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The Goodbye Show

As you can probably tell, I'm not great at saying goodbye. Instead, when it comes to podcasts, I often just move on. Which is dumb and kinda sad since I had such a good time creating the NextMarket podcast and interacting with many of the listeners. Because of that, I thought I'd say goodbye, tell you why I've moved on, and introduce you to the Smart Kitchen Show where we're talking about many of the same things (like the future of media), only through a food lens. So take a listen. And...


From Skype to Sidewalk Robots: A Conversation with Starship's Ahti Heinla

Ahti Heinla brought the world closer together when he helped build Skype as the founding engineer, but now he's moved onto another way to shrink space and time: sidewalk robots. Mike walks to Ahti about how he got the idea to start a sidewalk robot company and asks how exactly the system works, how truly autonomous they are and how many robots Ahti expects to have on sidewalks a year from now. Check out Starship at Find more NextMarket podcasts at


#102: Mark Cuban

The NextMarket Podcast is back after a long hiatus! The guest for this episode is Mark Cuban, who joins Mike to discuss: -The state of the 2016 Presidential campaign -Why he decided to discuss Donald Trump's wealth -The efforts by political insiders to recruit Cuban to make a third party run -Whether he would consider running for president in the future -Hillary's weaknesses as a candidate -His work with others to create a possible new political party -His investment history and record on...


#93: Jason Hirschhorn on running Sling, MySpace & Taking REDEF From Hobby To Company

Guest: Jason Hirschhorn Nearly two decades into when many started using email, most of us still have our favorite newsletter and valuable info we get via the inbox. Jason Hirschhorn, who put MTV into the Internet age and later helped run Sling Media and MySpace, took a hobby and turned into a business around his great curated newsletter of interesting articles, video and stuff he puts together every day. Mike caught up with Jason to talk about REDEF and how he got from his early days at...

#82: Going multiplatform: From podcast to DirectTV with Off Camera's Sam Jo

Guest: Off Camera's Sam Jones Last year I discovered Off Camera, a beautifully done multi-platform project by photographer and filmmaker Sam Jones. Not only were his guests amazing (Robert Downey Jr, Dave Grohl, etc) but the project was done so well across multiple formats: Podcast-video-magazine. It came back to mind recently as I was watching TV and saw a commercial for Off Camera. The podcast-web video-magazine had made the leap to TV. Sam and I talk about the concept, how he makes it...


#68 - Fizzle Show's Chase Reeves & Corbett Barr

In this podcast, I talk to Chase Reeves and Corbett Barr, two thirds of the team behind the Fizzle Show. This summer I discovered an entire new genre (to me, at least)of podcasts about the business of online business. I'd gotten to know Chase Reeves online and so when I started listening to their show, it opened up the world of solopreneur and online business podcasts to me. I decided to catch up with Chase and Corbett and talk about this space, which I think is one of the fastest growing...


#67: Marshall Kirkpatrick on leaving blogging, getting funded by Mark Cuban

For a while, there was probably no more prolific tech blogger than Marshall Kirkpatrick. HIs prodigious output at AOL, Techcrunch and finally ReadWriteWeb was amazing to behold, and he owed much of his success to systems he developed for early discovery of trends and technologies. So when he announced he was leaving pro blogging to create a company that would help people discover emerging trends and information, it wasn't all that surprising. Marshall and I talk about his years as a pro...


#66: Robert Scoble on Google Glass, his new book and the evolution of tech

Robert Scoble is the ultimate early adopter. His enthusiastic embrace of new technologies and his reach through social media has made him one of the go-to influencers for technology companies in recent years. He first rose to prominence through his blog Scobleizer and also at Microsoft, where he helped the company establish the Channel 9 blog, and more recently at Rackspace, where he is the company's Startup Liaison Officer. We talk about his new book, The Age of Context, his thoughts...


Author Douglas Rushkoff on Present Shock, Breaking Bad and the decline of t

This conversation is with Douglas Rushkoff, author and media theorist. I've been reading Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, because like many of us I've been thinking about what happens to us, our work, media and society when ever more of our time is spent in the online world vs. the physical world. Douglas spent more than two years writing a book about this and came out with a fairly interesting work, one that is, from what I've found, the most cohesive analysis of the impact of...


#61: A conversation with Jim Louderback

Interview: This conversation is with Jim Louderback, former CEO of Revision3, which was acquired by Discovery Communications. This is a fun conversation as we talk about the early days of web video, as Jim reminisces about ZDTV (what became TechTV), as well as his time at Ziff Davis and ultimately Revision3. We also talk about what is going on in the web space at Discovery Communications as well as how Jim sees the online video/multichannel network space evolving. And dinosaur TV. We talk...


Ty Hildenbrandt of The Solid Verbal podcast talks building community, focus

This conversation is with Ty Hildenbrandt, one of the creators of The Solid Verbal podcast. I got to know Ty through online and the podcast world, and when I heard his story about how he doubled his audience year over year by focusing on quality and tending to his community, I thought it would make an interesting part of my ongoing podcast series. For those of you not familiar with the Solid Verbal podcast, it's a show focused exclusively on college football. We talk about the origin story...


Chris Dixon talks venture investing, 3D printing, drones and more

This conversation is with Chris Dixon, a well known venture capitalist, entrepreneur and blogger. The reason I caught up with Chris is he's an active investor in many of the spaces I have found interesting for the past year or two, including many maker-centric technologies such as 3D printing, drones and robotics. We talk about his backstory a bit, and then get into some of his investments, what areas he sees as interesting going forward and more. You can find out more about Chris at...


A conversation with Welcome to Night Vale's Joseph Fink

This conversation is with Joseph Fink, the creator of Welcome to Night Vale, the podcast that has gone from a moderately successful creative effort of Joseph Fink and his partner Jeffrey Cranor to sitting atop the podcast rankings above such big names as This American Life, Radio Lab and others. I talk to Joseph about the story behind Welcome to Night Vale, how he conceived of the podcast, what his influences are, where he sees Welcome to Night Vale going in the future and much more. This...


Fullscreen's George Strompolos on rise of MCNs, discovering talent & new pl

One of the most interesting trends in the indy video creator and distribution space in the last few years has been emergence of MCNs, or multichannel networks, on YouTube. One of the biggest of these new breed of content aggregators is Fullscreen. In this podcast, I talk to Fullscreen's CEO George Strompolos. George, who worked for YouTube before he founded Fullscreen, talks about the evolution of the space, how they discover new talent in the data-driven world of YouTube and where he sees...


From Chicago cop to comics syndicate president: John Glynn on comics syndic

Summary: In this podcast I talk to the John Glynn, President of the largest independent press content syndicate Universal Uclick, and the company behind the hugely popular comics portal, GoComics. As many of you know, I'm a comics nerd and also interested in talking to those transitioning legacy businesses to online. Given that, John was a perfect fit. If you're a comic fan or interested in how traditional press content syndicates are adjusting to the digital era, this is a good listen. We...


Steve Dahl on disco demolition night, death of radio & getting people to pa

When I was a kid, I remember hearing about some crazy explosion involving disco records at Comiskey Park. The man behind that little promotion that resulted in the first forfeited baseball game in decades and helped hasten the demise of disco was one Steve Dahl. Fast forward 30 years later, and now legendary radio man Steve Dahl is a podcaster. Steve runs, which is a paid podcast network featuring shows from himself and others. I caught up with Steve last month to talk about how...


Geekwire's John Cook on the Geekwire backstory, Seattle vs. Silicon Valley

When he working for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, John Cook saw the writing on the wall. Newspaper real estate was shrinking, which was making it difficult for John to do his job as a reporter. Before long he and his coworker Todd Bishop took a business plan for an online tech news startup to a local business journal, and soon after that they'd decided to strike out on their own. And Geekwire was born. Today Geekwire is a successful and respected tech blog and perhaps the leading tech...


Seamus Blackley on the Xbox epiphany, being a Hollywood agent & the Xbox On

As an Atari 2600 kid, long-time Xbox (read Halo) fan, and a one-time gaming industry analyst, I've long been fascinated the stories behind the stories of the gaming platforms. So with the dawn of a new console generation upon us, I decided to catch up with Seamus Blackley, one of the original Xbox founding fathers and the guy who coined the term DirectX-Box (which later became Xbox). Seamus and I talk about those early days of the Xbox, how he got into the video game industry, why he...


Stitcher's Noah Shanok talks podcast market, raising VC round in '08 crisis

Summary: I caught up with Noah Shanok recently, the CEO of Stitcher, to talk about the popular podcasting service. Stitcher is a drastic departure from the early days of connect and sync podcasting, a company that is looking not only at being on as many phones and mobile devices as possible (they've signed up over 9 million accounts to date), but also inside every connected car that's on the road. Noah and I talk about the backstory of Stitcher, what areas of the market excite him and...


Dr. Drew on podcasting, democratized media, Twitter, health & tech, and man

Many of you know of Dr. Drew through his longrunning radio show Loveline, the Dr. Drew show on HLN or through his guest appearances on Adam Carolla's podcast. But now, you can also hear him on his own podcasts (or podcasts - he has three). I talk to Dr. Drew about why he decided to get into podcasting, his thoughts about growing a community using the podcast and social media, the intersection between health and technology and how he's managed to have a career in media all the while being a...


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