Investing in Underrepresented Tech Founders with Arlan Hamilton’s Backstage Capital

We talked to Arlan Hamilton two years ago (almost to the day) as she was starting her Venture Fund for underrepresented founders. What’s changed since then? Arlan Hamilton’s Backstage Capital has invested more than $4M+ in over 80 companies led by underrepresented founders. How has she gone from Homeless to VC in just a few years? Arlan also recently started Project Cover to give micro-grants to driven creatives. Scott catches up with Arlan to hear about how she’s continued to build her team and her fund and BUILD COOL STUFF. And also – what’s the right way to eat string cheese?

A history of the Windows 95 Start Button and User Research at Microsoft with Kent Sullivan and Derek Hoiem

Kent Sullivan and Derek Hoiem were some of the original hires at the User Research Labs at Microsoft. The worked on the exploratory user research that produced the taskbar and Start menu, as well as the iterative research that helped nail down the details. How did the Start Menu and Start Button come to be?

Inside the world of Star Trek’s Visual and Practical Effects with Dan Curry

Dan Curry was a Visual Effects Supervisor, Visual Effects Producer, Second Unit Director, Director and Main Title Designer for Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and Next Generation series. He spent 18 years doing Star Trek and pioneering visual and practical effects. On this episode he talks to Scott about his time and inspiration for a number of the props you’ve seen in the show you love! Even better, some of his collection is being auctioned on April 15th, 2018.

Christine Spang’s Open Source Journey from Teen OSS Contributor to CTO of Nylas

Christine Spang started her tech journey contributing to Debian while still a teenager. She went on to MIT, then worked on Ksplice, helping the Linux kernel stay up-to-date without rebooting. From there working as a Principal Developer at Oracle, Christine when on to co-found Nylas where she’s currently the CTO. Scott talks to Christine about her experience, her thoughts on going from Dev to CTO, leading teams, and their product suite at Nylas.