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February 11, 2020
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his background, how he got his start in PR, working with companies during periods of huge growth, what it takes to run a successful startup, his experience co-authoring a novel, the history of self-publishing, his motivation for setting up Smashwords and his passion for book publishing, and building Smashwords into the biggest distributor of independent ebooks in the world. This interview was recorded on January 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM142-Mark-Coker-2020-01-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
February 4, 2020
Ken Buckler is the author of the Leanpub book Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ken about his background, his first experience with a computer and his early development of an interest in cybersecurity, the importance of privacy when it comes to technology, the relationship between cyber attacks and social engineering, the vulnerabilities of voting machines in the United States, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on January 20, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM141-Ken-Buckler-2020-01-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 28, 2020
Marshall Poe is the founder of the New Books Network and author of How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Marshall about his background, how he got interested in Russian history, the development of the academic study of history in the United States and its German roots, Wikipedia and the collaborative nature of knowledge, and the creation and success of the New Books Network. This interview was recorded on December 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM140-Marshallt-Poe-2019-12-12.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 21, 2020
[This Frontmatter Podcast episode was originally published on 2019-05-01...] Alberto Brandolini is the author of the Leanpub book Introducing EventStorming: An act of Deliberate Collective Learning. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Alberto about his background, how he got into programming and eventually consulting, what the EventStorming process is and its relation to domain-driven design, the "dungeon masters" of company software, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on April 23, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 14, 2020
Nicholas Russo is the author of the Leanpub book Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nick about what he's been up to since he last appeared on the podcast, becoming a father, getting into the challenging work of making technical training videos for some of the world's top training video providers, starting his own business, about his latest book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 10, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM139-Nicholas-Russo-2019-12-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 7, 2020
Aaron Sumner is the author of the Leanpub book Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec: A practical approach to test-driven development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Aaron about his background, how he got into programming, the nature and importance of software testing, the origin of his blog, his book, getting your book translated, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 26, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM138-Aaron-Sumner-2019-11-26.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 17, 2019
Tom Hombergs is the author of the Leanpub book Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Clean Web Applications with Code Examples in Java. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tom about his background, how he got into programming, the value of doing a year abroad in high school, switching jobs and moving to Australia, software architecture, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 20, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM137-Tom-Hombergs-2019-11-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 11, 2019
Larry Shushansky is the author of the book Independent Enough: A Book About Relationships. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Larry about his background, overcoming drug addictioin and serious illness, the US military draft process during the Vietnam war and his own service in Japan, the impact of US politics and polarization on people's relationships, the nature of dependencies in personal relationships and what it means to be "Independent Enough", his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 19, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM136-Larry-Shushansky-2019-11-19.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 4, 2019
David Clinton is the author of the Leanpub book Solving for Technology: How to quickly learn valuable new skills in a madly changing technology world. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with David about his background, the challenges of teaching high school, whether or not teenagers looking for careers in software should go to university, big career changes, using technology to do modern education at scale, his books and his experience working with different publishers, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 29, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM135-David-Clinton-2019-10-29.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 27, 2019
Ana Bell is the author of the Manning Publications course Get Programming with Python in Motion. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ana about her background, how she got into Computer Science, and what it's like teaching popular MIT programming courses both in person and online. This interview was recorded on October 25, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM134-Ana-Bell-2019-10-25.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 15, 2019
Adam Bertram is the author of the Leanpub book Teach Me: How to Write How-to Technical Articles that Make Money. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Adam about his background, how he got into technology, remote work, ADHD, software automation, freelance and technical writing and negotiating pay, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 22, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM133-Adam-Bertram-2019-10-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 5, 2019
Henning Schwentner is the author of the Leanpub book Domain Storytelling: A Collaborative Modeling Method. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Henning about his background, how he got into programming, the collaborative nature of programming and the importance of developing soft skills, the nature of Domain-Driven Design and Domain Storytelling and their application in the development of sophisticated ship navigation software for the port of Hamburg, the nature German compound words, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 10, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM132-Henning-Schwentner-2019-10-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
October 23, 2019
Ricci Wolman is the Founder and CEO of Written Word Media. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ricci about her background, the challenges and benefits of beginning your career in the demanding environment of investment banking, the evolution of online marketing and ecommerce, some of the reasons email newsletters have proven to be such a good tool for marketing, her experience building a successful business that helps authors and publishers find the right readers for their books and drive book sales, and at the end, they talk about some important changes in the indie publishing industry that have been taking place recently. This interview was recorded on October 3, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM131-Ricci-Wolman-2019-10-03.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
October 10, 2019
Helen Anderson is the author of the Leanpub book Big Data: From A to Z. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Helen about her background, her path to a career in tech, supply chain analysis, data science, working with imperfect data sets and issues around data visualization, career shifts, big data, her blogging, her books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 23, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM130-Helen-Anderson-2019-09-23.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
September 24, 2019
Pamela Q. Fernandes is the author of romance fiction and Christian women's non-fiction books. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Pamela about her background, Marian apparitions, how she got into writing, her experience builing a website and an author platform, some of the pitfalls of social media, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM129-Pamela-Q-Fernandes-2019-08-12.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
September 17, 2019
Isaac Lyman is the editor of the Leanpub book Your First Year in Code: A complete guide for new & aspiring developers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Isaac about his background, how he first got into programming, his unique novel-writing app Edward the App, "outliners" vs. "pantsers", his book, the role imperfection can play in software code, some things to theing about when you're getting your first job, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM128-Isaac-Lyman-2019-08-12.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
September 10, 2019
Victoria Morgan-Smith is the author of the Leanpub book Internal Tech Conferences: How to accelerate multi-team learning across departments. In this special episode of the Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp speaks with both Victoria and her colleague at the Financial Times, Sarah Wells, about their experiences working on aspects of digital transformation at a major newspaper, from the technology side of things. This interview was recorded on August 8, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM127-Victoria-Morgan-Smith-Sarah-Wells-2019-08-08.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 30, 2019
Gojko Adzic is the author of the Leanpub book Running Serverless: Introduction to AWS Lambda and the Serverless Application Model. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Gojko about his background, his first experience with computers, studying in Belgrade around the time of the NATO bombing, his foray into writing and eventual move to London and participation in the software community there, starting his own company, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 27, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM126-Gojko-Adzic-2019-06-27.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 20, 2019
Philip Sugai is the author of the Leanpub book The Value Plan: The essential guide for developing a winning value proposition and marketing strategy. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Philip about his background studying Economics and Drama before getting an MBA, his early experience writing marketing reports and some ways in which the true nature of marketing is often poorly understood, some pretty deep marketing theory, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author, who chose to reject a publishing contract from a major publisher, and his current bookselling campaign. This interview was recorded on August 8, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM125-Philip-Sugai-2019-08-06.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 15, 2019
Matthew Skelton is the author of the Leanpub book Team Guide to Software Operability: Proven techniques for making software work well. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Matthew about his background, how he first got into tech, the importance of having a broad range perspectives informing the creation of software, some of the biggest changes he's seen in how companies are using new programming emphases and technologies like machine learning to alter how they fundamentally do business and compete, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 20, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM124-Matthew-Skelton-2019-06-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 9, 2019
Jimmy Janlén is the author of the Leanpub book Toolbox for the Agile Coach - Visualization Examples: How great teams visualize their work. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jimmy about his background, his first experiences coding, the legendary "Spotify model" of development, his book and the power of various types of physical visualization to create a shared reality, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 18, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM123-Jmmy-Janlen-2019-06-18.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 23, 2019
William S. Vincent is the author of the Leanpub book Django for Professionals: Production websites with Python & Django. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Will about his background in book publishing, how the book publishing industry changed in response to Amazon, what a book editor really does and the role that agents play in the current publishing landscape, his experience with startups, learning to program and writing books for people who are learning new things, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on July 2, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM122-William-S-Vincent-2019-07-02.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 18, 2019
Julie Moronuki is the author of the Leanpub book Finding Success (and Failure) in Haskell: Fall in love with applicative functors. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Julie about her background and her curious path to writing about the Haskell programming language, philosophy and linguistics and Heidegger, monads in programming versus monads in Leibniz, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a an author. This interview was recorded on June 13, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM121-Julie-Moronuki-2019-06-13.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 12, 2019
Judson L. Moore is the author of the Leanpub book Exponential Happiness: How to identify and pursue life goals starting at a young age. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Judson (https://twitter.com/judsonlmoore) about his background, his parents' activism in his youth regarding the rights of people with disabilities and their families, his years working for the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan and helping to set up a network of journalists, his time working in Hyderabad, his eventual return to Germany, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 11, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM120-Judson-Moore-2019-06-11.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
June 26, 2019
Mark Nijhof is the author of the Leanpub book CQRS: The Example. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark(https://twitter.com/smakassen) about his background, moving a lot during your career, setting up a startup and the difficulty of making sales into big enterprises, his current company Småkassen, which is a clothing subscription service for kids, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 4, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM119-Mark-Nijhof-2019-06-04.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
June 19, 2019
Josh Long is the author of the Leanpub book Reactive Spring. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Josh(https://twitter.com/starbuxman) about his background, his thoughts on the Silicon Valley tech sector and homelessness in San Francisco, how the experience of being an American abroad has changed in some ways in recent years, Spring, his previous books and his work creating videos, his latest book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a conventionally-published and as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 3, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM118-Josh-Long-2019-06-03.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
June 12, 2019
Steve Tendon is the author of the Leanpub book Tame Your Work Flow. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Steve about his background, the TameFlow approach to organizational thinking, blockchain, his work helping to establish a digital innovation strategy for the government of Malta and how legislation can drive innovation, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 28, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM117-Steve-Tendon-2019-05-28.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 22, 2019
Paolo Amoroso is the author of the Leanpub book Space Apps for Android: Discover the Best Astronomy and Space Apps. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Paolo about his background, how he got interested in space and astronomy, big changes that have taken place in the way experts can popularize space and astronomy, SpaceX's big accomplishments and Jeff Bezos's ideas about colonizing space, what it means to be a Google Product expert, what happened to Google+ and why a lot of people really liked it, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 14, 2019. The full audio for the interview is https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM116-Paolo-Amoroso-2019-05-14.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 8, 2019
Diego Zamboni is the author of two Leanpub books, Learning Hammerspoon: Unleash the power of automation on your Mac and Learning CFEngine: Automated System Administration for Sites of Any Size. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Diego about his background, moving around a lot and studying in Mexico, getting into the field of computer security, moving to the US and to Switzerland, automation and its impact on computing and unleashing human potential, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on April 25, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 1, 2019
Alberto Brandolini is the author of the Leanpub book Introducing EventStorming: An act of Deliberate Collective Learning. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Alberto about his background, how he got into programming and eventually consulting, what the EventStorming process is and its relation to domain-driven design, the "dungeon masters" of company software, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on April 23, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 24, 2019
Rafael Irizarry is the author of the Leanpub book Introduction to Data Science: Data Analysis and Prediction Algorithms with R. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Rafael about his background and how he got into statistics, the fascinating story of his participation in preparing a Harvard study on establishing a mortality rate for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria that went viral, the current debate about statistical significance in the scientific community, how statistics are changing sports, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 27, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 16, 2019
Michael Plöd is the author of the Leanpub book Hands-on Domain-driven Design - by example: Domain-driven Design practically explained with a massive case study. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Michael about his background and how he got interested in technology, the German hardcore punk scene in the 90s and the fanzine website Michael co-founded at the time, domain-driven design in the enterprise, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 26, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 11, 2019
Jaime González García is the author of the Leanpub book Boost Your Coding Fu With VSCode and Vim: Unleash the power of Vim in Visual Studio Code, boost your productivity and become an even more awesome developer. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jaime about his background, growing up in a small village in Spain, studying in Sweden and his remarkable career journey, his programming book projects and how he drew inspiration for them from fantasy and science fiction, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author, with a bonus segment on Jaime's experience becoming a father and taking paternity leave. This interview was recorded on March 13, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 3, 2019
Andriy Burkov is the author of the Leanpub book The Hundred-Page Machine Learning Book: Everything you really need to know in Machine Learning in a hundred pages. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Andriy about his background, what it was like studying computer science in a city with no electricity for three years, a little bit about the recent history and politics of Crimea, what it's like moving from a post-Soviet republic to a country to a country like Canada, game theory, machine learning, AI, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 27, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
March 26, 2019
Derrick Mwiti is the author of the Leanpub book Introductory Tutorials For Machine Learning: Kickstart your Career in Machine Learning. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Derrick about his background, the startup scene in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya, whether you need a Computer Science degree to start a career in machine learning, how he got into blogging and writing, machine learning in general and how it can be used to do things like fight everything from spam to insurance fraud and even help with writing software, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 19, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
March 19, 2019
Luc P. Beaudoin is the author of the Leanpub book Cognitive Productivity with macOS®: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Luc about meta-effectiveness, postmodernism and the philosophy of science, cognitive productivity, his book, and the launch of his innovative new productivity app Hook. This interview was recorded on February 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
March 12, 2019
Jonathan Boccara is the author of the Leanpub book The Legacy Code Programmer's Toolbox: Practical skills for software professionals working with legacy code. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jonathan about his background, the gruelling examination process for getting into the French Grandes écoles, how to make presentations with great visualizations, the psychological and practical challenges of dealing with legacy code in software, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
February 15, 2019
Sarah K. Peck is the author of the Leanpub book Pregnancy Affirmations: Words of Wisdom for Pregnancy, Birth, New Motherhood and the Postpartum Period. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Sarah about her background, her diverse career, her love of writing, the inspiration behind Startup Pregnant, some pretty serious politics, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 6, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
February 8, 2019
Leonardo Giordani is the author of the Leanpub book Clean Architectures in Python: A practical approach to better software design. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Leonardo about his background, studying telecommunications in Milan, the Amiga computer and its issues running DOOM, the importance of test-driven development in programming, clean software architecture, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on January 29, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 30, 2019
Christoph Molnar is the author of the Leanpub book Interpretable Machine Learning: A Guide for Making Black Box Models Explainable. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Christoph about his background, what it takes to work on a Ph.D., his book and interpretability, as well as machine learning generally, some dystopian possibilities for the future, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author, including the systemic use of a free translation tool. This interview was recorded on January 22, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 25, 2019
Jay Hoffmann is the author of the Leanpub book The History of the Web, Volume I. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jay about his background and career, starting and maintaining a popular newsletter, his book, the history of the web, the challenges the web presents to historians, some of the more interesting stories that he's researched, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience self-publishing. This interview was recorded on January 16, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 17, 2019
Nathan Bransford is a freelance editor and media strategy consultant, an author, and a former literary agent for Curtis Brown. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nathan about his background, studying English at Stanford during the dot com boom, work as a literary agent, getting published, and current issues facing the book publishing industry. This interview was recorded on January 9, 2019. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
January 9, 2019
Sandy Maguire is the author of the Leanpub book Thinking with Types: Type-Level Programming in Haskell. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Sandy about his background, working at Facebook and Google, retiring at a young age and travelling, Haskell, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 18, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 20, 2018
Brad Sams is the author of the Leanpub book Beneath A Surface: The Story of How Microsoft Overcame a $900 Million Write-Down to Become the Hero of the PC Industry. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Brad about his background, his work for the Blue Whale Web Media Group, being a tech journalist, the tricky business of handling leaks and anonymous sources, his book, and the fascinating product and brand story of the Microsoft Surface, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published book author. This interview was recorded on December 11, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 15, 2018
David Vandagriff is known by people in the publishing industry as Passive Guy, his persona on his popular publishing industry blog, The Passive Voice. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with David about his background, how he got into the law after studying speech and literature, his early innovations with desktop publishing in the preparation of legal documents, his work in advertising and how he got into the tech world, as well as recent issues in the book publishing industry generally. This interview was recorded on November 6, 2018.
December 13, 2018
Michael T. Lombardi is the author of the Leanpub course pwshop: A PowerShell 101 Workshop. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mike about his background in tech, restorative justice and workplace conduct, what PowerShell is, the success of the PowerShell Conference Book in raising money for a scholarship, his course, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as one of the first people to create a Leanpub online course. This interview was recorded on December 4, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 7, 2018
Orna Ross is an award-winning author and poet who founded the popular Alliance of Independent Authors, an influential professional association for self-published authors. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Orna about her background in publishing, the changing roles of literary agents, getting her rights back from a big publisher, the huge transformation in the self-publishing in the recent past, Self-Publishing 3.0, her Go Creative! series, and a number of other topics. This interview was recorded on October 30, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
December 5, 2018
Guerric de Ternay is the author of the Leanpub book The Value Mix: Create meaningful products and services for your audience. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Guerric about his background, how studying law can help you in business, launching fashion brands, the profound ways marketing has changed in the last century, the unique insights he offers to marketers and product-builders in his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 29, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 30, 2018
In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin about her background, her e-lending and Author's Interest projects, DRM and creator compensation, the potential role unfair competition law could play in regulating dominant companies, and author compensation in relation the economics of library ebook lending and the book industry generally. This interview was recorded on September 18, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 28, 2018
In this special episode of the Leanpub Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp interviews Don Tapscott, Chancellor of Trent University, for the Chancellor's Lecture series. The interview was recorded before a live audience on November 16, 2018. Don Tapscott is one of the leading authorities in the world on the way technology can impact business and society. He has been writing prescient books on technology and economics since the dawn of the age of personal computing, including the first bestselling book on the impact the internet might have on business, The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence. Don has published many other books since then, including Growing Up Digital and Wikinomics, and in 2015 Don published a new version of The Digital Economy. It's a fascinating project, where Don republished all the original chapters of the book, along with commentary from twenty years later. In recent years, in partnership with his son Alex, Don co-founded The Blockchain Research Institute, which is doing groundbreaking work on the impact that blockchain technology might have on all aspects of the way we live our lives and organize ourselves in the modern digital world. In 2016, Don and Alex published the first major bestselling book on blockchain technology, Blockchain Revolution, and in June of this year, they published a new paperback edition of of the book, with a substantial new preface and a straightforwardly political afterword called "A New Social Contract for the Digital Age," which, along with Don's paper "A Declaration of Interdependence: Toward a New Social Contract for the Digital Economy", forms the basis of this interview. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
November 21, 2018
Zsolt Nagy is the author of the Leanpub book The Charismatic Coder: The Software Developer's Guide to Social Confidence and Emotional Freedom. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Zsolt about his background, growing up in Hungary, Jordan Peterson and the importance of the "gotcha moment," online poker and AI, professional development tactics like how to ask for a raise, the relationship between genuine productivity and productivity tools and processes, and at the end they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on October 16, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
October 12, 2018
Bill Kasdorf is a partner at the consultancy Publishing Technology Partners, where he provides guidance and insight regarding the publishing industry. He has worked with many well-known companies and institutions, from the scholarly press at Harvard, to the World Bank and the British Library, amongst many others. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Bill about his background and how he got interested in the world of books, the importance of standards and interoperability when it comes to accessibility, how standardization fuels innovation, changes to the publishing industry in the past decades, from scholarly to trade publishing, and how the EPUB format is managed, and other topics. This interview was recorded on September 18, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
September 25, 2018
Chris Fidao is the author of the Leanpub book Servers for Hackers: Server Administration for Programmers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Chris about his background, how he got into programming, his entry into the world of books and screencasts and independently creating "info products," and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 12, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
September 12, 2018
Sam Halliday is the author of the Leanpub book Functional Programming for Mortals with Scalaz. In this Q&A, which was conducted over email, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Sam about his background, his work, an amazing project to create educational materials in South Africa, the truth about what he thinks about open source, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. The very brief audio of an introduction to the Q&A is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly.
September 5, 2018
Paul Redmond is the author of the Leanpub book Docker for PHP Developers: A guide to using Docker for PHP development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Paul about his background, his work for Laravel News and his Bitpress project, his process for writing books, what it's like having a self-published book picked up by a conventional publisher, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 28, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. Conversational quotations of third parties should be treated as paraphrases and not be used for attribution.
August 31, 2018
W. Jason Gilmore is the author of the Leanpub book Easy Laravel 5: A Hands On Introduction Using a Real-World Project. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jason about some of his favorite projects from the past few years, including the creation of a system for predicting what books a publisher should be publishing, and a couple of really cool services built using the Laravel PHP framework, Jason's latest job as the CTO of DreamFactory, and finally they discuss the most recent update to Easy Laravel 5. This interview was recorded on August 27, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 30, 2018
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a bestselling and award-winning author who also writes a very popular blog on the business side of book publishing, which is an invaluable resource for authors in all genres. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Kristine about her background as a writer, journalism and politics in the US, the impact of war on the mail-order book business in the US in the early 1990s, the recent scandal involving alleged theft of revenue at a prominent New York-based agency, why Kris doesn't chase online bookstore algorithms, and a number of issues facing authors of all kinds, including those who are self-published and those who are published conventionally. This interview was recorded on August 16, 2018.
August 30, 2018
Taylor Otwell is the creator and maintainer of the popular Laravel PHP framework and the author of the Leanpub book Laravel: From Apprentice To Artisan. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Taylor about changes to Laravel and developments in the Laravel community since their original interview nearly five years ago, in September 2013. They also discuss Taylor's unique and successful approach to using Patreon, and the importance of working on the hard things first in new software projects, amongst other things, including Star Trek. This interview was recorded on August 24, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 23, 2018
Mark Graban is the author of the Leanpub book Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about how he has widened the scope of his work from healthcare to large organizations generally, how a bad system can lead good people to do bad things, how to view a chart as "the voice of a process," overreacting to data, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 10, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 15, 2018
Nate Dickson is the author of the Leanpub book Painless Git: A Sane Person's Guide to Distributed Development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nate about his background, a little about politics and religion, working on Mormon websites and the sophisticated online outreach of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, what it's like doing an MBA as a writer and tech professional, finishing Breath of the Wild, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on August 3, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
August 2, 2018
Todd Sattersten is the author of the Leanpub book Every Book Is A Startup: How Authors Uncover Felt Need, Hack Growth, and Build Bestsellers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Todd about his background in engineering and publishing, how he works with authors, and why he thinks every book is a startup. This interview was recorded on May 25, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 28, 2018
Carla King is an author and founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp series. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Carla about her background as a writer, how she got into motorcycles and travelling solo, the impact of 9/11 on travel writing and publishing in the United States, why every self-published author should set up their own company, and more. This interview was recorded on May 24, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 25, 2018
Jutta Eckstein is the author of the Leanpub book Author of Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jutta about her background in tech, how pair programming works, "consent decision making," "Beyond Budgeting," her books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 25, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 18, 2018
Eberhard Wolff is the author of the Leanpub book Microservices - A Practical Guide: Principles, Concepts, and Recipes. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Eberhard about his background in tech, working a big company versus freelance and consulting work, getting political on Twitter, when you should use microservices in your software and why, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 2, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
July 3, 2018
Ben Linders is the author of the Leanpub book What Drives Quality: A Deep Dive into Software Quality with Practical Solutions for Delivering High-Quality Products -- Second Edition. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ben about his background, Agile and building quality software, what it's like to write a book with someone you've never met in person, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 26, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
June 26, 2018
Simon Ellis is the author of the Leanpub book Some Things About Dance. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Simon about his path from sports to dance, choreography and the way it affects all of our lives, from getting into and out of elevators to national policy, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 21, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
June 6, 2018
Zach Tellman is the author of the Leanpub book Elements of Clojure. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Zach about his background, the impact of the development of the first computers in a physics-oriented environment and the place of the computer in intellectual history, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 27, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 30, 2018
Marie Force is a New York Times bestselling author of romance fiction whose books have sold over seven million copies worldwide. In this interview, Marie talks about her interesting journey to life as a successful author, building a business around successful indie publishing, and about the Indie Author Support Network initiative, an organization devoted to advocating for the rights and interests of indie authors. This interview was recorded on May 17, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 18, 2018
Gregor Hohpe is the author of the Leanpub book 37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation: A Chief Architect's Journey. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Gregor about his background, his education in Germany, his time at Stanford, the impact of our current political moment on the tech sector, what it's like working at Google, why insurance is interesting, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 12, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 9, 2018
Lorna Mitchell is the author of the Leanpub book Git Workbook: Self-Study Guide to Git. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Lorna about her background, her public and her technical work as a Developer Advocate, Brexit and the tech sector in the UK, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 1, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
May 4, 2018
Nicolai Josuttis is the author of the Leanpub book C++17 - The Complete Guide. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nicolai about his background, the accidental nature of success as an author, how a programming language is maintained by a standardization committee, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 01, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 26, 2018
Based in Paris, Aymen El Amri is the author of the Leanpub book Saltstack For DevOps: Extremely fast and simple IT automation and configuration management. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Aymen about his background, his education in Tunisia, the distinction between being a software developer and being a software engineer, whether people should be able to vote in elections online, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on January 31, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
April 5, 2018
Dave Kawula is co-author of the Master Powershell Tricks Series and a number of other books on tech. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Dave about his unique background in tech, playing professional hockey, economic resilience in the Canadian province of Alberta, his experience writing for Microsoft, and the profitable way he has incorporated book publishing into his business. This interview was recorded on February 14, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
March 29, 2018
Fabian Geyrhalter is the author of the Leanpub book Bigger Than This: How to Turn Any Venture Into an Admired Brand. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Fabian about his background, moving to LA from Geneva, the US educational system and studying design, how to approach branding for early-stage companies or Series A startups, his surprising experience in an Amazon bookstore, his writing, and his experience as an author. This interview was recorded on January 29, 2018. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
March 26, 2018
Ian Miell is the author of the Leanpub book Learn Bash the Hard Way: Master Bash Using The Only Method That Works. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ian about his background, his first experience with a computer, the benefits of studying at a university with a college system, what it's like to work at a company as it grows from 38 people to over 700, the importance of checklists when crises hit, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.
March 8, 2018
Viktor Farcic is the author of the DevOps Toolkit series. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Viktor about his background, the nature and importance of failure in software development, self-healing and self-adapting systems, the future of automation, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 18, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast Frontmatter is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Please subscribe in iTunes and follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest episodes.
March 1, 2018
Rob Lambert is the author of the Leanpub book 10 Behaviours Of Effective Employees. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Rob about his background, his book, how big changes in your personal life can lead to changes in your professional life, a surprising approach to managing millenials, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 6, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
January 31, 2018
Gerald Weinberg is the author of Perfect Software and Other Illusions About Testing, amongst his many other books, many of which can be found published on Leanpub. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jerry about his fascinating background in computing, some of his experiences at IBM, his approach to writing, and the current political climate in the United States, amongst many other things. This interview was recorded on December 19, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
January 25, 2018
Nate Hoffelder is the force behind The Digital Reader, one of the best sources online for up-to-date information and analysis about the book publishing industry and innovation in book publishing and reading technology. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nate about changes in ebook technology and e-readers over time, about why some devices and approaches have failed, what Amazon is up to with its physical bookstores, and other important issues in the industry, including the choice every self-published author has to make, about whether or not to put all their eggs in one ebook distribution basket. This interview was recorded on December 11, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Backmatter Podcast In the summer of 2017 we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
January 18, 2018
Benjamin Kelly is the author of the Leanpub book Standout: A career guide to gainful employment as a skilled software tester. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ben about his background, his martial arts training and competing in kendo, software testing, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 19, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast In the summer of 2017, we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
January 12, 2018
Jim Holmes is the author of the Leanpub book The Leadership Journey: Practical tips on starting or changing your leadership journey. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jim about his background, Air Force boot camp and his experience in the military, his varied career in IT, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about Jim's experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 21, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
December 23, 2017
Mike Shatzkin is the Founder & CEO of The Idea Logical Company. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mike about his remarkable career, the history of major developments in book publishing spanning 50 years, and his thoughts about the future for an industry that has been experiencing constant upheaval for some time. This interview was recorded on December 7, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Backmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
December 11, 2017
Based in Oxford, Dan Holloway is a writer, performer, and mental health campaigner who, amongst his many other activities, writes a weekly self-publishing column at selfpublishingadvice.org. In this interview, Dan discusses his education and career, his involvement in mind sports, the impact of AI and potential changes to net neutrality on publishers and authors, and other important issues facing writers and the book publishing industry. This interview was recorded on December 4, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Backmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Backmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
December 11, 2017
Tony Robinson is the author of the Leanpub book Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tony about his background in IT and security, the nature his work as a security analyst, his book, why he uses Kirby as his avatar online, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 21, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
December 4, 2017
Kyle Simpson is the author of the Leanpub book Functional-Light JavaScript: Balanced, Pragmatic FP in JavaScript. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Kyle about his background, the difference between programming and software engineering, his book and his crowdfunding campaign, his interesting experience with abandoning a popular Twitter account and the subsequent withdrawal, a surprising bonus from the practice of in-progress publishing a book about learning how to do something, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 30, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 30, 2017
Tracy Osborn is the author of the Leanpub book Hello Web Design: Design Fundamentals and Shortcuts for Non-Designers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tracy about her background, how she taught herself programming to build her startup WeddingLovely, some in-the-weeds discussion of app design trends preferences, her successful Kickstarter campaigns for her books, her writing, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 16, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 28, 2017
Katrina Clokie is the author of the Leanpub book A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Katrina about her background, the importance and nature of software testing, some interesting tools of the trade, her book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 8, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 17, 2017
Rich Rogers is the author of the Leanpub book Changing Times: Quality for Humans in a Digital Age. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Rich about his background, working on a merger from within a big organization, moving to Australia, software testing, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on September 1, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 14, 2017
Samantha Laing is co-author of the Leanpub book Growing Agile: A Coach's Guide to Agile Testing and a number of other books under the Growing Agile brand. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Sam about her background, her career path, her books and her thoughts on Agile and other aspects of working life, and at the end, they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 14, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 9, 2017
Brian Marick is the author of the Leanpub book An Outsider's Guide to Statically Typed Functional Programming. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Brian about his background, the origns of both Agile and Waterfall programming practices, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on June 2, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 6, 2017
The team from Zapier has published a number of books on Leanpub including The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work: How to Grow, Manage and Work with Remote Teams. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Matthew Guay, senior editor and writer at Zapier, about his background, remote work and some interesting approaches to it that have been adopted at Zapier, the books Deep Work and Messy, and at the end they talk a bit about Matthew's approach to producing Zapier's books. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
November 2, 2017
Chris Hartjes is the author of the Leanpub book Building Test-Driven Developers. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Chris about his current work at Mozilla, the importance of design and getting out of your socioeconomic and other bubbles, the Magic: The Gathering meta game as a metaphor for great software testing, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his marketing experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 30, 2017. The full audio for the interview is here. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes or add the podcast URL directly. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity. A Note About the Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast This summer we split the old Leanpub podcast into two distinct podcasts: Frontmatter, which is a general interest podcast where you can listen to Leanpub authors talk with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about their books and their areas of expertise, from data science to molecular biology, to the history of labor and management. And for those interested in the nitty-gritty of what it takes to be a successful self-published author, at the end of each episode Len asks the author about how they made their book and how they are spreading the word, and other publishing shop talk. Backmatter, a new podcast focused specifically on the publishing industry and its latest trends. In each episode Len interviews a professional from the publishing world about their background and their insider's perspective on what's happening in the huge and evolving world of book publishing.
October 30, 2017
Mark Pearl is the author of the Leanpub book Getting Started with Mob Programming: A Practical, Pragmatic & Opinionated Guide for Co-Located Teams. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his background, Mob Programming, John Oliver's interest in New Zealand politics, the challenges of rugby squad allegiance when you're ane expat, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.
October 25, 2017
Andy Gill is the author of the Leanpub book Breaking into Information Security: Learning the Ropes 101. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Andy about his background and what it's like to get started in the information security industry, the nature of that industry, the relationship between software penetration testing and martial arts, the internet of death, Brexit, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.
October 17, 2017
Ved Sen is the author of the Leanpub book Doing Digital: Connect, Quantify, Optimise. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ved about his background and work on the intersection of tech and doing business, Brexit, his book and his guidance for non-technical managers navigating a digital world, and at the end they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.
October 6, 2017
Jane Friedman is a popular publishing industry consultant, speaker, lecturer, editor, and the author of Publishing 101: A First-Time Author’s Guide to Getting Published, Marketing and Promoting Your Book, and Building a Successful Career. Along with her colleague Porter Anderson, Jane is also the co-founder of The Hot Sheet, a leading publishing industry newsletter for authors.
October 3, 2017
Heidi Helfand is the author of the Leanpub book Dynamic Reteaming: The Art and Wisdom of Changing Teams. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Heidi about her career, her interests, her book, and at the end they talk a little bit about her experience as a self-published author.
September 26, 2017
Mark Graban is the author of the Leanpub book Practicing Lean: Learning How to Learn How to get Better... Better. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his career, his interests, his book, and at the end they talk a little bit about Mark's experience as a self-published author.
September 14, 2017
In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ilya about his career, his interests, his book, and at the end they talk a little bit about writing and self-publishing.
June 7, 2017
In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Iris about her career, her interests, her book, and at the end about Iris's experiences as an author with both conventional publishing and self-publishing.
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