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4 Tips on How to Recruit a Remote Workforce

“If you want to hire exceptional people, don't expect them to be in your 10-kilometer radius“ said Dominik Angerer (co-founder and CEO of Storyblok) on a recent alphalist CTO podcast. “Expect them to sit somewhere at the bottom of the Himalayas and have the best life there and you just employ them from employer of record.” Storyblok is run by a team of 235 people across 47 countries and as the CEO, Dominik has learned a thing or two along the way. Here is what he shared on the podcast about recruiting a remote workforce in blogpost form.

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Dominik Angerer

3min read


How to Create Simulations for Reinforcement Learning

How can you accurately simulate situations to prepare autonomous vehicles for urban environments? In a recent CTO podcast, Maria Meier (CTO of Phantasma Labs) shared what goes in to creating simulations which are a key aspect of reinforcement learning. She also shares the technical challenges they face in creating simulations for autonomous vehicles and how the simulation landscape on the whole is being standardised.  This is a written version of her podcast for those who prefer to read.

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Maria Meier

9min read


Focus and Flow: Productivity Tips to Improve your Work-Life Balance

20 years ago, there was a clear difference between being at home and being at work. You focussed on your personal life at home and your work only at work. Nowadays, technology has allowed us the flexibility to work from wherever, but it also meant the boundaries between work and life have been blurred -  taking work/life balance with it.  And it isn’t just our personal life that is suffering, our work life is suffering too. Deep focus is extremely important in the tech world and it can’t happen when a person is ‘semi-working’ - checking in on work when they are able to focus on it and when they are at work, they get pinged on other things. Some might blame technology - especially Slack for pulling us into work when we are meant to be relaxing. Or perhaps distracting us from the task at home. Yet, in a recent CTO podcast, Cal Henderson suggested that perhaps it is more of a cultural issue, than a technological one. It is up to us to choose how to structure our working lives and our personal lives. In this blog post, we will discuss key takeaways from the CTO podcast featuring Cal, the CTO of Slack. After all, it  is increasingly important to define those boundaries and be able to disconnect outside of working hours. Setting boundaries is also important for productivity as there are periods when you want to do deep work and stay focused and other moments when you are open for collaboration.

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Cal Henderson

4min read


Bootstrapping A StartUp in 2022 According to DHH

David Heinemeier Hansson started his first tech company in 2003 - when the term SaaS was relatively unknown and many of the toolings we have today didn’t exist. After nearly 20 years in the tech world, he shared in the alphalist CTO podcast what he would do if creating a startup in 2022. Why he would bootstrap it, keep team size small and skip the typical product discovery and validation process. The creator of Ruby on Rails even shares surprising advice on choosing a language. Read on to hear from a SaaS veteran CTO on how to build a successful start-up.

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David Heinemeier Hansson

16min read


The IAM Industry: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends

Covid-19 and the shift to remote work and remote schooling brought many more SaaS solutions into play. Yet for every online service that your work or school requires you to use, you had to scratch your head and come up with another original, complex yet memorable password. Some of you might have given up and used your default password, while others who managed to conjure up a new password- might have written it down or worse, emailed it yourself.    Let’s face it.  The state of authentication today is a mess. People either have one password they use everywhere or they have many passwords but write it down. Identity-management systems aim to change that by providing a single login for all services - either for individuals or teams. Sagnik Nandy, the CTO and President of Technology at Okta - a leading IAM  (Identity and access managemen**t) ** Solution provider - shares insight into the world of identity management, its technical challenges, opportunities and what he foresees for the future of digital identity in a recent podcast with alphalist. We’ve expanded on some of the key takeaways from that conversation.

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Sagnik Nandy

8min read


Building a Scalable Product

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Sagnik Nandy

9min read


NodeJS vs Ruby vs PHP: How to choose a language for your web application

Choosing a language for your web application is no easy task. Especially if you are a SaaS for which your web application or online portal is your core offering. You want to choose something that scales well and covers your business needs both on the front end and back end. Fabian Wesner, Founder of ROQ has a lot of experience with web apps. He built 3 shop systems (that have generated many eCommerce websites) and now offers a modular, Feature-as-a-Service web application generator for enterprise-level execution of web apps.  Fabian shared on the alphalist CTO podcast his insights into web application - based on his years of experience and study. (He spent 20 years working (and leading companies) in PHP before switching to JavaScript which he studied intensively for 3 months full time. In this article, we will discuss the factors Fabian mentioned in the podcast that he suggests we use to determine which language. He then uses these factors to suggest a language for each use case (eCommerce, Static Web Application, and Dynamic Web Application (SaaS, online portal etc.)).

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Fabian Wesner

9min read


Reinventing web performance using webassembly and the edge cloud

Tyler McMullen, the CTO at Fastly, didn’t study IT. He got his first programming job at age 16 while still in high school and never quite got around to going to school after that. Perhaps it is his encounter with computers and the coding world a decade or so before that had prepared him for this moment. “That is how I can be 35 with almost 20 years of experience,” he says amid chuckles.

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Tyler McMullen

4min read