July 28, 2020
As the seventh season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I reflect on the inspiring transformation stories we shared, including recaps of my favorite moments. I also share updates on LTCWM and my goals for 2020, including a sneak peek into what we’re working on next through the end of the year. Catch up on all eight episodes from Season 7 here or at S7E1: Making the Pivot from Pastor to Web Designer with Chris Misterek S7E2: How an English Professor Became a Front-End Web Developer with Bekah Hawrot Weigel S7E3: How a Former Squarespace Developer Helps New Coders Build Strong Technical Resumes with Rebecca Garcia S7E4: An Introduction to Vue.js with Developer and Author Erik Hanchett S7E5: How a Passion for Patients turned this Pharmacist into a Software Developer with Newvick Lee S7E6: An Unexpected Shift from Selling Beer to Coding Bootcamp with Caitlyn Greffly S7E7: From Glassblower to Software Developer using Free Coding Resources with Michael Pimentel S7E8: Building a Robotics Career and the Impact of Mentorship with Camille Eddy You can also check out the podcast on YouTube at This was a new experiment for Season 7, so we hope you’ll check it out and subscribe.
July 21, 2020
As a young aspiring astronaut in high school, Camille Eddy started building websites to pay for her college housing. She’s a first-generation STEM student, and with support from key mentors, today, Camille is a Product Engineer at Bloc and an International Public Speaker. In this episode, you’ll learn… How Camille got into robotics How mentors have played a critical role in her career Why Camille believes it’s so important to advocate for women and Black employees in tech How Camille found internships through her network, and how each internship shaped her career ------------------ To learn more about Camille Eddy, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit ------------------ Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at
July 14, 2020
With barely enough income to support his wife and child, not to mention a poor working environment for his physical and mental health, Michael Pimentel wanted to move on from being a glassblower. That’s why after 9 years in the film industry, Michael decided to pursue a career in tech by using free online resources to teach himself how to code.  If you’re considering a transition to tech from a non-traditional background, Michael offers great advice about teaching himself to code while working a physically intense full-time job, and how his tech career has evolved over the last three years. To learn more about Michael Pimentel, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit ------------- Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at
July 7, 2020
Caitlyn Greffly used to travel around the country selling beer, but it got tiring. So in pursuit of a more sustainable way of living, Caitlyn started teaching herself to code. She ended up joining a bootcamp and quickly received a job offer before she even completed the program, less than 6 months later. In this episode, Caitlyn talks about… Applying to boot camps, and how she came back after getting rejected the first time Her experience learning with Thinkful Finding a job in the middle of the boot camp The benefits of reaching out to experts for tips and shadowing opportunities The changes she had to make with her work due to COVID-19 ------------------ To learn more about Caitlyn Greffly, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit
June 30, 2020
Newvick Lee is a software developer at WealthBar, a Canadian fintech company. He’s also working on Habitmon, a chatbot that helps with building habits. But before all this, Newvick was a pharmacist who helped people with mental health issues.  In this episode, you’ll learn… How Newvick made the transition from pharmacist to software engineer without a computer science degree The importance of working on side projects when you're learning to code The advice Newvick shares for anyone who wants to make a tech career transition. So if you’re thinking about a change into tech and have no formal degree, this interview is for you. To learn more about Newvick Lee, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit ------------------ Thank you to this episode’s partner, Interview Cake, one of the best coding interview preparation courses out there! Learn To Code With Me listeners get 20% off at
June 23, 2020
Erik is a senior software engineer at an insurance technology company in Reno, Nevada. He’s also a tech author, podcast co-host, blogger, and YouTuber.  Even though Erik has a traditional computer science degree, his path wasn’t very traditional. He took a break from college after a couple of semesters, took a job in tech support for a few years, and then went back to finish his degree. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today:  Erik’s journey to becoming a senior software engineer Why having a CS degree doesn’t mean you don’t have to teach yourself to code Why Erik recommends learning the Vue.js framework And more! To learn more about Erik Hanchett, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit ------------------ OPEN NOW! It’s our biggest sale of the year: The 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox. This week only, you can get access to 33 different technical online courses and books. Together, these courses would cost you $4,206. However, for this week only, you can snag them for a fraction of the cost. Specifically you can get them for 94% off.  This bundle is perfect for beginners and intermediate folks alike. Learn more at
June 16, 2020
Rebecca Garcia is a Career Coach & Product Manager who helps women build fulfilling six-figure careers in tech. Previously she was a Program Manager at Microsoft, Developer at Squarespace, and is currently a Technical Product Manager. Named one of the 'Top Women Under 35 Changing the Tech Industry' by Glamour Magazine, and a 'Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion' from former U.S. President Barack Obama. In this episode, Rebecca shares her story before walking through tips to build your technical resume, even if you’re a new coder. She also offers advice on what to do with your resume during this pandemic. To learn more about Rebecca Garcia, Laurence Bradford, and today’s key takeaways, visit ----- The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry.  Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at 
June 9, 2020
Bekah Hawrot Weigel is a mother of four and a former part-time English teacher who redefined her life through coding. As she was giving birth to her fourth child, Bekah experienced trauma that left her with PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Feeling lost at the time, Bekah finally took on her husband’s crazy suggestion to learn to code (as he had a few years ago). She found coding surprisingly therapeutic, and a few years later, she graduated from Flatiron School and now works as a front-end web developer. To learn more about Bekah, Laurence Bradford, or Learn to Code With Me, visit ----- The biggest Learn to Code With Me event of the year is right around the corner — the 2020 Ultimate Tech Career Toolbox bundle sale. When you invest in our 2020 bundle, you’ll get access to a collection of products that can help you level up your coding skills and break into the tech industry. Get notified when the sale opens up by signing up at
June 2, 2020
With a full-time job as a worship pastor, and as a single dad of three girls, Chris Misterek needed a job where he could earn money working from home. On a friend’s recommendation, he started looking into web design, and within 18 months he was able to double his income through Upwork before landing a job at technology company Showit. Learn more about everything discussed in today’s episode at
June 2, 2020
Host Laurence Bradford shares an update on Learn to Code with Me, including what’s new for Season 7 of the podcast. She also shares a few major updates on her life and business since Season 6 wrapped in October 2019, plus an exciting look at what’s to come in this 8-episode season of the Learn to Code With Me Podcast. Get notified about our biggest bundle sale of the year at
October 16, 2019
As the sixth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast comes to an end, I share a few updates about what’s coming up over the next few months.
October 15, 2019
SEO expert and digital marketing entrepreneur, Tommy Griffith, talks about the sacrifices it takes to make a side gig work, how to get your first customers, and when to leave your full-time job to go all-in on your project.
October 8, 2019
Open source developer, Safia Abdalla, talks about how to get into open source development, what makes a good project, and how to transition from contributor to maintainer.
October 1, 2019
Etsy's Data Engineering Director, Jenn Clevenger, talks about what it takes to get into data engineering, equality and diversity in tech and how to create an inclusive workplace.
September 24, 2019
Clément Mihailescu learned to code and landed a job at Google in just 6 months. He shares how he did it, how to prepare for technical interviews, and what it’s like balancing a side gig with a full-time job.
September 17, 2019
Ina Yulo is the global manager for BrightTALK's FinTech community but her career began in advertising. She shares how she fell into tech, how FinTech is disrupting the finance world, and the most common mistake new businesses make.
August 6, 2019
Career Karma founder Ruben Harris talks in-depth about coding bootcamps, including their history, how to know if one is right for you, income share agreements, and the hybrid between bootcamps and traditional colleges.
July 30, 2019
Sheila FitzPatrick, who is considered one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws in over 160 countries, explains the basics of data privacy and what developers and small tech businesses need to know.
July 23, 2019
Logan Tran discusses everything DevOps, including what it is, the technology involved, the jobs available, and how to know whether you might be a good fit for a DevOps career.
July 16, 2019
Christina Gorton, a self-taught creative coder and instructor, talks about making time to learn to code, creative coding, and what it’s like to work remotely.
June 25, 2019
Gwendolyn Faraday, a senior software developer, public speaker, and writer for freeCodeCamp, discusses hackathons for beginners - what they are, how you get involved, and how to prepare for them.
June 18, 2019
Recent tech graduate Marie Armstrong discusses how to stand out to employers if you’re not a straight-A student, and the importance of personal branding to get your name heard.
June 11, 2019
Is getting a college degree worth it if you want to be a software engineer? Mosh Hamedani discusses the best ways to teach yourself tech skills, and why college education may not be the best route for software engineering.
June 4, 2019
Kyle Prinsloo, founder of, shares advice on finding your freelance niche, how to start your full-time freelance career, and how to market yourself online.
May 28, 2019
Entrepreneur, content creator and educator Masha Zvereva talks about influencer marketing, how to create your own tech career, and why she founded her business, Coding Blonde.
May 21, 2019
Chris Castiglione, the founder of One Month, discusses what it means for the internet to be decentralized and the importance of having digital literacy skills in 2019.
May 14, 2019
Find out how former airport security officer Samit Saini transitioned into tech, despite being dyslexic and leaving high school at the age of 16.
May 7, 2019
Wes Bos discusses his extensive background in tech, why he started creating online JavaScript courses, and shares some tips on how to build an online presence.
May 3, 2019
Imtiaz Ahmed shares why Java and Python are great languages to learn first, and how to become a software developer quickly - even if you’re a complete beginner.
May 2, 2019
Mark Lassoff explains how online education has evolved over the years and the best way for beginners to start learning how to code.
May 1, 2019
Hahna Kane Latonick tells us how freelancing on the side can help you reach financial goals, who freelancing is and isn’t right for, and the main challenges new freelancers experience.
April 30, 2019
Michael Hartl explains how to learn the prerequisites to web development, and why you should have a project or goal in mind before you start learning.
April 29, 2019
Break Into Tech founder Jeremy Schifeling shares his advice on finding your ideal tech career fit and how to position yourself during the job hunt.
April 23, 2019
Rehabilitation counselor Judith Lung tells her incredible story about learning to code while blind, what it’s like to work as a blind web developer, and why accessibility in tech matters.
April 16, 2019
Erica Peterson, founder of Moms Can Code, discusses her difficult education and how she launched her own business to teach other stay-at-home moms how to work in tech.
April 9, 2019
A look back on season 5 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, and what’s coming up in season 6.
April 2, 2019
In this special anniversary episode, I’m interviewed by my friend and former colleague, Jess Catorc. I talk about how I started my career in an unrelated field, why I started learning to code, why I started LTCWM, and my experiences working in tech.
March 19, 2019
As the fifth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast comes to an end, I share a few updates about what’s coming up over the next few months.
March 12, 2019
Full stack developer, Dave Trabka, talks about talks about how he worked abroad, what working on the road actually looks like, and the pros and cons of travelling full time.
March 5, 2019
Senior developer Seph Cordovano discusses the stress, overwork, and overwhelm that can come with working in the tech industry. He also shares his tips for looking after your mental health.
February 26, 2019
Joy Carrera discusses the benefits of learning some basic coding skills even if you’re not a technical person and don’t want to be, as well as the perks of being a digital nomad.
February 19, 2019
Information security trainer Kristen Kozinski discusses learning cybersecurity skills, moving into a more technical role within the company you work for, starting a side business and more.
February 12, 2019
The Sprout Society founder Nicole Swartz discusses how you can start your own business, the important elements that make up a business plan, and some of the behind-the-scenes operations that go into starting a business.
February 5, 2019
Full-time software engineer and part-time YouTuber Forrest Knight shares his advice on choosing the best laptop to suit your needs, whether it’s for programming or also to do more demanding tasks like gaming.
January 29, 2019
Homeschooling mom of four and freelance web developer Sarah Greer explains what it’s like to freelance, how she landed her first clients, what she wishes she’d known when she first got started, and lots more.
January 22, 2019
Corporate trainer and YouTuber Navin Reddy discusses emerging technologies for 2019, what’s changed since last year, how to keep up-to-date on tech trends, and more.
January 15, 2019
Lenora Porter discusses how she hustled her way into tech and redefined what it means to be an artist in a world of technology. We also learn about her career journey, how she landed her first design job and so much more.
January 8, 2019
Sameer Syed works at Jigsaw, building technology to fight online censorship. He shares the steps he took to transition into tech from a totally unrelated field and gives advice on how others can do the same.
December 18, 2018
Laurence announces a short break and shares where you can follow her online in the meantime. She also shares the details of a free upcoming training called How To Close Your First Web Development Client In Under 90 Days.
December 11, 2018
Self-taught developer, speaker, and community builder Pauline Narvas discusses time management techniques, productivity, health and wellness and the role they in tech.
December 4, 2018
Co-founder of Jess Lee discusses why tech is a great career choice for introverts and extroverts, and how introverts and extroverts can learn from each other.
November 27, 2018
Former blacksmith and farrier Josh Kemp talks about the obstacles he overcame on his way to becoming a developer (in just 9 months and 2 days).
November 20, 2018
Career coach and founder of Career Rehab, Kanika Tolver, shares her advice for transitioning into tech later in life.
November 12, 2018
Rebecca Lima - the founder of Lieu - chats about how to overcome imposter syndrome and self-doubt when working in tech or in an environment where you're different to most people.
November 6, 2018
Interview Cake founder Parker Phinney discusses why you should build programming projects, how to come up with ideas, and how to use your projects to land a job in tech.
October 30, 2018
Former data scientist and CEO of Edlitera, Claudia Virlanuta, teaches us how to stay motivated to learn to code and overcome any obstacles in our way.
October 23, 2018
Writer and teacher David Clinton explains how to figure out which programming language to learn, the best way to learn it, and how many languages you should learn at once.
October 16, 2018
Team Treehouse's Chief Product Officer Londa Quisling talks us through the different kinds of tech jobs found within organizations. We also chat about how coding skills can help people in a “middle skill job”, and how to future-proof yourself in the world of tech.
October 9, 2018
Eileen Ho became a software engineer at LinkedIn after working as a math teacher for almost a decade. She discusses the fears she had about her new career, common stereotypes about working in tech, and what to consider before pursuing a career in tech.
October 9, 2018
What’s changed at Learn to Code With Me since season 4 of the podcast and what’s coming up in season 5.
March 20, 2018
As the fourth season of the Learn to Code With Me podcast draws to a close, I share a few updates about the future of the podcast and Learn to Code With Me as a whole.
March 13, 2018
In this episode, I speak with Ashu Desai, the founder of Make School. We talk about his experience building his first app at 16, why he dropped out of college, and how to build a portfolio that stands out.
March 6, 2018
Android developer Elvis Chidera explains how he taught himself to code using a Nokia phone, how he got his first freelancing clients, and how he landed a job at an MIT startup. He also shares his favorite free tools for learning to code.
February 27, 2018
Chris Castiglione - the co-founder and CEO of One Month - explains what cryptocurrency is, what job opportunities it’s creating, and what the future of crypto is likely to hold.
February 20, 2018
Mike Tombor has two kids, a fiance, a full-time job, and is also teaching himself how to code. In this episode, we discuss what it’s like learning to code while having so many other responsibilities, and how he finds the time to fit it all in.
February 13, 2018
David Yang is the co-founder and lead instructor at Fullstack Academy. We discuss David’s journey from software engineer to bootcamp founder, and the differences between attending a coding bootcamp and getting a college degree.
February 6, 2018
I talk with David Venturi, a content developer at Udacity who created his own data science degree using online resources. We talk about working remotely, learning to code, and staying positive.
January 30, 2018
Vidya Srinivasan is an engineer, speaker, and singer. She works as Program Manager at Microsoft, as well as chairing conferences and panels, performing, lecturing, and so much more - all while defying the stereotypes as a new mom in tech.
January 23, 2018
Allan Leinwand is the chief technology officer at ServiceNow and is responsible for building and running the ServiceNow Enterprise Cloud. We talk about machine learning, how you can pursue a career in this field, and more.
January 16, 2018
Lillian Pierson is a freelance data scientist and founder of Big Data Gal and Data-Mania. We talk about working from home (or rather working remotely and traveling the world), building an online brand, and how she uses social media to land clients.
January 9, 2018
Bill Sourour, founder of, has spent 20 years as a programmer, architect, and consultant. Bill discusses his transition from tech, to theater and stand-up comedy, and back into tech. He also outlines the skills you need to be a freelancer.
January 2, 2018
Bridget Kromhout spent 15 years as an operations engineer and now works at Microsoft as a Principal Cloud Developer Advocate. We discuss her career at Microsoft, the importance of extracurricular activities to boost your career, and more.
December 26, 2017
Fernando Hidalgo is a self-taught data scientist who went from being a teacher’s assistant to a data scientist in just one and a half years. We talk about how to get into data science, and how anybody can teach themselves advanced tech skills.
December 19, 2017
Josh Doody is a salary negotiation coach and the author of Fearless Salary Negotiation. We discuss strategies and tactics for getting paid what you're worth, the difference between negotiating a job offer and a promotion, and more.
December 12, 2017
In today’s episode I talk with Christine Chapman, a software engineer at Audible. We chat about what it’s like interviewing at Amazon, giving back to the community with your tech skills, and much more.
December 5, 2017
Neel Mehta is a senior at Harvard and a co-author of Swipe to Unlock: The Non-Coder's Guide to Technology and the Business Strategy Behind It. We talk about his internships at Microsoft and Khan Academy, interviewing at top tech companies, and more.
November 28, 2017
I talk with Ben Collins, a spreadsheet developer and online instructor. We talk about data tools and resources for beginners and productivity tips for managing your day.
November 21, 2017
Madison Kanna transitioned from fashion model to software engineer in just one year. We talk about how she landed a job at a startup, working remotely, and lots more.
November 14, 2017
In today’s episode I talk with Alice Zhao, a senior data scientist at Metis. We talk about her background in analytics, the importance of storytelling in data science, and her advice for anyone who wants to get into data science.
November 7, 2017
In this second episode of Season 4, I talk with Dr. Nicole Forsgren, the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment. We chat about what DevOps is, the skills a DevOps career requires, and how anyone can get started in DevOps.
October 31, 2017
Mark Price is a mobile app developer and the CEO of Devslopes. He shares how he got into app development, what makes a successful app, and how he started teaching online.
October 31, 2017
Welcome to season 4 of the Learn to Code With Me podcast. In this episode, I tell you what you can expect from this season, who I’ll be talking to, and how you can keep in touch.
August 8, 2017
Chris Wysopal is the co-founder and chief technology officer at Veracode, where he oversees technology strategy and information security. In our conversation, he talks about challenges and career options in the field of security.
August 1, 2017
Anant Agarwal is a professor at MIT, as well as the founder and CEO of edX - an online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. We talk about how and why edX was started, trends in online learning, and Anant’s advice for high schoolers.
July 25, 2017
Laura Medalia is a software engineer and avid Instagram user. She majored in english, but taught herself code on the side. From college she got a job in a health tech startup. Laura shares how she crushes the coding stereotypes through her Instagram.
July 18, 2017
Matt Lane - the co-founder and lead instructor at Rithm School - shares how he created a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. He also gives us some great interview tips.
July 11, 2017
Yasmine Mustafa is the CEO and founder of ROAR for Good, a hardware company that provides women with technology to help keep them safe. In this interview she shares with us her journey into tech and how she led Girl Develop It into Philly.
July 4, 2017
Jamal O’Garro lost his job in finance and was unemployed for a year before he taught himself how to code and set up Code Crew. In this interview, Jamal shares some of the best resources available and how important it is to build a network of peers.
June 27, 2017
Alexandra Dickinson, the CEO and founder of Ask For It, shares her advice on the art of negotiation both in the workplace and at home. She shares some great tips on making more money from a new job or a raise.
June 20, 2017
Zac Otero dropped out of high school and worked at factories and other odd jobs before becoming a Salesforce admin. In this interview, Zac shares how he taught himself Salesforce and made the giant career switch.
June 13, 2017
Codeverse co-founder and CMO Katy Lynch tells us how she created Kidscript - a programming language for children. She also tell us about her mission to teach 1 billion kids how to code and offers advice for anyone starting a business.
June 6, 2017
Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product at, discusses tech job trends, the value of coding bootcamps, and shares advice for people looking to switch into a tech career later in life.
May 30, 2017
Lucidchart co-founder and CTO Ben Dilts shares how he started and scaled Lucidchart, a diagramming tool for visual communication. Ben also gives advice for those learning how to code.
May 23, 2017
Seema Gururaj is the Founder and CEO of Square Circle Inc., a platform that empowers women technologists to grow their profile as an expert. In this interview, Seema offers advice for women who want to get ahead in their tech career and build a reputation as a leader.
May 16, 2017
Janina Kutyn is an iOS developer who has lived in four countries around the world. In our conversation, she shares what it was like working at Apple, what led her start (and later end) her side hustle, Silicon Sweetheart, and much more.
May 9, 2017
Alexander Kallaway explains how he taught himself how to code and what led him to start the #100daysofcode movement. He also shares advice for fellow beginners feeling stuck as they learn to code.
May 2, 2017
Christie Pitts shares how she worked her way up at Verizon from store manager to venture development manager. Christie also offers advice for those looking to get started in venture capital.
April 25, 2017
Steven Harms, Dev Bootcamp's Director of Curriculum, describes how he first got into tech. He also shares how his career evolved from working as a software engineer to helping others become software engineers. 
April 18, 2017
Sam Gimbel is Co-Founder and Head of Product at Clark, an app for tutors to manage all aspects of their businesses. Before starting Clark, Sam spent six years working as a PM in NYC at companies like Digital Ocean, DramaFever, and more.
April 11, 2017
Tracy Lee, co-founder at This Dot and a Google Developer Expert, describes how she first got into tech after running her own startups for 5+ years. In this interview, she shares advice on learning to code, speaking at events, and much more.
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