23 episodes

The Zero Prime Podcast with Pete Soderling explores the early stories of top startups as seen through the eyes of their engineer-founders. In each episode we uncover insights on what it takes to start a company as an engineer in the words of the founders themselves. From the most cutting edge infrastructure companies to the newest trends in developer tooling, we introduce you to the engineer-founder personalities behind the up and coming software startups that you can’t afford to ignore.

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The Zero Prime Podcast with Pete Soderling explores the early stories of top startups as seen through the eyes of their engineer-founders. In each episode we uncover insights on what it takes to start a company as an engineer in the words of the founders themselves. From the most cutting edge infrastructure companies to the newest trends in developer tooling, we introduce you to the engineer-founder personalities behind the up and coming software startups that you can’t afford to ignore.

    E23: Inside the Mind of an AI Pioneer: A Conversation with Alex Mashrabov

    E23: Inside the Mind of an AI Pioneer: A Conversation with Alex Mashrabov

    In this episode, I sit down with Alex Mashrabov, the visionary CEO of Higgsfield AI. We journey through Alex's impressive career, beginning with his time at Yandex where he witnessed the early implementations of neural networks. We explore what ignited his entrepreneurial spirit and delve into the stark contrasts between the Russian and American educational landscapes.Our discussion then moves to Alex's experiences in building generative AI products, starting with AI Factory, which focused on...

    • 28 min
    E22: From BigQuery to Motherduck: The Journey of Jordan Tigani

    E22: From BigQuery to Motherduck: The Journey of Jordan Tigani

    In this episode, I chat with Jordan Tigani, the dynamic engineer-founder of MotherDuck who previously led Google's BigQuery team and headed up product at SingleStore. Jordan shares the inspiring origin story of MotherDuck, which emerged from the overlooked analytics' long tail, focusing on serving small users in data analytics. Our conversation delves into thought-provoking topics such as the conundrum of big data, bridging the gap between unstructured AI data and traditional data struc...

    • 21 min
    E21: The Power of Pricing with Alvaro Morales of Orb

    E21: The Power of Pricing with Alvaro Morales of Orb

    In this episode, Pete speaks with Alvaro Morales, the co-founder and CEO of Orb, who shares his journey from being an engineer to becoming the founder of a flexible billing engine for modern software pricing. Alvaro traces his path from Lima, Peru to San Francisco, discussing the rise of startups in his home city as well as his early engineering experiences at Yahoo, Palantir and Asana. His early days founding Orb were not without challenges, especially when it came to signing up c...

    • 24 min
    E20: Building Sustainable Businesses in the Tech Industry with Craig McLuckie

    E20: Building Sustainable Businesses in the Tech Industry with Craig McLuckie

    In this enlightening episode, I have the privilege of hosting Craig McLuckie, a tech industry veteran who has made significant contributions to the cloud computing industry and is currently the Co-founder & CEO of stacklok. We begin by exploring his journey from Microsoft to Google, where he co-authored Kubernetes, a pivotal project that has shaped the industry. We also delve into his post-Google venture, Heptio, and the strategic planning that led to its success. Craig offers valua...

    • 26 min
    E19: Overcoming Self-Doubt to Become a Founder with Erik Bernhardsson

    E19: Overcoming Self-Doubt to Become a Founder with Erik Bernhardsson

    In this episode, I chat with Erik Bernhardsson, co-founder and CEO of Modal, about his journey from Spotify engineer to startup CTO to startup founder. Erik takes us back to his early days as a software engineer and shares how his transformative years at Spotify ignited his startup mindset. We discuss the challenges he faced during his transition from engineer to founder, including overcoming self-doubt and stepping into a leadership role. Erik also talks about his experience building open so...

    • 23 min
    E18: Data Tool Disruption: Barry McCardel on Building Hex

    E18: Data Tool Disruption: Barry McCardel on Building Hex

    In this episode, we chat with Barry McCardel, Co-Founder and CEO of Hex, as he shares how honing his leadership skills in college paved the way for his journey to becoming a founder. Barry discusses building his team with former Palantir colleagues and Hex's emphasis on design from its inception. He shares insights on Hex's rapid feature development, scaling challenges and his vision for the future of data tooling. The episode concludes with Barry's thoughts on emerging trends in data, infras...

    • 24 min

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