Zero Prime

Zero Prime

The Zero Prime Podcast with Pete Soderling explores the early stories of top startups as seen through the eyes of their engineer-founders. In each episode we uncover insights on what it takes to start a company as an engineer in the words of the founders themselves. From the most cutting edge infrastructure companies to the newest trends in developer tooling, we introduce you to the engineer-founder personalities behind the up and coming software startups that you can’t afford to ignore.

Recent Episodes

June 7, 2024

E24: Self-Taught to Startup Success: The Unconventional Path of Influ…

In this episode, I sit down with Paul Dix, the founder and CTO of InfluxData to explore his journey from a self-taught programmer to a leader in database systems. We discuss his role in building the NYC Machine Learning meetu...

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May 1, 2024

E23: Inside the Mind of an AI Pioneer: A Conversation with Alex Mashr…

In this episode, I sit down with Alex Mashrabov, the visionary CEO of Higgsfield AI. We journey through Alex's impressive career, beginning with his time at Yandex where he witnessed the early implementations of neural networ...

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April 25, 2024

E22: From BigQuery to Motherduck: The Journey of Jordan Tigani

In this episode, I chat with Jordan Tigani, the dynamic engineer-founder of MotherDuck who previously led Google's BigQuery team and headed up product at SingleStore. Jordan shares the inspiring origin story of MotherDuck, w...

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April 4, 2024

E21: The Power of Pricing with Alvaro Morales of Orb

In this episode, Pete speaks with Alvaro Morales , the co-founder and CEO of Orb , who shares his journey from being an engineer to becoming the founder of a flexible billing engine for modern software pricing. Alvaro traces ...

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Feb. 6, 2024

E20: Building Sustainable Businesses in the Tech Industry with Craig …

In this enlightening episode, I have the privilege of hosting Craig McLuckie , a tech industry veteran who has made significant contributions to the cloud computing industry and is currently the Co-founder & CEO of stacklok ....

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Dec. 28, 2023

E19: Overcoming Self-Doubt to Become a Founder with Erik Bernhardsson

In this episode, I chat with Erik Bernhardsson , co-founder and CEO of Modal , about his journey from Spotify engineer to startup CTO to startup founder. Erik takes us back to his early days as a software engineer and …

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About the Host

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Pete Soderling

Founder: Data Council & Zero Prime Ventures

Pete Soderling is the founder of Data Council and Zero Prime Ventures. As a former software engineer, repeat founder and investor in more than 70 data-oriented startups, Pete’s lifetime goal is to help 10,000 engineers start successful companies. Most importantly, Pete is a community builder — from his earliest days of working with the data engineering community starting in 2013, he has witnessed the unique power of specialized networks to bring inspiration, knowledge and support to technical professionals.