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Episode 99

Mahdi Yusuf

python, golang and ios developer. virtuoso. CTO Gyroscope. @gyroscope_app

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Mahdi Yusuf is the CTO of Gyroscope, an app that lets you sync your data to track your health & everything about your life. Mahdi moved around a lot as a kid, spending time in Saudi Arabia, Ottawa, and Thailand, among other countries - all the while, exploring new technologies and learning about computers. After university, Mahdi started working for a mergers security company before jumping into startups. He is also the co-founder of Pycoder’s Weekly and a large part of the Python community through that newsletter that attracts over 30,000 subscribers. Mahdi’s also given several talks on personal branding & how to build communities around projects. He joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why focusing on your health is so critical, how to develop your own brand (especially as a developer), what it’s like to be CTO at Gyroscope, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Mahdi.
  • Learn more about how Mahdi got into startups & building apps.
  • Learn more about Gyroscope.
  • Learn more about how Mahdi & Anand approach growth and product marketing.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Mahdi Yusuf is the CTO of Gyroscope, an app that lets you sync your data to track your health & everything about your life.

Mahdi moved around a lot as a kid, spending time in Saudi Arabia, Ottawa, and Thailand, among other countries - all the while, exploring new technologies and learning about computers.

After university, Mahdi started working for a mergers security company before jumping into startups. He is also the co-founder of Pycoder’s Weekly and a large part of the Python community through that newsletter that attracts over 30,000 subscribers. Mahdi’s also given several talks on personal branding & how to build communities around projects.

He joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, why focusing on your health is so critical, how to develop your own brand (especially as a developer), what it’s like to be CTO at Gyroscope, and much more!

What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Mahdi got into startups & building products.
  • Why Mahdi like the challenge of building mobile products.
  • What he find most interesting about data and the wearables space.
  • How he and Anand approach product marketing and growth.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:02
Where are you from and what did you study?

3:22
So how did your passion for entrepreneurship develop?

7:46
What was your first job and how did you get into startups?

10:52
You helped launch Pycoder’s Weekly for that community with a little over 30,000 subscribers. Why launch a newsletter and how have you grown the audience over time?

13:58
You’ve given several talks on how developers can build their own personal brands & how to build communities around their projects. Why are these two core messages important and what advice do you share?

16:55
Can you tell us more about what Gyroscope is and how you created the opportunity to work there?

20:08
Can you tell us more about what’s Gyroscope built with? And how did you transition into mobile development?

24:24
So what’s it been like using React to build the app?

29:15
How have you & Anand approached marketing & growing the user base of the platform? What tactics have been the most effective?

35:15
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used lately?

38:45
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

40:03
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

Mahdi Yusuf on Twitter
Mahdi Yusuf on the web
Gyroscope on Twitter
Gyroscope on the web
Health Tracking by Gyroscope
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Pycoder's Weekly
Gyroscope
React Native For iOS Development
Learning React Native
Narwhal
GOAT
Outlook
Sleep Cycle
Stripe
Upthere
Upthere Camera
Cooper Press
Creativity Inc.

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