Posts Tagged "innovation"

0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

0002: New Year for New Media – The dawning of the Podcast Revolution

Lately I’ve been thinking alot about the revolution of podcasting.  For years (unfortunately that’s not hyperbole), i’ve been saying I was going to start a podcast, and now this year (technically last year, 2014), there’s been a verifiable boom in podcasting.  Everyone who’s anyone is taking a foray into podcasting.  T-Pain has a popular podcast, podcasters are becoming millionaires (John Lee Dumas for ex), and popular mainstream traditional radio and media are moving to podcast as a new form of expression.  That last point is evidenced by the popularity of 2 NPR spawned podcasts formerly tied with the perennial favorite “This American Life” – Serial, and The Startup. So, today, as my first Idea Muscle excercise for 10List, I thought I’d come up with my ideas specifically around podcasting, the evolution (or death) of radio, and what new business platforms might take advantage of this new paradigm. Start a podcast about a topic you are already have domain expertise.  Solar Power, Spanish and business in Latin America, Fatherhood (i’m at least a player here), running, travel, travel gear, traveling father/business man… Start a podcast about something I’m very interested in learning to do, and chronicle the process of learning and (hopefully) improving: kitesurfing has been the meme for this specirfic idea for me for a number of years.  Vegan diet or Gluten Free could be another.  Perhaps even making hammocks – tried to learn this when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, but got bored halfway through the project (it’s very time-intensive). Be a producer of podcasts – this is an idea I actually came up with myself a year or so ago, then discovered that it’s already being done by a number of folks, and is a decent way to create time-leverage (not all content requires ME doing the podcasting), and it allows me to become an expert in the platform without needing to have a “starring role” in any one podcast. Develop a program (ala stitcher) that creates value building on the podcasting explosion – should be a) unique b) positions to a niche (which is large enough to support the app from premiums), c) can b e promoted by others, d) allows for others to also leverage it as a platform for either brand exposure, advertising, other value creation. Develop the “winamp” for car radio that bridges the gap between the connected car being a mere portal to the internet and a connected car offering streaming media that is easy, free (to the user) and fast to curate/find.  How can we make the connected car digital audio experience feel as easy and customizeable as the current radio does for broadcast?  An in-dash app (thus the winamp reference)...

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0001: On becoming an Idea Machine…

The last 3 years, I’ve read over 3000 articles in blogs and traditional online media, and have attended well over 100 conferences and public networking events.  As a closet entrepreneur (still a “wantrepreneur” by some standards), much of my reading and networking is focused on finding my way out of the current ‘nest’ of a comfortable day job, and seeking a way to express myself in this not-so-new online world.  There have been a number of influencing voices I’ve listened to (my ‘virtual mentors’, as Michael Hyatt refers to them), from Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferris to Lewis Howes and John Lee Dumas – the list goes on.  All have served specific purposes, which I’m sure I’ll eventually write about, but few have come close to the constant value I receive from my now-favorite author, James Altucher.  A recurring theme among James’ writing over the years is the need, the requirement, to “exercise the idea muscle”.  I discovered this mantra about 6 months ago and it really spoke to me. I’ve been noodling the notion of how to best capture these ideas, but moreover how to actually stick to the challenge of writing down 10 new ideas per day for 6 months. James recently elaborated in great detail on the importance of this exercise, and I highly encourage you to go read his FAQ on How to become an Idea Machine.  Do it, now.  It’s the thesis for why I’m starting this website. So, it’s simple from here.  I intend to use this as a public forum where I post, daily, my idea muscle exercise(s).  I encourage you to chime in.  Elaborate on an idea.  Better yet, execute on one!  Let me know how it goes.  I’m sure there’s a legal way to do this, but I submit all ideas here free of copyright or patent (unless I later submit for a specific patent that you didn’t beat me to).  If you see something I think up which sparks an interest for you, run with it!  Let me know if I can help, but certainly don’t wait around to see if I ever turn an idea into something more.  This canvas will serve the singular purpose for me of forcing (through social pressure if nothing else) daily habitual idea generation.  10List.co is a repository for this daily practice:  come up with [at least] 10 new ideas. every. day.  Perhaps it could become yours as well, someday.  I trust James when he says that it will create increase in my life.  Please do let me know if it creates increase in yours.  That, too, would bring me great joy....

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