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The ReadME Podcast

Your favorite open source projects, and the developers who make them happen. Listen in.

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Build your own luck

A new co-host, a new format, a functional programming renaissance, and strategies to increase your luck.

About The ReadME Podcast

On The ReadME Podcast, we take a look behind the scenes of the most impactful open source projects and the developers who make them happen. Our guests are coding in public, creating firmware, designing hardware, researching security vulnerabilities, creating art and music, and making phenomenal scientific discoveries. They’re also working on the periphery of open source, taking time to consider how we think about technology. In sharing these stories, we hope to provide a spotlight on what you don’t always see in the lines of code, and what it takes to build the technology that inspires us all.

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Hosts in the hot seat

Neha and Brian turn the interview tables on each other.

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freeCodeCamp: For curious people, by curious people

Founder Quincy on his journey from journalist to OSS pioneer.

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Firestarter: Keeping creativity alive while managing workloads

Jani embraces his limits and is drawn to human-centered projects.

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Three careers and motherhood are just the start

Salma on staying visible, advocating for accessibility, and coding for a better future.

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Where utility meets beauty: Hoppscotch

Liyas blends a passion for art with a talent for coding.

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Giving 110% in the right place at the right time

Astro founder Fred on luck, motivation, and breaking into OSS.

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A master in both piano and WordPress

How Helen found herself at the inspiring intersection of music and open source software.

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Python enthusiast, Twitch streamer, et. al.

Anthony on the importance of learning, teaching, and communicating.

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Prioritizing empathy and taking risks to build Chakra UI

Founder Segun Adebayo on creating opportunities.

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Creating space and opportunity with She Code Africa

Founder Ada Nduka Oyom on giving women the tools to thrive as developers.

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Changing the hardware development game at Adafruit

How Limor Fried paves the way for millions of makers.

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From comics in Virginia to React Core at Facebook

How Rachel Nabors brought the developer world to them.

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curl: 25 years and 200 releases later

Creator and maintainer Daniel Stenberg on his user-driven journey.

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Quitting a steady job to chase intuition

Babel maintainer Henry Zhu on taking a leap of faith with open source.

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From a master’s thesis to a global go-to

webpack’s maintainer Tobias Koppers on continuous innovation, open collaboration, and flexibility.

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Keeping the lights on with Home Assistant

Maintainer Paulus Schoutsen balances function, innovation, and playfulness.

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Humanizing bots and building community

A Python core developer, Mariatta Wijaya is right where she belongs.

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Taking Das Blog into the future

Maintainers Scott Hanselman and Mark Downie on breathing new life into old software.

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How one idea grew into a popular JavaScript ecosystem

Creator of Vue, Evan You is building an accessible framework for developers, and the door is always open.

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From a 3D side project to the dream job

A full-time, community-backed maintainer, Gina sets boundaries but stays visible.

About The
ReadME Project

Coding is usually seen as a solitary activity, but it’s actually the world’s largest community effort led by open source maintainers, contributors, and teams. These unsung heroes put in long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities.

The ReadME Project is part of GitHub’s ongoing effort to amplify the voices of the developer community. It’s an evolving space to engage with the community and explore the stories, challenges, technology, and culture that surround the world of open source.

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