In Beta

In Beta

In Beta is a talk show about tech culture, making open source software, and how mobile, social, and web apps are changing the world.

Hosted by Christie Koehler and Kevin Purdy.

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#76: Gold Master

November 26, 2013 at 5:30pm • 1 hour 14 minutes

Kevin and Gina answer listener questions about topics covered in the last 75 episodes: How do you balance freelance and open source work with parenthood? What do you do when the open source project you want to contribute to involves source code that's a complete mess? The final doozy: What utopias and dystopias are we headed toward given the current state of open source, web, and mobile software?

#75: Open Source and Money: Here Be Dragons

November 20, 2013 at 1:00pm • 60 minutes

Gina & Kevin talk about the latest argument in coding and writing: should you work for free? And should an employer give preference to open-source contributions? Then, a big announcement:

Next week is the last episode of In Beta hosted by Kevin and Gina.

To celebrate show and life transitions, we're doing The Final FU (Follow Up, that is). Ask us anything you want, anything at all, about everything we've discussed in the past 75 episodes using the contact link on this page. If your question evokes answers worth discussing, we'll tackle it in our last episode together. Thanks.

#74: Inspired To Buy My Own Milk

November 13, 2013 at 2:00pm • 48 minutes

If we're the first generation to play video games well into our 40s and 50s, why do so few people frame gaming as part of a healthy, balanced, productive life? Kevin and Gina talk video games - from healthy escape to life-eating addiction to creative inspiration and back.

#73: Digital Media Social Commerce Interactive Online

November 6, 2013 at 1:00pm • 54 minutes

"Career" is such a weird word these days. How do you define your life's efforts if they fall into so many different buckets?Gina & Kevin talk about their "freelance" careers and others.

#72: Giant Life-Defining Spreadsheet

October 31, 2013 at 5:00pm • 57 minutes

Gina and Kevin discuss the best and worst parts of modern, web-based project management apps Basecamp, Trello, and Asana: what they do and don't do, which are the most spouse-safe, and what may make you resort to a giant spreadsheet after all.

#71: Maybe We Should All Stop Breathing

October 30, 2013 at 2:00pm • 1 hour 2 minutes

Scott Berkun joins Gina & Kevin to talk about his new book, The Year Without Pants, and gets specific about the tools and techniques of managing a distributed, open-source workforce that (gasp) really wants to work.

#70: Technical Skills for a Clean Blog

October 23, 2013 at 6:00pm • 58 minutes

Writing is a way to organize your thoughts, so the features of your writing apps affect the way you think. In this episode, Kevin and Gina talk about the recent surge of new writing tools, like Medium, Editorially, Draft, Octopress, and Ghost, and how they influence the way we think and publish online. Then, onto the best systems for getting the right crowd to your event, and finally, some thoughts from our listeners about self-promotion and your "personal brand."

#69: Hatching the Narrative

October 16, 2013 at 12:00pm • 53 minutes

Gina launched a crowdfunding campaign this week, and it required a lot of thought about selling the story behind the product. Which is not like how one Twitter co-founder has resold the story of the company's beginnings.

#68: A Self-Effacing Look-At-Me

October 2, 2013 at 1:00pm • 56 minutes

Making something and promoting that something require very different skills and mindsets. How do you find the balance between being a charlatan (all talk, no work) and a martyr (all work, no talk)? Then, onto the Pebble versus the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and what it's going to take for smartwatches to become a successful consumer product.

#67: NyanogenSod

September 25, 2013 at 2:00pm • 57 minutes

Gina & Kevin take apart the news that CyanogenMod, a huge Android open-source firmware, has birthed a private firm. Where does that leave unpaid but valuable contributors?