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I feel a bit like Jason Calacanis of old, I just paid our podcasting staff at GigaVox Media for August. Wow! That was real money. Who says you can’t make money in podcasting? The cool thing is these are independent contributors responsible for our audio and website editing for the network pages. I remember Jason’s posts about the checks he had to sign. We are small enough that I still need to generate the payments myself, (I’d love it if someone just brought in the checks to sign like in my last company, but we all need to start somewhere.) I always feel good when a single payment requires a W-9 from someone. My favorite question: “why do you need a W-9?”, because we paid you enough that the government cares! Congratulations and thank you to the entire 55 member GigaVox Media team, this was our biggest payment month ever since IT Conversations, the first podcast network, started over 3 years ago. Wait until you see what we have up our sleeve next!
I am pleased to announce that GigaVox Media launched this week with our three initial channels. My partner, Doug Kaye, and I decided that an appropriate launch would be one with little fanfare – why talk about it, when we could just do it. Doing it, however, was a lot of work and is the main reason things have been quiet here recently. (It is also the reason I haven’t done a Reel Review in a while – though I plan to rectify that.)
For the last few months, Doug and I have been hard at work shaping the vision for GigaVox and handling all the details it takes to role an established brand like IT Conversations (with over 1200 episodes) into our new company as well as to begin the initial expansion of the network. Every startup tells you they have great plans – I’ll just tell you what we can confirm publicly.
IT Conversations has so much content we split off a channel devoted to open source and open standards called Open Source Conversations. We are pleased to have Zend as a sponsor at launch. We have also created an entire channel devoted to podcasting with BSW as an initial sponsor. The Podcast Academy Channel will have content from the Podcast Academy events – coming up now on #4 – as well as conference content. We will begin releasing the audio from the Corporate Podcasting Summit next week as well as our own Podcast Academy #2 which was a sold out event held at Boston University in April of this year. We will debut a hosted show, by yours truly, called Behind the Mic which will focus on the timely and topical events in podcasting. We are also pleased to announce that we are the exclusive audio content partner of the upcoming Podcast & Portable Media Expo.
Speaking of the Expo, we are producing a blockbuster Podcast Academy on Thursday, September 28th, the day before the Expo. It is a schedule chocked full of luminaries in the podcast and videocast fields. This Academy is aimed at Corporate users as well as Podcast Experts and Consultants. We have included an entire afternoon on the cutting edge in video podcasting. Confirmed Instructors include, Leo Laporte from TWiT, Alex Lindsay from MacBreak, Craig Syverson from gruntmedia, Tim Street from French Maid TV, Noah Bonnett and Rachel Rhodes from 88Slide, Denise Howell from Bag and Baggage, Greg Cangialosi from Blue Sky Factory and Kris Smith from Croncast. We worked hard on this line-up and we are extremely pleased with the instructors. This is a not t be missed event. You can register now at a reduced rate at the Podcast Academy.
For ITC fans, IT Conversations will continue to bring you great conference content – in fact we have just completed deals with a number of exciting events as well as informative hosted shows. ITC is our flagship channel and we intend to keep it that way.
While the real work is still ahead of us, I’d like to offer a thank you to my partner Doug Kaye, who has worked tirelessly, as well as Tim McNerney, Paul Figgiani and Darusha Wehm who, among many others, have made this possible. Thank you.
Back in the early days of podcasting (February 2005), my podcasting pals, Dawn And Drew, came out to San Francisco to meet with Adam Curry and Ron Bloom regarding what was to become Podshow. As many of you know, I ended up passing on the offer, but while we were all in San Francisco discussing the future, my friends Dawn and Drew bestowed upon me a unique honor. Apparently, I have one of the first star patches ever produced. I spoke with Drew yesterday who told me that few of these were ever made and that mine was one of the of the only ones that was hand made by Dawn. Pretty cool if you ask me. The patch is now the symbol for the “Minion Army.”