In this episode I talk to Spencer Kimball, cofounder of Cockroach Labs, a startup that's reinventing how databases work. It's kind of technical, but fortunately Spencer does a great job of explaining what they're doing. He also does an excellent job of explaining Cockroach Labs' "Free Fridays," and how they've designed their work week to give everyone one day a week to work on their own projects, even as they build a product designed to compete against products made by giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle.
I also talk to Clive Thompson about why 20% time is a significant perk for software developers, and more gnerally, the place that free time plays in the professional and intellectual lives of programmers.
Mentioned in this episode:
Some of the World’s Best Restaurants are Learning to Rest
Lasse Rheingans and the 5-Hour Workday at Rheingans Digital Enabler
Jessica de Bloom and the Science of Vacations
Annie Tevelin and SkinOwl's 24-Hour Week
Stephan Aarstol and Tower Paddleboard's five-hour day
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