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Episode 142

Nick Patrick

🚀 @radarlabs

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Nick Patrick is the co-founder & CEO of Radar, the location platform for mobile apps. Nick has a background in computer science, but has coupled that with an MBA from Harvard and extensive experience as a Product Manager at Microsoft and later at Foursquare and a startup called Handy. Even though smartphones have been around for the past decade, location is still relatively new and often under used. That’s because it’s always been a challenge to add location into apps effectively. Nick and his cofounder Coby are looking to change this. Radar was accepted into Expa Labs and is currently building the location platform for developers, aiming to make location as simple as Stripe created payment processing. Nick joins us to share his story, how he got into tech and startups, what it’s been like building Radar, what it was like being a part of Expa Labs, how Radar is approaching building a developer community, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Nick got into tech & startups
  • Learn more about what it was like working at Foursquare and later Handy
  • Learn more about how Nick approaches product management
  • Learn more about what it's like building Radar and being part of Expa
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Nick Patrick is the co-founder & CEO of Radar, the location platform for mobile apps.

Nick has a background in computer science, but has coupled that with an MBA from Harvard and extensive experience as a Product Manager at Microsoft and later at Foursquare and a startup called Handy.

Even though smartphones have been around for the past decade, location is still relatively new and often under used. That’s because it’s always been a challenge to add location into apps effectively.

Nick and his cofounder Coby are looking to change this. Radar was accepted into Expa Labs and is currently building the location platform for developers, aiming to make location as simple as Stripe created payment processing.

Nick joins us to share his story, how he got into tech and startups, what it’s been like building Radar, what it was like being a part of Expa Labs, how Radar is approaching building a developer community, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:42
Where are you from and what did you study?

3:19
So how did your passion for design and tech develop?

3:58
How did you start off your career?

4:49
You ended up joining Foursquare as a Product Manager (after your internship there). So what was it like working with the team there?

5:47
What were some of the projects / teams you had a chance to work with there?

6:15
You then joined another startup called Handy as a Product Manager. Can you tell us more about Handy and what it was like joining the team there?

7:20
So based on your experience being a PM at both a big and small startup - how do you approach Product Management? Are there any insights that you share with other entrepreneurs or aspiring PMs?

8:35
Today you’re the Co-founder & CEO of your own startup, Radar. What is Radar and what motivated you to launch it?

10:47
Radar has recently graduated from Expa. Can you tell us more about Expa and what the process of getting in / going through the program was like for you?

15:16
How do you approach building a developer community?

18:15
How do you see the need for location continuing to evolve and where does Radar fit into that?

19:55
What are some of the most recent apps that you’ve really loved using recently?

20:40
Do you have any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

21:50
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

Nick Patrick on Twitter
Nick Patrick on the web
Radar on Twitter
Radar on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Duolingo
Super Mario Run
Nuzzel

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