80 episodes

Welcome to the Pair Program from hatchpad, the podcast that gives you a front-row seat to candid conversations with tech leaders from the startup world. Join host Tim Winkler alongside co-host Mike Gruen as they bring together two guests to dissect topics at the intersection of technology, startups, and career growth. 

Tim Winkler is a serial Entrepreneur and is the CEO of hatch I.T. a Software Recruiting Company focusing on newly emerging Startup companies.

Mike Gruen is a Technologist & Engineering Leader with decades of experience in the field. He is currently the Director of Engineering at Cherre, the leader in real estate data and insight.

Get Answers to your most pressing startup questions:
💡 Do I need a college degree to work as a Software Engineer?
💡 Should we build or buy software?
💡 How do startups get funded?
💡 How do I get into Product Management?

All these questions and more will be answered for you by our experienced hosts and industry-leading guests. Make sure to catch each episode every other week and follow us on Social to stay up to date with hatchpad.

🐣 What is hatchpad? 🐣
Hatchpad is the community for startup technologists.
Our members include Software Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, and Tech Executives; all connected through their passion for startups and desire to create innovative technology.

Every week we chat with startup technologists to provide you behind-the-scenes insights on technical skills, career advice, and industry trends.
This community is for you if you want to learn from and grow alongside a curated group of startup technical professionals.  

🚀 Sign-Up for Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/ 
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The Pair Program hatch I.T.

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Welcome to the Pair Program from hatchpad, the podcast that gives you a front-row seat to candid conversations with tech leaders from the startup world. Join host Tim Winkler alongside co-host Mike Gruen as they bring together two guests to dissect topics at the intersection of technology, startups, and career growth. 

Tim Winkler is a serial Entrepreneur and is the CEO of hatch I.T. a Software Recruiting Company focusing on newly emerging Startup companies.

Mike Gruen is a Technologist & Engineering Leader with decades of experience in the field. He is currently the Director of Engineering at Cherre, the leader in real estate data and insight.

Get Answers to your most pressing startup questions:
💡 Do I need a college degree to work as a Software Engineer?
💡 Should we build or buy software?
💡 How do startups get funded?
💡 How do I get into Product Management?

All these questions and more will be answered for you by our experienced hosts and industry-leading guests. Make sure to catch each episode every other week and follow us on Social to stay up to date with hatchpad.

🐣 What is hatchpad? 🐣
Hatchpad is the community for startup technologists.
Our members include Software Engineers, Product Managers, Data Scientists, and Tech Executives; all connected through their passion for startups and desire to create innovative technology.

Every week we chat with startup technologists to provide you behind-the-scenes insights on technical skills, career advice, and industry trends.
This community is for you if you want to learn from and grow alongside a curated group of startup technical professionals.  

🚀 Sign-Up for Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/ 
🤖 Check Out the hatchpad: http://myhatchpad.com/ 

Follow us on Social Media!!
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/hatchpadcommunity/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/my_hatchpad
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBy9WYJlx31R3QmbSlR85Dg

    Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44

    Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44

    Overcoming the Valley of Death: Startup Solutions in Government Tech | The Pair Program Ep44
    Join us for an insightful exploration into the intricate landscape of government technology modernization, as we delve into the daunting valley of death faced by startups in the defense sector.
    Our guests, Warren Katz and Col Aneel Alvares, bring unparalleled expertise and firsthand experience in overcoming the regulatory, bureaucratic, and scalability hurdles that often impede innovation in government operations.
    They offer invaluable insights into the funding gap, product-market fit challenges, and the transformative potential of government reform. From navigating long sales cycles to addressing scalability and integration issues, this episode paints a comprehensive picture of the current state of affairs and highlights the critical need for a healthier ecosystem for small businesses in government tech.
    About Aneel Alvares. Col Aneel "Cramden" Alvares helps lead engagement with the DoD and is the Boston Lead at the Defense Innovation Unit. His military background includes experience as a B-1 pilot, terminal attack controller, and operational test and evaluation leader, with service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In his current role, he leads a team that frames new projects by leveraging commercial sector technologies to address priority DoD problems, while also working to engage the greater Boston and east coast innovation ecosystems.
    About Warren Katz. Warren is currently Chairman of The Board of The Alliance for Commercial Technology in Government. Previously, Warren was the Managing Director for Techstars’ Air Force Accelerator, helping AFWERX and the US Air Force become more attractive customers to startup companies. He is an angel investor and mentor to dozens of dual-use companies and was formerly the CEO of MAK Technologies. With Bachelor’s in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, Warren possesses deep technical and business acumen, with specific expertise in barriers to doing business with the government.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Alexis Smirnov | Beyond the Program
    Welcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.
    Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Alexis Smirnov. Alexis is the CTO of Dialogue, Canada's premier virtual healthcare and wellness platform, providing affordable, on-demand access to quality care.
    In today’s episode, they discuss:
    A career starting on a programmable calculator, to Russian Space Research Institute to Microsoft to Co-founding two tech companiesWorking in HealthTech and the Purpose it can give youImportance of promoting yourself into new rolesImportance of building relationships through your careerHow you grow in your career and the importance of selling Vision and working with others to create the actions to achieve itAs a co-founder how important to recognize when you hit a wall, or when your work as IC is less important than the co-ordination of othersHow much of your focus at C-suite is on the growing of a healthy and sustainable business
    About today’s guest: Over his three decades in the software industry, Alexis has used transformational technologies to build products and services at startups and Fortune 100 companies. In 2016, he co-founded and is serving as the CTO of Dialogue, Canada's premier virtual healthcare and wellness platform, providing affordable, on-demand access to quality care. Before Dialogue, he led the design and development of the social analytics system, built an award-winning semantic search engine, and incubated a platform for conversational apps. Alexis has co-founded Pi Corp, a pioneering cloud startup and successfully sold it to EMC. An active member of Montreal's technology startup community, Alexis holds several software patents.
    About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 57 min
    Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43

    Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43

    Frontline Innovators: Transforming Defense Technology with AFWERX and Second Front Systems | The Pair Program Ep43
    In this enlightening episode, we explore the groundbreaking work of Second Front Systems and AFWERX – both organizations that are driving technological advancements for our nation's warfighters. Join our guests, Donald 'Chee' Gansberg and Enrique Oti, as they share their remarkable journeys and insights at the intersection of software innovation and national security.
    Chee, a former special operations forward air controller turned software evangelist at AFWERX, and Enrique, Chief Strategy Officer at Second Front Systems and retired Air Force Colonel, provide unparalleled perspectives on government tech modernization and the challenges of navigating the federal acquisition process. They delve into the mission of AFWERX to foster internal innovation within the Air Force and Second Front
    Systems' quest to bridge the gap between cutting-edge technology and government utilization.
    From overcoming bureaucratic barriers to building trust with the government, this episode offers invaluable insights for
    anyone passionate about defense tech innovation and the transformative power of collaboration between startups and government agencies. Tune in to discover how these visionary leaders are reshaping the future of defense technology.
    About Donald ‘Chee’ Gansberger:
    Chee Gansberger was a computer programmer in the IndyCar series and the Silicon Valley who decided one day in September, 2001, that he'd rather jump out of airplanes and blow things up. After years as a special operations forward air controller including numerous deployments as a front-line operator, he ended up first in traditional acquisitions and then in the innovation scene. After helping usher in modern software reform while part of DIUx he then moved to AFWERX, as a software evangelist trying to bring innovative use of software to the warfighter.
    About Enrique Oti:
    Enrique Oti is the Chief Strategy Officer of Second Front Systems (2F), where he fast-tracks government access to disruptive, commercially-proven software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for national security missions. Prior to joining 2F, Enrique had a 23-year career in the United States Air Force, during which he served in multiple assignments as a cyber warfare officer and China Foreign Area Officer. Enrique commanded an intelligence support squadron in Korea, and was a co-founder of the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley. He co-founded the Kessel Run software development program, and in his final assignment served as the Kessel Run commander, retiring as a Colonel. Enrique earned a BS in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and an MA in International Relations from Zhejiang University in China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 54 min
    CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Sushma Nallapeta | Beyond the Program
    Welcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.
    Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Sushma Nallapeta, CTO of Trusted Health.
    In today’s episode, they discuss:
    -How success changes for each role
    -Finding the balance for each role between control and influence
    -The importance of confidence
    -Making decisions without having all the information
    -How to know your customer
    -Building strong partnerships
    -Networking with peers outside of the business

    About today’s guest: As CTO of Trusted Health, Sue Nallapeta leads an organization of over 100 technologists, reimagining healthcare staffing with a core mission of helping people find care. With a background in Computer Science, Sue has over a decade of experience across various consumer facing businesses, marketplaces and enterprise software. She has navigated the landscapes of both public companies and startups, weathering numerous acquisitions on both ends of the spectrum. She has built highly performant, vastly scalable engineering systems that have touched millions of customers and led product and technology innovations that have contributed to top line company growth.
    About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organizations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 47 min
    Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42

    Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42

    Guardians of Innovation: Exploring the Intersection of Military Defense and Tech | The Pair Program Ep42
    In this captivating episode, we delve into the dynamic world of military defense and its profound impact on technological innovation. Join our guests, Sean Leahy and Les Craig, as they share their firsthand experiences and insights gained from their distinguished careers in the defense tech space.
    Les, a Partner at Next Frontier Capital and a former Infantry Officer and Platoon Leader, brings a unique perspective shaped by his military service and subsequent roles in intelligence and cybersecurity startups. Sean, a seasoned defense and intelligence technologist, offers invaluable expertise cultivated through his diverse roles supporting defense agencies and startups alike.
    Together, they explore the evolving landscape of defense technology, discussing emerging trends, the surge in the defense tech industry, and the pivotal role of the military in driving innovation.
    About Les Craig
    Les has been a Partner at Next Frontier Capital since 2017, where he has led 12 direct investments and serves on the boards of 7 portfolio companies. He is a 2003 graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, and served as an Infantry Officer and Platoon Leader in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and 1st Ranger Battalion, as well as an Aide on General Stan McChrystal's staff at Joint Special Operations Command. Post military commitment, Les served as a Technical Operations Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He co-founded two start-ups: The Twenty, a data science services company and RedOwl Analytics, a venture backed cyber security software company that was acquired by Forcepoint in August of 2017.
    About Sean Leahy
    Sean is a career defense and intelligence technologist, currently working as an independent advisor to defense technology startups and investors. He began his career supporting DARPA, JIEDDO, the U.S. Army, and multiple teams within the Intelligence Community. He was Director of Technical Services at Sayari Labs, a dual use technology company. In 2023, he served as a Defense and Technology Fellow in the Office of Senator Steve Daines of Montana. He is a graduate of Columbia University.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the Program

    CTO Wisdom with Barnaby Dorfman | Beyond the Program
    Welcome to CTO Wisdom. In this series, we interview technical leaders who have stepped into executive positions.
    Today’s guest host, Eric Brooke, speaks with Barnaby, Dorfman, a visionary technology executive with decades of leadership experience in the tech industry.
    In today’s episode, they discuss:
    The importance of learning how to sell ideas in a way your audience understandsHow to lead through layers of abstractionThe importance of considering the Product Lifecycle in the way you build the TeamThe toughest part of technical leadershipAnd much more!
    About today’s guest: Barnaby Dorfman is a visionary technology executive with decades of leadership experience in the tech industry. His career spans a broad spectrum of roles, including founding startups, leading innovative projects at Amazon.com, and driving growth as a CTO for several companies. He is currently supporting multiple CEOs with tech strategy and execution. His role at Go1 as CTO was marked by remarkable achievements in building a global team and securing investments from top-tier venture capital firms, contributing significantly to the eLearning platform's hyper-growth. Barnaby's tenure in technology leadership positions, such as his time at Payscale.com and his groundbreaking work at Amazon.com, reflects his passion for creating high-performance teams and innovative products. He is credited with launching the first version of Amazon Marketplace, developing IMDbPro.com, and inventing search technologies used globally. With a deep commitment to fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence, Barnaby continues to influence the tech industry through his advisory roles and speaking engagements, sharing insights drawn from a rich and diverse career. Barnaby graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University and has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
    About today’s host: Eric Brooke has a rich and varied leadership career - leading up to 21,000 people and Billions in revenue, throughout 14 countries. In their career, they have been an Executive six times (e.g. President, CEO, CMO, and CTO) and a Board member of multiple organisations. Eric has been a CTO of scaling startups from 0 to 120 engineers. As an adviser and mentor, they have helped multiple other startups scale both in Canada and the US. As well as supporting multiple startup incubators such as 1871 in Chicago and TechStars.
    Sign-Up for the Weekly hatchpad Newsletter: https://www.myhatchpad.com/newsletter/

    • 51 min

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29 Ratings

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Great podcast that flows well!

Awesome hosts with good conversations!

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Underrated startup podcast

A friend shared one of the episodes from this podcast with me and I got hooked. I love learning about different startup journeys in tech.

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Fun conversations about tech startups

This is a great podcast covering a broad range of topics and perspectives of technology and startups. The hosts are fun and casual and the concept of pairing is a great way to get different perspectives.

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