It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I’ve been podcasting for just over 10 years now. It started back in late 2006 with The We Show whose guests included tech notables like Michael Arrington, Tim O’Reilly, Angie’s list founder, Angie Hicks, Robert Scoble and many more. My good friend and colleague at the time, Jim Storer, helped me launch, edit and co-host that series. That last a couple of years but I pulled the plug when I left Mzinga and joined Austin-based, Powered.
Next up was The Quick’n’Dirty podcast that I co-hosted with friend and security marketing and comms expert, Jennifer Leggio. We interviewed interesting people in the tech, digital and social media world and included discussions of new mobile apps/social platforms and held friendly debates over timely business topics. Guest hosts for that show included Greg Matthews and Kyle Flaherty who took over full time for the last 25 or so episodes of the show.
After seven years of audio podcasts, I made the leap to video launching a new show called Live from Stubbs with co-host, Greg Matthews. Kyle Flaherty and Spredfast CMO, Jim Rudden, subbed in as guest hosts. Notable guests included the band Lord Huron, Al Roker, John Battelle, Dorothy Jones (CMO of Susan G. Koman), Rick Kaplan (former President of CNN) and many more. The show was filmed at iconic music venue, Stubbs in Austin and was fun while it lasted. However, I quickly learned how much more work and expense come with doing a video show. Fortunately for me and the podcast industry, along came this new podcast called Serial. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I would encourage remedying that immediately. The reason this was good news is that it was a pivotal moment that showed us all that audio podcasts were alive and well.
So fast forward to February of 2017 and along came the What 2 Know podcast (my friend, Jared Chism, helped name it during this epic Facebook thread). We had the good fortune of kicking the podcast off during John Battelle and Brian Monahan’s NewCo Shift Forum. During this “Davos of Silicon Valley” event, we were able to capture several of our initial guests including:
- Tyler Florence of the Food Network
- Chris Satchell, Chief Product Officer, Comcast
- Debbie Hopkins, former CEO of Citi Ventures
- Ryan Leslie, Grammy-nominated singer and CEO of Superphone
- Max Ventilla, CEO of AltSchool and former head of personalization at Google
- Brian Monahan, Head of Vertical Strategies, Pinterest
Since then, we have had the pleasure of interviewing:
- Haroon Ullah, Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff at U.S. Department of State
- Chris Redlitz, Founder, Transmedia Capital
- Jory DesJardin, co-founder of Blogher
- Jesse Draper, Actor, host of Silicon Valley Girl and founding partner of Halogen Ventures
- Hugh Forrest, Chief Program Officer, SXSW Interactive (posting on 5/4)
- John Battelle
- Jess Mega, Chief Medical Officer, Verily (Google’s Life Sciences arm)
Where can you find this podcast you ask? It’s on our W2OGroup.com site under the “podcast” tab but if you want the stupid simple way to get there, you can subscribe via iTunes. If you have guest recommendations, we’d love to have them!