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Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.

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Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.

    S02E15 Structuring Engineering Teams

    S02E15 Structuring Engineering Teams

    On this episode of the Story of Software podcast, Didier Caroff, VP of Engineering at Akeneo, shares his insights on structuring and restructuring engineering teams as tech departments grow.

    Didier is the VP of Engineering at Akeneo, a global leader in product experience management. Akeneo helps merchants and brands deliver customer experiences across all sales channels, including eCommerce, mobile, print, and retail points of sale to global brands such as Sephora, Fossil, Shop.com, and Auchan. 

    How to Structure Engineering Teams:
    As software departments grow, the requirements and processes needed to sustain a solid team structure also change. How a 10 person software team works and communicates is vastly different from a 50 or 100 person team. So, what are the ideal conditions and structure to create a productive engineering team?
    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    Ideal engineering team structures for startups and scaleupsQuality assurance within autonomous squadsTeam structures that maximise engineer satisfactionCommon mistakes when structuring engineering teamsYou can find The Story of Software podcast on any podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 21 min
    S02E14 From Single Player to Multiplayer

    S02E14 From Single Player to Multiplayer

    Ron Danenberg, CTO & Co-founder of Kolleno, joins our podcast to talk about growing a company from single to multiplayer & building software collaboratively.

    Ron Danenberg is the Co-founder and CTO at Kolleno, a company on a mission to help businesses streamline credit control and collections. Kolleno automates key credit control functions and uses intelligent omnichannel communications to recover outstanding payments. 


    Growing A Business and A Team:
    We’ve all heard the odds, 9 out of 10 startups fail. With so much pressure on entrepreneurs to succeed, how can a one or two-person team excel and grow sustainably? What are some of the early-stage considerations and decisions that make a difference?
    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    The benefits of an entrepreneurial mindset.The importance of the initial idea and team selection.The challenges and opportunities within the first years of growth.How to interview & hire team members consciously. 
    You can find The Story of Software podcast on any  podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 26 min
    S02E13 Promoting Business Resilience

    S02E13 Promoting Business Resilience

    Marco Hülsmann, Chief Operations and Technology Officer at MyPostcard.com, joins us to talk about business resilience and shares his insights on keeping your company alive when the world changes.


    Marco is Chief Operations & Technology Officer at MyPostcard.com, one of Germany’s fastest-growing technology companies. MyPostcard is made up of an international team passionately and creatively upholding the postcard tradition in the digital age. 


    From a global pandemic to geopolitical issues, the past few years have shown us that you need to have a resilient business model, and a unified team mindset to keep thriving. From various business considerations and strategies to promoting resilience and productivity within your teams - there are many decisions to be made that will determine how your business performs during uncertain times.


    Some of the topics covered in the episode include:
    How to build business resilience in uncertain timesChange management within software teamsTips on supporting team productivity & moraleLeadership advice for today’s businesses

    You can find The Story of Software podcast on any podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 23 min
    S02E12 The Role of Technology in Event Planning

    S02E12 The Role of Technology in Event Planning

    Samantha Mountford, CTO at Feast It, joins our podcast to talk about the current status of the events industry & technology’s role in enabling in-person events.


    Samantha Mountford has decades of experience in the IT industry and has led software teams within various companies. She is currently the CTO at Feast It, the UK’s leading event booking platform, where you can book the perfect suppliers for your wedding, private party, festival, or work event.


    The verdict is out. Most people have had enough of Zoom events and want to get back to in-person events where they can interact with their friends or colleagues in a meaningful way. The events industry, which suffered during Covid lockdowns, is predicted to make a huge comeback, unsurprisingly, large amounts of events and festivals have already been postponed to future dates to be held in person again. 


    What is the role of technology in making these events a reality? And what solutions does it offer to event planners when it comes to choosing providers and saving time?


    Some of the topics covered include:
    Covid and the rise of online events.The trends in online events vs real-life events.The technologies behind big scale events.How software can speed up event planning.
    You can find The Story of Software podcast on any  podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 26 min
    S02E11 Prompting Behavioural Change with Technology

    S02E11 Prompting Behavioural Change with Technology

    Daniel White, CEO and Co-founder of Signol, helps us understand how we can influence behavioural patterns within ourselves and our companies.

    Daniel White is the Co-Founder and CEO at Signol, a software platform that draws on insights from behavioural economics to encourage employees to make more efficient decisions. Signol provides users with actions and feedback through multiple communication channels, as well as data analysis for those in management positions. 


    Developing Greener Habits:
    Today, most people are to some degree aware of the actions needed to be more environmentally conscious. However, why do we find it difficult to make a change? Is there a way that technology can motivate us to take better actions and become greener? 
    If so, can we apply these incentives at a company level and prompt larger groups of people to take climate action?
    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    Can we incentivize employees to change behaviours?How technology can be used to influence behavioural habits.What are the incentives that people react positively to?Ensuring the well-being of team members.
    You can find The Story of Software podcast on any podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 29 min
    S02E10 Sustainability at the Core of Business

    S02E10 Sustainability at the Core of Business

    Nina Mannheimer, Co-founder of Klim, joins us to share her experience of setting up and scaling a company that caters to a growing sustainability initiative - regenerative agriculture.


    Nina Mannheimer is the Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Klim, a company enabling farmers to transition to regenerative agriculture at scale by assisting them via a digital companion. Klim is creating a movement with brands, consumers, and farmers to transform the current industrial farming system into a more sustainable one.


    Building Sustainable Businesses:
    Building a business that offers tangible and sustainable solutions to tackle the climate crisis is tricky. From investment models that do not consider how sustainable businesses work, to the technological challenges of transforming nature into a digital product; there is a lot for startups to figure out. So, how should one go about building a successful business in the sustainability space that can stand the test of time?


    Some of the topics covered in this episode include:
    Regenerative agriculture and its advantagesDeveloping a business model focused on sustainabilityThe business challenges of attracting investment in the field of sustainabilityThe technological challenges involved in sustainability initiativesHiring and managing teams for the right cause
    You can find the Story of Software podcast on any podcast platform of your choice.
    The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com

    • 29 min

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