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Metacast is a podcast app for podcast aficionados. We are building a powerful tool that helps you get the most out of podcasts. Auto-generated transcripts allow you to quickly skim episodes, search for content, and bookmark segments. Automated playlists, listening history & stats, and much more is coming.

On this podcast, co-founders of Metacast talk about building the company and the product.

Metacast: Behind the scenes metacast.app

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Metacast is a podcast app for podcast aficionados. We are building a powerful tool that helps you get the most out of podcasts. Auto-generated transcripts allow you to quickly skim episodes, search for content, and bookmark segments. Automated playlists, listening history & stats, and much more is coming.

On this podcast, co-founders of Metacast talk about building the company and the product.

    58. The 1 Year Anniversary

    58. The 1 Year Anniversary

    It’s been a year since we started working on Metacast. In this episode Arnab and Ilya reflect on the journey and compare working on a startup with the old corporate days.
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠⁠r/metacastapp⁠⁠ subreddit.
    Segments
    [05:35] No going back to corporate[06:21] Annual reviews[13:43] Best year of Ilya's career[15:49] Frustrations with corporate[20:32] Anxiety and collaboration[26:41] Playing a long game[27:33] Letting go of old habits[34:13] Getting back into coding[37:22] What's new in the app[40:55] Book & podcast recommendationsShow notes
    Links
    Ilya’s LinkedIn post with reflectionsPodcasts
    Metacast Ep. 24, part 1: Leaving jobs at Google and Amazon to start a podcast tech companyMetacast Ep. 24, part 2: Non-linear career paths, culture at Google vs. AmazonWhat Are Sperm Whales Saying? Researchers Find A Complex 'Alphabet' on the Short Wave podcastWas the 401(k) a Mistake? on The Daily podcastGoogle Eats Rocks + A Win for A.I. Interpretability + Safety Vibe Check on the Hard Fork podcastAdam Mosseri on the Tetragrammaton with Rick Rubin podcast
    Books
    The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim FerrissThree-Body Problem by Cixin LiuMusashi by Eiji YoshikawaThe Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto MusashiRevolutionary Road by Richard YatesThe Celestine Prophecy by James RedfieldBurn Book: A Tech Love Story by Kara Swisher
    Movies & TV
    Shogun TV seriesRevolutionary RoadFord v Ferrari
    Get in touch
    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠⁠✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 55 min
    57. Positioning, power struggle, DUNS bureaucracy

    57. Positioning, power struggle, DUNS bureaucracy

    We're discussing the dilemma of positioning Metacast as both powerful and simple, break down the recent power struggle about 5% transparency of a UI element, and share our experience with the DUNS number that developers have to get to be in Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠⁠r/metacastapp⁠⁠ subreddit.
    Segments
    [02:00] The positioning dilemma[10:15] Remaining features to launch the app and recent updates[13:30] Power struggle between Arnab and Ilya[17:40] DUNS (doh...)[23:08] Book and podcast recommendationsShow notes
    Links
    D-U-N-S Number
    Podcasts
    Microsoft episode on AcquiredThe Point of ConvergenceThe Emerald: For the Intuitives
    Books
    Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuGet in touch
    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠⁠✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 30 min
    56. We're back!

    56. We're back!

    We're back and this is a massive update on what we've been up to since our last episode!
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠⁠r/metacastapp⁠⁠ subreddit.
    Segments
    [00:24] We're back[03:23] Tangent about our names[05:00] First full-team offsite in Florida[08:27] We made Android cool again![12:44] Paid app subscriptions with RevenueCat[16:04] Reflection on working in person vs. WFH[21:01] Seeing alligators in the Everglades[24:08] How we got an intern/contractor to build a website[27:33] We've applied to YC for the third time[28:13] Filing corporate taxes for 2023[31:41] What we're listening, reading and watchingShow notes
    Software
    Next.jsVercelOutstaticFondoGustoPodcasts
    Microsoft episode on AcquiredTetragrammaton with Rick Rubin: Edward Norton, Jon Kabat-ZinnBooks
    Three-Body Problem by Cixin LiuDune by Frank HerbertRevolutionary Road by Richard YatesWherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-ZinnMovies
    Three-Body Problem series on NetflixDune, Dune 2Star WarsRevolutionary RoadGet in touch
    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠⁠✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 38 min
    55. Leaving Google and Amazon to bootstrap Metacast (rerun of ep. 24)

    55. Leaving Google and Amazon to bootstrap Metacast (rerun of ep. 24)

    We took a leap of faith and left our jobs at Google and Amazon to jump into the unknown. It wasn't easy and required quite a bit of planning. This is a rerun of June 2023 episode where we talk about how we did it.
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠⁠r/metacastapp⁠⁠ subreddit.
    Links
    Show notes for part 1 and part 2 can be found on our website.Get in touch
    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠⁠✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    54. How we chose the market to go after

    54. How we chose the market to go after

    We got asked how we were thinking about product-market-fit, potential revenue, and entering a market that already has strong players. We’re giving a full breakdown of our thought process.
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠⁠r/metacastapp⁠⁠ subreddit.
    Segments
    [01:35] Ilya's “fun” interview with Google (tangent)
    [05:52] How we chose the market to go after
    [21:42] Our financial model approach
    [27:06] Thinking about the company size early on
    [31:09] How much money do we personally want to make
    [35:33] Non-financial motivation
    [38:51] The value of an MBA
    [41:03] Books, podcasts and movies recommendations
    Links
    Metacast

    ⁠Get Metacast for iOS and Android⁠

    ⁠r/metacastapp subreddit⁠

    ⁠The Pragmatic Podcaster⁠ book by Ilya


    Podcasts

    Earned Secrets on the a16z podcast (August 4, 2018)

    21 Brutally Honest Lessons About Life - Alex Hormozi on Chris Williamson’s podcast

    Controversial Truths You Need To Hear - Pt.1 (on the Modern Wisdom Podcast) | Ep 673 on the The Game w/ Alex Hormozi podcast


    Books

    The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

    Bone by Jeff Smith


    Movies

    Interstellar

    Harry Potter


    Get in touch

    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠⁠
    ✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠
    📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 49 min
    53. How we launched Metacast in beta

    53. How we launched Metacast in beta

    We broke Metacast just before launching it in open beta. Ouch.
    On this episode, we talk about the launch, how it went, and what we’ve learned.
    Get Metacast at ⁠⁠metacast.app⁠⁠.
    Join the ⁠r/metacastapp⁠ subreddit.
    Segments
    [02:13] Get The Pragmatic Podcaster book for free
    [03:33] We broke Metacast just before launch
    [08:39] How we fixed the problem
    [14:04] The other way we broke the app
    [16:27] Publishing to Apple and Google
    [20:04] Marketing for open beta
    [24:10] Business metrics
    [30:38] This is just the beginning
    [34:20] Podcast and book recommendations
    Links
    Metacast

    Get Metacast for iOS and Android

    r/metacastapp subreddit

    The Pragmatic Podcaster book by Ilya


    Open beta launch content and mentions

    Reddit post

    LinkedIn post

    Pod News mention


    Tools

    Tramline - CI/CD for mobile apps


    Podcasts

    Metacast Ep. 40 - Automating mobile app releases with Tramline founders

    Builders Gonna Build

    Podcast Marketing Trends Explained

    We Tried the Apple Vision Pro + Can Congress Protect Kids Online? + Cruise’s Crash on the Hard Fork podcast

    The Vision Pro Reviews Are Here on the Techmeme Ride Home podcast

    Zuckerberg on the Vision Pro vs. Quest (video)

    How the Acquired podcast grew, and why they switched to Transistor on the Build Your SaaS podcast

    NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang on the Acquired podcast

    Charlie Munger on the Acquired podcast


    Books

    Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

    Children of Dune by Frank Herbert


    Get in touch

    🚀 Get the Metacast podcast app: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://metacast.app⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👥 Join our subreddit: ⁠https://www.reddit.com/r/metacastapp/⁠
    ✉️ Subscribe to Metacast newsletter: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.metacastpodcast.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👋 Send feedback or say hi: ⁠hello@metacastpodcast.com⁠
    📕 Get our book! The Pragmatic Podcaster: a step-by-step guide to starting an amazing podcast: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFPMT8WW⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    👚 Metacast merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://merch.metacastpodcast.com

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Sergeykondukov ,

Amazing!

Tons of useful information and fun in every episode👍🏻

dmitrytokarev ,

Great content!

Love how Ilya and Arnab are so humane and down to earth. Awesome conversations about IT, Podcasting, personal growth, building companies.

Best of the lot ,

It’s a meta meta world.

Great concept and execution for the first few shows out of gate. Can’t wait to see where you take it!

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