Semil Shah wears a lot of hats. He is a product guy for Swell, invests in companies through his own seed fund and is TechCrunch's longest running guest columnist. I sat down with Semil to talk about investing in mobile technology, the changing world of angel and venture investing and what he thinks about every day running product for one of the up and coming podcast apps.
Kris Smith has been podcasting since it was a thing, starting his seminal show, Croncast, in 2004 with his wife Betsy.
I've gotten to know Kris a bit online, so I thought it would be fun to catch up with him to talk about the early days of podcasting.
Walt Mossberg set the template for the modern personal technology column back in the early nineties when he switched from being a war correspondent for the Wall Street Journal to writing about tech. Walt and I talk about those early days, the evolution of the personal technology columnist role in the age if the Internet, leaving the Wall Street Journal and the launch of his new company, Re/Code.
Gary Vaynerchuk went from wine retailer to a one-man social media empire over the past decade
Gary reached out to me via Twitter as he was a listener to the NextMarket podcast, and suggested we connect. I was happy to, as I've been reading Gary's pieces on Linkedin and wanted to talk to him about his thoughts on where we are in the social media space, the cynicism around social media "experts", and which platforms he is investing in for his business and what he suggests for others.
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 podcast genres. We talk about some of the stars in this space, how they went about launching their show and much more.