Beyond Coding Episode #136

Tech Founder Decisions and Challenges with Malcolm Matalka

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Outline

00:00:00 – Intro

00:00:25 – Where to dock your boat?

00:02:49 – Patrick’s friends bought a boat

00:03:31 – Malcolm sold his house and bought a boat

00:05:52 – Relaxing on a boat

00:07:47 – Living small and minimalistic

00:09:22 – Taking the plunge twice

00:10:32 – Terrateam is a TACoS

00:11:47 – What is OpenTofu?

00:14:33 – Why people work on OpenTofu

00:16:05 – Terrateam and github actions

00:17:40 – Total cost of ownership

00:19:03 – The idea to start Terrateam

00:22:53 – Starting a business with a close friend

00:24:41 – Offering high quality support

00:25:44 – Full responsibility to choose the technology

00:28:13 – Choosing OCaml as backend language

00:31:16 – Ocaml solution directions

00:35:01 – Escape hatches

00:36:34 – Computers are really fast

00:38:10 – AI for developer productivity

00:41:55 – Generating the code doesn’t reduce the bottleneck

00:44:25 – Productivity in a 2-man team

00:47:06 – Should engineers talk to customers?

00:49:39 – Offering flexibility and accommodating

00:52:59 – Rounding off