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Moving from CEO back to IC: A chat with Mitchell Hashimoto on his love for code (Ep. 412)

Today's episode is a fascinating discussion with Mitchell Hashimoto, cofounder of HashiCorp, who recently returned to the role of independent contributor after stints as both CEO and CTO. We talk about his journey learning to write software, how he came up with the idea for Terraform, and why he prefers slinging code to executive roles.
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Today’s episode is a fascinating discussion with Mitchell Hashimoto, cofounder of HashiCorp, who recently returned to the role of independent contributor after stints as both CEO and CTO. We talk about his journey learning to write software, how he came up with the idea for Terraform, and why he prefers slinging code to executive roles.

Episode notes:

Neopets: A little-known gateway into a software career. (Nineties kids will remember.)

Among the products Mitchell helped build at HashiCorp: Terraform, Vagrant, and Vault.

Not many C-level execs return to IC roles, but you might be surprised how many managers move back to being individual contributors.

Follow Mitchell on Twitter here.

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