role at NextCapital. In this episode, we discuss… What DevOps entails, from the culture to the technology to the job market How Logan went from the music industry to tech without a college degree Why working remotely isn’t all beaches...

S6E12: How a Stay-At-Home Mom Landed a Remote Junior Developer Position In Just 9 Months
Christina Gorton is a self-taught creative coder and instructor who works remotely from Costa Rica. She was a stay-at-home mom for 5 years before transitioning into tech, and she landed a junior developer job after just 9 months of learning to code. In this episode, we discuss... How to make time to learn to code as a mom What it’s like to work remotely What creative coding is all about Learn more about Christina and what we discussed on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s spon...

S6E11: What Is a Hackathon and How Do You Prepare for One
"Hacking" isn’t always a bad word in the tech space anymore, thanks to the growing popularity of "ethical hacking" and events like "hackathons". Senior software developer Gwendolyn Faraday loves the power of hackathons to bring beginners together and let them sharpen their skills in a fun and supportive environment, and she now hosts her own hackathons for beginners. In the episode, Gwen discusses... Why hackathons were so important for her own learning journey How to prepare for a hackathon and other hack...


S6E10: How to Use Personal Branding to Land a Job in Tech
Recent tech graduate Marie Armstrong discusses how to stand out to employers if you’re not a straight-A student, and the importance of personal branding to get your name heard. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful...

S6E9: How to Learn Software Engineering Self-Taught vs College
Is getting a college degree worth it if you want to be a software engineer? Mosh Hamedani discusses the best ways to teach yourself tech skills, and why college education may not be the best route for software engineering. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful...

S6E8: How to Market Yourself Online as a Niche Freelancer
Kyle Prinsloo, founder of studywebdevelopment.com, shares advice on finding your freelance niche, how to start your full-time freelance career, and how to market yourself online. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful...

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S6E7: How to Combine Your Passions to Create Your Own Career in Tech
Entrepreneur, content creator and educator Masha Zvereva talks about influencer marketing, how to create your own tech career, and why she founded her business, Coding Blonde. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful...

S6E6: Digital Literacy and the History of the Internet
Chris Castiglione, the founder of One Month, discusses what it means for the internet to be decentralized and the importance of having digital literacy skills in 2019. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Mailparser Thinkful...


S6E4: Web Development, JavaScript and Building an Online Presence
Wes Bos discusses his extensive background in tech, why he started creating online JavaScript courses, and shares some tips on how to build an online presence. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: MongoDB Flatiron School...


Tech Toolbox 2019: Jumpstart Your Freelance Developer Career
Hahna Kane Latonick tells us how freelancing on the side can help you reach financial goals, who freelancing is and isn’t right for, and the main challenges new freelancers experience. Learn more about this special, limited-time bundle here: https://learntocodewith.me/toolbox2019....

Tech Toolbox 2019: How to Learn Development Fundamentals
Michael Hartl explains how to learn the prerequisites to web development, and why you should have a project or goal in mind before you start learning. Learn more about this special, limited-time bundle here: https://learntocodewith.me/toolbox2019....

Tech Toolbox 2019: How to Find Your Tech Career Fit
Jeremy Schifeling shares his advice on finding your ideal tech career fit and how to position yourself during the job hunt. Learn more about this special, limited-time bundle here: https://learntocodewith.me/toolbox2019....


S6E3: Why Accessibility Matters (According to a Totally Blind Programmer)
Judith Lung tells her incredible story about learning to code while blind, what it’s like to work as a blind web developer, and why accessibility in tech matters. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: MongoDB Flatiron School...

S6E2: Why Tech is the Perfect Industry for Working Moms
Erica Peterson, founder of Moms Can Code, discusses her difficult education and how she launched her own business to teach other stay-at-home moms how to work in tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: MongoDB Flatiron School...


Celebrating 100 Episodes of the LTCWM Podcast With Host Laurence Bradford
In this special anniversary episode, I’m interviewed by my friend and former colleague, Jess Catorc. I talk about how I started my career in an unrelated field, why I started learning to code, why I started LTCWM, and my experiences working in tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website....

The End of Season 5
As the fifth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast comes to an end, I share a few updates about what’s coming up over the next few months....


S5E20: How to Travel and Work Remotely Using Your Tech Skills
Full stack developer, Dave Trabka, talks about talks about how he worked abroad, what working on the road actually looks like, and the pros and cons of travelling full time. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Interview Cake Patreon...

S5E19: How One Senior Developer Bounced Back From a Mental Breakdown
Senior developer Seph Cordovano discusses the stress, overwork, and overwhelm that can come with working in the tech industry. He also shares his tips for looking after your mental health. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Patreon Interview Cake...

S5E18: Why You Should Learn to Code Even if You Don’t Want to Work in Tech
Joy Carrera discusses the benefits of learning some basic coding skills even if you’re not a technical person and don’t want to be, as well as the perks of being a digital nomad. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Techmeme Ride Home Interview Cake...


S5E17: How to Transition to a Tech Role Within Your Current Company
Information security trainer Kristen Kozinski discusses learning cybersecurity skills, moving into a more technical role within the company you work for, starting a side business and more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Techmeme Ride Home Interview Cake...

S5E16: How to Start Your Own Business
The Sprout Society founder Nicole Swartz discusses how you can start your own business, the important elements that make up a business plan, and some of the behind-the-scenes operations that go into starting a business. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Techmeme Ride Home Patreon...

S5E15: How to Choose the Best Laptop for Programming
Full-time software engineer and part-time YouTuber Forrest Knight shares his advice on choosing the best laptop to suit your needs, whether it’s for programming or also to do more demanding tasks like gaming. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Interview Cake Patreon...


S5E14: How to Get Started as a Freelance Developer
Homeschooling mom of four and freelance web developer Sarah Greer explains what it’s like to freelance, how she landed her first clients, what she wishes she’d known when she first got started, and lots more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsor: Skillcrush...

S5E13: 7 Emerging Technologies to Learn in 2019
Corporate trainer and YouTuber Navin Reddy discusses emerging technologies for 2019, what’s changed since last year, how to keep up-to-date on tech trends, and more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Interview Cake Patreon...

S5E12: How to Have a Successful Career in Product Design
Lenora Porter discusses how she hustled her way into tech and redefined what it means to be an artist in a world of technology. We also learn about her career journey, how she landed her first design job and so much more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Interview Cake Patreon...


S5E11: How to Get Into the Tech Industry With No Experience
Sameer Syed works at Jigsaw, building technology to fight online censorship. He shares the steps he took to transition into tech from a totally unrelated field and gives advice on how others can do the same. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website....

Taking a Short Break for the Holidays
Laurence announces a short break and shares where you can follow her online in the meantime. She also shares the details of a free upcoming training called How To Close Your First Web Development Client In Under 90 Days....

S5E10: Time Management Tips to Help You Break into Tech
Self-taught developer, speaker, and community builder Pauline Narvas discusses time management techniques, productivity, health and wellness and the role they in tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Backblaze...


S5E9: Why Tech Careers Are Great for Introverts and Extroverts
Co-founder of Dev.to Jess Lee discusses why tech is a great career choice for introverts and extroverts, and how introverts and extroverts can learn from each other. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Backblaze...

S5E8: How to Keep Going When Transitioning into Tech Gets Hard
Former blacksmith and farrier Josh Kemp talks about the obstacles he overcame on his way to becoming a developer (in just 9 months and 2 days). See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Backblaze...

S5E7: How to Make a Midlife Career Change Into Tech
Career coach and founder of Career Rehab, Kanika Tolver, shares her advice for transitioning into tech later in life. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Backblaze...


S5E6: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome When Working in Tech
Rebecca Lima - the founder of Lieu - chats about how to overcome imposter syndrome and self-doubt when working in tech or in an environment where you're different to most people. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Backblaze...

S5E5: How to Come up with Coding Projects to Build
Interview Cake founder Parker Phinney discusses why you should build programming projects, how to come up with ideas, and how to use your projects to land a job in tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Xojo Fullstack Academy...

S5E4: How to Stay Motivated as You Learn to Code
Former data scientist and CEO of Edlitera, Claudia Virlanuta, teaches us how to stay motivated to learn to code and overcome any obstacles in our way. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Xojo Fullstack Academy...


S5E3: How to Decide What Programming Languages to Learn
Writer and teacher David Clinton explains how to figure out which programming language to learn, the best way to learn it, and how many languages you should learn at once. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Xojo Fullstack Academy...

S5E2: 14 Different Tech Careers That Could Be Your Next Job
Team Treehouse's Chief Product Officer Londa Quisling talks us through the different kinds of tech jobs found within organizations. We also chat about how coding skills can help people in a “middle skill job”, and how to future-proof yourself in the world of tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Xojo Fullstack Academy...

S5E1: How to Decide if Tech is For You (And What to Do Next)
Eileen Ho became a software engineer at LinkedIn after working as a math teacher for almost a decade. She discusses the fears she had about her new career, common stereotypes about working in tech, and what to consider before pursuing a career in tech. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Xojo Fullstack Academy...


S4E21: The End of Season 4
As the fourth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I share a few updates about the future of the podcast and Learn to Code With Me as a whole. If you’re going to miss the show, here are a few things you can do: Sign up to get regular emails from me about exclusive discounts, my favorite tech tools, and my latest blog posts. Follow Learn to Code With Me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter. Join my free Facebook group, Newbie Coder Warehouse. Leave a review of the show to let me know y...

S4E20: Projects and Portfolios: a Hands-on Approach to Learning to Code With Ashu Desai
Ashu Desai is the founder of Make School, a computer science college in Silicon Valley that trains students for careers in software development. After a childhood in Singapore and Hong Kong, Ashu moved to Silicon Valley at age 10, where he was bitten by the tech bug. He has been building apps since age 16 after getting involved in the computer science program at his high school and self-teaching coding languages. Ashu attended college for a year, but didn't find the focus practical enough, and dropped out t...


S4E19: From Learning to Code on a Phone to Working for an MIT Startup With Elvis Chidera
Elvis Chidera is a software developer who grew up in a rural part of Nigeria and taught himself how to code on a Nokia phone. When he was only 11 years old, Elvis became curious about how websites were built and wanted to download games on his Nokia phone. That curiosity led him to coding tutorials, and he began using a simple notepad app to code. Eventually he was able to save up enough for a laptop and begin freelancing, but before that, he managed to develop microedition apps using only his phone and Jav...

S4E18: An Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency With Chris Castiglione
Chris Castiglione is the co-founder and CEO of One Month, a professor at Columbia University Business School, and a bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiast. The classes Chris teaches focus on coding, digital literacy, and cryptocurrency. He also hosts a podcast and has written for several online publications, and is passionate about using education to inspire positive change in the world. During his twenties, before founding One Month, Chris traveled the world working as a digital nomad, building websites and...

S4E17: Learning to Code While Working Full Time With a Family With Michael Tombor
Mike Tombor is learning to code while working full time at a health insurance company. He also has two kids and a fiancé. Mike’s goal is to become a full-stack web developer and designer. As he learns, he shares his journey in Medium blog posts and at community meetups to help others balance their own life demands with their goals. Learning to code while working full time (and raising kids) is no easy feat. In our conversation, Mike shares how he balances work, coding, and family. He also explains what drew...


S4E16: Coding Bootcamp or College Degree? With David Yang
David Yang is the co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy, and has 17 years of programming experience. The summer after graduating high school, David became the youngest software engineering intern to ever be accepted at Ernst and Young, and went on to earn bachelor's degrees in computer science and electrical engineering. Before founding Fullstack, he worked as a software engineer at Microsoft and Yahoo, among other companies, and taught at Columbia University as an adjunct professor. In our co...

S4E15: How to Teach Yourself Data Science With David Venturi
David Venturi is a former chemical engineer who began pursuing a tech career in 2015 and found a passion in data. Recently, David used online resources to create a personalized data science master's program, to help others learn data analysis in a well-structured way. The program encompasses courses from top institutions including Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, and focuses on topics like machine learning, software engineering, and back-end development. David also works at Udacity, where he creates and teaches ...

S4E14: Pregnancy and Parenthood in the Tech Industry With Vidya Srinivasan
Vidya Srinivasan is an engineer, speaker, and singer, who works as a program manager at Microsoft and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science. When she's not on the job, Vidya stays busy with tech-related volunteering and activities. She loves to hack-for-good, and has won multiple awards at the Microsoft One Week hackathons. She has been part of the Grace Hopper Conference leadership since 2014 and regularly speaks about tech at various conferences and presentations. Vidya is also passion...


S4E13: Pursuing a Career in Machine Learning With CTO Allan Leinwand
Allan Leinwand is the CTO at ServiceNow. Over his career, he has built a reputation for managing the world’s most demanding clouds. In his role at ServiceNow, Allan is personally responsible for overseeing all technical aspects and guiding the long-term technology strategy for the company. He is involved in building and running the ServiceNow Enterprise Cloud--the second largest enterprise cloud computing environment on the planet. During college, Allan knew he wanted to be involved in tech, though he wasn'...

S4E12: Growing a Freelancing Business as a Data Scientist with Lillian Pierson
Lillian Pierson is a freelance data scientist for SMEs and entrepreneurs, as well as a trainer, speaker, and coach for people who want to get into data science and analytics. Before she got into data science, Lillian worked in engineering. However, her interest in the tech space began early: she started teaching herself basic code in sixth grade, and always enjoyed working with data. When she decided on a career change, data science was the natural choice. Lillian is also the author of Data Science for Dumm...

S4E11: From Theatre to Programming with Dev Mastery Founder Bill Sourour
Bill Sourour is the founder of DevMastery.com, the founder and president of technology consulting firm Arcnovus, and a frequent consultant for the Canadian government. Through DevMastery, Bill offers a weekly newsletter full of tips and resources to help developers program better and advance their careers. Bill has 20 years of experience as a programmer and architect, which he uses to help both individual developers and large organizations as a teacher and consultant. Bill's secondary passion was for acting...


S4E10: Tech Advocacy, Community and Conferences With Bridget Kromhout
Bridget Kromhout is a DevOps professional with a passion for giving back to her community. In her professional working life so far, Bridget spent 15 years as an operations engineer, and now works at Microsoft as a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate. Her spare time is full of tech-related and volunteer activities: she leads the worldwide conference organization Devopsdays, runs community tech events in her home city of Minneapolis, co-hosts the Arrested DevOps podcast, and frequently participates in tech con...

S4E9: How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree With Fernando Hidalgo
Fernando Hidalgo is a self-taught data scientist who went from being a teacher’s assistant to a data scientist in just one-and-a-half years. After studying economics in school, Fernando held a variety of jobs, unsure of what he wanted to do. One day, he started researching data science, and it captured his interest. Using trial and error, a bunch of online platforms, and a data science bootcamp, Fernando completely transformed his career path. Now, Fernando works as a data scientist at Discovery Communicati...

S4E8: How to Stand Out and Get Paid More With Josh Doody
Josh Doody is a salary negotiation coach and author who helps software developers receive more job offers and negotiate higher salaries. In addition to helping clients one-on-one, Josh wrote the book Fearless Salary Negotiation, which includes his best strategies and tactics for getting paid what you're worth. The principles in this book can be used by anyone, not just software developers! Our conversation covers how Josh got inspired to pursue the art of negotiation, how to stand out during the interview a...


S4E7: How to Become a Software Engineer at Amazon and Volunteer on the Side With Christine Chapman
By day, Christine Chapman works as a software engineer at Audible, where she's been ever since leaving her previous role as a full-stack Android developer at Amazon. But her love of tech doesn't stop when she leaves the office: Christine is also passionate about giving back and spreading computer science literacy to her community. Some of Christine's favorite organizations to get involved with are ones that make an effort to increase diversity in the tech world, like Black Girls Code, Girl Develop It, and W...

S4E6: Interviewing and Interning at Big Tech Companies With Neel Mehta
Neel Mehta is a co-author of "Swipe to Unlock: The Non-Coder's Guide to Technology and the Business Strategy Behind It." At time of this interview Neel is a senior at Harvard, studying computer science, and has held internships at Microsoft, Khan Academy, and the U.S. census bureau. One of Neel's greatest passions is using technology for social good. He started by launching an education app with a quarter-million users while he was still in high school. More recently, he founded a civic technology nonprofit...

S4E5: How to Get Started in Data Analytics With Ben Collins
Ben Collins is a spreadsheet developer, data consultant, and data analytics instructor. He blogs and creates courses at BenLCollins.com, focusing on how to work with data using Google Sheets, Apps Script, and Data Studio. Ben has taught workshops on data analysis, as well as doing freelance and consulting work. Prior to striking out on his own, he spent seven years as a forensic accountant focusing on data analysis. In this episode, we talk about what a data analyst does, how Ben taught himself how to code,...


S4E4: From Fashion Model to Frontend Developer With Madison Kanna
In just one year, Madison Kanna transitioned careers from fashion model to software engineer. She is now a fullstack developer at Conversio, and in her spare time blogs about development and life at MadisonKanna.com. Madison has also created a Udemy course, JavaScript For Beginners. Listen to the episode for the story of Madison's journey from homeschooler to college dropout to fashion model to frontend and then fullstack developer. Along the way, she shares thoughts on productivity, working remotely, pursu...

S4E3: Learning Data Science as a Beginner With Alice Zhao
In today’s episode I talk with Alice Zhao, a senior data scientist at Metis. We talk about her background in analytics, the importance of storytelling in data science, and her advice for anyone who wants to get into data science. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Fullstack Academy Xojo...

S4E2: How to Break Into a DevOps Career With Nicole Forsgren
In this second episode of Season 4, I talk with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment. We chat about what DevOps is, the skills a DevOps career requires, and how anyone can get started in DevOps. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Fullstack Academy Xojo...


S4E1: How to Create a Successful Mobile App With Mark Price
Mark Price is a mobile app developer and the CEO of Devslopes. He shares how he got into app development, what makes a successful app, and how he started teaching online. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Fullstack Academy Xojo...

S3E20: Careers in Security with Veracode Co-founder Chris Wysopal
Chris Wysopal is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security. In our conversation, he talks about challenges and career options in the field of security. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Launch Academy Flatiron School...


S3E19: Improving the Quality of Online Education with edX CEO Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal is a professor at MIT, as well as the founder and CEO of edX - an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. We talk about how and why edX was started, trends in online learning, and Anant’s advice for high schoolers. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Launch Academy Flatiron School...

S3E18: Becoming a Software Engineer and Crushing Coder Stereotypes with Laura Medalia
Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Launch Academy...

S3E17: Starting an In-Person Coding Bootcamp with Matt Lane
Matt Lane - the co-founder and lead instructor at Rithm School - shares how he created a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. He also gives us some great interview tips. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School Launch Academy...


S3E16: Using Market Research to Build a Wearable Tech Company with Yasmine Mustafa
Yasmine Mustafa is the CEO and founder of ROAR for Good, a hardware company that provides women with technology to help keep them safe. In this interview she shares with us her journey into tech and how she led Girl Develop It into Philly. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsor: Launch Academy...

S3E15: Learning How To Code with Code Crew Co-founder Jamal O'Garro
Jamal O’Garro lost his job in finance and was unemployed for a year before he taught himself how to code and set up Code Crew. In this interview, Jamal shares some of the best resources available and how important it is to build a network of peers. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School FreshBooks...

S3E14: Mastering the Art of Negotiation in the Workplace with Alexandra Dickinson
Alexandra Dickinson, the CEO and founder of Ask For It, shares her advice on the art of negotiation both in the workplace and at home. She shares some great tips on making more money from a new job or a raise. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School FreshBooks...


S3E13: High School Dropout to Salesforce Admin with Zac Otero
Zac Otero dropped out of high school and worked at factories and other odd jobs before becoming a Salesforce admin. In this interview, Zac shares how he taught himself Salesforce and made the giant career switch. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School FreshBooks...

S3E12: Teaching Kids to Code with Entrepreneur Katy Lynch
Codeverse co-founder and CMO Katy Lynch tells us how she created Kidscript - a programming language for children. She also tell us about her mission to teach 1 billion kids how to code and offers advice for anyone starting a business. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School FreshBooks...

S3E11: Assessing Tech Job Trends with Indeed SVP of Product Raj Mukherjee
Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at Indeed.com, discusses tech job trends, the value of coding bootcamps, and shares advice for people looking to switch into a tech career later in life. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Flatiron School FreshBooks...


S3E10: Starting and Scaling Lucidchart with CTO Ben Dilts
Lucidchart co-founder and CTO Ben Dilts shares how he started and scaled Lucidchart, a diagramming tool for visual communication. Ben also gives advice for those learning how to code. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Rithm School Level...

S3E9: Empowering Women to be Experts in Tech with Seema Gururaj
Seema Gururaj is the Founder and CEO of Square Circle Inc., a platform that empowers women technologists to grow their profile as an expert. In this interview, Seema offers advice for women who want to get ahead in their tech career and build a reputation as a leader. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Rithm School Level...

S3E8: iOS Development and Side Hustles with Janina Kutyn
Janina Kutyn is an iOS developer who has lived in four countries around the world. In our conversation, she shares what it was like working at Apple, what led her start (and later end) her side hustle, Silicon Sweetheart, and much more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Rithm School Level...


S3E7: Coding Daily Through #100daysofcode with Alexander Kallaway
Alexander Kallaway explains how he taught himself how to code and what led him to start the #100daysofcode movement. He also shares advice for fellow beginners feeling stuck as they learn to code. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Rithm School Level...

S3E5: Getting Into Tech with Dev Bootcamp's Director of Curriculum Steven Harms
Steven Harms, Dev Bootcamp's Director of Curriculum, describes how he first got into tech. He also shares how his career evolved from working as a software engineer to helping others become software engineers.  See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Hired FreshBooks...


S3E4: Software Product Management and Building a Startup with Sam Gimbel
Sam Gimbel is Co-Founder and Head of Product at Clark, an app for tutors to manage all aspects of their businesses. Before starting Clark, Sam spent six years working as a PM in NYC at companies like Digital Ocean, DramaFever, and more. See the full show notes on the Learn to Code With Me website. Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Hired FreshBooks...


S3E0: Introducing Season 3 of the LTCWM Podcast
Welcome to season 3 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast. In this season we chat with a range of individuals working in the tech industry including startup founders, iOS developers, product managers and much more....




S2E13: Vegan Blogger Turned Techie with Holy P
Holy P is a vegan blogger turned coder. Today Holy runs Untouchd Mag, helps out with Girl Develop It Atlanta, and has a highly popular Instagram account with over 12,000 followers (and counting)....


S2E8: Starting Free Code Camp with Quincy Larson
Quincy Larson shares how he fell in love with coding, and what led to the creation of Free Code Camp - an open source community that helps you learn to code, then practice by building projects for nonprofits....





S1E13: Switching into a dev career with a full-time job (and life) with Brian Jenney
In less than 7 months Brian Jenney made a complete career switch from a career advisor at a community college to gainfully employed as a full-time developer. In our interview, Brian shares exactly how he made the transition, all while balancing other responsibilities like raising two small children and a second job as a Lyft driver....


S1E11: Creating a boutique design firm with Lisa Ghisolf
Lisa Ghisolf has been successfully running her own boutique design and WordPress firm since 2003. In today’s show, we discuss how she started the business, how it has evolved, her side projects, and speaking at conferences....

S1E10: From coding bootcamp to software engineer with Joshua Penman
Joshua Penman spent most of his career in the music industry until 2015 when he made a drastic career transition into software engineering. Today, Joshua works as an engineer at Asana. In this episode, we discuss his experience at one of the top coding bootcamps in the US (App Academy) plus what it was like finding a job afterwards....


S1E7: Acing your resume and cover letter with Jeremy Schifeling
In this episode, Jeremy Schifeling, CEO + Founder of Break into Tech, shares his top tips for creating a standout resume and cover letter. As a former kindergarten teacher, Jeremy himself transitioned into the tech industry. Ever since he has worked at big companies like Apple and LinkedIn....


S1E5: How to freelance while working full-time with Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson works full-time as a content marketing lead for CreativeLive. Beyond that, he has his own freelance clients and even writes for large publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes, and About.com. Today Ryan and I discuss how you can work full-time AND freelance on the side....


S1E3: Why you should focus on fundamentals first with Chris Lee
Chris Lee is the co-founder of Launch School, an online program that helps people become software engineers. In our conversation we talk about why it's crucial to focus on fundamentals first when learning how to program. And how these fundamentals can help you secure a job as full-time software developer....