StartUp

Alex Blumberg's (Planet Money/NPR) new startup podcast.

#2 Product of the WeekSeptember 09, 2014
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Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
Hi everyone. Matt from StartUp here (cofounder of @abexlumberg). We're excited to have you listening. We really are building this company in real time, and documenting it as we go. We would love to hear what you think of the show. There's a new episode coming next week. Subscribe on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app) to get it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podc... Speaking of which, what is the preferred podcast app around here?
Geoffrey Weg@geoffreyweg · Betaworks, TechStars, White House
@mlieber Congrats on the launch, Matt! Big fan of Alex's work and am looking forward to checking out StartUp. I'm an iTunes guy. I usually download podcasts onto my iPad nano and listen during runs and bike rides.
Adam Kazwell@kaz · Product manager/observer
@mlieber I'm a Downcast user myself, although been thinking a lot about what @mazzeo mentions in Eps 2. If I had to guess, I think the key to unlocking a whole new set of podcast listeners would be to offer some type of functionality that makes podcasts more easily skimmable. So much good content is buried in 1-2 hour long episodes. Making the best snippets/highlights accessible would enable more people to listen to more shows.
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@kaz I agree. I've seen some products out there in beta which attempt to do this. We are targeting 20-40 minute episodes because that's the length of a typical commute or a workout. But we also want to experiment with shorter stuff as well.
Stuart McCroden@mccroden · (undefined)
@mlieber Like @kaz I was thinking shorter... I'm not thinking, what if there was something like Circa for podcasts? I'm not sure how it would fully work--I'm just riffing here.
Adam Kazwell@kaz · Product manager/observer
@mlieber some shows, like yours, are totally worth the full 20-40 minute listen....and as long as a show is interesting I'm fine listening for 60-90+ mins. Just so much other good content going undiscovered/consumed because it's lost in rambling :) Which products in beta are you keeping an eye on?
Brent Mulligan
Hunter
@brentmulligan · Founder @ Merchbro
@mlieber Great work so far!...As far as apps go, I enjoy Overcast for iOS. There are nice features for speeding up the episodes (track speed + silence shortener).
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@brentmulligan Thanks Brent! yeah, I like overcast as well, for how clean and elegant it is. I cannot abide silence shortener though! Silence is part of the magic, at least for me.
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@kaz We have some friends at Clammr (@clammrapp) who have put together something like an instagram of audio. They're stealthy right now, but always looking to add thoughtful early adopters to their private iOS beta who are interested in using the product and giving feedback. Email them at betateam@clammr.com if you'd want to get on the beta waiting list. They've already got community members highlighting greatest hits from multiple podcasts and Top 100 tech stories every day. cc: @pparvizi
Andy Keil@alwaysunday · Product at Rodio
@mlieber I love Downcast. Bought it for both my phone and desktop and have been syncing between the two for quite a while. There's still a crash here and there but restarting the app always fixes it without issue.
Stuart McCroden@mccroden · (undefined)
@mlieber I'm definitely a fan of Overcast now. I was forced to adopt it because Swell was bought by Apple--and was forcefully shut down. But, Swell's recommendation engine was very good. That's actually how I found Planet Money!
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@McCroden That's cool about Planet Money. That's a great show. It'll be interesting to see what kind of moves AAPL makes in podcasting. They're baking it into iOS 8, which we're psyched about. I still find discoverability to be a huge challenge as a listener, and for me the best way I learn about new podcasts is still word of mouth.
Stuart McCroden@mccroden · (undefined)
@mlieber I said it at the time and still think it's true: Apple is going to rip the recommendation engine out of Swell and it will be an improved Podcast Genius, if you will. It was really good. Another great one it found for me: 99% Invisible. Point of this, is I think the recommendation part is possible to do, but difficult. That said, I'm not sure why Swell didn't grow very much. Might be useful to reach out to them and see if they can give feedback. There may be some employees that worked at Swell that aren't at Apple now. It would be interesting if a user could search for a topic and be given the *episodes* from podcasts relating specifically to that topic. I do think there are short podcasts that could be made. I think of Minute Physics and Minute Earth, CGP Grey, a lot of stuff by John and Hank Green. I think some of these can have video component removed and still be useful, which is what Minute Physics has done. Just throwing some stuff out there.
Andy Keil@alwaysunday · Product at Rodio
@McCroden I'm thinking there'd be a huge advantage to talking with a company like http://clarify.io/ to index the content and build out tags automatically. Happy to make an introduction if you think there's a conversation to be had there @mlieber
Philip I. Thomas@philipithomas · Co-founder at moonlight
There was a segment about this podcast with Chris Sacca on the most recent This American Life.
Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré@nikkielizdemere · Moderator at Product Hunt
@philipithomas Love This American Life and Radiolab.
Adam Kazwell@kaz · Product manager/observer
aw man, was just about to post this! really enjoying the show so far...first 2 episodes have been great.
Andrew Zusman@uxandrew · UX Designer
Oh great! I'm always on the lookout for something to listen to between the Prodcast (my affectionate name for the PH Podcast).
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I'll add this to my rotation. Here are a few long-time favorite podcasts of mine, previously shared in the Overcast thread a few months ago: This Week in Startups with @jason (here's my interview from a few weeks ago) - This Week in Tech with @leolaporte - This Week in Google with @leolaporte, @ginatrapani, and @jeffjarvis - Freakonomics
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@rrhoover Have you listened to the @a16z podcast? The sound quality is terrible, but the conversations are intelligent and fast moving.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@mlieber yes, I have! That's a new addition to my playlist. I actually recorded an episode with @nireyal a few weeks ago that should be published soon.
Matthew Lieber
Maker
@mlieber · StartUp, cofounder
@rrhoover Cool, will definitely subscribe.