Q: Who transcribes your podcast?
A: We’ve used a number of different services over the years. Over time, it seems like the quality of all of these companies drops over time.
Q: Are you open to using someone else? ie: Like me?
A: Not at this time. It’s not worth our time or resources to pursue another solution for something that will only be marginally more cost effective.
Q: The RSS feed on your podcast is broken. It only shows the last 100 episodes or so.
A: Actually, it’s working as intended. We use FeedBlitz for syndicating and managing the feed and they only support up to 10k in the data feed. If we go over that limit, then FeedBlitz stops working and our podcasts won’t be served up through iTunes and various other services. We’ve found that we can get away with 100 episodes, but not much more than that. If you want to listen to older episodes, you can go to the Archives and you’ll have to download them individually.
Q: Can we advertise on your podcast and/or website?
A: No, we’re not looking for or interested in advertisers at this time.
Q: Where do I find your podcast in iTunes?
A: You can either search for “startups”, or use this handy-dandy shortcut.
Q: Did you know that Episode XYZ has a really large file size? I’ve seen other podcasts with 30-60 minute episodes that are under 10MB. Why don’t you reduce it to save download times or your server bandwidth?
A: This question comes up maybe 3 times each year at the most. One could spend most of a day trying to get the right balance of file size vs sound quality and at the end of the day, it’s very subjective. Our preference is to focus time editing the podcast for listening time rather than file size. The reality is that most people download podcasts in the background via WiFi or hard-line internet connections. We record at a 320kbps bit-rate pretty consistently, which is why the file size is probably larger than you might see elsewhere.
As for saving money, bandwidth happens to be super cheap. Most people don’t realize just how cheap and our costs per month for bandwidth are inconsequential in relation to the cost of editing the podcast.
The bottom line is that the time spent getting this balance “just right” is simply not worth the effort and there are better places to spend our time.
Q: Can I be a guest on your show? How do I get an interview?
A: Generally speaking, we don’t have many guests on the show. The guests we do have are typically people who are known to us in advance because we’ve met in person or are intimately familiar with their work. If we’ve never heard of you, your chances aren’t good to be a guest.