A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Meditation and Mentoring

01 Oct 2017

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Topics: Meditation, Mentoring, Python, Recruiting, Software Engineering, Teamwork, Team Leadership, Trust, Zen Buddhism




In this episode we are joined by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis, Python contributor and staff engineer at MongoDB. It’s a fun, insightful conversation touching on the dearth of mentorship in tech, differences in mindset when contracting vs. being on staff, the subtle and evolving effectiveness of long-lived teams, and the effect of Jesse’s Zen Buddhist practice on his approach to engineering.

Guest Bio

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis is a staff engineer at MongoDB in New York City. He’s the lead developer of the MongoDB C Driver libraries, libbson and libmongoc, and the author of Motor, an async MongoDB driver written in Python for Tornado and asyncio. With Guido van Rossum he co-authored “A Web Crawler With asyncio Coroutines”, a chapter in the “500 Lines or Less” book in the Architecture of Open Source Applications series. Jesse lives in the East Village with his partner Jennifer Armstrong and their dwarf hamsters, Grace and Ada.


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