Be Our Guest

Do you have an interesting career path that you think would make you a compelling podcast guest? Perhaps you took a different path into tech than the “normal” four year degree? If so, we’d love to have you on as a guest in an upcoming episode.

As a podcast guest, you’ll share the story of your career, the key skills required to be successful in your role and the key bits of advice that propelled you forward. We’ll ask you a range of questions about your past roles, your education, and the key inflection points that got you to where you are today.

Interested? Email us @ [email protected]. Please be sure to include your bio and your LinkedIn profile (or your resume) along with any details on why you’d make for a compelling guest.

Sample Questions

Below is a list of sample questions we have asked guests on prior episodes of Develomentor. Your interviewer will prepare a list of questions specifically for you based off of research they do on your background (via LinkedIn, your resume, etc.)

  1. Let’s start by having you introduce yourself and your career.
  2. What are some of the key skills required to be a product manager?
  3. I often encourage people getting into software to pick an open source project they feel some affinity towards and then roll up their sleeves and find ways to contribute.  You’ve spent a good amount of your career using and contributing to open source. Can you quantify what the impact of open source has been on your career?
  4. Career paths for software engineers often seem to go one of two routes: stay technical and become a lead and then an architect or go the “people” route: director of engineering, VP of Eng.  This question of “should I go into people management” is often asked by engineers as they gain more experience in their career. In the book you have this great section on the imagined life of an individual contributor vs a manager that really hit home for me.  Can you give some more insight into those tradeoffs?
  5. You’ve stayed pretty focused on doing technical work over the years, moving up into architecture and leadership roles, but not into management.  What has been the guiding factor in taking that approach?
  6. Looking at your background, I see you did an MBA.  Is an MBA required to be a VC? What is it about the MBA that helps you do your job?
  7. How has your arts/visual design training benefited you in your technical roles?
  8. What are some of the key skills required to be a VC these days, especially given how fast technology is moving?

FAQ

How should I prepare to be on the show?

No prep work beyond being able to tell the story of your career is required to be a guest other than making sure you have the equipment outlined below.

What equipment do I need?

You need three things to record a successful podcast with us:

  1. A high quality headset with microphone and, ideally, noise cancelling. You phone headset is probably good enough
  2. A high speed Internet connection
  3. A quiet room where you won’t be interrupted. We love dogs, but they don’t make for good podcast guests, so please take care of them first!

When will my episode be published?

We typically record several episodes well in advance, so it may take 4-6 weeks or more to publish your episode.

Do I need my employer’s permission?

We typically don’t ask you any questions about your actual employer as we are focused on you and your career, so you shouldn’t need their permission. However, if you feel more comfortable getting their permission, go for it!