I listen to the startup podcast from Gimlet media fairly regularly. Last week’s episode was groundbreaking in a lot of ways.
What a fantastic episode. It’s raw, personal and honest storytelling. Its great tape edited to produce an even greater story. It was so poignant, it made me cry. Alex Bloomberg’s personal journey felt so relatable since I went through a 360 survey not too long ago.
While I did not get as deep with the analysis of my own survey results, it was clear that I had work to do. I could not carry on the way I was. I needed to develop my time and team management skills. This is not something I enjoy. I’m much better at managing my own work than the work of my team. I’m still trying to get better at this skill that I really did not care for, much to the detriment of my team. I’m also getting better at stepping back and really holding more people in the team accountable for outcomes.
Finally, I also remembered how I had written off Alex Bloomberg’s effort in my post 2 years ago. I’m happy he did not listen to me. I’m happy I did not bet any money on a negative outcome for hearstartup, which is now Gimlet media and it doing over $10Million in revenue and employing 40+ people in Brooklyn. I still dont think they have a big exit ahead of them but they are onto something.
Picking winners is hard.
Here are the books and podcasts that I’ve read and enjoyed in 2015. Surprisingly, the podcasts were a lot more entertaining.
|Honest truth about dishonesty
|Money: Mastering the game
|4 hour body
|HBR on Teams
||8 – did not end well
|Surely you are joking Mr. Feynman
||7 – bit much to read
I will add reviews for each of these books later.
More fun than the books were the following Podcasts:
The Tim Ferriss Show
- Derek Sivers on The Tim Ferriss podcast
- Navak Ravikant on The Tim Ferriss podcast
- Chris Sacca on The Tim Ferriss podcast
WTF with Marc Maron
- WTF: Neil Strauss
- WTF: Brian Grazer
- WTF: Steve Albini
- WTF: Lorne Michaels
- WTF: Aaron Draplin. Draplin’s a friend
- WTF: Fred Armison
- WTF: Vince Gilligan
- WTF: Jason Bateman
The Fizzle Show – Early podcasts upto Ep20
Serial Season 1
Startup Podcast: Gimlet media
- a16z Podcast: The Year Mobile Began to Truly Dominate Tech
- a16z Podcast: The Tiger and the Dragon — On Tech and Startups in India and China
- a16z Podcast: What Comes After the Smartphone
- a16z Podcast: Wall Street’s Most Hated Man — A Conversation With Overstock.com’s Patrick Byrne
- a16z Podcast: Apple Has Lock on Luxury Smartphones, But Not Business of TV
- a16z Podcast: Messaging As the Interface to Everything
The Food Chain
- Chicken: Too much of a good thing
This American Life
- #560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket
- #504: How I Got Into College
Was very excited to hear that Alex Bloomberg, price treat creator of one of my favorite podcasts – “Planet Money” is trying to make it out on his own. See: Hearstartup.com. That said, Act 1 of This American Life episode 533 is painful to hear because it makes a lot of rookie mistakes. It’s especially painful because Alex is a great storyteller, yet he fails to perform a simple audience analysis before he meets a powerful investor.
I encourage every startup enthusiast or entrepreneur in the making to listen to what happens to a seasoned storyteller in a pitch meeting. How Alex’s personal attachment to his startup clouds his storytelling approach.
I wish him well. I hope he stops asking for funding. He is essentially building a small business. It could be a great small business that keeps him and maybe a couple of more people gainfully employed but there is no big exit.
I would hate to see him take on a lot of debt pursuing a dream that won’t come true. I really don’t think he is going to get a big time investor excited about his idea. I do think however, that he will create great content and will do well if he can limit the scope of his endeavour.
I’m sharing the books and podcasts that I’ve read and listened to over the last few years on product management, business and life in general that I’ve found useful. Hope you get a chance to read and listen to them.
I just love this story and wanted to share it with you all. Take a listen, medicine 20mins in episode 449 of the splendid table podcast.
So.. drink the wine and splash the glasses ASAP