36 episodes

Real life stories and lessons of software product development. See what happens at startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies so YOU can build a successful career in IT and engineering.

Grant shares first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to work across Aerospace, Fintech, Top Secret Defense Research and Development, Startups, and High Tech companies. Hear about software architecture and infrastructure, as well as the software development lifecycle and Agile product delivery. Find out what it takes to manage your career and be a successful IT leader and engineer at highly competitive, top tech companies.

Read more at: https://grantdryden.com

If you have a question that you want answered, send it to: hello@grantdryden.com

Getting into IT with Grant Grant Dryden

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Real life stories and lessons of software product development. See what happens at startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies so YOU can build a successful career in IT and engineering.

Grant shares first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to work across Aerospace, Fintech, Top Secret Defense Research and Development, Startups, and High Tech companies. Hear about software architecture and infrastructure, as well as the software development lifecycle and Agile product delivery. Find out what it takes to manage your career and be a successful IT leader and engineer at highly competitive, top tech companies.

Read more at: https://grantdryden.com

If you have a question that you want answered, send it to: hello@grantdryden.com

    The United States Executive Order on AI | Startups, GenAI companies, everyone pay attention!

    The United States Executive Order on AI | Startups, GenAI companies, everyone pay attention!

    Join Grant in this must-listen episode as he unravels the dynamic and often turbulent world of Artificial Intelligence. From the boardroom dramas at OpenAI to the intricate details of President Biden's groundbreaking Executive Order, Grant dives deep into the AI revolution that's reshaping our world.
    Discover the inside scoop on OpenAI's leadership shake-ups and Microsoft's pivotal role, and why these changes matter to you. The heart of this episode lies in a compelling, detailed analysis of the Executive Order on AI. Uncover its potential to revolutionize innovation, competition, and collaboration in AI.
    This episode isn't just for tech enthusiasts; it's a call to anyone curious about the future shaped by AI. The engaging narrative and insightful analysis will leave you pondering the implications of AI in our lives, the workplace, and the global stage.
     
    Sponsored by:
    Rooted Concepts Inc.
    https://codewarden.ai

    • 32 min
    Prompt Engineer | The Evolution and Impact of AI in Software Development

    Prompt Engineer | The Evolution and Impact of AI in Software Development

    In this episode, Grant dives deep into the revolutionary realm of Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, exploring their transformative role in solving complex issues in natural language processing and their burgeoning application in diverse domains. With AI’s innovative ability to comprehend and generate multiple languages and even code, the integration and utilization of LLMs are forging new paths, redefining traditional concepts of coding, and propelling the emergence of prompt engineering.
     
    Sponsored by:
    Rooted Concepts Inc.
    https://codewarden.ai

    • 23 min
    Guest: Ben Whately | Neural networks, how the brain learns a language, and founding his startup company Memrise

    Guest: Ben Whately | Neural networks, how the brain learns a language, and founding his startup company Memrise

    Ben Whately is the CSO and co-founder of Memrise.  A psychologist by education, with a Masters in Experimental Psychology from Oxford where he focused on neural networks and computational modelling of human learning, Ben has spent the last 15 years looking at ways to learn and teach languages.
    While studying psychology, he formed a theory for why this is, and founded the startup company Memrise in order to bring that theory into reality. He believes that people fundamentally learn languages to connect with other people or because they are enamored of the culture of that language, and Memrise strives to embody this experience of connection.
    Ben is also a prolific angel investor, investing in and advising more than 50 companies in the UK startup ecosystem, with a focus on Al, machine learning and climate tech.
    In this episode, we talk a lot about how the brain learns a new language as well as Ben's experience founding and growing a startup company.
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    Get started with Memrise: https://www.memrise.com

    • 58 min
    Guest: Steve Toy | Memrise and AI-Powered Language Learning

    Guest: Steve Toy | Memrise and AI-Powered Language Learning

    Steve Toy is the CEO of Memrise, a language platform that uses spaced repetition of flashcards to increase the rate of learning, combined with a GPT3-powered "AI Language partner" that allows learners to practice human-like conversations. 
    In this episode, Steve and I discuss how Memrise operated throughout the pandemic, the use of technology as a platform for running a language learning company, and how ChatGPT, GPT 3.5, and AI in general is impacting the tech landscape.
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    Get started with Memrise: https://www.memrise.com

    • 55 min
    Guest: James Jones | QOL Group and Supporting a Diverse Workforce

    Guest: James Jones | QOL Group and Supporting a Diverse Workforce

    James Jones is an IT leader and the founder of the QOL Group, a non-profit organization providing support for the disabled.  He is a highly motivational speaker and I was blessed to be able to record an episode with him.
    In this episode, James talks about his journey of getting into IT, the importance of emotional intelligence as a manager and leader, and shares experiences from the industry that have left an impact on him both personally and professionally.  We discuss what good leadership looks like, as well as how to be an ally to a diverse workforce, being supportive of people with different backgrounds from ourselves.
    No matter your background, there's something we can all learn from James!
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    Connect with James on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-jones-m-jur-mim-mis-csm-sa-0231a47
    Support QOL Group at: https://qolgroup.net

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Building Web Scale Applications | Cloud Computing at Scale

    Building Web Scale Applications | Cloud Computing at Scale

    Building a web, or internet, scale application is no small feat.  Yes, anybody can get something running in the cloud quickly these days, but that doesn't make it good!  If you want to build a good internet scale application, listen and learn what it takes.
    We'll discuss the three pillars of scalable applications: maintainability, reliability, and availability.  And we'll talk about SRE, DBRE, and Security in the context of scaling compute and databases at a global scale.
    This episode is intended to give you a perspective on why internet scale applications are so expensive, and what it takes to build and maintain them.
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    • 32 min

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Fantastic

I really like Grant’s calm demeanor and he really does make these complex conversations easy to understand to someone who isn’t trained in tech. Absolutely love the podcast.

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ChatGPT

Grant is giving a great and simple understanding of how ChatGPT and ChatGPT-3 is being used by comparing it to how GPS first came about and our awe of the thought of “magic” being used.
This is a great half hour+ on how the backend is created and diffusing and giving thoughts to if it is human.
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Great insights and advice from a seasoned leader

Listened to a few of these podcasts and what a treat to hear insights from a seasoned technology leader. Specifically, Grant’s advice on asking for a pay raise was a very methodical and data centric approach which should be met with very positive results.

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