SELECT*: Your Resource for Innovative Tech & Developer Topics Hosted by HarperDB

Margo McCabe

The Select* Podcast features guests across a wide range of backgrounds & topics, with the goal of being your resource for software engineering, leadership advice, edge computing, machine learning, inclusion, tech trends, data management, career paths, enterprise tech, & much, much more.

The Select* Podcast is also known as the Select Star Podcast or the HarperDB Podcast.

If you listen to podcasts like Syntax, Founder Stories, Changelog, CodeNewbie, TechStuff, Stack Overflow, Software Engineering Daily, or Tech Talks Daily, you'll be sure to enjoy this one as well.

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The Future of Data w/ Kelsey Hightower
Oct 4 2023
The Future of Data w/ Kelsey Hightower
This episode features Kelsey Hightower for a discussion across numerous topics. In this special edition, Kelsey is interviewed by HarperDB's Co-Founder, Stephen Goldberg. Questions covered include:How did it feel to retire from Google this year, what’s next?You have, what some would consider, a non-traditional background when it comes to the software engineering world. How has that shaped your view on the industry? How do you think the industry performs at mentoring/cultivating young engineers, including those from non-CS degree backgrounds?What are your thoughts on where distributed vs. monolithic architecture is going? How is “Edge Computing” impacted by this?There has been a focus in the cloud provider space of bringing on new locations, trying to put infrastructure in hard to reach places. Eventually this will reach a saturation point, where do you think they will invest next?When thinking about building platforms and products, what is your advice on how to make a decision to internalize automation within your product vs. using a framework?What are your opinions on running a stateful application that must have data consistency across its replicas, such as a database, on Kubernetes? It comes with a bunch of problems to solve, like auto scaling, data redundancy and replication. It seems that the community is split on whether or not this is a good idea and how to implement it.What advice would you give yourself 20 years ago?Kelsey Hightower is an American software engineer, developer advocate, and speaker known for his work with Kubernetes, open-source software, and cloud computing.
Building Event Driven Architectures w/ Sai
Aug 7 2023
Building Event Driven Architectures w/ Sai
This episode features Sai Pragna Etikyala, Technical Lead at Twilio, for a discussion on event driven architectures and modern asynchronous applications. Questions covered include:Tell us a bit about you, background, journey in techWhat do you work on in your role at Twilio?What do you like about being tech lead?Let's talk about how to build easier/better event driven architectures. Why is this important?What workflow orchestration tools can help?Are you involved in the tech community outside of work? Anywhere folks can connect with you?Sai Pragna Etikyala is a Technical Lead at Twilio, currently leading the team responsible for A2P 10DLC compliance for messaging. Utilizing her extensive experience with asynchronous systems, she has efficiently re-architected Twilio's complex compliance systems, leading to notable improvements in manageability and operational efficiency. Before joining Twilio, she worked at Amazon Web Services, Yahoo, and Cerner. Throughout her tenure at these companies, she developed robust end-to-end solutions and successfully managed complex operations. This has enriched her expertise not only in asynchronous computing but also in software development, cloud computing, and healthcare IT solutions. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University. Her innovative and agile approach to software engineering and leadership distinguishes her as a significant contributor to the telecommunications realm and beyond.
What's the Creator of Homebrew up to Now? w/ Max Howell
Jun 20 2023
What's the Creator of Homebrew up to Now? w/ Max Howell
This episode features an interview with Max Howell, creator of the open-source software package management system Homebrew, and CEO of Questions covered include: Share a bit about who you are, background and journey in techHow was Homebrew created and how far has it come?How are OSS developers exploited by the tech giants / pros and cons of open source?What is Tea, why did you build it / what problem are you aiming to solve?Max Howell made a life of creating some of the most used and beloved open source software in the world. Formally trained in chemistry, he quickly left the lab to chase his lifelong passion of development, and fit into the open-source ecosystem with his spirit of altruism and creativity.Max Howell created the open-source software package management system Homebrew, known as “brew,” which grew into the most contributed-to open source software program in the world. Homebrew has been used by tens of millions of developers worldwide and has served as the backbone for the largest technology corporations to build their products without directly contributing to - or paying for - its development. Besides Homebrew, Max has created many other open-source projects like PromiseKit, which is used by over 100k mobile applications. He is revered by developers around the world.Max’s current project is tea. is a feature-rich, delightful, and decentralized package manager that will revolutionize open source development by providing creators and maintainers value for previously unpaid labor.