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CodePen Radio

CodePen Radio

Chris Coyier, Alex Vazquez, and Tim Sabat, the co-founders of CodePen talk about the ins and outs of running a web software business.
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27:27 | Sep 11th

We've got a small feature update to talk about that's a big deal to some folks: private by default. For some people & teams, having everything private by default on CodePen is critical to their work. Chris & Marie talk about how we added this option ...Show More

29:03 | Sep 4th

Chris and Klare talk about the planning and process of building a blocking feature for CodePen.
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27:44 | Aug 21st

Cassidy is on to talk about powering the grids on CodePen with React to make them faster and future feature friendly!

32:12 | Aug 8th

Stephen, Chris, and Marie are here to talk about the new export with build process! We get into how it was built, its limitations, and some improvements we made to our admin systems along the way.

28:57 | Aug 1st

Cassidy and Marie are on this week to talk about side projects and how they can help you personally as well as professionally. Let us know what kind of side projects you're working on!

32:23 | Jul 25th

Marie and Cassidy chat about how CodePen is using social media to communicate with our community.

28:07 | Jul 18th

What is Apollo and how does CodePen use it? Cassidy just returned from Apollo Day and is here to help educate us all about Apollo and how/why CodePen chose to use it.

33:39 | Jul 10th

Cassidy and Marie are talking vulnerability: at work, in software, and IN work ON software. What does vulnerability in work look like? And how putting yourself out there can be a great way to help you grow.

29:27 | Jul 3rd

We're half way through 2019! Marie and Cassidy are here to talk about what's trending on CodePen so far and take a glimpse at the future for the rest of the year.

24:59 | Jun 26th

It's time to clean all the things! Cassidy and Marie talk about how CodePen is cleaning up code, internal docs, and external docs. How does your team do spring cleaning?

24:52 | Jun 19th

Stephen talks with Marie about how we updated and improved our exporting function on CodePen and talks about a possible future Pro feature that could come from the changes we made.

31:58 | Jun 12th

Cassidy and Marie talk about their journey to keep learning new things, while also not stressing about trying to keep up with all the things in web development.

27:24 | Jun 5th

Cassidy and Marie share some of the fun things CodePen community members are doing around the web including newsletters, Pass the Pen, JSConfEU, and Zdog.

24:37 | May 29th

Cassidy and Marie are here to chat about livestreaming for developers. We get into how we've used live streaming to learn and share in the past and how CodePen is planning to use live streaming in the future on our new Twitch channel.

28:23 | May 22nd

Marie and Chris are talking trash this week about our newest feature β€” a restore option for deleted Pens! We get into the whys and hows of this frequently requested feature.

24:48 | May 15th

We've recently updated our Pen editor to be responsive and unified in the process. Cassidy, Klare, Stephen, and Marie are on to talk about the process of updating the Pen editor for 2019.

25:13 | May 8th

We've added a new sharing button to our pens on CodePen to and Marie and Chris are here chatting about why and how CodePen decides to include social networks to share to from a Pen.

25:37 | May 1st

Our topic for this episode is Topics β€” a new feature on CodePen. Stephen, Klare, Cassidy, and Marie are on to talk about what Topics are, the design approach, how we built the feature, and how you can suggest new Topics.

26:18 | Apr 17th

Marie and Cassidy are talking about the swag choices we've made at CodePen - where we get our swag made, and how it's shipped out internationally, how we deal with inventory.

37:23 | Apr 10th

Chris and Marie talk about the little-known "nooks and crannies" of CodePen, from rarely-seen pages to features you might not know about.

30:19 | Apr 3rd

CodePen's timelords, Marie and Cassidy, are back to talk about how Team CodePen manages the time they spend on projects.

36:10 | Mar 27th

Our podcast engineer, Chris Enns, chats with Marie about what's changed in podcasting over the last year, how CodePen evalutes the success of their podcast, and offer up some podcast suggestions for listeners.

24:40 | Mar 13th

CodePen recently upgraded to Babel 7 for both our development team and our members. Cassidy and Marie talk about what that means for you in your CodePen editor.

29:58 | Mar 6th

Team CodePen's very own Stephen Shaw is also the creator of Splitting.js! Marie talks with Stephen about what Splitting.js is, what it's for, how he got the word out about his project, and his advice for anyone thinking of putting together an open-so...Show More

29:17 | Feb 26th

It's the one year anniversary of the first #CodePenChallenge! Marie, Chris, and Cassidy look back on a year of the CodePen Challenge, and chat about plans for future challenge themes and prompts.

26:34 | Feb 20th

Marie and Cassidy are chatting about time β€” what is time? How does CodePen, the app, handle time? How does Team CodePen deal with members spread across the globe? You'll find out... all in good time.

26:39 | Feb 12th

Tim and Marie talk about how CodePen updated Ruby on Rails from 4.2 to 5.2.

34:03 | Feb 5th

Chris and Marie talk to CodePen community treasure Chris Gannon about how he uses CodePen with clients, how practicing on CodePen makes him better at his craft, and the various tools he's used to do his work over the years.

27:00 | Jan 29th

Cassidy and Marie talk about a tiny detail that improved how we handle GitLab issues: tagging.

31:38 | Jan 22nd

Stephen, Marie, and Chris are on to introduce you to the newest feature on CodePen: Prefill embeds.

31:25 | Jan 15th

Dave Rupert and Trent Walton crossover from ShopTalk Show to talk about how they use CodePen PRO to build better websites for their clients at Paravel, Inc.

32:55 | Jan 8th

Marie, Chris, and Cassidy look back on the most hearted content on CodePen in 2018.

26:48 | Dec 18th, 2018

In part 2 of our discussion of our new sidebar, Cassidy, Rachel, and Marie are on to talk about the development side of building out the sidebar.

25:41 | Dec 11th, 2018

Klare, Cassidy, and Marie are on the show to talk about the newly redesigned Sidebar and what the process was like for all involved at CodePen on the redesign.

29:55 | Dec 4th, 2018

Cassidy, Alex, and Marie talk about the unique challenges of unplugging from remote work when you're taking time off, plus how they "reconnect" and get back to work.

42:04 | Nov 27th, 2018

What software do we, as a software company ourselves, pay for each month to run our own software?

33:34 | Nov 20th, 2018

Chris, Klare, and Marie talk about CodePen Challenges, redesigning the page, and how using Figma helped everyone get involved in the redesign.

29:46 | Nov 13th, 2018

We hit a milestone with our newsletter, The Spark: 100 issues! Marie and Chris are on to talk about the history of The Spark and how we put it together, plus share a couple of tips for how to get your work into The Spark.

29:39 | Nov 6th, 2018

The newest member of Team CodePen, Stephen Shaw, stops by the show to talk about his hiring process and what his first week has been like working at CodePen.

26:58 | Oct 30th, 2018

This Halloween, we're sharing our spookiest and weirdest bug stories. Marie, Cassidy, Rachel, Chris, & Stephen tell bone-chilling tales of software horror.

31:12 | Oct 23rd, 2018

We've been trying a rotating support schedule at CodePen to involve other members of the CodePen team with support. Marie, Cassidy, and Chris are here to talk about why we're doing it, and how it's going so far.

35:47 | Oct 16th, 2018

Chris, Alex, and Marie are here to talk about how we've started testing with Cypress. We talk about the kind of testing we do at CodePen, where the need for it came from, and what our experience has been like using Cypress so far.

35:15 | Oct 9th, 2018

Chris, Rach, and Cassidy are on to talk about bringing GraphQL and Apollo into the CodePen stack.

26:45 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Cassidy, Klare, and Marie are on this episode to talk about going to a conference and how to get the most out of it. They also compare conference prep styles.

22:45 | Sep 25th, 2018

Marie and Chris are here to talk about the why and how of getting a trademark for CodePen.

30:35 | Sep 18th, 2018

Cassidy and Marie are here to talk about tips for debugging your code - on CodePen as well as on your own site.

28:32 | Sep 11th, 2018

Cassidy Williams knows a thing or two about getting hired, and she's on to share tips for finding work as a front-end developer.

27:36 | Sep 4th, 2018

Introducing the newest member of Team CodePen, Cassidy Williams! Marie and Alex talk to Cassidy about her first week at CodePen and her past before CodePen, including her amazing mechanical keyboard project.

25:08 | Aug 28th, 2018

Klare and Marie talk about how new features get tested at CodePen - including our latest tests on pinned items and a redesigned sign up page.

29:18 | Aug 21st, 2018

Chris and Marie talk about dropping support for a browser version and how it sucks to let people down. But they also talk about how CodePen handles it, and cover what the browser usage stats are at CodePen.

33:12 | Aug 14th, 2018

Jake Albaugh stops by CodePen Radio one last time to talk with Tim about his new job and what it was like working at CodePen.

22:37 | Aug 7th, 2018

We recently had an all-hands meeting and recorded a podcast to talk about how we're working on a new feature of CodePen.

32:32 | Jul 31st, 2018

Marie and Chris talk about recent updates to the CodePen embed code and offer some advice for other web app builders on how and when to consider updating features inside your app.

31:13 | Jul 24th, 2018

Marie and Jake are on this week talking about Tone.js and how you can follow along with Jake's experiments with audio and the web to learn more about this neat *sounding* library.

33:06 | Jul 10th, 2018

We improved the quality of Pen screenshots on CodePen using a "headless" browser, and we've got Joel Griffith from Browserless on the show to help us talk about how it all works.

30:11 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Marie and Chris talk about how we decide what new features get added to CodePen, and get into the process of taking them from a lightbulb moment to building them out on the app.

30:03 | Jun 26th, 2018

The newest member of Team CodePen, Klare Frank, joins Marie and Chris to talk about what's been happening in the world of design at CodePen since she started.

31:36 | Jun 19th, 2018

It's midway through the year, so Marie and Chris are talking about the development and design trends emerging on CodePen in 2018.

29:43 | Jun 12th, 2018

We have a new community space for CodePen Pals on! Chris and Marie talk about our plans for the forum and why we chose Spectrum as the place to run it.

32:12 | Jun 5th, 2018

Jake joins Marie to talk about how we're using Ahoy, an open source tool, to measure activity on CodePen.

32:16 | May 29th, 2018

Marie talks with Alex about technical debt and what that meant for CodePen in the past, and how CodePen is working to minimize our technical debt in the future.

36:12 | May 22nd, 2018

Chris and Marie catch you up on all that's been happening behind the scenes at CodePen, including a sneak peek at some lip-smacking new CodePen swag.

30:35 | May 15th, 2018

CodePen's newest team member, Klare Frank, joins Chris and Marie to talk about her experience going through the hiring process at CodePen and what her first week at CodePen has been like.

31:16 | May 8th, 2018

Marie, Chris, & Jake are back to talk email and this time we're talking about how CodePen uses drip email campaigns as well as a discussion of how we approach email personally.

33:17 | May 1st, 2018

Marie is joined by Andy Hullinger to talk about the front end development course he teaches, and how he uses CodePen to help his students make their first steps into programming.

30:44 | Apr 24th, 2018

Marie is joined by The Keyframers - David and Stephen - to talk about the genesis of their new Twitch channel and how they use of CodePen to make it happen.

27:39 | Apr 17th, 2018

Marie talks with Christina Gorton about how she uses CodePen to learn as well as teach code. Christina has a new Skillshare course that shows you how to learn to code by creating art.

33:43 | Apr 10th, 2018

If you've ever wondered which code editor or typeface the folks behind CodePen use, this is the episode for you! Marie interviews the CodePen team about their preferences for coding, typeface, music, and their take on tabs vs. spaces.

30:09 | Apr 3rd, 2018

We all want to improve our skills and get better as a developer - but how do you know if you are actually getting better? Marie and Jake are on this episode to talk about "leveling up".

34:33 | Mar 27th, 2018

Alex joins Marie to talk about the way CodePen is now managing and working on larger projects, as well as the tools and thought process behind why we've changed it up.

35:26 | Mar 20th, 2018

What if your business model included promoting someone else's business? It's advertising-ish, sponsorship, and patronage. How does CodePen decide who to work with? Chris and Marie are here to take you behind the CodePen curtain of sponsorship.

32:08 | Mar 13th, 2018

Chris and Marie are on the show to talk about design assets β€” colors, fonts, patterns, and photos built right into CodePen that you can use for your Pen and Project designs.

30:27 | Mar 6th, 2018

The good kind of challenges! We've launched CodePen Challenges, a prompt-a-week Pen challenge. Chris and Marie are on to tell you all about it.

36:13 | Feb 27th, 2018

We're going all the way back to Episode One to celebrate 4 years and 160+ episodes of CodePen Radio! Hear what the founders Chris, Alex, and Tim had in mind for the future of CodePen and this podcast in the debut episode from February 2014.

27:31 | Feb 20th, 2018

Alex is on the show to talk about the recent update to a PRO feature of CodePen: Collab Mode. Marie talks with him about the history behind collab mode, what's changed, and what he learned while updating this feature of CodePen. Time Jumps 0:40 What ...Show More

33:26 | Feb 13th, 2018

Marie and Chris are here to talk about how CodePen works on community safety. From dealing with spam and enforcing the code of conduct, to planning new features with community impact in mind.

31:26 | Feb 6th, 2018

What is "serverless"? And what does it mean to go serverless on CodePen? Chris and Marie are here to go over the basics of serverless apps and give you some ideas of what you can do with them.

33:09 | Jan 30th, 2018

How do we manage, fix, and *ahem* create bugs at CodePen? CodePen engineer Rachel Smith is on the show to help explain how CodePen swats bugs.

25:31 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Jake is back on the show, along with Tim, to talk in more detail about how we implemented ETL at CodePen.

28:54 | Jan 16th, 2018

Jake is on to talk about the planning and design that went into our overhaul of our email system at CodePen.

29:29 | Jan 9th, 2018

Chris and Marie take a look back at the most hearted Pens, Posts, and Collections on CodePen in 2017.

28:22 | Dec 12th, 2017

We're joined by our podcast editor Chris Enns to talk about the benefits of publishing a podcast about your startup - even if it's not a direct marketing channel.

27:53 | Dec 5th, 2017

Show Description We've recently changed what we're using for our internal documentation and notes, and in the process we had a chance to clean up and organize it in a way that makes way more sense. Show Links Notion Gitlab CodePen Support CodePen Pro...Show More

06:03 | Nov 28th, 2017

Marie wraps up Codevember with shoutouts to some of the CodePen community members who wowed us through the month!

26:35 | Nov 21st, 2017

Show Description Marie and Rachel are back to update us on Codevember - what's inspiring them, how CodePen is picking the best of Codevember, how to keep up even if you can't complete the whole challenge, and why community challenges are a great way ...Show More

24:32 | Nov 14th, 2017

We talk to the Codevember creators, Arthur and Valentin, about their backgrounds, where Codevember started from, what they're using to manage Codevember, and what's different about Codevember for 2017.

05:13 | Nov 7th, 2017

It's Codevember! All this month on CodePen Radio, our focus is on the annual Pen-a-day challenge. Marie is on to tell you all about Codevember β€” what it is, how to participate.

34:19 | Oct 31st, 2017

When a startup comes to year end, what are the tasks that bookkeepers need to do for a startup's finances? How do we take into account our remote employees? How does forecasting work?

34:57 | Oct 24th, 2017

We're talking about how we "eat our own dogfood" at CodePen with a couple of examples - Jake's exploration of the travelling salesman problem in Pens, and Rachel's "Post About Your Pen" challenge.

29:40 | Oct 17th, 2017

Charlotte Dann is our guest for this episode! She joins Marie and Rachel to talk about her new project that got its start on CodePen: Hexatope - designing jewelry with hexagonal generative art.

32:31 | Oct 10th, 2017

Marie recently had the opportunity to do a content inventory on our documentation and document it. How meta! She's joined by Chris to talk about why it's important to do this from time to time and the benefit of having focused time to go deep into yo...Show More

28:26 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Tim H., Alex, and Marie are on to talk about preprocessors on CodePen β€” how they work, how we maintain them, what we do when a preprocessor becomes obsolete, and some thoughts on the future of preprocessors on CodePen.

25:06 | Sep 26th, 2017

We just brought back PayPal as a payment option, and we used Braintree to do it! Marie and Alex are on to talk about the how and why of adding a new payment provider to CodePen.

32:28 | Sep 19th, 2017

Chris and Tim Sabat talk about struggles you can have with a growing database - keeping lookup times down, paging issues, and dealing with metadata.

30:09 | Sep 12th, 2017

Rachel, Tim Sabat, and Marie are here to talk about CodePen's newest feature: the Dashboard. We're talking about why we added it, how we built it, and why it's so zippy.

23:30 | Sep 5th, 2017

Tim H, Rach, and Marie talk about screenshots on CodePen. How we generate the default screenshots, how and why we built the new custom screenshots feature, and a little discussion about what's coming up in the world of headless Chrome.

33:49 | Aug 29th, 2017

Saying no is an important part of running a web business. In this episode of CodePen Radio we talk about how and when we have to say no to customers and others.

36:11 | Jul 18th, 2017

We're talking Emmet - a handy toolkit of shortcuts for developers. CodePen just pushed version 2 live (with some customizations!) so we thought we'd talk about how and why we're using Emmet on CodePen.

31:55 | Jul 11th, 2017

When does your web app need more refined and advanced permissions? How does CodePen figure out if you're a paid user? Or if you're on a team? What kind of Pro are you? How did CodePen clean up the logic and the questions we were asking?

27:24 | Jul 4th, 2017

Chris, Rachel, and Marie talk about some of the ways they configure templates on CodePen - Pen templates, Project templates, as well as dreaming up new ways to use templates on CodePen.

28:59 | Jun 27th, 2017

Drew Conley created an RPG right inside CodePen! Today he talks with Marie and Tim Holman about how he built it (with React), basing it around his own life experiences, and what the future holds for The Danger Crew.

30:06 | Jun 20th, 2017

Sarah Drasner is on the show to talk about why she started sharing her work and giving back to the community, her love of CodePen, and the Web Animation Workshops she runs with Val Head.

29:31 | Jun 13th, 2017

Chris and Marie sit down with Nat Cooper, organizer of the Creative Coding Club. The club aims to inspire people to design and build fun digital things based on a monthly theme. We talk about why she set it up, how she manages the community, and her ...Show More

29:08 | Jun 6th, 2017

Mike Mangialardi from joins the show to talk about his Daily CSS Images challenge! We talk about what inspired him to start the challenge, how he runs the challenge, and how the CodePen community has embraced it. It's been a great way...Show More

34:22 | May 30th, 2017

Our guest this week is Jag Talon, a front end developer at DuckDuckGo! Jag talks to Marie and Tim S. about how hacking around on CodePen helped him learn CSS for his job, using CodePen Projects to redesign his podcast's website, and making use of Cro...Show More

26:50 | May 23rd, 2017

Marie, Tim H., and Alex are here to talk about the decision to go all in on HTTPS at CodePen. We talk about some of the reasons why we waited until now to make the switch, and how we plan to implement it across CodePen.

33:03 | May 16th, 2017

Tim, Alex, and Chris are here for another "propellerhead" episode, talking about what happens at a server and infrastructure level when a user creates a new Project.

34:35 | May 9th, 2017

Tim, Alex, and Chris are here for a classic propellerhead episode - talking all things server infrastructure for CodePen Projects. All the fun server buzzwords are covered such as NFS, S3, EFS, Gulp, Docker, Docker Swarm, and AWS Nodes.

29:49 | May 2nd, 2017

Chris, Tim Holman, and Marie are talking about spreading the CodePen word at conferences, both as speakers and attendees. How do you not cross the line into smarmy marketing? Do you need business cards? We talk about what feels right, and what doesn'...Show More

36:36 | Apr 25th, 2017

Chris, Rachel, and Marie talk about the stages of testing CodePen's new Projects feature - moving from developing in "secret" to alpha, transitioning to invite-only beta and open beta, and managing communication with alpha and beta users.

36:25 | Apr 18th, 2017

Marie, Alex, and Rachel talk project management for the payments update and the Project project. We talk about the tools we used to manage our projects, what we've learned while managing projects, and tips for folks about to manage their first big pr...Show More

31:33 | Apr 11th, 2017

Marie, Rachel, and Tim H. are founder-free this episode, talking about using React to build CodePen's newest Project feature. We talk about the deciding factors in choosing React for Projects, the learning curve, and the lessons learned.

31:39 | Apr 4th, 2017

CodePen Projects is now officially in beta, and we're excited to talk to you about it! Chris, Rachel, Tim S, and Marie gather to discuss the hows and whys of CodePen Projects.

29:11 | Mar 28th, 2017

Chris, Tim H., and Marie gather to discuss how we upsell CodePen PRO. We talk about the process of identifying opportunities to upsell, avoiding dark patterns, and new ways of introducing our members to PRO features.

35:42 | Mar 21st, 2017

Tim, Alex, and Chris are together answering a listener question about how we do capacity planning at CodePen. Thanks Frederick for the topic suggestion! Tim runs through all the details of how traffic is routed around CodePen's servers. We get into t...Show More

33:04 | Mar 14th, 2017

Chris, Jake, and Dee gather to chat about refactoring the payment processing code and the creation of ownables. We talk about why we went through all this work and what it allows us to do in the future.

32:51 | Mar 7th, 2017

Chris & Marie talk about the benefits of focusing on CodePen's social media efforts. How do we engage with our audience on each platform? What did and didn't work on social media CodePen? Is there a way to measure the value of one platform over anoth...Show More

33:14 | Feb 28th, 2017

Chris and Marie talk about what it's like to write and maintain documentation for a complex app. Can documentation also be marketing? What's it like keeping documentation inside WordPress?

31:12 | Feb 21st, 2017

Chris, Tim H, and Marie talk about the nuts and bolts of the CodePen's Spark β€” the weekly email newsletter that highlights the coolest stuff from the previous week on CodePen. We get into the challenges of getting email _just right_, from testing the...Show More

30:03 | Feb 14th, 2017

Show Description The three founders, Tim, Alex, and Chris got together in person to work together and plan the future of CodePen. They turned on the mics to record this episode of CodePen Radio about the leadership structure of CodePen. Who decides w...Show More

31:24 | Feb 7th, 2017

Show Description It's tax time! Chris, Marie, and Dee Gill, CodePen's numbers sorceress, talk about the financial aspects of running a startup like CodePen β€” from payroll and taxes, to forecasting and reporting. Show Sponsor CodePen Pro Show Links De...Show More

35:01 | Jan 31st, 2017

CodePen always strives to be friendly place to take part in the world of front end development β€” it’s a playground! Our reward for our efforts is our big, diverse, exciting community of talented members. On this episode, Chris, Marie, and Tim H talk ...Show More

36:13 | Jan 24th, 2017

Show Description CodePen recently switched from GitHub to self-hosted GitLab. We're happy with it! In this episode, Chris, Rachel, and Tim talk about the differences between GitHub and GitLab, why we decided to make the change, the features we like, ...Show More

26:02 | Dec 12th, 2016

Show Description We're launching a new feature called The CodePen Spark β€” a special newsletter devoted to highlighting awesome stuff around CodePen and the web at large. There are already lots of different ways to explore great content on CodePen, bu...Show More

36:26 | Nov 8th, 2016

Show Description CodePen has been working on a large, all-hands-on-deck project and through working on it we've realized we need to plan and organize our team better. Rachel, Chris, and Alex get together to talk through how we we went from probably a...Show More

35:11 | Nov 1st, 2016

Show Description CodePen Meetups can be a ton of fun and place to learn about weird, interesting stuff that other folks are doing on CodePen - so we have Matt who organizes our Chicago CodePen Meetups to figure out what's working for him in Chicago a...Show More

35:59 | Oct 18th, 2016

Show Description This week we've got Manuel Weiss from Codeship to talk about remote and local employees, running standups in Slack, pricing Codeship along with user's success, supporting customers as humans, deciding when to add a sales team, taking...Show More

43:07 | Oct 4th, 2016

Show Description This week we've got Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett from Dribbble. Dribbble takes the cake for the business in this series that is the most similar to CodePen. Dribbble was first, paved a good amount of the ground we followed, and we...Show More

35:52 | Sep 27th, 2016

Show Description This week we've got Hakim El Hattab and Owen Bossola, co-founders of They are a business that is smilar to CodePen in a number of ways, and we talk about things like building community among their users, reaching outside ...Show More

34:11 | Sep 21st, 2016

Show Description We're talking with Justin Gitlin who recently dissolved the agency, Modeset, that he was a part of for over 10 years. They focused on working with startups and helping them build their MVP and then moving on to the next project and h...Show More

32:37 | Sep 13th, 2016

Show Description We've got Dan from Roost - a web notification service that helps businesses send better notifications to users. They rely heavily on native web technology to do what they do, which is interesting and slightly unusual. We talk about t...Show More

30:29 | Sep 6th, 2016

Show Description We're chatting with Josh and Ben from Honeybadger, a service for tracking errors in a web app. We use Honeybadger here at CodePen and find it extremely valuable. We also worked with Josh on upgrading Rails here at CodePen. We talk ab...Show More

36:25 | Aug 30th, 2016

Show Description We're chatting with Wade Foster, CEO of Zapier ("Zapier makes you happier"), about Zapier's origin story, their fundraising experience, growing with your customers, dealing with user churn, marketing to new users as well as existing ...Show More

41:07 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Show Description This is part 3 in a mini-series where we talk with other businesses that, like us, make money off the web. We're chatting with Brandon Kelly and Brad Bell from Pixel and Tonic, the company behind CraftCMS. CraftCMS is a powerful CMS ...Show More

32:38 | Aug 16th, 2016

Show Description This is Part 2 in a mini series where we talk with other businesses that, like us, make money off the web. We're chatting with Todd Garland from BuySellAds about being the middle-person between publishers and advertisers - and buildi...Show More

38:21 | Aug 9th, 2016

Show Notes This show kicks off what hopefully will be a 10-part mini series where we talk with other businesses that, like us, make money off the web. Some of them will be freemium SaaS (Software as a Service) like us, and some will be more tangentia...Show More

42:58 | Jul 26th, 2016

Show Description In this episode we talk about some of the biggest Pens of all time on CodePen. Most of them were not only just popular right on CodePen itself, but went viral and reached far beyond CodePen itself. Wanna make one of these super-popul...Show More

31:29 | Jul 19th, 2016

Show Description The whole point of testing in development is so you don't write some new code that ends up affecting other code, causing it to fail or otherwise do something unexpected. You write some code, then you write a test to ensure the code y...Show More

32:12 | Jul 13th, 2016

Show Description Of course there are loads and loads of animation examples on CodePen as Pens, but animation is also in use in the CodePen UI itself. How do we think about that? Why do we use it? When is it useful? How do we approach it with code? Wh...Show More

34:03 | Jul 5th, 2016

Show Description All of our hires so far at CodePen have some ownership of the company in the form of stock options. This seems to be the most popular option for companies like ours, but it's not the only way. We're joined by our lawyer Alex King who...Show More

32:05 | Jun 28th, 2016

Show Description We're joined by Joshua Wood from Upgrade Rails and Honey Badger to talk about hiring a consultant to take care of upgrading CodePen's Rails rather than doing it ourselves. Show Sponsor CodePen PRO Show Links Honey Ba...Show More

37:27 | Jun 21st, 2016

Show Description I Heard React Is Good. We're talking about a new project we're working on and how we decided to jump in and use React to build it. Rachel, Alex, Tim Holman, and Chris get together to share their path of learning about React. Show Spo...Show More

26:01 | Jun 14th, 2016

Show Description We're answering a listener question: What has changed for the 3 founders since adding employees to CodePen? How do we divide up the labor? Plus a really interesting discussion about the extra stresses involved of having employees. Sh...Show More

30:47 | Jun 7th, 2016

Show Description We're doing another episode on how we do "Picks" on CodePen β€” this time with the people who do most of the picking on CodePen. Rachel, Marie, Chris, and Tim H. are on the episode to talk about how and why they pick the picks they do....Show More

24:46 | May 31st, 2016

Show Description When Mailchimp announced major changes to Mandrill, the service we were using to send the vast majority of email out of CodePen, we had to make some major changes of our own. Cost was one consideration, but the most important change ...Show More

30:52 | May 24th, 2016

Show Description We use a thing called Solr. We brought on a contractor β€” Andy Smith - to help us scale and improve Solr. Andy is into big data stuff and this, as we learn, qualifies as big data. As I write, there are 7.5 million Pens on CodePen, eac...Show More

27:20 | May 18th, 2016

Show Description Joakim Johansson writes: I am writing to you because I would love to know how it evolved. Like did you have the whole thing figured out from start or just some core feature and then iterated around it? I am asking because I recently ...Show More

26:58 | May 10th, 2016

Show Description We start with this admission, to which everyone agrees: None of us have a complete understanding of how CodePen works. At this stage, some of us think that while this is true, we could figure out the parts that we don't currently kno...Show More

29:26 | May 3rd, 2016

Show Description We often get asked what it's like to work at a startup. So in this episode we thought we'd discuss what a startup means to each of us and what it's like working at CodePen at this stage (definitely "early"). We also run through some ...Show More

24:08 | Apr 27th, 2016

Show Description In the previous episode, we talked about how we received a DDoS threat, and how our reaction was to beef up our infrastructure rather than pay. Turns out, as we also guessed, the threat was empty. We were well aware it could be, but ...Show More

28:28 | Apr 19th, 2016

Show Description We recently got a Dedicated Denial of Service threat email. An empty threat, probably (so far so good). But still, we're about the right size of a business to target and any amount of research will show that sometimes these things ar...Show More

30:38 | Apr 12th, 2016

Show Description Pagination should be simple right? It's just some arrows you click to move between some content. We should probably be used to this by now: it's complicated. There are UI complications (e.g. making sure the buttons stay where there a...Show More

27:01 | Apr 7th, 2016

Show Description We've been using Front the last few months at CodePen for customer support. It handles incoming email as well as Twitter in a unified, team-based inbox. In this episode we talk about what it does for us, why we like it, and how we've...Show More

28:05 | Mar 29th, 2016

Show Description The whole gang is together! Last week we had a whole-team get together and we figured we'd record a podcast while all there. All of us have been on the receiving end of feature requests from our community. There are many spectrums on...Show More

33:40 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Show Description We've done a number of partnerships in the history of CodePen. No two are ever the same. In this podcast we talk about a number of them. How them came together, how they worked out. Plus a few that never really materialized. Sometime...Show More

29:51 | Mar 16th, 2016

Show Description We're joined by Sara Cope, who takes care of all swag for CodePen (in addition to CSS-Tricks, ShopTalk, her day job, and helping things just generally run more smoothly around here). Why do we have swag at all? How does it mostly get...Show More

23:15 | Mar 8th, 2016

Show Description In this show we talk about Amazon Spot Instances. The story story: they are Amazon servers with their own little economy. You bid on them, like you would at auction. There is no guarantee you'll get to keep the server. Get outbid, an...Show More

33:35 | Mar 1st, 2016

Show Description Tim Holman took the lead on building out CodePen Console, so he's on to talk about it. There are lots of good reasons why we have our own console even though the browser has (an undoubtedly more powerful) console in the DevTools. We'...Show More

32:09 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Show Description This is the story of how CodePen aquired, after many years of not owning it. In the beginning, I think we just didn't care. This was a bit of a hobby project. We bought the domain at a time when we still mostly were think...Show More

32:40 | Feb 16th, 2016

Show Description CodePen is a 100% remote team. No two people work in the same city. Good or bad? Good, we say. In almost all ways, including the biggest one of all: we couldn't have assembled this team otherwise. It's not without it's challenges tho...Show More

19:56 | Feb 9th, 2016

Show Description It's almost always bad news to alter a third-party dependency. You wouldn't, for example, alter a core WordPress file to change how something works, because WordPress updates all the time (even automatically) and your changes would b...Show More

34:56 | Feb 2nd, 2016

Show Description Introducing our most recent hire, Rachel Smith! We talk about her use of CodePen's posts, moving from Australia to work in the U.S. with an E3, her first projects, and how awesome it is to hire and work with people who already know t...Show More

31:37 | Jan 26th, 2016

Show Description We've long had Private Pens on CodePen. And we know that it's a huge reason people go PRO at all, much like GitHub. We also know that internally we use private but still on-the-internet stuff all the time, like Private Gists. Since w...Show More

33:12 | Jan 20th, 2016

Show Description The web isn't video games, where it's well-understood that certain games only work on certain systems. The web is supposed to work everywhere. And not just in a fancy smart people philosophical way. In the sense that regular users ex...Show More

34:11 | Jan 13th, 2016

Show Description We talk about downtime - planned or otherwise. We talk about how we attempt to alert users of upcoming planned downtime. We talk about reasons why downtime might occur and how to minimize it. We also talk about a cool (yet to be atte...Show More

25:37 | Jan 7th, 2016

Show Description Getting health insurance figured out for a small business is no fun. We tasked Alex with figuring out what our options are to make sure all of us are covered. Show Links Trinet United Health Care Affordable Health Care...Show More

35:02 | Dec 9th, 2015

Show Description Tim walks us through all the stuff involved with deploying CodePen to the 30-some servers that power it. Plus we learn what the Cattle vs Pets metaphor is all about. Show Links Capistrano [Solr](solar server farm) SideKiq Coffeescrip...Show More

38:12 | Dec 1st, 2015

Show Description This episode we talk with Elizabeth Jamae of Jamae Law Group about what's involved in bringing someone from outside the US to come work for you - using our own Tim Holman as an example. Show Sponsor Bushel - Set up and protect your A...Show More

28:48 | Nov 24th, 2015

Show Description Jake Albaugh is our latest hire! We have him on to talk about what it was like to get hired and join the CodePen team - including the feature he got to work on first. Show Links Jake on Twitter Jake on CodePen Alex on Twitter Alex on...Show More

25:03 | Nov 17th, 2015

Show Description Hiring a developer from overseas brings it's own unique challenges: immigration questions, salary questions, and onboarding. We chat with Tim Holman on what his first couple of weeks here at CodePen have been like. Show Links Tim Hol...Show More

32:03 | Nov 10th, 2015

Show Description Come level up your lawyer speak as we speak with Alex King, the lawyer who helped us through raising our first funding round here at CodePen. Show Links Bend Law Group TechStars Hello Sign

34:32 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Show Links About CodePen New Relic Skylight Vivid Cortex Data Dog Google Analytics Philip Walton Full Story PubNub Mandrill Gusto / ZenPayRoll ADP Quickbooks Slack Codeship on ShopTalk Show Codeship Semaphore Honeybadger AWS Mac Stadium Pingdom CodeM...Show More

30:56 | Oct 27th, 2015

The redesign has been live for a few weeks now. Or at least "Phase One" of it, we might say. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, but of course not all of it. We talk about the launch and how it went down from a technical perspective, org...Show More

34:04 | Oct 20th, 2015

Show Notes This week we talk about the "Recent Activity" feature on CodePen. It's tricker than it looks. The beginnings of the idea was based on logging actions for support reasons. For instance, if we log the fact that a user deleted a Pen, there is...Show More

32:07 | Oct 13th, 2015

Show Notes We just recently welcomed Marie Mosley as our first employee ever here at CodePen. In this show we have her on to talk about her work and her relevant past work and such. Show Sponsor FullStory gives web teams a clear view into whether or ...Show More

33:09 | Oct 6th, 2015

Show Notes Good News / Bad News: we're all full up on employees already. We'd love to be able to hire more of the wonderful people who have expressed interest, but we are all set for now. Hopefully we can grow and hire more of you in the future! Hiri...Show More

31:44 | Oct 1st, 2015

Show Notes Launch day is coming up! How do you decide which ideas to kill, leave for later, or try to fit in before the launch. Hear everyone's thoughts as they get ready for launch day on the new CodePen. Show Links CodePen on Sparkbox Redesign ZenH...Show More

29:59 | Sep 29th, 2015

In this episode we take a look at something uniquely CodePen: the "Picks". Why did we start doing it? What are the upsides? downsides? We also look at a little bit of the tech behind how it works. Show Sponsor For years, Media Temple’s Grid service h...Show More

32:34 | Sep 27th, 2015

Show Notes This is part two of four of a mini-series we're doing with the team we are working with at Sparkbox to redesign CodePen. This was recorded a number of ago just as we were wrapping up the research phase. Research is a huge topic and importa...Show More

39:24 | Sep 22nd, 2015

Show Notes We recently underwent out biggest database migration yet. This time, to Amazon RDS. There were loads of advantages to this. Perhaps the biggest was getting onto a platform that is absolutely built for this. It feels good to be on a system ...Show More

29:37 | Sep 20th, 2015

Show Notes This podcast was recorded a number of months ago as we kicked off a big new project: a redesign of CodePen itself in partnership with Sparkbox. We're documenting the process along the way. If you listen to this podcast, perhaps you know th...Show More

25:11 | Sep 15th, 2015

About the Show In this episode we talk about when we lean on experts as a business. We can do so casually, like asking for advice over coffee. Or we can level that up to hiring on consultants and freelancers for their expertise. We've done both many ...Show More

30:18 | Sep 10th, 2015

This week we talk about what it took to wrap up the funding round we just went through. It took six months, but the money is actually in our account now, which is a rather surreal sight to see! There was a lot to go through. We probably signed a doze...Show More

32:15 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Synopsis This week talk about documentation. As in, the information you make available to the people that use your site about how to use it. We have it. But is it any good? Eh. Could be better, could be worse. Show Sponsor For years, Media Temple’s G...Show More

31:46 | Aug 25th, 2015

In this episode we talk about something pretty much every business needs to deal with these days: social media. Is it a marketing panacea? A time sink? A customer service portal? We certainly don't have all the answers, but we're trying. Episode Spon...Show More

37:53 | Aug 18th, 2015

This week we have on special guest Dee Gill. Dee does lots of work for us at CodePen. This week we have her on to talk specially about the work she did revolving around our funding. Part of that was financial data forecasting growth and profit and th...Show More

28:07 | Aug 11th, 2015

This week we're continuing the conversation about our recent funding. There are loads of documents that are a part of the process. We talk about Californa vs Delware, LLC vs S-Corp vs C-Corp, Shares vs Preferred Shares, YC AA Docs vs Series Seed Docs...Show More

28:50 | Aug 5th, 2015

Pretty big news for Team CodePen! We're in the process of finalizing our first ever funding round. We're going to do a few podcasts directly on this subject, and it's likely all our future podcasts will be influenced by it in some sense. Here's some ...Show More

27:46 | Jul 28th, 2015

Our topic this week is marketing. Drip marketing, specifically. It's hard to explain all the features and benefits of your app to your users, and drip marketing (commonly known as automatic email responders) is a great way to explain features to your...Show More

33:02 | Jul 22nd, 2015

It's easy to go down an edge case rabbit hole and waste time. But aren't we trained to do that as developers? Isn't that our job? Which ones should we focus on?

23:18 | Jul 17th, 2015

We're starting to use Amazon Web Services Lambda lately for some of our preprocessing work. It has it's ups and downs.

42:45 | Jul 7th, 2015

Our topic this week is JavaScript and it's many dangers. We discuss how we allow JavaScript in Pens and how we make that safe from cross-site scripting and other dangers and annoyances. Show Links: What is XSS? Play safely in sandboxed iframes If you...Show More

33:23 | Jul 1st, 2015

Our topic this week is Search. In this episode, we discuss how we do search on CodePen, some of the challenges we face, how we handle spam, and Tim shares four great tips on setting up search on your site. Show Links: Google Custom Search Engine Apac...Show More

34:28 | Jun 11th, 2015

We got a bunch of questions from a listener (Hey Greg!) about podcasting, so in this episode we're talking about our podcasting process. What is a Podcast? 1:47 A podcast is an RSS feed (XML data) that you host somewhere that people can subscribe to....Show More

30:04 | Jun 3rd, 2015

Back in episode 36, we talked about some changes we made to how we do settings in individual Pens. We just rolled out a big update to settings in CodePen; so this episode is going to be about that process and the challenges we ran into while making t...Show More

31:46 | May 26th, 2015

Our topic this week is Open Source. 1:46 There are a few other code processing apps that are open source; JS Bin and Dabblet, for example. So why isn't CodePen open source? That's the question we're answering on today's episode. Would a GitHub issue ...Show More

29:24 | May 6th, 2015

Our topic this week is Email Newsletters. CodePen has an email newsletter, and so we're dedicating this whole show to talking about how we create it, and the tools we use for managing those emails. Why Email? 1:38 Email is a great way to communicate ...Show More

28:20 | Apr 20th, 2015

This week we're talking about Docker. One of the reason we're interested in Docker is because of how popular is (it's good to keep your finger on the pulse of popular new technologies). It's a big deal, but a surprisingly small number of people are u...Show More

33:43 | Apr 8th, 2015

We've got a special guest this week: David Desandro. David left his job at Twitter a few years ago to found Metafizzy. We talk about his recent projects, policing licenses, leaving his safe job to start his own thing, how to deal with feature request...Show More

33:43 | Mar 27th, 2015

This week, we're talking about how we stay healthy at CodePen. 1:09 We're tech workers. We stare at computer monitors all day. Our default state is "not moving". We care about our health here at CodePen, so we try to be aware of certain things that a...Show More

31:46 | Feb 18th, 2015

This week we're talking about Settings. There are many settings in CodePen, and we've been working on them a lot lately. Common settings for a web app The most common settings in a web app are the passwords and user names, and notifications. We'll pr...Show More

23:54 | Feb 10th, 2015

This week we talk about our recent migration on Amazon Web Services completely over to their newer VPC service, as we recently announced. 1:07 CodePen runs on servers, as all websites do. We chose AWS very early on. You've probably heard us talk abou...Show More

49:21 | Feb 4th, 2015

In this special questions-and-answers version of CodePen Radio, we reached out to you, and now we're going to answer your questions. 1:31 Q: Would you ever consider running a UI competition to redesign the CodePen homepage? A. Probably not. We'd love...Show More

24:23 | Jan 20th, 2015

This week we talk about what you can do after a negative event happens at your company. Things like downtime or a security breach. First priority is solving the problem. Second priority is making sure it doesn't happen again, and the first step towar...Show More

33:29 | Jan 12th, 2015

The week we talk secrets. 2:02 Every company has lots of secrets. We're going to talk about how we keep our secrets secure. We aren't talking about secrets like our plans to take over the world, but things like social security numbers, passwords for ...Show More

27:52 | Jan 1st, 2015

This week on CodePen Radio: a special holiday edition where we get a little sentimental and also talk about the past two years at CodePen and the things that make CodePen awesome and different. (Pardon the self-back-patting, again, we'll try not to m...Show More

33:06 | Dec 22nd, 2014

This past week, we launched our new Job Board. This is a place on CodePen where people can post jobs to find great developers. Our New Job Board 1:10 We're trying to have a successful business. To do that, you need to make money. One of the ways we m...Show More

30:50 | Dec 9th, 2014

This week, we're talking about testing: what testing is, the different kinds of tests we run at CodePen, and why they are important. What kind of testing do we do at CodePen? 2:28 Mostly unit testing. You have a pre-defined set of inputs, and you tes...Show More

41:10 | Dec 1st, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we're talking about users: who our users are, what they expect, where they come from, and things like that. Doing some research 1:45 We wanted to do some research to understand our users: who is coming to CodePen, and why?...Show More

37:51 | Nov 24th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we're talking about Scaling. We're returning to the land of servers to discuss how we scaled CodePen. What is scaling? 1:30 When we talk about scaling, we're talking about our backend servers being able to handle the growt...Show More

28:14 | Nov 11th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio we talk about Meetups. We're having our very first CodePen meetup ever on November 6, 2014. The location will be a bar called Bungalow, in Austin, TX. News: We've started giving out a free 14 day trial of CodePen Pro. Our V...Show More

36:00 | Oct 28th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we're talking about the tech behind taking payments in a web app. If you want to make money with any kind of online business, money will need to change hands. We go over the different options for payment processing, and ex...Show More

31:26 | Oct 2nd, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we're talking about responsibility. We're all responsible for keeping the site up, but we are going get into the details of what our different roles require, and what it means to take responsibility for your product. Our R...Show More

26:54 | Sep 19th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, something that affects all web apps that use the subscriber model: Churn. 1:08 CodePen's primary income comes from people signing up for Pro accounts. The idea is that we grow as a business as more people sign up. As we cr...Show More

45:16 | Sep 11th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we talk advertising. Both sides: using advertising as part of a business model as well as using advertising to grow. 1:20 We use advertising on CodePen. Shortly after we started, we decided that we should use advertising o...Show More

36:36 | Sep 2nd, 2014

We got together this week to talk about Feature Planning because that's what we actually did this week! One of the ways that your business can grow and be more profitable is to expand on the feature set of your app. We've got some cool features on th...Show More

37:02 | Aug 25th, 2014

Why would we be talking about APIs, CodePen doesn't even have one, right? It's true, we don't have what is considered a traditional API. We explain why (and that we kinda do), and dig into the ins and outs of APIs on web apps. 1:39 What is an API for...Show More

41:58 | Aug 13th, 2014

This week we talk about customer support. Pretty much all web apps need to have some system for customer support. How that goes can take many forms. 1:28 We provide support for CodePen through our support form (Wufoo form that goes to a shared Google...Show More

43:58 | Jul 28th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we dig into search engine optimization (SEO). Why it matters, what is specific to CodePen and what isn't, how it relates to user generated content, moral obligations, best practices, different approaches to it, and more. 1...Show More

32:02 | Jul 9th, 2014

The word "Community" gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? This week, we dig into what the CodePen community is, the value it creates for us and the people who use CodePen, how we shape the community, and more. 1:08 Community is an ...Show More

34:04 | Jun 27th, 2014

This week on CodePen Radio, we're discuss our brand new blogging feature. 2:00 Why did we create the blogging feature? It was primarily because we watched how people used CodePen. What people were doing was taking their entire Pen and describing it, ...Show More