Explore Your Convictions and Don’t Be Afraid to Take Risks with Luke Kanies
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Luke Kanies is a design and strategy-oriented advisor, speaker, writer and the founder of Puppet, a company helping to define the future of software. He has a number of interests, including software productivity, business strategy and the inclusion of more people in the software revolution.
In this episode, Phil and Luke Kanies discuss how and why he created Puppet. Luke goes into detail about his journey through founding, funding and finally leaving the company he formed. Luke also talks about how being a bit of a maverick thinker and risk-taker has helped him to have such a successful career. They also speak about a huge software development market that is still virtually untapped and how users having more control of their data will change things, moving forward.
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Worst Career Moment
Luke has had a few bad career moments. But, it is the collateral damage that comes from running a growth company that has been the worst thing about his career. Luke discusses the mistake he made of hiring a friend. Unfortunately, working in a high-growth environment put an incredible strain on their relationship and caused a lot of damage. In the podcast, Luke goes through some of the issues he had with setting up and running Puppet. He talks about challenges like financing, pulling together an executive team, scaling and leaving the company behind. All of which created difficulties for Luke.
Making Puppet, it feels great when someone comes up to him and thanks him for creating Puppet. Luke explains that people tell him that Puppet made their lives so much easier. DevOps pros regularly tell him that they now enjoy better pay and a good work/life balance because of what Puppet did for them.
Luke thinks that the practice of surveillance capitalism is coming to an end. He is also excited by the movement to decentralise the web and give the power back to the people. Smartphones and cloud platforms have opened up the chance to build products that literally billions of people can use. You can now build truly specialised software tools to help people to do their jobs better.
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