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Hack To Start
Episode 49

Phil Freo

Leading Product/Engineering at @CloseIO

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Phil Freo is the lead on product and engineering at Close.io. Phil has been developing and building websites since he was a teenager. As a full stack developer, he's worked on several products for companies like Yahoo, Google and for startups. Phil joins us to share his insights on building startups, finding your unfair competitive advantage, thinking about product development, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Phil.
  • Learn more about Close.io and Phil's day-to-day role as a full stack developer.
  • How interning can be an excellent way to break into an industry and develop your network.
  • Learn more about how to develop a competitive advantage as a startup.
  • Learn more about what Phil calls the last 20% before shipping product.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Phil Freo is the lead on product and engineering at Close.io.

Phil has been developing and building websites since he was a teenager. As a full stack developer, he's worked on several products for companies like Yahoo, Google and for startups. Phil joins us to share his insights on building startups, finding your unfair competitive advantage, thinking about product development, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:35
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:30
You interned at Yahoo! and then Google after school. What were those experiences like? How did you get the opportunity to work at both of those companies?

6:12
You then had your own freelance web development business before getting into startups. How did you transition from being an employee to a consultant? How did you find your own customers?

10:15
You’re currently leading product & engineering at Close.io. What is Close.io and how did you create the opportunity to work there?

15:35
You’re a full stack developer working on both sides of the product, so what does a typical day look like for you? What are some of the things you focus on?

24:24
What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learnt over the past 3 years building Close.io?

26:26
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

27:50
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

29:50
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

Phil on Twitter
Phil on the Web
The Last 20% Before Shipping
Close.io on Twitter
Close.io on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Balanced
Paypal Wars
The Elements of User Onboarding

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