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Episode 136

Mike Singleton

Co-founder @IterateHQ. Prev. VP Engineering @ Foursquare

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Mike Singleton is the co-founder of Iterate, a product that helps you get the feedback you need to build better products and make better decisions. Mike started off his career as a developer working for a small startup in NYC before joining the early stage team at Foursquare. He later became the VP of Engineering and help build the team that focused on the web services part of the platform. After several years with Foursquare, Mike’s back at it with a startup of his own called Iterate. Mike and his co-founder decided to create Iterate after seeing a real need for smart tools that could help smaller teams get dynamic product feedback to help them grow. Mike joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like being one of the first employees and later the VP of Engineering at Foursquare, how he grows technical teams, what motivated him to launch Iterate, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Mike got into startups
  • Learn more about how Mike approaches building technical teams
  • Learn more about what motivated Mike to launch Iterate
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Mike Singleton is the co-founder of Iterate, a product that helps you get the feedback you need to build better products and make better decisions.

Mike started off his career as a developer working for a small startup in NYC before joining the early stage team at Foursquare. He later became the VP of Engineering and help build the team that focused on the web services part of the platform.

After several years with Foursquare, Mike’s back at it with a startup of his own called Iterate. Mike and his co-founder decided to create Iterate after seeing a real need for smart tools that could help smaller teams get dynamic product feedback to help them grow.

Mike joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, what it was like being one of the first employees and later the VP of Engineering at Foursquare, how he grows technical teams, what motivated him to launch Iterate, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:46
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:05
How did your passion for tech and entrepreneurship come about?

3:10
How did you start your career in tech? What were some of the first few jobs you had?

5:24
You then ended up joining the team at Foursquare. Can you tell us more how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

7:25
You mentioned you were the fifth employee at Foursquare. What were some of the projects you had a chance to contribute to over that time?

8:53
How did you approach building a technical team there?

13:02
Today you’re the co-founder of Iterate. So can you tell us more about Iterate and what motivated you to launch it?

15:08
How have you approached building the first version of the service?

18:03
How did you get some of your first customers onboard?

19:28
What’s it been like going from VP to Co-founder? What have been some of the early challenges that you’ve had to overcome?

21:30
So Iterate launched a few months ago, but what’s next for you and the team in 2017?

23:09
If you could send your younger self a message back in time - what would you tell yourself?

24:22
What are some of the most recent apps that you’ve downloaded or used?

28:10
So do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

30:59
Do you have 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

Mike Singleton on Twitter
Iterate on Twitter
Iterate on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Notion
Figma
Go Time
The Startup Chat
Thinking, Fast And Slow

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