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What happens when software eats the world? Industry veterans Paul Ford and Rich Ziade chat with their friends about technology, design, and business from a distinctly East Coast point of view. Decades of experience inform their no-BS, quick-witted patter about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital product studio they co-founded in New York City

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What happens when software eats the world? Industry veterans Paul Ford and Rich Ziade chat with their friends about technology, design, and business from a distinctly East Coast point of view. Decades of experience inform their no-BS, quick-witted patter about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital product studio they co-founded in New York City

    Regulating Product Decisions: With Jason Goldman

    Regulating Product Decisions: With Jason Goldman

    As someone who has worked both in Silicon Valley and in The White House, Jason Goldman has a unique perspective on tech regulation. This week he shares his thoughts on the rise of monolithic social media platforms and how they’ve been used to advance political agendas and promote hate. He shares what he’s learned about regulation while working in the White House and reminds us that there’s hope in younger generations.

    • 35 min
    A Case of the Monday.com: The Rise of Project Management Tools

    A Case of the Monday.com: The Rise of Project Management Tools

    It feels like every week a new software as a service project management tool pops up. This week we discuss if these spreadsheet-like project management tools can act as a good template for shipping products. We discuss the power dynamics related to project management and talk about whether these notification driven tools are actually effective or if they are instead just a bit annoying.

    • 30 min
    Happiness Engineer: On Job Descriptions and The Culture They Represent

    Happiness Engineer: On Job Descriptions and The Culture They Represent

    This week Paul & Rich discuss what’s in a name, or more specifically a job description. We read some recent job postings and try to understand how tech culture got to the point of needing DevSecOps and Happiness Engineers. We talk about how the industry creates specialized skills and share our experience evolving within our own jobs.

    • 20 min
    Voting by Phone: Why It Isn’t Possible...Yet

    Voting by Phone: Why It Isn’t Possible...Yet

    It’s 2020. You can buy just about anything on your phone, you can do banking on your phone, so why can’t you vote on your phone? This week, Paul & Rich discuss the various security concerns that could come with online voting. We talk about the possible vulnerabilities in an online system and the danger of removing the people, checks and balances that come with traditional voting. Most importantly, be sure to go vote!

    • 15 min
    Flight Simulator: On The World of Microsoft

    Flight Simulator: On The World of Microsoft

    Microsoft used to be all about Windows but in recent years we’ve seen a huge transformation in the company. They went from thinking monolithically to branching out and making new connections with users on several different devices. This week we break down how Microsoft’s failures and new leadership led to a more diversified list of products and how humility helped them move forward.

    • 30 min
    Data as Conspiracy: Using Data to Manipulate the Masses

    Data as Conspiracy: Using Data to Manipulate the Masses

    We’ve been seeing a lot of questionable data being thrown around recently - think Trump’s interview with Jonathan Swan. As the election approaches, we can’t help but notice how data is being used to manipulate people. This week we dive into conspiracy thinking and talk about how tech today is being used to spread what were once fringe opinions to the masses.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Post Prufrock ,

one of the few good podcasts

paul ford is one of the greatest living tech critics. rich ziade needs to come around to socialism.

JoshCrist ,

Weekly masterclass in tech and biz 🙌

Paul and Rich bring so much insight, wisdom and entertaining anecdotes to these conversations! It's quickly become one of my favoirte shows to go to because they pull no punches and always get right to the core of whatever point they're exploring. This approach helps bring out the best in their guests too - which leads to candid and insightful episodes. The description says no "bs" and they mean it! Highly recommend if you're looking to level up your thinking and execution in business (and life!). Thanks team Postlight!!

jwoolson ,

Fun for the whole crew of code nerds, managers, designers

Postlight.com co-founders, CEO Paul Ford and President Rich Ziade, and their employees and guests banter with humor about technology, how to build things with empathy, and how to manage people and projects with humanity.

In Track Changes, Rich and Paul do not take themselves or their subject matter too seriously. If you work in any field even remotely related to computers or technology or if you care about how we can all infuse cold technology with a warm human heart, give this Track Changes podcast a listen.

Personal aside: I went to university with Paul Ford a zillion years ago and he has never lost his joy of figuring out how things work, and how to make them better.

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