Monday Podcast Pick
Pick four is StartUp, a business/entreprenuer style podcast, that’s put on by the gang at Gimlet Media. Gimlet produces several different podcasts that I may or may not highlight in the future. Read on below for my thoughts about StartUp.
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Here are the details about this week’s podcast pick:
Show Title: Gimlet Media’s StartUp
Description: From the StartUp Podcast website: “StartUp is a podcast series about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. In Season 1, Alex Blumberg told the story of launching this business, Gimlet Media, a podcast network. In Season 2, Alex is joined by co-Host Lisa Chow, to follow an entirely new company.”
My Take: I was quickly hooked on Season 1 after the first episode. As the host (and an owner of Gimlet), Alex Blumberg, goes through the struggle of starting his own company, you can’t help but find some of his situations and comments comical. For example, in Episode 5, “How to Name Your Company,” Alex and his business partner go through some struggles in naming the fledging Gimlet Media. They share a funny snippet in which Alex unleashes one potential name to his wife and she laughs in his face.
I found myself just waiting for each new episode of Season 1. However, for Season 2 of StartUp I found myself tuning out and then eventually not following anymore. I ended up listening to most of the episodes, but I wasn’t excited about them and found all the episodes to be very similar. Season 2 followed a new online dating startup company. Perhaps I just wasn’t interested in the company or maybe it was the owner’s personality that I just didn’t connect with.
They then followed up with a short season and it was good again. I’m eagerly awaiting this next upcoming season to see how it goes. I do recommend at least listening to Season 1 to see what you think.
What do you think? Have you listened to StartUp? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
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