Pleasure to meet you. My name is Nick Quah, and this is Hot Pod, a trade newsletter for the emerging podcast and on-demand audio industry. As I mentioned on the front page, and as I’ll mention again now, my work has been cited by the New York Times, Bloomberg, Wired, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.
I’ve been writing Hot Pod since November 2014, first as a side project, and then eventually as a standalone business. My goal with this enterprise is simple: I mean to provide smart, thoughtful analysis about the industry in a way that gives the ecosystem a shape and form, and I try to do so in an accessible, conversational manner. Look — I’m not formally educated in economics, technology, business administration, or media systems, but I love reading and thinking and writing about these topics, specifically in the context of this gradually forming industry, and it’s been a fascinating process to document this space.
Who am I? Fast Company and Poynter has done a pretty good job explaining what I’m about in their respective profiles. If useful, you can also check out my LinkedIn profile. I also do some work consulting with the Democracy Fund.