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Their tech. Their products. Their stories.

In a tech startup, how do you get from an idea on the back of a napkin to a fully functioning product? Code Story is a podcast featuring tech leaders, reflecting the roads they travelled and the products they created. On the show, we interview tech visionaries, digging into the critical moments of what it takes to change an industry, and build (and lead) a team that has your back.

Hosted by Noah Labhart, this show is a window into the digital startup world. In their own words, tech veterans share what it feels like to create a world class product, how to recover from critical mistakes, and how to scale your solution to the masses.


This podcast is for the tech leader, CTO, CEO, developer, software architect, startup leader, disruptive visionary - or the curious minded individual, who wants to know what a builder goes through in creating world changing technology.

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    • 5.0 • 421 Ratings

Their tech. Their products. Their stories.

In a tech startup, how do you get from an idea on the back of a napkin to a fully functioning product? Code Story is a podcast featuring tech leaders, reflecting the roads they travelled and the products they created. On the show, we interview tech visionaries, digging into the critical moments of what it takes to change an industry, and build (and lead) a team that has your back.

Hosted by Noah Labhart, this show is a window into the digital startup world. In their own words, tech veterans share what it feels like to create a world class product, how to recover from critical mistakes, and how to scale your solution to the masses.


This podcast is for the tech leader, CTO, CEO, developer, software architect, startup leader, disruptive visionary - or the curious minded individual, who wants to know what a builder goes through in creating world changing technology.

    S5 Bonus: Mahmoud Abdelkader, Very Good Security (VGS)

    S5 Bonus: Mahmoud Abdelkader, Very Good Security (VGS)

    Mahmoud Abdelkader immigrated to the United States from Egypt, from a city 100 km east of Cairo, on the Suez Canal. He was 8 years old when he moved to New York City, and later in life, he moved to Maryland, which is where he really started to get into gaming... er... computers. He used to play World of Warcraft and Age of Empires a lot, and through his gameplay, he was led down a path of reverse engineering hacks to aid him in winning.

    Eventually, he started learning high level languages, all in the pursuit of building game hacking systems. He got into real programming when he was 16, slinging some C++ and deciding that he wanted to be a computer engineer. Post college, he worked on Wall Street, which in his eyes, was where he really became an engineer. After working for a startup, he joined Y Combinator and built Balanced, a payments marketplace system, which eventually transitioned to Stripe.

    Outside of tech, he plays basketball, and used to weight lift and do long distance running. He likes to set goals, crush them - and then move on to the next thing, keeping a well rounded life. He used to ride motorcycles, but his wife put a stop to that... especially given they are expecting their 2nd child soon.

    Post his exit from Balanced, Mahmoud began listening to customer needs. What he heard people say was that they really wanted everything that he built in his former startup, minus the payments. Companies wanted the heavy lifting of data security taken off their plate, so they could focus on building their differentiated products.

    This is the creation story of Very Good Security, or VGS.

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    • 46 min
    S5 Bonus: Sergei Egorov, AtomicJar

    S5 Bonus: Sergei Egorov, AtomicJar

    Sergei Egorov grew up in a small city of only 100,000 citizens (which is huge compared to some cities). He grew up in Siberia, in the cold part of the country. His personal record for how cold it was during his time there was -53 Degrees Celsius. And a funny story, on that same day, he had to go to the post office to pay his internet bill.. so he could play video games at 16 years old. His favorite game at the time was Might and Magic, which was also 50% of Russia's favorite game as well. The cold weather was partially the reason he got into tech... cause he could do it at home indoors. Other than that, he was a regular kid, who liked to skateboard, and play guitar in his band.

    Through a chance discovery in Docker's eco-system, Sergei discovered an open source test container library, and realized that they approach he was taking to test containers was out there in the wild. He was invited to be a co-maintainer to the open source library, which would eventually become their current Company today.

    This is the creation story of AtomicJar.

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    • 46 min
    S5 E18: Tigran Nazaryan, 10Web

    S5 E18: Tigran Nazaryan, 10Web

    Tigran Nazaryan started out doing science in University. In fact, he was studying physics, and then went on to do his PhD in Astronomy in Astro Physics. He never imagined he would eventually become a CEO of a company. He's a research guy, and introvert naturally, who likes to read, hike, and do nothing... and by do nothing, he means watch a sunset or the waves of the ocean.

    After school, he joined a company with his friends creating Wordpress plugins. At first, he though engineering wasn't that interesting. But, as it turns out, he decided it was not less interesting than science and research.

    Eventually, he and his business partners decided that they could do more than plugins... by hosting and automating the entire ecosystem. He saw great potential that this type of opportunity could grow big.

    This is the creation story of 10Web.

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    • 24 min
    S5 Bonus: John Kodumal, LaunchDarkly

    S5 Bonus: John Kodumal, LaunchDarkly

    John Kodumal grew up really into computers. And, he is old enough that during his childhood, it was abnormal to be so into computers. To illustrate just how much he was into computers, he told me a story about how he taught himself to touch type in grade school.. using the DVORAK keyboard layout. He is a family man, with 2 children - a 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Outside of family, he has a ton of hobbies and interests, including climbing. In fact, his last trip before COVID hit, he took a bunch of friends and co-workers to ice climb in Colorado.

    Over his entire career, John has been thinking about ways to deliver software better. He did a PhD in programming languages, and he worked at Atlassian for a number of years. When he got connected with his co-founder, Edith Harbaugh, they started to explore just how big of an opportunity they had around feature flags.

    This is the creation story of LaunchDarkly.

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    • 32 min
    S5 Bonus: Brian Singer, Nobl9

    S5 Bonus: Brian Singer, Nobl9

    Brian Singer has always been interested in computers. He into gaming in high school, which he claims is what led him to an engineering degree in college. He got his start in the industry with low level stuff, designing ASIC chips. Post that, he branched into product development, got his MBA, and funny enough, starting working in marketing for the software industry.

    Eventually, he started his own company. From his professional journey, a big takeaway for him was its hard to start a company fresh out of school... cause you don't know anything. He has two boys at home, and is a soccer coach, avid golfer and skier. He finds that the most creative moments for him are away from the digital space, doing analog activities with other people.

    His prior company was called Orbitera, which he eventually sold it to Google in 2016. He spent the first year at Google, migrating the product off of AWS, on to GCP. Once this was done, it was inquired of him about what the SLO's were for the product. This led to the spark of his current venture.

    This is the creation story of Nobl9.

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    • 32 min
    S5 E17: LaKeisha Turner, AlgoPear

    S5 E17: LaKeisha Turner, AlgoPear

    LaKeisha Turner is a strong woman. She has her hands full, as a single mom of a 16 year old girl, and an 8 year old boy. She is a breast cancer survivor, and lover of classical music - previously playing instruments in her high school days.

    She chose a tech path at a very early age, heavily influenced by her grade school computer science teacher, ultimately leading to her decision to pursue a career in technology. When she's not building technology, she likes to take trips with her kids. Each weekend she tries to plan something fun and exciting for them to do as a family.

    A bit a go, LaKeisha was approached by her founder, Ronnie Green, about utilizing her tech expertise to build out his vision for automated, algorithmic trading and portfolio management.

    This is the creation story of AlgoPear.

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
421 Ratings

421 Ratings

GregRatner ,

Love the pod!

Noah goes deep into motivations of various tech leaders for starting their businesses and discusses lessons learned. Lots of great nuggets of gold!

smithspencer817 ,

Informative

I work for Noah at Veryable Inc. and his insight into the tech industry has really helped me grow as a young developer. 10/10 would recommend!

@elpramirez ,

Fascinating and revealing

Always great nuggets of shared wisdom. As an Indie Hacker, I have found this to be a weekly must.

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