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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.

Aug 27, 2019

We have Rob Zuber, CTO from CircleCI on. A lot of the projects we work on implement CircleCI, so we were super excited to speak to Rob. We talk about his background and how he became part of CircleCI through an acquisition. We also get into one of his favorite topics: language. Particularly the words that are used in projects, and how important they are for workflow. We also discuss “Domain Driven Design,” or the idea that when creating a layer of functionality, to keep it bounded within its domain so other layers don’t creep into it. This was an engineering heavy episode that was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy this one.

But before we get to the conversation, here’s a word from a sponsor, Blockchain Training Conference, that I’m really excited about. What if there was an educational industry conference, where all of the sessions were focused on teaching you something instead of selling you something? There is and it’s Blockchain Training Conference 2019. It’s going to be hosted August 28th to the 30th in Denver, Colorado. BTC2019 offers every attendee the chance to leave certified and confident in their understanding of blockchain technology. Move past the jargon to gain a robust understanding of blockchain and cryptocurrencies with master classes taught by industry luminaries like Andreas M. Antonopoulos, René Pickhardt, Jameson Lopp, Pamela Morgan, and many others. Register today and learn more at

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Go to and hit buy on your ticket, and put in the coupon code quantlayer10 (that’s Q U A N T L A Y E R and the number 10).

We are going to be at this conference in August, so reach out if you will be there as well. Would love to meet in meatspace.


  • Rob's background & early time at CircleCI
  • Other technical problems they had to deal with
  • On his favorite topics: Language
  • Concepts he highlighted on his talked, "Words Matter: Ubiquitous Language and Throughput"
  • Domain Driven Design
  • On developer tools and product development around those tools
  • On his blog: Predictions for 2018 from Rob Zuber, CTO at CircleCI


Domain Driven Design by Eric Evans
Implementing Domain Driven Design by Vaughn Vernon
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object Oriented Software by Erich Gamma


Rob’s twitter:
Predictions for 2018 from Rob Zuber, CTO at CircleCI:
“Words Matter: Ubiquitous Language and Throughput”:
What it means to be remote-first vs. remote-friendly -
High performing engineering teams:
10 ways you’re doing devops wrong: