Breaking into Startups Podcast - Top Episodes & Key Information

Breaking into Startups Podcast

The Breaking into Startups podcast, co-founded by Ruben Harris, Artur Meyster, and Timur Meyster, focuses on founders who've broken into and succeeded in tech regardless of their backgrounds. Breaking into Startups features the stories of people who overcame obstacles by applying their nontraditional experiences to coding, project management, and more.

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Breaking into Startups - Top 10 Episodes:




Albrey Brown

Brown is a self-taught engineer who, despite a number of setbacks, founded Telegraph Academy to teach others how to code.

42 minutes

Rodney Urquhart

After growing up in a high-crime neighborhood in North Philadelphia and dropping out of high school, Urquhart now heads up the test infrastructure team at Slack.

1 hour 51 minutes

Haseeb Qureshi

19 year old professional poker player Qureshi gives his winnings away and learns to code from the ground up.

1 hour 8 minutes

Kevin Lee

The founder of Project Manager HQ discusses what it takes to be a PM, including how to navigate the interview process and deal with common frustrations.

44 minutes

Emily Racioppi

An artist at heart, Racioppi talks about applying her creativity to sales in both corporate environments and startups.

50 minutes

Shawn Drost

Drost, Co-Founder of Hack Reactor, tells the story of the coding bootcamp created to prepare people for successful software engineering careers.

48 minutes

FFT Squad

The members of FFT Squad discuss their group on Career Karma and how it helps members learn to code and prepare for careers in tech.

1 hour 35 minutes

Gary Vaynerchuk

Noted author, speaker, and entrepreneur Vaynerchuk talks about his early investments and giving back to worthy causes.

57 minutes

Preethi Kasireddy

Kasireddy discusses leaving the "best job in the world" at Andreessen Horowitz to join Hack Reactor and become a software engineer.

44 minutes

Rich Smith

Smith tells the story of how, as a college dropout, he moved through 17 jobs to finally become a Senior Engineer at Netflix.

1 hour 7 minutes

Key Information About the Breaking into Startups Podcast:

Premiere Date

November 27, 2016


Ruben Harris


Ruben Harris, Artur Meyster, and Timur Meyster

New Episode Release

2-3 episodes per month

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Why should I listen to Breaking into Startups?

Breaking into Startups focuses on people from disparate backgrounds who eventually found themselves rewarding careers in tech. The podcast not only celebrates inspirational stories, but digs into the nuts and bolts of learning to code, to sell, to manage projects, and more.

Breaking into Startups' more than 100 episodes feature stories of high school and college dropouts becoming huge successes along with people who just didn't feel right in their seemingly perfect careers and who turned to tech. It shows that you don't have to be stuck in the path it seems was carved for you; you can break out and do very well doing something you love.

Find out more with our list of top 10 Breaking into Startups episodes.

Who are Breaking into Startups' hosts & co-founders?

Ruben Harris bought a one-way ticket and arrived in Silicon Valley after 3 years in investment banking in Atlanta. Despite having no coding background he found a job in less than 3 weeks and ended up founding Career Karma and creating and hosting Breaking into Startups.

Twin brothers Artur and Timur Meyster arrived in the U.S. from the Ukraine, middle schoolers who knew no English. They had the advantage, however, of being from a family in which giving in to one's handicaps was not an option. This mindset helped them succeed and land tech jobs in Silicon Valley.

The co-founders' backgrounds and mindset inform every episode of Breaking into Startups; anyone has the capacity to succeed in tech if they combine working hard with curiosity and grit.

Read our list of the top 10 Breaking into Startups podcast episodes.

Will listening to Breaking into Startups inspire me to make a job change?

It just might - every episode features a story of someone who either had the deck stacked against them or had a career in an entirely different industry but then turned to tech and succeeded. From high school dropouts to professional athletes, Breaking into Startups tells the stories of those who never imagined they could make it in tech, but did.

Ruben Harris opens each episode with the line “Growing up, we’re told that in order to be successful you need to be a banker, a doctor or a lawyer. But that’s what the gatekeepers want you think..." Then the guest's story shows the "gatekeepers" were wrong. Breaking into Startups' featured guests prove that you can follow your own path, work hard, and succeed.

Read about the top 10 episodes of Breaking into Startups.