Free the Geek Episode 35 with Stefan Koopmanschap Is Live!

Just wanted to let you know that episode 35, with the wonderful Matt Stauffer from Tighten is live! He was a wonderful guest who shared so much value with me. Come find out more.

Hey! I wanted to let you know that episode #35 of Free the Geek is live! In this episode, I talk with Stefan Koopmanschap about:

  • Starting a software development company
  • Conference speaking
  • Running user groups
  • Plus loads more!

Stefan shared a load of excellent advice in this warm, fireside chat. Here are some key takeaways:

  • To start a user group, you only need three things:
    • A location
    • A speaker; and
    • Food That’s it! What's also helpful is a mailing list to stay in touch.
  • In his talks he tells a story. But he's also a perfectionist; He wants to make as much of an effort as he can.
  • In the early days, he enjoyed speaking and did it for the fun of the talks and being at the conferences.
  • He often found work through being an international conference speaker. With that he built his name and loads of people came to know him (or know about him). When people searched "PHP Developer Netherlands" they found him, found that he was a speaker and a conference organiser. He didn’t have to convince them, as all of these things pre-qualified him.

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Would You Like To Be A Guest?

If you'd like to be a guest on the podcast or know someone who'd make a great guest, email me: matthew@matthewsetter.com.

P.S. If you need assistance on any of your PHP projects, I am available for hire for freelance work.


Matthew Setter. Ethical Hacker, Online Privacy Advocate, and a Software Engineer.

Matthew Setter

Software Engineer, Ethical Hacker, & Online Privacy Advocate.

Matthew Setter is a software engineer, ethical hacker, privacy advocate, & technical writer, who loves travelling. He is based in Nuremberg, Germany. When he's not doing all things tech, he's spending time with his family, and friends.