Episode #49: Wade Minter and Andrew Berkowitz of TeamSnap

Episode #49: Wade Minter and Andrew Berkowitz of TeamSnap

Sep 12, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Wade Minter and Andrew Berkowitz, of Teamsnap, chat about their company’s need for not so many formalized meetings, why all distributed workers and teams should dabble in improvisation, and being the right candidate to gain remote work.

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Teamsnap.com
andrewberkowitz.com
@andrewberkowitz
@minter

00:45 – Wade Minter and Andrew Berkowitz Introduction

  • Andrew Berkowitz: Vice President of Product Management at TeamSnap and one of the original four founders of the company
  • Wade Minter: Director of Engineering, manages technical operations, contractor with TeamSnap since the beginning

01:51 – What is TeamSnap?

  • Mobile application on Android and iOS
  • Manages recreational youth or competitive sports teams
  • Roster, schedule, messaging

02:17 – Location

  • Based in Boulder, CO
  • Andrew is in Portland, OR
  • Wade is in Raleigh, NC
  • Rest of team in Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., etc.

02:52 – History of TeamSnap

  • Doorway to leave the web design world
  • Half the team is design and development
  • Half is non-technical, i.e. customer support

05:13 – A day in the life

  • Campfire is the primary communication tool
  • Github is used on the technical side

06:46 – Meetings

  • 1 scheduled company meeting per week
  • 1 scheduled developers-only meeting per week
  • Development style is very “montessorial”
  • If people need help, they ask
  • Don’t need a ton of formalized stand up meetings
  • Ad hoc conversations

10:00 – Challenges

  • Building a sense of community
  • Preventing people from overworking

11:54 – Identifying people who work well remotely

  • Improvisational backgrounds

13:30 – Improv

  • Skills help with interpersonal communication
  • Intellectual component
  • Listening skills
  • Be opinionated and have a voice
  • Big ideas & tiny ego
  • Building on prospective

23:46 – Flexibility in work/life balance

  • Knowing when to unplug
  • Preferred schedules
  • Multiple time zones
  • Dev at their desk for 18-20 hours/day
  • Product coverage

26:02 – How to find remote work and be the right candidate

  • Personal connections
  • Job boards
  • Local tech meetups
  • Coworking facilities
  • Don’t look for job postings, reach out to the company you want to work for
  • Listen to Wide Teams podcasts

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One Response to Episode #49: Wade Minter and Andrew Berkowitz of TeamSnap

  1. Synnove Friesen says:

    Absolutely LOVE the sarcasm and attitude of your company! Do you recruit your neighbours to work for your company…like Canada, eh?? If so, would be very interested in hearing more about the part-time side. I have a full time job as we speak, so I am not sure how your hours would work. Looking forward to hearing from you:)….Synnove

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