Behind Company Lines

Behind Company Lines is a podcast that explores the stories that go on behind the scenes at some of the most exciting tech startups.

We explore origin stories of startups, how founders built their teams, and what's new in the hyper connected world of remote companies.

If you're running or thinking of starting a startup, this is the podcast for you. We give you a feel for what it's really like so you can learn and someday be on the show!



Ryan O'Donnell, Co-founder and CTO at Cleary
Ryan leads the engineering team and previously founded Peer with the COO of Salesforce; acquired by Twitter in 2016. He has over a decade of experience working at tech companies of all sizes, including both Twitter and Concur, 2 of the most successful consumer and enterprise SaaS companies in the world. Ryan has a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University.
John Leonard, Founder of Rock It
John is a 20 year old guy, just dropped out of college, and is founding Rock It. His passion in life is to design software that actually enhances individuals' lives. That's why John dropped out of college, and that's why he designed and am launching Rock It. John thinks there's a large split out there of people who don't like Big Tech. John thinks there's a lot of dissatisfaction with what's going on in Silicon Valley with them creating platforms that actually make our individual happiness and well-being worse off. But the split comes in that some people who say to just get off your phone, delete these toxic apps, and spend more time in the real world. Well, John doesn't think that's the solution per se. Technology can never move backwards, and it's really misguided to think people can or will say no to technology. John thinks the solution, really, is learning from these companies that have created toxic products, and say How could we create something that is actually good? And that's what we're doing with Rock It. We've designed and are launching an app that's success metrics exactly correlate to our members happiness and well-being. So check out our website to sign up for the waiting list and in the meantime, get out there and go rock it!
Dwight Crow, Founder & Chairman of
Dwight is the former CEO and current Chairman of, an AI enabled hearing aid with industry defining audio and care. He previously was the product manager for the Facebook eCommerce team through multiple years of +100% year on year revenue growth, and sold an NLP search engine to Facebook after Y-Combinator in 2012. Dwight lives in San Francisco and is involved in local education work and outdoor sports.
Aaron Stannard, CEO of Petabridge
Aaron is the founder and CEO of Petabridge, a company dedicated to helping .NET developers build high-performance, large-scale, and real-time software systems, and founder of the Akka.NET project. Previously Aaron was the founder of MarkedUp - analytics and marketing automation services for software developers. Before that Aaron was the Startup Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. He is globally recognized as a top .NET developer and tech leader.
Matt Harding, CTO at Zippity
Matt is the CTO at Zippity, a SaaS startup that enables great day-of service experiences for the onsite service industry. Prior to Zippity, Matt led the Fulfillment Experience team for AmazonFresh.
Francisco Desimoni, Career Coach from Argentina
Argentinean Psychologist and Career Coach, passionate about helping professionals to unleash their true potential and get the job they really want. He is a former IT Recruiter, and in his last experience, he worked for a staff augmentation company from California, USA. Currently, he has his own career coaching business in Buenos Aires providing 1 on 1 sessions and workshops and providing services to two outplacement companies from USA. He firmly believes that professionals with a lack of emotional intelligence and self-knowledge are the ones who struggle the most to get the job they love and make a living from it. These two requirements are key to build a solid personal brand and stand out from other candidates.
Nishant Panchal, Co-Founder and COO of Noteworth
COO at Noteworth with 6 years of experience with growing a startup. Expertise in engineering, product, technical culture, people people people, and business development. Eager to build a team that can accelerate virtual healthcare delivery. Nishant completed his graduate studies in computer engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is an avid swimmer.
Diego Woitasen, CEO of
Cloud Architect and tech guy with 20+ years in the industry, mainly doing professional services focusing on infrastructure on different agencies, until started as an independent consultant about 10 years ago. This journey continued with the creation of, a 40 people organization that helps Startups and ScaleUps in the B2B space to tackle their challenges with Cloud Infrastructure and DevOps methodologies.
Ramin Bastani, CEO of Healthvana
Ramin Bastani started Healthvana in 2014 to better deliver medical test results via a HIPAA-secure, mobile-friendly portal.
Scott Kacyn, CTO Huntclub
Scott is Co-Founder & CTO at Hunt Club. Hunt Club helps companies scale through trusted relationships. We work with high-growth companies across the country, leveraging our technology and a network of thousands of subject matter experts to hire better candidates, faster.
Morley Zhi, Director of Eng for Vibrant
Morley Zhi is the Director of Engineering for Vibrant, an app for people in Argentina to protect their money from devaluation. Vibrant is built on the Stellar blockchain, an open network for storing and moving money, and is a project of the Stellar Development Foundation. Before working in the blockchain space, Morley was a Director of Engineering at the dating app OkCupid.
Edan Shahar, CEO Test Innovators
Edan Shahar, co-founder and CEO of Test Innovators, has extensive experience in the realms of technology and education. He has founded several technology companies which turn data into actionable insights. In founding Test Innovators, Edan combines his love of education with a passion for using technology and data to create superior methods to improve student learning.
Thomas Hopkins, VPE at Getro
Thomas Hopkins is the Engineering Manager at Getro, the platform for independent professional networks to easily make and receive introductions. Their customers include over 400 independent professional networks — like venture capital funds (Union Square Ventures), membership communities (Women 2.0) and government associations ( and have raised ~$4m in seed funding. Prior to Getro, Thomas was Lead Engineer for Strategic Projects at Conversocial where he developed software to simplify how brands communicate with their customers by combining human agents and bots in a single platform. Thomas holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Southampton in the UK and previously served as co-founder and co-chair of the London Pro European Forum - a network for local and national political organisations to collaborate on campaigns to improve ties between the UK and EU.
Randy Paris, CEO of Brewbike
CEO of Brewbike. We're changing the future of business for the future of us all. Booth MBA - finance and entrepreneurship. Obama Administration. Obama campaign '08 and '12. He won both.
Devon Townsend, CTO of Cameo
Devon Townsend, Co-Founder/CTO of Cameo. Devon Townsend is a co-founder of Cameo, the leading marketplace connecting fans directly with tens of thousands of pop culture personalities in the form of customized video messages, live video calls and direct messages. Launched by Townsend, Steven Galanis and Martin Blencowe in 2017, the Cameo platform has connected fans with tens of thousands of their favorite athletes, entertainers and other influencers, helped facilitate more than 1 million Cameo videos, and raised more than $1 million for a wide range of charities through its Cameo Cares program. Prior to Cameo, Townsend was a Vine influencer who regularly received DMs from fans asking for shout-outs to them and their friends, which helped shape the Cameo business model. Townsend holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University and served as Cameo’s first Chief Technology Officer. He has received Forbes 30 Under 30 and Inc. 30 Under 30 honors in 2019 for his contributions to Cameo. Among Devons amazing achievements, his most impressive is being Mike's brother. ;-)
Jaclyn Curtis, COO of
Jaclyn went to Michigan State University to pursue a career in law. When she came to the realization that she didn't have to pay for law school to debate people on a daily basis, she added a second major, completing her B.A. in both Communication and Political Science - Pre-Law. Since then, she has worked in a variety of different roles in the tech industry, as both the customer and a vendor. This unique perspective has allowed her to bring empathy to the customer support process to ensure a first-class customer experience. Jaclyn joined the team as an Customer Success Manager at in early 2018 and now proudly supports as COO, where she is responsible for wrangling and organizing our team initiatives.
Prashant Salla, CEO of Fixmycar
He is the founder of FixMyCar, the fastest and easiest way to get your car fixed anywhere. According to his interview, he got customers from Craigslist where he got the mechanics and he created a mobile auto repair business that way. Now he is running the business of a mobile auto repair service dedicating in fixing your car repair problems.
Neil Smith, CEO of
Neil Smith is the CEO and founder of, an internet infrastructure startup that provides edge computing and internet exchange solutions across the United States. Before Neil started Prolo, he spent the last five years working in cloud computing where he served as the Director of Security Assurance for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Director of Red Teams for IBM Cloud. When not working on building a better internet, Neil spends his free time advocating for responsible public land management in his home state of Idaho. This will likely be a very technical conversation, as Neil is one of the smartest (and funniest) people I know. Join us!
Shawn Kumar, CEO of Rhythm360
Rhythm360 is a web app built for the specific needs of cardiology clinics. Medical staff can access patient information, schedule appointments, prescribe medication and write notes all whilst monitoring their patients pacemaker data in real time. Built to replace a clinician’s convoluted workflow, we designed an all-in-one solution focussed on convenience and speed. The overall goal was to give staff more time away from their screens so they could focus on providing stellar patient care.
Paula Varak, Senior recruiter
Today we will be interviewing a veteran recruiter who has placed hundreds of developers with companies in the US and Argentina. Recruiters are often the gateway to fantastic opportunities, so it's important to know how they work, what they look for and other pro tips that top candidates do well. She is a professional recruiter working at LIVY. She graduated with Business Administration degree major in Talent Management. She's a rockstar in sourcing, project management in LATAM region.
Jack Langworthy, CEO of Ninayo
Jack is building companies that benefit the East African agricultural sector. With NINAYO, smallholder farmers are able to own their harvests as a digital asset. This enables the farmer to store their harvest in a USSD wallet, and sell when the price is right. Resultantly, more food to reach markets at better prices in some of the most food insecure regions on earth. NINAYO's worked with WFP, USAID and the UN, and is soon partnering with some major cryptocurrencies to expand their service through staking.
Roundtable with Jose Soto, Quinntin Ruiz, Justin Hall, Jacob Peters
This week host Mike Townsend interviews 4 guests, all with impressive backgrounds in tech, education, and startups to discuss topics including 1. how international developers can be successful in US companies 2. strategies to sharpen your tech skills 3. what technologies are best to learn now 4. the best place to go for online free education 5. the future of education with Launch House. Jose Soto is a Lead Programmer at Tighten, a premier web development agency specializing in Laravel, Vue, and React. He is an educator at heart and loves to share his knowledge on youtube. Outside of coding, Jose loves to travel with his family, drink coffee, and play soccer. Quinntin Ruiz has created multiple ventures in the education space, including a coding and entrepreneurship bootcamp for college students. He’s currently working on Lectureless, a platform to create active learning experiences online. Justin Hall is a Program Manager at Apple and ex-organizer of the largest hackathon in Connecticut. He is motivated by tackling challenges and forming new connections and enjoys windsurfing, skiing, and community building. Jacob Peters, lifelong community builder and co-founder of Launch House.
Omar Bessa - Lessons from an Argentinian CTO
Omar has been the CTO of an Aerospace company, and a leader in the Buenos Aires development community. He's built 8 applications from scratch including a trading platform, game engine, compression algorithms, and even participated in a NFT project. We talk about the state of Argentinian development, the economy, and other opportunities for people to connect across the world.