Tech Talks Podcast

Join us as CEO Dave Baszucki talks with the people building and shaping the future of human interaction as we explore the technical challenges, breakthrough ideas, and innovations in-depth.

Episodes

Episode 11
Creator Innovation
With Nick Tornow, VP of Creator Engineering

VP of Creator Engineering Nick Tornow joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to talk about the global creator community that builds the immersive experiences on Roblox and how we support their success. In this episode, they’ll discuss the ways we’re ev...

VP of Creator Engineering Nick Tornow joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to talk about the global creator community that builds the immersive experiences on Roblox and how we support their success. In this episode, they’ll discuss the ways we’re evolving creation across the three pillars of the Creator group: Roblox Studio, our content cloud, and the services that enrich our platform.

With Nick Tornow, VP of Creator Engineering

VP of Creator Engineering Nick Tornow joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to talk about the global creator community that builds the immersive experiences on Roblox and how we support their success. In this episode, they’ll discuss the ways we’re evolving creation across the three pillars of the Creator group: Roblox Studio, our content cloud, and the services that enrich our platform.

Episode 10
Infrastructure
With Max Ross, VP of Engineering

Max Ross, VP of Engineering, Infrastructure sits down with Dave to discuss the unique challenges of our global infrastructure at Roblox. In this episode, they discuss how we’re building our multi-region architecture, what it means to think of infra...

Max Ross, VP of Engineering, Infrastructure sits down with Dave to discuss the unique challenges of our global infrastructure at Roblox. In this episode, they discuss how we’re building our multi-region architecture, what it means to think of infrastructure like a product, and what we’ve learned as we’ve scaled to support over 50 million daily active users.

With Max Ross, VP of Engineering

Max Ross, VP of Engineering, Infrastructure sits down with Dave to discuss the unique challenges of our global infrastructure at Roblox. In this episode, they discuss how we’re building our multi-region architecture, what it means to think of infrastructure like a product, and what we’ve learned as we’ve scaled to support over 50 million daily active users.

Episode 9
Programming
With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

Technical Fellow Arseny Kapoulkine is back with CEO and host Dave Baszucki to kick off our second season of the podcast. In this episode, they discuss Luau, the programming language that powers the Roblox engine, as well as the advancements we've mad...

Technical Fellow Arseny Kapoulkine is back with CEO and host Dave Baszucki to kick off our second season of the podcast. In this episode, they discuss Luau, the programming language that powers the Roblox engine, as well as the advancements we've made to make it more performant and even better to use.

With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

Technical Fellow Arseny Kapoulkine is back with CEO and host Dave Baszucki to kick off our second season of the podcast. In this episode, they discuss Luau, the programming language that powers the Roblox engine, as well as the advancements we've made to make it more performant and even better to use.

Episode 8
Data science and analytics
With Todd Rudak, Director of Data Science & Analytics

Todd Rudak, Director of Data Science & Analytics joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to discuss the unique qualities of the team at Roblox and the work they do to support innovation at scale. Tune in to find out how the team works to increase the speed,...

Todd Rudak, Director of Data Science & Analytics joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to discuss the unique qualities of the team at Roblox and the work they do to support innovation at scale. Tune in to find out how the team works to increase the speed, frequency, and acumen of our decision making in building the Roblox platform.

With Todd Rudak, Director of Data Science & Analytics

Todd Rudak, Director of Data Science & Analytics joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to discuss the unique qualities of the team at Roblox and the work they do to support innovation at scale. Tune in to find out how the team works to increase the speed, frequency, and acumen of our decision making in building the Roblox platform.

Episode 7
Open cloud
With Antoni Choudhuri, Senior Engineering Director

The Roblox platform would not be where it is today without the creativity and innovation of our developer community. In this episode, CEO and host Dave Baszucki chats with Senior Engineering Director Antoni Choudhuri to discuss Open Cloud, the exciti...

The Roblox platform would not be where it is today without the creativity and innovation of our developer community. In this episode, CEO and host Dave Baszucki chats with Senior Engineering Director Antoni Choudhuri to discuss Open Cloud, the exciting new ecosystem that empowers developers to maximize their productivity and take their experiences to the next level.

With Antoni Choudhuri, Senior Engineering Director

The Roblox platform would not be where it is today without the creativity and innovation of our developer community. In this episode, CEO and host Dave Baszucki chats with Senior Engineering Director Antoni Choudhuri to discuss Open Cloud, the exciting new ecosystem that empowers developers to maximize their productivity and take their experiences to the next level.

Episode 6
Roblox research
With Morgan McGuire, Chief Scientist

Morgan McGuire, Chief Scientist at Roblox, joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to chat about all things research at Roblox. The Research Team helps to accelerate innovation by combining computer science with social science and academic ideas with indust...

Morgan McGuire, Chief Scientist at Roblox, joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to chat about all things research at Roblox. The Research Team helps to accelerate innovation by combining computer science with social science and academic ideas with industry know-how. Tune in to learn more about how we're shaping the forefront of metaverse research.

For more information on research at Roblox, check out the Roblox Research page.

With Morgan McGuire, Chief Scientist

Morgan McGuire, Chief Scientist at Roblox, joins CEO and host Dave Baszucki to chat about all things research at Roblox. The Research Team helps to accelerate innovation by combining computer science with social science and academic ideas with industry know-how. Tune in to learn more about how we're shaping the forefront of metaverse research.

For more information on research at Roblox, check out the Roblox Research page.

Episode 5
The Roblox engine
With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

In this episode, Dave continues his conversation with Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss the Roblox Engine. In this highly technical deep-dive, they tackle the foundational pieces of the Roblox Engine, including object modeling, renderin...

In this episode, Dave continues his conversation with Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss the Roblox Engine. In this highly technical deep-dive, they tackle the foundational pieces of the Roblox Engine, including object modeling, rendering, physics, and networking. Listen in for a comprehensive overview of the core technologies that power the Roblox platform.

With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

In this episode, Dave continues his conversation with Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss the Roblox Engine. In this highly technical deep-dive, they tackle the foundational pieces of the Roblox Engine, including object modeling, rendering, physics, and networking. Listen in for a comprehensive overview of the core technologies that power the Roblox platform.

Episode 4
Roblox technology
With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave is joined by Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss what differentiates Roblox technologyfrom other online platforms. They reflect on the rich history of technological innovation at Roblox, from iterating ...

In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave is joined by Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss what differentiates Roblox technologyfrom other online platforms. They reflect on the rich history of technological innovation at Roblox, from iterating on the platform to preserving the fidelity of experiences across all devices. Tune in to learn more about the technological foundations of the metaverse and how Roblox has evolved and scaled to where we are today.

With Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow

In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave is joined by Arseny Kapoulkine, Technical Fellow, to discuss what differentiates Roblox technologyfrom other online platforms. They reflect on the rich history of technological innovation at Roblox, from iterating on the platform to preserving the fidelity of experiences across all devices. Tune in to learn more about the technological foundations of the metaverse and how Roblox has evolved and scaled to where we are today.

Episode 3
Avatars and facial animation
With Kiran Bhat, Senior Director of Engineering, Avatar

In the metaverse, avatars are an expression of one's identity. In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave and Kiran Bhat, Senior Director of Engineering, discuss the future of avatars on Roblox. Kiran shares his path to Roblox, from graduate school to the v...

In the metaverse, avatars are an expression of one's identity. In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave and Kiran Bhat, Senior Director of Engineering, discuss the future of avatars on Roblox. Kiran shares his path to Roblox, from graduate school to the visual effects industry to start-up Loom.ai, which Roblox acquired in December 2020. Find out how Roblox is building upon the foundation of Loom.ai's technology to further personalize avatars with facial animation.

With Kiran Bhat, Senior Director of Engineering, Avatar

In the metaverse, avatars are an expression of one's identity. In this episode of Tech Talks, Dave and Kiran Bhat, Senior Director of Engineering, discuss the future of avatars on Roblox. Kiran shares his path to Roblox, from graduate school to the visual effects industry to start-up Loom.ai, which Roblox acquired in December 2020. Find out how Roblox is building upon the foundation of Loom.ai's technology to further personalize avatars with facial animation.

Episode 2
The Roblox economy
With Kavita Kanetkar, Senior Director of Engineering, Economy & Dmitri Essiounine, Senior Engineering Manager

Just like in the real world, GDP is an important indicator of economic health in the metaverse, especially for developers on the platform. Kavina Kanetkar, Senior Director of Engineering, Economy, and Dmitri Essiounine, Senior Engineering Manager, ch...

Just like in the real world, GDP is an important indicator of economic health in the metaverse, especially for developers on the platform. Kavina Kanetkar, Senior Director of Engineering, Economy, and Dmitri Essiounine, Senior Engineering Manager, chat with Dave about the virtual economy. How does it emulate and transcend real-world experiences-shopping, transacting with currency, encountering product placements-in a way that feels organic and engaging for users?

With Kavita Kanetkar, Senior Director of Engineering, Economy & Dmitri Essiounine, Senior Engineering Manager

Just like in the real world, GDP is an important indicator of economic health in the metaverse, especially for developers on the platform. Kavina Kanetkar, Senior Director of Engineering, Economy, and Dmitri Essiounine, Senior Engineering Manager, chat with Dave about the virtual economy. How does it emulate and transcend real-world experiences-shopping, transacting with currency, encountering product placements-in a way that feels organic and engaging for users?

Episode 1
Step into the metaverse
With Daniel Sturman, Roblox CTO

Setting the stage for a new category of human interaction. In this episode, Dave sits down with Daniel Sturman, Chief Technology Officer at Roblox, to dive into the five key tenets of the metaverse app and what this utility holds for our future.

Setting the stage for a new category of human interaction. In this episode, Dave sits down with Daniel Sturman, Chief Technology Officer at Roblox, to dive into the five key tenets of the metaverse app and what this utility holds for our future.

With Daniel Sturman, Roblox CTO

Setting the stage for a new category of human interaction. In this episode, Dave sits down with Daniel Sturman, Chief Technology Officer at Roblox, to dive into the five key tenets of the metaverse app and what this utility holds for our future.

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