Constant Variables takes a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build and grow digital products. Focused on helping non-technical people become more comfortable with the nerdy jargon related to mobile software development, we break down technical topics to make them less complex and more accessible, because as Steve Jobs said, “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
From project managers charged with managing a digital project, to app-based startups looking to scale, to organizations tackling digital transformation initiatives, we share our insights and regularly interview individuals who have "been there, done that" to leverage their expertise and learn from their mistakes.
77: Wantrepreneurs vs Entrepreneurs with Mickeli Bedore of Closers Media
Mickeli Bedore, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Closers Media, joins the show to talk about sales-informed marketing and how to incorporate user feedback into your product. Then Mickeli and Tim dive into why they have heat with pitch decks and the entrepreneur lifestyle before getting personal about how they deal with the roller coaster of emotions that comes with running your own business.
76: How New Technologies Transform Healthcare with Scott Brown of Revealix
Every 20 seconds, someone loses a limb to diabetes. Scott Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Revealix, joins the show to share how his company is taking a digital approach to preserving limb health using artificial intelligence. Scott chats about how AI is transforming the healthcare space, the importance of testing for failure, the privacy concerns around AI, and the ease and difficulty of working with new technologies.
75: Managing Teams and Projects Like a CTO with Nelly Yusupova of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs
You don’t have to know how to code to successfully manage a technical team, project, or startup. Nelly Yusupova, CTO, Startup Tech Advisor, and Creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, joins the show to discuss how to build tech teams when you aren’t a technical person, from understanding lean and agile methodologies, to deciding what tools to use, to earning a CTO, to not impeding progress with NDA’s.
74: Creating Sustainable Digital Products with Tom Greenwood of Wholegrain Digital
Every Google search you do affects the environment, and Tom Greenwood, Managing Director at Wholegrain Digital and author of Sustainable Web Design, joins the show to chat about the issues of web sustainability. He shares techniques and processes for making digital products more sustainable, as well as gives advice on how to be a champion for sustainable tech within your company and with your clients.
73: The Effects of Technology on the Environment
In this episode, Tim chats about the impact our digital world has on our physical world. Using an Uber thought experiment, you will learn how tech affects energy consumption, which parts of your phone consume the most energy, what our power grid looks like, and how we store energy.
72: Moving from Legacy Software to a New Tech Platform with Ann Pifer and Ryan Jordan of Adopt A Classroom
Custom software isn’t always the right solution, particularly for a nimble non-profit. Adopt A Classroom’s Technology Project Manager, Ryan Jordan, and Executive Director, Ann Pifer, join the show to chat about how to make a massive transition from a legacy platform over to Salesforce, how to adjust an organization’s mindset to be agile, and how to work with users to make sure you are continuing to invest in features that provide the best return on investment.