Jess Brown

Jess Brown

Indie rails dev since 08, currently building CSePub & TRACT. Co-host https://t.co/TpDORNDqZV. Family of 4, also interested in faith, crossfit, cycling, RV'ing, finance

Appears in 31 Episodes

Tom Rossi - Building Products with a Buzz

In this episode, Jeremy and Jess get a chance to connect with Tom Rossi, the cofounder of Higher Pixels. Tom's story is an inspiring one for developers wanting to buil...

The Surprising Benefits of Collaboration for Indie Devs

In this episode, Jeremy & Jess dive into the world of partnerships and collaboration, a terrain that's become familiar to indie developers seeking growth and innovatio...

Ben Wood & Nate Vick - Adapt and Evolve: Navigating Entrepreneurial Transitions

Today, we're joined by two remarkable individuals, Ben Wood and Nate Vick, seasoned entrepreneurs with over a decade of experience running a Rails consulting business ...

Cody Norman - Lucky Me

Cody Norman is a Rails consultant, fly fisherman, BBQ connoisseur, and big fan of the state of Colorado. He joins us to share about getting into software development, ...

Crafting Service Offerings

In this episode of IndieRails, we delve into the world of productized services in software development. Moving beyond the traditional model of bespoke or custom soluti...

Andy Croll - An Abundance of Work-Adjacent Hobbies

Andy Croll is a Rubyist, author, and speaker. He's the CTO of CoverageBook, creator of the First Ruby Friend mentoring program, organizer of Brighton Ruby, and this ye...

Ben Orenstein - The Developer-Turned-Founder

In this episode we get the chance to interview Ben Orenstein: A person who probably doesn't need much of an introduction to our listeners. This episode should be speci...

Matt D. Smith - Sharing the Good News of the Lasso Tool

In this episode, we chat with Jess's friend and fellow Georgian, Matt D. Smith. While developers may not be too familiar, Matt is widely known and well respected in th...

Allan Branch - Captain of His Own Pirate Ship

In this episode we catch up with an old friend, Allan Branch. Allan and his partner Steve were early adopters of rails and made a big splash in the tech community with...

Jason Swett - Nothing About Service Objects

Jason Swett is well-known in the Rails community for his podcast, Code with Jason, and his book, The Complete Guide to Rails Testing. Jason joins us to talk about his ...

Ayush Newatia Unplugged - Writing Code and Writing Prose

In this episode, we dive into the multifaceted world of technology, creativity, and storytelling. We have the honor of hosting Ayush Newatia, a seasoned Ruby developer...

Adrian Marin - Friendly Dev Building Avo

Get ready for an insightful conversation as we sit down with the dynamic Adrian Marin, who has had an extraordinary year making waves in the Ruby world. From taking Av...

What to Look For in a New Client

Jess and Jeremy discuss an excellent question posed by Nate Vick: What are you looking for in a new client? Whether you're looking for a new client, new target market ...

John Nunemaker - Rolling with Flipper

John Nunemaker is a long-time Rails developer known for his writing on the RailsTips blog, his open source gems like HTTParty and Flipper, and his work at Ordered List...

Bram Jetten - Building Spina & PlanGo

Bram Jetten joins us for a special episode, recorded on the second day of Rails World 2023. (BIG thanks to Buzz Sprout for sponsoring and making this happen!) Bram is ...

Greg Molnar - Security on Rails

Greg Molnar joins us for a special episode, recorded on the first day of Rails World 2023. Greg is an OSCP Certified Ethical Hacker and an independent Ruby developer. ...

Managing Yourself - Tips and advice for managing being indie longterm

Jeremy just recently gave a talk at friendly.rb titled "Making it as an Indie Developer". Part of the talk was about managing yourself and we wanted to do a deeper div...

Robby Russell - Maintaining Planet Argon

Robby Russell is founder and CEO of Planet Argon, one of the oldest Rails development agencies, now in it's 21st year. Robby shares how he got started in Rails and how...

Adam McCrea - Scaling Up an Autoscaling SaaS

In this episode, Adam McCrea joins us to talk about building and growing Judoscale (previously, Rails Autoscale) an autoscaler originally released in the Heroku Market...

Matt Gordon - Going from Consulting to Products

In 2007, young aspiring software engineers Matt & Jason set out to build the perfect startup: a SaaS product. They did everything right. They had plenty of runway, mov...

Nadia Odunayo - Building The StoryGraph

Get ready for an electrifying episode that will leave you in awe of the incredible Nadia Odunayo! 🎉 Join us as we unravel the remarkable journey behind The StoryGraph'...

Khash Sajadi - The Journey to the Cloud(66)

Join us as we listen in to Khash as he shares his story of startup failures & successes, consulting and employment in between and navigating political, economic and ge...

Blue Ridge Ruby Recap - What It Takes To Start a Conference

In this episode Jess walks Jeremy through a retro of Blue Ridge Ruby, a first ever ruby conference put on by a first time ever promotor. Jeremy gets personal as he bre...

Michael Buckbee - Balancing Marketing & Development While Building Wafris

In this episode, we dive deep into the world of web application security, marketing, building a company and the delicate art of balancing it all. Our special guest is ...

Small Bets, Big Impact: An Adventure with Jeremy & Jess

Jeremy & Jess were in cohort 23 of Daniel Vassallo's course, A Portfolio of Small Bets. After a few weeks of letting it all sink in, they share some of the things they...

Ernesto Tagwerker - Building an agency & productized services

In this episode, Ernesto shares his journey from freelancing to building an agency, managing a remote and international team, creating productized services, and techni...

Pascal Laliberté - 6 things to avoid as a freelancer

Pascal on Twitter | Mastodon | Website (https://pascallaliberte.me)Some of Pascal's work...https://modestjs.works <= online book about principles for a more modest Jav...

Chris Oliver - The story of GoRails: pivots, near failures, and random surprises

In this episode, Chris shares a wealth of knowledge about creating businesses. He talks about how GoRails got started, almost failed, and was then jolted back to life....

Moncef Belyamani of Ruby on Mac

Moncef's story is sure to be an inspiration to anyone looking to start their own business. In this episode, he shares his journey from Morocco to UVA, AOL, and several...

Dave Paola

In this episode Dave Paola shares with us the behind-the-scenes of starting a software consultancy. We especially get into hiring and in onboarding junior developers. ...

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