Tom is both an old and a new face at Macropod. He joined the ranks in the formative days of the company during an internship. This saw Tom deliver data which formed Bugherd’s original pricing models. He’s now back to assist in a broader sense and we’re grateful to have such a savvy data analyst so we can geek out and find opportunities in our data and analytics.
Meet Tom …
What’s your story?
I was born in the states and grew up in Darwin, Australia. After heading down to Melbourne for university I worked my way through a few different fields (Architecture, Engineering, Mathematics) before realizing I wanted to work in startups. I’ve had a few projects of my own, but most notably Tramsurance, a Startup Weekend project that started the day on the front page of the Age (next to the Higgs-Boson discovery), and ended it with threats of arrest from the Victorian Police.
Back when Macropod was just Bugherd, I did an internship, learning the data-fu to help them make better strategic decisions. Now I’m back to help out full time, managing the budgeting, projections and other analytics.
How long have you been in the biz?
I’ve been in the startup scene here in Melbourne probably about 3 or 4 years now.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The best thing about working with money and data is knowing, concretely, when things are improving, or if they aren’t, exactly where the problem is. Getting at the data you need can sometimes be tricky though!
Why did you want to work for Macropod?
Macropod, is a great company with a great culture. I feel very lucky to be able to be a part of it. Joining a relatively new company lets me feel like I have made real contributions to where it is today.
Plans for the future?
For the future, I’d like to double down on my data knowledge, and delve deeper in to machine learning and Big Data. While working in startups is very interesting, statistical journalism ala fivethirtyeight.com also has its appeal. We all want to work on the big problems, though, and brain imaging is one of the biggest.
What industry sites do you regularly surf?
Hackernews is mandatory, but I’m kept busy enough with a number of blog subscriptions–David Skok’s is highly recommended.
What would you be doing if you weren’t the Finance guy?
If I hadn’t been pulled into startups, I’d probably be finishing up my architecture degree. I still love the idealism of that career, but unfortunately the creative freedom of recent grads is severely curtailed for quite a while.
What are you famous for?
I’m still most (in)famous for Tramsurance, but lets see how things go 🙂
You can find Tom on twitter @tompisel perhaps you can offer tips on avoiding police arrest for his next startup launch?