Oct 26

Interview with Emile Petrone Founder of Tindie

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 17:36 — julie


Collis contacted me a couple weeks ago about a little marketplace that’s popped up recently for home-made electronics called Tindie. As it turned out, the founder Emile Petrone is a big Nettuts+ fan! So we just had to talk to him :)

Thanks for talking with us Emile. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started?

I’m the founder of Tindie, the maker marketplace. I’m an engineer that has worked at a few successful startups the last 6 years in a variety of roles. At Yelp and Redbeacon; I was in Sales; at Simplegeo, I was developer advocate; and at Urban Airship I was on the support team before moving to work on the product as a web engineer.

What is Tindie and how is it going?

Tindie is a site for makers to share, sell and teach about what they make. Originally I posted the idea on Reddit because I wanted to support the makers that were building great gadgets, but I there wasn’t a place to buy them. Since launching in June, sales have doubled every month with over 200 listings in that time.

When you were starting out I hear that you were a big user of Nettuts+, what were some of the things you used the site for?

I am a huge fan of Nettuts+. After my job at Redbeacon, I took time off to learn how to code. When I’d run into something I wanted to learn, ex. Slicing PSDs, I’d do a quick Google search, and I knew I could always trust the Nettuts results.

The things I’ve used Nettuts for:

  • PSD tutorials
  • Tips on Sublime & Textmate tips
  • Django tips

Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Learn what you need. If you don’t know how to write code, how can you hire a great engineer when you don’t know how to qualify them? Learn the skill and do it before you hire someone else.

Seed and water. Get people to use a feature before it is public, so once you open it up there is already activity which will help it grow.

Thanks so much Emile for taking the time to talk to us. We hope you have great success with Tindie!

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