Paul Canetti, a designer with a degree in philosophy, sits down with people from large tech companies, startup founders, VCs, and other interesting personalities to learn about their past experiences and views on the future – with a concentration on the intersection of technology, media, and human nature. Paul is founder and CEO of MAZ, whose products are used by companies like Forbes, Hearst, and Bloomberg to develop their mobile and TV apps. Paul previously worked at Apple and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. He was named one of Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30 World's Coolest Entrepreneurs", and MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's "Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America".
E19 // “Ghosts of Media Tech Past, Present, & Future” Sarah Chubb, Principal, Sarah Chubb Consulting
Sarah Chubb is a media and ecommerce executive with over 25 years of experience building strong and profitable businesses online. She was the President of Condé Nast Digital and of Gilt City and has served as a senior advisor for IAC Publishing and The Daily Beast. Sarah reminisces on the early days of web publishing and monetizing content online, presents her recommended go-to-market strategy for any new media brand in the era of the Facebook/Google advertising duopoly, and shares lessons about leadership and management
E18 // “Mental Athletes” Avani Agarwal, UX Designer at Google + Co-Founder at Stature
Avani Agarwal is a UX Designer at Google where she works on products that center around social good, and she is also the co-Founder of Stature, a lifestyle brand for petite women. Prior to joining Google in 2011, she previously worked as an Art Director at Yahoo. Avani discusses her approach to design, creating a unified UX across Google, designing for consumers vs. brands, her experience as a startup founder, how AI and data can help inform design decisions, and assorted other topics.
E17 // “The Evolution of Presentation” Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder and CEO at FiftyThree
Founded by former Microsoft engineers and designers, FiftyThree is the creator of the award-winning app Paper and their latest release, Paste, is taking on the holy grail of productivity tools: presentations. As an early proponent of iPad as a device for creating, Georg talks about the journey he’s taken at FiftyThree, design vs. engineering, auto-layouts, the economics of the App Store, and drawing inspiration from dance.
E16 // “Can Subscriptions Save Democracy?” Ben Frumin, Editor-in-Chief at TheWeek.com
How can we break out of our media echo chambers? The Week aims to provide a balanced, spin-free collection of news and opinion pieces from all across the political spectrum — a service needed today more than ever. Ben Frumin talks politics, echo chambers, business models for news, and why it’s important to see things from the other side.
E15 // “Getting Kidnapped by Bob Dylan” Marissa DeVito, Branded Content at SoundCloud
Marissa DeVito, daughter of legendary producer and record executive Don DeVito (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Aerosmith), talks about the current state and future of the music industry, her days creating early digital and social marketing strategies at Universal Music Group for artists like Justin Bieber, working at Sony Music Studios with Green Day and Beyoncé, pioneering digital remixing with her former startup Umixit, and ridiculous stories of getting lost with Bob Dylan as a child, and well as her current role working with brands at SoundCloud.
E14 // “170 Years of News” Ted Mendelsohn, VP, Digital and Commercial Markets, Associated Press
The AP has been reporting and distributing news for over 170 years, first delivered by boat and today by fiber optics. An industry veteran for over 40 of those years, we discuss how the business of news has changed over time, the AP’s unique wholesale and non-profit models, the resiliency of text-based media, paradigm shifts both past and future, and a variety of other topics.
Fun take on tech and startups, great guests so far. Really enjoying this, worth putting in your rotation if you're a founder / aspiring founder / tech lover.
Informal yet very informative
Great podcast! The host is a successful entrepreneur and knows what to ask to keep driving value from the conversation. He often adds to the insight from his awesome guests. Keeps it informal, like being a part of a conversation with a group of friends. An easy yet valuable listen!
Great start, looking forward to more of these 👌