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The Reconfigured Podcast is a show that explores the intersection of technology, culture, and society which is hosted by Mohamad Kalaaji (technolaaji). We bring professionals to talk about their extended experience or discuss about a topic that might be interesting. All of our episodes are available for free to the general public at no additional cost

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The Reconfigured Podcast is a show that explores the intersection of technology, culture, and society which is hosted by Mohamad Kalaaji (technolaaji). We bring professionals to talk about their extended experience or discuss about a topic that might be interesting. All of our episodes are available for free to the general public at no additional cost

    #27 - Yan Cui: Serverless on AWS

    #27 - Yan Cui: Serverless on AWS

    Today's episode is with Yan Cui, Principle consultant at TheBurningMonk Limited. We have covered several topics related to serverless in terms of adoption, architecture, security, tooling and frameworks, testing and monitoring, and much more



    Chapters:

    00:00 Introduction and Background

    02:54 Running a Consultancy Company

    07:59 Self-Publishing vs. Working with a Publishing Company

    11:25 The Value of Workshops and Courses

    22:02 Working in different settings

    25:43 Adopting serverless

    39:13 Typical Serverless Architecture

    44:37 Serverless Frameworks

    57:28 Security Considerations in Serverless Architectures

    01:00:28 Challenges and Limitations of Serverless Computing

    01:03:52 Serverless as the right choice for a project

    01:10:06 Ditching Serverless for monolithic applications

    01:16:00 Ditching the cloud towards hosting on dedicated servers

    01:21:22 Testing Serverless applications

    01:31:33 Monitoring Serverless applications

    01:36:41 Yan's podcast: Real World Serverless

    01:37:37 Most rewarding aspect of Yan's work

    01:38:31 Mental Health question



    Links about topics mentioned in the episode:

    Prime video shift towards monolithic: https://www.primevideotech.com/video-streaming/scaling-up-the-prime-video-audio-video-monitoring-service-and-reducing-costs-by-90

    Spotify Test Honeycomb https://engineering.atspotify.com/2018/01/testing-of-microservices/



    Yan doesn't just share insights; he also offer transformative courses and workshops designed to elevate your skills and knowledge in serverless. Whether you're looking to gain a competitive edge or deepen your understanding, Yan's unique blend of practical wisdom and innovative strategies is something you won't want to miss

    Yan's course offering: https://theburningmonk.com/courses/

    Yan's consultancy offering: https://theburningmonk.com/hire-me/

    Production Ready Serverless workshop: https://productionreadyserverless.com/

    AppSync Masterclass course: https://appsyncmasterclass.com/

    Testing Serverless course: https://testserverlessapps.com/

    AWS Step Functions course: https://school.theburningmonk.com/courses/complete-guide-to-aws-step-functions

    AWS Lambda Best Practices course: https://school.theburningmonk.com/courses/learn-you-some-lambda

    Serverless Architecture book: https://www.manning.com/books/serverless-architectures-on-aws-second-edition?a_aid=aws-lambda-in-motion&a_bid=9318fc6f

    Yan's podcast: https://realworldserverless.com/



    (P.S. The links shared here do not contain any affiliate codes, and Reconfigured is not affiliated with Yan to promote his offerings. I have personally invested in his courses and have benefited tremendously in my professional life)



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    • 1 hr 39 min
    #26 - Christophe Zoghbi: AI Education in MENA

    #26 - Christophe Zoghbi: AI Education in MENA

    Today's episode is with Christophe Zoghbi, founder at Zaka AI and Beirut AI. We have covered several topics related to AI from its impact on daily activities, trends, challenges and bias regarding AI, and much more

    00:00 Intro
    00:23 Christophe's intro
    00:57 Christophe's journey into the world of AI
    06:32 Challenges educating in the AI space
    12:00 Significant ways AI is impacting society and culture
    14:53 Using AI as a buzzword in business proposals
    18:20 Decision between in-house AI or externally hosted AI
    24:52 Data privacy around AI
    28:05 Bias in AI
    32:38 Social challenges in AI
    34:43 Emerging trends in AI
    39:15 Is academia preparing students for the market or is there a gap?
    42:21 What is the most rewarding aspect in Christophe's perspective
    44:51 Christophe's perspective on certain things did work out but not as expected
    52:48 When people think AI is getting dumber by time
    56:02 What people take for granted
    01:00:00 Mental Health question
    01:03:28 Outro

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #25 - Patrick Samy: Reaching your peak performance

    #25 - Patrick Samy: Reaching your peak performance

    Today's episode is with Patrick Samy. Patrick is currently working on Peak (https://www.joinpeak.co/), co-founder and CEO of Span (acquired by Eight Sleep). We have talked about several topics from working in big corps, starting your own company, providing market fit, and much more

    00:00 Intro
    00:23 Patrick Intro
    01:08 Peak
    09:57 Span (from start till Eight Sleep acquisition)
    23:16 Providing market fit
    24:48 Perspective on entrepreneurship and product development after acquisition
    26:53 Intersection of modern technology on fitness and wellness industry (Artificial Intelligence)
    35:45 The influence of Patrick's technical expertise on his approach towards product development
    42:02 Working in a big corp (Microsoft)
    45:09 The 30 year old rule
    47:20 Advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to build a successful product
    56:10 Privacy and security in the fitness/wellness industry
    01:04:39 Misconceptions and myths surrounding sleep/fitness products
    01:07:32 Intuitive and user friendly design's effects on people's psychology
    01:20:02 Most rewarding aspect of Patrick's work and what he is proud of
    01:21:59 Does Patrick attribute himself lucky with all of his endeavours and achievements
    01:23:53 Doing something that worked out but not for the reason he thought it would work
    01:25:59 Patrick's take on what people take for granted
    01:29:46 How has Patrick changed in the last 3 years
    01:32:31 Mental health question
    01:36:23 Outro

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    #24 - Shane Afsar: how to be an effective engineering manager

    #24 - Shane Afsar: how to be an effective engineering manager

    Today's episode is with Shane Afsar, Senior Engineering Manager at Algolia. We have talked about several topics including engineering management, remote team management, dealing with legacy systems, getting involved in the business of things, how to know if someone fits your team, and much more

    00:00 Intro

    00:41 Shane's intro

    01:05 Shane's role at Algolia

    02:55 Developer experience, how does it work?

    04:42 Algolia's crawler and how it functions

    05:44 Shane's experience working at LinkedIn for 8 years

    20:15 Dealing with legacy systems

    21:47 Shifting from writing code to getting involved into the business aspect

    23:26 Shane's experience at Twitter before and after Elon's acquisition

    30:30 Twitter's Community Notes feature

    31:55 The work environment difference between a big corp and a small corp

    35:31 Switching teams in large corps and small corps

    36: 53 The journey from software developer to engineering manager

    41:07 Pitfalls during transition and what to take into consideration when starting out as an engineering manager

    57:57 How to grow a team of 5 developers to a team of 12 cross functioning developers

    01:05:34 How to manage remote teams efficiently

    01:13:29 Fostering a culture of growth and skills within a team

    01:16:32 How to know if someone is fit for your team

    01:18:43 Evaluating employees who use AI extensively for work

    01:27:01 Does academia prepare you to enter the market

    01:37:09 Mental Health question

    01:45:49 Outro



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    • 1 hr 46 min
    #23 - Fadi Boulos: Hiring right and supporting local in companies

    #23 - Fadi Boulos: Hiring right and supporting local in companies

    Today's episode is with Fadi Boulous, founder and CEO of Supportful. We have discussed several topics from supporting local talent, decreasing the brain drain, supporting companies efficiently, dealing with remote teams, hiring the right talent, and much more

    00:00 Intro

    00:44 Fadi's intro

    01:13 Fadi's journey switching from academia to entrepreneurship

    03:15 Lebanon's 2019 crisis

    04:11 Key takeaway from entrepreneurship

    04:38 Formal education is no longer critical

    06:38 How Supportful started as a side hustle

    09: 11 Creating connections with people

    11:38 Supportful's mission

    13:47 Maintaining strong remote teams

    15:46 Criteria to prioritize when hiring new talent + company culture

    17:15 Community influence on direction and growth

    20:20 Key strategies for visibility, sales, and customer base

    22:16 Personal accounts vs company accounts for authenticity

    26:05 Balancing technical skills with sales

    28:51 Strategies and practices in building a talent pool + keeping the team up to date

    35:54 Culture difference between France and Lebanon

    37:54 Customer feedback's influence on service development

    39:13 Fadi's leadership philosophy

    40:59 Where the tech industry heading towards in the next 5 years

    47: 42 Advice for people to become founders

    49:48 Work life balance for founders and CEOs

    53:36 Mental health question

    01:02:14 Outro



    If you wish to learn more about Supportful then feel free to check out their official website https://www.supportful.world


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    #22- Jonathan Gottfried: empowering hackers, launching impactful hackathons

    #22- Jonathan Gottfried: empowering hackers, launching impactful hackathons

    Today's episode is with Jonathan Gottfried, co-founder of Major League Hacking (MLH). We have discussed several topics from organizing hackathons to fostering diverse events and building the next generation

    00:00 Intro

    00:41 Jon's intro

    00:51 Rewarding aspect of building and growing MLH over the years

    02:19 MLH's role of documenting stories of student hackers

    05:34 MLH's impact on participants career

    08:58 MLH's contribution to foster a sense of inclusivity and diversity

    12:32 Organizing events of people from different skill levels

    14:50 First time hackathon experience

    16:26 Challenges that aspiring software developers face when transitioning to a technical founder

    19:01 Developers preferring to create B2B services than B2C

    21:55 MLH collaborating with Fortune 500, FANG, Big Four companies and the impact it has on people's careers

    23:58 Key attributes essential for individuals to become successful technical founders

    26:11 Finding a good co-founder

    27:28 MLH shifting from LLC to C-corp then B-corp

    30:02 Transitioning to B-corp inspiration for other companies who might want to consider

    32:06 Translating hackathon collaboration skills to the software industry

    34:49 MLH initiatives reaching global reach, how MLH addresses cultural and societal nuance

    37: 38 MLH activities affects on becoming a developer evangelist

    40:21 Difference between evangelist and developer relations

    41:05 MLH mentorship from alumni/experienced hackers

    43:18 MLH challenges and obstacles when starting and running it for the past 10 years

    45:41 What sparked Jon's interest into the world of hacking and technology

    52:08 What developer evangelism means to Jon

    53:53 Jon's experience as a developer evangelist at Twilio

    55:24 The State of Developer Education podcast

    57:12 Consideration of the idea of pursuing something new in the future

    59:30 Going outside the comfort zone to starting something new like a startup

    01:02:31 Mental health question

    01:07:03 Outro



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    • 1 hr 7 min

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