E07: QA process with Meli Arce

Hi 4GeeksNation! Welcome back to a new episode on The 4Geeks Podcast. Today we are talking with Meli Arce, our QA Lead here at 4Geeks, about all the entire QA (Quality Assurance) process.

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E06: Blockchain industries

Hey guys! Welcome back to a new episode in The 4Geeks Podcast. Today we are talking about Blockchain, and it can be used to disrupt some industries.

Banking, Supply Chain, Security, Insurance, Crowdfunding, Government, Health, Online Music and Real Estates are some industries that we talked about on this episode.

This was our agenda:

  1. Banking:
    • Citi Coin, from Citi Bank. (“equivalent to bitcoin”).
    • HSBC has made what it claims is the world’s first commercial trade-finance transaction using blockchain.
  2.  Supply chain (https://goo.gl/ntYkvW )
    • Supply chain is more complex than before
    • Difficult for customers or buyers to truly know the value of products
    • All process with IoT gaining transparency
  3. Security
    • Blockchain-based systems don’t have a single place to attack due to the technology’s basic principles, where each block is immutable and cryptographic.
    • Each block has previous hash references (composed from the data)
    • Proof-of-work (latency) and proof-of-stake(based on percentage)
  4.  Insurance
    • Fraud: $40B a year in loses for fraud, paperwork process increase fraud. Eliminate double booking, ownership and reduce premium division.  
    • Health insurance: records secured and shared between.
  5.  Charitycrowdfunding (Kickstarter, IndieGogo)
    • Most of the time we don’t know where the money is.
  6.  Government (https://goo.gl/exJmbu ):
    1. National Identity Management Systems
    2. More transparency to manage citizen’s data.
    3. Tax and Internal Revenue Monitoring
    4. Voting
    5. Dubai and Estonia
  7.  Healthcare
    1. Share your own data
    2. Portable around the world.
  8.  Online Music:
    1. Listen directly from artists
    2. April 2017 — Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem … Mediachain is an startup based on NYC (“they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service.”)
  9.  Real Estate (http://ubitquity.io  — https://imbrex.io/ )
    1. Title records
    2. Transparency on property improvements
    3. Easy to mapping available properties to buy, real time updated.
    4. Possibility to gain younger investors (equity fund).

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E05: DevOp tools

Hi there! Welcome to this new episode! Today we are talking about DevOp tools we use for all entire DevOp cycle.

We started describing and mention some tools we have used here at 4Geeks to build products. Some of them steps we talked about are Plan, Code, Build, Test, Release and Deploy, Operate and Monitor.

If you are a software engineer, or if you just are dealing with servers, coding and something like that, you will love this episode.

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E04: Native vs Hybrid Mobile Apps

Do you prefer to develop a native mobile app or a hybrid mobile app? Maybe this comparison can be useful if we talk more about the context… the pros and cons.

In this episode, Sergio Monge and Allan Porras talked about some important factors to consider if you plan to choose one “format”.

For example, one of the most important things on native mobile apps is the performance, security and the capability to access device so easily. The thing is you need to establish separated development teams for each platform (Android or iOS). It can increase the budget.

If you want to know the completed pros and cons, just listen this episode 🙂

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E03: Chatbots

Hi there! Today we are going to talk about chatbots, and how it can help you to engage customers and do better business.  A chatbot basically is a program with capability to understand natural language (English, Spanish…) and trigger orders.

Some of the most popular companies providing chatbots platform are Google (DialogFlow), Facebook (Wit.ai), Amazon (Amazon Lex) and IBM (IBM Watson).

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E02: Product Development Cycle, with Ivan Arroyo

Welcome back to The 4Geeks Podcast! In this new episode Ivan Arroyo, a software engineer here at 4Geeks, joined us for discuss about the 4Geeks Product Development Cycle.

This cycle includes Brainstorming, UX, MVP, UI, Coding, Testing and Product Release, and Ivan, Sergio and Allan discussed deeply about it on this episode. Hope you can enjoy!

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We also published a version to YouTube, check it out.

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E01: Google Cloud vs Amazon AWS

Hi listeners! Welcome back to a new episode of The 4Geeks Podcast. In this occasion we face Google Cloud and Amazon AWS, its services, security, easy-to-learn, costs, and much more.

Both platforms are doing a great job to power up business around the world. So, Google Cloud or Amazon AWS? What’s the best to host and run my product? Hope you can enjoy this conversation and share with us your thoughts.

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Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.


Sergio Monge: Hello everyone! and welcome to another episode here at 4Geeks podcast. Today we are going to talk about a really nice topic it’s a comparison actually. Well, maybe we can go through the difference between Google Cloud and AWS. With me is Allan. Allan is the CEO at 4Geeks. How are you?

Allan Porras: Hey Sergio! Hi guys!, thanks for listening this new episode on The 4Geeks Podcast. That’s right, that’s right. Today we talk about how Google deals with Amazon Web Services and how Amazon Web Services deals with Google Cloud and maybe we can talk, Sergio, about the UX; maybe about the pricing that is very important point for some projects and startups, and products, and security, that is a very important point. So, you are the techie guy. Let’s start.

Sergio Monge: Yeah! But first let me know how can I listen this podcast or how can I follow this episodes in my account or how does it work.

Allan Porras: Yeah! It’s very easy. You can find this episode in https://4geeks.io/podcast in the website or you can find us on iTunes, iVox, and TuneIn. Just download the app for your iPhone or for your Android, and subscribe it, and that’s it.

Sergio Monge: Ok! Perfect. So you have it. Today we’re recording this podcast from Costa Rica, from the 4Geeks offices. We deliver our amazing products here at this office, so let’s go ahead and talk about the UX and the UI experience for Google.

Allan Porras: What do you think about that? What do you think about the UX? I think Google personally, I think Google is making a huge huge work in the UX area, you know. What do you think about that?

Sergio Monge: Yeah! I completely agree with you. I think Google is more easy to use, it more clean […]

Allan Porras: […] to understand it.

Sergio Monge: […] Yeah! It’s easy to know where you are positioning in. But AWS it’s more complex because they have more product. So first time I felt like lost in there in the UI, but when I arrive to Google to Google Cloud Console it was very easy, very intuitive how to click or where to click. So I think this round (if we can say that) it is for Google because the quantity of features they have is just the right and they put it in a good way that you don’t feel lost you you can go directly on what you need you don’t have to go through a lot of clicks or a lot of submenus to see what you need. In Amazon I think this is more complex. So UX for me is for Google, you know and also that day that they clean is he sees why this more is more easier to view.

Allan Porras: Maybe AWS it’s old school?

Sergio Monge: Maybe maybe, but I think the issue here is there a lot of features they have.

Allan Porras: Okey.

Sergio Monge: That’s what I think it is because if you open that it’s like as many with a lot of options. I don’t know, I don’t like it… even even that I’m not a huge fan of Material Design and I’m not a fan of this specific design but I think Google Cloud does it or use it the material design well.

Allan Porras: Yeah, another things about about that is to connect specific services, for example, if you want to connect to a specific instance… VPS for example (a linux VPS or a Windows VPS). Connecting from Amazon, from AWS, you need to work a bit more steps.

Sergio Monge: Yeah, sure!

Allan Porras: I think from Google you can connect just for a click on the SSH button. That’s right?

Sergio Monge: Yeah! I don’t know how they call but it’s like Google Console. Google Console?

Allan Porras: Yeah.

Sergio Monge: Google Console. It is really amazing …

Allan Porras: and everything is connected with your Google account, with your Gmail account..

Sergio Monge: you already have it.

Allan Porras: Exactly! or with your company email. If you have that you have access.

Sergio Monge: Yeah! At the office with someone new, they already have an account when they ingress to 4Geeks. Right? So it’s easy to add some someone to the I am account access.

Allan Porras: Have you compared Sergio, how many time … how long time are you taking setting up an instance in AWS vs. Google?

Sergio Monge: Well, not with a watch perse, but by feeling I would say Google is faster, with some minutes like 2 minutes I think we can have a cluster running up and running, easily, right? Without not too much customization because I think Amazon provides you that all customization at once. Google is more like simplified on that, so I think Google’s is faster and I don’t have a watch or I can not say like 2 seconds 3 seconds or 50 minutes but I can say by feeling that it’s Google.

Allan Porras: I need to say, Sergio, that Amazon has a very good documentation for all the AWS services and for all the Amazon lovers I think so the documentation is very clear and is very specific and it can drive you to the right thing that you want to do, right? but in things to the Google UX, you don’t need to read/write any documentation.

Sergio Monge: it’s explanatory. Yeah, the UI goes through the process natural and… but I like the documentation Google as well, they have a lot of use cases, for example, at this moment we are working with Kubernetes a lot at 4Geeks and that’s something that you can find easily that’s specific scenery  you are having in the specific moment, so I think the documentation of Google is well.

Sergio Monge: So now I will go to the pricing on the building staff…

Allan Porras: uff uff!

Sergio Monge: The good part. It is touching our wallet. So basically I want to start with the free trial. So what happens with Google they give you $300 I think for usage, so it is pretty good because you can go through a real situation and you can make sure that your budget will be at any specific level so you can know for example if you use the $300 in one day, you can imagine how much you will be spending the next year, for example. So it’s basically a real life situation and we can face on the on the free trial that I really like it. I really like it because we can we can check it specifically how my infrastructure will cost before going life.

Allan Porras: I think, Sergio, you wrote a comparable table in a blog and you compared the same stack on Google and on Amazon. What did you get?

Sergio Monge: Well, I can go after finish the comparison on the free trial. So, this is Google talking. Well, as I was saying actually GitLab provides more credit if you open the Google account with between them, so opening GitLab  and Google you can have $500 to be spent in Google.


E00: Intro to The 4Geeks Podcast

Hey guys! We are really excited to introduce you The 4Geeks Podcast, our new initiative to share knowledge with everybody out there.

Sergio Monge, CTO at 4Geeks and Allan Porras, CEO at 4Geeks, will host weekly conversations about technology, business, startups and disruptive products. So, join us on this journey!

You can subscribe to this podcast on your favorite platform; iTunes, TuneIn, iVoox and YouTube included. Rate us and Share with your community.

E01 episode will be published on first week July, 2018. 🙂 Every Wednesday.