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Code Story Review - January 2020
For Bill Eager, his interest in tech paralleled his desire to play music. After attending music school, he became disillusioned with music as a day job and pursued tech - still moonlighting as a performing musician. As he pursued a role with a startup, he was introduced to the founders of Nomad Health - and instantly connected with the idea. He jumped on the ground floor, and created a marketplace to serve clinical nomads.
A tech and science minded individual, Chris Slowe has spent 9 years with Reddit. Beyond being a tech executive with the company, he is a Dad and likes to work with his hands in the machine shop. When he put roots into the product as the first employee, he and the co-founders wanted to build a place to discuss interesting topics. Fast forward many years, Reddit is now the premier place for news aggregation, content rating and online discussion around interesting information.
Early in his career, Brandon Hilkert shifted from a mechanical engineering focus to tech support for a school district. Through his exposure to IT operations, he drifted towards software and becoming acquainted with building startup solutions. While considering the purpose, legacy and impact of his work, he was approached by his co-founder to create something to alert parents of potential online dangers for kids. This conversation ultimately led to the start of a simple, yet sophisticated internet safety solution for parents and kids... called Bark.
Next week, we will release Season 2 of the Code Story podcast. We've taken all of our learnings, paired with your feedback and our expanded network of tech guests, to expose you to more product journeys of the tech you know, love and use. And we dig deeper into he minds of those who built them, to uncover more about their tech, their products... their stories.
I had the opportunity to chat with Noah and Ben on the Product Journey podcast. Every week they get together and talk about building online businesses, what's been going on and where they struggling at the moment. On the show, we talked about the startup I co-founded, Veryable, which is a marketplace of on-demand labor for manufacturing and warehouse work. We talked through the early days of Veryable and what it looked like to reach product/market fit. We also talked through execution and asked for my advice on how to execute well.
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Paolo on the Milestone Hackers podcast, and had a great chat about startup life, co-founding partners, balancing family & startup life and how to avoid fear. Enjoy todays bonus episode on the Milestone Hackers podcast.