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Hack To Start
Episode 28

Max Lynch

Building @ionicframework. Co-founder and C-3PO of @DriftyTeam. The warmest robot.

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Max has been building products for the past few years, experimenting with different business models, funding styles and more. In less than 1 year, their Ionic framework has seen over 320,000 apps launched, the team raise 1 million dollars, and grow to 15 people.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Max.
  • Learn more Drifty - specifically the Ionic Framework.
  • Learn more about how Max approaches building products.
  • Discover what tools Max uses on a daily basis.

Episode Overview

Max Lynch is the co-founder & CEO of Drifty, the creators of the Ionic Framework, Codiqa, and Jetstrap. Max has been building products for the past few years, experimenting with different business models, funding styles and more.

In less than 1 year, their Ionic framework has seen over 320,000 apps launched, the team raise 1 million dollars, and grow to 15 people. He joins us to share his insights on the future of mobile development, how to grow an open source company, raising money, and more.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Max got interested in building cool products people love.
  • How he and the Drifty team came up with the idea for Ionic.
  • Some of the coolest apps built with the framework.
  • How they are growing an open source startup.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:25
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

4:23
You're currently the CEO of Drifty and working on your main project Ionic Framework. What is Ionic and why did you feel the need for it?

6:17
In less than a year, it has become one of the top 50 most popular open source projects in the world (over 320,000 apps have been created in 2014 alone). How did you guys achieve this?

8:54
What are some of the coolest apps you’ve seen created with Ionic?

11:26
You’ve also founded other products. First off, Codiqa - what is it and where is it today?

13:25
Second, Jetstrap what is it and where is it today?

13:29
Drifty was completely bootstrapped for the first two years. Then in 2014 you guys raised $1M. How did you achieve this? What’s the story you built for investors?

20:51
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

23:28
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

25:24
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

Max on Twitter
Max on the Web
Ionic on the Twitter
Ionic on the Web
Drifty on the Twitter
Drifty on the Web
Codiqa on the Web
Jetstrap on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Sworkit
Amazon
Afterlight
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Uplift Desk

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