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Hack To Start
Episode 10

Andrew Draper

I fight for the user * Co-founder TBA * Co-founder of Manpacks, + more *

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Episode Overview

Andrew's been building prototypes, testing theories, raising money and building startups for 14+ years. As a long-time entrepreneur, user-experience designer and developer Andrew brings a unique blend of knowledge in web-based mapping, ecommerce and social media.

Andrew ran an interactive consulting company for 11 years working on embedded device interfaces, web-based and mobile apps. He co-founded Rimrocked, a startup that brought real-time, satellite and mobile GPS data to web applications. Helped pioneer subscription e-commerce by co-founding Manpacks, raising funding from brand name Silicon Valley investors and scaling to profitability. And has enveloping himself in social media while building early-stage prototype products with HootSuite Labs.

Some Of The Questions We Ask

Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

You’ve likened yourself to a “Reese's Peanut Butter Cup” combining both design and development skillsets to launch several startups and different projects, including Manpacks, Snapable, and Scratchpad. What do these 3 companies do, how did you come up with the concept, and where are they now?

Scratchpad is an awesome example of this. You hacked a prototype and got 3,000 number of users in 3 days (TechVibes, Smashing Mag, Hacker News)

You’re currently part of Hootsuite Labs dreaming, prototyping and launching new products. How big is the “Labs” team and what types of people are working there?

What’s your process for identifying potential new products/features to create, then how do you go about implementing them?

So we heard you’ve got something new cooking up that you wanted to share with us? What’s going on?

Can you share one funny or unbelievable story about yourself and/or your companies that very few people know?

What are you obsessed with apps/tools/books wise right now?

What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Andrew learned to make money on this little thing called the internet.
  • How going to country bars can result in both new customers and exciting stories.
  • How to Andrew designs his prototypes to be easy to code and codes them easy to test.
  • How building new products - even inside a startup - can be tricky.
  • And more!

Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Andrew on Twitter
Manpacks on the Twitter
Manpacks on the Web
Hootsuite on Twitter
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Books & Apps


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