Episode 19: David Der on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, & Building (And Selling) a Start-Up

Ladies & gentlemen! Welcome back to another episode of RVA Tech Talks! Check out this interview¬†with David Der, AI & ML guru and co-founder of Notch, an ML consultancy start-up which sold to Capital One, where David currently leads a team of engineers within the Center for Machine Learning. This is an amazing episode–one of my favorites yet–so enjoy!

BONUS: Audio Cliff Notes on the AWS Best Practices Whitepaper (Pt. 1 of 6)

Good morning RVA tech aficionados! I think winter is over? Perhaps almost, but snow is on the way, so I’m feeling like the grouchy bat on my friend’s back porch whose photo she took this weekend before I took her bat to the vet (this is not a joke):


Bat body language for “Wtf” + “make it stop” + “leave me alone”.

ANYWAYS, I come with good news! First, I present two key facts:

  1. Whitepapers suck.
  2. Podcasts are awesome.

Like a true student of science, I combined these two facts into what I have coined an AUDIOWHITEPAPER. The ingredients:

  1. The “AWS Best Practices” Whitepaper (here).
  2. A conversational summary of this whitepaper’s contents (here).
  3. Me talking into my computer (below!)

And viola! I give you the first of six parts (~20 min). This one’s topics include just 3 items:

  1. Intro (1 min)
  2. The Cloud Computing Difference (~5 min)
  3. Scalability (~15 min)

If you’re not into audio, I forgive you and have provided the above in text format here.



Episode 18: Peter Harrison on Summiting Volcanos, Morning Routines, & Why Candor is Hard

Hey guys! Welcome back to another episode of RVA Tech Talks, where I sit down with the gurus of Richmond, Virginia’s tech scene to talk about cool tech stuff and secrets of their success.

This month, we’re back with another episode, this time with Peter Harrison, CEO of Snag (formerly Snagajob). We talk about lessons learned hiking a volcano, morning routines that get the day started right, and why candor in the workplace isn’t always easy. It’s 28 minutes but packed with good stuff. Enjoy! iPhone users click here. Otherwise:


Episode 17: Aimee Palmer on Picking an Agile Framework, Why Agile Fails, & Slowing Down to Speed Up

What’s up RVA nerds, hacksters, sculptors in the fine art of technology! Check out this latest episode with agile guru and software delivery black-belt Aimee Palmer. Topics include the basics of getting started with Agile, why Agile fails hard (sometimes), and how Aimee thinks about applying frameworks (of which there are like a dozen).¬† Enjoy!

P.S. Check out the podcast in the iTunes store here!


Episode 16: Drew Firment on Serverless, Building A Cloud Infantry, & Why IT Doesn’t Matter

Check out this latest episode with Drew Firment, Managing Partner at A Cloud Guru, Alexa Champion, AWS Community Hero, and overall awesome technologist!

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Episode 15: Robby Demeria on The New Richmond, Minority Gaps & Opening the RichTech API

Hark, Richmonders! I bring to you another episode of RVA Tech Talks, this time a one-on-one with the distinguished Robby Demeria.

In case you don’t already know the name, Robby is the lobbyist-turned-community-organizer who took the helm of RichTech and has, over the past years, transformed the organization into a vibrant, community-led, practitioner-first tech chapter that’s been at the front and center of Richmond’s blossoming into a mid-Atlantic tech hub. He’s is an exciting leader to be around, and his vision for Richmond is contagious.



Episode 14: Royal Jones on Dev Empowerment, Investing In Your Team, & Doing It Right The First Time

Hey guys! Welcome back another episode of RVA Tech Talk! This episode I give you Royal Jones, who had a successful career at Capital One before jumping to Snagajob where he’s currently serving as Director of DevOps. As a leader, Royal has a unique–even uncanny–ability to relax everyone’s nerves and slowly reel in a problem and its solution. As a person, he’s a blast to be around, so grab an organic kombucha and a vegan yogurt and ENJOY!