Andrew Warner at Mixergy is one of the best interviewers I know. He's thoughtful and has a knack for asking that extra question that really challenges you to think deeply. In this interview, we discuss Common Craft and how the business has evolved as we've built a membership service. The interview went places that I didn't expect and I came out out it seeing my own perspectives in a different light. I've embedded the interview below (transcript) I spoke with Andrew back in 2009 as well.
John Lee Dumas and I had a really fun (and hopefully interesting) conversation for his podcast Entrepreneur on Fire. If you're interested in how I think about the business side of what we do, I think you'll enjoy it.
Moe Abdou is the founder of 33 Voices, a website and interview series that focuses on entrepreneurs, business success and life. Recently he interviewed me about the Art of Explanation. The interview is about 25 minutes long and covers a lot of ground. Have a listen. I love doing interviews like this. If you have a podcast or website and are looking for guests, please let me know. I have a lot to say about entrepreneurship, communication and creativity.
When people ask me who is doing the best explanatory work these days, I often point to public radio and podcasts. The radio format, while not visual, can be incredibly engaging and effective in packaging complicated ideas into explanations. One of our favorites is NPR’s Planet Money podcast which has the tagline “The Economy Explained”. The podcast got started with an episode of This American Life in May of 2008 called the Giant Pool of Money. This hour-long show explained the mortgage... Continue Reading
This Week in Love is a series of blog posts where Sachi and I share what we love. Browse the archives and follow @weekinlove on Twitter. This Week in Love: The Radiolab Podcast Over the last couple of years, podcasts have become a big part of our lives. We work from home and end up sharing our listening habits, for better or for worse. We've discovered a number of podcasts that we love. We play them while working (especially doing creative work), cooking dinner, working out, etc. They've... Continue Reading
Recently I spent some time with Jon Udell for an episode of IT Conversations. Jon posted the interview today. I just listened to it and nothing I said made me cringe, so I thought I'd share it here with you. :) We talked about the evolution of the Common Craft format, different learning styles, off board brains and explanation problems, among other things. Have a listen or download it on the IT Conversations blog post. Thanks a lot for the opportunity Jon! I think it came out really well...
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nora Young, host of the CBC Radio Show Spark, which is described as "smart and unexpected trendwatching." The show airs tomorrow at 11:30 EST and 4pm EST on CBC Radio One. Nora has been exploring the world of how-to videos and came across Common Craft. We talked about the elements of good explanations, why technology needs them and what's driving the growth of online how-to videos. Plus, she asks for an ad hoc explanation of podcasting (live... Continue Reading
The Clue Unit podcast is a (mostly) weekly discussion of news and trends related to online communities in the business context with Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. This week we were joined by Derek Powazek, someone that we've talked about a number of times and took this chance to talk with him. We focused on Community As Business - Our current focus. Clue Unit #20: A Conversation with Derek Powazek - June 25, 2007 (iTunes) (MP3) (click here to subscribe) Episode 20, about... Continue Reading
The Clue Unit podcast is a (mostly) weekly discussion of news and trends related to online communities in the business context with Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. (iTunes) (MP3) (click here to subscribe) Episode 17, about 30 minutes. Clue Unit Episode #17 Transparency Rapid Fire Todays Topics: Google Street Views Transparency and TV Data as Transparency Facebook Applications Related Links: Transparent Screens on FlickrGoogle Street Level... Continue Reading
(iTunes) (MP3) (click here to subscribe) Episode 15, about 30 minutes. Today's Topic: Interview with Deb Schultz on Transparency About Deb: Deb Schultz is a consultant and speaker who describes herself as an evangelist and rabble-rouser in the relationship economy. She is the former Marketing Director of Six Apart, makers of blogging platforms Movable Type, Typepad, Vox and Live Journal. With Jake McKee, Lee LeFever and Christopher Carfi. Related notes and links: Transparency =... Continue Reading