105 episodes

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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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.

    S4 E9: Matt Forniciari, Gremlin

    S4 E9: Matt Forniciari, Gremlin

    Matt Forniciari started his career at Amazon. First gig was on the availability team, but then he was tasked with emailing Jeff Bezo's directly about what was working & not working, which he rightfully so, says was stressful.

    Spends a lot of time outdoors, reading, and mostly just away from tech. He is so immersed in tech during the day, that in his free time he prefers to do analog activities... and a lot of activities that require motion. In fact... he claims that his career after tech will be something like a park ranger, taking care of the outdoors.

    While he was managing platforms for other companies - like Salesforce and Amazon - he was burning the midnight oil creating something to help build resiliency in your platform reliability. A solution based on the principles of chaos engineering.

    This is the creation story of Gremlin.

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    • 28 min
    S4 Bonus: Richard Mensah, EllisX

    S4 Bonus: Richard Mensah, EllisX

    Originally from Ghana, Richard Mensah was born into an IT family. From an early age, Richard was the one fixing all of the family tech problems. He could see the potential in technology, to help aid in solving the problems his community was experiencing in Ghana. He loves his country, but he also realized that the US has more resources for innovation than his home country.

    He is a huge music fan - and is a guitar player and singer. He sees the correlation between tech and music, and describes them both as understanding the rules but being able to bend them in your own way to make a product, service, or song. He also loves to dance. In fact, he recently tried to learn Salsa, which he mentions didn't go super great.

    Previously, he founded a few startups and one thing he found was it was hard to scale startups past early adopters. When he met his co-founder, they immediately saw a gap in connecting startups, startup ideas and those that are looking for interesting stories. They decided to build a better way to do this.

    This is the creation story of EllisX.


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    • 25 min
    S4 E8: Brendan & Matt, Fig

    S4 E8: Brendan & Matt, Fig

    Brendan Falk is originally from Australia. Growing up, he was always into computers, sports, extra curricular activities - he was the kid who always had a side hustle going on. Once he got to college, he built a currency converting startup to help him pay his tuition fees... and he has been toying around with startup ideas ever since.
    His partner, Matt Schrage, is from San Fran originally - and he confesses, that its hard to escape tech when you are from the area. He started coding as early a middle school, and hasn't stopped since. And outside of tech... he builds more tech! Tinkering with embedded hardware, robotics and mini-machines.

    After applying to Y Combinator, they were invited to interview with the accelerator. During the interview, they decided to change from their original idea. After that, their YC partner advised them to pivot yet again... so change has been a regular occurrence for this team since the beginning. They realized that every time they went to get setup on a new project, they had to go through the same commands on the terminal, over and over again. Every time, they either forgot what they were, or encountered an issue with their environment that needed to be dug into. They thought, how can we solve the problem of making the terminal easier to use?

    This is the creation story of Fig.

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    • 29 min
    S4 Bonus: Jeff Meisner, Sector 5 Digital

    S4 Bonus: Jeff Meisner, Sector 5 Digital

    Jeff Meisner is an electrical engineering grad from Waterloo in Canada. Post college, he settled in to the DFW area, and worked for several tech companies, mostly on the business development side.

    He loves to travel with his family - his wife of 34 years, 2 daughters & sons in laws, and a couple of grand dogs in the dachshund, beagle and black lab family. In addition to this, he enjoys watching sports, mainly golf and football. Fun fact, he has a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo, but he doesn't keep up with the discipline anymore. Some of his biggest influences are the 10 commandments and the books - good to great, crossing the chasm, and traction.

    He started his agency 6 years ago to create award winning live, 3d experiences for brands like American Airlines, Halliburton, Galderma and other large organizations. When COVID hit, live events were no more, which created a problem for his industry. In response to this, his team built a new platform to connect his clients to their customers... virtually.

    This is the creation story of Sector 5 Digital, and S5D Rush.

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    • 30 min
    S4 E7: Dan Robinson, Heap

    S4 E7: Dan Robinson, Heap

    At 18 years old, Dan Robinson was 100% convinced that he was going to be a mathematician. He went to college at Stanford, and when he got there, he realized that math beyond high school was very different.. and as such, he didn't want to make that his day job. He always enjoyed making stuff, specifically with computers, and he started leaning into computer science and deep learning projects.

    He loves to hike, and be outside with his friends. Recently, he has gotten addicted to chess online - though he claims he's not any good at it. So addicted, that he had to have his close friend hold onto his account password for him.

    Dan is originally from Boston, which is his excuse for being direct and difficult to work with. In fact, he finds it so strange that people don't interrupt others more in the bay area.

    Previously, the CEO of Dan's current venture was a PM at Facebook - and he couldn't get basic answers to how people used the platform. Similar problems were popping up for Dan at Palantir, causing long cycles just to get a single question answered. They both were thinking - there HAS to be a better way.

    This is the creation story of Heap.

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    • 39 min
    S4 E6: Mitchell Hashimoto, HashiCorp

    S4 E6: Mitchell Hashimoto, HashiCorp

    Mitchell Hashimoto started programming in middle school, teaching himself how to code through open source libraries and zip files he could download on the internet.

    He is a pilot, and owns his own plane, which happens to be a Cirrus. He spends an hour a day studying or practicing flying, and even takes his wife and dog up every now and again, when there is something worth flying to and they can make the oxygen work for then dog.

    He attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle, which was located equidistance from Amazon, Google and other cloud focused infrastructure companies. As you could guess, there was a huge focus on this topic while he was at school, and he was able to gain access to vast resources through his computer lab and research projects. It was these projects put the ideas in his head, on what he could make in order for infrastructure to work better.

    This is the creation story of HashiCorp.

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    • 26 min

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602 Ratings

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

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