After my last blog about reading books I received a lot of good recommendations from people to have a good list of books to read! I figured it would be good to share my list of favorite podcasts as well.
I know that in the US listening to podcasts is much more common than over in Europe, although it’s gaining a lot of interest lately and good quality content is definitely made!
As I don’t really have a commute (I work from my home office), I sometimes have trouble keeping up with the inbox of my podcast app. I also found that I can only really listen to podcasts when I can concentrate on the listening. For example when driving a car, when I’m traveling, etc. If I listen to a podcast while doing anything else, I find that I don’t really remember what was said.
As favorite podcast app I use: Castro (only on iOS). I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and it really brings me all the features I like:
- Queue sorted the way I want (chronological or listen to certain podcasts as soon as they come out)
- Per podcast speed settings
- Side loading of single episodes or audio files
- Auto switching dark mode
- Enhanced voices
- Great design
- Ability to share episodes and audio snippets
I do pay for Castro Plus to get some of these features, but it’s well worth it as I use the app almost daily.
My favorite podcasts
This is my list of favorite podcasts, in the order I look forward to listen to them as soon as they come out!
- Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
- Reply All
- Exponent (the Stratechery podcast from Ben Thompson)
- Dark Net Diaries
- Software Gone Wild by ipSpace.net
- How I built this with Guy Raz
- The Kevin Rose Show
- Malicious Life
- The Tim Ferris Show
- a16z (the Andreessen Horowitz podcast)
I also love listening to The Daily, but because of all the other stuff I have in my podcast queue, I rarely get to it.
My favorite Dutch spoken podcasts:
- Een podcast over media
- Man man man, de podcast
- De Appels en Peren Show
- Met nerds om tafel
- 30 minuten Rauw door Ruud de Wild
- Tweakers Podcast
- NOS op 3 Tech Podcast
- De technoloog van BNR
If you have any tips to spend even more time in my podcast queue, let me know! 🙂
At the start of this year I set myself a number of goals. One of them was to read at least 1 book a month. I tried to accomplish a number of things with that.
The first was to get the amount of screen time down. This also means reading books on paper, which I actually prefer over reading on a screen. I may try an E-reader at some point, when I run out of physical books to read. The second was to finally read all of these books I bought, but never touched and all the books that were recommended to me and I never did anything with. Finally I wanted to increase my concentration span again, as I feel that with all distraction we are facing, this is going down a lot. I experienced this as well, that I’m easily distracted when reading articles online.
Now 7 months after I started, I feel really good about lowering the screen time hours, slightly increasing my concentration span and learning a lot! Besides that, I also achieved my goal already as I just finished the twelfth book.
The books I read are a mix of productivity/professional and pleasure/fiction. I try to mix reading one work or professional life related book and one book I read for pleasure.
These are the books I read so far in 2019 in order that I read them:
My favourite so far is GRIP (unfortunately only available in Dutch right now), which has changed my way of structuring my work tremendously. Second is The Mastermind, which is an unbelievable true story, you can also listen to Reply All Episode 136 to get a first sense of how insane this story is.
I really appreciate reading again and I’m definitely going forward with this and hope to read and learn a lot for the remainder of the year. Do you have any good recommendations? I’m interested in both professional and fun/fiction books to read!
After long consideration I decided to take on a new role back at Juniper Networks! Over the past few months I have thought a lot about what I want in the future and how I can get there. When I had a chat with an ex-colleague at Juniper, he told me that they were looking to set-up a new team in EMEA. I decided to take a shot and got in touch for a SE role in that team. After a long series of interviews they asked me to consider a different role, where I would be leading (Public) Cloud accounts in EMEA. I gave it a long thought, but decided to go for it! I think this will give me a huge opportunity to use all the entrepreneurial things I learned over the past 2 years and bring a great challenge to grow this team!
What about GNX?
GNX is definitely not going away. My co-founder stays on full-time to service our customers and I will also stay on to focus on our automation portal, but as we remain a bootstrapped start-up, I think it is the right decision for me to take a step aside and focus my full-time attention on Juniper.
Going back to a vendor really excites me and is also the place where I felt most comfortable in my career. I’m overly excited to build out a huge business opportunity for Juniper in EMEA and focus on the largest (data center) network infrastructures that are out there!
Juniper is doing really well in this area as Garntner has confirmed in their latest Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant. Which didn’t even take into consideration the latest platforms that have been released. If you are interested please download the report here: 2019 Gartner Data Center Networking report
I think that we are in a very good place right now, where a lot of new technology is coming to the market in a rapid pace. Innovations like Segment Routing, that gives much better control of traffic engineering even inside the data center. Especially combined with Juniper cRPD. To give applications on hosts actual control over how the traffic traverses the network (SDN anyone?). Or innovations in the disaggregation of hardware and software with SONiC (combined with cRPD).
I look forward to talking to many people around EMEA about these new hardware and software innovations. I will be at NXTWORK 2019 in Las Vegas and London. If you are interested. Register now!