Brian founded Mirror Placement in 2006, a recruiting company specializing in Ruby on Rails. Brian believes that it is the best job in the world.
Mirror has granted Brian the never-ending benefit of working daily with developers and leaders at startups. They make Brian smarter, energized, and hopeful. Brian is deeply thankful for the part he plays in the startup and developer journey, and joyful for a chance to support and enhance so many developers’ career trajectories. Brian often spends his days (and sometimes his nights!) connecting Ruby on Rails developers and growing startups.
When he's not building the future, you’ll often find him playing or watching baseball and other team sports with his wife Jaime (a high school coach) and his three children.
Brian Mariani has hosted 17 Episodes.
Episode 465: Why Companies Don't Hire Juniors with Alex Ghiculescu
April 12th, 2023 | 33 mins 58 secs
Alex Ghiculescu is the co-founder of Workforce.com, a workforce management product built on Ruby on Rails. The topic of hiring Juniors has been a common theme lately but he joins Brittany and Brian to discuss why companies are actually avoiding it. The trio debate in-office training, salaries and promotions.
Episode 460: The State of Rails Hiring in 2023 (Brittany + Brian)
March 8th, 2023 | 33 mins 1 sec
In 2022, "Rails Hiring is Still Hot" was our most listened to episode! By popular demand, Brian is back to give us the state of the Ruby on Rails hiring market for 2023. Brittany and Brian discuss his clients, advice for those who have a job and advice for those who are seeking a role in this weird market.
Episode 444: Artificial Intelligence on Rails with Kevin Su
November 16th, 2022 | 24 mins 11 secs
Kevin Su ditched college to pursue the venture-backed startup dream, but found his calling running a small, bootstrapped and profitable SaaS business called Clearscope. Together, Brittany, Brian and Kevin discuss why Rails is the perfect launching pad for SaaS businesses, the tech stack Clearscope has chosen and how they approach hiring.
Episode 433: The One About Layoffs (Brittany + Brian)
August 31st, 2022 | 28 mins 23 secs
The tech industry is in unprecedented times with the amount of layoffs happening. Brittany and Brian share their personal layoff stories and offer some advice to laid off employees, retained employees and companies. While empathizing with the shock layoffs cause, the duo offer some silver linings.
Episode 425: The Railsconf At Home 2022 Ruby Podcast Panel
July 6th, 2022 | 43 mins 17 secs
Live -- from home! -- in the The Railsconf At Home 2022 Ruby Podcast Panel. The panelists chat about careers, advice on your running your own conference, framework opinions and getting the most from a virtual conference.
Episode 419: Rails Hiring is Still Hot (Brittany + Brian)
May 25th, 2022 | 24 mins 48 secs
Brian is back with his insights on how the Rails hiring market is fairing, the differences between JS and Rails recruiting, whether avoiding whiteboarding is a good sign and how companies can effectively evaluate potential developers.
Episode 413: Positivity and railsdevs with Joe Masilotti
April 13th, 2022 | 29 mins 20 secs
Joe Masilotti is an independent developer who specializes in Ruby on Rails, iOS, and automated testing. He helps clients port their Rails apps to iOS with Turbo Native. Brittany and Brian talk with Joe about building railsdevs in public, the challenges he has faced and the technical decisions he is proud of. They wrap up by discussing Joe's upcoming "Porting your Rails app to iOS with Turbo Native" workshop he has been inspired to do.
Episode 403: Unlocking More Plasma Supply with Damian Galarza
February 2nd, 2022 | 24 mins
Damian Galarza is the VP of Engineering at Buoy Software. Buoy is building software for good — connected intelligence that unlocks more plasma supply. Brittany, Brian and Damian discuss scaling engineering culture and reflect on technical decisions in a post Rails 7 world.
Episode 392: I'm Actually Totally Happy (Brittany & Brian)
November 17th, 2021 | 28 mins 41 secs
No holiday break on the recruiting front! Brittany and Brian catch up on the Rails recruiting trends. They discuss how companies need to up the ante now that so many are remote first, how interviews should be structured and whether it is worth getting in the door, if it is not for the role you want.
Episode 387: From Architect to VP of Engineering with Bruno Miranda
October 13th, 2021 | 35 mins 18 secs
Bruno Miranda is responsible for leading Doximity’s engineering teams across the areas of data, mobile, infrastructure, and web engineering. Bruno architected the earliest versions of the company’s core software platform and lead efforts to build out a highly resilient technology stack. Brian and Brittany inquire what the responsibilities of a VP of Engineering are, the proper way to onboard a new engineer and how to approach building distributed engineering teams. Rails can scale.
Episode 380: Equity for Developers with Aaron Kahn
August 18th, 2021 | 29 mins 14 secs
Returning from Episode 343, Aaron Kahn is a Certified Financial Planner at Wealth Management Strategies, Inc. Brittany and Brian invited Aaron back on to the show to break down equity for developers: why they should care, equity terminology and guidance for when their employer is sold and they have vested stock.
Episode 375: A Technical CTO with Frank Lamantia
July 14th, 2021 | 28 mins 29 secs
Brittany and Brian are joined with Frank Lamantia, CTO for Bold Penguin. His background is in software engineering; he likes to call himself a recovering Java developer. He runs product management, software engineering, cloud & site-reliability engineering, information security, and internal IT. The trio discuss the recent Bold Penguin feature on the Stack Overflow Podcast and Bold Penguin's hiring practices.
Episode 372: The Debut of The Ruby on Rails Podcast
June 21st, 2021 | 31 mins 11 secs
It is the debut of The Ruby on Rails Podcast! Brittany and Mirror Placement have partnered on the next iteration of the podcast, with Brian Mariani joining as a regular co-host. They discuss the exciting changes coming and then dive into the current world of Ruby recruiting and hiring.
Episode 356: Fireside Chat on the State of Hiring with Brian Mariani
February 10th, 2021 | 33 mins 10 secs
Brian Mariani is the founder of Mirror Placement. He is back on the podcast to discuss the current boom in hiring, remote working, rusty decision making and the drive to love whom you are working with.
Episode 326: 326: Job Searching and Hiring Advice During the Pandemic with Brian Mariani
July 15th, 2020 | 27 mins 7 secs
A timely episode for the employers hiring and the Ruby developers looking for work during the pandemic. After a heartfelt story, Brian Mariani, founder of Mirror Placement, revealed hiring patterns and honest advice for these unprecedented times.
Episode 306: 306: Ask For The Job with Brian Mariani (Part II)
February 5th, 2020 | 33 mins 49 secs
Brian is back! Brian Mariani, founder of Mirror Placement, a Ruby on Rails focused recruiting firm, came back to share his wisdom on financial negotiations and what it is like to recruit from both the client and developer side.