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Episode 80

Jeff Needles

Business Intelligence Analyst @AppMeerkat. I share tech. Maker of things.

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Jeff Needles is a Business Intelligence Analyst at Meerkat. Jeff previously worked at This Week in Tech - a podcasting network - through a variety of roles. He's a self taught developer who started building more products in 2015 and is now helping develop innovative analytics solutions at Meerkat. Jeff shares how he got into startups, how he started learning how to code, his approach to landing a job, how to get more out of your data, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Jeff
  • Learn how Jeff got involved in tech startups
  • Learn more about how Jeff learnt how to code
  • Learn more about Jeff's role as a business analyst at Meerkat
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Jeff Needles is a Business Intelligence Analyst at Meerkat.

Jeff previously worked at This Week in Tech - a podcasting network - through a variety of roles. He's a self taught developer who started building more products in 2015 and is now helping develop innovative analytics solutions at Meerkat.

Jeff shares how he got into startups, how he started learning how to code, his approach to landing a job, how to get more out of your data, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Jeff got involved in startups.
  • How Jeff taught himself how to code.
  • What his role as a business intelligence analyst at Meerkat really means.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:36
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:15
You were previously working at This Week In Tech. For those who might not know, what is TWIT and how did you get your start there?

4:52
You wrote super interesting Medium post titled “2015: The Year of My Personal IPO” which I found both super cool & inspiring. Can you tell us a little more about what prompted you to live your life “in public”?

6:32
What’s your approach to teaching yourself the skills needed to build things?

11:11
For those who might not know, what is Meerkat, and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

13:58
What’s your day-to-day role like as a business intelligence analyst? What role does this play within a startup?

19:14
What’s next for Meerkat (and the live video streaming industry in general) in 2016?

19:45
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

22:07
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

23:03
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Jeff Needles on Twitter
Jeff on the web
Jeff on Product Hunt
Meerkat on Twitter
Meerkat on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

The Giz Wiz
2015: The Year of My Personal IPO
Ingress
Stolen
Peach
Pact
First Round Capital - The Review
The Hustle
Product Hunt Live

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