57 episodes

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

The Virtual Coffee Podcast Virtual Coffee

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Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

    Season Six Finale - Talking Hacktoberfest with Bekah, Dan, and Kirk

    Season Six Finale - Talking Hacktoberfest with Bekah, Dan, and Kirk

    It’s the final episode of season six of the podcast and we’re bringing it to you live with Bekah, Dan, and Kirk! We talked a lot about Hacktoberfest with many side-tracks and segues in between.

    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltottKirk: @kirkcodes

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Shelley McHardy: Junior Dev life

    Shelley McHardy: Junior Dev life

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Shelley McHardy, a former chemistry teacher turned front end developer at Rightpoint, and talked about the early career developer's journey. She gave insight into what her seven-month interview process looked like, forcing interviewers to interview you, the importance of finding "your people", and being picky in your job search.

    Links:
    edXCollab LabPLCs- Professional learning communities------

    About Shelley
    Shelley is a former chemistry teacher turned front end developer at Rightpoint. A native San Franciscan, she is currently doing her best to stay cool in Atlanta, Georgia. When not crocheting, she and her wife love hiking the Georgia State Parks, geocaching, cooking, baking, and video games.
    GitHub: @shelleymcqTwitter @shelleymcqDevLinkedIn shelleymchardy-----
    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 50 min
    Ryan Kahn - Building Better Teams

    Ryan Kahn - Building Better Teams

    In today's episode, Bekah and Dan talk to Ryan Kahn, a developer experience and productivity consultant from New York City, about his work as a consultant helping companies to build better software teams. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing that teams are made up of individuals who have different needs and approaches. He also breaks down the difference between quality, technical, knowledge, and innovation debt and the need to identify which most impacts teams as they seek better communication to build a stronger team.
    Links:
    ADR GitHub organizationOblique StrategiesAbout Ryan
    Ryan loves solving the human and technical problems of software development, and works on both as a developer experience and productivity consultant. He lives in New York City with his partner, daughter, and dog. Outside of his work he loves Astronomy and Amateur Radio.

    • 52 min
    Julia Seidman - Embracing the Careen Over the Career

    Julia Seidman - Embracing the Careen Over the Career

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Julia Seidman, a technical marketing consultant and developer in the Seattle area, and talked about her work writing about different technologies, learning by teaching, and embracing the careen over the career. She talks about her career journey from studying anthropology to financial analysis to teaching high school English, ESL and Debate, before landing her current role as a technical writer.
    Links
    KrugerrandGold DoubloonsRhodiumFlutterDeveloper Marketing Does Not Exist------

    About Julia
    Julia Seidman is a technical marketing consultant and developer in the Seattle area. She has 2 terrific kids and a wonderful partner, and her family cos-plays as a “normal” family.
    Julia is a believer in the careen, rather than the career.
    After studying anthropology and writing a senior thesis on the ethics of museum collections of human skeletal remains, she took the job she could get, which was fundraising for a hospital.
    From there, she became a financial analyst and employee educator for 401(k) and pension plans. After that, she got a Master’s in Teaching, and taught high school English, ESL and Debate for most of a decade.
    Now, she works as a freelance technical writer and software developer, specializing in technical content marketing.
    Along the way, she has learned a lot about a lot of things, including the Python ecosystem.

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    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Chad Stewart - OSS and #TechisHiring

    Chad Stewart - OSS and #TechisHiring

    In today's episode, Bekah and Dan talk to Chad Stewart, a Software Engineer from Kingston, Jamaica, about his journey into contributing to Open Source projects like Open Sauced and how to find your way to your first contribution. He shares the inspiration behind his #TechIsHiring project, which helps to identify tech jobs and resources, but more importantly, to connect people in the wider tech community.
    Links
    My Side of the MountainBrian Douglas, aka BdougieOpen SaucedTech Interview HandbookThe AlgorithmsAyuTech is HiringVirtual Coffee Contributors GuideAbout Chad
    Software Engineer from Kingston, Jamaica. Founder of TechIsHiring.
    @Chad_R_Stewart on TwitterSponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 59 min
    Sadie Jay - Technical Interviews for Bootcamp Grads

    Sadie Jay - Technical Interviews for Bootcamp Grads

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Sadie a frontend developer for a federal agency, to chat about her experience navigating the interview process and how she found success after giving tech a second shot. She shares tips on how to avoid burnout both during the interview process and while you're working in tech.
    Links:
    18fSkill CrushLeet Code ChallengeJennifer's List of Interview QuestionsTechnical Test Preparation Advice post by SadieWords of Mouth job emailUS Web Design StandardsJekyll
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    About Sadie
    Sadie is a Front-end Developer and bootcamp alum. In 2016, Sadie started her journey into tech with web design courses. Along the way, she graduated with a Masters specializing in Web Design and Online Communication, taught yoga, searched for cheap flights at a travel startup, volunteered as a writer and proofreader for various non-profits, and contributed to a number of open source projects. Outside of coding and writing, Sadie can be found petting her cat Maxie, hanging out with her mom, or looking up the next vegan restaurant to check out.
    Sadie's Portfolio Site@sadiejay on GitHub@sadiej on LinkedIn
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    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
    Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community.
    Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
    Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.ioPodcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.ioBekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhwDan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 52 min

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