Episode 371 | Eric Brandes - Boring Tech Fun Business

Developer On Fire show

Summary: <div> <div>Guest:</div> <div> <div><a target="_blank" href=""></a></div> <div><a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/">@</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="podcast-episode"> <div class="subtitle"> Eric Brandes talks with Dave Rael about about community, culture, impact, enigeering, and making a successful business </div> <div class="podcast-summary"> <p>Eric is one of the founders and current CTO of TrackJS, a growing boostrapped business focusing on JavaScript error monitoring. Prior to founding TrackJS he spent over a decade consulting at Fortune 500's on large web projects. From building MVPs to overseeing development on billion dollar web properties, he has strong opinions about building software and delivering value. Sometime he gives talks and writes about it. When he's not writing code, he's making bad 80's music and rap beats.</p> </div> <div class="podcast-chapters"> <h6>Chapters:</h6> <ul> <li><a href="#!"> - Dave introduces the show and Eric Brandes</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric on speaking at and sponsoring conferences</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - PubConf</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Building a positive culture</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - TrackJs and cloud computing</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Minnesota developer communities and the passing of a great in David Hussman</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric's thoughts on becoming a business owner and operator</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric's story of failure - slow (rather than fast) business growth, failure to to convince project teams that big integration at the end was a bad idea</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Origins of TrackJs</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric on travel and social interaction as an introvert</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Roles at TrackJs and the sometimes butting of heads of running a business together</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric's book recommendations</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Eric's top 3 tips for delivering more value</a></li> <li><a href="#!"> - Keeping up with Eric</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="podcast-resources"> <h6>Resources:</h6> <ul> <li><a href="https://tkjs.us/onfire" target="_blank">TrackJs</a></li> <li><a href="https://trackjs.com/blog/" target="_blank">The TrackJs Blog</a></li> <li><a href="http://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-160-todd-gardner-tracking-success" target="_blank">Todd Gardner on Developer On Fire</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_It_Be_(song)" target="_blank">Let It Be - The Beatles</a></li> <li><a href="https://pubconf.io/" target="_blank">PubConf</a></li> <li><a href="http://developeronfire.com/ErikDietrich" target="_blank">Erik Dietrich</a></li> <li><a href="http://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-198-bryan-cantrill-persistence-and-action" target="_blank">Bryan Cantrill on Developer On Fire</a></li> <li><a href="http://developeronfire.com/podcast/episode-315-david-hussman-from-success-to-fulfillment" target="_blank">David Hussman on Developer On Fire</a></li> <li><a href="https://changelog.com/podcast/205" target="_blank">A Protocol For Dying - Pieter Hintjens on The Changelog</a></li> <li><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_aren%27t_gonna_need_it" target="_blank">YAGNI</a></li> <li><a href="http://agilemanifesto.org/" target="_blank">Manifesto for Agile Software Development</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="podcast-book-recommendation"> <h6>Eric's book recommendation:</h6> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/0735619670/?tag=devonfir-20" target="_blank">Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition - Steve McConnell</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/1942788290/?tag=devonfir-20" target="_blank">The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win - Gene Kim</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FEK8J94/?tag=devonfir-20" target="_blank">Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="podcast-tips"> <h6>Eric's top 3 tips for delivering more value:</h6> <ol> <li>Use boring technoolgy ("There's no place in software for optimism")</li> <li>Do the hardest thing first</li> <li>Keep it simple (and really think about what you mean by "simple" and if it really is)</li> </ol> </div> </div>