How interviewee Jessica Livingston created a programmer

I recently asked Chris, a Mixergy fan, about which session was his favorite. Here’s what he said:

The episode with the Jessica Livingston from Y Combinator. The most influential part for me was her statements about business guys who can program.

Until the day I watched her interview I was just a product manager with some basic HTML, CSS and Balsamiq skills. Since then Ihave started to teach myself Ruby on Rails.

Between Rails and the agile theme of “develop, test, iterate,” I now have a working prototype of a web application I hope to launch.

I forwarded Chris’ email to Jessica and she said it made her day.

It made mine too.

Thank you Jessica.

And thank you to all the founders who have and will continue to support the Mixergy project by sitting for an hour interview (and often spending even more time with me beforehand to prep for it). I know I ask a lot of you, but I promise that the work you do changes people’s lives.


  • Shanz Zenith

    great contextual interivew

  • Dan Blank

    Yep – I remember listening to your interview with Jessica on a drive from New York to Boston. A great one!

  • James Ashenhurst

    Listening to Mixergy has been key in my development as an entrepreneur, and has literally changed my life. It’s where I go for inspiration. 

  • Anonymous

    This is my favorite programming training site and just wanted to share it with those here trying to learn. Enjoy

  • Antonio Centeno

    Having basic programming skills allows you to:
    1) Call BS when someone tries to feed you a line of crap or sell you services at an exorbitant rate.
    2) Gives you an appreciation of what can easily be accomplished and what will take breaking new ground
    3) Make the changes you want when you need them – my programmer does 95% of the work on the tech side, but if I need something done yesterday I can stop and make the change myself.

    The key is balance – you have to be able to hand off the reigns and manage your business……