I run this thing.
Last Friday, a group of podcast publishers and related operatives announced the formation of something called The Podcast Academy — not to be mistaken with what appears to be a semi-amateur Australian resource for podcasters of the same name — which they described as a non-profit organization dedicated to “elevating awareness and excitement for podcasts […]
I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.” Then I thought the better of it, because that’s not strictly true. Keeping something going can be much harder, as in the case of a conversation, relationship, or even this newsletter, because with starting […]
There’s always value in a simple pitch, I suppose. For Meet Cute, a New York-based podcast company that announced itself in Variety a few weeks ago, that pitch has two parts. The first is a pithy, albeit somewhat woo-woo, mission statement: “Hope for the Whole World.” The second is a sharp product focus, with the […]
Last Wednesday, author and podcaster Rich Roll published a Twitter thread that raised significant issue with WeCrashed, a new Wondery show on the story of WeWork that rolled out in mid-January. Specifically, Roll highlighted WeCrashed’s second episode, which featured an interview with WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey that not only appeared to utilize several portions of […]
We should probably start at the beginning. Last Wednesday saw the official announcement that Spotify, already the biggest buyer of podcast companies to date, was to make a fourth acquisition: The Ringer. I wrote about the deal in an extra newsletter, and mulled over the details a little more in Thursday’s Insider, where I noted […]
– Follow-up to Spotify/Ringer
– Notes on the new Sony Music investment story… and more!
“With The Ringer, we’re basically getting the new ESPN,” said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during the earnings call this morning, shortly after the company sent out word that it had officially acquired The Ringer, the distinctly podcast-heavy digital media company founded by former ESPN personality Bill Simmons. It’s something of a cheeky statement, given the […]
Over the past week, we’ve received a noticeable spike in reader emails complaining about problems regarding the Apple Podcasts platform — specifically, around irregularities in the time it takes between uploading episodes and seeing those episodes appear on the Apple Podcasts directory… which, you know, is an important variable when managing a business contingent on […]
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