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Episode #1: With Mathew Finch

12 July, 2018 | 39 mins 07 secs

The guest for episode one is Mathew Finch, the current Head of Emerging Technology at NIB in Newcastle. I was keen to interview Mat as guest number one of this podcast as he’s a perfect example of someone growing their technology career in Newcastle and having success doing so.

Mat and the team at NIB have had some key successes of late with Mat earlier this year having the opportunity to present on their work and culture at the AWS Summit in Sydney. Mat’s presentation is available to watch online here.

We don’t get super technical in our conversational (as that information can be found from his presentation), but Mat gives an insight into his opinion on the importance of education for a technology professional as well as other resources that Mat has used to help him succeed in his career. We also dig into the current state of the Newcastle technology scene and gets Mat’s opinion on what we need to continue the growth.

If anyone has any questions they’d like to ask Mat about his comments from this episode, or the work that he is doing at NIB he has said he is more than willing to have a conversation and help where he can. Mat can be found at on Twitter or LinkedIn.

I hope you enjoy this episode.

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Show Notes

Here you can source all the things we have talked about in the podcast whether that be books, events, meetup groups and what’s new in the newcastle tech scene.

Mat recently spoke at the AWS Summit in Sydney. Here is a copy of his speech if you would like to listen here.

We spoke about Devops day 2018 to learn more visit the website-  https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2018-newcastle/welcome/

Books Mat has been reading:

  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  2. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  3. Tim Ferris books
  4. The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  5. A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution Samuel H. Sternberg
  6. CRISPR Technology: ” The Revolutionary Breakthrough for Genetics & Evolution” edited by Paul. F. Kisak

Blog Mat mentioned: Wait But Why

The University Course Mat took: University of Newcastle Innovation,, Startups and Entrepreneurship Course STAR4000 

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