How a very average programmer became GitHub’s CTO (Ep. 447)
We chat with Jason Warner, former CTO of GitHub, who has taken his experience in software development and engineering management to the world of venture capital.
Jason is now a managing director at Redpoint Ventures and has led one investment so far, backing a company called Alchemy that is focused on infrastructure and dev tools for web3.
He describes himself as a “very average” programmer, but an excellent engineer, and explains how he parlayed his unique skill set into key roles at Heroku and GitHub.
Our lifeboat for the week goes to dfrib for suggesting a solution to: Error “nil requires a contextual type” using Swift
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Being a self-taugh programmer, I felt like the title of the podcast was a click-bait.
Haha, i feel you. I had to crosscheck the URL
Some very insightful comments from Jason about the nature of careers as a technical resource (at any level of the company). The fact that no one understands technology well enough to make informed decisions about investing or creating value in a tech company, of any size, rang very true to me.
I have never had a CTO and felt like they were a rockstar genius at coding, in fact I would even be surprised if the CTO was better at like… completing tickets than a good senior engineer.
I found trying to teach young people programming without systems aspects as a failure to the tech industry. Learning to program is good, but understanding system aspect is that next level. This is specially true in a cloud computing world.