Developer On Fire with Dave Rael is an interview podcast with inspiring and successful software professionals telling personal stories about their experiences with delivering value. It is a chance for you to get to know your favorite geeks and learn more about who they are, how they deliver, and what makes them tick. Learn from and get to know special geeks like Matt Wynne, Rob Eisenberg, Udi Dahan, Ted Neward, John Sonmez, Phil Haack, and David Heinemeier Hansson.
United States
377 episodes
since Jun, 2015


Guest: @ Miriam Aguirre talks with Dave Rael about eSports, accessibility, leadership, and humble beginnings Miriam Aguirre is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Skillz, the worldwide leader in mobile eSports, which was recently named the fastest-growing company in America by Inc. Magazine. As a vital member of the Skillz leadership team, she has seen the importance of fostering a strong, diverse engineering team firsthand. Prior to this, she worked as a software engineer and architect for companies including HubAnalytics, Krush Inc., Financial Engines and Hewlett-Packard. An avid gaming enthusiast, she has been featured in VentureBeat and CIO Magazine for her passion and efforts to bring diversity to the technology and gaming industries. Miriam grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from MIT. Today, she can be found leading the Skillz engineering team and working to advance diversity in the eSports industry. Chapters: 0:36 - Dave introduces the show and Miriam Aguirre4:53 - Miriam's interest in diversity11:19 - Miriam's story of getting involved in gaming and eSports and the importance of financial security15:35 - Gaming, Skillz, and Miriam's leadership role20:55 - Skillz and eSports23:51 - Accessibility for gaming and careers25:13 - How Miriam got started in software28:55 - Miriam's story of failure - deficiency of risk32:02 - Culture at Skillz36:25 - Miriam's book recommendation37:27 - The things that have Miriam most excited and the potential of technology39:44 - Miriam's worries about software and technology41:49 - Miriam's top 3 tips for delivering more value43:41 - Keeping up with Miriam Resources: Skillz Miriam on LinkedIn Indi Young on Developer On Fire FICO Miriam's book recommendation: Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson Miriam's top 3 tips for delivering more value: Try to understand the problem before jumping to solutions Work on things you care about (if you can) Most of the time, problems are people problems
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