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Interesting interviews with people that are making things happen.




Episode #13: William Carleton and I discuss the JOBS act

After an extended hiatus, the Project Idealism podcast returns with William Carlton, a Seattle based attorney who specializes in startups. William and I discuss a variety of things about the new JOBS act, though much of our focus is on the crowd funding provisions.For an excellent resource on the JOBS act and a variety of other topics, check out Williams home on the internet at thanks again to William for taking the time to share his knowledge with me and our...

Podcast Episode #12: Mike Hostetler and Jonathan Sharp of appendTo

In this episode of my podcastI interviewed Jonathan Sharp and Mike Hostetler of appendTo, a JQuery development shop that was founded by the two in 2009.They took the time to talk about the growth of their organization, how they go about getting clients, being a small business that works with big clients, and the point at which they turn business down.We also talked quite a bit about pricing, managing teams that are geographically dispersed, and the benefits and challenges that come with...

Podcast Episode #11: Ryan Singer of 37signals

For this episode of my podcast, I was joined by Ryan Singer, a designer at37signalswho kids that his "cocktail title" would be a product manager. Much of what I know about web design comes from listening to what Ryan has to say on the matter, and I really appreciate the time he spent with me.We talked about how teams work together, design, how work gets prioritized, and the kinds of things that influence their decisions - about both design and the process of getting their work done.Ryan...

Podcast Episode #10: Lance Walley of Chargify, Engine Yard, Parallax and mo

In my latest podcast episode I interviewed Lance Walley, who has been building businesses for over 20 years. Most recently Lance co-founded Chargify - a recurring billing system, and before that EngineYard - a Rails application hosting company.Lance spoke candidly with me about launching new ideas, scaling a business, failure, success, investing, and more. It was great talking with him and he shared a ton of great information. You can follow Lance on Twitter at @lancewalley.As always, you...

Podcast Episode #9: Nate Kontny of Inkling Markets

I had the pleasure yesterday of Interviewing Nate Kontny, one of the founders of Inkling Markets, and co-creator of Tgethr and CityPosh, for my latest podcast episode.Nate is one of my favorite bloggers, super intelligent, and a really nice guy to boot. I had a blast talking to him about starting projects, running a business, and the creative process that goes into building software and writing great blog posts.As always, you can listen to the podcast right here (just give it a moment to...


Podcast Episode Eight: Foiled Cupcakes

In my latest podcast, I interviewed Mari Luangrath of Foiled Cupcakes, a gourmet cupcake delivery company based in Chicago. Over the course of about a year, Mari has built a fun, profitable, growing business without a storefront; leveraging Twitter and Facebook to get the word out about her company.Big thanks to Mari for sharing some of what she's learned along the way. You can check Foiled Cupcakes out at and follow Mari on Twitter at @foiledcupcakes.You can...

Podcast Episode Seven - What can a project manager learn from an author?

In this episode of "What can a project manager learn from x?", I interviewed Tracey Bianchi, author of Green Mama - The guilt free guide to saving the planet.I'm really grateful that Tracey joined me on the podcast. We had the opportunity to talk about the creative process involved with writing the book, the path she took to get the book published, and some of the main things she learned along the way. You can check out Tracey's website at and follow her on twitter at...


Podcast Episode Six - What can a project manager learn from programming?

In my latest podcast I opted not to interview anyone, but instead talk about what I've learned so far from trying to learn Ruby on Rails. I talk a bit about feeling like I'm learning how to use a computer all over again, feeling somewhat more empowered, and how different people have been willing to help me with the project. As always you can listen right on the blog, or you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.I hope you enjoy the episode.


Podcast Episode Five - What can a project manager learn from a chef?

In this podcast episode of "What can a project manager learn from X?" I interview Dale Levitski, Executive Chef of Sprout Restaurant in Chicago and Season 3 Top Chef runner-up on Bravo's wildly popular TV show.We talked about the creative process involved with making a new dish, the challenges involved with running a restaurant, and the process of training new chefs, and a host of other things. I had a blast doing this interview with Dale and am really grateful that he took the time to sit...

Podcast Episode 4 - Announcing Version One for Everyone

I'm announcing today a new service that is going to be provided by Ideal Project Group, and I'm calling it Version One for Everyone - which I'll also refer to as v1.4e1. I'm really excited about it. So much so that in addition to announcing it on this blog, I've also put up a special podcast episode where I discuss the reasoning behind providing this service in more detail. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, or simply listen to the episode at the bottom of this post.As regular...

Podcast Episode Three - What can a project manager learn from the director

Daniel Rothenberg is the Managing Director of International Projects for the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University's College of Law, and he was kind enough to join me for Project Idealism's second full podcast.Daniel oversees numerous Human Rights projects, and in this episode the primary topic of our discussion is The Iraq History Project. Taking a victim centered approach to documenting various Human Rights violations under Saddam Hussein’s regime, this project is...