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Episode 35

Tom Meagher

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Tom Meagher is the founder of Product Hunt Time Machine. With no real experience with programming, but a desire to work on his own side projects, Tom taught himself how to code iOS 8 apps in just 4 months. The result is Product Hunt Time Machine. Tom shares his insights, process, and struggles learning how to make an app, build products, how he did it and more.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Tom.
  • Learn more about Product Hunt Time Machine.
  • Learn more about how Tom taught himself how to code in 4 months.

Episode Overview

Tom Meagher is the founder of Product Hunt Time Machine. With no real experience with programming, but a desire to work on his own side projects, Tom taught himself how to code iOS 8 apps in just 4 months. The result is Product Hunt Time Machine.

Tom shares his insights, process, and struggles learning how to make an app, build products, how he did it and more.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why Tom decided to pursure entrepreneurship.
  • Why Tom decided to start building apps - and the process he used to do it in just 4 months.
  • What resourcess helped make Product Hunt Time Machine possible.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:32
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:20
You’ve just launched your first ios app called Product Hunt Time Machine. What is it and how did you come up for the concept?

4:43
How did you teach yourself how to build an app in four months?

7:04
What was the process you created for yourself like? If you were to create another app, would you follow the same steps?

9:48
Why did you choose to learn iOS Swift over other platforms? With that being said, do you have any plans on learning and building Product Hunt Time Machine for other devices?

11:27
You created a Product Hunt Collection listing the tools you used. What were some of your favorites?

15:40
You got accepted to Y Combinator Startup School NY. What was that experience like? What was the biggest lesson you learnt there?

18:32
You’ve also got another app called Daily. What does it do and why did you build it?

22:22
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

24:40
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

28:10
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

Tom on Twitter
Tom on the Web
Product Hunt Product Collection
BitFountain Complete iOS 8
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Time Machine
Daily
Sketch
Make App Icon
GitHub For Mac
Day One
Reporter
Twitter
Before The Startup by Paul Graham
How To Start A Startup by Paul Graham

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